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12/29/18 8:00am

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Stephen Searl, Sylvester Manor’s executive director, and Tracy McCarthy, the organization’s director of operations, in front of the Manor House.

Over the next several days, leading to the New Year, the Reporter will be posting our annual Year In Review series of important stories from 2018.

Early in 2018, the Reporter profiled Stephen Searl, the new executive director and Tracy McCarthy, director of operations. (more…)

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11/20/18 2:00pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Spoils from the dredging that took place last week at Reel Point are part of a restoration effort.

The Peconic Land Trust Board of Directors Monday approved the transfer of Reel Point to Shelter Island Town subject to the environmental group holding a conservation easement on the property. The transfer had been the subject of a Town Board executive session following the work session last week.

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10/03/18 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Peconic Land Trust Director of Conservation Planning Melanie Cirillo told the Town Board Tuesday how her organization plans to raise money to assist in the purchase of property on Fresh Pond.

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Peconic Land Trust Director of Conservation Planning Melanie Cirillo told the Town Board Tuesday how her organization plans to raise money to assist in the purchase of property on Fresh Pond.

There’s no formal agreement yet, but the Town Board is poised to purchase Vincent Novak’s .54-acre property on the shores of Fresh Pond. A deal is in the works that the sale would be partially financed by the Peconic Land Trust (PLT) — a nonprofit environmental organization — through fundraising to offset the total cost. (more…)

09/19/18 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO View from Vincent Novak’s backyard overlooking Fresh Pond.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
View from Vincent Novak’s backyard overlooking Fresh Pond.

One of Shelter Island’s most successful and beneficial government programs has been the Community Preservation Fund’s purchase of open land to preserve it from development forever. An appointed Advisory Board vets properties to buy through the CPF, which is funded by a 2 percent tax that individuals pay when purchasing East End properties. (more…)