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View from Vincent Novak’s backyard overlooking Fresh Pond.
One of Shelter Island’s most successful and beneficial government programs has been the Community Preservation Fund’s purchase of open land to preserve it from development forever. An appointed Advisory Board vets properties to buy through the CPF, which is funded by a 2 percent tax that individuals pay when purchasing East End properties. (more…)
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Shelter Island’s 9/11 Memorial on North Ferry Road, Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Our country was changed forever on September 11, 2001, and in the aftermath of the terrible events of that day there has been nothing glorious — except the inspiring deeds of individuals in service to others. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO First responders at the scene of a boat fire on August 25 after two people were rescued.
As summer wanes and the recreational boating season winds down, we send a hearty “thank you” to the ones who keep us safe on the waters surrounding our Island.
This was demonstrated in dramatic fashion on the afternoon of the last Saturday of August. Bay Constable Butch Labrozzi, on patrol, rushed to a scene that without quick reactions, calm demeanor and steady procedures could have ended in fatalities. (more…)
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This weekend’s marker of the unofficial end of summer is a special time for Islanders. Special, but not necessarily welcomed by all.
Nearly everyone you talk to is suffering a kind of emotional whiplash, as in “ Wow, was that the summer of 2018 that just rushed past me?” (more…)
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The public meeting room of Town Hall.
There’s a communication problem among various appointed town committees and the elected Town Board that is causing confusion among residents about the status of important issues.
James Humes, an author and presidential speech writer, summed up the reason for government’s left hand not knowing what its right hand is doing, when he wrote, “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” (more…)