11/04/16 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Good food and a great meeting place for Islanders of all ages at the ham dinner the night before Election Day.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Good food and a great meeting place for Islanders of all ages at the ham dinner the night before Election Day.

If part of your Election Day eve tradition is attending St. Mary’s Episcopal Church’s ham dinner, you may have wondered why and when this Island tradition was born.

The “when” is a difficult research project. A check of back issues of the Reporter don’t list it, but speculation is that it likely started some time about half a century ago. While there had been a number of write-ups in the Reporter about partisan pre-election dinners and other events, St. Mary’s appears to be the first non-partisan group to enter the fray, offering a pre-election night ham dinner. (more…)

08/04/16 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

EVERY WEEK
Alcoholics Anonymous, Fridays, beginners meeting, 7:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church. Open discussion Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. St. Mary’s; Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Al-Anon, Saturdays, 10 a.m., library, St. Mary’s.

American Legion, Friday night dinners, Chef Gunnar, 6 p.m. (631) 749-1180. (more…)

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01/29/16 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Eliza McCarthy

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Eliza McCarthy

Spinning. Twirling. Jumping. Little visions in pink tights, tutus and ballet slippers, soon to be changed for tap shoes, giggling their way through dance lessons.

They’re 3, 4 and 5 years old, these Shelter Island girls, and clearly having so much fun being taught by Ashley Knight in St. Mary’s Parish Hall that they’re oblivious to visitors watching them working their way through routines. (more…)

02/19/14 4:32pm
COURTESY PHOTO | South Ferry President Cliff Clark provided this picture in February 1994, of the ice flow hampering efforts to keep traffic moving between Shelter Island and North Haven.

COURTESY PHOTO | South Ferry President Cliff Clark provided this picture in February 1994, of the ice flow hampering efforts to keep traffic moving between Shelter Island and North Haven.

50 YEARS AGO
An obligation
An editorial in the Reporter 50 years ago this month celebrated the fact that the Suffolk County Board of Supervisors allocated money to purchase land for public parks in nine of the county’s 10 town, excluding Shelter Island. (more…)