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05/15/19 10:00am

Proud parents Police Chief Jim Read and Denise Read with their son, James III, who has joined the Shelter Island Police Department.

The Shelter Island Police Department (SIPD) is adding a new, albeit familiar, name to its ranks.

James Read III, the son of Police Chief Jim Read, graduated from the Suffolk County Police Academy on last week, marking the completion of a six-month training period. He is currently assigned to six weeks of field training with Police Officer Anthony Rando before he will work on his own in late June. (more…)

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04/18/19 5:12pm

STRINGER NEWS PHOTO Shelter Island Police Department officers on Oak Tree Lane in Silver Beach March 19, 2018.

Two days after the one-year anniversary of Reverend Canon Paul Wancura’s death, the Suffolk County Police Department is re-releasing it’s notice of the $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers of the Island resident. (more…)

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03/05/19 4:30pm


Seven months ago, Suffolk County officials pledged $2 million toward new safety measures for public and private schools countywide.

The bond funded licensing fees for school districts to install the RAVE Panic Button, a mobile smartphone application that allows users to instantly notify law enforcement of emergency situations, such as an active shooter, at schools.

But if an emergency situation were to arise in any of the five East End towns, most district officials would still dial 911. (more…)

04/26/18 8:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach

On Shelter Island, we don’t have to wait for truly warm weather or notice the yellow signal flares of forsythia to tell us winter is a memory. We’ve witnessed spring on the wing with the arrival of the magnificent fish hawks, the ospreys, returning from their Florida and Caribbean winter quarters.

A smaller winged harbinger has come home, too. Piping plovers have been spotted with their melodious penny whistle voices and mad dashes across beaches foraging for food, or skimming low across the water, shifting in formation.
Emily Dickinson was right: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul …” It’s not some abstract concept, or a metaphor, but true when we see robins strutting across lawns before stopping, chests out, solemnly posing for us. (more…)

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03/20/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

CORRECTION: The three Apollo 1 astronauts who perished in a launch pad fire  50 years ago were Lieutenant Colonel Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel Edward H. White and Lieutenant Commander Robert B. Chaffee. One of several sites used to compile this history incorrectly identified the three men.


Muhammed Ali knocked out Zora Folley in the seventh round to win the heavyweight boxing title.

Students at the University of Michigan held the first teach-in after the United States bombing of North Vietnam.

NASA halted further training for three scheduled manned space missions to overhaul the Apollo program in light of the January fire that killed Apollo 1 astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham.

American figure skater Debi Thomas — 1986 World Champion, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time U.S. National Champion — was born in Poughkeepsie, New York

“Homecoming” and “Cabaret” took home top honors at the 21st Annual Tony Awards ceremony.

And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)