02/14/18 4:30pm
MELISSA MUNDY PHOTO | Gold Star Mother Chrys Kestler and veterans Jim Colligan, Howard Jackson, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck during a recent rehearsal of The Telling Project at the Shelter Island School.

MELISSA MUNDY PHOTO | Gold Star Mother Chrys Kestler and veterans Jim Colligan, Howard Jackson, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck during a recent rehearsal of The Telling Project at the Shelter Island School.

This is Part II of a two-part series. The first installment ran in the February 8, 2018 edition of the Reporter. A link to that story can be found below.

Four Shelter Island veterans — Howard Jackson, James Colligan, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck — and one Gold Star Mother, Chrys Kestler, whose son Joe Theinert was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, will take the stage at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Friday to share stories of their military experience. The presentation is part of The Telling Project, a national non-profit that brings the tales of veterans to the stage in order to deepen civilian understanding of the military and its personnel.

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02/08/18 3:56pm
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Army veteran James Colligan, and former Marines Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck rehearse for The Telling Project, which will be offered at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater on February 16.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Army veteran Jim Colligan, and former Marines Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck rehearse for The Telling Project, which will be offered at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater on February 16.

(This is Part I of a two-part series and ran in the February 8, 2018 edition of the Reporter.  The second installment will appear in the February 15, 2018 edition.)

The stories of the men and women who deploy with the military are as varied as the individuals themselves and the conflicts in which they serve.

But often the issues and intricacies of military life are not something that people outside the armed services can easily understand. Enter The Telling Project, a national non-profit organization that brings the experience of veterans to the stage in order to deepen civilian understanding of the military and its personnel. Since 2014, the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund (JJTMF), which was created in honor of 1st Lt. Theinert after he was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010, has been partnering with The Telling Project to put local veterans and Gold Star family members in front of East End audiences to share their stories. (more…)

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11/10/16 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO A veteran at home on the Island. Michael Mundy at his parents home last week.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO At home on the Island. Michael Mundy at his parents home last week.

At 24, Islander Michael Mundy has spent time in some of the more remote areas of the globe, such as Okinawa and Mongolia.

He also spent eight months in one of the most dangerous places in the world, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (more…)

07/23/15 4:39pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTOS ‘Moonbeam,’ a perennial (coreopsis) worth having.

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‘Moonbeam,’ a perennial (coreopsis) worth having.

I’ll continue with what’s in bloom now, and it’s almost everything, but first is a favorite of mine among the full-summer perennials — coreopsis or “Moonbeam.” This is really a wonderful plant, easy to grow in full sun.

There are over 100 different species of coreopsis, many with larger and brighter flowers than Moonbeam, but none with that degree of profusion, and it’s the sense of profusion that is the species’ charm. The grandifloras hold their flowers on taller, upright stems, much like bright yellow daisies, and have an altogether different appearance. If you cut Moonbeam back carefully after its first bloom, you will get another. It also comes in pink, coreopsis rosea. (more…)

06/05/15 2:00pm
CARA LORIZ PHOTO June 9, 2010: Nick Kestler is embraced by Police Chief James Read as he and stepbrothers Billy and Jimbo Theinert return to the motorcade after removing a yellow ribbon from the school marquee. After days of waiting, their brother Joe was finally home.

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June 9, 2010: Nick Kestler is embraced by Police Chief James Read as he and stepbrothers Billy and Jimbo Theinert return to the motorcade after removing a yellow ribbon from the school marquee. After days of waiting, their brother Joe was finally home.

At the Lions Club’s Citizen of the Year dinner last month, honoree Jack Monaghan recalled a conversation he’d had with a young friend who had recently graduated from college. They were talking about what makes the Island such a special place. The younger man said simply, “Joey Theinert’s funeral.” (more…)