08/15/16 8:00am

 

VERA CHINESE PHOTO Nora, left, and Jackson Parpan, a few days before the columnist returned to work.

VERA CHINESE PHOTO Nora, left, and Jackson Parpan, a few days before the columnist returned to work.

I cried earlier this week.

It was Sunday, the first full day I would be leaving little Nora Jane Parpan — born May 19 at a healthy 7 pounds, 1 ounce — in someone else’s care following 12 weeks of maternity leave. (more…)

10/02/15 10:00am
ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK Things are looking up on several fronts.

ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK Things are looking up on several fronts.

Bad news, it’s been said, travels at the speed of light, while good news travels at the speed of molasses. Going uphill. In the winter.

But we’re here to put some acceleration behind several pieces of news that have come down the track lately. (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…)