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09/22/14 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Aerial view of Sylvester Manor that now has a listing on the New York State Historic Register. Staffers look to a future listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Aerial view of Sylvester Manor that now has a listing on the New York State Historic Register. Staffers look to a future listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

After more than a year of planning, paper work and coordination, Sylvester Manor has been added to the New York State Register of Historic Places. (more…)

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09/22/14 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | REPORTER FILE PHOTO Reminders of the summer of 2013 when Bortech undertook a project that failed to provide backup power to Shelter Island. And if there were disruptions at Crescent Beach, Southold residents were more disturbed than Islanders by noise and dirt the project generated.

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Reminders of the summer of 2013 when Bortech undertook a project that failed to provide backup power to Shelter Island. And if there were disruptions at Crescent Beach, Southold residents were more disturbed than Islanders by noise and dirt the project generated.

PSEG is re-examining the possibility of running a conduit containing cables under the water from Southhold Town to provide backup power to Shelter Island. (more…)

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09/22/14 10:00am
DAN FOKINE PHOTO | Flames leaping — some as high as 80 feet according to Fire Chief Will Anderson — at the Recycling Center Friday night when construction debris caught fire.

DAN FOKINE PHOTO | Flames leaping — some as high as 80 feet according to Fire Chief Will Anderson — at the Recycling Center Friday night when construction debris caught fire.

Commissioner of Public Works Jay Card Jr. said Monday morning that the construction debris fire at the Recycling Center Saturday evening that sent flames as high as 80 feet into air was most likely was self-igniting.

After looking at videotape from closed circuit TV at the site, puffs of smoke could be seen at different intervals before the flames began to engulf the pile, Mr. Card said.

The commissioner speculated that there were pieces of glass and mirrors in the pile, and with bright sunlight throughout the day, enough heat was created to trigger a fire that evening.

The dry weather of the last week or so also contributed to the cause of the blaze, he said.

The Shelter Island Fire Department responded at about 7:25 p.m. Saturday evening to the call of a raging fire at the Town’s Recycling Center.

Fire Chief Will Anderson said that flames were shooting high into the mild evening air, before fire fighters got the blaze under control.

There were no injuries, the chief said.

An hour after the fire started, thick sooty smoke enveloped the area.

The fire was in the area where construction debris was stored. Chief Anderson said there was no sign of arson.

“That’s the largest construction debris fire I’ve seen,” the chief said.

The Shelter Island Police Department was on the scene as well as an ambulance from the town’s Emergency Medical Services team.

DAN FOKINE PHOTO | There were no injuries reported at the Recycling Center.

DAN FOKINE PHOTO | There were no injuries reported at the Recycling Center.
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09/22/14 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bianca Evangelista at the Hay Beach home where she has lived all her life.

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Bianca Evangelista at the Hay Beach home where she has lived all her life.

On the first day of the new school year here on Shelter Island, freshman Bianca Evangelista was 14 years, 8 months and 23 days old. A writer, a varsity athlete and a singer, she relates the memories and experiences she has packed into her first decade and a half with confidence and poise.

If this Island is an incubator, then Bianca is getting ready to hatch. (more…)