02/06/13 8:00am
02/06/2013 8:00 AM

SUFFOLK TIMES PHOTO | A dredge boat near Port of Egypt marina, close to the spot where former police officer James Kelly was found dead in 1993.

20 years ago

A police legend is found dead

An all-out manhunt launched by Southold Town Police on for one of their own ended tragically when the body of a 90-year-old retired police officer was found in the water near Port of Egypt marina, reporter Ruth Jernick wrote in the Feb. 4, 1993 issue of The Suffolk Times.

James Patrick “Pat” Kelly, who wore Badge No. 1 when he served on the town force from 1928 to 1964 , was reported missing by a home health aide at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 2. His body was found a day later and foul play was not suspected, we wrote.

A police officer for 40 years, he is credited with being the first uniformed patrolman in Southold Town history.

New council targets Suffolk Theater renovation

The East End Arts Council’s Business Council decided at its inaugural meeting Jan. 20, 1993 that it would explore the possibility of restoring the Suffolk Theater on Main Street in Riverhead, reporter Bob Liepa wrote in the Feb. 4, 1993 issue of The Suffolk Times.

“I think the Suffolk Theater could be a tremendous magnet for downtown Riverhead,” said then-East End Arts Council president Troy Gustavson, who was also The Suffolk Times publisher at the time.

Mr. Gustavson said the cost to renovate the theater, which was put up for sale in 1987, might be too much and the council had only begun to explore avenues of funding.

Postscript: Many dollars and years later, the Suffolk Theater will finally reopen next month.

45 years ago

Two-million dollar river span is planned

A second highway bridge has been tentatively planned to span the Peconic River just east of Riverhead, we reported in the Feb. 8, 1968 issue of the Riverhead News-Review.

The new bridge, which would cost an estimated $2 million, will be part of a 6 1/2 mile roadway cutting south from Hubbard Road in Aquebogue to the Riverhead-Quogue Road south of Ludlam Avenue in Southampton, we wrote.

Postscript: That stretch of highway is now County Road 105.

 70 years ago

Storms cripple Greenport

A heavy snowfall on Jan. 28, 1943 caused motorists to be stranded along the commercial district in Greenport, making the roads impossible to pass, we wrote in the following week’s issue of The Suffolk Times. The cars were unable to be removed due to wartime conditions that left the Municipal Road Department understaffed, we reported.

99 years ago

The dangers of dancing

The following is an unedited excerpt from the Jan. 31, 1914 issue of The Suffolk Times: “Beware of the turkey trot knee. A well-known physician says there are no less than 100 distinct moves in the turkey trot and 50 in the tango, and he is now treating a number of men and women for swollen knees due to this violent exercise.”

Suffolk has 3,297 cars

At the end of 1913, there were 3,297 licensed “pleasure vehicles” in Suffolk County and 191 commercial vehicles, according to the Jan. 31, 1914 issue of The Suffolk Times.

102 years ago

Griffing visits Washington, D.C.

Capt. Willard Griffing of the Shelter Island-Greenport Ferry Co. had a brief conversation with President William Howard Taft on a trip to Washington, D.C., we wrote in the Feb. 4, 1911 issue of The Suffolk Times. He was in the nation’s capitol as a delegate to the “annual convention of Masters, Mates and Pilots,” we wrote.

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09/16/11 5:14pm
09/16/2011 5:14 PM

PETER BOODY PHOTO | A North Ferry boat lands on Shelter Island.

The Suffolk County Legislature on Thursday approved North Ferry’s application to raise its fares.

Same day round-trip tickets will cost $15, up 15.3 percent from $13. The one-way fare will go up $1 to $10, or 11 percent.

Non-residents will pay $79 for a book of 10 round-trips, up 9.7 percent from $72, and $62 for a book of 10 one-way tickets, up 8 percent from $57.

The rate hike, which may not take effect for at least a month, is expected to give North Ferry an increase in annual revenues of $410,154, according to the company, up 7.8 percent from last year’s revenues of $5,229,709. Most of that additional revenue, more than $275,000, would come from non-discounted fares paid by non-residents of Shelter Island.

North Ferry filed the rate request with the legislature on May 16, saying its costs had kept rising even as ridership had slumped and that it had been operating in the red.

For Island residents, the price of a book of 10 round-trip tickets will rise from $48 to $52, 8.3 percent, or 20 cents per trip. The price of a five-day round-trip pass will rise from $22 to $26, up 18.2 percent, or 40 cents a trip. That would be the same $2.60-a-trip rate proposed for a book of 10 resident round-trip tickets.

Six-day commuter passes will no longer be offered.

The separate higher fare for SUVs will be eliminated, and the truck rate will be applied to vehicles 22 feet long instead of 20. Modified vehicles — trucks and vans with extensions — will no longer qualify for discounted rates.

Same day round-trip tickets will cost $15, up 15.3 percent from $13. The one-way fare will go up $1 to $10, or 11 percent. Non-residents will pay $79 for a book of 10 round-trips, up 9.7 percent from $72, and $62 for a book of 10 one-way tickets, up 8 percent from $57.

No change will be made in the rates for foot passengers, which are $1.50 for residents who buy them in the ferry office and $2 for others. The walk-on rate last went up in 2006 to $2 for everyone but, after a local outcry, the county reduced the fare for residents.

The  increases will not affect the bicycle rate of $5 per trip, or $3 per trip with a commuter discount.

The legislature’s vote was unanimous, according to Julie Ben-Susan, the general manager of the Heights Property Owners Corporation, which owns the ferry company. The legislature’s Budget Review Office earlier this summer recommended that the rate request be approved.

She said the increase won’t be final until County Executive Steve Levy signs off on it and the company did not expect to put it into effect for another month or so.