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12/28/18 11:00am

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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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11/23/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Dan Fokine (left) and Joe Denny would like to bring Islanders back to the woods. The pair are among leaders of a new effort to create hiking trails that would link about seven miles of open space and preserved lands.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Dan Fokine (left) and Joe Denny would like to bring Islanders back to the woods. The pair are among leaders of a new effort to create hiking trails that would link about seven miles of open space and preserved lands.

Childhood memories of playing in the woods and freely hiking trails sparked Dan Fokine and Joe Denny to give the same experiences to their children and other Islanders. A first step was starting what they’re dubbing the Shelter Island Trail Club.

It’s something of an expansion of Vinebusters, the volunteer group that devotes time and energy to clearing cat briar and other invasive plants that block many trails. (more…)

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11/19/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

Not just platitudes
To the Editor:
Veterans Day has come and gone again this year.

Although there are not many of us left, I am a World War II disabled veteran. I have always appreciated the fact that the nation thinks enough about us that every November 11 we have our own day. Sadly, our local government reserves its appreciation for parades and platitudes. (more…)

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11/18/15 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown. Supervisor Jim Dougherty was absent.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Councilwoman Chris Lewis, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown. Supervisor Jim Dougherty was absent.

A brief Town Board work session Tuesday took up a plan proposed by the Waterways Management Advisory Council to dredge and add pilings at the Silver Beach Lagoon.

The plan would, according to the WMAC, “solve problems with empty slips, old gear in the water, illegal subletting [of town-registered moorings] and boats bumping into each other.” (more…)

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08/31/15 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Tim Purtell in the pollinator garden that surrounds his home in the Heights.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Tim Purtell in the pollinator garden that surrounds his home in the Heights.

The garden around Tim Purtell’s Shelter Island home is a hopping place. And that’s just the way he likes it.

During the course of a couple of hours spent talking with him about his life, his work on the Green Options Committee and childhood memories of Shelter Island in the 1950s and 1960s, we were interrupted constantly. (more…)