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07/05/19 4:30pm

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Jean Dickerson.

Sometimes heaven is called “a better place” and by that definition, Jean Dickerson is in heaven.

She was born on Shelter Island in the house on Midway Road that she lives in today. “I sleep in the same bed,” Jean said. But she left as soon as she graduated from high school in 1959, and was a visitor until 1998, when she moved back for good. (more…)

03/02/18 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTOS | On January 22, members of Kamala Lopez’s group ‘Equal Means Equal’ dressed in period costumes and recreated the women’s suffrage parade of March 3, 1913, complete with suffragette and Shelter Island summer resident Inez Milholland (portrayed by feminist artist Natalie White) on a white horse flanked by handmaids, including Ms. Lopez on the left. On March 8, Ms. Lopez’s film ‘Equal Means Equal’ will be screened at the Shelter Island Library by the League of Women Voters of Shelter Island.

COURTESY PHOTOS | On January 22, 2018 members of Kamala Lopez’s group ‘Equal Means Equal’ dressed in period costumes and recreated the women’s suffrage parade of March 3, 1913, complete with suffragette and Shelter Island summer resident Inez Milholland (portrayed by feminist artist Natalie White) on a white horse flanked by handmaids, including Ms. Lopez on the left. On March 8, Ms. Lopez’s film ‘Equal Means Equal’ will be screened at the Shelter Island Library by the League of Women Voters of Shelter Island.

Kamala Lopez earns her living as a Los Angeles-based actress and filmmaker. But in recent years, she has become something else: a full-fledged activist with a singular mission — to see the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a piece of legislation that has been nearly a century in the making.

Ms. Lopez was one of the featured speakers who took part in the January 20  Women’s March on Washington D.C. and she used her time at the podium to make the case for passage of the ERA. (more…)

06/24/17 3:00pm
Shelter Island Coach Cindy Belt huddles with her team. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shelter Island Coach Cindy Belt huddles with her team. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Title IX, subsequently renamed the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity Education Act, was signed into law by President Richard Nixon 45 years ago on June 23, 1972.

Among the areas of discrimination in the United States that it changed was the downplaying of women’s sports at educational institutions. (more…)

02/01/17 4:30pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Betsy Johnson Martin

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
Betsy Johnson Martin

Back in the 1950s, I saw very few women playing sports and growing up I never thought much about it. I assumed everyone was happy with it.

There were many other things that are different today that I never thought about growing up. I saw few African-American men playing baseball and none playing golf. I played golf for years before I realized there was a Caucasian-only clause on the PGA tour, which wasn’t eliminated until 1961. Just a few years later, Lee Elder was the first black man to play in the revered Masters Tournament. (more…)

01/22/17 3:00pm
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO The Shelter Island School varsity basketball team during the National Anthem before the tip off the game against Greenport January 13. From left, Nicholas Young, Walter Richards, Kal Lewis, Evan Thilberg, Luke Gilpin, Erik Thilberg, Daniel Martin, Assistant Coaches Jim Colligan and Ian Kanarvogel and Coach Jay Card Jr.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
The Shelter Island School varsity basketball team during the National Anthem before the tip off the game against Greenport January 13. From left, Nicholas Young, Walter Richards, Kal Lewis, Evan Thilberg, Luke Gilpin, Erik Thilberg, Daniel Martin, Assistant Coaches Jim Colligan and Ian Kanarvogel and Coach Jay Card Jr.

January on Shelter Island.

My morning starts with walking the dog for a half hour followed by coffee with my friends for the next hour. That sets up the most productive time of the day — the only time I get things done. I keep busy, and thanks to Shelter Island School, my entertainment is watching the basketball games. (more…)