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In a famous text from the Talmud, the importance of helping others is spelled out simply and beautifully, by saying that a person who saves a single life has saved the whole world.
On Shelter Island we have many of these lifesavers among us, volunteering for the Fire Department and the Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.
Something extraordinary happened on Friday, May 25. People showed up in large numbers at Town Hall for a public hearing and changed the minds of the Town Board.
It was an uncommon event because people these days mostly leave their representatives alone. We live in an age of virtual reality that has extended into our politics with semi-literate tweets substituting for policy statements, social media weaponized to bombard voters with scurrilous falsehoods and eligible voters, too fed up or bored, refusing to exercise their franchise. (more…)
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Refusing to curse the darkness, residents from East End communities gathered May 12 in Hampton Bays for a candlelight vigil remembering loved ones who have died from opioid overdoses.
On May 12 in Hampton Bays, as a cold rain fell on a large crowd of the broken-hearted, speaker after speaker told deeply personal stories about how the opioid epidemic that is sweeping America has changed their lives forever. (more…)
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Working together, the staff, administrators and Board of Education members have crafted an $11.7 million budget that maintains the educational program while meeting increasing costs over which it has little if any control.
Now it’s your turn to vote the budget up or down at the polls in the school gym Tuesday, May 15. (more…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach
On Shelter Island, we don’t have to wait for truly warm weather or notice the yellow signal flares of forsythia to tell us winter is a memory. We’ve witnessed spring on the wing with the arrival of the magnificent fish hawks, the ospreys, returning from their Florida and Caribbean winter quarters.
A smaller winged harbinger has come home, too. Piping plovers have been spotted with their melodious penny whistle voices and mad dashes across beaches foraging for food, or skimming low across the water, shifting in formation.
Emily Dickinson was right: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul …” It’s not some abstract concept, or a metaphor, but true when we see robins strutting across lawns before stopping, chests out, solemnly posing for us. (more…)