08/31/17 10:00am
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EVENTS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31

Great Decisions, a monthly discussion of today’s important world affairs. Topic: “U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum.” 5:30 p.m., library. Call Jocelyn, (631) 749-0042 for details. (more…)

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08/07/17 2:00pm

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Deion Sanders, the only man to have played in both a World Series and a Super Bowl, was born in Fort Myers, Florida.

The first lineup of Fleetwood Mac made its live debut at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival in the United Kingdom.

Actress Vivian Leigh, perhaps best known to American audiences for her starring roles in “Gone With the Wind” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” died in the Britain.

Tommy Lucchese, crime boss and a founding member of the mafia in the United States, succumbed to a brain tumor at home in Lido Beach on Long Island.

The cost of a movie ticket throughout the United States averaged $1.25.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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07/16/17 8:00am
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Long Island, with a centuries-long history of farming, has undergone an agricultural revolution in just a few decades, sparked in 1973 by a pair of pioneers in planting grapes for fine wine, Louisa and Alex Hargrave.

Ms. Hargrave in her wonderful book, “The Vineyard,” writes: “I was 25 and Alex was 27. With no farm experience and little life experience, we really didn’t think the vines would need much attention. Before we bought the farm in Cutchogue, neither one of us had grown so much as a vegetable garden … The idea of the vineyard at that point was still a fantasy whose only tangible basis in reality lay in the 10,000 rooted, grafted vines we had bought.” (more…)

03/06/17 12:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO A farm field being irrigated.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO A farm field being irrigated.

Suffolk County government is moving forcefully to appeal a judge’s decision seen as severely undermining the county’s Farmland Preservation Program. The government is also preparing new legislation to deal with issues raised in a lawsuit that resulted in the judge’s ruling. (more…)