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05/14/19 10:00am

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Decency gift bags for Retreat clients were organized and packed by, from left, Tyler Gulluscio, Emma Teodoru, Jane Richards, Amelia Clark and Board of Education member Margaret Colligan.

It’s a simple idea, really. But at a time when there’s so much antagonism among people of all political persuasions, a National Decency Day may be just what’s needed. (more…)

05/13/19 2:00pm

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Essay winner Mae Brigham told the audience at the D.A.R.E. graduation last Friday what the program has taught her about good decision making in being loyal to her friends.

It takes a village, a community of parents, teachers, police and so many more to teach children how to make responsible decisions.

On May 10, fifteen 4th and 5th graders, who have been working with Shelter Island Police Officer Anthony Rando, told an audience in the school auditorium what they’ve learned in the way of life skills they believe will ensure their future success.

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05/13/19 12:00pm

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Barbra Streisand was honored at a Friars Club tribute in New York City.

The Soviets launched Venera 5, a space probe that landed on Venus and sent back atmospheric data

Actress Tracey Gold, who portrayed Carol on “Growing Pains,” was born in New York City.

The Who’s Peter Townsend and Roger Daltry were on the run from the New York City Police Department. They were accused of kicking an officer off stage in what turned out to be an attempt to clear out Fillmore East because there was a fire in an adjacent building.

Actor David Boreanaz, who performed in “Angel,” “Married with Children,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and more recently in “Bones” and “Seal Team” was born in Buffalo, New York.

And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)

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05/13/19 10:00am

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Illegally cut trees off Menhaden Lane.

Shelter Island and Suffolk County police still want to know who is responsible for cutting down an estimated acre of trees valued at $66,000 off Menhaden Lane in January 2018.

Rumors abounded about who might be responsible for the damage to acres of trees, but Town Attorney Bob DeStefano Jr. said last December that the rumors were unfounded.

Monday morning, Shelter Island Police officers were at North and South ferries handing out flyers to drivers asking anyone with information to call Suffolk  County Crime Stoppers with any tips they may have.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the destruction that police from both departments have categorized as criminal mischief.

In January 2018,  it was reported that cedar, cherry, locust and other trees had been sliced in half with wood lying on the ground. Resident Jean Lawless, who brought the matter to the Reporter and town officials, found the site while walking her dog.

“It’s criminal,” said Tim Purtell, chairman of the town’s Green Options Advisory Committee.

Mr. Purtell, a Reporter nature columnist, is an activist with environmental groups .

“Those trees belong to all of us,” he said.

The flyers indicated that the destruction occurred between January 7 and January 8 of 2018.

Because the land on which the trees were destroyed is owned by Suffolk County, local police turned the case over to a division of Suffolk County Police who handle environmental crimes.

While town officials have asked about progress in the case from time to time, there have been no breaks in the case.

Anyone with information may submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS; texting SCPD and your message to CRIMES (274637); or emailing www.tipsubmit.com. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.

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