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04/15/19 12:00pm

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…)

04/12/19 4:30pm

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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…)

04/26/18 8:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach

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…)