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11/05/19 10:00am

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Candidates for supervisor and Town Board seats. Front row, from left, Marcus Kaasik, Supervisor Gary Gerth and Mike Bebon. Back row, from left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilman Jim Colligan, Gerry Siller and Julia Romanchuk Weisenberg.

Gary Gerth for supervisor
Two fine public servants are vying for the job of supervisor on Tuesday.

Democrat Gerry Siller, a local businessman, former town supervisor and former member of the School Board, is dedicated to making the Island a better place.
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Featured Story
10/22/19 12:00pm

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An historic event is coming to Suffolk County and the rest of New York State in coming weeks: early voting. Instead of going to your polling place on Election Day, you’ll be able to go to a variety of places in Suffolk and vote early. The early voting period starts on Saturday, Oct. 26 and ends on Sunday, Nov. 3. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5 this year. (more…)

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10/21/19 12:00pm

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On a recent stray weekend in Manhattan, we decided to head up the Hudson to one of our favorite river towns, Cold Spring. We had been several times before and thought we could catch some early fall foliage at the top end of the trip, but we were too early. The village, located in the Hudson Highlands, sits at the deepest point of the river, directly across from West Point. (more…)

07/06/18 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Kal Lewis on his way to breaking the all-time fresman cross country record at the Sunken Meadow course in September.

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Kal Lewis on his way to breaking the all-time fresman cross country record at the Sunken Meadow course in September.

I have been reflecting on Kal Lewis, a sophomore at Shelter Island High School, who twice this spring ran 4:15 for 1,600 meters and then won the New York State D-2 1,600 meter title.

Kal has taken 24 seconds off the previous school record  of 4:39.6 set by Ian Thomson 20 years ago —five years before Kal was born. His 4:15 is the single greatest track run ever by a Shelter Island runner. (more…)

09/04/17 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO

JULIE LANE PHOTO

One of the things the British get right is leaving the long weekends that begin and end summer without names weighed down with significance.

Over there they’re called “bank holidays,” a generic term simply meaning a long weekend with Monday off.

We insist on calling the summer kickoff Memorial Day, which has recovered some of its original meaning because of mounting numbers of dead Americans some of us remember for their service in the misguided wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But Labor Day lost its original meaning long ago. (more…)