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10/04/14 4:42pm
The sailboat Optimistic, seen here on the left with sail number 148  behind a fellow racer Buccaneer, jockeys for position before Saturday's Whitebread race. The boat would later sink off Shelter Island in rough seas.

The sailboat Optimistic, seen here on the left with sail number 148 behind a fellow racer Buccaneer, jockeys for position before Saturday’s Whitebread race. The boat would later sink off Shelter Island in rough seas.

A 28-foot sailboat participating in Saturday’s 21st annual Whitebread race sank off the coast of Shelter Island during rough seas this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed.  (more…)

01/29/14 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Police Officer Anthony Rando, right,receives  a plaque from Police Chief Jim Read as Officer of the Year January 25 at the Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue.

COURTESY PHOTO
Police Officer Anthony Rando, right,receives a plaque from Police Chief Jim Read as Officer of the Year January 25 at the Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue.

Shelter Island Police Officer Anthony Rando was honored Friday as the department’s Officer of the Year for making an instinctive call that likely saved a local woman’s life. (more…)

01/15/14 5:00pm
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | A state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday controversial Metropolitan Transit Authority payroll tax is unconstitutional.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | The state Court of Appeals upheld a controversial Metropolitan Transit Authority payroll tax as constitutional Tuesday.

The MTA payroll tax is constitutional, according to the state’s highest court.

The New York Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling in June backing the controversial tax, which has long been opposed by Republican lawmakers and fiercely defended by Metropolitan Transit Authority officials. (more…)

10/07/13 4:32pm

The East End could see a string severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon into the evening, National Weather Service officials said.

The Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch to be in effect until 10 p.m., said meteorologist Ashley Sears.

A cold front pushing through New Jersey this afternoon will make conditions “favorable” for thunderstorms to form, with gusts up to 50 mph and rainfall totals as high as 3/4 of an inch, Ms. Sears said.

Residents shouldn’t be fooled by the pleasant weather on the Island early Monday, she added.

“The more sun you see the better chance you have of seeing a thunderstorm out there,” she said.

The area may experience some “nuisance flooding,” but added the risk of flash floods or serious damage was low.

The Weather Service had earlier issued a tornado warning for parts of New Jersey and the New York metro area after the storm began to rotate, but the warning has since been cancelled with no reported tornadoes touching down.

“That threat has definitely subsided,” Ms. Sears said.

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