AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The interior of Shelter Island’s Union Chapel.
A good rule of thumb is never to sit across the table from someone called “Honest John” when he’s dealing cards.
But John French, a 19th century builder who did extensive work in Brooklyn — including the Brooklyn Academy of Music — came by his nickname, well, honestly. He was known by his contemporaries for “mixing mortar with conscience,” according to an article in the Republican Watchman of 1876. (more…)
PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY CLERKIN HIGGINS | The Mrs. Merrill or Sunset window, created by Walter Cole Brigham, which was installed in the Chapel of the Brooklyn Home for the Aged in 1915.
Union Chapel in the Grove will remember and celebrate Independence Day in conjunction with the Shelter Island Historical Society at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 3 at an interdenominational service of worship.
Historical Society members will participate in the service and Beth Auman, researcher into the life and work of Walter Cole Brigham, will speak about the artist. Her talk is entitled “Brigham’s Marine Mosaics: The Consecration of Common Things” and will highlight the Chapel’s beautiful Brigham windows. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO School District Business Manager Tim Laube.
Cut administration costs
To the Editor:
I am a parent with two children at the Shelter Island School, and a big believer in public education. I am also a homeowner who pays property tax. As both a parent and a taxpayer, I want to see the best possible education provided to community children at the lowest possible price. With this in mind, I have some concerns with the proposed school budget that I would like to bring to the attention of your readers. (more…)
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Detail of a stained glass window, the work of Walter Brigham, at Union Chapel.
BY ELIZABETH AUMAN | Contributor
Shelter Island trivia: Which of the following is the work of Island artist Walter Cole Brigham (1870 -1941)?
a) Impressionist painting of an osprey nest
b) “Marine mosaic” stained glass window (Union Chapel)
c) Pulp magazine covers
d) Comic books
Answer: All of the above (more…)