03/27/15 10:00am
RICHARD LOMUSCIO

RICHARD LOMUSCIO

We all know that Florida is very friendly toward senior citizens. I believe that seniors make up the bulk of the population here, and many live in over-55 communities.

I am visiting a friend in such a place. Most of the residents hail from the Northeast and Canada. Youngsters are not permitted to visit for more than a few weeks a year. These settlements all have pools, clubhouses and governing bodies. They publish newsletters and have numerous activities including trips, dances and lectures. (more…)

03/26/15 5:00pm
KIRSTEN LEWIS ILLUSTRATION | Artwork from the cover of ‘Francis Dering at Newark Academy,’ a volume of ‘The Dering Letters.’

KIRSTEN LEWIS ILLUSTRATION | Artwork from the cover of ‘Francis Dering at Newark Academy,’ a volume of ‘The Dering Letters.’

The name “Dering” is a familiar one on Shelter Island. There’s the harbor, the village and the inn, to name just a few prominent places, many of which we pass every day.

But with the publication of the four-volume series, “The Dering Letters,” the name may also come to mean a fascinating glimpse into the quotidian lives of Islanders and the fledgling United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. (more…)

03/25/15 4:30pm
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | The cast and crew of ‘Annie Warbucks,’ playing at the school this weekend. Tickets are still available.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | The cast and crew of ‘Annie Warbucks,’ playing at the school this weekend. Tickets are still available.

This weekend, the Shelter Island School’s Drama Club will present “Annie Warbucks,” the sequel to the original 1977 Tony award-winning hit “Annie,” based on Harold Gray’s “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip. (more…)

03/24/15 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Jim Hurst

COURTESY PHOTO
Jim Hurst

Sylvester Manor’s second house concert will feature Nashville musician Jim Hurst, in two back-to-back performances at the Manor on Saturday, March 28 at 6 and 8 p.m. (more…)

03/24/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Getting a read on potential colon cancer may no longer require a trip to the hospital.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Getting a read on potential colon cancer may no longer require a trip to the hospital.

Between the dreaded preparation and procedure itself, no one would call getting a colonoscopy a barrel of laughs.

But reluctant would-be patients should take heart: In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Cologuard, the first non-invasive DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. (more…)