12/18/14 10:00am

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Family-run businesses are the backbone of the Shelter Island economy. And these businesses — some new, some decades old — are a huge part of what makes the Island such a unique place to live and visit.

Small-business owners also serve as de facto community leaders. They sit on boards of local nonprofits as well as town-appointed boards. They run for office. Above all, they get involved. (more…)

12/11/14 2:00pm
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REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

Either Shelter Island has a health crisis stemming from ticks or it doesn’t.

A group of well-intentioned people — mostly volunteers on the Deer & Tick Committee — have been wrestling with the issue of how to control the burgeoning deer population blamed for increased incidences of tick-borne diseases. (more…)

12/05/14 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO New owners David Bowd, left, and Kevin O'Shea at the Chequit tag sale Saturday that raised more than $6,000 for the Tot Lot.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO New owners David Bowd, left, and Kevin O’Shea at the Chequit tag sale Saturday that raised more than $6,000 for the Tot Lot.

First impressions can hide as much as they reveal. But if you come away from a first encounter with someone with a feeling that they’re open and interested in you, then the relationship is already established on good terms.

So it was with David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea, who recently paid $3.35 million for the Chequit Inn. Last Saturday Mr. Bowd and Mr. O’Shea introduced themselves to Shelter Island by holding a tag sale at the historic inn in the Heights where everything from spoons to sideboards were going for incredibly low prices. (more…)

11/27/14 8:00am
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO This march of the turkeys — with a deer bringing up the rear — was spotted in an Island backyard this week.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO
This march of the turkeys — with a deer bringing up the rear — was spotted in an Island backyard Monday.

The stories handed down from generation to generation — whether facts have been lost, obscured or tempered by time — reinforce what families and nations believe about the best part of themselves. (more…)