07/23/14 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | A silent auction offering: ‘Seeing things whole,’ bronze bald eagle sculpture by Walt Matia.

COURTESY PHOTO | A silent auction offering: ‘Seeing things whole,’ bronze bald eagle sculpture by Walt Matia.

The Nature Conservancy’s 31st annual benefit celebration for Mashomack Preserve will honor and celebrate Janet Gay Hawkins’ commitment to this special place — Mashomack: “Where They Go by Water.” (more…)

07/22/14 2:31pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO |This is phlox, ‘Bright Eyes,’ a light pink with a darker eye. It blooms in midsummer and will tolerate some shade.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO |This is phlox, ‘Bright Eyes,’ a light pink with a darker eye. It blooms in midsummer and will tolerate some shade.

When I had a garden that was in full sun, I always gave a party on the third weekend in July, because that was when everything was in full bloom. I was a weekender in those days and so I could enjoy roses and peonies, but only to bring back to the city. When school was over, that was a different matter. Most of my space was indeed given to those flowers that bloom in July. (more…)

07/22/14 12:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The ceremonial launch of the 100-year-old Little Kittie on June 16.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The ceremonial launch of the 100-year-old Little Kittie on June 16.

Tucked amid stately yachts and towering cruisers anchored in Dering Harbor, is a wooden 12.5-foot dinghy named Little Kittie discreetly rocking back and forth. Unremarkable at first glance, this boat, which is now fully operational, was built in 1914 and has been restored by the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in celebration of the craft’s centennial year. (more…)

07/22/14 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Jason Shields with the trappings of two his passions, fishing and writing, holding a rod and a copy of his new book, “Louis’ Beach & Other Writings.”

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Jason Shields with the trappings of two his passions, fishing and writing, holding a rod and a copy of his new book, “Louis’ Beach & Other Writings.”

The old expression that if you live long enough you become a stranger in your own place applies to Shelter Island as much —more? — than any other place. Physical changes in a landscape or on a street added to new customs and neighbors transform the familiar into the barely recognizable.

In Jason Shields’ slim, evocative, precisely written new collection of short memoirs, a story and two poems, “Louis’ Beach & Other Writings,” the author remembers an Island now gone or passing quickly. (more…)

07/21/14 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO |  Sylvia Ann Hewitt will be speaking about her newly-released book, “Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success at Friday Night Dialogues this Friday.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Sylvia Ann Hewitt will be speaking about her newly-released book, “Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success at Friday Night Dialogues this Friday.

International economist, author and public policy specialist Sylvia Ann Hewlett will be the featured speaker at the July 25 Friday Night Dialogues at the Library starting at 7 p.m.

Long before Sheryl Sandberg was telling women to “lean in,” Ms. Hewlett, an economist with 20 years of experience in global talent management, was focusing on the challenges and opportunities faced by women, minorities and other previously excluded groups. (more…)