12/09/18 8:00am

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION Something to hope for.

There has never been a woman representing Suffolk in the New York State Senate, but that will end in the new year when Monica R. Martinez becomes a state senator.

The story of Ms. Martinez, born in El Salvador, an educator who took a pay cut from her position as a middle school assistant principal after becoming a Suffolk County legislator, is an American story, especially regarding the changing demographics of the United States. (more…)

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03/11/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO |  Amber Williams outside her Island home near West Neck Harbor.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Amber Williams outside her Island home near West Neck Harbor.

Amber Williams, without a shred of irony or self-consciousness, said, “I’ve known I wanted to be an accountant since I was 16.”

She also wants to be on the Shelter Island Town Board and if the intelligence, accomplishment and determination that have marked her life so far are any indication, she may achieve that goal too. (more…)

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07/20/15 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Art Williams in his backyard, in front of a shed that was once the office of Shelter Island Town Clerk Captain Edwin Baldwin.

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Art Williams in his backyard, in front of a shed that was once the office of Shelter Island Town Clerk Captain Edwin Baldwin.

Art Williams, who would become Shelter Island Town Supervisor in 2002, was not born in 1953 when his father bought the property on Baldwin Road that would become his home.

The family lived in Mount Vernon, New York at the time, but Art’s father purchased the place for his Manhattan-based parents, thinking they would like to retire here, and that the growing Williams family — three young boys and Art soon to join them — could visit. It came with a modest house, a couple of sheds and 500 chickens. (more…)

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12/08/14 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Cindy Belt at Mashomack, grateful for work she loves in a place she feels lucky to have found.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Cindy Belt at Mashomack, grateful for work she loves in a place she feels lucky to have found.

The American humorist Garrison Keillor tells of a mythical small town where, “All the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average.”

When you speak with Cindy Belt — environmental educator, wife, mother and Shelter Island School girls volleyball coach — you can’t help thinking she lives in that town. (more…)