CARA LORIZ PHOTO On June 9, 2010, Nick Kestler is embraced by Police Chief James Read as he and stepbrothers Billy and Jimbo Theinert return to the motorcade after removing a yellow ribbon from the school marquee. Their brother Joe was finally home.
On Friday, June 4, 2010, in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures near or over 90 degrees for three days straight, Chrystyna and Frank Kestler drove from Mattituck to the Inn at Fox Hollow in Woodbury. Frank, a dentist with practices in Mattituck and Shelter Island, had signed up for a conference on dental implants.
During the day, Chrystyna reminisced with Frank about her father, Joseph, who had once worked at Fox Hollow as a bartender. Her son, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Joseph J. Theinert, serving in Afghanistan, was her father’s namesake.
“I told Frank, ‘I have a feeling I’ll hear from Joe today,’” Chrystyna said last week. “It wasn’t a premonition or anything, I was just thinking I’d hear from him.”
Before the day was out she had news about her son, and found herself at a crossroads in her life. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The selection of Reed Karen to replace bill Banks as Shelter Island’s building inspector will be voted on at the June 3 Town Board meeting.
When Bill Banks steps down as building inspector on June 17 after 21 years on the job, a new face in town government will take his place. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Elizabeth Toth outside the Center Post Office on Wednesday. Ms. Toth and many other residents whose Zip code is 11964 are fed up, they say, with poor service.
“I don’t want this to be a life’s campaign,” said Shelter Island resident Elizabeth Toth. “I just want my mail in a timely fashion.”
Ms. Toth has launched an online petition asking other residents to join her campaign to demand much needed improvements at the Center Post Office. She has found support from many Islanders who depend on the staff there that they say has been letting them down for months. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Students in the Adelphi University/Farmingdale Leadership Summit at Camp Quinipet this week are learning how to use their science and technology skills working with one another in teams.
Seventeen college students are at Camp Quinipet this week to participate in a three-day Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program Leadership Summit. It’s designed to prepare them to apply their skills working within teams. (more…)
Two new teachers won unanimous support for their appointments to the Shelter Island School faculty at a special meeting Tuesday night. (more…)