05/27/16 10:00am
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO Nautical-themed tablewear and candles at Dabney Lee.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO Nautical-themed tablewear and candles at Dabney Lee.

With Memorial Day weekend typically marking the beginning of the summer season on Shelter Island, 2016 is less about new businesses than returning businesses. (more…)

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04/27/16 4:30pm
 COURTESY PHOTO | Rendering of a proposed additions to the Shelter Island Historical Society Haven’s House, which would include a new building to house a storage vault, classroom and display space.

COURTESY PHOTO | Rendering of  proposed additions to the Shelter Island Historical Society Haven’s House, which would include a new building to house a storage vault, classroom and display space.

The Shelter Island Historical Society’s (SIHS) ambitious $1.7 million building project is expected to receive a special permit by the Town Board May 3 to proceed. (more…)

10/01/15 8:00am
ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK Island’s bounce-back following national trends

ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK The local bounce-back is  following national trends

If anyone doubts that the economy has improved considerably, just speak with Shelter Island business owners.

With almost no exceptions, Island businesses followed national trends in recovering handsomely from a brutal winter. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 192,000 new jobs were created nationally in March, a sign of optimism kicking off a solid spring and summer.

In an informal survey, the Reporter found that Island business owners had their own way of measuring summer success: Many were so busy they’re relieved to be able to take a breather this fall. (more…)

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08/07/15 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO The legendary Freddy Cole is scheduled to perform next Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12, at the Dory.

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The legendary Freddy Cole is scheduled to perform next Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12, at the Dory.

Home in Atlanta after a week’s West Coast swing, Freddy Cole spoke about the dilemma facing professional musicians.

“Sometimes when I’m home I want to be out and sometimes when I’m on the road I want to be home,” the pianist and vocalist said. “But this is what I love. I’m in the people business, so the road is what I do.” (more…)