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01/05/18 4:30pm


Asked what spurred her decision not to run for four more years on the Shelter Island Town Board after serving 16 years, Christine Lewis said: “Always leave them laughing.”

It was a typical response from Ms. Lewis — witty, wise and self-deprecating.

Her service to Shelter Island is in no way typical. Her spirit, intelligence and dedication to making this a better place for everyone, young and old and all income levels, made her the conscience of the Town Board and beloved among her constituents. (more…)

02/08/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The cover of Joe' Lauro's film about Fats Domino.

COURTESY PHOTO | The cover of Joe Lauro’s film about Fats Domino.

He wasn’t as flashy as Little Richard, Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly, but he had more charted hits than the three of them combined. He sold over 60 million records, including five that went “gold” before 1955, influencing Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Elton John and scores of other musicians in the process.

In a fitting event for Black History Month, the Shelter Island Library’s “Friday Night Dialogues” will present “The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock n’ Roll” on February 17 at 7 p.m. (more…)

01/22/16 2:00pm


The Shelter Island community was diminished last Thursday, January 14, when word came that Ben Jones had died.

As Bob DeStefano wrote in a tribute to Ben  it’s remarkable that the death of a 93-year-old man could come as a shock. It’s a testament to Ben’s life that friends and acquaintances viewed him not only as a strong, healthy man, but also his measured optimism made him seem indestructible. (more…)

06/16/15 2:00pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO Pepe Martinez, who along with his wife Lydia, hosts ‘The Knitting Club’ every morning at Stars Cafe.

Pepe Martinez, who along with his wife Lydia, hosts ‘The Knitting Club’ every morning at Stars Cafe.

Many Shelter Island locals may consider themselves regulars at Stars Café in the Heights, starting their day off with a cup of coffee or the classic “Hangover Burrito” on a Saturday morning.

One group of morning regulars, however, are so loyal to this small business that they are described by co-owner Lydia Martinez as “part of the inventory.” The group call themselves “The Knitting Club,” and can be seen sitting and laughing in front of the Heights landmark nearly every morning, bright and early. (more…)