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06/15/18 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Eleanor Oakley and 10K athletes on North Ferry, June 2000, with Joseph Kibor at rea

COURTESY PHOTO Eleanor Oakley and 10K athletes on North Ferry, June 2000, with Joseph Kibor at rear.

Having never met, neither one knew what to expect, one arriving in Greenport by train, the other waiting at the station that June morning 18 years ago. But within minutes of meeting, they had become fast friends.

Now, although worlds apart, they have remained close for almost two decades. (more…)

06/09/18 8:00am
MARTIN BURKE PHOTO

MARTIN BURKE PHOTO

On a gravel lane just off one of the busiest stretches of Route 114 in the Center, Cris DiOrio, a big, bearded man, was taking tools out of the bed of a pickup parked under a tree.

There was an occasional sound, a hush of traffic from the road. Town suddenly became country as Cris, 29, walked up to an acre of cultivated land to work, he said, on “some irrigation issues.” (more…)

05/28/18 8:00am
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

This column appeared in a slightly different version on Memorial Day 2014.

He was the man I never knew, the man who gave me my name.

He was brought closer to me through a phone call I got one afternoon. An editor at the Washington Post, where I freelance occasionally, phoned to say a man who lived in the D.C. area had called and wanted to know if I would contact him. The name Timothy Donleavy didn’t ring a bell, but I called, and when a man answered I identified myself. (more…)