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03/27/17 10:00am

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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Kicking off a tour at The Astoria London, Jimi Hendrix for the first time set fire to his guitar on stage — a move that would become his signature — but this time he had to be treated at a hospital for burns.

Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for all three major networks — NBC, CBS and ABC — went on strike and it took 13 days to settle,  in time for a CBS live broadcast in April of the Academy Awards.

Americans were listening to The Turtles “Happy Together” at the end of March 1967.

United Nations Secretary General U Thant made public his proposals for a peace settlement in Vietnam.

In what was hailed at the time as the “greatest single Commonwealth achievement in communications,” the South-East Commonwealth telephone cable was inaugurated in Sydney, Australia making it possible to make direct calls between Australia and its Pacific neighbors and allowing calls to the rest of the world.

And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)

03/22/17 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik said the school district has received a federal grant of $54,000.

JULIE LANE PHOTO School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik said the school district has received a federal grant of $54,000.

Board of Education members and attendees at Monday night’s meeting got a look at the new technology department program under the direction of Christopher Conrady.

Through a series of slides, he showed students building what will be a recording studio within the school; rebuilding small engines; working at the Coecles Harbor Marina & Boatyard; learning about large machinery at Marcello Masonry; and helping to repair fences, build benches and keep town parks maintained with the Highway Department. (more…)

03/21/17 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Kathleen Springer speaking at the Board of Education meeting Monday evening in favor of funding transportation for Island students attending Our Lady of the Hampton School.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Kathleen Springer speaking at the Board of Education meeting Monday evening in favor of funding transportation for Island students attending Our Lady of the Hampton School.

The Board of Education completed budget workshops Monday night putting forth an $11.3 million budget proposal that won’t go above the state-mandated tax rate cap even if a proposition to provide transportation to Our Lady of the Hamptons (OLH) passes in May.

The current budget is $10.96 million. (more…)