12/09/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Town government has spent 10 months discussing short-term rental legislation.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Town government has spent 10 months discussing short-term rental legislation.

Short term?
A member of the Town Board recently said, “I have a good attention span, but after 10 months it strays a little.”

The member was speaking about the discussions on regulating short-term rentals that have been a weekly feature of the board’s work sessions since May. We’re promised that there will be a public hearing on the issue in January, and to that we can add: Hallelujah. (more…)

12/01/16 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO These hardy souls helped raise more than $15,000 for the Friends of the Library.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO These hardy souls helped raise more than $15,000 for the Friends of the Library.

Thanksgiving weekend on Shelter Island, like many American places, provides space for a special time, when people celebrate with their families by either travelling to or hosting loved ones.

This sense of having a place to share happy memories is, if we’re lucky, one of the benefits of the long weekend. But we’re doubly fortunate that many Islanders remember more than just family gatherings from the past, but provide all of us with reminders of the community values of sharing and contributing that make our home better.

Plus, we have fun doing it. (more…)

11/17/16 8:00am
PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION Ken and Jeanne Woods were named the Reporter's People of the year for 2015.

PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION
Ken and Jeanne Woods were named the Reporter’s People of the year for 2015.

In this space a while ago, we asked Reporter readers to nominate candidates for our Person, or People, of the Year.

It’s time again for us to repeat our request. In our first issue of 2017, we will name a civic leader, educator, businessperson, public servant or a resident from any walk of life and of any age, who deserves to be named the Reporter’s Person of the Year. (more…)

11/11/16 12:36pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The practicalities of repaving the Island's roads is a subject the Town Board is debating.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The practicalities of repaving the Island’s roads is a subject the Town Board is debating.

The Town Board has concluded the least stressful budget season in several years. The board scrutinized every line in Supervisor Jim Dougherty’s proposed budget and came up with a generally responsible spending plan for 2017.

But there are two areas — one that needs attention before the November 18 budget is solidified, and the second, which the supervisor promises will be addressed after the dust has settled on next year’s spending. (more…)