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03/24/17 12:00pm
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REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

No threat
To the Editor:
It befuddles why your editorial (“Vote no on extra transportation costs”, March 16), is painting the petition to transport students to Our Lady of the Hamptons (OLH) as an adversary of the school district budget. The proposed budget for 2017-18 is $11,291,936. The cost to transport students to OLH (if transportation is not shared with Hayground and Ross) is $65,736. That’s 0.58 percent, half of one percent, of the entire budget. To target this expense as the line item that will “break the bank” is sheer nonsense. We can do math. (more…)

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03/10/17 12:00pm
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A welcome edition
To the Editor:
It was indeed a welcome edition of the Reporter on March 2.

Thank you, Chief Read, for your support of hard working, good people who may be lacking the right papers and live under the threat of deportation (“ICE sweeps frighten even documented immigrants”).

And a hearty welcome to Jules Feiffer (“New chapter in a life filling volumes”). Those of us who came of age in Greenwich Village in the 1950s-1960s loved his cartoons and portrayals of life. Thank you, Bob Lipsyte for your statement about Mr. Feiffer. (more…)

03/09/17 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Katie McNally performs

COURTESY PHOTO | Katie McNally performs on March 17.

CELTIC FIDDLE

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm hosts a traditional music concert with Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman on Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.

The vibrant musical traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton take on new life in the hands of Ms. McNally, a fiddler, and pianist Neil Pearlman.  (more…)

02/10/17 10:00am
TIM PURTELL PHOTO | White Pines at Sylvester Manor.

TIM PURTELL PHOTO | White Pines at Sylvester Manor.

This week, the Reporter begins a new column by Tim Purtell, the president of the non-profit organization Shelter Island Friends of Trees. Each month, Tim will explore the history, name and statistics associated with  various tree species found on the Island and provide details of where you can see them for yourself. Enjoy! (more…)

01/10/17 4:30pm
The Lonely Heartstring Band, George Clements (guitar), Matt Witler (mandolin), Charles Clements (bass), Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle), and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo). (Courtesty photo).

COURTESY PHOTO The Lonely Heartstring Band, George Clements (guitar), Matt Witler (mandolin), Charles Clements (bass), Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle), and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo).

Local bluegrass fans know that each January, Shelter Island is the place to be when Sylvester Manor presents its annual traditional music concert in the school auditorium.

But when The Lonely Heartstring Band heats up the school’s stage this Saturday evening, bluegrass lovers will hear at least one player who had to move thousands of miles and cross an international border in order to tap into the traditional American music form he now calls his own. (more…)