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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 Feed Me Magazine, January 2019 issue. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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.
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