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02/04/16 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Artist’s rendering of new archival space and research center at the Shelter Island Historical Society.

COURTESY PHOTO |  Artist’s rendering of a new archival space and research center at the Shelter Island Historical Society.

With the help of Town Attorney Laury Dowd, a seemingly  Catch-22 situation for the Shelter Island Historical Society building project is on its way to getting untangled. (more…)

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02/04/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Changes could be coming for parking at North Ferry on the Greenport side.

COURTESY PHOTO | Changes could be coming for parking near North Ferry on the Greenport side.

The Long Island Railroad parking lots near the North Ferry dock in Greenport are free to use and do not feature any time restrictions.

But that could soon change under a proposal Greenport Village Trustees have approved and sent to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for consideration. (more…)

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02/03/16 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty embraces the Long Island Nitrogen action plan, but thinks more study is a delaying tactic when the water quality problem is already critical.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty embraces the Long Island Nitrogen action plan, but thinks more study is a delaying tactic when the water quality problem is already critical.

There’s a disconnect between Shelter Island officials and some Suffolk County groups seeking to address issues related to water quality and transportation. (more…)

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02/03/16 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Hermann's Castle on Shore Road.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Hermann’s Castle on Shore Road.

The white, idiosyncratic structure rises above Shore Road, commanding sweeping views of Crescent Beach and the bay. Known as “Hermann’s Castle,” it appeared nearly half a century ago, conceived and built by German immigrants Walter and Ingrid Hermann as their fantasy Bavarian chalet.

It’s now crumbling on its hilltop next to the Pridwin Hotel. Twisted metal railings shift in the breeze and on the ground floor plywood panels order curiosity seekers to keep out. It’s abandoned, except at Town Hall, where the property has been the subject of debate — sometimes contentious — and discussion for years of what to do with it. Hermann’s Castle, along with several other properties on the Island either in construction or redevelopment, are at he heart of another debate — is there a case for protecting the look and way of life of an older Shelter Island? (more…)

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02/02/16 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Islander Lawson Brigham posed by the Coast Card icebreaker, Polar Sea, that he commanded on a voyage to Antarctica in the mid-1990s.

COURTESY PHOTO | Islander Lawson Brigham posed by the Coast Card icebreaker, Polar Sea, that he commanded on a voyage to Antarctica in the mid-1990s.

The name Brigham is well known to Islanders for public service, so it won’t surprise many that Lawson Brigham, a 1966 Shelter Island High School graduate, has won accolades for achievements in polar science and exploration.

Now a professor of geography and arctic policy at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Mr. Brigham is one of only 62 people since 1936 to have received a Polar Medal and Honorary Member Award from the American Polar Society. Mr. Brigham was honored for his contributions in preserving polar history. (more…)