08/31/15 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO County money is coming to the Island to help pay for a state-of-the-art septic system at the American Legion Hall.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO County money is coming to the Island to help pay for a state-of-the-art septic system at the American Legion Hall.

Patience is always tested when it comes to government action on infrastructure initiatives. From first voicing the idea, to hashing it out among elected officials, to finding the money, to putting on the hard hats and cranking up the backhoe can seem like a siege against an implacable enemy.

Part of billionaire bully Donald Trump’s appeal (especially to those with short attention spans) is that he pounds his chest and says he’ll get things done, just get out of his way. Last week in Alabama he was yelling in a football stadium about how voting might be too slow a process. With his poll numbers, Mr. Trump said, he was clearly the superior candidate and “we don’t need an election.” (more…)

08/19/15 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Just one of the many happy residents who attended the Shelter Island Fire Department's Chicken Barbecue last Saturday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Just one of the many happy residents who attended the Shelter Island Fire Department’s Chicken Barbecue last Saturday.

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, the Shelter Island Fire Department’s Chicken Barbecue.

It’s ironic that the firefighters, who must drop everything to respond to emergency calls and work hard for the community all year, don’t even get off a Saturday in August. They work at the barbecue, along with the department’s Women’s Auxiliary for all the rest of us. (more…)

08/18/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | LIPA contractors running pipes to house electric cables down Shore Road to Crescent Beach in August 2013. The project was scrapped three months later.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | LIPA contractors running pipes to house electric cables down Shore Road to Crescent Beach in August 2013. The project was scrapped three months later.

It’s hard to keep track of the plans and programs that have been rolled out in the last several years to ensure that Shelter Island has reliable backup power in case of emergencies.

As Julie Lane reports last week, the newest idea is to start digging a tunnel in October somewhere in Shelter Island Heights to Greenport. The tunnel would house electrical power cables that will connect to a substation in Southold Town. If PSEG pulls the trigger on the plan, one thing will not be in dispute — some Heights and Greenport residents will loudly condemn the whole thing. (more…)

08/08/15 8:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Shelter Islander Bucks General Manager Dave Gurney after presenting Supervisor Jim Dougherty with a souvenir bat at the Town Board work session Tuesday, with Councilman Peter Reich looking on.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Shelter Islander Bucks General Manager Dave Gurney after presenting Supervisor Jim Dougherty with a souvenir bat at the Town Board work session Tuesday, with Councilman Peter Reich looking on.

They started off slowly, so slowly they had to wait for Mother Nature to cooperate.

The 2015 Shelter Island Bucks were rained out twice in a row to start the season, and then were inconsistent starting the campaign, only one game over .500 after 13 games. (more…)

07/29/15 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | LIPA contractors running pipes to house electric cables down Shore Road to Crescent Beach in August 2013. The project was scrapped three months later.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | LIPA contractors running pipes to house electric cables down Shore Road to Crescent Beach in August 2013. The project was scrapped three months later.

Residents across Long Island whose wallets continue to be squeezed for electricity at a rate higher than nearly anywhere else in the country didn’t need to read a 34-page audit to know that current costs are unsustainable and unacceptable. (more…)