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In 2017, when the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service needed live-in caretakers for a rocky, windy island off Australia’s southern coast, it limited the search to couples who could demonstrate that they had spent a lot of time together in a remote place, on the theory that such couples know a thing or two about getting along, and depending on each other.
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife should set up a recruiting table in the IGA parking lot.
What happens to a couple in a place you can’t leave after midnight? For Valentine’s Day, the Reporter asked four Island partners what Shelter Island has meant for their relationship, for better or worse. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Happy summer!
Okay visitors — and year-rounders with faulty memories — here’s the skinny for those in bikinis. (more…)
How much do you know about the streets and roads of the Island?
A quiet thoroughfare connecting West Neck Road to Stearns Point Road, the roots of Behringer Lane have historical ties to several Island institutions.
According to primary documents from the Shelter Island Historical Society (SIHS), the name “Behringer” refers to Louie Behringer. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Vicki Weslek — wife, mother, community organizer and self-described ‘work in progress.’
Anyone who has gone to an Empty Bowls event can tell you it’s all about filling things. The bowls made by children get filled with soup donated by local restaurants and everyone who attends is filled with the satisfaction of doing some good for the community.
It’s been a success from the very start; the third annual event takes place this Sunday at the Shelter Island School.
One of the guiding spirits of the program is Victoria Shields Weslek, a 37-year-old wife and mother of three. She’s one of the original organizers in 2013 of the Shelter Island School Edible Garden and Empty Bowls, the Garden’s primary fundraiser. (more…)
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Emory Breiner came to Shelter Island as a seven year old, fascinated with boats.
Emory Breiner has vivid memories of his first trip to Shelter Island in 1956.
Now a long-time Island resident and candidate for the Town Board in November, during his first ride from the ferry dock at Preston’s to Shelter Island, seven-year-old Emory thought the boat was like the cruise ships he had seen docked on the West Side of Manhattan. “In my mind the ferry was like an ocean liner.”
That first summer, with radios abuzz with word of the maritime disaster that sunk the Andrea Doria, an Italian ocean liner off Nantucket, Emory was ready to send his toy fleet to respond. “I’ll have to send my boats to save people,” he reportedly said. (more…)