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Aidan and Brennan McFadden enjoy sparklers while waiting for the fireworks to begin.
Over the next several days, leading to the New Year, the Reporter will be posting our annual Year In Review series of important stories from 2018.
This year, the now 100 percent donor-supported Shelter Island Fireworks show turned 61 after another successful year of fundraising by Shelter Island Fireworks, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) started by Island residents Brett and Kelly Surerus, Carla Cadzin and James Richardson. (more…)
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This is the third in a series about religious institutions on Shelter Island.
According to Shelter Island Presbyterian Church’s newly appointed Pastor Bob Griffin, all religions are alike in that they identify a problem and propose a solution.
The problem today? Existential duress, the kind that Pastor Griffin believes is symptomatic of “way too many people all over the media telling you what you are and who you should be.” (more…)
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On August 11, Shelter Island police officers, assisted by Southold police officers and one “underage agent,” visited four restaurants on Shelter Island and arrested bartenders at The Dory, SALT and Sunset Beach Hotel.
The bartenders allegedly failed to ask the underage agent to present identification and sold him alcohol. (more…)
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Elisabeth Heimann with artist Melora Grifis.
On August 18, people came from all over the Hamptons and the North Fork to participate in the 9th annual Artists of Shelter Island (ArtSI) Open Studio Tour. Fourteen local painters, sculptors, potters, mixed media artists, and one woman who creates “works that show surprise,” opened their in-home studios to tour participants — sometimes serving watermelon and other snacks, always eager to talk about their lives and works.
The Reporter interviewed three artists about their respective mediums, messages, and relationships to Shelter Island.
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Library Director Terry Lucas points at a photograph of “The Old Windmill,” which was the location of the Island’s second library, and where the Shelter Island School now stands.
The Shelter Island Public Library recently tasked someone to take a bunch of old boxes labeled “Miscellaneous Information” out of a shed. The simple chore revealed not only old tax records, but a boon of historical treasures, including one document that explains the origin of the Island’s unique referential term of “harelegger.” (more…)