05/13/17 3:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

Since 1913, when Congress officially recognized the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, Americans have celebrated this most traditional of made-up holidays.

Mothers go out in force every day, but on this spring Sunday they are more effectively displayed than usual, dressed up and festooned with flowers and accompanied by their offspring, making them easy to spot in the buffet line or at large corner tables hemmed in by high-chairs and diaper bags. (more…)

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05/12/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Cathy Ann Kenny at her Silver Beach home.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Cathy Ann Kenny at her Silver Beach home.

Cathy Ann Kenny made a home improvement last year, installing a gas fireplace to replace the standard wood-burning hearth that came with her Silver Beach home. It changed her life.

“Now, it’s super easy — there’s a remote for the damn thing,” she said. “But when I had to use wood, I had a fire every weekend. Now I rarely turn it on.”

It’s just not in this woman’s nature to take a shortcut. (more…)

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04/28/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO An image of Shelter Island in steel takes shape in Hap Bowditch’s studio.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO An image of Shelter Island in steel takes shape in Hap Bowditch’s studio.

When Shelter Island became a town in 1730, George Washington was not yet born, and two of the 20 town fathers were named Bowditch.

“They’re here,” Harry Dawson Bowditch said. “My ancestors follow me around.” (more…)

04/28/17 10:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The author and chef's horseradish crackers.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The author and chef’s horseradish crackers.

April is a difficult month for locavores. At a time when green shoots are coming up everywhere, and fruit trees are blooming, there is nothing green to eat, nor fruit to pick. The only edible things coming out of the earth in this season must be dug up, and that’s why horseradish is my subject. Planted in the spring, it grows all summer, fall and winter until a year later, it’s a root that looks like a shillelagh and acts like smelling salts.

Think of horseradish as Long Island mustard. (more…)

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04/21/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO New Shelter Island Fire Department Chief Anthony Reiter at the Center firehouse.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO New Shelter Island Fire Department Chief Anthony Reiter at the Center firehouse.

The nephew, son, and grandson of volunteer firemen, when Anthony Reiter is sworn in as chief of the Shelter Island Fire Department on April 24 it will be a proud moment.

Anthony’s proudest moment as a firefighter came a little over two years ago, when on March 14, 2015, a fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. at Southold’s First Universalist Church. “We were the knights in shining armor for that one,” he said. “I called the Southold chief and said ‘I’ve got a full crew ready to go.’ She said, ‘Get your butts over here.’” (more…)