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07/20/15 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Art Williams in his backyard, in front of a shed that was once the office of Shelter Island Town Clerk Captain Edwin Baldwin.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Art Williams in his backyard, in front of a shed that was once the office of Shelter Island Town Clerk Captain Edwin Baldwin.

Art Williams, who would become Shelter Island Town Supervisor in 2002, was not born in 1953 when his father bought the property on Baldwin Road that would become his home.

The family lived in Mount Vernon, New York at the time, but Art’s father purchased the place for his Manhattan-based parents, thinking they would like to retire here, and that the growing Williams family — three young boys and Art soon to join them — could visit. It came with a modest house, a couple of sheds and 500 chickens. (more…)

06/21/15 3:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Julie Lane

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Julie Lane

In a season of commencement speeches and advice to graduates, I was reminded of an old newspaper column called “Nobody asked me, but …” So here are some lessons, learned from a master teacher.

As you prepare to graduate, you are likely filled with conflicting feelings of fear about the unknown and confidence about your readiness for new challenges. Given the quality of the education you’ve received at Shelter Island School, you will be carrying with you the basic tools to succeed, but you haven’t been taught all you will need. (more…)

06/13/15 12:00pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND

JO ANN KIRKLAND

The sun was setting gently over the horizon on Shell Beach as the weary band of survivors huddled in their beach chairs. The moon rose as they spoke, lighting up the shadows of their faces.

Voices rang out in the stillness, startling a nearby seagull.

“There’s so much less laundry to do,” one mother said. (more…)

06/13/15 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Maggie Davis in action in a spin class.

COURTESY PHOTO
Maggie Davis in action in a spin class.

A question that usually arises when I am speaking with people who exercise on a regular basis is: “Can an older person safely begin an exercise program and reap benefits?”

I decided to speak with fitness instructor Maggie Davis. She started working out to keep herself in shape and has been a certified trainer for the past 25 years. (more…)