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…)
CAITLIN PANARELLA PHOTO Robert Hitscherich and Desirae Hubbard, the Island’s newest traffic control officers, about to leave police headquarters for a day’s work.
After grabbing a muffin or coffee from the squad room, the Shelter Island Police Department’s summer traffic control officers (TCOs) head out these summer mornings from headquarters in the Center, arriving at the most popular beaches around the same time as many Islanders. (more…)
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The Shelter Island Police Department, leading an investigation assisted by multiple law enforcement agencies, arrested a Bronx man at his home Monday night on felony drug charges.
Fred J. Conforto, 41, was taken into custody and brought to the Island where he was arraigned in Shelter Island Justice Court.
He was charged with three counts of the criminal sale of controlled substances and was then remanded to the Suffolk County Correction Facility in Riverside. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Shelter Island Fire Department battled a house fire this afternoon for two hours.
The Shelter Island Fire Department extinguished a house on fire on Penny’s Path this afternoon. (more…)
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Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik presented the Board of Education with a progress report on meeting goals for the 2015-16 school year.
“We’re looking at getting our kids college and career ready,” Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik told the Board of Education last week, reviewing steps he’s taken to ensure that students not college-bound are not being forgotten.
Toward that end, students from Shelter Island are serving internships, exposing them to fields to pursue after graduation, Mr. Skuggevik said at Wednesday’s meeting. (more…)