06/13/19 8:00am

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Meet the author of ‘A Boyhood in Wartime Britain’ on June 14 at the Shelter Island Library.

Meet Michael Coles, author of “A Boyhood in Wartime Britain” on June 14 at the Shelter Island Library.

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03/06/19 4:30pm

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Paul Larsen at the FIT Center with his daughter, Linda McCarthy.

After the atom bombs were dropped on Japan during World War II, Paul Larsen flew photographers over Hiroshima and Nagasaki to capture the devastation on film.

“The cities were pulverized,” he said.

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03/18/18 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in the 1942 film ‘Mrs. Miniver’ with the elusive rose.

COURTESY PHOTO | Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in the 1942 film ‘Mrs. Miniver’ with the elusive same-named rose.

If you’re my age, you remember World War II — the day it began and the day it ended. But we also know that our memories are not entirely reliable. So I’ve researched the story I want to tell you as carefully as I could, but if any of you remember or know some more sources, do get in touch — call me, I’m in the book. And I’ll try to distinguish between what I think I remember and what the literature says. (more…)

02/14/18 4:30pm
MELISSA MUNDY PHOTO | Gold Star Mother Chrys Kestler and veterans Jim Colligan, Howard Jackson, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck during a recent rehearsal of The Telling Project at the Shelter Island School.

MELISSA MUNDY PHOTO | Gold Star Mother Chrys Kestler and veterans Jim Colligan, Howard Jackson, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck during a recent rehearsal of The Telling Project at the Shelter Island School.

This is Part II of a two-part series. The first installment ran in the February 8, 2018 edition of the Reporter. A link to that story can be found below.

Four Shelter Island veterans — Howard Jackson, James Colligan, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck — and one Gold Star Mother, Chrys Kestler, whose son Joe Theinert was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, will take the stage at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Friday to share stories of their military experience. The presentation is part of The Telling Project, a national non-profit that brings the tales of veterans to the stage in order to deepen civilian understanding of the military and its personnel.

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02/02/18 10:00am
A photo of World War II infantry veteran Gerald Landers Sullivan during his service. (Courtesy photo).

COURTESY PHOTO A photo of World War II infantry veteran Gerald Landers Sullivan during his service.

“The bigger guys were always in front of me,” is how a very humble World War II infantry veteran describes getting through the invasion of Normandy on  D-Day, June 6, 1944.

I spoke with 95-year-old Gerald Landers Sullivan at his home on Thomas Street last week on a rainy day in front of a cozy fire.  (more…)