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Charity Robey
Shelter Island, NY
Writer, editor, food columnist.
Interests: Cooking, culinary history, baking and sourdough bread, farming and agricultural practices, fishing
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Published in Newsday, Feed Me magazine on April 28, 2019 Indian Runner ducklings stand adorably upright, aligning their heads, wings and webbed feet in a way that would make them the stars of any yoga class. Fifty of them race in a tight pack around the barn of Abra Morawiec... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Charity Robey
Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on April 25, 2019 Oh, how I love to click on the tiny “Trash” icon on my desktop I like the crunching noise the computer makes as that virtual can is emptied, the satisfaction of taking what I don’t want and throwing it away.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Brian Sherman. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on April 25, 2019 Last month, 52-year-old Brian Sherman was tapped to fill out Jay Card Jr.’s term as Superintendent of Highways and Commissioner of Public Works. On an island with a lot riding on both, it’s a vital... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Esther Hunt Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on April 4, 2019 From the floor-to-ceiling windows, in every room of Esther Hird Hunt’s home, the view of Dering Harbor is breathtaking. But the first thing that catches the eye is a 9-foot-tall avocado tree growing in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Jocelyn Clapp Ozolins Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on March 7, 2019 Shortly after she graduated from the University of Michigan, Jocelyn Clapp Ozolins, the head reference librarian at the Shelter Island Public library, interviewed at Borders, the bookstore chain that got its start in Ann... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The seats were narrow and worn, but the vibe behind home plate at the Jays old stadium was so good. Christopher Bohn is a stadium usher at the Toronto Blue Jays spring training park in Dunedin, Florida. On the concourse behind home plate, as the final game... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Charity Robey
COURTESY PHOTO Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on March 28, 2019 When I heard that location scouts have been casing Shelter Island as a possible filming venue, I figured casting professionals were not far behind. So I went straight to the pharmacy lunch counter, because everyone knows that’s where... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Dr. Bill Zitek Published in the Shelter Island Reporter, March 21, 2019 When Bill Zitek was growing up in New Rochelle, New York, a man named William Rodman Pell II came from Suffolk County every June to receive a fatted calf from the mayor. The live calf... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Charity Robey
Published in Feed Me Magazine, January 2019 issue. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO In 2017, when the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service needed live-in caretakers for a rocky, windy island off Australia’s southern coast, it limited the search to couples who could demonstrate that they had spent a lot of time together in a remote place, on the theory that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Charity Robey
Kolina Reiter was taking advantage of a sunny November afternoon to pull some grapevine out of her garden and onto the golf cart she uses to motor around two Shelter Island acres she has lived on since the 60s. If I wanted to talk to her, I’d have to get... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Owen Gibbs Seventeen-year old Owen Gibbs is tall, so he’s used to looking down a lot. But these days he is looking ahead, to performing in the Shelter Island School spring musical, graduating and going away to college in the fall. “Six-four is my height, my brother... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Forrest Compton In 1974, Forrest Compton, a 50-year-old LA-based actor, had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the principal character on the long running soap opera, “The Edge of Night.” Slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks, he needed an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in the Shelter island Reporter on February 28, 2019 At 7:45 a.m. on a rainy February morning, I opened the door of the Sylvester Manor Farm chicken coop, releasing more than 80 birds into a quarter-acre fenced-in yard supplied with fresh water, feed and sunflower seeds.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at Charity Robey
At a recent Town Board meeting, a draft of Shelter Island’s Mission Statement was discussed, and since the goals of clean water, responsible growth, maintenance and safety are hard to argue with, the board soon reached what Supervisor Gary Gerth called “a Kumbaya moment.” A mission is something you intend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Charity Robey
Jay Card Jr., outgoing highway superintendent, with one of the new vehicles purchased by the town during his tenure. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on Jan. 24, 2019 On a frigid day recently, Highway Superintendent Jay Card Jr. was in his office at the Town Recycling Center, heading off... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Charity Robey
Five boulders stand outside the American Legion Hall on Shelter Island with plaques bearing the names of hometown soldiers, including 11 who died during conflicts in the 20th century. When 24-year-old 1st Lt. Lieutenant Joseph Theinert died June 4, 2010, in Afghanistan, while disabling the second of two improvised bombs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Charity Robey
Donna King, at home on Shelter Island. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on January 10, 2019 Every year, Donna King looks forward to opening day of scallop season, when she goes fishing with her husband Wayne. Her expertise in the culling, opening, cooking and freezing of our local bay... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at Charity Robey
COURTESY PHOTO While trying to make sense of recent Town Board deliberations on the size of a proposed house, I turned to Russian literature for answers. Published in 1886, Leo Tolstoy’s very short story, “How Much Land Does a Man Need” is a parable about the moral dangers of acquisition,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Lou Mondi at Piesano’s on Route 114. When Lou Mondi opened Piesano’s last July on Route 114 near Smith Street, it was his fifth pizza restaurant. His first was Village Pizza in Riverhead 30 years ago. Anyone who can remember the pizza they served will be nostalgic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Richard Surozenski, left, and Bill Cummings erected the floating Chase Creek Christmas tree. Why did Richard Surozenski and Bill Cummings spend the better part of last Saturday in a yellow rowboat, hauling a fully-decorated Christmas tree to the middle of Chase Creek? For the same reason millions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Thanksgiving Shelter Island style: scallops and Brussels sprouts. If pilgrims and Native Americans actually had a feast of Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621, they probably ate bay scallops, and probably did not eat turkey. Certainly, the Butterball had not yet been invented. I was well into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Charity Robey
One offshoot of running a company that’s been in the shellfish business for 90 years is aquatic and historical clutter. Ken Homan’s office at Braun Seafood in Cutchogue is an archive of shellfishing ephemera and Native American history, a collection that feels like a room at the American Museum of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Charity Robey
COURTESY PHOTO U.S. Army First Lt. Joseph Theinert In March 2010, Army First Lt. Joseph Theinert, 24, went to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, serving his country, which was his life’s goal. He died June 4 of that year disabling the second of two IEDs that threatened his unit.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Charity Robey
I have not spoken with Bob for at least a year, but he and Joan are listed in the Shelter Island phone book at P.O Box 634, Shelter Island, NY 11964.