CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Green scum on the shores of Fresh Pond on Monday.
When Native Americans lived on the shores of Fresh Pond thousands of years ago, they dumped discarded scallop shells in the water.
Before the Shelter Island landfill opened in 1950s, Fresh Pond was the most popular dump site on the Island with everything from refrigerators to car batteries tossed into the drink. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Blue-green algae on the surface of Fresh Pond Monday morning near the town landing off Lake Drive.
The Department of Public Works has posted signs warning that swimming in Fresh Pond “may pose a risk to your health. Please refrain from swimming.” (more…)
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The Town Board at its work session Tuesday. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Jim Colligan and Councilwoman Mary Dudley. Not shown, Councilwoman Chris Lewis.
The Town Board returned again to the issue of regulating short term rentals at its work session Tuesday, discussing in detail a draft of proposed legislation. The draft was not made public, so specific items the board referred to such as page numbers or sections, left many residents attending the meeting in the dark on what was being discussed. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO A resident weighs in on the longstanding controversy surrounding Fresh Pond.
To the Editor:
In an attempt to change the current impaired (polluted), non-contact classification of Fresh Pond, Shelter Island Town Attorney, Laury Dowd stated at a January 2016 public meeting that Fresh Pond is similar to Marratooka Lake in Mattituck. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A question about Fresh Pond at the recent candidate’s forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Shelter Island, sparked a letter from a reader.
Unfair to the public
To the Editor:
The League of Women Voters, aka LWV, has been an important part of our democracy since its inception in 1920. It is particularly disheartening when someone uses their good name to promulgate a falsehood. (more…)