12/22/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Presents under the tree.

COURTESY PHOTO | Presents under the tree.

“Why can’t every day be like Christmas?”

I was listening to Elvis singing that song last week while my grandchildren decorated my Christmas tree. They had a great time. And when they were finished, we went to Bella Vita and picked up a pizza. While they placed the ornaments in the best locations, they sipped hot chocolate I bought earlier at the Eagle Deli.  (more…)

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07/01/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bill Banks at his desk. Bill retired last week after 21 years as Town Building Inspector.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bill Banks at his desk. Bill retired last week after 21 years as Town Building Inspector.

Like the structures he has inspected and approved during more than 20 years as Shelter Island’s building inspector, Bill Banks stays put.

“I wasn’t exactly born on the kitchen table,” he said, referring to the handful of Islanders who were born here, “but I have been here for 57 years.” (more…)