06/14/19 4:30pm

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One hundred years ago, a woman in Spokane, Washington named Sonora Smart Dodd decided to honor her father, a man who raised her and five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. With Dodd in the lead, Father’s Day spread across the country, and the rest of the U.S. joined her in a celebration of paternity, held ever since on the third Sunday in June.

In observance of Father’s Day, and the tool-wielding, ball-throwing, booboo-kissing men who make it happen, quite a few Shelter Islanders were ready to talk about what their fathers did for them. (more…)

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06/14/19 2:00pm


From breathtaking views, to the chance to watch elite runners in action, the 40th annual running of the Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk Saturday is ticketed to be a memorable event.

The Island’s signature sporting event highlights a strong field of athletes, including runners who have competed on the world’s stage. While a select few run with the intent of winning and capturing prize money, the majority of the field will simply be pleased to cross the finish line at Fiske Field. (more…)

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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.”