09/08/17 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Shelter Island Fire Department members at the 9/11 memorial on the Center firehouse grounds, September 11, 2016 Sunday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Shelter Island Fire Department members at the 9/11 memorial on the Center firehouse grounds, September 11, 2016.

Our country was changed forever on September 11, 2001, and in the aftermath of the terrible events of that day there has been nothing glorious — except the inspiring deeds of individuals in service to others. (more…)

12/28/16 8:00am
COURTERY PHOTO | Ben Jones

COURTESY PHOTO | Ben Jones

The cemeteries are filled with irreplaceable people, as the old saying goes. It’s true and not true, since we are all diminished by the deaths of those who have dedicated their lives to doing good, but there are always others who pick up the fallen standard to replace them. (more…)

09/28/16 11:58am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO From left, Skip Tuttle, the late Ben Jones and Charlie Beckwith, "discussing" the rules at last year's old timers softball game. "The Over the Hill Gang" will be back at Fiske Field this Sunday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO From left, Skip Tuttle, the late Ben Jones and Charlie Beckwith, “discussing” the rules at last year’s old timers softball game. “The Over the Hill Gang” will be back at Fiske Field this Sunday.

Back in the 1970s, a group of Island residents got together to start an annual old timers’ softball game. It was a friendly competition of the “over-35” crowd who played on teams sponsored by two well-known establishments — the Dory and the Harbor Inn. (more…)

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01/29/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Center Post Office.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Center Post Office.

No last call
To the Editor:
As I write this through tears of sadness and tears of joy, I’m constantly reminded of my dear friend and mentor, Ben Jones.

I asked Southold dispatch to send out a page that stated “Ben Jones, Medic 1, has responded to his last alarm.” (more…)

01/18/16 2:00pm
COURTERY PHOTO | Ben Jones

COURTESY PHOTO | Ben Jones

Did you ever have a tree fall on you? Neither have I, but last Thursday when I heard Ben Jones had passed away in Florida, I think I know what it feels like.

The news came as a shock, even if it was expected when 93- year-old Ben and his wife Betty said goodbye and left for Florida last month (see the Reporter Thursday for a full obituary of Ben). (more…)