01/03/16 3:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | New year dawning for telephone scams.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | New year dawning for telephone scams.

I’m Ishmael again, here with more cautionary tales and warnings, although still no whales sighted, white or otherwise.

Instead, I bring you government alarms sent out by the attorney general of the State of New York, trying to protect us all against certain scams. These warnings are especially addressed to the elderly, a word I hate, by the way. (more…)

11/06/15 12:00pm
 CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Island scallopers heading out from Congdon Creek at sunrise.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Island scallopers heading out from Congdon Creek at sunrise.

Early November is a time of Halloween hangovers, abbreviated afternoons, yard signs screaming for votes and, at least for some, Ishmael’s “damp, drizzly” weariness of the soul.

Around here you can add an important date — the opening day of scallop season. For a string of years of poor harvests, the first Monday in November was a time baymen were right in tune with the “Moby Dick” narrator’s feelings of loss for a way of life that seemed to have ended. (more…)