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08/14/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

China downed two U.S. Navy bombers that had strayed into its airspace following a raid on North Vietnam and the only survivor was held by China until 1973.

Muhammad Ali, at age 25, married his second wife, Belinda Boyd, then 17, and she converted to Islam taking the name Khalilah Ali and bore four children before the couple divorced in 1977.

Judy Garland was on Broadway in “At Home in the Palace” that played a limited engagement of 24 performances at the Palace Theater.

“The Trip,” a psychedelic movie written by Jack Nicholson and starring Peter Fonda and Susan Strasberg, was pulling in audiences throughout the United States.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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06/27/17 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Helicopters at the East Hampton airport.

The long shot didn’t pay off.

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court decided not to hear the Town of East Hampton’s petition to overrule a lower court’s decision that the town had no right to restrict access into and out of its airport by helicopters and other so called “noisy” aircraft.

In November, when East Hampton filed the petition, Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, the Town Board’s liaison to the airport, said it would be an “uphill fight,” but one worth pursuing.
Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty — a strong advocate of local control of the East Hampton-owned airport — had characterized the move as a “long shot” and as “going to reach for the gold ring … maybe the court might toss out federal regulation and go for home rule.”

But it wasn’t to be. (more…)

04/18/17 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Supervisor Jim Dougherty is the lone vote on the Town Board against a 14-day minimum for short-term rentals.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty will give the 10th annual State of the Town address on April 23 at the Ram’s Head Inn.

The League of Women Voters of Shelter Island will host its 10th annual State of the Town luncheon on Sunday, April 23 at the Ram’s Head Inn, it was announced last week by the league president, Lois B. Morris.

Town Supervisor Jim Dougherty will update Islanders on where the town stands fiscally, and address key issues facing the Island. Mr. Dougherty, who is chairman of the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association, will also review challenges and opportunities the Island shares with its neighbors. (more…)

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03/27/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

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…)