04/26/17 6:01am
The piece will be on display during 'John Graham: A Modern Maverick' at the Parrish Art Museum.

The piece will be on display during ‘John Graham: Maverick Modernist’ at the Parrish Art Museum.

An upcoming exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum — “John Graham: Maverick Modernist” — will be the first comprehensive retrospective in 30 years of the provocative artist’s work. The show will be on view from May 7 through July 30 and will feature 60 paintings as well as a selection of important works on paper from Graham’s influential four-decade career. (more…)

02/22/17 9:41am
Like father, like daughter. Marcus and Johanna Kaasik, 9, clamming at a local creek on Sunday. (Credit: Eda Kaasik, courtesy)

Like father, like daughter. Marcus and Johanna Kaasik, 9, clamming at a local creek on Sunday. (Credit: Eda Kaasik, courtesy)

Marcus Kaasik sent us a note, a photo and a reminder that clamming is one of Shelter Island’s great winter activities that the whole family can enjoy, while experiencing a tradition that has to be learned to pass along to the next generation. (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.”