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09/02/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bob Markell in his attic studio with a self-portrait, painted, he said, when he was angry with himself.

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Bob Markell in his attic studio with a self-portrait, painted, he said, when he was angry with himself.

When Bob Markell was 8 years old he got the measles, and was treated by a doctor who praised his young patient’s artistic ability. “He was just being nice, but I believed him,” Bob said.

From then on, he was determined to be a painter, but his father objected, “You are going to live in an attic, you are going to starve, and I’m not going to pay for it,” he was told.

More than eight decades later, Bob’s father’s predictions have come true except for the starving part. First came 50 years as a designer, producer and executive in television, five Emmys, and distinguished work such as art director for the film “12 Angry Men” in 1957, and the first televised production of “The Nutcracker.” Since the early 1990s, Bob has focused on fine art, and in August welcomed visitors to his well-lit attic studio filled with sketches and paintings during the ArtSI studio tour. (more…)

09/23/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Shelter Island Board of Education met Monday evening.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Shelter Island Board of Education met Monday evening.

While Shelter Island School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik remains skeptical about the value of Common Core testing, he told the Board of Education Monday night that students appear to be a step ahead of their peers throughout Eastern Suffolk.

The one area where Island students need work is in writing, an area the district previously identified as a weakness. Administrators and teachers have already begun to ramp up the effort to raise students’ writing abilities.

“We know more about our kids than the tests show,” Mr. Skuggevik said. (more…)

02/11/15 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott explained the new diploma system being instituted by the State Education Department as Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik listened to her explanation of changes.

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Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott explained the new diploma system being instituted by the State Education Department as Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik listened to her explanation of changes.

Not so long ago, New York high school students received a regular diploma, a Regents diploma or a Regents diploma with honors. But it’s a new world now, Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott told the Board of Education Monday night. (more…)

11/10/14 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island Education Foundation Board members Christine Gallagher (left) and Kristina Lange talked about the upcoming Grant Celebration at Sylvester Manor and funding that has been provided to individuals and programs.

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Shelter Island Education Foundation Board members Christine Gallagher (left) and Kristina Lange talked about the upcoming Grant Celebration at Sylvester Manor and funding that has been provided to individuals and programs.

As the Shelter Island Educational Foundation looks ahead to its Sunday, November 16 Grant Awards Celebration at Sylvester Manor, board members are reflecting on the almost $1 million raised through the years for Island students. (more…)