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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…)

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REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty reported on town finances at Tuesday's Town Board work session.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Supervisor Jim Dougherty reported on town finances at Tuesday’s Town Board work session.

At Tuesday’s Town Board work session, Supervisor Jim Dougherty described Shelter Island’s financial condition as “very grave” and continuing “to deteriorate.” (more…)

04/24/13 8:40am

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Town board met in work session Tuesday.

It’s still undetermined when the new Long Island Power Authority cable project running from Crescent Beach under the bay to the North Fork will kick off from this end.

At Tuesday’s Town Board work session Councilman Peter Reich said he had noticed LIPA engineers surveying the beach and asked Department of Public Works Commissioner Jay Card if he had any idea when the pipeline construction would begin here.

“Haven’t heard a word,” Mr. Card reported.

Originally it was estimated the work would be done by May 15, then by mid-June, and now it seems the timing is open-ended.

The project will require crews scheduled to work 12 hour days, digging a 42-inch wide hole at the beach and running 3,5000 feet of pipe under the bay at a depth up to 40 feet. The pipe will be staged and assembled on West Neck and Shore Roads and on the town-owned golf course at Goat Hill.

Digging has already started on the north side in Greenport and has spurred protest there over anticipated noise, traffic and overall disturbances.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty said he had received a phone call from a “very excited” young Greenport woman “trying to get ammunition to kill the project.” Mr. Dougherty said he just listened and “didn’t say a word.”

Another large project also could be delayed. Mr. Reich asked Mr. Card about work to repair the Second Causeway, which will require reinforcing the Coecles Harbor beachfront with stone gambions, covering them with sand, relandscaping and paving the road.

Mr. Card said it was in the hands of the state to approve the contractors chosen by the town to do the work. He said the grant financing the project had required the use of “disadvantaged businesses” and the state was still involved in paperwork before green lighting the project.

Mr. Reich noted that the LIPA project should “go full speed ahead” but the Second Causeway could be delayed until after Labor Day to minimize disruptions during peak summer months.

Mr. Card agreed.

Reel Point was brought up in the public question section of the work session by Kolina Reiter. Ms. Reiter said it could be a catastrophe environmentally for Coecles Harbor and financially for the fishing industry if another nor’easter blew in and created a breach at Reel Point. Ms. Reiter noted that the salinity in the harbor would rise killing some species of fish and would adversely affect the shellfish population. She also mentioned a change in the shoreline with an increased tidal flow.

The town held its breath last October when  Hurricane Sandy blew though, fearing a second mouth of Coecles Harbor from Gardiners Bay. If the tide cut a new inlet into the harbor, it could lead to a reduction in current, triggering an increase in shoaling in the original inlet. This would further restrict access to boaters, who are already having trouble navigating the channel there because of shifting sands.

Suffolk County’s Department of Public Works told town officials last fall that it has committed its hydraulic dredge to be at the mouth of Coecles Harbor sometime between October and January.

But Ms. Reiter and others — including the Waterways Management Advisory Council believe something should be done sooner, especially before hurricane season begins in late summer.

Hoot Sherman weighed in, warning the board, “You’re going to be sitting here next summer with people with beautiful big boats who won’t be able to get in and out [of the harbor]. They’re going to be talking to you.”

03/27/13 5:00pm

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | The Town Board discussed the logistics of setting up an auction and two restoration projects at Tuesday’s work session.

In the market for a couple of trucks, an old police car and a van? How about a tree spade,  a cool machine that transplants trees and bushes?

Yes? Then Shelter Island wants to put you right into these deals.

At the Town Board work session Tuesday, of Department of Public  Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. told the members that an auction was in order to sell several vehicles and equipment.

One of the trucks Mr. Card mentioned, “can’t get inspected” and would be too costly to repair; and a “tree spade” (that mechanized planter) is rarely used.

Mr. Card said the auction would most likely take place at the Recycling Center. Councilman Peter Reich suggested an online auction, and other members thought the idea might work better as a combination of public and online sales. Councilman Paul Shepherd noted that a public auction might not be well attended. Will Anderson, sitting in the audience suggested  sealed bids.

An announcement will be forthcoming on the auction and what form it will take.

In other business the board looked again at the mitigation project of 675 feet of  wrecked fence at Crescent Beach. It’s a complicated job, Mr. Card reiterated. About  75 percent of the cost of the project will be picked up by  Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) funds. The project should be completed by the summer season.

On the repair work of the Second Causeway, bids have come in and are being vetted by the state. “Once they’ve approved, we can move forward,” Mr. Card told the board.

The project calls for reinforcing the Coecles Harbor beachfront with stone gambions, covering them with sand, relandscaping and replanting the area and paving the road.

Mr. Card said he was confident the project could be done by the Memorial Day weekend, with at least one line of traffic open to vehicles.

Last week Town Attorney Laury Dowd presented the board with a draft recommendation of a watershed management plan. At Tuesday’s session discussion turned to the recommendation that there be “regular” testing of Major’s Harbor.

Mr. Reich had problems with the term “regular” and thought to save money one testing would be enough, and if there was a problem testing could resume.

On testing in general, Police Chief James Read said the town and the state are  already doing some water testing and to save money those tests should be looked at to prevent duplication.

“There’s already data that exists,” Chief Read said.
The board agreed to continue to look into and prioritize the plan’s  recommendations in future sessions.