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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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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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…)
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO Third grader Kenzie Montoya with writing mentor Christine Pelletier at the 2Rs4fun! program at the library.
Kids have big imaginations and they are often natural story tellers.
But getting those stories down on paper can be challenging, especially for younger children who are just starting to develop their writing and language skills.
That’s where “2Rs4fun!” comes in. It’s a writing program that pairs Shelter Island third and fourth graders with adult mentors for 10 weekly sessions each fall and spring at the Shelter Island Library. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The finished product of prose and poetry.
BY PETER FARRAR | CONTRIBUTOR
On December 11 at 7 p.m., Friday Night Dialogues at the library will host Mary Dwyer with her reading and writing mentors and students.
They will share their stories — showcasing an extraordinary literacy program that unfolds weekly at the library. Let them show you how young students with one-on-one mentors learn to stretch their imaginations, find their voices, build self-esteem and communicate through reading and writing. (more…)