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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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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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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.
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Forever young. Skip Tuttle, 79, heading out yesterday morning for the opening day of scallop season For East End families who fish, the first Monday in November — opening day for bay scallops in New York State waters — is a ritual not to be missed. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Charity Robey
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION One of America’s top companies is narrowing down the search for a location for its new headquarters — a choice that could bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion of construction investment to some lucky place in North America. How about here? Amazon, the company that generates 43 percent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS Roasting squash in a sheet pan is fast and you get a nice crust. Because I have tried to operate a motor vehicle on the North Fork during a weekend in October, I fear the pumpkin. The influx of visitors looking for parking generated by pumpkin-picking opportunities... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Alex Olinkiewicz at his home on Midway Road. When Alex Olinkiewicz was 16, he made an eight-minute video about what it’s like to have Asperger’s syndrome and posted it on YouTube. Not long after, he opened his email to see that his video, In My Mind, was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Charity Robey
SHELTER ISLAND PILATES & BARRE PHOTO Suzette Smith Suzette Smith, owner of Shelter Island Pilates & Barre has helped quite a few Islanders feel better about their bodies, and for this she has devoted and grateful fans. But as a child, she was an unlikely candidate for careers in dance... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at Charity Robey
COURTESY PHOTOS Rebekah Brown and Captain Deno W Fischer who brought her to the ceremony in his Shelter Island Runabout. Rebekah and Abraham met and fell in love on Shelter Island and worked together at Vine Street Café during the summers of their courtship. Their wedding on the first day... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The week after Labor Day, and the only lack of parking spaces on Shelter Island is at the school bike rack. When I ask people to name the best day of the year on Shelter Island, most of them don’t miss a beat. It’s the Tuesday after... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARTIY ROBEY PHOTO Bennett Karnis. Labor Day is game time for short order cook Bennett Karnis and the grill at the Shelter Island Heights Pharmacy is his field of play. Speed, accuracy and skill will deliver the melted cheese and hash browns he is famous for. “I’ve got to lace... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Charity Robey
Sawyer Clark fishes off of Shelter Island. On this day he brought in porgies, weakfisk, blowfish, and bunker. (Credit: Randee Daddona) When Sawyer Clark turned 16, he bought a boat and went into the family business: fishing. In the four years since, he has graduated from high school, given college... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Charity Robey
Captain Tom McGriel aboard the North Ferry. (Credit: David Benthal) When the 5:30 a.m. ferry left Shelter Island for Greenport on Jan. 13, 2018, Captain Tom McGriel was in his wheelhouse, figuratively and literally. Cloudy and raw, with the wind predicted to blow all day and the temperature dropping into... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Sweet corn ice cream. Sweet corn is here, and you know what to do. The best sweet corn of the season is coming in now. This is stuff you can eat raw, a practice I observed at Sep’s farm stand when one employee was so overcome by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO A sign on Route 114 marks the entrance to the Friends outdoor meeting place. It was 38 minutes into the one-hour Quaker meeting before anyone said a word. Gathered on the grounds of Sylvester Manor, seated on a jumble of rough-hewn logs fashioned into long benches in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
The great thing about living in a small town is that everyone knows you. The awful thing about living in a small town is that everyone knows you. My bedtime, how long the television stays on, who is visiting me, all may as well be a matter of public record.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Stephen Searl beside Gardiner’s Creek at Sylvester Manor. Pre-Revolutionary-era houses held by the same family, and largely un-renovated are scarce on the East End of Long Island. The fact that Stephen Searl, executive director of Sylvester Manor, grew up in one and now has his office in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Francesca Frasco at home on Shelter Island. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 1, 2018 When Shelter Island High School senior Francesca Frasco and I sat down to talk at her family’s home on Wade Road, it was Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend. She... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Charity Robey