10/06/18 11:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO The Harvest Moon on September 24 signaled the end of the gardening season.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
The Harvest Moon on September 24 signaled the end of the gardening season.

And so, my fellow gardeners, the season comes to a close after all that dreadful heat and humidity. At least we have cooler temperatures to sustain ourselves as we do the last chores of the season. And let’s talk about them now.

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01/25/18 8:00am
Lawyer Elliott Meisel, Sag Harbor Partnership President Nick Gazzolo, and Evan Gordon, a lawyer for Shelter Island's Gerry Mallow, at the closing of the Sag Harbor Cinema property. (Photo courtesy of the Sag Harbor Partnership).

From left, lawyer Elliott Meisel, Sag Harbor Partnership President Nick Gazzolo, and Evan Gordon, lawyer for Shelter Island’s Gerry Mallow, at the closing of the Sag Harbor Cinema property on January 10. (Courtesy: Sag Harbor Partnership).

The Sag Harbor Partnership has announced that on January 10, 2018, it formally closed on the purchase of the Sag Harbor Cinema from longtime owner, Shelter Island resident Gerry Mallow. In a letter to the community, the Partnership thanked its many supporters large and small, saying that “we have had over 2,500 people donate to our campaign, and more than 90 percent of donations have been $1,000 and under.”

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09/23/14 10:00am
DAN FOKINE PHOTO Flames leaping — some as high as 80 feet, according to Fire Chief Will Anderson — at the Recycling Center Friday night when construction debris caught fire. Commissioners warned a change in wind direction could have made it worse.

DAN FOKINE PHOTO
Flames leaping — some as high as 80 feet, according to Fire Chief Will Anderson — at the Recycling Center Friday night when construction debris caught fire. Commissioners warned a change in wind direction could have made it worse.

A change in wind direction during Saturday night’s blaze at the Shelter Island Recycling Center could have meant disaster for Hampshire Farms and other area properties. (more…)

12/27/11 7:54pm

The Connecticut woman whose entire family died in a Christmas morning house fire which officials believe was sparked by fireplace embers, is a former Shelter Island resident.

Madonna Badger,  the founder of the Badger & Winter Group advertising agency in New York, lost her parents and three daughters to the fire, which destroyed her Soundfront home in Stanford. The fire, which was reported at 4:40 a.m. Christmas Day, apparently started between 3 and 3:30 a.m. from embers placed either just inside or outside a first floor entrance.

Ms. Badger and a male acquaintance escaped, but the blaze claimed her parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson of  Southbury, Ct., and her daughters Lily, 10, and 7-year-old twins  Sarah and Grace. Her parents and daughters were visiting for the holidays.

Several years ago Ms. Badger served as a volunteer on the Shelter Island Deer and Tick Management Foundation.

01/06/11 1:11am


COURTESY MICHEL KRAMER-METRAUX | Shelter Island firefighters extinguish a flue fire on Christmas Eve.

Shelter Island firefighters cleared the way for Santa to make a visit to the Kramer-Metraux home off North Ferry Road.


At midnight on Christmas Eve, the family awoke to the sound of a smoke detector alarm — the chimney flue had caught fire. The family hurried outside to the sight of sparks flying out of the chimney.

Fire Department chiefs were there within minutes, followed by a full contingent of trucks and volunteer firefighters. “They were fabulous,” Mr. Kramer-Metraux said last week.

Firefighters also extinguished a brush fire, a second chimney fire and an open burn over the past two weeks.