05/04/18 12:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The League of Women Voters of Shelter Island President Lois B. Morris.

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…)

04/26/18 8:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach

On Shelter Island, we don’t have to wait for truly warm weather or notice the yellow signal flares of forsythia to tell us winter is a memory. We’ve witnessed spring on the wing with the arrival of the magnificent fish hawks, the ospreys, returning from their Florida and Caribbean winter quarters.

A smaller winged harbinger has come home, too. Piping plovers have been spotted with their melodious penny whistle voices and mad dashes across beaches foraging for food, or skimming low across the water, shifting in formation.
Emily Dickinson was right: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul …” It’s not some abstract concept, or a metaphor, but true when we see robins strutting across lawns before stopping, chests out, solemnly posing for us. (more…)

04/16/18 4:30pm
REPORTER PHOTO

REPORTER PHOTO

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…)