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02/06/19 8:00am

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Cut trees off Menhaden Lane.

Jean Lawless was walking her dogs on Menhaden Lane and took a path not far from the beach that winds through Suffolk County parkland.

Instead of a peaceful stroll through dunes and an undisturbed patch of cedar, cherry, locust and other trees, she came on a scene of environmental desecration. Dozens of the trees had been chain-sawed, leaving stumps and branches scattered everywhere on the protected, publicly owned land. (more…)

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12/28/18 11:00am

JULIE LANE PHOTOS
Illegally cut trees off Menhaden Lane.

Over the next several days, leading to the New Year, the Reporter will be posting our annual Year In Review series of important stories from 2018.

In a brutal environmental crime, Suffolk County officials and the Shelter Island Police Department have remained mum about an ongoing investigation into several acres of trees off Menhaden Lane that were destroyed in January. (more…)

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08/21/18 12:00pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO A hawk similiar to the one shown above will be at the Green Expo in the Center this Saturday.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO
A hawk similiar to the one shown above will be at the Green Expo in the Center this Saturday.

Not so many years ago, the Green Options Committee was battling uphill to bring attention to its concerns about the environment. But as this Saturday’s Green Expo will reveal, a large number of participants and residents will show up at the various exhibitions hungry for information, according to Committee Chairman Tim Purtell. (more…)

06/02/18 8:00am
TIM PURTELL PHOTO | A dogwood tree on Bateman and North Midway roads.

TIM PURTELL PHOTO | A dogwood tree on Bateman and North Midway roads.

Latin Name: Cornus florida

Location: The flowering dogwoods have been spectacular this spring. Until last week, a handsome specimen stood out on the corner of Bateman and North Midway. Two others were prominent next to the library and in front of the school. Others were blooming in front of Center homes as well as along Route 114. (more…)