JAMES MARSHALL PHOTOS
A Franklin tree blossom.
Latin Name: Franklinia alatamaha
Location: Though I’ve long been aware of this fabled tree and often fantasized about growing one, I had never seen an actual specimen until I visited James Marshall and Adam Bundy’s wonderful, labrynthine garden several weeks ago. As far as I know, theirs are the only Franklin trees on the Island. If you grow one, let me know.
TIM PURTELL PHOTOS
The spruce’s strong branches handle heavy ornaments.
Latin Name: Picea pungens
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO A cake for Codger.
This is a big week for birthdays, including Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin, Al Capone, Muhammad Ali, Edgar Allan Poe, Janis Joplin and last and certainly least, Codger, who will have to blow out the candles for all of them. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a proposal to offer certain residents a property tax credit on Wednesday.
It’s one of two things, according to Benjamin Franklin, that is certain in life: taxes.
And one proposal by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo aims to at least ease the tax burden for about 1.3 million people across the state.
While the governor can’t pass legislation preventing another of Mr. Franklin’s certainties from occurring — death — his ‘Opportunity Agenda’ would provide an average $1,150 in annual tax credits for over 125,000 homeowners in Suffolk County, and 1.3 million across the state. (more…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | This magnificent eagle was seen soaring over the Mashomack Preserve.
In these close up shots of the eagles nesting now in Mashomack, one can get the idea where the expression “eagle eye” comes from. Not only are the eagles’ eyes as large as human’s, they are four times stronger than a person with 20-20 vision.
The eagle has been a figure representing power and majesty since Roman times, when every legion went to battle under the banner of the imperial eagle. Native American’s prized their feathers and used them in religous rituals. (more…)