08/13/18 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Happiness at the Shelter Island Fire Department's Chicken Barbecue.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Happiness at the Shelter Island Fire Department’s Chicken Barbecue.

Rain or shine, Saturday’s 55th Annual Shelter Island Fire Department Chicken Barbecue will go on as scheduled, according to Chief Anthony Reiter. A large tent at Fireman’s Field will shelter attendees from what could be occasional rain if the early forecast is correct. (more…)

08/13/18 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Composer Julian Grant will speak at the next Friday Night Dialogues at the library.

COURTESY PHOTO
Composer Julian Grant will speak at the next Friday Night Dialogues at the library.

Between January and October in 1828 two men from Edinburgh, William Burke and William Hare, taking advantage of a shortage of cadavers to be supplied for medical school dissection, systematically murdered 16 people, receiving a premium sum for each of their victims. In 1871 poet Edward Lear, as part of his compilation “Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets,” wrote the “The Owl and the Pussycat,” which became a popular children’s rhyme. How are these two events, one of such a grisly nature and one of such whimsy, related?

In a word, musically!

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08/12/18 3:00pm
Charity Robey

CHARITY ROBEY

The great thing about living in a small town is that everyone knows you. The awful thing about living in a small town is that everyone knows you.

My bedtime, how long the television stays on, who is visiting me, all may as well be a matter of public record. If I fail to pick up after my dog during our morning walk my neighbors may not care, but they will certainly notice. (more…)