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05/27/16 4:30pm
CARA LORIZ PHOTO On June 9, 2010, Nick Kestler is embraced by Police Chief James Read as he and stepbrothers Billy and Jimbo Theinert return to the motorcade after removing a yellow ribbon from the school marquee. Their brother Joe was finally home.

CARA LORIZ PHOTO On June 9, 2010, Nick Kestler is embraced by Police Chief James Read as he and stepbrothers Billy and Jimbo Theinert return to the motorcade after removing a yellow ribbon from the school marquee. Their brother Joe was finally home.

On Friday, June 4, 2010, in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures near or over 90 degrees for three days straight, Chrystyna and Frank Kestler drove from Mattituck to the Inn at Fox Hollow in Woodbury. Frank, a dentist with practices in Mattituck and Shelter Island, had signed up for a conference on dental implants.

During the day, Chrystyna reminisced with Frank about her father, Joseph, who had once worked at Fox Hollow as a bartender. Her son, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Joseph J. Theinert, serving in Afghanistan, was her father’s namesake.

“I told Frank, ‘I have a feeling I’ll hear from Joe today,’” Chrystyna said last week. “It wasn’t a premonition or anything, I was just thinking I’d hear from him.”

Before the day was out she had news about her son, and found herself at a crossroads in her life. (more…)

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05/18/16 10:09am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Councilwoman Mary Dudley reported to her Town Board colleagues on a Suffolk County conference on water quality she had attended.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Councilwoman Mary Dudley reported to her Town Board colleagues on a Suffolk County conference on water quality she had attended.

At the Town Board’s Tuesday work session, an examination of a homeowner’s request to relocate a well onto a town-owned right of way turned into a broader discussion of what’s been termed, by Supervisor Jim Dougherty and others, as the water “crisis” on the Island. (more…)

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05/17/16 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO The Shelter Island Country Club's clubhouse at Goat Hill.

JULIE LANE PHOTO The Shelter Island Country Club’s clubhouse at Goat Hill.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story reported that the Town Board vote to purchase equipment from the Shelter Island Country Club was four to one in favor, with Councilman Paul Shepherd voting no. Councilwoman Mary Dudley abstained from voting, so the vote was three to one, with one abstention.

The Shelter Island Town Board passed a resolution May 13 to spend $10,000 to buy a mower from the financially troubled Shelter Island Country Club (SICC) and then leased the equipment back to the club for a $1 for the next six months. (more…)