04/26/17 6:03am
Shelter Island was recently named one of the top 20 places to live by the coast by Coastal Living magazine. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp)

Shelter Island was recently named one of the top 20 places to live by the coast by Coastal Living magazine. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp)

Well, it’s official! Shelter Island has been named one of the top 20 places to live by the coast.

The title was bestowed upon our little corner of the universe by the esteemed editors at Coastal Living magazine, and Shelter Island shares the honor with 19 other enjoyable seaside destinations, both in the United States and abroad. (more…)

01/04/17 11:02am
The view from Orient Beach State Park. (Credit: Krysten Massa, file photo)

The view from Orient Beach State Park. (Credit: Krysten Massa, file photo)

Anyone who can’t visit Orient but still wants to get a taste of it can do so thanks to this week’s edition of The New Yorker.

Featured in the Jan. 2, 2017, issue is a poem by Jonathan Galassi entitled “Orient Epithalamion,” which describes the end of the busy season in the small hamlet. (more…)

12/21/16 6:04am
SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill on Shelter Island. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill on Shelter Island. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

From the down home flavor of the Shelter Island Pharmacy to the upscale, yet laid back vibe at SALT, we pride ourselves on telling our readers about the fun places to eat and play on Shelter Island.

And we look forward to bringing you all the best Island happenings in 2017.

These were our most-read Shelter Island stories of the year. (more…)

12/09/16 6:01am
COURTESY of PETER WALDNER ‘Chequit in Winter’ one of the paintings featured in Peter Waldner’s new book, ‘Painting the Island’

COURTESY of PETER WALDNER ‘Chequit in Winter’ one of the paintings featured in Peter Waldner’s new book, ‘Painting the Island’

In the mid-1960s, Peter Waldner created his first oil painting of Shelter Island. It was painted from the balcony of his parents’ home in the Heights and was an image of the steeple of the little church on Wesley Avenue.

Waldner was 10 years old at the time … and he hasn’t stopped painting since. (more…)

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…)

11/08/16 12:00pm
Shelter Island South Ferry

The South Ferry at dusk. (Credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi, file photo)

11965. One of America’s wealthiest communities?

Shelter Island Heights recently landed on Time’s list of the 10 most expensive zip codes in America. It came in at number 10.

The article, published on October 17, 2016, lists the average home price in the Heights as $2.97 million with the average household income at $140,380.

“It’s not exactly a hotspot of frenzied activity though, with hiking, kayaking, and cycling being the most common activities for the locals,” the story states.
(more…)

10/24/16 9:38am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Autumn on Chase Creek.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Autumn on Chase Creek.

Even if you have been utterly hardened by life, the approach to Shelter Island by boat feels like a voyage to paradise. Its beauty is obvious and when you arrive the people are nice. It’s also easy to find wholesome food and traffic is light. What more could you ask?

I should not complain. But I do, and I am not alone. (more…)