REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Community Preservation Fund collects taxes on real estate sales to spend on open space aquisitions and water protection programs.
Shelter Island is bucking the trend when it comes to East End municipalities’ declining Community Preservation Funds. They are down throughout the East End by 14.6 percent for the first quarter of 2017 as compared with the same period last year.
But on the Island, which frequently lagged the other four towns last year, CPF revenues are up by 30 percent, rising from $330,000 for the first quarter of 2016 to $430,000 for the same period this year. Funds come from a 2 percent tax buyers pay to buy East End properties and is used to purchase open space and fund water protection programs. (more…)
TIM GANNON PHOTO A view of the 5th Street Beach in Greenport looking toward the Heights.
The Greenport Village Board is expected to vote at its next meeting on a contract with Long Island Power Authority to allow LIPA to run an underground electric cable down Fifth Street, according to Mayor George Hubbard Jr. READ
COURTESY PHOTO | Reunion in Florida, March 2, 2017.
A Shelter Island reunion was held on March 2 at the Florida home of Marj and Bob Smith. Bob is the brother of town clerk Dorothy Smith Ogar. Thirty people attended and 20 of them were Shelter Island High School graduates. (more…)
EDA KAASIK PHOTO Like father, like daughter. Marcus and Johanna Kaasik, 9, clamming at a local creek on Sunday.
Marcus Kaasik sent us a note, a photo and a reminder that clamming is one of Shelter Island’s great winter activities that the whole family can enjoy, while experiencing a tradition that has to be learned to pass along to the next generation.
Marcus and daughter Johanna, 9, had a ball Sunday and good luck digging out the bivalves. (more…)
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Nothing warms the winter soul like a bowl of bouillabaise, served with a toasted baguette topped by a little aioli.
An easy and elegant dish to serve in the dead of winter, bouillabaisse (fish stew) has its roots in the southern French city of Marseilles.
Historically, fishermen would sell the best parts of their catch at the market and then save whatever was left over for their own families — and from that came bouillabaisse. (more…)