03/27/15 12:00pm
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

The Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund has never been just about protecting agriculture, or even farms and open space. At its heart, the program that went into effect in 1999 has always been about protecting a way of life the rest of Long Island lost long ago to suburban sprawl. (more…)

03/19/15 2:00pm
KATHRYN ZUKOWSKI PHOTO Shelter Island Firefighters responded to the fire that destroyed First Universalist Church in Southold Saturday night.

KATHRYN ZUKOWSKI PHOTO
Shelter Island Firefighters responded to the fire that destroyed First Universalist Church in Southold Saturday night.

One example of physical courage is running into a burning building to save the lives of people you don’t know. (more…)

03/13/15 10:00am
 FILE PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has taken strong positions  ion recently on two local issues.

FILE PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has taken strong positions ion recently on two local issues.

Taking a stand
Freshman Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has had a good week.

We’ll hold our fire — for now — about his joining forces with reactionary U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spouting conspiracy theories about American foreign policy. But we commend him for supporting local educators fighting the Common Core system by introducing legislation and also for standing with opponents of ear-splitting helicopter traffic over the Island. (more…)

03/09/15 10:00am
Clarissa Williams

Clarissa Williams

Clarissa
Those beyond our family and friends who influence us for the better usually come from stations above us, from parents,  pulpits, legislatures, from the head of a classroom, from history. But it’s the ones who are with us on our level in our daily lives who can make the deepest impressions. (more…)

03/02/15 10:00am
CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC

CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC

Words such as “crisis” and “urgent” often lose their currency when they’re spent by public officials as freely as sailors on sprees.

But credit Supervisor Jim Dougherty for pursuing an end to a fully realized crisis confronting the Island’s future in the form of polluted ground water and the waters that surround us. (more…)