50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
Joe Frazier knocked out Dave Zyglewick in the first round to win the heavyweight boxing title at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas.
Winners at the 23rd Annual Tony Awards were “Great White Hope” and “1776.”
The first human eye transplant was performed at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Melina Mercouri, a Greek actress, whose breakout film was “Never on Sunday,” for which she won a Cannes Film Festival Award, established the Greek Aid Fund.
An earthquake measured as a 2 on a scale of 1 to 5 struck in North Carolina, killing two people and injuring 30.
And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)
Spring for Shelter Island means many things — the return of the piping plovers madly scurrying across beaches, joined by those great fish hawks, the ospreys, sailing above our heads.
But along with the first daffodils nodding in the breeze and the bright bursts of forsythia glowing against the gray landscape, comes the most enduring and inspirational sign of the season — the Shelter Island School play. (more…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach
On Shelter Island, we don’t have to wait for truly warm weather or notice the yellow signal flares of forsythia to tell us winter is a memory. We’ve witnessed spring on the wing with the arrival of the magnificent fish hawks, the ospreys, returning from their Florida and Caribbean winter quarters.
A smaller winged harbinger has come home, too. Piping plovers have been spotted with their melodious penny whistle voices and mad dashes across beaches foraging for food, or skimming low across the water, shifting in formation.
Emily Dickinson was right: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul …” It’s not some abstract concept, or a metaphor, but true when we see robins strutting across lawns before stopping, chests out, solemnly posing for us. (more…)
LAURIE DOBSON PHOTO Jean Lawless and Christine Pelletier putting up one of the posters at Shell Beach.
Each year, the piping plovers return to make their nests on sandy beaches throughout the East End. (more…)
DON BINDLER PHOTO These piping plovers cavorting at Shell Beach yesterday, a sure sign of spring, will have to hunker down today.
It will be a rainy Tuesday for Shelter Island, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), with fog and temperatures in the low 50s.
The NWS is calling for isolated thunderstorms this afternoon. (more…)