01/05/18 8:00am
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Jeremy Samuelson, director of Mashomack Preserve.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Jeremy Samuelson, director of Mashomack Preserve.

The shape of Shelter Island is changing. The impacts will be felt on our roads, utility infrastructure, drinking water and building lots — especially near the shore. We should know what to expect and plan accordingly. (more…)

10/15/17 8:00am

 

COURTESY PHOTO | The land bridge in the background of a photo with Cornelia Horsford in the early 1900s.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Sylvester Manor land bridge in the background of a photo with Cornelia Horsford in the early 1900s.

At the rear of the Sylvester Manor property, behind the manor house and near the creek, there is a small land bridge that leads to an area the Sylvesters called the North Peninsula. It’s a protected spit of land graced with fresh water springs where the Manhansetts once fished and farmed. (more…)

10/04/16 4:41pm
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio (left) on location in the rainforests of Indonesia while filming “Before the Flood.” (Photo courtesy National Geographic Films)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio (left) on location in the rainforests of Indonesia while filming “Before the Flood.”

Like many coastal communities, Shelter Island is a place where residents are keenly aware of the waters that surround them. From flooding due to coastal storm events, to salt water intrusion in wells and other fresh water bodies, life by the sea has always been a delicate balancing act on the Island

This weekend when the Hamptons International Film Festival comes to the South Fork, one documentary being screened makes the case that issues related to sea level rise are likely to get worse in coming years as polar ice melts at an accelerated rate and greenhouse gasses continue to build around the world.

That film, National Geographic’s “Before the Flood,” is directed by Fisher Stevens, who rented a home on Shelter Island this past August, and won an Academy Award for his 2009 documentary “The Cove,” about the secret slaughter of dolphins in Japan. (more…)