10/06/17 12:00pm
MARTIN BURKE PHOTO Dawn at Coecles harbor one morning this week.

MARTIN BURKE PHOTO Dawn at Coecles harbor one morning this week.

We live in a cynical age, one flooded with distractions of our own making and by blowhards in Washington manipulating, yes, cynically, what we’re paying attention to and what we’re not.

October on Shelter Island comes upon us quietly every year, an agreeable distraction at first, but then we realize it has become more than simply a shift in the weather. (more…)

09/04/17 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO

JULIE LANE PHOTO

One of the things the British get right is leaving the long weekends that begin and end summer without names weighed down with significance.

Over there they’re called “bank holidays,” a generic term simply meaning a long weekend with Monday off.

We insist on calling the summer kickoff Memorial Day, which has recovered some of its original meaning because of mounting numbers of dead Americans some of us remember for their service in the misguided wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But Labor Day lost its original meaning long ago. (more…)

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08/23/17 7:58am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The scene in the school auditorium April 7 where the Town Board held a public hearing on proposed legislation to regulate short-term rentals.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The  school auditorium on April 7 where the Town Board held a public hearing on legislation to regulate short-term rentals.

Two full-time and four part-time Shelter Islander residents have filed suit in federal court against the town and the Town Board over the short-term rental (STR) regulations. (more…)

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08/22/17 8:09am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Chloe Kaye at Wades Beach Monday staring a the sun during the eclipse with special glasses.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Chloe Kaye at Wades Beach Monday afternoon staring at the sun with special glasses during the eclipse.

Islander John Kenney was a man on a mission, walking quickly through the parking lot at Wades Beach Monday around 2 p.m.

“I’m under orders,” Mr. Kenney said with a smile, on his way to meet his wife, Jane, to witness the eclipse. (more…)