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03/20/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

CORRECTION: The three Apollo 1 astronauts who perished in a launch pad fire  50 years ago were Lieutenant Colonel Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel Edward H. White and Lieutenant Commander Robert B. Chaffee. One of several sites used to compile this history incorrectly identified the three men.

 

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Muhammed Ali knocked out Zora Folley in the seventh round to win the heavyweight boxing title.

Students at the University of Michigan held the first teach-in after the United States bombing of North Vietnam.

NASA halted further training for three scheduled manned space missions to overhaul the Apollo program in light of the January fire that killed Apollo 1 astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham.

American figure skater Debi Thomas — 1986 World Champion, 1988 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time U.S. National Champion — was born in Poughkeepsie, New York

“Homecoming” and “Cabaret” took home top honors at the 21st Annual Tony Awards ceremony.

And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)

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10/03/16 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO But for a few inches, Sweet Tomato’s wouldn’t need a variance, but its porch oversteps its front setback requirements because of a faulty survey.

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But for a few inches, Sweet Tomato’s wouldn’t need a variance, but its porch oversteps its front setback requirements because of a faulty survey.

Sweet Tomato’s owner Mary Rando is hoping the Zoning Board of Appeals will help her retain the existing front porch despite the fact that it’s 6 inches over the property line. (more…)

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03/01/16 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Architect Andrew Berman (right) discusses plans for construction at a house in Shelter Island Heights with ZBA members (from left) Lynne Colligan, William “Punch” Johnston III, Neal Raymond and, on screen via WebEx, chairman Doug Matz.

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Architect Andrew Berman (right) discusses plans for construction at a house in Shelter Island Heights with ZBA members (from left) Lynne Colligan, William “Punch” Johnston III, Neal Raymond and, on screen via WebEx, chairman Doug Matz.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is asking for some changes to a proposal for renovations to a house in Shelter Island Heights.
New York City architect Andrew Berman outlined a plan at the ZBA’s February 28 meeting for Katherine Michel of 24 Wesley Avenue to add a bay window, an enclosure for trash and a brick patio to her property. (more…)

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01/25/16 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Applicant Greg Anderson (rear) and his attorney, John Bennett of Southampton, asked for a delay in ZBA action on Mr. Anderson’s petition for a variance to maintain a pool and patio at 1 Bayview Avenue.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Applicant Greg Anderson, right, and his attorney, John Bennett of Southampton, asked for a delay in ZBA action on Mr. Anderson’s petition for a variance to maintain a pool and patio at 1 Bayview Avenue.

Before the Zoning Board of Appeals acts on a requested variance sought by Greg and Virginia Anderson to maintain a pool and patio on their property in Shelter Island Heights, they’ll have an opportunity to work out details with their neighbors.

Despite a letter from a neighbor complaining that Mr. Anderson of 1 Bayview Avenue does as he pleases without concern for others, coupled with an objection from the Heights Property Owners Corporation, other neighbors at the January 20 ZBA meeting said they’ve been working on solutions to contain noise and water runoff. (more…)

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11/17/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Shelter Island’s new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham of Mesiano Consulting met with department chiefs Monday morning to listen to their ideas and provide an overview of what’s probable, possible and unlikely.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island’s new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham, met with department chiefs Monday morning to listen to their ideas and provide an overview of what’s probable, possible and unlikely.

With a New York State-imposed tax cap for municipalities, finding funds for necessary projects and services has forced Shelter Island to up its game in securing government grants.

One strategy the Town Board has developed is to return to a method it employed in the past — hiring a professional to discover what money is available and bring it to the Island.

The board and town department chiefs met its new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham, who operates Mesiano Consulting serving Long Island and the upstate capital region, at a public meeting Monday morning at Town Hall. In her presentation, Ms. Mesiano Higham gave them a realistic view of what they could expect and what would be unrealistic in meeting funding needs.

She said that most grants require municipalities to lay out money and await reimbursement. That’s a challenge for Shelter Island and one that will require careful balancing of which grants to pursue.

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