June 24, 2018 - Islanders make a run for home in the 10K

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Lindsey Gallagher, the first Island woman across the finish line in the 2018 Shelter Island 10K.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Lindsey Gallagher, the first Island woman across the finish line in the 2018 Shelter Island 10K.

For 39 years, professional athletes from all over the country and the world have traveled to Shelter Island to participate in the annual 10K race. But that’s never stopped year-round and summer residents from giving them a run for their money.

Perhaps their most formidable competition comes from the ranks of Shelter Island High School’s (SIHS) cross-country and track teams, which regularly place in the top 10 at New York State championships and sends runners to compete for some of the nation’s top colleges.

The program owes much of its prestige to its founder, Cliff Clark, president of South Ferry and former SIHS distance running coach who, in 1972, missed making the United States Olympic track team by only half a second. Mr. Clark co-founded the 10K in 1980 with John Strode and Jack Faith.

Mr. Clark’s legacy is carried on by 17-year-old SIHS track and cross country star, Lindsey Gallagher, who was the first Island woman to cross the 10K finish line with a time of 41:57.21.

“The town is so supportive of the running program at the high school and there’s a great history of running on Shelter Island,” Ms. Gallagher said. “It’s awesome because you don’t get to meet Olympians every day, and we have them around all the time.”

An All-State honored athlete, Ms. Gallagher has been running since the 7th grade, but this was her first time participating in the 10K. In the fall, she will head off to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she will run both track and cross country.

When asked what inspired her most, Ms. Gallagher named her coaches, Toby Green, and her dad, Brian Gallagher, but also the spectators on the sidelines. “The crowds were so motivating, it’s really inspiring to have people who know you call out your name,” she said.

Gary Baddeley, a 53-year-old entertainment lawyer and London native who has spent summers here since 1992, was the first Island man to break the tape for the second year in a row. Mr. Baddeley went into the race hoping to finish under 40 minutes. He did exactly that — clocking in at 39:56.62. Not bad for someone who has only been running competitively for the past two years.

COURTESY PHOTO First Island man to break the tape, Gary Baddeley.

COURTESY PHOTO First Island man to break the tape, Gary Baddeley.

Asked what makes the Island 10K special, Mr. Baddeley said, “Other than the course, which of course is beautiful, the most amazing thing is all of the people who volunteer for the race and all the spectators with such fantastic spirit. It’s really hard work, but that’s what makes the 10K different from any other race.”

He hopes to retire to the Island and looks forward to participating in and volunteering for future 10Ks. “It’s something I look forward to pretty much all year,” he added. “It has been going 40 years and I hope it goes another 40.”

Tara Wilson, 31, grew up on Shelter Island and ran cross country for SIHS when Mr. Clark was head coach. After placing within the top 5.5 percent of participants in Saturday’s 10K, she reflected on the Island’s culture of running.

“I think Shelter Island is such a unique place for running, and Cliff Clark has a lot to do with it,” Ms. Wilson said. “This race has grown tremendously since I ran it first when I was in college.”

Another defining aspect of 10K is “Joey’s Mile,” which honors First Lieutenant Joseph Theinert, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. Volunteers helped line the road between miles 5 and 6 of the race with 6,950 American flags, one for every American killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Quinn Hundgen, who graduated from SIHS in 2014, was among those who ran to raise money for the Theinert Strongpoint Ranch.

“One of the things that was most indicative of when Shelter Island comes together is when Joey died,” Mr. Hundgen said. “He was such a well-loved guy, we really all grieved as a whole … This race is such a cool event as far as Shelter Island goes just because it’s the one thing that everybody really is involved in.”

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June 24, 2018 - Democratic primary for Congressional candidates this Tuesday



Registered Democrats can go to the polls on Tuesday to select a candidate to take on Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) this November to represent the 1st Congressional District, which includes Shelter Island.

Democrats seeking their party’s nomination includes Suffolk County Legislators Kate Browning and Vivian Viloria-Fischer; David Pechefsky, a former New York City Council member; and newcomers to politics Perry Gershon and Elaine DiMasi .

The polls are open Tuesday at the Shelter Island School from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Only Democrats registered prior to the last election can vote in this primary.

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June 24, 2018 - Richard’s Almanac: When do you realize that you’re really old?



The onset is very gradual with a great deal of denial along the way. I remember receiving AARP information when I turned 55 and asking my parents who had just become octogenarians why they were not members. My mother’s reply was, “That’s just for old people.”

I always looked with a cautious eye on those “over 55” places to retire and their restrictions on young folks — I know that they can visit but there are restrictions on lengthy stays. Not for me I said.

And that’s why I have never wanted to stay too long in Florida because there are too many old people there, like it was contagious.

I have never been a fitness nut but could always hold my own in a variety of physical activities. Right before my retirement six years ago, I used to take pride in matching my students head to head in push-ups. And it was not that long ago that I coached cross country and track teams.

Even at my 70th birthday party I felt young, not being daunted by any activity. But now I have to admit that there are a number of activities I just cannot do because of an aging body. And I have to accept that.

I have written before about aches and pains that stay a lot longer than before. But now it seems that they just linger. I thought about this as I watched the 10K runners go past my house last Saturday. They were in the final stretch of the race and giving it their all. I realized that this is a younger person’s activity. All sorts and conditions of runners came by. There were a few seniors, but in the main it was a young person’s event.

I know that I could never survive running the race myself. For the same reasons, I have to curtail other things I used to do. I love to work on old cars but crawling up inside a fender well to remove brake and suspension parts can’t be done anymore.

And when did 2x4s so necessary for those construction projects I enjoy get so heavy? When did those ladders so necessary for getting to the second story get so wobbly?

Am I going to move to an over-55 community? I don’t think so.

I did make a concession a few years ago to have someone cut my grass so maybe I’ll be making a few more for my home improvement projects in the future. In a sense I’ll be following the old adage that, “If you get pains in the joints, stay out of those joints.”

As I move through these senior years, I am thankful that I am here. So many of the friends and acquaintances I made along the way are not. I guess that one must just accept the limitations created by age and enjoy every day!

I felt this last week when I went out in my boat with my grandson. I let him take over the helm while I sat comfortably in a chair on the deck and enjoyed the ride. Very comfortable and relaxing. I’ll be doing more of this.

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June 23, 2018 - This week in Shelter Island history

Old, open book with a damaged cover.


Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigned.

Joe Frazier won the heavyweight boxing title at Madison Square Garden defeating Manuel Raimos on a TKO in the second round.

American journalist,  chairwoman of the Miss America Board of Directors and a former Miss America, Gretchen Carlson was born in Minnesota; she was the first woman to speak out about mistreatment by FOX’s Roger Ailes and is credited with being a major force in the Me Too movement.

Herb Alpert’s “This Guy’s In Love With You” topped the charts in the United States.

And on Shelter Island . . .


State health officials offer advice on ticks

State Health Department officials visited the Island 40 years ago and reported that while they have had an increase in complaints about more tick sightings, they had no scientific evidence that there were more ticks around that year. What was increasing that year was the incidence of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, another tick-borne disease initially identified in the Rocky Mountain area, but which subsequently spread throughout the country.

That illness had a 5 to 10 percent mortality rate, but was usually treated successfully with antibiotics. Dog ticks were mostly responsible for spreading the disease and people were being advised not to let dogs run free.

That same year, a team of Yale rheumatologists were conducting intensive studies of a disease they were then calling “Lyme Arthritis;” they had seen a small number of patients affected on Long Island.

POSTSCRIPT: While a number of tick-borne diseases have been identified on Long Island and particularly on the East End, Lyme disease is the most frequent. Again, it can be treated with antibiotics and doctors here are prescribing antibiotics even before getting conclusive proof that a patient has contracted the disease.

The Shelter Island Deer & Tick Committee has a forum planned for Thursday, June 28, at the Shelter Island School auditorium at 6:30 p.m. to share the latest information on efforts to battle tick-borne diseases.


South Ferry rate hike voided

It was 30 years ago that Cliff Clark successfully made his case to the Suffolk County Legislature for a rate hike, only to have the approval of the increase turned down. The problem wasn’t Mr. Clark’s, but an error in the way the hearing on the proposed hike was advertised.

The ferry company had been hoping to have an across-the-board hike implemented by Memorial Day. That didn’t happen, but the company then expected it to be in place by July 4 .

POSTSCRIPT: Neither ferry service has announced a hike this year, but it’s anticipated one or both could be filing a request.


Town names provisional police chief

Twenty years ago, Police Sergeant Jim Read was tapped to become provisional chief of the Shelter Island Police Department. He had been named officer in charge the previous year.

The Town Board had considered 20 applicants before narrowing the choice to five and then to two and finally choosing Chief Read to continue in the leadership role. The final two candidates were both Islanders and veterans of the Police Department.

POSTSCRIPT: Chief Read is still at the helm on Shelter Island.


Town and LIPA officials to meet

Following a ferocious thunderstorm at this time 10 years ago, many Islanders were without power for two days. Town officials were not happy with the response time they got from the utility company.

Jim Dougherty was supervisor at the time and arranged for LIPA officials to meet with Police Chief Jim Read who coordinated emergency responses for the Island.  He said he wanted assurance that a repairman would be on the Island to cope with outages throughout future storms.

POSTSCRIPT: Today, PSEG has drawn praise from town officials for regularly arranging to have a repair crew on the Island in advance of and throughout major storms. The result has been quick repairs even in situations this past winter when the Island was hit with several successive storms.

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Islanders make a run for home in the 10K

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Lindsey Gallagher, the first Island woman across the finish line in the 2018 Shelter Island 10K. For 39 years, professional athletes from all over the country and the world have traveled to Shelter Island to participate in the ann...

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