Arts Literature News

Chronicling the North’s hidden history of slavery

[caption id="attachment_758" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Sylvester Manor house circa 1870[/caption] Historian Mac Griswold has been on a quest for the past decade and a half to tell the half-forgotten story of slavery on Shelter Island. Ms. Griswold, a landscape historian, first saw Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island while she was rowing in a nearby creek in 1984. She was intrigued by the age of the large boxwoods she could see
Environment News

Honoring the bays around us

[caption id="attachment_748" align="alignnone" width="600"] Mattituck freshman Chelsea Lovett's Save Our Beaches[/caption] Writer and marine biologist Rachel Carson's legacy of inspiring young people to care about the environment has lasted decades, and it's continuing here on the East End this summer. Earlier this year, high school students throughout the East End were issued a challenge by Greenport's East End Seaport Museum: Create a project, combining both science and art, which pays
In the World News

Reopening the wounds of Flight 800?

[caption id="attachment_738" align="alignnone" width="600"] TWA Flight 800 International Memorial at Smith Point County Park in November 2007. | Creative Commons[/caption] Six retired investigators, who helped determine the cause of the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800 over the Atlantic Ocean off of East Moriches, submitted a petition Wednesday to the National Transportation Safety Board to re-open an investigation into the crash. They did so with the help of a documentary
Environment News

Native plant revolution brewing

[caption id="attachment_720" align="alignright" width="300"] LINPI director Polly Weigand with native grasses planted by her group's volunteers[/caption] Down a dirt road behind the horticulture department at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College, there's a revolution brewing. It's a revolution of native seeds, which are collected, planted and cared for by a group of volunteers called the Long Island Native Plant Initiative. LINPI is on a mission to save the

Feds: Suffolk immigrants victims of 7-Eleven franchise holders

[caption id="attachment_686" align="alignnone" width="600"] Half a dozen cars remained in the parking lot at the Cutchogue 7-Eleven Monday afternoon.[/caption] There's a long history in this country of immigrants and children of immigrants pulling the rope up behind them when the next wave of immigrants comes into America, and what happened at three 7-Elevens on the East End today is the latest chapter in that sad story. Nine 7-Eleven franchise owners,

Bloomsday in the Harbor

[caption id="attachment_650" align="alignnone" width="600"] Swans don't celebrate Bloomsday, but they should.[/caption] I almost went blind trying to read Ulysses. It was just after I'd finished graduate school. I packed up my son and my dog and a box of books and left Sag Harbor headed for Montréal. I was bitten by a deer tick the day before I left. No big deal. I've had Lyme Disease for years. So has
Week in Pictures

This week in photos: June 9 — June 15

[caption id="attachment_633" align="alignnone" width="600"] A swan guards the Downeaster Alexa. Sag Harbor, Saturday afternoon.[/caption] This week was a whirlwind of images, from the ever-threatening rainstorms to hulling night at the Mattituck Strawberry Festival to the moment a photograph of a blue bicycle was taken on Main Street in East Hampton. At the very same moment, a girl on a bicycle was killed just blocks away. On Tuesday, a 79-year-old man
Environment News

Surviving Sandy: If you go down in the flood it’ll be your fault

[caption id="attachment_623" align="alignnone" width="587"] Talking about climate change at Guild Hall.[/caption] It takes a lot to drag people off the beach in East Hampton on a perfect Saturday afternoon, so it's a pretty nice feat that The Hamptons Institute at Guild Hall managed to bring in about 50 people to a symposium discussion on climate change this afternoon. East Hampton astronomer Dava Sobel grilled three academics from Columbia University on

Learning to love the Strawberry Festival

[caption id="attachment_582" align="alignnone" width="598"] This is the beginning of a Ray Bradbury novel.[/caption] I'm afraid of hulling night. I have to admit it and I'm very sorry to the Mattituck Lions Club and to all the people who love the Mattituck Strawberry Festival. I will learn to love this festival some day. You see, my fear of hulling night dates back to a time, a long time ago, in Mattituck,
Environment News

Algae bloom season starts; shellfish programs fighting back

[caption id="attachment_540" align="alignnone" width="600"] image courtesy Stony Brook University[/caption] Like swallows returning to Capistrano, every one of the last seven years the brown tide has come back to Shinnecock Bay, a large, shallow lagoon-like bay just south of Hampton Bays and the Shinnecock Indian Nation between the barrier beach of Dune Road and the mainland. This week, scientists at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences reported that