02/18/17 11:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO What is that?

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO What is that?

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

02/18/17 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO  The Town Board recently held a public hearing on proposed short-term rental legislation. Readers weighed in this week on the issue. From left, Assistant Town Clerk Sharon Jacobs, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Amber Brach- Williams, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Town Attorney Laury Dowd.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
The Town Board recently held a public hearing on proposed short-term rental legislation. Readers weighed in this week on the issue. From left, Assistant Town Clerk Sharon Jacobs, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Amber Brach- Williams, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Town Attorney Laury Dowd.

Codger’s antique brain has been spinning these past few weeks trying to understand the roiling controversy between those who believe that unrestricted outsiders will take down our quality of life and those who believe they will contribute fresh energy and money.

We’re talking about short-term renters here. (more…)

02/17/17 4:30pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Nothing warms the winter soul like a bowl of bouillabaise, served with a toasted baguette topped by a little aioli.

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Nothing warms the winter soul like a bowl of bouillabaise, served with a toasted baguette topped by a little aioli.

An easy and elegant dish to serve in the dead of winter, bouillabaisse (fish stew) has its roots in the southern French city of Marseilles.

Historically, fishermen would sell the best parts of their catch at the market and then save whatever was left over for their own families — and from that came bouillabaisse.  (more…)

02/14/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Bobby Marcello, right, with Jeff Nelson, who was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees.

COURTESY PHOTO
Bobby Marcello, right, with Jeff Nelson, who was a member of four World Championship teams with the Yankees.

It’s something special when a kid gets totally involved in a sport — or anything else worthwhile, for that matter.

Which leads me to Bobby Marcello of Marcello Masonry here on Shelter Island. Young Bobby loved baseball and has been a Yankee fan his entire life. He followed his passion from Little League on to the professional levels of Double-A and Triple-A baseball. (more…)

02/14/17 10:00am
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK

Billie Holiday, in one of her more poignant lyrics, wrote that “love will make you drink and gamble, make you stay out all night long.”

Which leads me to conclude there are worse ways to kill a weekend. (more…)