05/15/18 9:59pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Triumphant team Superintendent Christine Finn, Board of Education President Thomas Graffagnino and Business Official Idowu Ogundipe celebrate passing Shelter Island’s $11.7 million budget for the 2018-19 school year.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Christine Finn, Board of Education President Thomas Graffagnino and Business Official Idowu Ogundipe after voters passed Shelter Island’s $11.7 million budget for the 2018-19 school year.

As expected,  the Shelter Island School District $11.7 million budget passed comfortably Tuesday night. The vote was 192 in favor and 93 opposed.

Incumbent Board of Education member Kathleen Lynch, running unopposed,  was re-elected to a second three-year term, garnering 231 votes. (more…)

05/15/18 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Three young Shelter Island thespians performed Saturday night at the Young Artists and Writers Project program at the Stony Brook Southampton Avram Theater as part of the East End Middle School program to demonstrate their talents. The three — (l-r) Olivia Overstreet, Emma Martinez and Evan Schack — performed in a play called “The Space Schism.”

COURTESY PHOTO Three young Shelter Island thespians performed Saturday night at the Young Artists and Writers Project program at the Stony Brook Southampton Avram Theater as part of the East End Middle School program to demonstrate their talents. The three — (l-r) Olivia Overstreet, Emma Martinez and Evan Schack — performed in a play called “The Space Schism.”

It was an evening that demonstrated the talents of middle school students from four East End schools, including Shelter Island, as three students from here performed at Stony Brook’s Southampton Avram Theater. (more…)

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05/15/18 10:00am

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The use of the unregulated e-cigarettes — vaping — has a trend line among young people going straight up.

In a report issued by the U.S. Surgeon General two years ago, data showed a 900 percent increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from the previous four years. Research gathered by the National Youth Tobacco Survey among young people found that 1.7 million students said they’d indulged in an e-cigarette in the past 30 days of the date of the survey. For middle school kids, the number was 500,000. (more…)

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05/14/18 12:07pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Placing permethrin-soaked rollers onto a feeding stand of a 4-poster unit.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Placing permethrin-soaked rollers onto a feeding stand of a 4-poster unit.

Some Saturdays your neighbors have a professional spray their property to kill ticks. Other neighbors put out small tubes containing cotton soaked in a tickicide with the hope they will keep tick-infested mice from their yard.

Question: Are you thinking of following one example or the other to try and protect your family from tick-borne illnesses? Or are you concerned about the safety of chemicals used and/or their effectiveness? (more…)