05/14/16 8:00am
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

Codger is again cranking up to take his visitors on tours of the Island, especially those second-time visitors who have already been properly enchanted by Mashomack, Sylvester Manor, Shell Beach and the library — the essential treasures.

This second sightsee with Codger is a chance to check out the alternate landmarks that offer insights into the Island’s quirkier crannies. Sometimes they provoke questions that Codger won’t even try to answer. (more…)

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04/10/15 9:46am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A view of the entrance to St. Gabriel's Retreat Center.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A view of the entrance to St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center.

The St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center property, 25 acres fronting Coecles Harbor, has been sold for $15.1 million. (more…)

09/12/14 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A view of the entrance to St. Gabriel's Retreat Center.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A view of the entrance to St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center.

My name is Christine Verity Monserrate and my father, James Verity, was the Passionist priest who founded St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center many years ago.

I recently spent time at St. Gabriel’s with my husband, Ricardo Monserrate, and our two sons, James and Gabriel. Our days there were some of the most special we have ever had as a family, not only because of the incredible beauty of the property, but also because of the undeniable sense that we were on holy ground. (more…)

10/08/13 10:50am

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Hoot Sherman, representing the contractor for repairs at St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center, at the Waterways Management Advisory Committee Monday night.

With cautionary words from Town Councilman Peter Reich about not going “down a slippery slope,” the Waterways Management Advisory Committee proposed a solution Monday night to deal with needed repairs to the seriously damaged St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center bulkhead.

Mr. Reich, who attended the meeting via speakerphone, was concerned about waiving the usual two-year period from the time of approval to complete a project and allowing the Passionist Fathers, who own the site, five years.

That could set a dangerous precedent for future applicants, Mr. Reich said, noting the length of the St. Gabriel’s bulkhead, about 1600 feet, is not unique. Camp Quinipet is going to be applying for bulkheading and Mr. Reich expects that project will be twice as long.

“I hope their application won’t be as wishy-washy as this,” Mr. Reich said, referring to what started as a very vague application on work intended for the St. Gabriel’s site. The original application suggested patch work that both the WMAC and Town Board thought was inadequate.

To avoid that “slippery slope” to which Mr. Reich referred, the WMAC will recommend that the Town Board approve two applications — one to deal with 1,300 feet of bulkheading and a second to deal with a remaining 300 feet. The initial application could be approved now and if the work isn’t finished within two years, the applicant could seek one-year extensions as work continued.

But another factor for the Passionist Fathers is the cost of repairs and a deadline that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set for completing work by October 29, 2014, if the owners are to recover some money for the rebuilding.

Mr. Reich said he would recommend the town waive a fee for the second application, but it would be up to his Town Board colleagues to agree. The application also calls for stair repairs and a concrete walkway on the landward side of the bulkhead. Still pending is the Department of Environmental Conservation’s review of dock and ramp repairs.

“Can you handle this scenario?”WMAC hairman John Needham asked Hoot Sherman, who represents the property owners.

“At this point, I’ll handle any scenario,” Mr. Sherman replied.

The Town Board has a public hearing slated for Friday afternoon before it makes a decision on whether or not to approve the project.

10/08/13 10:50am

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Hoot Sherman, representing the contractor for repairs at St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center, at the Waterways Management Advisory Committee Monday night.

With cautionary words from Town Councilman Peter Reich about not going “down a slippery slope,” the Waterways Management Advisory Committee proposed a solution Monday night to deal with needed repairs to the seriously damaged St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center bulkhead.

Mr. Reich, who attended the meeting via speakerphone, was concerned about waiving the usual two-year period from the time of approval to complete a project and allowing the Passionist Fathers, who own the site, five years.

That could set a dangerous precedent for future applicants, Mr. Reich said, noting the length of the St. Gabriel’s bulkhead, about 1600 feet, is not unique. Camp Quinipet is going to be applying for bulkheading and Mr. Reich expects that project will be twice as long.

“I hope their application won’t be as wishy-washy as this,” Mr. Reich said, referring to what started as a very vague application on work intended for the St. Gabriel’s site. The original application suggested patch work that both the WMAC and Town Board thought was inadequate.

To avoid that “slippery slope” to which Mr. Reich referred, the WMAC will recommend that the Town Board approve two applications — one to deal with 1,300 feet of bulkheading and a second to deal with a remaining 300 feet. The initial application could be approved now and if the work isn’t finished within two years, the applicant could seek one-year extensions as work continued.

But another factor for the Passionist Fathers is the cost of repairs and a deadline that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set for completing work by October 29, 2014, if the owners are to recover some money for the rebuilding.

Mr. Reich said he would recommend the town waive a fee for the second application, but it would be up to his Town Board colleagues to agree. The application also calls for stair repairs and a concrete walkway on the landward side of the bulkhead. Still pending is the Department of Environmental Conservation’s review of dock and ramp repairs.

“Can you handle this scenario?”WMAC hairman John Needham asked Hoot Sherman, who represents the property owners.

“At this point, I’ll handle any scenario,” Mr. Sherman replied.

The Town Board has a public hearing slated for Friday afternoon before it makes a decision on whether or not to approve the project.