06/18/16 11:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A view of Coecles Harbor from the St. Gabriel's property. Codger weighs in on, among other things, the fate of the parcel and its chapel.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A view of Coecles Harbor from the St. Gabriel’s property. Codger weighs in on, among other things, the fate of the parcel and its chapel.

As the airbus from Dublin nosed down into Kennedy Airport, the pilot said, “We’ll be flying over the Hamptons, folks.”

Codger was filled with joy. Fly low, driver, and rev those engines, he thought. Give the South Forkers some of the pain they’ve given us with their helicopters. (more…)

06/16/16 11:21am
DEBBIE WEAVER PHOTO Dancing bluefish at the end of our columnist’s line.

DEBBIE WEAVER PHOTO Dancing bluefish at the end of our columnist’s line.

Last week was another interesting but unproductive time for fishermen around Shelter Island and, according to several other sources, from Gardiners to Plum and farther to Jessups.

The main culprit was winds that blew for days on end interrupted only by rain showers followed by more wind, primarily from the northwest. Usually, after a big rainstorm the northwest wind blows for about 36 hours and then we’re blessed with gentle breezes until the next weather pattern comes through. (more…)

06/14/16 4:30pm
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO Expert Martial Arts owner Sung Choi, far left, leads students in kicking drills Thursday evening at the Aquebogue school.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO Expert Martial Arts owner Sung Choi, far left, leads students in kicking drills Thursday evening at the Aquebogue school.

Whenever I tell someone I have a black belt in karate, his or her eyes invariably widen. Seconds later, I’m usually subjected to the following half-joking inquiry: “Could you beat me up?”

Well, maybe. (more…)

06/12/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO The wedding of our columnist, left, to Phyllis, in Florence in 1989. Performing the ceremony was Emilio Pucci, one of the great names in the history of fashion.

COURTESY PHOTO The wedding of our columnist, left, to Phyllis, in Florence in 1989. Performing the ceremony was a Florentine nobleman, who was also one of the greatest creative forces  in the history of fashion.

It’s June – the month for matrimonial bliss — and an appropriate time to recall the unusual circumstances of my marriage to Lady Phyllis, as she’s known to her many friends here on Shelter Island.

Like scores of other lovebirds over the years, Phyllis and I chose to tie the knot at City Hall. Except in our case, the city was Florence and the hall is more famously known as the Palazzo Vecchio, which had been the majestic home of the Medicis during the Renaissance when that powerful family reigned over Florence. (more…)

06/11/16 11:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO

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