06/18/17 8:34am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO They're off! The start of Saturday's38th annual Shelter Island 10K.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO They’re off! The start of Saturday’s 38th annual Shelter Island 10K.

The 38th annual Shelter Island 10K attracted nearly 2,000 athletes Saturday competing under overcast skies, temperatures in the mid-70s and thick, humid air, which took its toll on some runners over the 6.2-mile circuit of the Island. (more…)

06/14/17 9:14am

A scene from the Shelter Island 10K. (Credit: Shelter Island Reporter, file photo)

Shelter Island’s premier sporting event is set for Saturday.

The gun will sound  to get runners and walkers on the move for the 38th annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk at 5:30 p.m. The 38th annual 10K/5K Run/Walk on Saturday will have two major focuses this year. One is to give serious runners a heightened sense of competition by the 10K partnering with two other historic races in the region as part of a “Grand Prix.” The second goal is to kick up the after-race party several notches, making it the capstone of a day of joy and excitement for all ages.

“We want to make it a family fun day,” said Julie O’Neil-Bliss, marketing director for the race, “as well as enhancing the race for runners.” (more…)

02/06/17 9:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTOS One of two platforms atop locust tree trunks fashioned by Highway Department employees as osprey nesting places set up at Shell Beach last week.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTOS One of two platforms atop locust tree trunks fashioned by Highway Department employees as osprey nesting places set up at Shell Beach last week.

Shelter Island Town Highway Department employees have created a special homecoming for some part-time Islanders.

Two platforms on tall poles were set up last week so ospreys will have new accommodations for 2017.

According to Councilman Jim Colligan, the osprey population in Silver Beach spiked last year to the point where mating birds were making their nests on docks near Shell Beach. At the request of the Silver Beach Association and other residents, two new nesting places were built and placed at each end of the beach.

Commissioner of Public Works Jay Card Jr. found two long and straight locust trees and fashioned them as poles. Mr. Card, Councilman Colligan reported, thought it “would be better to use trees as opposed to  telephone poles to make it look more natural on the beach.”

One of the more dramatic signs of Island springtime is the return of these magnificent fish hawks — expected sometime next month — which winter as far afield as the Caribbean and South America before returning to their summer quarters.

Highway Department staffers Butch Labrozzi and Brett Page took the lead to make the handsome new towers, and Barry Ryder, Ken Lewis and Robbie Gorcoff pitched in to help create new living spaces for the ospreys.

“The individual and collective talents of these five men made it happen,” Mr. Colligan said. “Thank you for a job well done.”

11/28/16 10:09am
Shelter Island Wild Turkeys

Turkeys walking at the intersection of Jaspa and Midway roads in the Center. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

In certain parts of the Island it seems as if nature has gone haywire, and our human habitat is being overrun. We’re talking turkeys here.

At the Reporter’s office in the Center, it’s common to see a flock of meleagris gallopavo silvestri (impress your friends) moving through the front and back parking lots or up on the porch. A couple of the birds recently were even fighting a few feet from our front door.

Well, we think they were fighting, but it could have been the polar opposite, since none of us are conversant with the courtship rituals of the wild turkey. In any event, it was a lot of excited sounds, strutting and pecking. You be the judge. (more…)

11/06/16 9:22am
Nostrand Parkway, Shelter Island

Nostrand Parkway, mid-afternoon in November. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

With the forecast for the next several days dialed into crisp and bright autumn weather, it’s a great time to get out on foot or on a bike and see the spectacular fall foliage gracing Shelter Island.

And if you’re one of those people who tend to avoid walks in the woods on sketchy paths — every step could be one that contains a twisted ankle from a rock or fallen branch — and don’t feel like preparing for an overland trek, then we have just the thing. It’s about a 1.5-mile walk on a paved road that contains some off the best autumn scenery on the Island. (more…)