12/21/14 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

Across the channel from Shelter Island, Erling Hope is busy at work in Sag Harbor, his art having a more special meaning this holiday season than others past. (more…)

12/17/14 4:30pm

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You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get after finding someone the perfect gift, helping an older person cross the street or, say, rescuing a wide-eyed kitten from a tight spot?

It’s more than a warming of the heart — it’s your brain’s way of rewarding you for doing something good, said Stephen Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. (more…)

12/15/14 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island is losing ground cover in woodlands to hungry deer.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Shelter Island is losing ground cover in woodlands to hungry deer.

Our woodlands are under attack.

Whether a longtime resident or visitor, you’ve seen the difference. Over the past 10 years, studies in the Pine Barrens, at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island and at various Southold properties have documented the nearly complete loss of our understory — young trees, bushes, shrubs and ground cover — destroyed by an out-of-control deer population. Worse yet, these areas have shown no evidence of regrowth. None. (more…)