09/12/14 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A view of the entrance to St. Gabriel's Retreat Center.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A view of the entrance to St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center.

My name is Christine Verity Monserrate and my father, James Verity, was the Passionist priest who founded St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center many years ago.

I recently spent time at St. Gabriel’s with my husband, Ricardo Monserrate, and our two sons, James and Gabriel. Our days there were some of the most special we have ever had as a family, not only because of the incredible beauty of the property, but also because of the undeniable sense that we were on holy ground. (more…)

09/11/14 8:00am
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO Caleb Springer tries out the new slide at the Tot Lot pizza party earlier this summer. Lions Club member Paul Mobius stands ready to catch him.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Caleb Springer tries out the new slide at the Tot Lot pizza party earlier this summer. Lions Club member Paul Mobius stands ready to catch him.

Calling all grandparents and friends, you’re invited to a Cocktail Party to benefit the revitalization of the Tot Lot playground on Friday, September 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tasting Room at SALT.

Located on School Street, the playground was established in 1995 through the efforts of parent volunteers and with private donations. Nearly 20 years later, with the help of moms, the Lions Club and others, the playground is being rebuilt for the next generation of toddlers. It’s a great location and great for kids.

Tickets cost $40 per person; $75 per couple and are available at the door or by calling Linda Springer at 749-0678 or Fran Walsh at 749-3084.

Make checks payable to the Shelter Island Lions Foundation, P.O. Box 760, Shelter Island 11964 and write “playground” in the memo. Donations are also most welcome and are 100 percent tax deductible.