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…)

06/06/16 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Planning Board member Emory Breiner reminisced at a recent Town Board work session about picking up then-Congressman Felix Grucci years ago at North Ferry and driving him to some Island function.

“Why did you let this happen to Route 114?” Mr. Grucci asked his driver, looking out at what sits along North Ferry Road.

Why indeed? (more…)

05/27/16 12:00pm
PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION

PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION

It’s not news to say we associate our holidays with material things and comforts rather than what they were intended to mean when inaugurated.

Memorial Day and its summer bookend, Labor Day, have struggled to keep their original meanings. Memorial Day has recovered some of its essence because of a younger generation remembered for their service and sacrifices in Iraq and Afghanistan these last, long, bloody 13 years. (more…)