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11/13/15 9:00am

Reel Point Shelter Island

What’s to be done at Reel Point, where thousands of dollars have been spent to keep the mouth of Coecles Harbor open?

Before pouring more money into dredging and another attempt to shore up the land, both the town and Peconic Land Trust, which owns part of the site, agree they want a professional study to determine what can be done.  (more…)

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10/22/15 4:30pm
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Gorillas and elephants
To the Editor:
Last week’s article, “Politics takes a back seat,” certainly raises serious questions about Supervisor Dougherty’s budgeting process for 2016.

However, my view is that politics remains in the front seat. His budget process reveals that we are facing another budget deficit for 2016. The supervisor’s latest “guesstimate” for a budget increase under 5 percent likely will be achieved by appropriating more fund balances, than the $150,000 shown in his tentative budget, to fill the budget gap. (more…)

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08/17/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Four-poster units to fight tick infestations were first suggested 10 years ago, but it took until 2008 for a pilot program to test their effectiveness and they remain controversial today.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Four-poster units to fight tick infestations were first suggested 10 years ago, but it took until 2008 for a pilot program to test their effectiveness and they remain controversial today.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The riots in the predominantly black Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles were in full swing, spurred by two white police officers who stopped a black man suspected of driving while intoxicated. By the time the five-day rioting ended, 34 people were dead, 1,032 injured and nearly 4,000 had been arrested. (more…)

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06/10/15 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO  The Town Board at its work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Deputy Supervisor Chris Lewis, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown. Supervisor Jim Dougherty was absent.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board at its work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Deputy Supervisor Chris Lewis, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown. Supervisor Jim Dougherty was absent.

Near the beginning of Tuesday’s Town Board work session, Councilman Paul Shepherd said it was going to be “one of those days,” meaning he would be questioning agenda items in his usual forceful way. (more…)

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12/09/14 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO |Part of a formal garden that has received a conservation easement on Ward’s Point.

COURTESY PHOTO |Part of a formal garden that has received a conservation easement on Ward’s Point.

Richard Hogan and Carron Sherry have contributed a conservation easement on property at Ward’s Point that covers a formal Italian garden and a 100-foot buffer area along the property’s shoreline bluff on Shelter Island Sound. The easement covers approximately 4.8 acres of the property. (more…)