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01/06/17 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

Other people’s money
To the Editor:
Mr. James Luke makes a point in his letter re: rising Shelter Island taxes (“Captive,” December 22). The school taxes are up 6.2 percent with a declining student population. The Board of Education has some tough challenges there and I wish them luck. (more…)

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07/22/15 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Highway Department workers on St. Mary's Road Monday morning.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Highway Department workers on St. Mary’s Road Monday morning.

A detailed study has given the condition of Shelter Island roads a passing grade.

But another conclusion of the study is that if steps aren’t taken soon to upgrade the 53 miles of town roads, the cost to redeem them when they go wrong could be astronomical. (more…)

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05/14/15 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A stream leading from Gardiners Bay to a salt marsh in Hay Beach. One letter writer believes money dedicated to the Community Preservation Fund should be used to aid marshes in danger.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A stream leading from Gardiners Bay to a salt marsh in Hay Beach. One letter writer believes money dedicated to the Community Preservation Fund should be used to aid marshes in danger.

CPF should pay
To the Editor:
In response to your lead article of last week, “Ecosystems In Peril,” I would suggest at least a partial solution where the problem involves open space.

I believe that the Community Preservation Fund —  2 percent fund — was designed not only to acquire open space, but also to preserve and maintain it. (more…)

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05/08/15 2:00pm

 

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Dickerson Creek, where it begins to flow into an endangered salt marsh.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Dickerson Creek, where it begins to flow into an endangered salt marsh.

Under a reef of cloud sailing slowly east, Dickerson Creek sparkles with May sunlight. The saltwater estuary streams out of the depths toward land, pooling in borders of peat, reeking pleasantly of salt and earth.

From the pools the current slowly continues over flooded mudflats. An egret, pure white, standing on stick legs in blue water, jerks forward, freezes — posing. Look closely and below the surface tiny creatures spring and dart from narrow burrows in the black mud. (more…)