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12/06/17 2:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO From left, Building Department employee Mary Ellen McGayhey, website developer Louise Clark and town IT Committee member Craig Wood at Tuesday’s Town Board work session, giving a presentation of the town’s new website.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO From left, Building Department employee Mary Ellen McGayhey, website developer Louise Clark and town IT Committee member Craig Wood at Tuesday’s Town Board work session, giving a presentation of the town’s new website.

The Town of Shelter Island recently got a makeover.

Well, at least it’s website did. (more…)

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10/20/17 11:16am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Supervisor Jim Dougherty wrote to the Reporter this week.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Supervisor Jim Dougherty wrote to the Reporter this week.

Dougherty’s defense
To the Editor:
A major component of my opponent’s campaign is bemoaning the loss of St. Gabriel’s as open space. Where was he when we were fighting to save it? (more…)

09/22/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone (a ka a Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Codger at home with Crone (a ka a Lois B. Morris) and Cur (Milo) at their West Neck Road home.

Cur is ailing.

The canine cardiologist has confirmed the vet’s diagnoses of pulmonary hypertension and congestive heart failure, which may be slowed but can’t be reversed or cured. Cur may have a year. (more…)

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07/28/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Gary Gerth at home on Shelter Island.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Gary Gerth at home on Shelter Island.

On a quiet evening a few years after he moved to Shelter Island, Gary Gerth’s phone rang. The caller, who identified himself as Leon, had misdialed. This was in the days before apps, when people made a local phone call to a friend to find out the weather, but Leon got Gary instead, so Gary stuck his head out to check the cloud cover, came back to report, and 45 minutes of conversation later he asked Leon his last name.

“Uris.”

“Leon Uris? You wrote ‘Exodus!’”

“I know. I did!” (more…)

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06/28/17 8:00am
Reel Point

Reel Point

As a March storm lashed Shelter Island with wind-driven rain, John Needham noted an ominous sight — water lapping at his shop door at Coecles Harbor Marina.

Mr. Needham, who has spent almost his whole working life on the harbor, had an immediate thought; “It’s in all of our interests that protection is maintained.”

He was speaking about Reel Point — that spit of land jutting from the southern tip of Big Ram Island, a natural barrier that once guarded Coecles Harbor and the homes and businesses that line its shore from high seas and destructive storms. (more…)