09/28/16 11:58am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO From left, Skip Tuttle, the late Ben Jones and Charlie Beckwith, "discussing" the rules at last year's old timers softball game. "The Over the Hill Gang" will be back at Fiske Field this Sunday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO From left, Skip Tuttle, the late Ben Jones and Charlie Beckwith, “discussing” the rules at last year’s old timers softball game. “The Over the Hill Gang” will be back at Fiske Field this Sunday.

Back in the 1970s, a group of Island residents got together to start an annual old timers’ softball game. It was a friendly competition of the “over-35” crowd who played on teams sponsored by two well-known establishments — the Dory and the Harbor Inn. (more…)

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01/29/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Center Post Office.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Center Post Office.

No last call
To the Editor:
As I write this through tears of sadness and tears of joy, I’m constantly reminded of my dear friend and mentor, Ben Jones.

I asked Southold dispatch to send out a page that stated “Ben Jones, Medic 1, has responded to his last alarm.” (more…)

01/18/16 2:00pm
COURTERY PHOTO | Ben Jones

COURTESY PHOTO | Ben Jones

Did you ever have a tree fall on you? Neither have I, but last Thursday when I heard Ben Jones had passed away in Florida, I think I know what it feels like.

The news came as a shock, even if it was expected when 93- year-old Ben and his wife Betty said goodbye and left for Florida last month (see the Reporter Thursday for a full obituary of Ben). (more…)

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07/08/15 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Ben Jones at the Pridwin Hotel June 16, being congratulated by EMS Director Jack Thilberg, on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for 30 years of service.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Ben Jones at the Pridwin Hotel June 16, being congratulated by EMS Director Jack Thilberg, on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for 30 years of service.

The Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services awards and recognition celebration was held at the Pridwin Hotel on June 16.

In attendance were EMS squad members, Town Board members, the EMS advisory Committee and Suffolk County and New York State representatives. (more…)