04/17/15 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A view of Coecles Harbor from the St. Gabriel's Retreat Center property.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A view of Coecles Harbor from the St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center property.

Two events happened in the past week, one that showed the courage of three Islanders acting bravely in a crisis to help someone in peril, and the other that left hope the Island will retain the specific character that we prize. (more…)

04/10/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

It’s been characterized by local TV news departments as a “battle” or “fight.”

We understand methods of hype to attract eyeballs to stories either in print or on screens. But the story of a small group of Islanders, raising money to put on a fireworks show at Crescent Beach this summer when the Chamber of Commerce bowed out because of a lack of funds, is not one of animosity or hostility from either side. (more…)

04/03/15 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The 2rs4Fun team of mentors and writers.

COURTESY PHOTO | The 2rs4Fun team of mentors and writers.

Freeing young imaginations
The venerated yardstick to measure a society’s worth is how it treats its oldest and youngest residents.

Shelter Island can take a bow on caring for the latter, educating young people in a proper, formal fashion by dedicated teachers and administrators providing practical knowledge and problem-solving skills. (more…)

03/27/15 12:00pm
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

The Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund has never been just about protecting agriculture, or even farms and open space. At its heart, the program that went into effect in 1999 has always been about protecting a way of life the rest of Long Island lost long ago to suburban sprawl. (more…)