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12/08/19 11:00am

COURTESY PHOTO Shelter Island volleyball award winners gather in the East Wind’s ballroom on December 2. From left, Maria Carbajal, Lyng Coyne, Coach Cindy Belt, Valeria Reyes, Jane Richards and Dayla Reyes

The Suffolk County Volleyball Coaches Association’s annual awards dinner is always an impressive night. Seven hundred and twenty guests and 52 girls varsity volleyball teams attended the gala event on Monday, December 2. Shelter Island, the smallest school of them all, garnered six awards under the chandeliers of the ballroom at Wading River’s East Wind. (more…)

09/06/19 10:00am

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS
Clam chowder made from Melva Sherman’s recipe.

On the East End of Long Island, people have been opening clams and eating them for a very long time, starting with native Americans who left piles of clamshells behind to attest to their enthusiasm. The Shelter Island Historical Society has a letter written in 1820 by Sylvester Dering describing the discovery of a large number of clam shells found while digging a well- 40 feet down, suggesting some very old archaeological evidence of clam consumption. 

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08/22/19 8:00am

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Kailala, a great horned owl, was one of the stars of the Green Expo last year, presented by the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center.

Ask an Islander what’s the most significant issue and the answer is likely to be water quality.

Water has always been a critical concern, although at one time it was with quantity more than quality. But studies done by Suffolk County and the United States Geological Survey have revealed a more urgent need for locals to get their water tested and to take steps to reduce the nitrogen content in drinking water. (more…)

05/31/19 4:30pm

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
This week, I’m going to devote this space to beers, which have been welcome guests at Island barbecues and beach picnics over the past holiday weekend. There are times when a beer is the perfect drink, especially with grilled foods or cold seafood on a summer day. I knew for this topic I should not trust my limited knowledge, but turn to my brother-in-law Hank McManus, who has a more extensive batch of brain cells dedicated to brews than anyone I’ve ever met. In fact, for several years Hank wrote his own column on beer, for the newspaper “AM New York.”

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04/15/19 4:30pm

COURTESY PHOTO Moving in for the kill.

Earlier today I made calls from Florida to my East End fishing sources.

With the exception of a report of small bass being caught in some of the creeks on the south shore and a very occasional flounder being taken, there still isn’t much going on right now.

It’s hard to believe it’s really spring in Florida, but with clear days, temps in the high 80s and stiff breezes I know it is true. Spring here is the time when all the wild animals are having babies and all the birds are on their nests. We have a hen mallard duck on a nest of eight eggs in the low bushes separating our driveway from a neighbor’s; there are bunnies running all over the place; frogs are singing love songs in our adjoining pond through the night; and alligators are enticing mates with bellowing grunts.

I haven’t seen a poisonous snake this year, but other dangers still exist. (more…)