Thomas Hashagen came to Shelter Island in 1979 as the chef at the Shelter Island Yacht Club after working as an apprentice cook for nearly ten years. Two years later, he met and married Lisa Shaw, an Island native. Together they raised a daughter, Sara and a son, Adam, and are now proud grandparents of Lucy and Sam. Thomas began a second career as a culinary arts instructor for Eastern Suffolk BOCES in 1993 and spent the next twenty years in the vocational classroom.
Although now retired, Thomas is a frequent substitute at the Shelter Island School, as well as a part-time employee of Sylvester Manor, producing their musical events. He has shared his knowledge of food and music as a featured presenter and panelist for several different organizations and a Shelter Island Reporter columnist from 2007-2014. He enjoys playing music with his wife Lisa, sailing, traveling and doting on his two grandchildren.
Thomas has is a member of the Lions Club and has volunteered for many Island organizations, including the Shelter Island 10K and 5K races, the Shelter Island Bucks, the Historical Society, St. Gabriel's and the Gift of Life. He considers the Shelter Island Library one of the Island’s premier assets and hopes that his experience will be an asset to the Board of Trustees.
Charles Weiner first sailed into West Neck Harbor in 1969 and has been a Shelter Islander on land as well as sea since 1972. Born in Lawrence and lived in Methuen, Massachusetts, he spent childhood summers on the Maine coast, where his life-long love of sailing began. He has raced to Bermuda seven times, competed in Transatlantic and Transpacific races – twice and once, respectively (as captain and/or navigator) — and logged many years on the Shelter Island Yacht Club (SIYC) Race Committee. His maritime experiences also include the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, shipyard management and commercial fishing off the coast of Maine and work in ports as diverse as in Southwest Africa and Lower Wedgeport, Nova Scotia. In addition to the SIYC, he is a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America and the Ocean Cruising Club (UK), Storm Trysail and The Corinthians, where he was 1980-81 Master. He is also a licensed pilot and proficient in celestial navigation.
A graduate of Phillips Academy and Amherst College, Charles professional life is defined by the success of the company with his name on the door: The Charles Weiner Corp. of NYC and Stamford, Connecticut, which he founded in 1960 and which remains active in international marketing and representation for plastics, fibers, and machinery. His entrepreneurial bent is marked by his ownership of three related companies he formed and sold over these years, and the Paris office he maintained with a French partner for ten years.
While it is axiomatic that sailing leaves time for little else, he and his wife, Lynn, who is a member of the Mashomack Board of Directors, are active in the Shelter Island community. They share their love of the Island with their children – Tony and Nora Weiner and daughter Molly of Mamaroneck, NY.; John Weiner of Martha’s Vineyard and son Lochlund; and Matthew and Cynthia Weiner of Brooklyn, all of whom visit frequently. His enthusiasm for the Shelter Island Public Library is deeply rooted, as he says, having “learned the Dewey Decimal System in 1945.”