06/11/17 3:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Dering Harbor on a typically busy summer weekend back in 2006.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Dering Harbor on a typically busy summer weekend back in 2006.

“This Coke needs a little bit more syrup,” the customer said.

“If you don’t like it, don’t drink it and get the hell out of here,” the soda jerk said.

This bit of repartee did not happen recently here. Rather it occurred some time in the 1950s to a tourist visiting Shelter Island. It was told to me a few years later.

The Reporter’s editorial last week brought this to mind as we begin to get our influx of visitors here. (more…)

06/04/17 3:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Watch out for scammers!

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Watch out for scammers!

It was good to meet County Legislator Bridget Fleming (D-Noyac) and TJ Hatter from the New York State Attorney General’s office last Wednesday at the Senior Citizen Center and listen to them speak about seniors becoming victims of telephone scams.

The speakers essentially gave the same advice that Island Police Chief James Read gave me a few weeks ago: “Hang up!” (more…)

06/04/17 11:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Tom Charls changes batteries in Gert Bourne’s smoke detector so she won’t have to climb the ladder.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO  Tom Charls changes batteries in Gert Bourne’s smoke detector so she won’t have to climb the ladder.

Spring has arrived! That means it is time to think about maintaining your home with minor repairs, cleaning your gutters, and making other preparations for warmer weather. (more…)

05/21/17 11:00am
Here’s a photo of freshly caught bluefish right before the cooking (photo by Myla, the author’s granddaughter).

Here’s a photo of freshly caught bluefish right before the cooking (photo by Myla, the author’s granddaughter).

I made a decision last week to get rid of my Jeep Wrangler. I had just returned from a trip to New Jersey (where my second child has bought a house) and was completely beat.

The upper level to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was closed. Everyone was being funneled from the Belt Parkway onto the lower level. About one hour of stop and go, and doing a tap dance with the clutch and accelerator.

I said to myself, “Self, you’re too old for this. Get an automatic transmission.” (more…)