01/18/18 8:00am
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Let it snow. Our columnist's driveway.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Let it snow. Our columnist’s driveway.

Did you ever notice how some things can be so beautiful and at the same time really ugly?

Every winter I feel that way about snow. Not many things are more attractive or more beautiful than the first snowfall. On the flip side, driving home from work on slick, sub-freezing temperature roads, not much could be uglier. (more…)

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10/16/17 2:00pm


Action now on environment
To the Editor:
The front page news story in the October 5 Suffolk Times about local algae blooms seemed quite relevant to Shelter Island in many ways. The map that accompanied the story, showing numerous impacted areas (including perhaps three quarters of our shoreline) made the article even more meaningful. Not shown was Fresh Pond, which has certainly been affected and has received some attention. (more…)

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11/29/16 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Varsity basketball player Luke Gilpin draws a crowd in traffic as Eric Thilberg cuts to the hoop in Monday night’s home loss to Hampton Bays.

Varsity basketball player Luke Gilpin draws a crowd in traffic as Eric Thilberg cuts to the hoop in Monday night’s home loss to Hampton Bays.

The Shelter Island School junior varsity and varsity boys basketball teams dropped their home openers in a non-league game against Hampton Bays Monday night.

In the JV game, the Indians were down 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. Center Nick Young had the hot hand, scoring 10 of his team-high 14 points in the opening period. Freshman guard Lucas Quigley Dunning contributed 9 points. (more…)

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11/28/16 10:00am


In the best interest
To the Editor:
A recent editorial in the Reporter pointed out two areas of town governance and budget that needed serious consideration. We are writing to support the points expressed in the editorial and urge the Town Board to act expeditiously on these proposals.

First, we should increase Jay Card’s salary, over time, to make him competitive with those in a similar position in other East End towns. He is currently seriously underpaid and he is also doing an outstanding job with the Highway Department, the Recycling Center and with all of the town properties that fall under his domain in the Department of Public Works. (more…)

09/25/12 5:37pm

What started as a quiet plea to carters to obey Shelter Island’s recycling laws could end with a requirement that refuse haulers be licensed and able to provide the town with information on what their pickup practices are and where they’re dumping their loads.

That’s what Public Works Commissioner Jay Card will be asking of the Town Board in future months.

In his plea to respect the town’s recycling laws, which was printed in the September 20 Reporter, Mr. Card reminded carters that household solid waste garbage needs to be separated from corrugated cardboard, mixed papers, plastics, metals, tires, mixed glass, batteries, oil, yard waste, concrete and other construction and demolition materials. He told the Town Board at its September 18 work session that he has a problem with glass and other “contaminants” being dumped along with brush and leaves and other recyclables. Such items can damage the town’s costly grinder, which is used to process mulch and compost, Mr. Card said.

Only two carters dominate the Shelter Island market — Dan Binder’s Dan’s Carting & Recycling and Jon DiVello’s Shelter Island Environmental Service. In a letter to the Reporter, Mr. Binder said his company “brings thousands of pounds of recyclables” to the town center.

Without naming anyone, he said if wet trash is being mixed with recyclables, it is a violation not only of the Island’s code, but also New York State law that prohibits co-mingling of household trash with recyclables.

He said he has felt pressure form “another garbage company” that is posing unfair competition by telling customers they don’t need to bother separating garbage and recyclables.

A customer of Mr. DiVello’s Shelter Island Environmental Service told the Reporter she was told she not only doesn’t have to separate recyclables from household garbage, but there’s also no need to purchase town garbage bags. Large bags sell for $3.75, with medium bags costing $2.50 and small bags are $1.25.

Mr. DiVello denied he’s violating town and state requirements, saying he and his brother Joe are requiring that household garbage be in town bags that are set out separately from recyclables. Shelter Island benefits by receiving revenue from the purchase of the bags while not having to deal with the contents that are subsequently disposed of in Southold, he said. It costs the company less money to use the Southold Town Transfer Station in Cutchogue than it would to bring the bags to the Shelter Island facility, he said.

Mr. DiVello provided  records showing that in August the company had deposited between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of recyclables from Shelter Island customers. That is average for the summer months, he said, noting that with a reduced year-round population, numbers decrease.

The recyclables are co-mingled when they are picked up at customers’ homes and businesses, he said, but they are separated out again when deposited at the recycling center.

 Read more about the issue in  Thursday’s Shelter Island Reporter.

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