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09/11/18 8:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The 9/11 memorial at the Center firehouse — an iron girder from Ground Zero. Its only adornment is a brass fire department insignia and the number ‘343,’ a reference to the number of firefighters who died that day.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO
The 9/11 memorial at the Center firehouse — an iron girder from Ground Zero. Its only adornment is a brass fire department insignia and the number ‘343,’ a reference to the number of firefighters who died that day.

Originally published on September 11, 2016

On a brilliantly clear September day in 2001, a team of volunteer EMTs from Shelter Island climbed into two ambulances fully loaded with emergency medical supplies and drove west. (more…)

08/27/18 12:00pm
TERRY BROCKBANK PHOTO Tod Engle and Kathy Dyas-Brockbank rehearsing.

TERRY BROCKBANK PHOTO
Tod Engle and Kathy Dyas-Brockbank rehearsing.

In the days immediately following the 9/11 attacks, the task of memorializing the many who perished fell in some cases to those grieving multiple losses.

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04/07/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jim Hull creating the recipe for a new porter, as yet unnamed, featuring vanilla bean, bourbon and Island honey at Shelter Island Craft Brewery on North Ferry Road.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jim Hull creating the recipe for a new porter, as yet unnamed, featuring vanilla bean, bourbon and Island honey at Shelter Island Craft Brewery on North Ferry Road.

In the early 1970s, Jim Hull was one of the 3,600 ironworkers who built the World Trade Center.

He lived in Queens but he loved to get to the site early in the morning, sit on a bench with a cup of coffee and listen to the city come to life.

“Total silence, then the fans started up on top of the buildings, then the traffic started and the horns and by 9 o’clock the jack hammers were going and the beast was alive,” Jim said. “It was just beautiful.” (more…)

04/17/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he helped with iron work on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he worked on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

If Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik has been under pressure in the past couple of months preparing his first-time budget for the Shelter Island School District, it’s nothing compared to what he’s been through. And as with past pressures, music is his escape. (more…)