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…)

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08/08/14 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

From the supervisor

To the Editor:
A few clarifications for your readers of last week’s Reporter:

4-posters: Page 21 states that the town was able to increase the number of units deployed this year to 38 compared with last year’s 19 “ … through the help of funds from Mashomack Preserve and individual contributors.” (more…)

04/18/14 3:03pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Becky Smith at her Shelter Island Florist shop stands ready to fill your Easter order and to help you prepare for spring plantings.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO |
Becky Smith at her Shelter Island Florist shop stands ready to fill your Easter order and to help you prepare for spring plantings.

Perhaps a furious and prolonged winter has taken its toll on Shelter Island restaurant owners. Just a few of them are planning to open for Easter dinner. But enough will be operating to give you choices if you want to avoid staying home and doing the cooking yourself. (more…)

02/12/14 1:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Becky Smith, The Shelter Island Florist, has some tips on choices for Valentine's Day.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Becky Smith, The Shelter Island Florist, has some tips on choices for Valentine’s Day.

Don’t buy your Valentine red roses unless that’s his/her flower of choice.

That’s the advice of Shelter Island Florist Becky Smith who said red roses are “the biggie” for Valentine’s Day. But if your Valentine prefers yellow roses, for example, stick with what you know they like, Ms. Smith said. (more…)

08/23/13 2:50pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | LIPA workers moving pipe into the tunnel at Crescent Beach to run under the bay bottom to Southold for a new electrical source for the Island.

If there are no unforeseen problems, the Long Island Power Authority will have completed its work and cleaned up the sites on both the Shelter Island and Southold Town sites within 21 to 30 days.

The reward for Shelter Islanders is that if the single existing cable breaks, they shouldn’t expect to be left in the dark. That’s what they were facing after Super Storm Sandy broke a backup cable, leaving the Island with one old cable from Southold and a cable from North Haven that lacked the capability of serving all the electrical needs here.

If you were walking, riding a bicycle or driving anywhere in the area of New York Avenue or Shore Road Friday, you encountered delays and detours. Long Island Power Authority workers started pulling pipes along the roadway and into the tunnel where they would be dragged under the bay bottom to Southold. There was also more than the usual traffic on Prospect Avenue, Nostrand Parkway, Rocky Point Avenue and Sterns Point Road as well as along West Neck Road and parts of Route 114.

New York Avenue and Shore Road are expected to be closed for the next 48 hours, according to an announcement made by the Shelter Island Fire Department Friday afternoon.

The process of slowly pulling the pipes through the tunnel — expected to take at least 24 hours — is the reason for the closures. Because the pipes were being pulled taut, workers were concerned that one could break and fly up causing injury to anyone going by the site.

There are also a number of cranes and other heavy machinery moving around the site.

As the crew prepared the pipes to enter the tunnel Friday morning, they used a “cradle” to lift them so the proper angle for entry could be achieved. The pipes also had to be flooded with water to keep them from rising up in the tunnel and causing friction, according to the workers.

Plans called for the pipes to be stretched through the tunnel to Southold. The next step calls for stretching the electrical cables through and connecting them at both ends and then testing to assure the current is working properly.

“Pulling of the conduit is a huge, huge milestone,” said Nick Lizanich, LIPA vice president of transmission and distribution. “They can only pull so fast,” Mr. Lizanich explained.

When that’s completed, the following couple of days will entail cleanup of terminals at both ends and then pulling electrical cables through the tunnel.

That should take about two weeks, Mr. Lizanich said. The good news for neighbors on both sides of the project is that the operation after this weekend will become much quieter and the digging equipment that has been in place will be moved out while large reels of electric cabling are moved into the area, he said.

Once all the connections are made, tested and secured, LIPA will begin the process of environmental cleanup and restoration, Mr. Lizanich said.

There have been glitches along the way, including drilling that twice proved inadequate before the workers were able to create a workable tunnel. Last week, there were some equipment breakdowns that delayed the process of feeding the pipes through the tunnel, he said.

But watching the work Friday morning it appeared to be going smoothly.

As for businesses in the area, there were detours to reach Sunset Beach, the Perlman Music Program campus, La Maison Blanche, Camp Quinipet and various residences in the area. But a few hikers and bikers found themselves faced with longer treks back to their starting lines Friday morning because of the road closings along Shore Road.