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04/24/17 4:30pm

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Expo 67, the World’s Fair, opened in Montreal with the date coinciding with the centennial of the Canadian Confederation.

Muhammad Ali refused military service and was stripped of his heavyweight boxing title for three years.

Fidel Castro announced all intellectual property belonged to the people and said Cuba would translate and publish technical literature without compensation.

Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.

The New York Knicks signed Bill Bradley to a four year $500,000 contract.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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03/29/17 4:30pm
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO Michael Mundy speaking at the forum at Town Hall Monday evening hosted by the Community Housing Board.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO Michael Mundy speaking at the forum at Town Hall Monday evening hosted by the Community Housing Board.

A capacity crowd packed Town Hall Monday night for a forum sponsored by the Community Housing Board, and left with one unanswered question: Does Shelter Island want to pay to build affordable rental accommodations now, or face higher taxes in the future to replace the all-volunteer fire department and emergency services corps with paid members? (more…)

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10/26/16 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Councilman Paul Shepherd, shown here at an earlier work session, said Tuesday that he welcomed legislation on the issue of short-term rentals.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Councilman Paul Shepherd, shown here at an earlier work session, said Tuesday that he welcomed legislation on the issue of short-term rentals.

The Town Board at its Tuesday work session continued to move toward drafting legislation on short term-rentals to put before the public.

The board has been debating the topic for months since reports by residents complaining of weekend renters displaying boorish, drunken behavior with all-night parties at non-owner occupied premises. The debate has since changed — as Councilman Paul Shepherd said heatedly to two residents Tuesday who were advocating limited legislation on the issue — from quality of life concerns to the “commercialization of residential neighborhoods,” with reports of property owners using their homes solely for short-term rentals. (more…)

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10/07/16 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Councilman Paul Shepherd, who has gradually come to accept some legislation affecting short-term rentals, said at Tuesday’s Town Board work session he has changed his mind on the issue several times.

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Councilman Paul Shepherd, who has gradually come to accept some legislation affecting short-term rentals, said at Tuesday’s Town Board work session he has changed his mind on the issue several times.

The Town Board moved a giant step forward at Tuesday’s work session providing information for a draft of legislation aimed at controlling short-term rentals. (more…)

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09/28/16 10:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The Town Board at it work session Tuesday. From left, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Mary Dudley, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Coucilman Paul Shepherd. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

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The Town Board at it work session Tuesday. From right, Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar, Councilwoman Mary Dudley, Councilman Jim Colligan, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Coucilman and Paul Shepherd. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.

At its Tuesday work session, the Town Board moved from theorizing on how to restrict short-term rentals to concrete proposals to draft legislation.

Specific restrictions on licensing, advertising and signage, the number guests and how many times a homeowner can host guests within a calendar year were put in writing and distributed to board members. (more…)