08/11/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Pictured recently are , from left, Julia Labrozzi, Sophia Strauss and Tim Purtell interviewing Lucio Martinez for the Shelter Island Historical Society’s ‘Living History’ program. .

COURTESY PHOTO
Pictured recently are, from left, Julia Labrozzi, Sophia Strauss and Tim Purtell interviewing Lucio Martinez for the Shelter Island Historical Society’s ‘Living History’ program.
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The Shelter Island Historical Society’s “Living History” program is one that involves Shelter Island students interviewing other students about their lives here. (more…)

08/01/17 8:00am
TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | A beautiful pin oak in the Town Center.

TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | A beautiful pin oak in the Town Center.

Latin Name: Quercus palustris

Locations: A magnificent, tall pin oak grows in the Town Center between the Library and Town Hall. Because this tree stands alone, it has a full, even spread on all sides.

Tree stats: The native pin oak ranges from the Midwest to the Northeast. The Latin word palus means swamp, which indicates this tree’s preference for moist soil. Despite this preference, it’s a popular landscape and street tree that adapts to various conditions. (more…)

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03/08/17 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Supervisor Jim Dougherty.

After months of ugly confrontations over crafting short-term rental (STR) regulations, culminating in a Town Board work session a week ago that descended into an obnoxious shouting match, Supervisor Jim Dougherty said Tuesday he was seeking to “heal the wounds in our community a bit.” (more…)

12/16/16 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The height of fashion for Shelter Island.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The height of fashion for Shelter Island.

A strange thing occurred in the summer of 2013. A website called fashionista.com called out Shelter Island as “the chunk of land right smack between the North and South Forks of Long Island, which, if our Instagram feeds are any indication, has become something of a hotspot for the fashion set.”

At the time, I thought it was mysterious (Instagram?) and wrong-headed (how does the fashion set get to a place that stops accepting visitors at midnight?). Since only a few locals were among the 2.5 million monthly readers of fashionista.com, most were blissfully unaware that the Island was a hotspot for anything. (more…)