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05/23/18 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The ribbon was cut by Supervisor Gary Gerth to open the a pavilion at Wades Beach Tuesday, a gift from the Shelter Island Lions Club Foundation. From left, Councilman Jim Colligan, Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams, Mr. Gerth, Councilman Paul shepherd, Councilman Albert Dickson and Lions Club member Don D’Amato.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The ribbon was cut by Supervisor Gary Gerth to open the a pavilion at Wades Beach Tuesday, a gift from the Shelter Island Lions Club Foundation. From left, Councilman Jim Colligan, Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams, Mr. Gerth, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilman Albert Dickson and Lions Club member Don D’Amato.

A handsome addition to the Island’s shoreline that will bring summer’s fun to senior citizens and people with disabilities was opened just in time for Memorial Day.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday at Wades Beach, attended by town officials and members of the community, an open-air pavilion measuring 20 feet by 14 feet, and a curving concrete pathway to the nearby bathhouse, was presented to the community. (more…)

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05/18/18 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Robert Lipsyte, a Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island director, speaking to the Town Board Tuesday. At right, Town Attorney Bob DeStefano Jr. and Councilman Albert Dickson.

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Robert Lipsyte, a Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island director, speaking to the Town Board Tuesday. At right, Town Attorney Bob DeStefano Jr. and Councilman Albert Dickson.

Thanks for the help, but we need more.

That was the message Robert Lipsyte, a director of the non-profit Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island brought to Tuesday’s Town board work session. (more…)

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08/31/16 10:01am
DON D'AMATO PHOTO From left, rom left: Bill Seeberg, treasurer, the Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island (SCF), Barbara Silverstone, president, SCF, Judy Brandenstein, Loretta Fanelli, senior activity center director, Karin Bennett, senior program manager, Judy Daniels, SCF board of directors and Richard Lomuscio, SCF board of directors and Reporter columnist.

DON D’AMATO PHOTO From left: Bill Seeberg, treasurer, the Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island (SCF), Barbara Silverstone, president, SCF, Judy Brandenstein, Loretta Faneelli, senior activity director, Karin Bennett, senior program manager,  Judy Daniels, SCF board of directors and Richard Lomuscio, SCF board of directors and Reporter columnist.

At Town Hall Tuesday, the Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island (SCF) presented a $36,000 check to Judy Brandenstein, who had given the town a steep discount on a wheel-chair accommodating van she had designed for her late husband, Howard. (more…)

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08/26/16 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Writers took exception to the Reporter's editorial of August 18 on Congressman Lee Zeldin's (above) support of Donald Trump.

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Writers took exception to the Reporter’s editorial of August 18 on Congressman Lee Zeldin’s (above) support of Donald Trump.

Demagoguery?
To the Editor:
The Shelter Island Republican Committee extends a heartfelt thanks to everybody who braved the heat and ensured our BBQ was a success. A special thank you must be extended to Congressman Zeldin, Senator LaValle, CNN Political Analyst Jeffrey Lord and to all of the volunteers and their families.

Unfortunately, the committee must take exception to the insulting editorial in last week’s Reporter. The editorial board abandoned any pretense of responsible journalism and joined the shrill chorus of angry voices attacking anything and anybody related to Donald Trump. (more…)

08/25/12 3:00pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Officers of the Senior Citizens Foundation, from left: Diane Anderson, Ruth Staehle, Reeves Thompson, Bill Seeberg and Judy Daniels. Seated: Sy Weissman

The Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island Inc. held its semi-annual meeting at the Senior Activity Center last Saturday morning.

• “The Foundation’s financials continue to be healthy,” said Director Judy Daniels after reviewing the July 31, 2012 Statement of Assets prepared by the accounting firm of A & A Williams.

• Director Bill Seeberg proposed reinvesting the Foundation’s securities to increase yield. The current interest in the Foundation’s CDs is close to zero. Bill is looking for a seven-percent return.

• The board authorized the writing of the annual appeal letter for 2012, as well as the cost of its printing, mailing and secretarial services.

• At its May 2012 annual meeting, Director Judy Daniels proposed that the Foundation send a semi-annual “Newsletter” on senior affairs to a select group of past donors. She said she would write it. The Foundation agreed to pay the cost of printing and mailing.

• The Foundation has a large investment in the Senior Activity Center kitchen renovation. Last July it gave the Town of Shelter Island a check for $8,000, to be restricted to the purchase of appliances and/or equipment required by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDoHS).

• Although the work outside the center on the well and septic system was completed on time, work on the renovation of the kitchen, which is extensive, seems to be slow in completion. President Weissman agreed to call Jay Card, the Commissioner of Public Works, to get a new estimate for the finish date.

If you recall, August 9, 2009 was the date the kitchen was closed by the SCDoHS.

• Judy Daniels proposed that the Foundation pay for the medical alert system that every senior who lives alone should have. The medical alert system consists of a call device worn around the neck and its call box. The two together make it possible for seniors to get emergency help as soon as possible. Payment would go only to needy, at risk seniors.

The Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization created in 1999. Its original mission was the acquisition of a structure suitable for a senior activity center.

By 2002, the town had inherited the lower part of the Medical Building off Route 114 south as part of a deal cut with the Shelter Island American Red Cross. The need for a senior center was eliminated and the Foundation’s mission changed.

Now, with the financial support of the Island community all over the world, it has made home-heating assistance available to needy seniors; “the File of Life,” which contains important information the 911 responders need on an emergency call; a 55-inch TV screen for the Activity Center; and the July 2011 donation to the town.

As President Weissman said at the close of a meeting last year, “We are a bank committed to caring for Island seniors.”