Featured Story
03/22/19 4:30pm

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Dr. Bill Zitek

When Bill Zitek was growing up in New Rochelle, New York, a man named William Rodman Pell II came from Suffolk County every June to receive a fatted calf from the mayor.

The live calf was an annual payment due to the Pell family from the town under the terms of a land deal dating from 1689. (more…)

Featured Story
06/01/18 4:30pm
 CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Francesca Frasco at home on Shelter Island.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Francesca Frasco at home on Shelter Island.

When Shelter Island High School senior Francesca Frasco and I sat down to talk at her family’s home on Wade Road, it was Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend. She had just returned from a tea party. A real one with brewed tea in china cups, sweet snacks and conversation. (more…)

11/18/14 12:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Ninth grader Francesca Frasco working on a Science Fair project in teacher Daniel Williams’ laboratory after school hours as she prepares for the 50th annual event to be held at the school December 5. At rear is ninth grader Emily Strauss working on her Science Fair project.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Ninth grader Francesca Frasco working on a Science Fair project in teacher Daniel Williams’ laboratory after school hours as she prepares for the 50th annual event to be held at the school December 5. At rear is ninth grader Emily Strauss working on her Science Fair project.

Francesca Frasco, 14, is exploring estrogen mimics — artificial hormones that can affect our bodies.

Like any good scientist, the Shelter Island School freshman chose the topic because she wanted to break new ground. No one in the 50 year history of the school’s Science Fair has explored her subject.

“I thought it would be cool,” she said about the project she’s calling “Flies and Guys.”
(more…)