09/18/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Maggie Davis leading a fitness class in the park.

COURTESY PHOTO | Maggie Davis leading a fitness class in the park.

Traditionally, we think of exercise as something we do to improve our cardiovascular health, strengthen our muscles and maybe help us shed a few pounds. Although all of these are just a few of the many life-extending benefits of exercise, some of the most important and recently discovered benefits are for the brain. I’ve often contended that if employers knew about the increased productivity associated with exercise not only would they provide the time and space for fitness — they would mandate it. And if schools were aware of the improved memories, problem solving skills and test scores of students who participate in fitness classes, there would be fewer cuts to school gym programs.  (more…)

09/17/17 11:00am

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I decided to continue a tradition that I started about 10 years ago when my first grandchild was going off to pre-school: back-to-school shopping. I had a ball taking my then 3-year-old granddaughter into the stores I wanted and getting her the clothes I thought she should have — aided, of course, by her mother’s list.

What a different situation it is now.  (more…)

09/16/17 3:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky making music at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on September 3.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky making music at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on September 3.

BY LOIS B. MORRIS

What can be better than listening to two virtuoso musicians performing together on the same piano at the same time?

Watching them. (more…)

09/14/17 2:00pm
This week, Mashomack Preserve welcomes fall with a clean-up event and an autumn outing for children.

COURTESY PHOTO  |  This week, Mashomack Preserve welcomes fall with a Saturday beach cleanup event followed on Wednesday by an after school autumn outing for children.

BEACH CLEANUP DAY

You can make a difference! Join in the annual international coastal cleanup effort which clears and categorizes the various marine debris found on local beaches. On Saturday, September 16 from 9 to 11 a.m., Mashomack Preserve hosts “Beach Clean Up Day.” Come help prevent sea turtles, seals and birds from being injured by trash while beautifying the coastline. All ages welcome. Community service hours available for students. Visit [email protected] or call (631) 749-4219 for information. (more…)

09/14/17 10:00am
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EVENTS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Duct tape crafting, for school-age children. 3 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

Book club, discusses “The Second Mrs. Hockaday” by Susan Rivers. 5 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

“Twenty Years in a Changing China,” a conversation with author Lisa See and OneSky founding board member Peter Lighte. 6 p.m., library. Special event; registration required. (631) 749-0042.

Bowling, season begins. Men and women invited to join. 7 p.m., American Legion Hall lanes. (more…)