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09/15/15 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Ken Pysher of the Water Advisory Committee questioned Monday if the town code is lacking in restrictions on constructing pools near wetlands.

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Ken Pysher of the Water Advisory Committee questioned Monday if the town code is lacking in restrictions on constructing pools near wetlands.

The Water Advisory Committee wants to meet with the Conservation Advisory Council to determine if there’s a hole in the town code that needs to be plugged.

The subject is swimming pool construction in areas adjacent to wetlands. (more…)

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09/02/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Ed Brown reflected on his years of service, and wanted to scotch a rumor or two.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Ed Brown reflected on his years of service, and wanted to scotch a rumor or two.

To say that Councilman Ed Brown plays his cards close to the vest might be an understatement.

A Town Board colleague heard from friends of Mr. Brown and his wife, Cheryl, who had had dinner with the Brown’s Monday night, less than 24 hours before Mr. Brown surprised everyone by announcing he would resign his seat. “He didn’t mention a word about resigning” to his friends, the colleague said. (more…)

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08/29/15 3:00pm
COURTESY ART | A rendering of an aerial view of the plans for the Shelter Island Historical Society’s headquarters on south Ferry Road.

COURTESY ART | A rendering of an aerial view of the plans for the Shelter Island Historical Society’s headquarters on south Ferry Road.

Not an easy decision
To the Editor:
As of December 31, I will be leaving my position as Town Councilman due to personal reasons.

This was not an easy decision for me as the town and its people are very much an important part of my life. It has been an honor to serve for the last 15 years. (more…)

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08/26/15 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO |  The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed methods to limit the size of houses.

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The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed methods to limit the size of houses.

At Tuesday’s Town Board work session, Councilwoman Chris Lewis noted that you can’t be in the post office for very long these days without “someone telling you how Shelter Island is changing before their eyes. We’re just trying to put a few brakes on.”

She was speaking of a subcommittee made up of herself, Town Attorney Laury Dowd and Councilmen Paul Shepherd and Peter Reich who have been tasked to come up with plans to reduce the sizes of new houses on the Island. (more…)

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08/12/15 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Councilman Paul Shepherd told his colleagues Tuesday he doesn’t think there’s a way to cover every eventuality of businesses operating at town beaches and parks.

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Councilman Paul Shepherd told his colleagues Tuesday he doesn’t think there’s a way to cover every eventuality of businesses operating at town beaches and parks.

Talk, but no action — at least not yet — on two issues that trouble Town Board members: how to control commercial operations at beaches and parks on the Island and how to limit single-family houses from being used as hotels or B & Bs. (more…)