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11/26/14 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO A wary wild turkey making its way around the Island this week.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
A wary wild turkey making its way around the Island this week.

If you’ve ever been close to a wild turkey (and what Islander hasn’t), the first impression is how magnificently ugly they are, with the heads of space aliens and those dangling red wattles.

These comedians of the avian world look clumsy, but they can fly, and when they take wing they’re as graceful as any bird, sometimes reaching speeds up to 50 miles an hour. But they’re most content being earthbound, strutting around with the could-care-less attitude of bored aristocrats. (more…)

11/18/14 12:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Ninth grader Francesca Frasco working on a Science Fair project in teacher Daniel Williams’ laboratory after school hours as she prepares for the 50th annual event to be held at the school December 5. At rear is ninth grader Emily Strauss working on her Science Fair project.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Ninth grader Francesca Frasco working on a Science Fair project in teacher Daniel Williams’ laboratory after school hours as she prepares for the 50th annual event to be held at the school December 5. At rear is ninth grader Emily Strauss working on her Science Fair project.

Francesca Frasco, 14, is exploring estrogen mimics — artificial hormones that can affect our bodies.

Like any good scientist, the Shelter Island School freshman chose the topic because she wanted to break new ground. No one in the 50 year history of the school’s Science Fair has explored her subject.

“I thought it would be cool,” she said about the project she’s calling “Flies and Guys.”
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11/10/14 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island Education Foundation Board members Christine Gallagher (left) and Kristina Lange talked about the upcoming Grant Celebration at Sylvester Manor and funding that has been provided to individuals and programs.

JULIE LANE PHOTO |
Shelter Island Education Foundation Board members Christine Gallagher (left) and Kristina Lange talked about the upcoming Grant Celebration at Sylvester Manor and funding that has been provided to individuals and programs.

As the Shelter Island Educational Foundation looks ahead to its Sunday, November 16 Grant Awards Celebration at Sylvester Manor, board members are reflecting on the almost $1 million raised through the years for Island students. (more…)