03/31/17 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The bell tower of St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The bell tower of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

One day last week I decided to ring some church bells.

I’ve had this feeling before. The last time was more than 10 years ago when I asked if I could ring the bells of Orient United Methodist Church, and the sextant obliged me. Call me crazy.

Church bells have always stopped me. Literally, if I’m walking and hear them in the distance. Or if I’m driving and hear their  music on the breeze, they stop my thoughts. The solemn beauty of the bells, sounds giving texture to the air, always call me back to something that doesn’t allow for expression, because I can’t quite connect the feeling to words. (more…)

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03/16/17 4:30pm


“Our story as Christians begins with the refugee story,” Father Charles McCarron said, telling the saga of two adults traveling a great distance where their baby was born, and then soon after fleeing to a foreign country to escape tyranny.

The refugees to whom the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church priest was referring were, of course, Mary and Joseph and their journey to Bethlehem for the birth of the baby Jesus and then their fight into Egypt. (more…)

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If you know, let us know. Send your responses to [email protected] or phone at (631) 749-1000, extension 18. (more…)

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11/11/16 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Howard Jackson's Purple Heart, awarded for wounds in action in World War II.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Howard Jackson’s Purple Heart, awarded for wounds in action in World War II.

In the crowd Friday morning around the flagpole of American Legion Post #281 in the Center was a line of youngsters, each holding a section of a folded flag, passing it along to legion Commander Dave Clark who stood at the base.

As soon as Commander Clark started to hoist the Stars and Stripes it filled out, standing straight in the bright, windy day. Twenty-two veterans of all ages in a semicircle in front of the hall saluted as the flag rose up against the cloudless blue sky. (more…)

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06/09/16 8:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | St. Gabriel’s Chapel.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO St. Gabriel’s Chapel.

The discussion about trying to save St. Gabriel’s Chapel from the wrecking ball may have started at Town Board meetings. But the effort is emphatically not town-sponsored. Nor does the board have any plans to use the building if it’s preserved and moved. (more…)