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12/19/17 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Just added to the New York State Register of Historic Places is Shelter Island’s Smith-Ransome Japanese Bridge.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Just added to the New York State Register of Historic Places is Shelter Island’s Smith-Ransome Japanese Bridge.

The bridge arched gently over a narrow inlet flowing from a lagoon, mirrored in the water that was dappled with rain one morning this week.

Beyond the bridge the calm blue water of Smith Cove opened up under the sky. (more…)

01/10/14 8:00am

PETER BOODY PHOTO | Norma Camp at the piano in her South Ferry Road living room.

Norma Camp, the retiring cantor and soloist at Our Lady of the Isle Roman Catholic Church, started life in a Lutheran household, the daughter of a German man who came to the U.S. in the 1930s for a job in electrical engineering. Her mother was a former Sears Roebuck catalogue model with a beautiful singing voice he’d met at the RKO theatre in White Plains where he ended up working. (more…)

08/05/13 10:20am

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | A house floating from Smith Cove Friday afternoon to a new home in Mashomack.

If you were around South Ferry Friday afternoon you saw something that made you look twice.

It was the startling site of a house floating across from Smith Cove. A tugboat pulled a barge that supported the house through the water where it was transported to a new site on the main campus of Mashomack Preserve. It will be used as an outbuilding.

Last October, the Nature Conservancy, which operates Mashomack Preserve, won Town Board approval for a wetlands permit to float the house and over the beach to its new home.

Besides the need for a wetlands permit, the board discussed the possibility of eventually creating a new zoning area that would affect public properties such as the Preserve and Sylvester Manor to free them from more restrictive zoning limiting the number of buildings they could have on their properties.

The Town Board did approve a wetlands permit that allowed moving of this one building, but has yet to take any action on zoning.

In the course of the discussion on the wetlands permit, Building Permit Examiner Mary Wilson said the application was simple and did not involve building anything in the vegetative and regulated areas that extend 75 and 100 feet from wetlands, respectively. She said the Conservancy had filed an application for a Suffolk County Health Department permit for the septic system that will serve the structure at its new site, but that wasn’t a wetlands issue or a factor in the house-moving process.

Town Councilman Peter Reich said it was the first wetlands application to come before the board that did not call for a waiver of the limits on construction in the regulated area.

“It really only involves the hours” that the house will be hauled over the beach and into the preserve, he said.