10/20/17 4:30pm
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

Cruising the Island at 30 miles an hour was Police Chief Jim Read’s idea, not Codger’s.

At a recent Town Board meeting, after the chief presented the results of 14 years of traffic studies on New York Avenue and St. Mary’s Road, Councilwoman Chris Lewis asked about lowering speed limits.

Chief Read suggested that concerned residents might “drive around at 30, get a feel for it.” (more…)

09/22/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone (a ka a Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone (a ka a Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

Cur is ailing.

The canine cardiologist has confirmed the vet’s diagnoses of pulmonary hypertension and congestive heart failure, which may be slowed but can’t be reversed or cured. Cur may have a year. (more…)

09/02/17 11:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone (a ka a Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone (aka Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

In these final, frantic days of summer, Codger is looking forward to the real life that begins after Labor Day, not only the draining of the Island but the new political season. Elections! Lawsuits! Deer hunting! Septic scares! There’s even an online remake of a superhero series called “The Tick”! (more…)

07/22/17 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone  (a ka a Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone (aka a Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

In celebration of his second anniversary at this corner, Codger is available for questions.

Is it impolite to honk at three bicyclists riding slowly abreast in front of my car?
It certainly is, and it violates the spirit of Shelter Island civility, libertarianism and passive-aggression. Honking can only be justified as an alternative to running them over. Codger disapproves of that, in most cases. (more…)

06/17/17 11:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Jules Feiffer (left) prior to a Q&A with Robert Lipsyte at the Shelter Island Public Library’s annual Book and Author Luncheon June 10 at The Pridwin.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Jules Feiffer (left) prior to a Q&A with Codger at the Shelter Island Public Library’s annual Book and Author Luncheon June 10 at The Pridwin.

With a flailing government in Washington, a furtive puppet in our congressional district and at least three first-time candidates announced for the upcoming Shelter Island elections, Codger tunes in a time when chaos seemed daunting but not overwhelming, when the barbarians were at the gates, not yet inside. (more…)