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02/06/17 8:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO One of two platforms atop locust tree trunks fashioned by Highway Department employees as osprey nesting places at Shell Beach.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTOS One of two platforms atop locust tree trunks fashioned by Highway Department employees as osprey nesting places set up at Shell Beach last week.

Highway Department employees have created a special homecoming for some part-time Islanders.

Two platforms on tall poles were set up last week so ospreys will have new accommodations for 2017. (more…)

10/01/16 8:00am
 FILE PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)

FILE PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley)

Now that town beaches are open again to old men and the dogs who own them, Codger and Cur are blissfully back on the sand.

Standing on Wades Beach of an early morning, gazing at Shell Beach in the distance bisecting the sea and the sky, Codger just wants to take root. Despite its own nagging issues of ticks, water and short-term rentals, Shelter Island seems cocooned from the turbulence beyond the waters.

Cur concurs.

But then there will be a flash in cyberspace and the ever-lurking bridge to the mainland reappears. This time it was a tweet from Lee Zeldin, who represents the Island in the 1st Congressional District. He wrote: “Suspect in custody. You are welcome Colin Kaepernick.” (more…)

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09/15/16 8:00am
BEVERLEA WAZLZ PHOTO Kayaks lining Wades Beach before the third annual Great Peconic Race Saturday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Kayaks lining Wades Beach before the third annual Great Peconic Race Saturday.

Two years ago, when I turned 60, I decided I would kayak around Shelter Island as a personal challenge. With very little training, I set out one morning in a plastic sit-on-top 12-foot boat I’d bought for my wife. Seven hours later I finished and a bucket list item was checked off.

Later that summer I discovered after the running of the first Great Peconic Race (GPR) in 2014 that circumnavigating the Island in a kayak wasn’t exactly an original idea. When I saw the times posted by paddlers, I realized I had a lot of work to do. (more…)