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02/12/18 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO ‘We want control of our waters,’ Marcus Kaasik told the Town Board at a special February 7 meeting on seagrass management.

JULIE LANE PHOTO ‘We want control of our waters,’ Marcus Kaasik told the Town Board at a special February 7 meeting on seagrass management.

More than 30 baymen and anglers attended a February 7 Town Hall meeting to tell the town board to abandon working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on restoring sea grasses — also called eelgrass — to bay bottoms.

“I don’t want any part of this,” said Marcus Kaasik about the 20-page draft of a plan Councilman Jim Colligan developed with his colleagues and two town committees to map out a restoration strategy. (more…)

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12/13/17 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO State Department of Conservation official Soren Dahl, addressing the Town Board Tuesday on the health of the bay and harbor bottoms.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO New York State Department of Conservation official Soren Dahl, addressing the Town Board Tuesday on the health of the bay and harbor bottoms.

With gloomy environmental statistics and worse forecasts for future conditions, it’s rare to here some good news. But that was the case at Tuesday’s Town Board work session. (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…)

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12/29/15 12:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jim Colligan

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jim Colligan

When Democratic Chairwoman Heather Reylek asked Jim Colligan last spring if he was interested in interviewing with party leaders for a Town Board slot, he did what he always does when making major life decisions: He went home to discuss it with his wife, Margaret. (more…)

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12/02/15 11:57am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Soren Dahl, an official with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, speaking at the Town Board work session Tuesday about developing a plan to save a natural resource growing in Island waters.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Soren Dahl, an official with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, speaking at the Town Board work session Tuesday about developing a plan to save a natural resource growing in Island waters.

With East End municipalities and Suffolk County awakening to a crisis in water quality threatening the future health of the natural world that surrounds the region, there was some good news presented to the Town Board work session Tuesday. (more…)