03/12/17 1:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Reverend Stephen Fearing

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Reverend Stephen Fearing

I met last week with the Reverend Stephen M. Fearing, the young pastor at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Stephen, as he likes to be called, comes from Georgia, and was installed as pastor in July of 2014. He’s 29 years old and holds two masters degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia.  (more…)

02/26/17 11:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Seniors, age 60 and up, can arrange for free rides to and from Shelter Island Library events.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Seniors, age 60 and up, can arrange for free rides to and from Shelter Island Library events.

The Senior Center was pretty busy last week with an outing to The Islander for a brunch. Then it was back to the center for dessert and a Valentine’s day party with stories provided by Mollie Numark.

I was notified of a change in activity scheduling. The art classes won’t begin until March 21 and run for six weeks. This is due to an extension in the Computer Class. (more…)

02/19/17 11:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Reverend Charles McCarron at the annual blessing of the pets ceremony.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Reverend Charles McCarron at the annual blessing of the pets ceremony.

I spent last Friday getting to know the Reverend Charles McCarron, the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church here on the Island.

Father McCarron has been here for two years and is actively involved with his parish and the community. He is also the pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Greenport. (more…)

02/04/17 3:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Father Peter at the annaul Old Timers game last summer.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
Father Peter DeSanctis at the annual Old Timers softball game last summer.

As I learn more about senior citizen affairs here on this Island, I see how big a role the different churches play in watching out for seniors’ welfare.

And it appears to be done in a very ecumenical spirit with good works being given to all Islanders regardless of religious affiliation. So I decided to speak with the rectors of the Island’s large churches to see what I could learn.   (more…)