08/25/15 4:51pm

 

BOB DE STEFANO PHOTO A bat being presented to Dr. Frank Emmett, left, by Dave Gurney, signed by all of the 2015 Bucks players and coaches.

BOB DE STEFANO PHOTO
A bat being presented to  Frank Emmett, left, by Dave Gurney, signed by all of the 2015 Bucks players and coaches.

As our summer of 2015 on Shelter Island heads toward the finish, I think about all the things that happened in that short period of time. If you speak to some local folks working seven days a week, I’m sure you’ll find them happy to see the season end, while the city folks are not nearly so thrilled. (more…)

08/01/15 3:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Four cherished trophies that live in our columnist’s basement.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
Four cherished trophies that live in our columnist’s basement.

As a boy, I always wondered what it would be like when I grew up and became an old man.

Certain things were clear, like our hair turning gray, weakened muscles and wrinkled bodies. But I was curious about memories and how far back we could recall things and in how much detail. (more…)

07/18/15 3:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO

BOB DeSTEFANO

Today’s column marks 100 pieces that I have done for the Reporter. Since Eye on the Ball has hit the century mark, I was trying to think of something different for this edition. Going over the columns, I found myself just thinking about what we’ve done in four years of columns. (more…)

07/05/15 11:00am
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Coach Mark Foard, left, and Coach Ian Weslek with their Little League team.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
Coach Mark Foard, left, and Coach Ian Weslek with their Little League team.

When I was a young boy I played Little League baseball.

In my last year of playing, I was 12 years old. My position was either pitcher or third basemen for the Long Branch Badgers in New Jersey. My coach was Patrick Hughes, a 19-year-old kid but to a 12-year-old he seemed like he was 50. I now reminisce how he adored us and became a real friend and supporter of all the boys on the team. (more…)