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07/12/16 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO  JAY CARD III

COURTESY PHOTO JAY CARD III

A hearty congratulations goes out this week to young Jay Card III.

This past Monday, Jay played 36 holes of golf at Garden City Country Club to qualify for the United States Golf Association’s oldest tournament, the United States Amateur Championship. (more…)

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05/20/16 12:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Cole Colby with one of two pairs of skis that he made from scratch.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Cole Colby with one of two pairs of skis that he made from scratch.

Cole Colby, 17, has been coming to Shelter Island all his life. I’ve known Cole since he was a baby and have enjoyed watching him grow into a remarkable young man.

Last week, while having dinner at the Tavern with my family, we happened to meet Cole, his mom and dad, Betsy and John, and his younger sister, Marnie. One of the losses I’ve had since retiring from Gardiner’s Bay Country Club (GBCC) is not spending enough time with fine families like the Colbys. (more…)

04/22/16 10:00am
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Bill Lieblein in front of Port of Egypt.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Bill Lieblein in front of Port of Egypt.

How strange that you can wave and say hello to someone just about every day for 20 years and yet know very little about them.

That’s the relationship I had with my neighbor, Bill Lieblein, until just a few days ago. I knew he was a fisherman and owned the popular Port of Egypt marina in Southold. Armed with those two facts, I asked him to tell me his story. (more…)

04/08/16 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO |  Brian Feinstein, and his father, Bob, last weekend at Augusta National Golf Club.

COURTESY PHOTO |
Brian Feinstein, and his father, Bob, last weekend at Augusta National Golf Club.

It’s April, and in the world of golf that means the Masters.

The annual Masters Golf Tournament is easily the most prestigious tournament on the Professional Golf Association (PGA) schedule. This invitation-only event played at Augusta National Golf Club every year since it was established in 1934, started Thursday, April 7, 2016.

What’s special for all Islanders this year is that one of our own, Brian Feinstein, competed on the hallowed Augusta National course. (more…)

03/12/16 3:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Leigh Notley hitting a shot off the third tee with a club that was popular 120 years ago.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Leigh Notley hitting a shot off the third tee with a club that was popular 120 years ago.

There’s a lake in northwest England called Windermere that is more than 10 miles long, the largest natural  lake in the country.

Just one mile to the east, at the top of a steep hill, is the town of Windermere, population 8,400. Here is where Leigh Notley was born, raised, educated and as a boy played many sports, such as cricket, rugby and football (soccer to you Yanks). (more…)