JULIE LANE PHOTO Chase Bank on North Ferry Road.
When the Reporter broke the story two weeks ago that Chase Bank was going to shutter its branch on North Ferry Road in the Center, it seemed like another example of a corporate giant so wedded to its bottom line that it forgot one of the pillars of its existence is not just charging people money but serving them. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The ribbon was cut last month by Supervisor Gary Gerth to open the pavilion at Wades Beach, a gift from the Shelter Island Lions Club Foundation. From left, Councilman Jim Colligan, Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams, Mr. Gerth, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilman Albert Dickson and Lions Club member Don D’Amato.
What would Shelter Island do without the Lions Club? One thing is certain— it would be a less caring and comforting place. (more…)
PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION
On Memorial Day 2009, President Barack Obama gave an eloquent eulogy for those who have died wearing American uniforms: “If the fallen could speak to us, what would they say? Would they console us? Perhaps they might say that while they could not know they’d be called upon to storm a beach through a hail of gunfire, they were willing to give up everything for the defense of our freedom; that while they could not know they’d be called upon to jump into the mountains of Afghanistan and seek an elusive enemy, they were willing to sacrifice all for their country; that while they couldn’t possibly know they would be called to leave this world for another, they were willing to take that chance to save the lives of their brothers and sisters in arms.”
Officially sanctioned ceremonies for remembering the war dead go back at least as far as Homer. And every year, at the crossroads of spring and summer, Americans continue that honored — and essential — tradition of refusing to forget. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The League of Women Voters of Shelter Island President Lois B. Morris.
A seasoned editor once told a group of young reporters that there is no good news and no bad news. There’s just news.
We’ve had some news lately that is worth spotlighting here and the old editor should not take offense, but there’s been some really good news for Shelter Island recently. (more…)
Community newspapers have a great many responsibilities, and one is to take national issues and make them relevant to local readers — to “bring home” a bigger issue to show exactly how it will affect the residents of the community it serves. This time, that’s easy. There’s a move afoot in Washington, D.C., that will have a deleterious effect on this news organization — and thus on anyone reading this. (more…)