BRYAN DOWNEY PHOTO | Joe Lauro, with bass, and his HooDoo Loungers
Joe Lauro is a man inspired by music. He’s also driven to share it with others.
Before selling his Shelter Island home and moving to Sag Harbor a few years back, Mr. Lauro frequently hosted live music events in the barn on the property where he lived for 15 years.
“I lived up the road from the Dory on Route 114 in a New Orleans style plantation house,” explained Mr. Lauro in a recent phone interview. “Behind that was the ‘Pleasure Lounge’ — a 19th century barn we converted into a juke joint. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO Developer Richard Hogan at an earlier Planning Board presentation of his plans for the former St. Gabriel’s site
While the Town Board Tuesday decided it has the basic information to review a wetlands permit that the developer of the St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center site needs to begin building, many questions were questions raised at Tuesday’s work session. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)