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01/26/16 8:00am
LEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | Near white out conditions on Bridge Street at the height of Saturday's blizzard,

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | Near white out conditions on Bridge Street at the height of Saturday’s blizzard.

Mother Nature was kind to the Island last weekend.

With snow accumulation totals anywhere from 10 inches to a foot, “We didn’t get hammered like they did farther west,” Highway Department Superintendent Jay Card Jr. said.

Nevertheless, highway crews were out early Saturday, worked through the night and were back on the streets Sunday morning mopping up. All roads were passable early on during the blizzard for first responders, a good thing since they had little difficulty getting to a house fire on Penny’s Path Saturday afternoon. (more…)

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07/01/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Summer Building Department intern Kiera Nissen, working on implementation of the newly minted irrigation law, gave the Town Board a summary Tuesday of progress she’s made.

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Summer Building Department intern Kiera Nissen, working on implementation of the newly minted irrigation law, gave the Town Board a summary Tuesday of progress she’s made.

35-2.

No, it’s that’s not a Shelter Island Bucks baseball score blowout. Rather, it’s the number of permits that have been approved to use existing irrigation systems versus two that have been denied because of tests revealing excessive chloride levels. (more…)

02/13/15 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The East Hampton Town Board has drafted legislation that would ban helicopters from the airport on summer weekends.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The East Hampton Town Board has drafted legislation that would ban helicopters from the airport on summer weekends.

As has been stated in this space before, the battle over excessive noise from low flying helicopters going in and out of East Hampton Airport that had driven Islanders to distraction and worse, has no villains. (more…)

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02/04/15 9:22am
CREDIT Police Chief Jim Read, who is the emergency management coordinator for the town, at Tuesday’s Town Board work session urging all residents to register with an emergency notification system.

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Police Chief Jim Read, who is the emergency management coordinator for the town, at Tuesday’s Town Board work session urging all residents to register with an emergency notification system.

Police Chief Jim Read went before the Town Board Tuesday to kick off a public information campaign urging residents to sign up for an emergency notification system. (more…)

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12/17/14 8:25am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board was asked at its Tuesday work session about emergency plans in the event of an accident at the Millstone nuclear power plant. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown. Councilwoman Chris Lewis was present but not shown in the photo.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The Town Board was asked at its Tuesday work session about emergency plans in the event of an accident at the Millstone nuclear power plant. From left, Councilman Paul Shepherd, Supervisor Jim Dougherty, Councilman Peter Reich and Councilman Ed Brown. Councilwoman Chris Lewis was present but not shown in the photo.

A resident asked the Town Board Tuesday if it was up to speed with notification plans in the event of a nuclear accident at the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Connecticut.

Vincent Novak noted that in March 2011 the board said it would be looking into developing a plan with the police department since the Island lies within an “emergency planning zone” (EPZ). The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission sets out a 50 mile radius for an EPZ around nuclear plants, which “are designed to avoid or reduce [dangers] from potential ingestion of radioactive materials” by contaminated food and water, according to the USNRC. (more…)