08/23/15 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

Who knew that the program that has become integral to saving eastern Long Island from the sprawl that has overtaken much of the western portion of the island — the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund (CPF) — has its origin in a program created on Nantucket by a native Long Islander? (more…)

08/16/15 11:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

This week marks the 280th anniversary of a landmark event in the history of a free press — the trial of John Peter Zenger — that occurred 100 miles west of Shelter Island on that other island of Manhattan.

In a two-day trial that began on August 4, 1735, Zenger, publisher of the New York-Weekly Journal, was found not guilty of seditious libel by a 12-member jury.

The charge was brought by a tyrannical colonial New York governor, William Cosby, who accused Zenger of printing “false, scandalous, malicious and seditious” articles. Zenger’s real crime? Bringing to light in the New York-Weekly Journal some shady machinations by Governor Cosby. (more…)

07/26/15 8:00am
KATHERINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A mute swan mother with her cygnets.

KATHERINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A mute swan mother with her cygnets.

Lunch at The Dory on the Island has been brightened for my wife and me by the sight of swans gliding on Chase Creek. If the the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has its way, that sight might be a thing of the past. (more…)