04/30/18 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Margaret Colligan s running for a seat on the Board of Eduction.

COURTESY PHOTO Margaret Colligan s running for a seat on the Board of Eduction.

When Margaret Colligan heard that only one candidate had filed a petition for election to the Board of Education and a second seat could be filled by anyone who got the most write-in votes on the May 15 ballot, she threw her hat in the ring. (more…)

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04/06/18 4:30pm

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CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bliss Morehead long ago stopped wearing a fur coat around the Island, but still wears black.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bliss Morehead long ago stopped wearing a fur coat around the Island, but still wears black.

Bliss Morehead was an advertising executive, a city-loving, urban creature with a BA in English from Barnard when her fiancé Mike Zisser coaxed her onto a ferry bound for Shelter Island in 1981. She remembers asking, “Why would I want to go live on an Island?”

This is what English majors call a rhetorical question. (more…)

12/27/17 11:00am

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There are a couple of old sayings that sum up our feelings when important people in our lives pass away.

The ranks are thinning, you will hear, as well as that the cemeteries are filled with irreplaceable people. Both statements are true and untrue, since every day people pick up a fallen standard. (more…)

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01/19/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Becky Cole sees positive changes on Shelter Island.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Becky Cole sees positive changes on Shelter Island.

There’s one picture of Becky Cole that she can stand looking at. It was taken in 2005, when she and other members of the Writers Guild were on strike outside Wainscott Studios.

She held up a sign with three rows of numbers that the strikers flipped to count the days of their protest. When they got close to 100 days, someone took a picture of Becky with her sign and it ran in The East Hampton Star.

“I looked a little ragged,” she said. “But also bemused and defiant. I like that.” (more…)

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12/16/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Jean Ely at The Islander.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Jean Ely at The Islander.

Sometimes irony makes a nickname stick like glue, and so it is with “Mean Jean.”

Five years ago, Jean Ely was an unfailingly friendly and generous presence at the Shelter Island IGA, so when fellow worker Billie Howland Mulcahey came up with the nickname, Jean responded in kind. “She was ‘Bad Billie,’ Jean said, “and I was ‘Mean Jean.’ I put it on my badge.” (more…)