50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
The wheels of justice turn slowly but in May 1967 the Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of evolution in Tennessee and was the focus of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, was finally repealed.
Andy Clyde, who portrayed the Hopalong Cassidy movie and radio sidekick California Carlson, died in Los Angeles at the age of 75.
Americans were listening to “Groovin’” by The Young Rascals.
“Barefoot in the Park” starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda was drawing crowds to movie theaters.
Thornton Wilder’s “The Eighth Day” was among the most popular books, considered an American epic dealing with how two families involved in a murder mystery are torn apart.
And on Shelter Island . . .
JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne encourages Deer & Tick Committee members not to draw conclusions from early data on deer culls. Listening to him is committee member Dr. James Bevilacqua.
Numbers don’t lie — but do they tell the truth?
Members of the town’s Deer & Tick Committee believe tracking trends are important, but have only a single year of reliable numerical data on deer culls and other relevant information to guide their effort to decrease tick-borne diseases. (more…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
The Suffolk County Legislature adopted a new law last week requiring retailers to charge shoppers 5 cents for each paper or plastic bag.
If County Executive Steve Bellone approves the legislation, the law will go into effect January 1, 2018. Mr. Bellone did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but his office told Newsday he will likely sign the bill. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island School
While many school districts may be hustling to comply with a newly enacted law requiring water tests for lead content, Shelter Island isn’t among them. (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…)