09/24/16 3:00pm
RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | Hoot Sherman and Mary-Faith Westervelt, Shelter Island Community Housing committee members, stopped by the Presbyterian Church on September 16 to talk to seniors about housing opportunities on the Island.

RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO | Hoot Sherman and Mary-Faith Westervelt, Shelter Island Community Housing committee members, stopped by the Presbyterian Church on September 16 to talk to seniors about housing opportunities on the Island.

While having a very nutritious lunch at the Presbyterian Church last  Friday, I had the opportunity to speak with Shelter Island Community Housing committee members former Town Supervisor Hoot Sherman and Town Justice Mary-Faith Westervelt. (more…)

09/23/16 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | For this recipe I used ‘Carmen’ sweet peppers grown at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | For this recipe I used ‘Carmen’ sweet peppers grown at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

When the sweet peppers ripen in the fall, figuring out how to cook them becomes a moral question. Everywhere I look there are baskets of beautiful, inexpensive bell peppers, Carmens, Cubanelles and Anaheims. Will I stash them in the refrigerator, only to find them turned to mush days later, or will I stand up and do what needs to be done?

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09/18/16 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | These window boxes will be closed soon. The ivy plants were actually planted in their pots, since they’re the same plants I keep inside in winter. The tuberous begonias may come in but they rarely make the transition well. Or maybe I’ve never figured them out. I then cover the boxes with pine boughs which look better than dirt.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | These window boxes will be closed soon. The ivy plants were actually planted in their pots, since they’re the same plants I keep inside in winter. The tuberous begonias may come in but they rarely make the transition well. Or maybe I’ve never figured them out. I then cover the boxes with pine boughs which look better than dirt.

Some time ago, in the gym, a fellow gardener (and actually a much better gardener than I am), said to me, “I always read your column, Carol and it’s very useful.”

Then she added, “I always know all about the content,” as she surely would, of course.

“But what’s really helpful? It keeps me on my toes.”  (more…)

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09/09/16 2:00pm
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Shown in a brochure photo, the Manhanset House ­— which opened in 1874 on the bluff just east of Locust Point and was expanded after an 1896 fire — was destroyed when lighting struck and it burned to ashes just weeks before it was to open for the 1910 season, leaving unmoored its colony of cottages that eventually became the Village of Dering Harbor.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The Manhanset House ­— which opened in 1874 on the bluff just east of Locust Point — was destroyed when lighting struck and it burned to ashes in 1910, leaving a colony of cottages that eventually became the Village of Dering Harbor.

One hundred years ago, on September 9, 1916, a clerk with flawless penmanship recorded in a leather-bound poll book the names of 10 incorporators — seven men and three women, most of them of significant social standing — who brought into being New York State’s smallest municipality, the Village of Dering Harbor. (more…)