As a March storm lashed Shelter Island with wind-driven rain, John Needham noted an ominous sight — water lapping at his shop door at Coecles Harbor Marina.
Mr. Needham, who has spent almost his whole working life on the harbor, had an immediate thought; “It’s in all of our interests that protection is maintained.”
He was speaking about Reel Point — that spit of land jutting from the southern tip of Big Ram Island, a natural barrier that once guarded Coecles Harbor and the homes and businesses that line its shore from high seas and destructive storms. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Our columnist’s daughter, Donna Winston, moments after landing a 27-inch striper in Coecles Harbor.
The way this whole fishing thing is supposed to work is when the water warms up from the frigid temperatures of winter all sorts of fish are supposed to show up and start to feed on whatever they eat as soon as they are comfortable doing so. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO Highway Superintendent Jay Card Jr. outlined an equipment plan he told the Town Board would stabilize budgeting while giving the department what it needs to do jobs safely and reliably.
Shelter Island could be on the road to upgrading its Highway Department Equipment to the tune of $1.54 million in the year ahead. The plan appeared to meet with no resistance from the Town Board at Tuesday’s work session because the actual increase to the budget per year would amount to $2,301. (more…)
50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
Three astronauts — Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee died during a launch pad rehearsal when the Apollo 1 command module caught fire. (more…)
DON BINDLER PHOTO These magnificent sea birds were seen in large numbers flocking over Shelter Island in April.
We were blessed with the arrival of thousands of gannets flying over our Island in April.
Our friend, photographer Don Don Bindler wrote to us then: “Islanders who follow the comings and going of wildlife have been struck by the unprecedented number of northern gannets in our bays for the past several weeks. (more…)