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02/21/17 8:00am
JOHN CLARE PHOTO Dawn, Congdons Creek.

JOHN CLARE PHOTO Dawn, Congdons Creek Dock.

For the first time in weeks, the words short-term rentals weren’t uttered during a Town Board meeting February 17.

Wayne and Donna King waited patiently while the Town Board addressed a number of routine matters before taking their turn at the podium not to save themselves money, but to help other Island baymen. (more…)

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02/09/17 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The Town Board recently held a public hearing on proposed short-term rental legislation. Readers weighed in this week on the issue. From left, Assistant Town Clerk Sharon Jacobs, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Amber Brach- Williams, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Town Attorney Laury Dowd.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
The Town Board recently held a public hearing on proposed short-term rental legislation. Readers weighed in this week on the issue. From left, Assistant Town Clerk Sharon Jacobs, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Amber Brach- Williams, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis and Town Attorney Laury Dowd.

Enough rules
To the Editor:
I can fully understand the cry for some legislation so that Shelter Island does not become the melting pot for partiers who have been turned away from Montauk, which is not a pretty scene. (more…)

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01/13/17 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Save the date
To the Editor:
During my 12 years on the Town Board, I frequently heard the following requests concerning public hearing dates:
•    Don’t hold in the winter because people aren’t around
•    Don’t hold in the spring because full-time residents are busy working 16 hour days getting ready for the summer
•    Don’t hold in the summer — no one wants to spend a beautiful summer evening at a crowded meeting plus there are too many cocktail parties on Friday nights
•    Don’t hold in the fall because baymen can’t go due to scalloping.

That doesn’t leave much time for the board to conduct business! (more…)

11/09/16 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO |  Nancy and John Kotula, 5:20 a.m. Monday, opening day of the 2015 scallop season at Congdon Creek Dock.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO |
Nancy and John Kotula, 5:20 a.m. Monday, opening day of the 2015 scallop season at Congdon Creek Dock.

While reading last week’s profile in the Reporter on Keith Clark, I was reminded of my own flirtation with scalloping some 40 years ago.

I had moved my young family down here to live full time in our bungalow on Midway Road. We wanted to get away from isolation and frigid temperatures of upstate New York. I did not have a “real job” lined up but was able to provide for the family by working as a bartender at the many saloons on the Island. (more…)

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11/02/15 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Nancy and John Kotula, 5:20 a.m. Monday, opening day of the scallop season at Congdon Creek Dock.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | John  and Nancy Kotula, 5:20 a.m. Monday, opening day of the scallop season, at Congdon Creek Dock.

On the first Monday in November, New York baymen take their boats out in the dark to carefully considered scalloping spots.

At sunrise, over the side go the first dredges, seemingly empty as they sink, but always full of hope. This year there is cause for optimism. (more…)