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01/29/16 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Eliza McCarthy

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Eliza McCarthy

Spinning. Twirling. Jumping. Little visions in pink tights, tutus and ballet slippers, soon to be changed for tap shoes, giggling their way through dance lessons.

They’re 3, 4 and 5 years old, these Shelter Island girls, and clearly having so much fun being taught by Ashley Knight in St. Mary’s Parish Hall that they’re oblivious to visitors watching them working their way through routines. (more…)

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01/12/16 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO |  The latest book by Patricia and Edward Shillingburg on Shelter Island’s histroic sites.

COURTESY PHOTO | The latest book by Patricia and Edward Shillingburg on Shelter Island’s histroic sites.

“This was really an accidental treasure trove,” Edward Shillingburg said about “Shelter Island’s Historic Places,” the just-published book he and his wife Patricia compiled.

The couple became interested in the Island’s historic places by researching the process Mashomack Preserve would have to go through to be registered with the New York State and the United States National Register of Historic Places.

Doing his homework, Mr. Shillingburg discovered there are nine places on Shelter Island already listed with both the state and federal historic registers. He gathered the information and presented it to Patricia, who quickly saw an opportunity to compile it for a book — pieces written by other historians about each of the honored sites. (more…)

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01/07/16 8:00am
PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION Ken and Jeanne Woods

PETER WALDNER ILLUSTRATION | Ken and Jeanne Woods

“They continue to share what they’ve got.”

That’s Councilwoman Chris Lewis’ one-sentence description of Jeanne and Ken Woods. The couple also consciously keeps a low profile while supporting the Shelter Island community, Ms. Lewis said. Of the countless acts of kindness the couple have performed, each one has been done quietly and with grace, Ms. Lewis added, and the word “stranger” isn’t in the Woods’ vocabulary.

Sharing and commitment to others make the Woods the Reporter’s 2015 People of the Year. (more…)

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08/11/15 8:00am
CAITLIN PANARELLA PHOTO These happy teenagers were not arrested or booked for any infractions. Sophia Rossi, left, and Morgan Powell, both 15-year-old aspiring journalists, attended the Rena’s Promise Creative Writing Camp held at Camp Quinipet recently. Sophia and Morgan spent an evening with Shelter Island Police Officer Chris Drake, observing the methods of the department.

CAITLIN PANARELLA PHOTO
These happy teenagers were not arrested or booked for any infractions at Shelter Island Police headquarters. Sofia Rossi, left, and Morgan Powell, both 15-year-old aspiring journalists, attended the Rena’s Promise Creative Writing Camp held at Camp Quinipet recently. Sophia and Morgan spent an evening with Shelter Island Police Officer Chris Drake, observing the methods of the department.

Officer Chris Drake of the Shelter Island Police Department usually rides alone. But one evening recently, he had a couple of visitors. And an impromptu press conference. (more…)