04/17/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he helped with iron work on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he worked on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

If Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik has been under pressure in the past couple of months preparing his first-time budget for the Shelter Island School District, it’s nothing compared to what he’s been through. And as with past pressures, music is his escape. (more…)

04/02/15 2:00pm

 

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO

Young Johanna Kaasik watched her cousin Serina have her hair braided as she prepared for her starring role. You could almost see the stars in her eyes as she imagined herself onstage in a few years.

The powerhouse cast dominated the stage last weekend when the Shelter Island Drama Club presented “Annie Warbucks” to sold out crowds, continuing the annual tradition of presenting first-class musicals to Island theatergoers. Under the direction of John Kaasik and produced by Anu Kaasik, the sequel to “Annie” came alive on the Shelter Island School stage. Before Sunday’s matinée, one backstage volunteer commented, “Every year John brings out the hidden talents in these kids.” (more…)

03/25/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik outlined spending on capital expenses at Monday night’s hearing. The next budget hearing is Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m.

JULIE LANE PHOTO |
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik outlined spending on capital expenses at Monday night’s hearing. The next budget hearing is Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m.

It’s back to the drawing board to craft a proposal for Shelter Island School’s capital spending.

Numbers were given to the Board of Education by Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik at Monday night’s school budget hearing, but BOE members raised questions. The result is the superintendent taking more time to ensure all figures are solid enough to submit to voters in May.
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03/19/15 12:00pm

 

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO |  Eliza McCarthy chose her favorite bowl at last year's Empty Bowl fundraiser.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Eliza McCarthy chose her favorite bowl at last year’s Empty Bowl fundraiser.

With spring officially here — despite what it looks like outside — the Shelter Island Edible School Garden is getting ready to sprout. This year the garden is in need of a shed, which the school’s shop class is willing to build if materials are supplied.

Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Edible Garden and the Shelter Island Food Pantry, will help fill the coffers. On Sunday, March 22 from 12 to 3 p.m., the school cafeteria will be filled with the aroma of dozens of different kinds of soup and families eating soup out of handmade bowls. (more…)