08/04/14 4:30pm
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Elizabeth Weslek, 3, giving the brand new slide at the Tot Lot a whirl Monday afternoon.

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Elizabeth Weslek, 3, completing a full circuit of the brand new slide at the Tot Lot Monday afternoon.

Kids scrambling around a playground. Moms watching and occasionally calling out to some of the bolder boys to be careful. Pizza from the local restaurant. And a community pulling together to help the smallest among us have a safe and happy time on a sleepy summer afternoon.

The “Tot Lot,” the playground on School Street dedicated for small children, was back in action this week with a brand new slide, replacing one that was in such disrepair it had become dangerous. Besides the slide, more money was on the way to restore the park. And maybe most importantly, hope was in the air that the Tot Lot would be even better than before. (more…)

07/23/14 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Board of Education met Tuesday evening, appointing Jennifer Rylott as interim superintendent  through August of this year.

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The Board of Education met Tuesday evening, appointing Jennifer Rylott as interim superintendent through August of this year.

Shelter Island School Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott was appointed interim superintendent of schools at Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting.

Ms. Rylott will hold the post effective July 28 through August 31, 2014.

She said she was “honored” to have the position and was looking forward to helping with “the transfer to a new superintendent.”

Last month School Superintendent Dr. Michael Hynes notified the BOE he was leaving the Island to take the job as superintendent of the Patchogue-Medford School District.

The BOE has been conducting a search to replace Dr. Hynes.

The board also announced Tuesday the hiring of Tyler Clark to a 26-week probationary appointment as a night custodial worker effective July 23. The job comes with a salary of $37,416.

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07/12/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Shelter Island gears up for its annual fireworks show tonight.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Shelter Island gears up for its annual fireworks show tonight, July 12.

A time to give

To the Editor
As we all look forward to the fireworks this Saturday, it has become apparent that many Shelter Island residents are not fully aware of the arrangements that the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce has made to ensure that its annual fireworks show is going to be better than ever. (more…)

06/27/14 4:30pm

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |Jo Ann Kirkland

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |Jo Ann Kirkland

When I first starting writing a column for this newspaper, a wise editor and writer suggested that I not use peoples’ names. If there’s no name, it makes it more universal; the reader may subconsciously insert their own husband/child/dog’s name instead of getting a mental image of my kid.

Good advice. But not this time. (more…)

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06/16/14 7:52am

 

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The Shelter Island boys varsity basketball team, was honored Thursday June 12 for their inspiring run to the quarter finals of the New York State championships.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The Shelter Island boys varsity basketball team, honored Thursday, June 12 for their inspiring run to the quarter finals of the New York State championships.

The evening of Thursday, June 12, the Shelter Island School gymnasium, the site of so many thrilling contests though the years, hosted  the annual Varsity and Junior Varsity Athletic Awards Celebration. (more…)