10/04/16 4:41pm
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio (left) on location in the rainforests of Indonesia while filming “Before the Flood.” (Photo courtesy National Geographic Films)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio (left) on location in the rainforests of Indonesia while filming “Before the Flood.”

Like many coastal communities, Shelter Island is a place where residents are keenly aware of the waters that surround them. From flooding due to coastal storm events, to salt water intrusion in wells and other fresh water bodies, life by the sea has always been a delicate balancing act on the Island

This weekend when the Hamptons International Film Festival comes to the South Fork, one documentary being screened makes the case that issues related to sea level rise are likely to get worse in coming years as polar ice melts at an accelerated rate and greenhouse gasses continue to build around the world.

That film, National Geographic’s “Before the Flood,” is directed by Fisher Stevens, who rented a home on Shelter Island this past August, and won an Academy Award for his 2009 documentary “The Cove,” about the secret slaughter of dolphins in Japan. (more…)

02/01/16 4:30pm
BOV DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Cori Cass at his desk at Chase.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO | Cori Cass at his desk at Chase.

Give this a try: For the year 2006, name the Heisman trophy winner, Miss America, Academy Award winners for Best Actor and Actress and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. (more…)

Featured Story
03/28/14 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Movies at the Library will screen "The Charge of the Light Brigade" Tuesday at the Library.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Movies at the Library will screen “The Charge of the Light Brigade” Tuesday at the Library.

As you may have noticed, a major news story over the past two months has been the crisis in Crimea. But that strategic peninsula, with its vital warm water ports on the Black Sea, is no stranger to strife and controversy, and of all the disputes that have erupted there, the most deadly was a conflict in the 1850s between Russia and a European alliance led by Britain and France. It was called, appropriately enough, the Crimean War. (more…)