09/20/14 12:00pm
Chrystyna Kestler talks about the latest efforts to ensure the Strongpoint Theinert Ranch in New Mexico becomes a reality for active troops, veterans and their families and Gold Star family members who have lost relatives in war. (Credit: JoAnn Kirkland)

Chrystyna Kestler talks about the latest efforts to ensure the Strongpoint Theinert Ranch in New Mexico becomes a reality for active troops, veterans and their families and Gold Star family members who have lost relatives in war. (Credit: JoAnn Kirkland)

When Chrystyna Kestler initially conceived of creating a ranch where active service members, veterans and Gold Star families could fi nd respite and rehabilitation for a week at no cost, she picked land she and her husband owned in Magdalena, New Mexico.

The choice of where to build was an easy one, considering the stunning beauty of the southwestern landscape. (more…)

08/26/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO A melee at the North Ferry dock in Greenport early Sunday morning resulted in arrests and anticipated charges of trespassing against several individuals.

A melee at the North Ferry dock in Greenport early Sunday resulted in arrests and anticipated charges of trespassing. (Credit: file photo)

A melee aboard North Ferry boats about 2 a.m. Sunday led to the arrests of several people who apparently jumped over closed gates and, in at least one case, jumped from the ferry landing over a gap between the landing and a boat. (more…)

08/17/14 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | The Plum Island Lighthouse, built in 1869, is in disrepair with no government money to restore it. Stories persist that it’s haunted.

The Plum Island Lighthouse, built in 1869, is in disrepair with no government money to restore it. Stories persist that it’s haunted. (Credit: Julie Lane)

Tell people you’re visiting Plum Island and be prepared for a litany of the perils in store for you. You’ll be reminded of persistent rumors springing from dire biological experiments that have taken place there and that still might be going on.

Just one,“How interesting” would have been nice. (more…)

07/12/14 2:00pm
Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island. (Credit: file photo)

Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island. (Credit: file photo)

When Eben Fiske Ostby deeded another 141 acres of land, including the Manor House, barns and other buildings, to the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in June, it was his determination to keep the property from becoming a site for housing development that would trample on its historical significance.  (more…)

07/11/14 10:00am
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | A South Ferry boat crossing the Shelter Island Sound at sunset.

A South Ferry boat crossing the Shelter Island Sound at sunset. (Credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi)

The Suffolk County Legislature voted unanimously to approve funding to dredge the South Ferry channel connecting Shelter Island with North Haven with work expected to be done between October 1 and January.

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06/20/14 2:00pm
Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon in April, will be running in the  Island's  10K on Saturday. (Credit: courtesy)

Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon in April, will be running in the Island’s 10K on Saturday. (Credit: courtesy)

When Mary Ellen Adipietro confirmed that Meb Keflezighi would race in this Saturday’s Shelter Island 10K, it was months before the Olympic medalist became the first American to win the Boston Marathon in April.

His win in Boston only added to his allure, she said. But it was his life story as one of 10 children who travelled from Eritrea, a small East African village, with their parents to eventually settle in California and begin his pursuit of the American dream, that inspired Ms. Adipietro to invite him. (more…)

05/14/14 8:00am
The North Ferry line down Wiggins Street in Greenport. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy, file)

The North Ferry line down Wiggins Street in Greenport. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy, file)

If you’re bound for Shelter Island via the North Ferry in Greenport, sometime this summer, you’ll find a different route — one that’s experimental — but if it works, it’s likely to be solidified for future use. The aim is to end illegal access to the ferry line that frays the nerves of those who correctly use the Wiggins Street entrance to the line.  (more…)

04/17/14 4:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Greenport Village residents could be in for a break on North Ferry fares if the proposal submitted to the Suffolk County Legislature is approved.

Greenport Village residents could be in for a break on North Ferry fares if the proposal submitted to the Suffolk County Legislature is approved. (Credit: file photo)

If the Suffolk County Legislature approves the requested rate hikes for North Ferry, Greenport Village residents will get a break in ticket prices for the trip to Shelter Island.

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04/15/14 9:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | For the second time in less than two weeks, the North Ferry line stretched down Wiggins Street in Greenport for blocks.

The North Ferry line down Wiggins Street in Greenport. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy, file)

With only six weeks before Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer season, Greenport Village Mayor David Nyce has been speaking with North Ferry General Manager Bridg Hunt about rerouting ferry lines on the village side.

But don’t expect any major change to take place by the holiday weekend, the mayor said.

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