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05/17/18 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Anu and John Kaasik in the home they built.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Anu and John Kaasik in the home they built.

Over 50 years ago, when John Kaasik first set eyes on Shelter Island, he was 11 years old, riding in his family’s Chevy Suburban on their way to visit a friend. After the visit, his Estonian immigrant parents, Evi and Joannes, were heading back to their West Islip home with six children in the car when the axle broke coming down the Ram Island hill. It turned out the repair would take a while, so the Kaasiks stayed.

Forever. (more…)

05/15/18 9:59pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Triumphant team Superintendent Christine Finn, Board of Education President Thomas Graffagnino and Business Official Idowu Ogundipe celebrate passing Shelter Island’s $11.7 million budget for the 2018-19 school year.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Christine Finn, Board of Education President Thomas Graffagnino and Business Official Idowu Ogundipe after voters passed Shelter Island’s $11.7 million budget for the 2018-19 school year.

As expected,  the Shelter Island School District $11.7 million budget passed comfortably Tuesday night. The vote was 192 in favor and 93 opposed.

Incumbent Board of Education member Kathleen Lynch, running unopposed,  was re-elected to a second three-year term, garnering 231 votes. (more…)

05/15/18 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Three young Shelter Island thespians performed Saturday night at the Young Artists and Writers Project program at the Stony Brook Southampton Avram Theater as part of the East End Middle School program to demonstrate their talents. The three — (l-r) Olivia Overstreet, Emma Martinez and Evan Schack — performed in a play called “The Space Schism.”

COURTESY PHOTO Three young Shelter Island thespians performed Saturday night at the Young Artists and Writers Project program at the Stony Brook Southampton Avram Theater as part of the East End Middle School program to demonstrate their talents. The three — (l-r) Olivia Overstreet, Emma Martinez and Evan Schack — performed in a play called “The Space Schism.”

It was an evening that demonstrated the talents of middle school students from four East End schools, including Shelter Island, as three students from here performed at Stony Brook’s Southampton Avram Theater. (more…)