02/24/17 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Boiling over

“Threats.” “Collusion.” “Hate speech.”

This is some of the language being used as the Town Board prepares to draft and vote on legislation to regualte homeowners who rent their properties for short-term stays.

It gets worse, with particularly vile, unsubstantiated accusations being aired, but won’t be repeated here because there’s no profit in throwing gasoline on a dumpster fire. (more…)

02/03/17 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO SChool Superintendent Len Skuggevick greets, from left, Leo Napolis, George McDonald and Harry Clark on the first day of school, Septermber 2016.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO SChool Superintendent Len Skuggevick greets, from left, Leo Napolis, George McDonald and Harry Clark on the first day of school, Septermber 2016.

When State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued his “fiscal stress report” last week, it was designed to provide an early warning system to school districts that their financial houses might not be in order. (more…)

01/27/17 10:00am
GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR PHOTO

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Entering the White House with historically low approval ratings, President Trump has his work cut out for him to improve his popularity among many Americans. Several key issues essential to the East End will likely affect how locals view Mr. Trump and his administration over the next four or eight years. (more…)

01/20/17 8:00am
PETER BOODY PHOTO | Bill and Mary Boeklen at home in May 2014. Mr. Boeklen died last summer, 22 days after being diagnosed with cancer.

PETER BOODY PHOTO | Bill and Mary Boeklen at home in May 2014. Mr. Boeklen died last summer, 22 days after being diagnosed with cancer.

Helping hands
When a memorial service was scheduled for South Ferry Captain Bill Boeklen on a weekday afternoon last July at the American Legion Hall, the family asked that those attending wear “comfortable Hawaiian attire” and bring a beach chair or a blanket to sit on.

The dress code was because of Bill’s love of everything Hawaiian. The request to bring something to sit on was good advice for those who didn’t want to stand for hours, shoulder to shoulder, in the packed space. The turnout for Bill, his wife, Mary, and sons, Danny and Billy, was nothing short of extraordinary. Everyone who crammed into the room and those who had to stand in the lobby, however, weren’t in the least surprised at the support and love shown the Boeklen family. (more…)