09/18/15 10:01am
Taylor Resnick won the men's paddleboard division of the inaugural running of the Great Peconic Race in 2014 (Credit: REPORTER FILE PHOTO)

Taylor Resnick won the men’s paddleboard division in the inaugural running of the Great Peconic Race in 2014  (Credit: REPORTER FILE PHOTO)

What do Shelter Island, Cape Ann, Massachusetts and Camden, South Carolina have in common?

All three are places where saltwater is as much a part of the community as terra firma, and each hosts the premier events in stand up paddleboard racing.

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08/18/15 3:41pm
Credit: New Day

Credit: New Day

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo helped a swimmer in distress between Greenport and Shelter Island Sunday afternoon.

Cuomo, who co-hosts the program “New Day” and is a brother of Governor Andrew Cuomo, told police the swimmer had apparently been swimming off his boat when he was swept away by the tide.

On his television show Tuesday morning, Cuomo said the man “didn’t judge the current right” and floated by the boat Cuomo’s family was operating.

“As he came by us I said, ‘How’re you doing?’” Cuomo said. “He didn’t look right.” (more…)

02/24/15 4:24pm
The Mississippi Delta, the cradle of the blues, brought here from Africa, and Highway 61, the well-traveled pilgrimage route through the Delta. Sylvester Manor is celebrating the music the weekend of February 28. (Credit: Charles Tumino illustration)

The Mississippi Delta, the cradle of the blues, brought here from Africa, and Highway 61, the well-traveled pilgrimage route through the Delta. Sylvester Manor is celebrating the music the weekend of February 28. (Credit: Charles Tumino illustration)

Before it went north from the Mississippi Delta to go electric in Chicago, before it had a baby named Rock ‘n Roll, long before it came out of fields, cabins, shanties and Saturday night juke joints, and much longer before Bob Dylan revisited Highway 61, the origins of the blues were carried by enslaved people from West Africa to the New World in ships.

“To know yourself you have to know the past,” says Corey Harris, a young musician in Martin Scorsese’s monumental study of the music, “The Blues,” a seven-part series originally broadcast by PBS in 2003. (more…)

02/24/15 12:34pm
Viviene Gershon dressed in her Women’s Royal Naval Service uniform in the early 1940s when she worked on a secret code breaking project. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Viviene Gershon dressed in her Women’s Royal Naval Service uniform in the early 1940s when she worked on a secret code breaking project. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

There’s Hollywood. And then there’s history.

Shelter Islander Vivienne Gershon knows only a little about the first but a lot about the second. Especially the inside story, now the subject of a popular film, of one of the most remarkable feats of World War II — the breaking of the German military code by a group of British patriots. (more…)

12/02/14 10:41am
New owners David Bowd, left, and Kevin O’Shea at the Chequit tag sale Saturday. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

New owners David Bowd, left, and Kevin O’Shea at the Chequit tag sale Saturday. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

Two men at a tag sale that attracted hundreds of people to the Chequit Inn Saturday morning had more than a passing interest.

David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea, who own two inns on Cape Cod and now hold the keys to the Chequit, chose the sale as their meet-and-greet with Shelter Islanders. (more…)

11/16/14 9:00am
The road taken. Up this trail and hidden from a main Mashomack path in a shelter of trees lies the Nicoll Family Cemetery. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

The road taken. Up this trail and hidden from a main Mashomack path in a shelter of trees lies the Nicoll Family Cemetery. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

It was one of the rare times you get lost and it doesn’t matter.

Even with directions to the Nicoll Family Cemetery in Mashomack and several good landmarks to watch for, every one was missed. (more…)