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06/13/19 4:18pm

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Some Islanders, upset that Dr. Peter Kelt will not be part of the Island’s Medical Center when Stony Brook/Southampton Hospital takes over management of the Island facility on January 1, 2020 (see story, “Island Dr. rejected by Stony Brook for Med Center,” June 13), have been calling and writing Stony Brook officials to voice their displeasure.

In response to the protest, Supervisor Gary Gerth released a statement to the Reporter Thursday afternoon:

“It is clear there is a great deal of well-deserved support on Shelter Island for Dr. Peter Kelt. For decades he has cared for the people of Shelter Island and is a friend and neighbor as well as a doctor.

“As supervisor, I have a great respect for Dr. Kelt, and hope that he remains here on the Island.

“Anyone who wants to express support can contact me at 631) 749-0015 or at [email protected].  I am asking that comments be directed to me or to the town and not to Stony Brook/Southampton Hospital.

“We are still in negotiations for their potential future takeover of the medical center and I would hate to see it lie empty because we drove away the best candidate to provide medical care into the future.”

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05/28/19 12:00pm


The Town Board continues to amend proposed changes to the short-term-rental (STR) legislation.

After a public hearing on May 3, the board showed it was listening by changing a significant part of its draft proposal to amend the controversial law and set a public hearing for May 14. (more…)

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05/27/19 3:00pm

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The color guard leading the Memorial Day parade Monday included Shelter Island High School graduate Isabella Sherman, second from left, who has just completed her first year at Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont.

A perfect late spring morning of mild temperatures and high blue skies set the stage for the annual Shelter Island Memorial Day celebrations.

A parade stepped off from the Center Fire House on Monday, led by the High School band playing patriotic marches. A good group of Islanders of all ages turned out in the Center, ringing Wilson Circle to remember and honor the Island’s war dead, as well as their countrymen and women across the nation killed in action in America’s wars. (more…)

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05/27/19 11:00am

Shelter Islander Ed Conrad, a career U.S. Navy seaman, lost his life in the South Pacific in World War II.

This article originally appeared in a different form in 2013.

Most Memorial Days Carl Sabal travels 30 miles north from his home in Ephrata, Pennsylvania to the town of Lebanon for an annual breakfast and, with others, remembers those lost in America’s wars. Reached by phone last week, he said he also comes back to the Island now and then, as recently as a couple of weeks ago.

The 83-year-old Harelegger, born on West Neck Road in a house “down in the hollow,” will remember men he served with in the Third Army from 1959 to 1965, and all veterans everywhere. But he’ll have a special place in his memory for one Islander lost at sea 75 years ago this December along with 790 other Americans. (more…)

05/26/19 3:00pm


He was the man I never knew, the man who gave me my name.

He was brought closer to me through a phone call I got one afternoon. An editor at the Washington Post, where I freelance occasionally, phoned to say a man who lived in the D.C. area had called and wanted to know if I would contact him. The name Timothy Donleavy didn’t ring a bell, but I called, and when a man answered I identified myself. (more…)