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03/27/18 8:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The Gallup Poll announced that in a three-way race for the presidency, Richard Nixon would get 41 percent of votes to Lyndon Johnson’s 39 percent and Alabama Governor George Wallace, 11 percent.

President Johnson announced in a televised speech that he would not be a candidate for re-election, although most accounts link that not to the Gallup Poll but to an editorial by CBS newsman Walter Cronkite who spoke out against the Vietnam War.

More than 150 Columbia University members of Students for a Democratic Society occupied the school’s administration building over continued association with the Institute for Defense Analysis, a nonprofit corporation administering federally funded research.

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first person to travel to outer space, was killed in a training accident in an MIG-15UTI that crashed near Kirzhach.

Actress Lucy Lawless, who starred in the title role of the television series, “Xena: Warrior Princess,” was born in New Zealand.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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05/26/16 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The selection of Reed Karen to replace bill Banks as Shelter Island's building inspector will be voted on at the June 3 Town Board meeting.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The selection of Reed Karen to replace bill Banks as Shelter Island’s building inspector will be voted on at the June 3 Town Board meeting.

When Bill Banks steps down as building inspector on June 17 after 21 years on the job, a new face in town government will take his place. (more…)

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05/23/16 10:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Doug Matz said if applicants Greg and Virginia Anderson can’t complete requirements for their already installed pool and patio by July 1, he doesn’t want to see them back before his board again.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Doug Matz said if applicants Greg and Virginia Anderson can’t complete requirements for their already installed pool and patio by July 1, he doesn’t want to see them back before his board again.

An increasing number of applicants whose projects land at the Zoning Board of Appeals only after property owners receive stop work orders are testing the patience of some ZBA members.

They’re tired, they said, of the attitude that it’s easier to take a slap on the wrist for proceeding illegally than to file proper applications for needed variances. (more…)

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05/08/15 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Bill Banks, who celebrates 20 years as head of the town Building Department, posed for this picture as part of a profile in 2012.

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Bill Banks, who celebrates 20 years as head of the town Building Department, posed for this picture as part of a profile in 2012.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Pianist Vladimir Horowitz returned to the stage after a 12-year absence, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  (more…)

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01/22/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Once filled with trucks, construction equipment and materials and debris, the lot at 13 North Ferry Road was clear as of Monday, the date the town Building Department set for eviction if owner Dan Calabro failed to take steps to obtain permits necessary to a trucking operation at the site.

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Once filled with trucks, construction equipment and materials and debris, the lot at 13 North Ferry Road was clear as of Monday, the date the town Building Department set owner Dan Calabro  to take steps to obtain permits necessary to a trucking operation at the site or remove what was there.

Dan Calabro had  trucks and materials that were stored at 13 North Ferry Road removed prior to the January 20 deadline the Building Department set for him to cure the situation that had the site used for trucking without necessary application to the Town Board for a special permit or to the State Department of Transportation for a need curb cut.

The site sat empty on Tuesday, except for a large pile of wood and a sign announcing the wood was for sale. (more…)