PETER BOODY PHOTO | Bill and Mary Boeklen at home in May 2014. Mr. Boeklen died last summer, 22 days after being diagnosed with cancer.
When a memorial service was scheduled for South Ferry Captain Bill Boeklen on a weekday afternoon last July at the American Legion Hall, the family asked that those attending wear “comfortable Hawaiian attire” and bring a beach chair or a blanket to sit on.
The dress code was because of Bill’s love of everything Hawaiian. The request to bring something to sit on was good advice for those who didn’t want to stand for hours, shoulder to shoulder, in the packed space. The turnout for Bill, his wife, Mary, and sons, Danny and Billy, was nothing short of extraordinary. Everyone who crammed into the room and those who had to stand in the lobby, however, weren’t in the least surprised at the support and love shown the Boeklen family. (more…)
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo should be applauded for his newly announced pledge that tuition costs at state colleges will be covered for New Yorkers whose annual household income is $125,000 or less. (more…)
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The Reporter’s Person of the Year
Margaret Mead, the American author and anthropologist, wrote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (more…)
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The cemeteries are filled with irreplaceable people, as the old saying goes. It’s true and not true, since we are all diminished by the deaths of those who have dedicated their lives to doing good, but there are always others who pick up the fallen standard to replace them. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The new map of Shelter Island produced by the Chamber of Commerce and designed by Designed by Louise O’Regan Clark of Shelter Island Graphics.
Staying close to home
Family-run businesses are the backbone of the Shelter Island economy. And these businesses — some new, some decades old — are a huge part of what makes the Island such a unique place to live and visit.
Small-business owners also serve as defacto community leaders. They sit on boards of local nonprofits. They run for office. Above all, they get involved. (more…)