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11/26/14 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO A wary wild turkey making its way around the Island this week.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
A wary wild turkey making its way around the Island this week.

If you’ve ever been close to a wild turkey (and what Islander hasn’t), the first impression is how magnificently ugly they are, with the heads of space aliens and those dangling red wattles.

These comedians of the avian world look clumsy, but they can fly, and when they take wing they’re as graceful as any bird, sometimes reaching speeds up to 50 miles an hour. But they’re most content being earthbound, strutting around with the could-care-less attitude of bored aristocrats. (more…)

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11/25/14 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Library Director Denise DiPaolo, right, at the circulation desk, with Alice Roggie, Laura Dickerson, Arleen West and Katherine Garrison.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Library Director Denise DiPaolo, right, at the circulation desk, with Alice Roggie, Laura Dickerson, Arleen West and Katherine Garrison.

The summer Denise DiPaolo was four years old she was ushered into an enchanted place.

It was love at first sight. And love at first smell, too.

Enrolled in a summer reading program at the Commack Branch of the Smithtown Public Library, she fell in love with the library staff and “all the books, the smell of the books and the staircase to the children’s department.” (more…)

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11/24/14 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Tippi and Al Bevan have been running the Community Food Pantry since 2006.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Tippi and Al Bevan have been running the Community Food Pantry since 2006.

Tippi and Al Bevan are busiest this time of year, and will stay busy all winter, with the week or so before Thanksgiving marking the beginning of the trend.

Since 2007, the Bevans have been running the Community Food Pantry, which provides free food staples and some personal items, at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Mr. Bevan estimates that the number of hungry people using the pantry has increased due to the cold weather because seasonal, outdoor work, as well as jobs at restaurants and inns have dried up, leaving bread winners to provide for their families any way they can. (more…)

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11/24/14 12:00pm

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | COURTESY PHOTO New Bucks Head Coach Jamie Quinn brings an impressive resume and a vision of aggressive baseball.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | COURTESY PHOTO
New Bucks Head Coach Jamie Quinn brings an impressive resume and a vision of aggressive baseball.

Present a way of doing things and fit the personnel into it, or evaluate the talent at hand and build a new template?

That’s the challenge for a manager in any business, one that becomes most apparent for an individual managing a team sport.

Jamie Quinn was diplomatic when the question was put to him about his approach to managing the Shelter Island Bucks in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League for the 2015 season. (more…)

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11/19/14 8:10am

 

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board met in work session Tuesday to discuss a draft irrigation law and putting the brakes on large scale house construction. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown are Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Councilman Ed Brown.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO |  The Town Board met in work session Tuesday to discuss a draft irrigation law and putting the brakes on large scale house construction. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich. Not shown are Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Councilman Ed Brown.

A two-hour Town Board work session Tuesday discussed a draft of an irrigation law and placing limits on the construction of large houses, making little progress on either score.

After a lengthy discussion on the latter issue, Councilman Paul Shepherd speculated if it all boiled down to a question: “Is there any validation to this at all?” (more…)