08/25/16 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Happiness at the Shelter Island Fire Department's 53d annual Chicken Barbecue

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Happiness at Saturday’s Shelter Island Fire Department’s 53d annual Chicken Barbecue

The old saying, “No rest for the weary,” should be, “Little rest for the bravest,” when it comes to putting together one of summer’s greatest traditions for our community, the Shelter Island Fire Department’s Chicken Barbecue. (more…)

08/19/16 8:00am
 FILE PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)

FILE PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)

The Reporter has used this space several times in the past to commend Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) for his efforts to ensure that certain East End concerns — helicopters, clean water, preserving Plum Island — are heard in Washington.

Although praising a congressman for taking care of constituent services is like congratulating an employee for punctuality, many representatives only begin to listen to their district when elections are closing in.

But our voice in the House of Representatives also has to speak about critical issues facing the country, and to make a stand to protect and defend the Constitution when it faces dangers. One of those dangers is the possibility that Donald Trump would become president and commander-in-chief. (more…)

07/29/16 8:00am
Reel Point

Reel Point

Town Engineer John Cronin, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), is consistent in urging the town to face up to infrastructure problems and solutions. In an email recently to the Reporter, Mr. Cronin noted that “whether talking about roads and other town assets … almost all of these situations impact care of infrastructure. We are fast approaching a crisis in the country.” (more…)

07/04/16 11:00am
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Saving our most precious natural resource continues to be a battle.

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Saving our most precious natural resource continues to be a battle.

Coming into focus
At a recent social event, Councilman Jim Colligan was speaking informally to some constituents about the glacial pace government normally employs.

Mr. Colligan said that the present Town Board is prepared to change that. One way of achieving a more streamlined way of doing business is to focus on key issues, rather than take in every suggestion and recommendation, beat them to death in endless work sessions and then hold up fingers to gauge the wind of public approval or disapproval. (more…)