11/07/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Julie Lane

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Julie Lane

Has common sense disappeared or has my patience for foolishness waned?

I’m a political junkie and always have been. As I watch the comedy play out on the national stage, I can only celebrate that on the local level, we are blessed with many talented and caring people willing to give up time and energy to bring intelligence and thoughtfulness to the process of governing. (more…)

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01/14/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO John Hallman at the October 2014 hearing on the draft irrigation law. Mr. Hallman warned the Town Board it would be creating problems if it endorsed the proposal.

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John Hallman at the October 2014 hearing on the draft irrigation law. Mr. Hallman warned the Town Board it would be creating problems if it endorsed the proposal.

Ten years.

That’s how long town officials had between the time an irrigation code on inground sprinkler systems was adopted in 2003 and the September 1, 2013, deadline when homeowners would have to stop using them. (more…)

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12/30/14 4:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Irrigation Committee member John Hallman has been alone among his colleagues calling for a ban on irrigation systems Island-wide.

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Irrigation Committee member John Hallman has been alone among his colleagues calling for a ban on irrigation systems Island-wide.

What started as a simple investigation into whether automatic irrigation systems should be banned on Shelter Island has led to a wider and significantly more important subject about water quality. (more…)