05/13/15 3:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. argues tax relief should be the top priority for the State Legislature in its final five weeks.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. argues tax relief should be the top priority for the State Legislature in its final five weeks.

The most important priority the State Legislature needs to concentrate on in its remaining five weeks is to provide real property tax relief, Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) said Monday. In January, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed what he called a “Real Property Tax Circuit Breaker Program” that would cap property taxes based on a percentage of household income. (more…)

04/18/15 3:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he helped with iron work on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.

Shelter Island Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik finds music relaxes him. Over his shoulder is a picture of the World Trade Center towers where he worked on the pile at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks. (Credit: Julie Lane)

If Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik has been under pressure in the past couple of months preparing his first-time budget for the Shelter Island School District, it’s nothing compared to what he’s been through. And as with past pressures, music is his escape. (more…)

04/11/15 12:00pm
Audubon Society Conservation Data Manager Tom Auer will try to rally support to save birds. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Audubon Society Conservation Data Manager Tom Auer will try to rally support to save birds. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Birds aren’t political.That’s why the National Audubon Society’s Conservation Data Manager Tom Auer hopes he’ll be able to engage his audience at Mashomack Preserve today in taking steps to protect the feathered population from becoming extinct.  (more…)

02/27/15 3:53pm
Long Island Power Authority workers dig the intersection of Bay Shore Road and Island View Lane in Greenport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Long Island Power Authority workers dig the intersection of Bay Shore Road and Island View Lane in Greenport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

PSEG officials have reached no decision about whether to push forward with a substation on Shelter Island or cables linking the Island to the North Fork.

But when they do, how to proceed  their call to make, they say — even in the face of community opposition. (more…)

11/03/14 12:00pm
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week federal grant money that will be distributed to The Retreat, a domestic violence prevention organization based on the East End.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week federal grant money that will be distributed to The Retreat, a domestic violence prevention organization based on the East End.

The Retreat, an East End nonprofit serving victims of domestic violence, is receiving $75,250 in funding through the Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced October 29. (more…)

10/20/14 10:00am
Real estate agents say that while Community Preservation Fund revenues indicate the market has slowed on Shelter Island in 2014, they believe a number of pending transactions will show an improved market in the fourth quarter. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Real estate agents say that while Community Preservation Fund revenues indicate the market has slowed on Shelter Island in 2014, they believe a number of pending transactions will show an improved market in the fourth quarter. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Real estate sales continue to lag despite the appearance of market recoveries on both the North and South forks, but Shelter Island may still be the hidden jewel in the East End’s crown for some house hunters.

There are, however, finally signs that this year’s property sales could, by the end of 2014, surpass last year’s numbers on the island. Community Preservation Funds — a 2 percent fee buyers pay to acquire property on Shelter Island — still lag behind 2013 revenue. But there has been significant movement in the past two months.  (more…)

10/18/14 4:36pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO They’re off and Jack Kimmelmann, number 376, posted a good lead early on that resulted in a fourth place finish overall for the Shelter Island youth.

Jack Kimmelmann, No. 376, finished fourth overall for the Shelter Island youth. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

John Honerkamp of New York City and Julianne Milliman of Moriches took home top honors in Saturday’s Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk to benefit the North Fork Breast Health Coalition and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital. (more…)