ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO
The 2017 Lions Club Citizens of the Year, Al and Tippi Bevans at the Reporter’s office.
For years, Tippi and Al Bevan have given generously of their time and energy to ensure that no one on the Island goes hungry.
Since 2006, the Bevans have managed the Food Pantry at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church and for the past 25 years, they have been delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors on the Island.
On Thursday, May 25, they will add another title to their list of achievements — the Shelter Island Lions Club’s 2017 Citizens of the Year. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Wades Beach will have a new addition next summer if all goes well.
A new addition to Wades Beach will, if all goes according to plan, be in place in June. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Battling for the Simon Gavron Challenge Cup Trophy, left to right: Jefferson Ramirez (B&R), Alex Austin (SG United), Elyse Vilsaint (SG United) and Diego Marles (B&R).
For the second time in the 12-year history of the Soccer Challenge Cup, a back-to- back champion has been crowned. (more…)
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Two students at the Shelter Island Public Library improving their English language skills with teacher Bryan Knipfing.
Gabriela and Guillermo, born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, have been on Shelter Island for six months. On Thursday nights after work, they can be found at the Shelter Island Library improving their English language skills. The rest of the week they’re practicing what they’ve learned in class and preparing for new lessons in the next class. (more…)
PETER BOODY PHOTO | The clubhouse at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club.
Gardiner’s Bay Country Club and the owners of the land on which it operates closed on a deal Wednesday, December 19 that gives the club ownership of its own property.
Club President Jack Regan confirmed on Friday that the deal had successfully closed at a law office in Bridgehampton. He declined to identify the lawyer who represented the sellers, or any details of the deal, except to say there were four leaders of the group .
“I think shifting ownership to the membership opens up a lot more opportunity to do things we’ve refrained from doing because it wasn’t our property.” Mr. Egan said in a phone interview. He said he and others had reached out to the owners to seek a deal. “I don’t know,” he answered when asked why they succeeded this time while past efforts to buy the land, dating back decades, had always stalled.
He said the purchase will make for a “culture change” at the club “in what we can do to expand” the facilities.
The membership of Gardiner’s Bay Country Club voted this fall to pursue the purchase of the land, which the club rents from heirs of the Kessler family.
Located on the site of a course that was laid out in the 1890s by the Manhanset House hotel, the course and clubhouse closed during World War II and fell into disrepair. The Shelter Island Lions Club raised funds to restore the course and the building under a lease arrangement with the Hay Beach Point Corporation, which owned the property as well as all of the Hay Beach area.
Until a new deed is filed showing the new ownership, the property is listed in the town assessor’s office as 139.6 acres owned by Neroni et al, with an assessed value not including the clubhouse of $5.17 million.