08/18/19 11:00am

TIM PURTELL PHOTOS
Leaves and seedpods.

Latin Name: Ailanthus altissima

Locations: Tree of heaven thrives (too well) throughout the Island. One is tucked to the side of the library parking lot; a cluster of small trees flourish along the edge of Coecles Harbor at the intersection of Cobbetts Lane and Ram Island Road.  

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12/05/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | An original sign for the newspaper.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | An original sign for the newspaper.

On September 30, 1999, a little more than 16 years ago, the following classified ad appeared in this newspaper:

The award-winning Shelter Island Reporter has an immediate year-round opening for a full-time writer, or two part-timers, to cover regular news beats, sports and report breaking Island news events. Computer and writing skills a must, camera skills helpful. Salary negotiable, depending on experience. (more…)

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04/03/15 2:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO Here’s what some of us are seeing. The daffodils belonging to Ram Island friends, in an open meadow and full sun.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
Here’s what some of us are seeing. The daffodils belonging to Ram Island friends, in an open meadow and full sun.

And so, dear friends, we come together again, after a truly dreadful, record-breakingly dreadful, winter.

As religions around the world meet to celebrate their rites connected to the spring equinox, so we gardeners celebrate ours. We have fewer commandments, it is true. Only five: Feed. Water. Weed. Spray. (more…)

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09/15/14 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Stephen Fearing is the first newly ordained minister at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in its 270-year history. Stephen Fearing is the first newly ordained minister at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in its 270-year history.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Stephen Fearing is the first newly ordained minister at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church in its 270-year history. 

The newly ordained minister of the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church is holding a spiky, slightly mashed seedpod from a sweet gum tree in the palm of his hand, the way a child might hold a much-loved, but threadbare stuffed animal. (more…)

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07/25/14 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | An aerial view of the PSEG substation in Jamesport, similar to one the power company wants to build on the Island.

COURTESY PHOTO | An aerial view of the PSEG substation in Jamesport, similar to one the power company wants to build on the Island.

Substation site option
To the Editor:

Our Town Board should insist on a thorough evaluation of a PSEG substation sited at the town Recycling Center.

The opposition expressed in public comments clearly indicates that the proposed location next to the Shelter Island Historical Society is unacceptable. However, to entirely reject a substation using the existing 69kV tie-line across the Island in favor of drilling another 13kV feeder is going in the wrong direction. (more…)