PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Shelter Island takes care of its own. These Island groups represent all age groups and address a range of community programs and services, supported largely by volunteer efforts and donations. In addition, each of the Island’s churches provides outreach programs. During this season, please consider helping out or lending a hand — and let us know if we have inadvertently omitted any group.
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Gift of Life Foundation President Ken Lewis addresses the crowd at the Ram’s Head Inn.
The 17th annual Cheryl Hannabury Memorial “Celebration of Life” community cocktail party was held on March 4 at the Ram’s Head Inn.
The gala, an Island tradition, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Island Gift of Life Foundation which helps families across the East End with uninsured costs incurred during treatment of serious diseases —including travel and lodging expenses for family members when treatment centers are beyond driving range of home. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Ken Lewis at a previous Celebration of Life gala dressed as a mermaid… or rather a merman.
A crawfish, a mermaid, a lady in black.
These are just three of the disguises Ken Lewis has donned in recent years in his role as auctioneer at the annual Cheryl Hannabury Memorial “Celebration of Life” community cocktail party. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The new map of Shelter Island produced by the Chamber of Commerce and designed by Designed by Louise O’Regan Clark of Shelter Island Graphics.
Staying close to home
Family-run businesses are the backbone of the Shelter Island economy. And these businesses — some new, some decades old — are a huge part of what makes the Island such a unique place to live and visit.
Small-business owners also serve as defacto community leaders. They sit on boards of local nonprofits. They run for office. Above all, they get involved. (more…)
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO A teacher and her student remember Veterans Day with a letter to the editor.
Students honor veterans
To the Editor:
As well as being the K-12 art teacher at the Shelter Island School, I have the privilege of teaching 6th through 8th graders their state-mandated course on home and careers.
We frequently enjoy many sewing projects, and, of course, the students love to cook. At this time of year, I ask the students to pause their activities and write a thank you note to a veteran. (more…)