11/22/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | A sign of the times for hungry grandchildren.

COURTESY PHOTO | A sign of the times for hungry grandchildren.

I almost forgot about writing my column this week because I have been so busy in New Jersey carrying out grandfatherly duties. I went there last Tuesday to watch 3-year-old Andrew and 7-year-old Avalene. Their father had to work and their mom had to be on the West Coast. So I took over the daily care including transportation to school, feeding, dressing and entertaining. (more…)

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07/13/16 10:00am
Airbnbs have proliferated on Shelter Island over the past two summers.

Airbnbs have proliferated on Shelter Island over the past two summers.

Cooler heads prevailed at the Town Board work session when the contentious issue of airbnbs —unregulated short-term rentals booked over the Internet — was once again on the agenda.

The issue has drawn fire from residents who maintain that “party houses” are proliferating on the Island due to the short-term Internet bookings, with loud music and drunken and obnoxious behavior occurring day and night in once peaceful neighborhoods. (more…)

08/02/15 3:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY

CHARITY ROBEY

When Joni Mitchell sang, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?” she was probably thinking of the environment.

But she could just as well been singing of the relief provided by a few minutes in a porta-potty.

During summer in the United States, the porta-potty is ubiquitous and indispensable. It goes by many names; porta-san, porta-potty, Johnny on the spot, Portaloo and kybo (more about that later.) (more…)