07/21/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTOS | The Spain travellers (back row, from left) Michael Payano, Devon Bolton, Taylor McNemar, Owen Gibbs and Janine Mahoney; (front row, from left) Laura Mayo, Camryn Page, Mia Clark, Lizzie Cummings, Madi Hallman, Bianca Evangelista, Issie Sherman and Brenda Mayo.

COURTESY PHOTOS | The Spain travelers (back row, from left) Michael Payano, Devon Bolton, Taylor McNemar, Owen Gibbs and Janine Mahoney; (front row, from left) Laura Mayo, Camryn Page, Mia Clark, Lizzie Cummings, Madi Hallman, Bianca Evangelista, Issie Sherman and Brenda Mayo.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Shelter Island Educational Foundation, assistance from the Lions Club and a great amount of fundraising, earlier this month, 10 Shelter Island students (and their chaperones) traveled to Cádiz, Spain where they spent 10 days living with host families in this coastal Atlantic city.

A bike tour included a stop at Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cádiz.

A bike tour included a stop at Castillo de Santa Catalina in Cádiz.

After attending school daily, the group explored old Cádiz — thought to be the oldest city in Western Europe. They toured on bicycle, learned flamenco, explored Phonecian ruins, dined on tapas, cooked paella, surfed, and mastered the use of public transportation.

Two day-trips to the British territory of Gibraltar and the city of Sevilla were highlights. From Gibraltar, students were able to see the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the continent of Africa, all from one view. In Sevilla, the group visited the site of the creation of the first world map and the cathedral holding the remains of Christopher Columbus.

After 10 wonderful days, the students sadly said adiós to their host families and returned home, a little better at Spanish, a little more independent, and ready to take on the world.

07/21/17 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Christine Finn with Board of Education President Graffagnino celebrated her official appointment Tuesday night as superintendent of the district.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Christine Finn with Board of Education President Graffagnino celebrated her official appointment Tuesday night as superintendent of the district.

The Board of Education made it official Tuesday night, voting unanimously to hire Christine Finn as superintendent as of September 1 with that appointment effective through August 31, 2020. (more…)

07/21/17 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | English Summer Pudding made by a rebellious colonist.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | English Summer Pudding made by a rebellious colonist.

The irony was not lost on me. On July 4th, the anniversary of the day that my country declared independence from Great Britain, I was scouring the English countryside checking every menu, quizzing every cook and searching every cookbook I could find, in the thrall of Summer Pudding, a traditional English dessert of thin-sliced white bread soaked in berry juice.  (more…)

07/20/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Rita Braver.

COURTESY PHOTO | Rita Braver.

For decades, Rita Braver has covered the news — quite a bit of it. She started out in the trenches, working as a beat correspondent for CBS News back in 1972 and moved on to covering stories about law, politics and the White House as her regular bread and butter. (more…)

07/20/17 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A 2015 Shakespeare performance on the lawn at Sylvester Manor.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A 2015 Shakespeare performance on the lawn at Sylvester Manor.

SHAKESPEARE AT THE MANOR

Bringing dynamic arts programming to Shelter Island is a vital part of the mission at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and since 2009, “Shakespeare at the Manor” has been a cornerstone in the Manor’s commitment to encourage deeper connections to culture and place. (more…)