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BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Margaret Colligan is plenty leased with her strike at the Legion Lanes.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Margaret Colligan is plenty pleased with her strike at the Legion Lanes.

BY JULIA BEST

Ding! Ding! Round two is over. No one has been knocked out, but all Ladies Winter League Bowling teams have played each other twice (and they have been very, very nice).

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10/16/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Speakers at a community forum on water quality held Saturday at the school auditorium included, from left, Mashomack Preserve Director Jeremy Samuelson, former town engineer John Cronin and Mark Mobius, chairman of the Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory Board.

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Speakers at a community forum on water quality held Saturday at the school auditorium included, from left, Mashomack Preserve Director Jeremy Samuelson, former town engineer John Cronin and Mark Mobius, chairman of the Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory Board.

“Don’t dig for water under the outhouse!”

The advice is centuries old, but applies today for many Islanders, according to former town engineer John Cronin, speaking at an October 14 community forum on water at the school auditorium hosted by The Nature Conservancy and Daniel Gale Sothebys International Realty. (more…)

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10/14/14 4:05pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Fighting for a clear channel in Menantic Creek at Tuesday’s Town Board work session were (from left) Hap Bowditch, Linda McCarthy and James Brantuk.

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Fighting for a clear channel in Menantic Creek at Tuesday’s Town Board work session were (from left) Hap Bowditch, Linda McCarthy and James Brantuk.

At the urging of Menantic Creek residents, Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty agreed at Tuesday’s Town Board work session to write a letter to Suffolk County supporting a request for dredging to open up a channel that’s impassable at low tide.

“We’ll get it moving,” Mr. Dougherty told those who showed up in Town Hall about the dredging request, which must receive Suffolk County approval. At the same time, he warned that such requests take time, and the town’s current priority is the long-delayed dredging at South Ferry that affects interstate travel.

Because at low tide the channel is less than six feet deep around Island Boatyard, manager James Brantuk said he has been advised to ask for a nine-foot depth.

Without it, he is losing business, he told the Town Board.

Island Boatyard has 80 slips and room for 250 boats in dry storage as well as transient dockage for those going to SALT restaurant.

But with a limited channel, “There is always increased danger of collision,” said creek resident Linda McCarthy said.

She and neighbor Hap Bowditch brought a petition to the Waterways Management Advisory Committee last week and were told that it would be useful to get Town Board support the effort.

While the county has maintained it won’t dredge areas not previously dredged, Menantic Creek was previously dredged by former supervisor Everett Tuthill before it became illegal for private dredging to take place.

What’s more, Ms. McCarthy told the Town Board, Menantic is the only creek here that hasn’t been dredged by the county.

Owners of 70 properties surrounding the creek are affected by the lack of a channel, she said. Others, including South Ferry, that used to be able to bring boats into the creek during storms, are unable to do so now.

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10/11/12 5:00pm

Late last month, Islander Linda McCarthy circumnavigated 27 miles around Manhattan in a 26.5-foot rowboat and raised over $1,000 to support Rocking the Boat’s mission in what she describes as its “ critically important work in the nation’s poorest Congressional district.”

The program is based in the South Bronx and uses wooden boatbuilding and on-water education to accomplish its purpose: “Kids don’t just build boats at Rocking the Boat, boats build kids.”

Over 3,000 young people each year, primarily from the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, learn how to build wooden boats from scratch, acquire maritime skills and work on the restoration of the Bronx River.

Ten boats in all participated in the September 29 row, six rowers to a team, four on board at any given time. Linda joined her sister, Alice Larsen Deupree, who also has a home on Shelter Island, on her boat, the Rachel Carson. Their coxswain, a graduate of the program, steered them from Governor’s Island, up the East River, over the Harlem River and down the Hudson to Pier 40 — with two stops along the way of the day-long row.

Rocking the Boat’s director of development, Jaye Pockriss, reported that rowers and their sponsors generated $157,000 for the cause. More information about “Rocking Manhattan” is on the group’s website, rockingtheboat.org.