01/22/17 3:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO The Shelter Island School varsity basketball team during the National Anthem before the tip off the game against Greenport January 13. From left, Nicholas Young, Walter Richards, Kal Lewis, Evan Thilberg, Luke Gilpin, Erik Thilberg, Daniel Martin, Assistant Coaches Jim Colligan and Ian Kanarvogel and Coach Jay Card Jr.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
The Shelter Island School varsity basketball team during the National Anthem before the tip off the game against Greenport January 13. From left, Nicholas Young, Walter Richards, Kal Lewis, Evan Thilberg, Luke Gilpin, Erik Thilberg, Daniel Martin, Assistant Coaches Jim Colligan and Ian Kanarvogel and Coach Jay Card Jr.

January on Shelter Island.

My morning starts with walking the dog for a half hour followed by coffee with my friends for the next hour. That sets up the most productive time of the day — the only time I get things done. I keep busy, and thanks to Shelter Island School, my entertainment is watching the basketball games. (more…)

01/21/17 11:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

If you know, let us know. Send your responses to [email protected] or phone at (631) 749-1000, extension 18. (more…)

01/21/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Homer Bigart in Vietnam.

COURTESY PHOTO Homer Bigart in Vietnam.

No reporter during my lifetime was more admired by his peers than Homer Bigart, who was awarded, along with many other honors, two Pulitzer Prizes for his work as a war correspondent.

By the time I joined the ranks of the ink-stained wretches in the early 1960s, Bigart had such a towering reputation that it was not uncommon to hear colleagues refer to him – without a trace of irony – as “the legendary Homer Bigart.” So I was mildly surprised to learn that he was a late bloomer. (more…)

01/20/17 4:30pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Pan-roasted venison with currant sauce.

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Pan-roasted venison with currant sauce.

Welcome to the first installment of Island Bites, my food column for the Shelter Island Reporter. I’m excited to be sharing the space with Charity Robey, and I hope you enjoy my easy-to-follow recipes. The column’s name stems from the distinctive local sources of food available here, many of which, besides being highly nutritious, require minimal cooking and preparation. In upcoming installments, I’ll feature simple recipes for Island staples like clams, fish, blackberries, vegetables from Sylvester Manor and much more. (more…)

01/20/17 2:00pm
GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

Donald Trump, who has been sworn in as president of the United States today, considers the four years he spent at the New York Military Academy (NYMA) pivotal in his life — as does an East End-based doctor who also is a graduate.

Not only did Dr. Allen L. Fein, a clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and a specialist as a family physician, go to NYMA, but so did his two older brothers. And his brother, Jared Fein, was in the same graduating class as Mr. Trump. (more…)