05/06/16 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Mashomack Preserve Director Mike Laspia and his wife Susan, preserve operations manager, are retiring in September.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Mashomack Preserve Director Mike Laspia and his wife Susan, preserve operations manager, are retiring in September.

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It’s rare these days for people to remain in one job, in one place, for more than 30 years. But Mike and Susan Laspia have done just that, with Mike starting work as Mashomack Preserve’s director in 1980, and his wife Susan coming on board as preserve operations manager three years later.

News that they will be retiring this September means the Island will be losing two of its greatest assets. (more…)

04/29/16 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

Those in favor of a sensible plan to bring affordable housing — either for purchase or rent — to the Island have had a setback.

Neighbors near a plot on North Ferry Road have voiced strong opposition to a project first aired at the town’s Community Housing Board (CHB) late last month. Real estate broker Janalyn Travis-Messer suggested constructing a two-unit structure — one three-bedroom house with an attached one-bedroom unit — that could provide, it was said, affordable living spaces. (more…)

04/22/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island School

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island School

Following a diligent review of the Shelter Island School District budget proposal, the Board of Education has endorsed a spending plan for the 2016-17 school year of $10.97 million that would cost taxpayers an additional $17.24 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. (more…)

04/15/16 2:00pm
HALSEY QUINN PHOTO Newly minted town animal control officer Beau Payne at home with a friend.

HALSEY QUINN PHOTO Newly minted town animal control officer Beau Payne at home with a friend.

The announcement that the town will hire Beau Payne to take charge of the efforts to reduce tick-borne illnesses is welcome news.

We applaud the choice of Mr. Payne, an outdoorsman and environmentalist who has a deep love and respect for Shelter Island’s natural beauty and will be dedicated to protecting it for us all. (more…)

04/01/16 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO The house, built in 1720, where former town Supervisor Thomas Dering lived, has been demolished.

COURTESY PHOTO
The house, built in 1720, where former town Supervisor Thomas Dering lived, has been demolished.

Islanders learned about tentative plans to demolish St. Gabriel’s Chapel because the new development on the property required a major review by the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

What triggers a trip to one of these boards is a turndown by the Building Department when an application is filed.

But what about applications the Building Department approves? (more…)