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12/23/16 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Alma Ryder recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

COURTESY PHOTO Alma Ryder recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Alma Ryder’s earliest memory of Christmas is listening to the radio as her grandfather trimmed a Christmas tree. The 100-year-old Ms. Ryder was one of three sisters, but while her siblings lived with their mother, she was sent to live with her grandparents. (more…)

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11/03/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Keith Clark, out back at home by his woodpile.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Keith Clark, out back at home by his woodpile.

For Keith Clark, a carpenter and fisherman who has spent most of his life on Shelter Island, autumn reminds him that life here has changed since he was working the waters in his 20s.

The first Monday in November — this coming Monday — is opening day in state waters for scalloping. But since water pollution and its symptoms, algal blooms and dead eel grass, killed off much of the scallop population, some years are terrible, some are just O.K., but none rival the hauls of 40 years ago.

“I’ll try to go out opening day,” Keith said. “I’ve got to go look. You never know until you throw a dredge overboard.” (more…)

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02/03/16 10:10am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Marine contractor Jack Costello will await Town Board action, but isn’t optimistic it will reverse a WMAC decision denying his client’s application.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Marine contractor Jack Costello will await Town Board action, but isn’t optimistic it will reverse a WMAC decision denying his client’s application.

After prolonged discussions spanning several months, the Waterways Management Advisory Council voted 3-2 to turn down an application from Jeff Lightcap Monday night.

Marine contractor Jack Costello said Mr. Lightcap’s proposal would have cleaned up an area in Coecles Harbor that had previously been a commercial marina. His client had already agreed to several give-backs, including removal of a southern dock and boat lift in return for being allowed to install a free-standing splash board meant to protect his boats from wave action. (more…)