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07/12/17 9:58am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel speaking at the Town Board works session Tuesday.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel speaking at the Town Board works session Tuesday.

A review by the Town Board at its Tuesday work session to fine-tune a planned survey of residents on tick-borne diseases and controlling the deer population turned, as it has for years whenever the subject is broached, to an argument over the safety and effectiveness of the 4-poster program. (more…)

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10/05/16 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Town Engineer John Cronin.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Town Engineer John Cronin.

About 5 percent of what’s going directly into the aquifer every day is sewage.

That’s the word from Town Engineer John Cronin, who went before Tuesday’s Town Board work session to stress greater efforts to replace aged septic and cesspool systems with newly develop technology. (more…)

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08/11/16 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Placing  permethrin-soaked rollers onto a feeding stand of a 4-poster unit.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO  Placing permethrin-soaked rollers onto a feeding stand of a 4-poster unit.

When Tyler Heiden Jones and Amedeo Teseo bought their house on Shelter Island, it was to be a retreat from New York City and eventually a place to retire. Now they’re questioning if they made a mistake.

What’s troubling Mr. Heiden Jones and Mr. Teseo is the Island’s ongoing use of 4-poster units — feeding stands that brush deer with a tickicide, permethrin — meant to reduce the tick population and the diseases they carry. (more…)

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08/21/15 12:00pm
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Hippy Hive HoneyBee Cooperative member Sarah Shepherd (left), who has been keeping bees for about five years, will be at Shelter Island’s Green Expo Saturday, August 22 to explain the importance of the bees in our food supply.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Hippy Hive HoneyBee Cooperative member Sarah Shepherd (left), who has been keeping bees for about five years, will be at Shelter Island’s Green Expo Saturday, August 22 to explain the importance of the bees in our food supply.

Advocates of environmentally safe practices are ready to bring green living front and center at the Shelter Island Green Options Advisory Committee’s Sixth Annual Green Expo.

The event will coincide with the Fire Department’s Annual Country Fair on Saturday, August 22, and run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (more…)

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11/24/14 8:00am
County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of Millstone power plant. (Courtesy photo)

COURTESY PHOTO | County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of the Millstone power plant.

Each day, some two billion gallons of water are pumped from Long Island Sound into the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Connecticut — that state’s only nuclear power plant — and used to help cool systems and support the station’s two operating reactors. After it heats up, about 90 percent of that water is discharged back into the Sound at about 20 degrees warmer than when it was taken in, said Ken Holt, a spokesman for Millstone.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who represetns Shleter Island, wants to better understand what, if any, impact that heated water is having on the ecology of the Sound and surrounding waters and has reached out to researchers at Stony Brook University’s School of Atmospheric Science, hoping they can determine whether Millstone might be “overheating” the Sound’s waters. (more…)