05/19/16 1:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Shelter Island Public Library.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Stephen Barney, Jr. speaks about his family at a Friday Night Dialogue at Shelter Island Library on May 20.

FRIDAY NIGHT DIALOGUES 

Stephen Barney, Jr. is the author of “The Barneys of Flushing Meadows,” a book that details lives of family members who lived between 1800 and 1940, including his great-grandparents who in 1850 were employees of the Nicoll family on Shelter Island.  (more…)

05/13/16 4:30pm
ADAM FLAX PHOTO | Pausing in a Mashomack field to listen (and look) for spring migrants as a swallow passes overhead.

ADAM FLAX PHOTO | Pausing in a Mashomack field to listen (and look) for spring migrants as a swallow passes overhead.

A couple of Sundays ago, 38 different bird species were spotted during a “May-gration” bird walk at Mashomack Preserve.

To the uninitiated, that may sound like a remarkable number for a single outing, but Tom Damiani, who leads “May-gration” walks every Sunday of the month, was not impressed. (more…)

05/06/16 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Mashomack Preserve Director Mike Laspia and his wife Susan, preserve operations manager, are retiring in September.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Mashomack Preserve Director Mike Laspia and his wife Susan, preserve operations manager, are retiring in September.

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It’s rare these days for people to remain in one job, in one place, for more than 30 years. But Mike and Susan Laspia have done just that, with Mike starting work as Mashomack Preserve’s director in 1980, and his wife Susan coming on board as preserve operations manager three years later.

News that they will be retiring this September means the Island will be losing two of its greatest assets. (more…)