05/17/16 8:05am
COURTESY PHOTO | Polls are open today on the school budget from noon to 9 a.m. at the school gymnasium

COURTESY PHOTO | Polls are open today on the school budget from noon to 9 p.m. at the school gymnasium

Vote ‘yes’ on school budget
Our students are fortunate to be taught by some of the most talented and creative staff members of any school district in the state.

These are not just people who put in the required hours per day, but steadily show a commitment to working overtime, instructing students who need extra help and advancing those who are capable of greater challenges than the required course work involves. (more…)

05/06/16 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Mashomack Preserve Director Mike Laspia and his wife Susan, preserve operations manager, are retiring in September.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Mashomack Preserve Director Mike Laspia and his wife Susan, preserve operations manager, are retiring in September.

Working for us
It’s rare these days for people to remain in one job, in one place, for more than 30 years. But Mike and Susan Laspia have done just that, with Mike starting work as Mashomack Preserve’s director in 1980, and his wife Susan coming on board as preserve operations manager three years later.

News that they will be retiring this September means the Island will be losing two of its greatest assets. (more…)

04/29/16 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

Those in favor of a sensible plan to bring affordable housing — either for purchase or rent — to the Island have had a setback.

Neighbors near a plot on North Ferry Road have voiced strong opposition to a project first aired at the town’s Community Housing Board (CHB) late last month. Real estate broker Janalyn Travis-Messer suggested constructing a two-unit structure — one three-bedroom house with an attached one-bedroom unit — that could provide, it was said, affordable living spaces. (more…)

04/22/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island School

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island School

Following a diligent review of the Shelter Island School District budget proposal, the Board of Education has endorsed a spending plan for the 2016-17 school year of $10.97 million that would cost taxpayers an additional $17.24 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. (more…)