04/10/17 2:07pm
COURTESY PHOTO Living the dream — Islanders Bill Hannabury and his son Shane at the 2015 Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

COURTESY PHOTO Living the dream — Islanders Bill Hannabury and his son Shane at the 2015 Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

When you talk about the four major professional golf tournaments, the Masters is talked about the most. Maybe that’s because it’s the first major of the year. Or perhaps it’s the most beautiful venue. Or possibly that it’s held at the same course every year, the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. (more…)

04/01/17 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO From left, Jon Kilb, Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum and Darrell Griffith outside the Barclays Center during the ACC Tournament.

COURTESY PHOTO From left, Jon Kilb, Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum and Darrell Griffith outside the Barclays Center during the ACC Tournament.

I suppose when you’re watching a sport and not playing it, people label you a fan. But since I only watch playoff games — World Series, Super Bowls, March Madness and major golf tournaments — I don’t feel I should be called a “loyal” fan.

However, here on Shelter Island, I know a man who qualifies as what I call a “true” fan of all sports. (more…)

03/04/17 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Battle of the Brains’ team winners for 2017: From left, Tim Bohen, Tullia Limarzi, Cathy Kenny and Linda Hacher with game host Bob DeStefano in center.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Battle of the Brains’ team winners for 2017: From left, Tim Bohen, Tullia Limarzi, Cathy Kenny and Linda Hacher with game host Bob DeStefano in center.

If you know Ali and Keith Bavaro, Bill and Olive Congdon, Walter Schumann, or the Havens House, you would have aced the local part of Shelter Island Library’s “Battle of the Brains” contest held on February 24.

It was part of the Friday Night Dialogues series and yes, believe it or not, many of us are here and hanging around Shelter Island at the end of February. (more…)

02/14/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Bobby Marcello, right, with Jeff Nelson, who was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees.

COURTESY PHOTO
Bobby Marcello, right, with Jeff Nelson, who was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees.

It’s something special when a kid gets totally involved in a sport — or anything else worthwhile, for that matter.

Which leads me to Bobby Marcello of Marcello Masonry here on Shelter Island. Young Bobby loved baseball and has been a Yankee fan his entire life. He followed his passion from Little League on to the professional levels of Double-A and Triple-A baseball. (more…)