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…)

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08/05/15 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed an incident between a woman and a police officer one night last month.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Town Board at Tuesday’s work session discussed an incident between a woman and a police officer one night last month.

The Town Board, after questions from a resident at Tuesday’s work session, reiterated their position that there were no racial issues involved with an encounter between a police officer and a woman at South Ferry on the night of July 18. (more…)

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07/28/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Police Chief Jim Read is looking into a July 18 police call at South Ferry.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Police Chief Jim Read is looking into a July 18 police call at South Ferry.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty issued a statement Tuesday afternoon on the issue of a police call to South Ferry on July 18:

 “The Town Board in its capacity as Police Commissioners met today with the Chief of Police and Detective Thilberg to discuss the July 18 matter at South Ferry where a Shelter Island policeman approached and had a conversation with a foot passenger disembarking from the ferry. The commissioners made some suggestions regarding procedures to follow in the future in such instances but concluded that there was no evidence of any racial issues.”

Below is the original Reporter post: (more…)

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05/29/15 8:00am
ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK The popularity of drones, used for multiple purposes, has caught the attention of federal regulators.

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The popularity of drones, used for multiple purposes, has caught the attention of federal regulators.

You may have seen them hovering over your head at public events or perhaps you saw one flying around on a television news show. Amazon even has a plan to use them to deliver packages.

All the while, government agencies have had difficulty crafting regulations to address safety and privacy concerns involving unmanned aerial drones, and have put a de-facto ban on commercial use of the devices. (more…)

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02/27/15 10:00am
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO Maggie Murphy and her daughter, Maeve, at the family’s Shelter Island home.

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Maggie Murphy and her daughter, Maeve, at the family’s Shelter Island home.

Maggie Murphy was enjoying the quiet beauty and significant snow cover of a February Shelter Island weekend with her husband David, daughter Maeve, and a nine-month-old Goldendoodle named Ellie, when two visitors broke trail through a foot of ice and snow, tramped into their home and left dripping boots in a mound by the front door.

“Would somebody throw my pants up to me?” Maggie yelled. David wadded up a pair of jeans and fired them upstairs. (more…)