06/09/18 8:00am
MARTIN BURKE PHOTO

MARTIN BURKE PHOTO

On a gravel lane just off one of the busiest stretches of Route 114 in the Center, Cris DiOrio, a big, bearded man, was taking tools out of the bed of a pickup parked under a tree.

There was an occasional sound, a hush of traffic from the road. Town suddenly became country as Cris, 29, walked up to an acre of cultivated land to work, he said, on “some irrigation issues.” (more…)

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05/31/18 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

A new row of chairs had to be set up in the Town Hall meeting room on the afternoon of May 25 and it still wasn’t enough to seat the overflow crowd of residents who stood in the back and crowded the corridor. (more…)

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05/30/18 4:39pm
BEVERLEA WALZ Gabriella Clark, granddaughter of American Legion Commander Dave Clark, singing the National Anthem at the Island’s Memorial Day ceremonies.

BEVERLEA WALZ Gabriella Clark, granddaughter of American Legion Commander Dave Clark, singing the National Anthem at the Island’s Memorial Day ceremonies.

There were a couple of changes, both improvements, to the traditional and time-honored Shelter Island Memorial Day Parade.

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05/28/18 8:00am
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

This column appeared in a slightly different version on Memorial Day 2014.

He was the man I never knew, the man who gave me my name.

He was brought closer to me through a phone call I got one afternoon. An editor at the Washington Post, where I freelance occasionally, phoned to say a man who lived in the D.C. area had called and wanted to know if I would contact him. The name Timothy Donleavy didn’t ring a bell, but I called, and when a man answered I identified myself. (more…)

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05/23/18 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The ribbon was cut by Supervisor Gary Gerth to open the a pavilion at Wades Beach Tuesday, a gift from the Shelter Island Lions Club Foundation. From left, Councilman Jim Colligan, Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams, Mr. Gerth, Councilman Paul shepherd, Councilman Albert Dickson and Lions Club member Don D’Amato.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The ribbon was cut by Supervisor Gary Gerth to open the a pavilion at Wades Beach Tuesday, a gift from the Shelter Island Lions Club Foundation. From left, Councilman Jim Colligan, Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams, Mr. Gerth, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilman Albert Dickson and Lions Club member Don D’Amato.

A handsome addition to the Island’s shoreline that will bring summer’s fun to senior citizens and people with disabilities was opened just in time for Memorial Day.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday at Wades Beach, attended by town officials and members of the community, an open-air pavilion measuring 20 feet by 14 feet, and a curving concrete pathway to the nearby bathhouse, was presented to the community. (more…)