05/28/17 11:00am
JULIA BRENNAN PHOTO | Fifteen lucky birders got to stay overnight in the Manor House at Mashomack Preserve on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Pictured here on the main stairway are (clockwise from far left): Jonathan Dey, Richard Quaglio, Mashomack volunteer host Peter Van Hensbroek, Amy Jacobus, Debra North, Walter and Katherine Chabla, Jeanne Merkel, David and Shirley Merle, and (center) Paul Merle.

JULIA BRENNAN PHOTO | Fifteen lucky birders got to stay overnight in the Manor House at Mashomack Preserve on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Pictured here on the main stairway are (clockwise from far left): Jonathan Dey, Richard Quaglio, Mashomack volunteer host Peter Van Hensbroek, Amy Jacobus, Debra North, Walter and Katherine Chabla, Jeanne Merkel, David and Shirley Merle, and (center) Paul Merle.

Fifteen lucky birders had a rare treat recently at Mashomack Preserve — an overnight stay at the freshly restored Manor House.

They came to participate in the annual early morning “Birds and Breakfast” program run by naturalists at the preserve, and as they were among the first responders to an invitation issued last fall, got to sleepover night in one of the Manor House’s 10 bedrooms.

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05/26/17 10:10am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dering Harbor Village Hall.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Dering Harbor Village Hall.

Tensions are mounting over the upcoming election in the Village of Dering Harbor where frustrated homeowners have set in motion official challenges against six voters, and opposing parties are contesting ballot petitions for incumbent trustees and would-be challengers. (more…)

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05/16/17 12:00pm
MARY ELLEN McGAHEY PHOTO Andrew Graffagnino is flanked by his father, Shelter Island Board of Education President Thomas Graffagnino (right), a former New York City police officer, and his grandfather, Robert Martin (left), a retired Nassau County police officer, outside Police Headquarters after he was sworn in during the Town Board meeting May 12.

MARY ELLEN McGAHEY PHOTO Andrew Graffagnino is flanked by his father, Shelter Island Board of Education President Thomas Graffagnino (right), a former New York City police officer, and his grandfather, Robert Martin (left), a retired Nassau County police officer, outside Police Headquarters after he was sworn in during the Town Board meeting May 12.

If you wanted to break the law undetected on Shelter Island, last Friday around 4:30 p.m. was your chance, Supervisor Jim Dougherty said to the crowd gathered at Town Hall.

That’s when the 12-member police force turned out in dress uniform for the swearing in of Andrew Graffagnino, the department’s new full-time officer. (more…)

05/12/17 8:00am
Coast Guardsmen brace themselves in heavy waves during training near the Shinnecock Station. (Photo by: US Air National Guard / Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Muncy)

Coast Guardsmen brace themselves in heavy waves during training near the Shinnecock Station. (Photo by: US Air National Guard / Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Muncy)

It was October 30, 1991 and just off the Atlantic coast a hurricane, a high pressure ridge, and a trough of low pressure were coalescing into a nor’easter of epic proportions that meteorologists were calling the storm of the century.  (more…)