03/24/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO March sunset in Steinbrenner Field in Tampa as the Yankees play the Phillies.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO March sunset in Steinbrenner Field in Tampa as the Yankees play the Phillies.

Since the dawn of the 21st Century, my family has traveled to Dunedin, Florida in March.

We’ve checked into a perfectly located Holiday Inn, far from the beach, downwind of a great barbeque joint and a short walk from the Toronto Blue Jays Auto Exchange Stadium. There, we defrost our souls with baseball and pulled pork. This year the baseball was as slow-cooking as the pork shoulder. (more…)

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03/17/17 4:30pm
Are conventional amusements scarce on Shelter Island in the middle of winter?

Are conventional amusements scarce on Shelter Island in the middle of winter?

Are conventional amusements scarce on Shelter Island in the middle of winter?

Not according to Ashley Knight, owner and manager of The Islander.

Ashley and Chris Chobor, her partner in life, never lack for entertainment at their Midway Road home, they said. For one thing, they are expecting a baby in April, and according to Ashley, the child is quite a squirmer, a phenomenon that is an endless source of fascination for both of them. (more…)

03/10/17 4:16pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Eagle have been spotted in Mashomack.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO This bald eagle was spotted in Mashomack.

In the quietest moment of every Shelter Island winter, Mashomack Preserve allows about 20 people to explore the windswept beach, old farm fields and briar-choked forest of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge. This year, I got to go along, as happy as if I’d scored tickets to “Hamilton.” The music — mainly birdsong — was just as good. (more…)

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03/03/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Jules Feiffer in his new Island home with piano and favorite drawings.

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Jules Feiffer in his new Island home with piano and favorite drawings.

Jules Feiffer moved to Shelter Island in January to begin his 89th year of life in a house on the edge of Klenawicus Airfield with his new wife, Joan (JZ) Holden.

As I arrived to interview him, a feline welcoming party ushered me into their home, a light-filled place with a commanding view from virtually every room of the grass runway. “The house was just built,” Jules said, “minutes before you got here.” Joan joined the conversation from somewhere upstairs, yelling answers from offstage as Jules explained, “She is terribly shy.” (more…)