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…)
‘Manurhin,’ a photograph by Jackie Black.
At first glance, Jackie Black’s artwork appears to be fairly straightforward.
Take, for example, her image of a simple cheese sandwich photographed on a white plate against a black background.
It looks innocuous enough and doesn’t seem to make a social or political statement one way or the other.
But take a closer look, and you’ll soon notice the title of the image and the description that accompanies it. (more…)
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO A teacher and her student remember Veterans Day with a letter to the editor.
Students honor veterans
To the Editor:
As well as being the K-12 art teacher at the Shelter Island School, I have the privilege of teaching 6th through 8th graders their state-mandated course on home and careers.
We frequently enjoy many sewing projects, and, of course, the students love to cook. At this time of year, I ask the students to pause their activities and write a thank you note to a veteran. (more…)
The five East End Towns voted overwhelmingly to fund clean water projects from portions of the Community Preservation Fund.
Shelter Islanders resoundingly passed ballot Proposition One Tuesday, 884 to 388, extending the life of the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) from 2030 to 2050 and allowing up to 20 percent of future money coming into the fund to be diverted from open space purchases and preservation to clean water projects. (more…)
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio (left) on location in the rainforests of Indonesia while filming “Before the Flood.”
Like many coastal communities, Shelter Island is a place where residents are keenly aware of the waters that surround them. From flooding due to coastal storm events, to salt water intrusion in wells and other fresh water bodies, life by the sea has always been a delicate balancing act on the Island
This weekend when the Hamptons International Film Festival comes to the South Fork, one documentary being screened makes the case that issues related to sea level rise are likely to get worse in coming years as polar ice melts at an accelerated rate and greenhouse gasses continue to build around the world.
That film, National Geographic’s “Before the Flood,” is directed by Fisher Stevens, who rented a home on Shelter Island this past August, and won an Academy Award for his 2009 documentary “The Cove,” about the secret slaughter of dolphins in Japan. (more…)