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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opened at Disneyland in California.

American actress Lauren Graham, who rose to fame with the television show “Gilmore Girls” was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Red Sox, in a spring training game against the New York Mets trailed 18 to 13 in the eighth inning but rallied in the ninth for 10 runs and won the game 23 to 18.

The Grateful Dead released their self-titled album in San Francisco after recording it for Warner Brothers in Los Angeles over a four-day period.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” had Americans flocking to movie theaters.

And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)

05/15/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Honored with the Boy Scout’s highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award, John Hallman (center) beamed at a Suffolk County Scouting Council Fellowship Dinner in Patchogue in May 1984. With him are his wife Carol and Michael McGarvey, who was Council Commissioner.

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Honored with the Boy Scout’s highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award, John Hallman (center) beamed at a Suffolk County Scouting Council Fellowship Dinner in Patchogue in May 1984. With him are his wife Carol and Michael McGarvey, who was Council Commissioner.

40 YEARS AGO
Center commissioners tired of merger talks
In the spring of 1974, Center Fire District Commissioners let it be known they had grown weary of discussions aimed at merging with the Heights Fire District. (more…)

11/08/13 4:00pm

JULIE LANE PHOTO | One of the original affordable houses built on Bowditch Road in the mid 1990s.

10 YEARS AGO
Consultant warns Task Force on housing needs

Affordable housing was Shelter Island’s prime problem in 2003, according to consultant Philip Herr. He was hired by the town to work with the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals in crafting recommendations for the Town Board to consider about changes in zoning codes. The problem of providing affordable housing “is of profound proportions, and will require effort if it is to be effectively addressed,” Mr. Herr said in his report to the town. In the mid 1990s, the town constructed six affordable houses on Bowditch Road over protests from some that home ownership shouldn’t be available to those who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to purchase property on Shelter Island. Families who qualified for the houses received subsidies of about $30,000 from state and federal grants to reduce the cost of the houses.
POSTSCRIPT: There continues to be an active Community Housing Board and Shelter Island Housing Options, Inc is still functioning, but there has been little call for affordables, Councilwoman Chris Lewis said in 2012.

20 YEARS AGO
Island will get first traffic light

In order to facilitate construction of the Chase Creek Bridge, Town Board members had to allow the New York State Department of Transportation the right to install traffic lights on Bridge Street. By using a single lane for both north- and south-bound traffic, the construction crew could completely remove the existing bridge and replace it in one step. The traffic light would provide control over that single traffic lane during construction.
POSTSCRIPT: Look around today; there are no traffic lights on Shelter Island.

30 YEARS AGO
Salary hikes disputed at budget hearing

Just 30 years ago, a handful of taxpayers showed up to protest planned salary increases contained in the Town Board’s 1984 budget proposal. Town Board members, who were receiving $3,750 were due to get a raise to $4,300. The town supervisor’s was projected to go to $20,000 from $18,000. Then Supervisor Mal Nevel said the raises were not decided in an across-the-board fashion, but based on moving salaries nearer to what other towns were paying as well as productivity. Mr. Nevel later said the town wasn’t trying to equalize salaries with neighboring towns. But added that town salaries had been “stymied” for years and said salaries had to be increased to catch up with the demands of jobs.
POSTSCRIPT: The supervisor and Town Board members in 2014 would see a 2 percent increase in salaries if the projected budget is approved.

50 YEARS AGO
Island group organizes Goldwater for President chapter

Just two weeks before President Kennedy was killed, Arizona senator Barry Goldwater was launching his campaign to oppose the incumbent and supporters organized to push for their candidate’s nomination by the Republican Party. Robert Conlin of Hay Beach led the local effort and said Mr. Goldwater was the grass roots candidate for the nomination. Mr. Goldwater won his party’s nomination, but went on to be defeated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 by what was then the largest margin in history. He carried only six states and won 52 electoral votes to Mr. Johnson’s 486.
POSTSCRIPT: Although nationally there has been a movement to support Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016 and a number of Republicans have been talked about at possible candidates, there’s no local action here, given the focus on more local elections and the fact that President Obama has three years left in his term.