03/21/17 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Kathleen Springer speaking at the Board of Education meeting Monday evening in favor of funding transportation for Island students attending Our Lady of the Hampton School.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Kathleen Springer speaking at the Board of Education meeting Monday evening in favor of funding transportation for Island students attending Our Lady of the Hampton School.

The Board of Education completed budget workshops Monday night putting forth an $11.3 million budget proposal that won’t go above the state-mandated tax rate cap even if a proposition to provide transportation to Our Lady of the Hamptons (OLH) passes in May.

The current budget is $10.96 million. (more…)

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03/21/17 2:00pm
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO Girls varsity softball Coach Jackie Brewer hitting flies and grounders to her players at practice this week.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO Varsity softball Coach Jackie Brewer hitting flies and grounders to her players at practice this week.

The Shelter Island girls varsity softball team has been practicing daily for the upcoming season. Opening Day is Monday, March 27 at home against McGann-Mercy.

The girls have been working on conditioning in the fitness room and practicing catching and throwing as well as hitting off the pitching machine, which we have through the generosity of Dave Gurney. (more…)

03/21/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | A pair of eastern bluebirds captured on birdcam at Mashomack Preserve. WINGSCAPES BIRDCAM PRO CAMERA

BILL ZITEK PHOTO | A pair of eastern bluebirds share a meal in an image captured by Bill Zitek and his zoom lens  at Mashomack Preserve.

As Mashomack Preserve volunteers gear up in preparation for providing nesting sites for the eastern bluebirds, 57 boxes stand ready to welcome the returning birds for the 17th year of this project.

These nest boxes are set throughout the eight meadows on the preserve that provide excellent bluebird habitat. The past 16 years of monitoring the bluebird nests along with the tree swallows which nest close to them, and now, purple martins, are helping us to spot trends in their habits and movements. (more…)