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05/29/19 8:00am

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Mario Andretti won the Indianapolis 500.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded “Give Peace A Chance.”

Stevie Wonder released “My Cherie Amore.”

American Composer Jimmy McHugh, who wrote “Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” died at age 74 in Beverly Hills, California.

Actress Anne Heche, once linked romantically with Ellen Degeneres, was born in Aurora, Ohio.

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05/13/19 10:00am

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Illegally cut trees off Menhaden Lane.

Shelter Island and Suffolk County police still want to know who is responsible for cutting down an estimated acre of trees valued at $66,000 off Menhaden Lane in January 2018.

Rumors abounded about who might be responsible for the damage to acres of trees, but Town Attorney Bob DeStefano Jr. said last December that the rumors were unfounded.

Monday morning, Shelter Island Police officers were at North and South ferries handing out flyers to drivers asking anyone with information to call Suffolk  County Crime Stoppers with any tips they may have.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the destruction that police from both departments have categorized as criminal mischief.

In January 2018,  it was reported that cedar, cherry, locust and other trees had been sliced in half with wood lying on the ground. Resident Jean Lawless, who brought the matter to the Reporter and town officials, found the site while walking her dog.

“It’s criminal,” said Tim Purtell, chairman of the town’s Green Options Advisory Committee.

Mr. Purtell, a Reporter nature columnist, is an activist with environmental groups .

“Those trees belong to all of us,” he said.

The flyers indicated that the destruction occurred between January 7 and January 8 of 2018.

Because the land on which the trees were destroyed is owned by Suffolk County, local police turned the case over to a division of Suffolk County Police who handle environmental crimes.

While town officials have asked about progress in the case from time to time, there have been no breaks in the case.

Anyone with information may submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS; texting SCPD and your message to CRIMES (274637); or emailing www.tipsubmit.com. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.

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02/06/18 2:00pm

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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Three students died in the Orangeburg massacre at South Carolina State University where black students stood up to protest a whites-only policy at the areas’s only bowling alley.

The United States conducted a nuclear test at a Nevada site.

American actor Gary Coleman, best known for his role on the NBC series “Different Strokes,” was born in Zion, Illinois.

American figure skater Peggy Fleming won gold at the 1968 Grenoble, France, winter Olympics

“Planet of the Apes,” starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter, was released in New York City

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11/06/17 8:00am

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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine featuring stories about music, popular culture and politics was published.

The unmanned Surveyor 6 made a soft landing on the moon, an important feat in the country’s plans to send men to the moon.

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Carl Stokes was elected the first African-American mayor of a major United States city, Cleveland, Ohio.

At a ceremony in Phnom Peng, Cambodia, three U.S. prisoners of war released by the Viet Cong were turned over to antiwar activist Tom Hayden.

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10/09/17 8:00am

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50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

In the first game in the history of the American Basketball Association the Anaheim Amigos lost to the Oakland Oaks 134-129 in Oakland.

American actress Kate Walsh, who has starred on both Grey’s Anatomy and its spinoff, Private Practice, was born in San Jose, California.

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox 4 games to 3 to win the 64th World Series.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon opened an exhibit in London titled “Yoko Plus Me.”

39 people, including singer-activist Joan Baez, were arrested in Oakland, California for blocking the entrance to the city’s military induction center.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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