10/01/15 8:00am
ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK Island’s bounce-back following national trends

ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK The local bounce-back is  following national trends

If anyone doubts that the economy has improved considerably, just speak with Shelter Island business owners.

With almost no exceptions, Island businesses followed national trends in recovering handsomely from a brutal winter. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 192,000 new jobs were created nationally in March, a sign of optimism kicking off a solid spring and summer.

In an informal survey, the Reporter found that Island business owners had their own way of measuring summer success: Many were so busy they’re relieved to be able to take a breather this fall. (more…)

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08/07/15 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A view of Coecles Harbor from the St. Gabriel's Retreat Center. property.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | A view of Coecles Harbor from the St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center. A reader wrote bemoaning the fact that a part of the property will be developed.

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To the Editor:
I was saddened to see the property that was a spiritual sanctuary for youth and families for decades is now planned as an exclusive, private, residential enclave (see story, “Development plans for St. Gabe’s,” July 23). (more…)

12/18/14 4:30pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO |  Bounty of the season. A holiday cheese basket on display at Table of Content General Store in the Center.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO |
Bounty of the season. A holiday cheese basket on display at Table of Content General Store in the Center.

There’s plenty of holiday bustle around the Island leading up to Christmas.

Retailers have stocked shelves with gifts to satisfy a wide variety of tastes. But if you’re planning Christmas dinner here, it better be at home or with friends or relatives, because no Island restaurants will be serving on the 25th. (more…)

09/12/14 8:00am
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO |  Andrew Graffagnino fixes a boat at the Island Boatyard.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO |
Andrew Graffagnino fixes a boat at the Island Boatyard.

They’re not all ready to embrace the possibility that the national economy is showing long-term signs of recovery, but most Shelter Island business owners are boasting about a remarkable summer season. (more…)