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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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Courtesy photo Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 13, 2019 One hundred years ago, a woman in Spokane, Washington named Sonora Smart Dodd decided to honor her father, a man who raised her and five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. With Dodd in the lead, Father’s... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 13, 2019 When I do the Shelter Island 5K I always learn something new. It’s a chance to experience a big chunk of Shelter Island on foot, in the company of others, with water provided every mile or so.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO-Mike Bebon, at home on Shelter Island. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on May 23 2019 Mike Bebon was deputy director of operations at the Brookhaven National Lab and a weekend Islander for 20-plus years when he got a call from someone at the Shelter Island Public... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS A sweet and crispy basket for local strawberries; Pavlova. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on May 23, 2019 Pavlova is a large crispy meringue with a soft middle that is a built-in bowl for berries and cream. The people of Australia and New Zealand each claim... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Michael Payano Michael Payano will graduate from Shelter Island High School in a few weeks, and plans to attend SUNY New Paltz in the fall, the first in his family to attend college. When his clan gathers at the Southold Legion to recognize his achievements, it should... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Charity Robey
Published in Edible Long Island and Edible East End Innovation issue, June 5, 2019 When 2,000 pounds of carrot pulp came to Treiber Farms in Southold from Matchbook Distillery, six miles east, Peter Treiber fed some of the largesse to his chickens, and shared some with fellow poultry farmer Abra... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Sharon and Richie Surozenski. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on May 9, 2019 Richard (Richie) and Sharon Surozenski were getting ready to watch Jeopardy when the phone rang a few weeks back. They were in Kissimmee, Florida for a two-week vacation, but their household routine down... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Charity Robey
Courtesy Image The sign on the lawn outside Louis Cicero’s barbershop last Thursday read “Prom Haircuts” and it captured the mood (and the stray hairs) of the Island. The students who danced at the Ram’s Head Inn last Friday night are members of the community’s most important institution, and prom... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Charity Robey
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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 May 17, 2019 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
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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
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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