CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Loren Reich
Loren Reich was a well-paid, internationally-traveling executive based in Manhattan, when she decided she was ready to move to the Island full-time in 2005, after years of coming out weekends. She saw an ad for an executive assistant position and when she got a call from the man doing the screening he had a warning. The position involved working at a laboratory run by U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the study of animal diseases. (more…)
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Former Congressman Tim Bishop has returned to academia.
Higher education had its highs and lows in Suffolk County in 2016. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. is going to war with County Executive Steve Bellone over the budget.
The top fiscal watchdogs in Suffolk County government are critical of County Executive Steve Bellone’s recommended $2.96 billion county budget for 2017.
“It is constructed so poorly and so tenuously,” declared County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset). “It is fraught with peril. It is not unlike what we see to the west of us,” he added, referring to the financial mess that Nassau County government has been in for years, resulting in New York State imposing a Finance Authority to oversee Nassau’s fiscal matters. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Julia Weisenberg taking a break in the middle of her workday. She no longer wears business suits or reports to a Manhattan office.
When Julia Weisenberg was an elementary school student on Shelter Island in the mid-1980s, her father, Bill Romanchuk, was an effective voice in the local movement that helped shut down operations at the newly constructed Shoreham nuclear power plant.
LILCO, a precursor of LIPA and PSEG, had built the facility on Long Island Sound near Riverhead. Many feared if it malfunctioned — as other nuclear power plants had — it would be impossible to evacuate the East End. Julia remembers being proud to stand next to her father at a rally. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Shelter Island School District Clerk Jacki Dunning.
Advice passed down from one mother to another: “The biggest secret in parenting is to laugh a lot, smile a lot.”
That’s one lesson Jacki Dunning learned from her mother. “There’s plenty of laughter in our house,” Ms. Dunning said in her office at the Shelter Island School where she is the school district’s clerk.
She and husband, Kevin, are about to see their nest emptying as their youngest child, Elizabeth, 18, heads to college in September. Their son Matthew, who will be 20 in August, is completing his second year at St. John’s University. (more…)