Articles by: Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. sfay@ellsworthamerican.com
  • New owner Brower visits Islander office

    New owner Brower visits Islander office

    ELLSWORTH — Reade Brower of Rockland, the new owner of The Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander, visited both newspapers Tuesday, introduced himself to staff and talked shop over lunch. Brower was accompanied by Lisa DeSisto, CEO of Maine Today Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning

  • Connecticut company tries to hawk Islander feature stories

    Connecticut company tries to hawk Islander feature stories

    ELLSWORTH — A Connecticut outfit called “That’s Great News” is bad news for newspaper publishers. Though it has been sued for copyright infringement, That’s Great News continues to poach news stories and personality profiles, make them into plaques and offer them for sale to the business or individual featured in the article. Individuals featured in

  • Maine Ethics Committee fines casino campaign

    Maine Ethics Committee fines casino campaign

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Ethics Committee on Friday fined the York casino campaign — Question 1 on Tuesday’s election ballot — $500,000 for failing to disclose the true sources of millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Ethics Committee investigators issued a series of findings and concluding by advising the committee: “Your penalty decision in this

  • Graves named managing editor of the Mount Desert Islander

    Graves named managing editor of the Mount Desert Islander

    BAR HARBOR — Liz Graves, a reporter at the Mount Desert Islander since 2013, has been named managing editor of the weekly newspaper. She succeeds founding Editor Earl Brechlin, who is leaving the Islander after 16 years to take the post of communications director for Friends of Acadia. For the past two years, Graves, 33,

  • DVD Review: Rogue One

    DVD Review: Rogue One

    With “Rogue One,” the “Star Wars” franchise has completed its narrative arc: main story, sequel, prequel and, finally, Nyquil. Has there always been a Rebel Alliance? And the Empire … was it ever not mean and nasty? OK, the tension is infinite, and we are instructed to accept that the battle between good and evil

  • DVD Review: Beauty and the Beast

    DVD Review: Beauty and the Beast

    The new, live-action “Beauty and the Beast” is not a feel-good movie. It is a feel-great movie. You come out of the theater merry and refreshed. It’s definitely magical: How else to explain the enchantment of a movie that is scene-for-scene and character-for-character identical to the 26-year-old cartoon version? Most of us already knew the

  • DVD Review: Doctor Strange

    DVD Review: Doctor Strange

    We’ve been here before. It’s “A Christmas Carol” relocated from London to Greenwich Village, but the Scrooge character undergoes an identical transformation. It’s “Regarding Henry” (1991) where a cold-hearted lawyer played by Harrison Ford gets shot in the head and emerges from a coma a much nicer guy. This time around, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict

  • Attorney General Mills emboldens the troops at Ellsworth gathering

    Attorney General Mills emboldens the troops at Ellsworth gathering

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s Democratic attorney general, Janet Mills, rallied a cheering crowd of 300 Saturday morning, quoting Martin Luther King, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and reggae legend Bob Marley as she ticked through a list of social, political and economic issues dear to the hearts of progressive voters. The Hancock County Action Assembly was convened

  • DVD Review: ‘Free State of Jones’

    DVD Review: ‘Free State of Jones’

    While the Confederacy was busy seceding from the Union, Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey) and a band of Mississippi slaves and small farmers were striving to secede from the Confederacy. The story is true, which doesn’t mean the movie is entertaining. It’s earnest and overly thorough, complete with on-screen footnotes and jarring flash forwards to the

  • DVD Review: The Magnificent Seven

    DVD Review: The Magnificent Seven

    A remake of a remake does not instill confidence. Sure enough, this updated version of the 1960 original, itself a do-over of Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” (1954), is anything but magnificent. We live in an age of excess. The bad guy in the 1960 iteration, Calvera (Eli Wallach), was a laughing bandito. The villain in the