09/05/15 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO |

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO

Elliot, a chickadee
Reginald, a cardinal
Gus, a grackle
Maude, a mourning dove
Rusty, a squirrel
Jim, a human

Elliot: There is much to like about humans and bird feeders, but with weekend people it can get pretty spotty. Jim is not nearly as regular a feeder as he was when they first bought the place. But credit is due for he has paid real money over the years for the seed. Ninety percent of Islanders never think about getting engaged in feeding.

Reginald: As everyone knows, I’m a big consumer of seed, but truth be told, I find it incredibly bland stuff. It’s like eating saltines all day. I’d much rather chomp on a wet, fat bug, but nailing bugs, that’s work. I’d rather fight for feeder perches with you guys, although I am struck by the laziness implied in that confession. (more…)

08/30/15 3:00pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Columnist Richard Lomuscio

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Columnist Richard Lomuscio

I was daydreaming the other day as I disembarked South Ferry. I passed Hallock Real Estate on the left, followed by the offices of Drs. Grunwaldt and Stroll at the Town Medical Center.

I stopped at Schmid’s for a half dozen jelly donuts, then filled up with gas at B&D. Continuing north on Route114, I noticed that the House of Glass was busy and George’s IGA parking lot was full. (more…)

08/30/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO A look at the origin of the Community Preservation Fund real estate transfer tax.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO A look at the origin of the Community Preservation Fund real estate transfer tax.

The model for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund, which has become a key to the preservation of eastern Long Island and reached $1 billion this year, got its start when Bill Klein arrived on Nantucket in 1974 and saw the island “subdividing at a rate of 500 lots a year, most on 2 and 3 acre lots.” (more…)