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06/06/14 2:24pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Dr. Daniel Gilrein, an entomologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension, answered some Reporter’s questions on tick management.

COURTESY PHOTO | Dr. Daniel Gilrein, an entomologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension, answered some Reporter’s questions on tick management.

 

With the ongoing controversy over costs and effectiveness of the 4-poster program aimed at lessening the tick population on Shelter Island, the Reporter put questions to two leading experts. (more…)

05/30/14 4:30pm
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Deer and ticks.

These two — separate and aligned — have dominated the public discussion on the Island for years, at Town Hall, at civic association meetings, on the Reporter’s news, OpEd and letters’ pages.

Recently the idea of a public referendum was floated by Councilman Ed Brown at a Town Board meeting to ask voters how they would fund deer management and the 4-poster program, which is a series of feeding stands that brush deer with a chemical, permetherin, that kills ticks. That idea seems to have been tabled for the moment.

The board also, at the suggestion of Councilman Peter Reich, discussed sending out a questionnaire to residents to get a sense of where the community is on the all-important issue. The board is currently considering the idea.

The Reporter has put together a poll and asks you to weigh in on some of the critical questions facing the Island. (more…)

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05/21/14 7:58am

 

Councilman Ed Brown got an earful from resident Richard Kelly at Tuesday's Town Board work session. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Mr. Brown.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Councilman Ed Brown got an earful from resident Richard Kelly at Tuesday’s Town Board work session. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Mr. Brown.

A resident stepping outside Town Hall after the Town Board’s work session Tuesday smiled and said, “It’s a little cooler out here.”

The heat in the meeting room he’d just left had nothing to do with the thermostat, but  more to do with an angry resident aggressively questioning a board member. It go to a point  where Richard Kelly was shouting, waving a copy of the Reporter around and eventually flinging it to the floor in disgust. (more…)

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04/30/14 8:58am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board work session Tuesday. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Ed Brown.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board work session Tuesday. From left, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Ed Brown.

Councilman Ed Brown has called for a discussion on letting residents decide through a referendum on future funding of the town’s 4-poster program. (more…)