50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. announced plans for a Poor People’s Campaign to start with a march on Washington, D.C. A month later he was assassinated, leaving the campaign to go forward under the direction of Southern Christian Leadership Council President Ralph Abernathy.
Fans celebrated NBC’s announcement that its popular “Star Trek” series had been renewed for a third year.
June Carter and Johnny Cash married in a church ceremony in Franklin, Kentucky.
“Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat and his Orchestra was the number on song in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
And on Shelter Island . . .
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Jeremy Samuelson, director of Mashomack Preserve.
The shape of Shelter Island is changing. The impacts will be felt on our roads, utility infrastructure, drinking water and building lots — especially near the shore. We should know what to expect and plan accordingly. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr.
Ironically, on the same day that most Shelter Islanders experienced a brief power outage while Silver Beach residents were out for close to two hours, came word from Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) that he is cosponsoring a bill to create a dedicated state fund to install underground utility lines across the state. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bill Banks at his desk. Bill retired last week after 21 years as Town Building Inspector.
Like the structures he has inspected and approved during more than 20 years as Shelter Island’s building inspector, Bill Banks stays put.
“I wasn’t exactly born on the kitchen table,” he said, referring to the handful of Islanders who were born here, “but I have been here for 57 years.” (more…)
PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK | Airbnbs on the Island? Codger is on the case
Codger hates to admit that he was shocked — shocked! — to read last month that the Island shelters scores of unlicensed bed-and-breakfasts, but he has been stewing about it ever since.
Now, when he patrols the Rock with his canine escort, they are alert to the clues of underground rooming houses — flocks of cars in a driveway, moony couples eating banana cake on a porch, drifty shoulder-to-shoulder bicyclists, the clink of ice in newly installed wet bars. The dog takes notes. (more…)