07/04/14 5:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |

It is nearly a year since the Town Board delayed a decision on whether or not to implement a ban on automatic irrigation — sprinkler — systems.

The ban was approved in 2003, but its implementation was delayed 10 years and not even discussed until a month before it was to take effect in September 2013.

Having ignored the issue until then, there seemed to be little choice but to give in to demands to determine if there had been scientific or technological changes worth investigating before denying people the right to continue to use their irrigation systems. (more…)

06/26/14 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO

It’s more than appropriate that our Island community give itself a pat on the back this week.

Saturday’s 10K was a thrilling sporting event, but it was much more than just a footrace. The Island was alive from Meb sightings at Star’s Café Friday morning through a joyous pasta party at the American Legion that night and all of the events Saturday, with the Kid’s Fun Run a highlight. (more…)

05/23/14 5:00pm
ART BY PETER WALDNER

ART BY PETER WALDNER

Memorial Day struggles to keep its original meaning, but the day has recovered some of its essence because of the number of dead Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan this last, long, bloody decade.

Even though President Obama ended American involvement in Iraq and is withdrawing from the Afghanistan quagmire, the disaster of the Bush years of a ground war in the Middle East — thousands of deaths and injuries, two wars put on the credit card — will take at least a generation to overcome.  (more…)