October 19, 2017 - Fall carnival and movie fun all for a good cause

COURTESY PHOTO | Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in Disney’s ‘Hocus Pocus.’

Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in Disney’s ‘Hocus Pocus.’

Come one, come all! The Shelter Island Educational Foundation invites kids and adults to a “Fall Carnival and Outdoor Movie” on Friday, October 20 at the home of Jimbo and Mary Theinert, 54 North Menantic Road.

The fun starts at 4:30 p.m. and kids are invited to paint pumpkins, make a popcorn treat, get their faces painted, play games and try for prizes. There will also be a raffle. The movie, Disney’s “Hocus Pocus,” begins at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG, the film portrays the adventures of two teenagers who explore an abandoned house and find a surprise. It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy.

Adult admission to the carnival is $20. Kids are admitted free. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served. Tickets must be purchased for games, activities and raffle. Adults can enjoy hot cider and appetizers on the porch while the younger crowd has the run of the yard.

Children must be accompanied by an adult — no drop-offs please. Bring a blanket and a sweatshirt.

All proceeds benefit SIEF’s Adventure Travel Fund. For more information, email james.theinert@shelterisland.k12.ny.us. Raindate is Saturday, October 21.

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October 19, 2017 - Shelter Island Police Department blotter



Those named in arrest reports or receiving police summonses have not been convicted of a crime. In court, the charges against them may be reduced or withdrawn or the defendants may be found not guilty.

James Lenzer, 56, of Shelter Island was arrested around 4 p.m. on October 16 after an investigation into numerous death threats made against an Island police officer. Mr. Lenzer was arraigned in Shelter Island Justice Court on charges of second degree aggravated harassment and first degree harassment. Judge Helen Rosenblum released him on $500 bail and ordered him to return to court at a later date.

“It was determined that he had made numerous death threats towards a police officer and had placed numerous calls to 911 and the Shelter Island Police Department that had no purpose and were harassing in content,” said Detective Sergeant Jack H. Thilberg in a news release.

An order of protection was issued refraining Mr. Lenzer from making further such contact with the department or its officers.

On October 10: Donovan J. Trent of Bayport, New York was ticketed on Grand Avenue for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and for making an improper or unsafe turn without signaling; Marcos C. Soc of Water Mill was ticketed on St. Mary’s Road for speeding 45 mph in a 25-mph zone and being an unlicensed operator and Marco A. Rodriguez of Flanders was ticketed on West Neck Road for operating a vehicle while registration is suspended or revoked and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Ticketed during a road check on Clinton Avenue on October 11 were: Martin Sarabia of Greenport for consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation; Ryan P. Schutte of Southold for driving an uninspected motor vehicle; and Erica E. Steindl of East Marion for driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

Gordon Z. Cantley of Shelter Island was ticketed on October 12 on Ram Island Road for driving an uninspected motor vehicle; later Corey J. Hayes of Newport, Rhode Island was ticketed on South Ferry Road for operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electronic device.

On October 14, Raymond J. Hulse of Orient was ticketed on North Ferry Road for driving an uninspected motor vehicle; and John E. Deamer of Sag Harbor was ticketed on October 15 on Manwaring Road for speeding 46 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Kevin M. McCafferty of Shelter Island was ticketed on October 16 on Winthrop Road for driving with visibility distorted by broken glass and no or insufficient tail lamps.

Police officers issued several verbal warnings to drivers last week.

An officer on patrol October 10 noticed fluid leaking from a school bus and notified the driver; it turned out to be from a radiator hose and the bus company was notified to make a repair.

Later, a caller reported an open door at a Center residence that has been vacant and in disarray for many years. The responding officer secured the door.

At a Center location where a caller reported someone removing items on October 11, the responding officer found nothing amiss. Later, an officer in the West Neck area noticed lights on in a building and checked the area but found no sign of criminal activity.

An illegally moored vessel that had been tied up a the town dock for two weeks was removed October 12 to a town bulkhead while efforts were made to contact the owner.

Also on October 12: Police investigated and determined unfounded a complaint that someone was removing items by truck from a Center property; a Center caller reported to police that a person who no longer resides on the property is required to call in advance to make arrangements to pick up his belongings; and a fire alarm that sounded at a Center building was determined by the Shelter Island Fire Department to be a false alarm due to faulty sensor.

A dog that ate rat poison was rushed to urgent veterinary care in the wee hours of October 13 thanks to a South Ferry crew who arranged transport.

In Silver Beach, a boat that dragged its mooring on October 13 had to be hauled off the beach.

On October 14, a CO monitor that sounded in an unoccupied Ram Island residence was deemed a false alarm; a Hay Beach resident called police to say she was concerned about the owner’s capacity to care for a dog that was wandering loose; and a caller reported a dolphin dead on a Ram Island beach.

The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society requested that the animal be removed to a location where it could be examined; it was taken to the sand pit at the Town Recycling Center.

The SIFD responded to alarms sounding at the Chequit Hotel early on October 16; it was determined to be a due to a fault in the system.

An aggressive raccoon reortedly knocked over garbage cans and tore open trash bags in the Heights on October 16, but was gone by the time police arrived. The homeowner was advised to secure the trash.

On Silver Beach, a traffic sign and some nearby bushes were found be damaged on October 16, but a search for a vehicle with corresponding damage yielded negative results.

Also last week police took reports of a lost wallet, an item of missing property and a verbal altercation; and assisted a resident in a VIN verification.

Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services teams transported aided cases to Eastern Long Island Hospital on October 12, 13 and 14.

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October 19, 2017 - Weekly Calendar: October 19 — October 29, 2017





Decoupage lanterns, a workshop for school-age children. 3 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

Ferry Writers, hone your writing skills with a supportive group. 5 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.


50th Celebratory Luncheon, of the Shelter Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Noon, Rams Head Inn. Guest speaker Nancy W. Zwetsch, New York State Regent. Awards presented to 50-year members and special recognition award. $45 includes three-course meal plus coffee or tea. (631) 749-0811.

Anime Club, young adults watch and discuss favorite shows over a light snack. 3 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

Friday Night Dialogues, a screening of “One Big Home,” a documentary about Thomas Bena, a carpenter who sought to limit size of homes on Martha’s Vineyard. 7 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

SIEF fall festival, family fun at the North Menantic Road home of Jimbo and Mary Theinert. Proceeds support the Shelter Island Educational Foundation’s adventure travel fund. Kids admitted free; $20 for adults. Halloween-themed games, face painting, outdoor movie, appetizers and cider. Email james.theinert@shelterisland.k12.ny.us for details.


Library budget vote, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. , lower level of library. Visit silibrary.org for details.

18th Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk, begins 11 a.m., Crescent Beach. All proceeds benefit local breast cancer charities. Prizes, photos, goody bag, raffles and a post-race party. Registration $30 adults/$10 ages 14 and under at shelterislandfall5k.com. Day of race registration $40/$20. Dogs and strollers welcome. For information call (631) 774-9499.

Memorial celebration, tree planting and bench dedication to honor the life of Carl Zenker, longtime director of Camp Qunipet. Bring photos and stories about Carl. 2 p.m., Camp Quinipet. Book donations welcome for a new Carl Zenker shelf in the camp library. Donations for Quinipet scholarships also welcome.

Decorative paper cutting, “Zenday” workshop with Bennett Konesni at Sylvester Manor. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. $75 for adults, $50 for students ages 10 to 15, available at sylvestermanor.org

Oyster celebration, cosponsored by Shelter Island Historical Society, Mashomack Preserve and the Cornell University Extension’s S.P.R.A.T. program. Learn about oyster habitats and how to grow your own, enjoy fresh oysters, local beverages and live music by Lisa Shaw and Tom Hashagen. Havens Barn. 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 at (631) 749-0025 or shelterislandhistoricalsociety.org.


Mystery Monday Book Club, discusses “Light Thickens” by Ngaio Marsh. 5 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.


After school spooky movie, for school-age children. 3 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

Shelter Island Community Chorus, first open rehearsal for upcoming holiday concert. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. Concert is Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. All are welcome to join. Call Pam Pospisal at (631) 749-1023 for details.

Cookbook Club, discusses anything chocolate. 6 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.


Library closed, for a morning staff development workshop. Opens to the public at 1 p.m. (631) 749-0042.

After school nature, discover the season’s colors; make a leaf craft. Ages 4 and up. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Mashomack Preserve. Register at (631) 749-4219.


Pumpkin decorating, for school-age children. 3 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

Great Decisions, facilitated monthly discussion of today’s important world affairs. Topic: “Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan.” 5:30 p.m., library. Call Jocelyn, (631) 749-0042 for details.


Wii U, young adults play Super Smash Bros. and other games. 3 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin carving, for ages 7 and up. 3 to 4:30 p.m., Shelter Island Youth Center. $10. (631) 749-0309.


(At Town Hall unless otherwise noted)

October 19: Water Quality Improvement Advisory Board, 6 p.m.

October 23: Water Advisory Committee, 7 p.m.

October 23: Fire Commisioners, Center Firehouse, 7:30 p.m.

October 24: Town Board, work session, 1 p.m.

October 25: Town ZBA, hearing, 7:30 p.m.

October 27: Town Board, 4:30 p.m.

October 30: Community Housing Board, 7 p.m.

October 31: Town Board, work session, 1 p.m.


Adult coed drop-in basketball, Mondays and Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Shelter Island School gym.

After school arts and crafts, for grades K-5. One Friday per month, 3 to 4:30 p.m. American Legion/Youth Center. $10. (631) 749-0309. Call for dates.

After school fun zone, for grades K-6. Mondays through Wednesdays, 2:45 to 5 p.m. Children accompanied by a recreational aid from school to the American Legion/Youth Center. $10. (631) 749-0309.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Fridays, beginners meeting, 7:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church. Open discussion Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. St. Mary’s; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.

Al-Anon, Saturdays, 10 a.m., library, St. Mary’s.

Alateen, for ages 11 to 18, Tuesdays, 3 p.m., Presbyterian Church, downstairs..

Alignment & Base Exercise, Wednesdays with Callie Atkins, 5:30 p.m., Recreation Department, Legion Hall, $5.

American Legion, Friday night dinners with Stephanie, 6 p.m. For legionnaires, auxiliary members and boosters. (631) 749-1180.

Art Barnett Poetry Roundtable, Tuesdays, 4 p.m., library.

English as a New Language, Thursdays, 4 p.m., library. For adults. Free.

Essentrics with Laury, low-impact exercise. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m., American Legion/Youth Center. $5.

Family story time, Mondays, 11:30 a.m., library. (631) 749-0042. Call for dates.

Functional Fitness, with Maggie Davis. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15 a.m. American Legion/Youth Center. $5/class.

Gatehouse at Sylvester Manor, Fridays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Golf – Shelter Island Country Club, open to the public 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through October 22. Pro shop is closed Wednesdays and no carts are available, but walkers are welcome.

Golf ladies scramble, Fridays 10 a.m. weather permitting, SICC. Open to the public. Non-members pay regular greens fee plus $7 for cart.

Golf men’s ad hoc Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., SICC. Open to the public Non-members pay regular greens fee plus $7 for cart.

Kids yoga, Thursdays, 10:15 a.m., library. (631) 749-0042. Call for dates.

Knitting club, Thursdays, 5 p.m.,  library.

Mah-jongg club, Mondays, 10 a.m., library lower level. Instruction available. Stephanie Zinger (631) 749-8805.

Metropolitan Opera live at Guild Hall, tickets available at library circulation desk, $15. Call (631) 749-0042 for dates.

Open gym, for students in grades 6 through 12, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 10 p.m., Shelter Island School. (631) 749-0309.

Pickle Ball, for all ages and levels, Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. American Legion/Youth Center. Free.

PiYo, Pilates/yoga based exercise with Julie Romanchuk-Weisenberg. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 6 p.m. American Legion/Youth Center. $5. (516) 659-9155.

Poker table, Thursdays, 1:30 to 5 p.m., Senior Activity Center. (631) 749-1059.

Preschooler and parent drop-in gym, Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  American Legion/Youth Center. $3.25. (631) 749-0309.

Senior Mah-jongg, Fridays and Mondays, 1:30 to 5 p.m., Senior Activity Center, SCAC. (631) 749-1059.

Senior yoga, Fridays and Mondays, 10 a.m., Senior Activity Center, Fridays $5, Mondays free. (631) 749-1059.

Sensory exploration, young children play at multiple stations. Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m., library. . Call (631) 749-0042 for dates.

Shelter Island All-Faith Youth Group, grades 8 to 12. Wednesdays 6 to 7:30 p.m., Camp Quinipet’s welcome center.

Silver Circle Social Club, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Senior Activity Center. Call (631) 749-1059 for details.

Snack Attack, young adults bring after school snacks and play games or make crafts. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

Story and a craft, Saturdays, 11 a.m., library. (631) 749-0042. Call for dates.

Sylvester Manor Farm CSA, a la carte pickups, through November while supplies last. Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. $25. To reserve email jcraig@sylvestermanor.org.

Teen Yoga, for ages 13 and up. Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. American Legion/Youth Center. $5. (631) 749-0309.

Toddler story time, Mondays, 1 p.m., library. Call for dates: (631) 749-0042.

Yoga, with Kelci McIntosh. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. All levels. American Legion/Youth Center. $5/class.

Youth Yoga, for ages 7 to 12. Thursdays, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.  American Legion/Youth Center. $5. (631) 749-0309.

Zumba, with Susan Binder, and Melanie Matz. Thursdays, 5:15 p.m., Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., and Mondays, 5:30 p.m. American Legion/Youth Center. $5/class.

Zumba Gold, with Susan Binder. Fridays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. American Legion/Youth Center. $5/class.

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October 19, 2017 - What’s the hurry? Board stalls on St. Mary’s Road

A look at the ongoing monitoring of St. Mary’s Road traffic through the years

A look at the ongoing monitoring of St. Mary’s Road traffic through the years

Councilwoman Chris Lewis addressed her colleagues at Tuesday’s Town Board work session to “pull together a loose end.”

The issue was the concern of some St. Mary’s Road residents about unsafe traffic conditions.

Three weeks ago, Police Jim Read gave an extensive review of data collected on the street, but since then there has been silence from the board.

At the September 26 work session, Chief Read provided statistics on St. Mary’s Road from radar surveys and accident reports taken over the last several years. In 14 years, he reported, there have been 14 accidents on St. Mary’s Road. More current data showed that from September 2016 to September 2017, the department had radar checkpoints set up 104 times on St. Mary’s Road revealing, for example, that during an August weekend this year, 3,429 vehicles used St. Mary’s Road with 3,076 of them doing the speed limit of 35 mph or below.

On that weekend, the data showed 39 drivers using St. Mary’s Road were going 41 to 45 mph and 11 were higher than 45.

The chief, referring to statistics taken in 2000 on St. Mary’s Road, said efforts by his department are “ having an impact on speeding,” noting that 17 years ago 9.2 percent of vehicles were traveling more than 5 mph over the limit, but the August numbers show 2.1 percent were going 5 mph or more over the limit.

Pros and cons were discussed Tuesday on reducing the speed limit — which would have to be done through the New York State Department of Transportation — installing speed bumps, and narrowing portions of St. Mary’s Road to force drivers to slow down.

Councilman Jim Colligan suggested putting up a sign that flashed the speed of an approaching vehicle, noting it could be done on “an experimental basis” for a year and would cost somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000. Ms. Lewis sparked laughter with her comment that now, while the board is putting together a budget for next year, “might be a bad day to be throwing out figures like $5,000.”

Chief Read said his department had been proactive in reducing speed on the street through signage, monitoring and radar surveys and he “doesn’t see any burning need to do anything now.”

From the audience, Ron Jernick asked the board how many residents who live on St. Mary’s Road “have reached out” to the board.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty said, “Just two.”

“Actually, there was petition, Jim,” Ms. Lewis said. “That’s why we responded.”

Mr. Dougherty said he’s never seen a petition and asked Mr. Jernick if he was aware of one. Mr. Jernick said he had seen a petition but never signed it.

In July 2016, Karla Friedlich, representing residents of St. Mary’s Road, presented a petition to the board, signed, she said, by 40 people asking for an end to the use of their street as “St. Mary’s Speedway.”

Mr. Jernick said it was really only two residents out of 20 who live on the street who express concern about traffic and the Police Department found only 2 percent of drivers exceeding the speed limit by more than 5 mph.

The board, he added, should not have “a knee-jerk reaction” to what only a few see as a problem, and certainly shouldn’t spend money until it has contacted all residents of the neighborhood.

Mr. Dougherty said the discussion would be continued at a later date.

In other business: Because of a confusion of drafts given to the board, the Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory board’s rules and regulations to advise and recommend to the Town Board funding opportunities to upgrade private and public septic systems — such as at Wades Beach and the American Legion Hall — will have to wait a week.

The Water Quality Board has access to about $440,000 for improvement projects, but must allocate the funds by the end of this year or it will revert to the Community Preservation Fund (CPF).

Money for the CPF comes from a 2 percent tax buyers pay when purchasing East End properties and is used to purchase open space for preservation. But towns are allowed to use up to 20 percent of CPF funds collected annually to fund water protection programs, and that fund is now at $440,000.

Board members expressed disappointment at the confusion over the draft of rules, and Greg Toner, a member of the Water Quality board, apologized for the confusion.

The issue will be taken up at next week’s work session.

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Fall carnival and movie fun all for a good cause

COURTESY PHOTO |Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in Disney’s ‘Hocus Pocus.’ Come one, come all! The Shelter Island Educational Foundation invites kids and adults to a “Fall Carnival and Outdoor Movie” on Friday, October 2...

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