05/22/14 12:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Laura Zavatto with the tools of her trade.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Laura Zavatto with the tools of her trade.

I ran into Mike Zavatto, long-time owner of the popular West Neck Market, last week in the IGA.

Now retired, Mike lives in Key West when it gets cold and when things warm up he’s here on Shelter Island. In that brief supermarket meeting, he told me where his true love lies. In Key West, he said, they have signs around the town reminding people to keep paradise clean, and he tells the locals about Shelter Island, a place that really is a paradise. (more…)

05/01/14 4:30pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Proud papa Michael Ryan with two of his favorite athletes, daughters Madeline (left) and Elizabeth.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Proud papa Michael Ryan with two of his favorite athletes, daughters Madeline (left) and Elizabeth.

When I was a young golf professional on Shelter Island about 40 years ago, I always tried to say the right thing. In other words, no matter what I thought of what you were saying, I would just smile and say something agreeable.

That was until I was at a Lions Club meeting with Bill Ryan Sr. (more…)

04/14/14 8:00am
BOB DeSTFANO PHOTO | Ed Mangiarotti with his hall of flame plaque.

BOB DeSTFANO PHOTO | Ed Mangiarotti with his hall of flame plaque.

I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing this writing thing a long time ago.

As I’m putting together this column, I’m sitting on the balcony of a hotel in the Florida Keys overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

Is this the way all writers live? (more…)