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 . . .
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor.
“America has been losing over 40 acres of farmland every hour to development,” said the letter I recently received from the American Farmland Trust. “This land — the most fertile soil in the world — is irreplaceable and urgently needed to grow food. It’s a national disgrace on a catastrophic scale.”
With the letter was an American Farmland Trust bumper sticker: “No Farms No Food.” (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Legislators Al Krupski and Bridget Fleming.
A local environmental organization has brought a lawsuit challenging the implementation of the Suffolk County Farmland Preservation Program, a visionary concept that has been the key to saving an important and historical activity here and keeping Suffolk a top agricultural county in the state. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Dredging at Reel Point in 2013 provided only a temporary solution to saving the spit of land that juts into Coecles Harbor.
While town officials await a plan for saving Reel Point, Suffolk County has completed the latest dredging of the area. (more…)
When the town has wanted Suffolk County to intervene at sites where dredging is needed, it has sometimes taken years to get on the list. But county plans for excavation this month at Reel Point are likely to be stopped by town action while a study on the best way to preserve the site is completed. (more…)