BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Nick Young practicing his tee shots.
After suffering a rough start, the Shelter Island School varsity golf team, almost halfway through the season, is already making a comeback.
Things were looking gloomy as the team dropped their first three matches to open the season. In the match against Southold/Greenport, the team lost a squeaker by just 2 strokes. In that match, our number one, Nick Young, had his best round of the season with a 38. (more…)
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Surf’s up. Dave Hamilton heading out in — what else? — one of his Jeeps.
Each week I find myself thinking: I need a story this week. And I only have a couple of days to deadline. Somehow, something always seems to pop up.
This week was no exception. I was having coffee at Stars Café and started talking to Dave Hamilton. The more we spoke, the more fascinating his life seemed to be. Until then, I didn’t know much about Dave except the fact that my son bought a Jeep from him. It’s an understatement to say Dave has a passion for Jeeps. In fact, he enjoys them so much he makes his living from them. Dave buys, sells and works only on Jeeps. (more…)
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Eye on the Ball assistant columnist Robby Neis with Jerry Cohen.
This week my 10-year-old cub reporter, Robby Neis, and I traveled to the home of Jerry Cohen for an interview. Robby, who alleges he would like to write, wanted to see what interviewing and writing is all about.
For a first time in that situation, he could not have handled himself any better. He not only sat and listened for an hour and a half, but when he had a question for Jerry, he would always say, “Excuse me.” His questions impressed Jerry, who said that they were usually spot-on.
On the ride home, I explained that usually it’s more difficult to get a story. I told him that although I find most folks interesting, Jerry was easy because he was more exciting than most. (more…)
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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…)
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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…)