04/01/16 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO The house, built in 1720, where former town Supervisor Thomas Dering lived, has been demolished.

COURTESY PHOTO
The house, built in 1720, where former town Supervisor Thomas Dering lived, has been demolished.

Islanders learned about tentative plans to demolish St. Gabriel’s Chapel because the new development on the property required a major review by the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

What triggers a trip to one of these boards is a turndown by the Building Department when an application is filed.

But what about applications the Building Department approves? (more…)

03/25/16 10:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | St. Gabriel’s Chapel.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO |
St. Gabriel’s Chapel.

Why spend time and money to preserve an old, beloved structure?

For almost everyone, that’s not a question requiring much deliberation. Preserving a building connects us to the past in a vivid way, making memories as strong as brick and mortar. The sight of the graceful architecture reinforces the reason we revere and are inspired by the culture of builders and artists who came before us. (more…)

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03/16/16 8:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | St. Gabriel’s Chapel. Owner Richard Hogan plans to have it demolished.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | St. Gabriel’s Chapel. Owner Richard Hogan plans to have it demolished.

“You’re under an erroneous idea that there’s something you can do about it.”

The speaker was Planning Board member Emory Breiner at Tuesday’s Town Board work session, challenging the board on any effort to stop the demolition of St. Gabriel’s Chapel. (more…)