COURTESY PHOTO Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr.
Ironically, on the same day that most Shelter Islanders experienced a brief power outage while Silver Beach residents were out for close to two hours, came word from Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) that he is cosponsoring a bill to create a dedicated state fund to install underground utility lines across the state. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bill Banks at his desk. Bill retired last week after 21 years as Town Building Inspector.
Like the structures he has inspected and approved during more than 20 years as Shelter Island’s building inspector, Bill Banks stays put.
“I wasn’t exactly born on the kitchen table,” he said, referring to the handful of Islanders who were born here, “but I have been here for 57 years.” (more…)
PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK | Airbnbs on the Island? Codger is on the case
Codger hates to admit that he was shocked — shocked! — to read last month that the Island shelters scores of unlicensed bed-and-breakfasts, but he has been stewing about it ever since.
Now, when he patrols the Rock with his canine escort, they are alert to the clues of underground rooming houses — flocks of cars in a driveway, moony couples eating banana cake on a porch, drifty shoulder-to-shoulder bicyclists, the clink of ice in newly installed wet bars. The dog takes notes. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO
PSEG workers were hustling on South Ferry Road shortly after 9 a.m. August 4 to untangle broken tree limbs from downed wires to repair a major break just north of Heritage Drive.
The first major storm of the hurricane season may have arrived with little fanfare, but its fury was enough to give Shelter Island first responders a test of systems in place to deal with emergencies. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Bryan Gallagher at rest, not a normal situation for the Islander.
Some people run away from large fires. Bryan Gallagher runs toward them. (more…)