February 5

Of 25,000 American high schools,
only 243 offer courses in Russian
language, and Bayport High School
is among the pioneers. It began one
afternoon last year when students
Clyde Culp, Wayne Miller, Serge
Doucette, Gary Sheffield, and
Jim McGowan approached the citizenship
education teacher, Paul Harenberg,
knowing that he had studied Russian
at college and asked that he organize a
Russian language course for them.
Coroner P. Jerome Laviano said
yesterday that he is awaiting the
results of laboratory tests in the
investigation of the death of Mrs. Helen
Hawkins, 51, whose body was found
outside her home at 4 Circuit Road in
Bellport Sunday morning. Although
Brookhaven Town police theorize that
Mrs. Hawkins died from exposure plus
the loss of blood that followed an
accidental fall, Dr. Laviano declared
that laboratory test results must still
be examined before a cause of death
can be issued.
At a meeting of the board of directors
and officers of the North Patchogue
Civic Association held this week it was
proposed that the civic association
take a stand in favor of the rezoning
of a parcel of land on the Sunrise
Highway in North Patchogue to “J”
business for a huge shopping center.
Despite the heavy overall grumbling
about the proposed increase in New
York state taxes, a random telephone
survey conducted by The Patchogue
Advance disclosed that Governor
Nelson A. Rockefeller’s political stock
has hardly dipped at all in Brookhaven
Though February started out by
giving us the coldest day this winter,
the Oil Heat Institute of Long Island
says that average temperatures for the
month of February are expected to be
above normal.
The Chamber of Commerce of the
Moriches last Tuesday night voted to
turn over to the Center Moriches War
Memorial committee $300 that has
been in chamber custody for some 10
years. The funds will be used, together
with another $350 collected by the
committee, towards the erection of
a memorial plaque and boulder on
the grounds of Center Moriches High
A new floodlight emergency
truck featuring the latest in up-todate
equipment and accessories
was officially put into service this
week by the North Patchogue Fire
Four patients were taken to
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in the
Bellport ambulance during the past
A group of 30 young people and
adults from Christ Church in Bellport
last Friday attended the annual
Sweetheart cotillion at the Cathedral
house in Garden City.
Bad weather and hazardous driving
conditions meant very little to
members of the Atlantic Republican
club of Brookhaven Township. There
was a large turnout for the third
annual election and installation of
officers January 27 at the veteran of
Foreign Wars hall on Dunton Avenue
in Bellport Manor.
Last Thursday Mr. and Mrs. Sandy
Geraine returned to their home on
Station Road in Bellport after spending
a four-week vacation in Hollywood,
Fla. ■

February 12

A 6-year-old girl was rescued from an icy death
by two moving van truck men with a Patchogue
firm, J.J. Carroll Moving & Storage, a Southampton
Town policeman and David Lopatine, the man who
saw her fall into the ice from a window in his home.
John Quail, 35, of Provost Avenue, Bellport, and
Ralph Lindgren, 29, of Carol Avenue, Ronkonkoma,
responded to a frantic call from the girl’s mother,
borrowed a rowboat to clear a path through the
ice despite the boat owners’ objections, and hauled
the girl out as her coat collar sipped off the ice and
she was going into the frigid water. The girl, Linda
Simons, was walking to her home on Sylvan Avenue
when she started across the thin ice and plunged into
the seven-foot deep water. After a night’s stay in the
hospital she was released with no injuries.
A small private plane crash landed on the Mastic
airstrip ending up with damaged wing-tips, fuselage
and propellor and a collapsed landing gear, but the
pilot, Eddie Verdecanna, and passenger, William
Hagen, walked out of the craft uninjured.
Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. Cesar Pares and children,
Claudia, Rickey and David, of Jennings Avenue,
Patchogue, motored to New York city to attend the
graduation exercises of their daughter, Lila, from the
New York Foundling Hospital School of Nursing.
Henry J. Jones post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in
Medford, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner-
dance at the VFW hall with Robert Dittmeier,
senior vice commander, master of ceremonies. Carl
Wingard, past county commander, gave the invocation.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rose of Rose Jewelers, East
Main Street, are vacationing in Miami.
Charles Oliver Wellington, 72, one of this community’s
most prominent residents and a man known
for his avid support of local civic causes, died at his
winter home in Florida. He was a resident of Meadow
Lane in Brookhaven and Park Avenue in New York
For the first time since the Bausch & Lomb Honorary
Science award was instituted by Bellport High
School in 1954, two seniors have tied for this medal:
Benjamin Klein, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. Raymond Klein
of 9 North Howells Point Road and Linda Quinby,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Quinby, 24 South
Howell’s Point Road.
Samuel Misler of Mt. Vernon Avenue, Medford,
received his bachelor of arts degree from Hofstra
The newly formed Organ Society of Suffolk County
was to meet at the Stauffer Organ Studios, 208 Medford
Avenue in Patchogue. This society was formed
to promote good music and make possible the opportunity
of improving the individual organ owner’s
knowledge of the instrument.
All steamed up over something he found propped
against his office door is James H. Overton, an East
Main Street attorney. Mr. Overton, who at first shook
the box with great agitation and held it to his ear to
see if something was ticking inside, finally decided to
open it. He was surprised to find a steam iron—and a
little perplexed when he found the iron had evidently
been used. Mr. Overton has turned the iron over to
the Patchogue Village police in case the owner would
like it back. ■

February 19

The third annual installation of the Yaphank Chamber
of Commerce Inc. was held at the Yaphank Lake
View Inn. The officers installed were John C. Walker,
president; Norman V. Gifford, vice president; William
F. Walker, treasurer; Paul Swain, secretary; Anton
Brand, Carl Rappold and Patrick Raimond, directors.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Belmonte of 24 Evergreen Avenue,
Patchogue, celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary
at a dinner party given by Mrs. Belmonte’s
mother, Mrs. Eloise Staudinger, at her home on Lakewood
Street. Also present were the couple’s daughter
Lorice (Lori) Ellen and Miss Lorice Staudinger.
Barbara Nichols, Susan Gottfried and Alan Dranitzke
of the Patchogue Senior High School will be the members
of a team from the high school which will take part
in New York University’s 25th annual Baird Memorial
Latin contest for high school students on March 21.
The silver anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Benincasa’s
wedding was celebrated at a party at Nancy’s
Restaurant in Patchogue. Mr. and Mrs. Benincasa
were married 25 years ago in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
R.C. Church. Mrs. Benincasa is the former Miss Christina
Jane Della Valerius, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
Valerius of Bedford Avenue, Mastic, was named 1959
Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at Center
Moriches High School.
Mrs. Eleanor Andersen of 730 Doane Avenue, Bellport,
celebrated her 35th birthday with a family party
at her home.
The Bar Mitzvah of Jay Leslie Meltzer, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Milton Meltzer of Maple Avenue, Patchogue,
took place in Temple Beth-El, Patchogue. Rabbi A.
Irving Schnipper officiated, assisted by Cantor Hyman
Dr. Cathryn V. Riley of Maple Avenue and Miss Marie
Brophy of South Ocean Avenue are on a vacation trip
touring Mexico.
Officers of the Patchogue Police Benevolent Association
were installed over the weekend in ceremonies
marking the final year of the village PBA. The
Patchogue department will merge with other departments
in the new Suffolk police force that begins
operation next January. The PBA officials are Sergeant
George Meyer, president; Patrolman Arthur
Benincase, first vice president; Patrolman Stanley Violot,
second vice president; and Sergeant Otto Brauner,
John Hart and Reid Alburger of grades 6 and 5 of
Brookhaven Elementary School participated in the
third Long Island String Orchestra Festival held last
The shortage of available dock space along the
Patchogue River will be eased this spring when the
Patchogue Marina, now being readied for moorage
leasing, is finished. Max Gruber Associates of Jamaica,
owners of the riverfront property on the extreme
upper east side of the Patchogue River, are the property
developers. South Bay Boat Works is handling
construction, installations and space reservations.

February 26

A fire swept a home on Bay Avenue in Patchogue
beginning late Sunday night. Flames were fought by
about 100 Patchogue firemen for four hours. The only
occupant of the house, Edward Kuzmick, escaped
safely after being awakened by a pet Dalmation. The
dog, however, died of smoke inhalation, apparently
unable to even leave its bed in the kitchen. Fire officials
said no cause had been found for the fire, but
they believed it started in the kitchen.
Mrs. Pat Salvatore, of 5 Park Avenue in Patchogue,
and her sister, Mrs. Pat Federico, of 40 Vernon Street
in Patchogue, had good reason to celebrate on February
17. They both gave birth to daughters that day at
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital.
The widely publicized information meeting on
the Patchogue-Medford School district’s $4,900,000
renovation and building program drew a scant 35
to 50 interested taxpayers to Patchogue Junior High
School on Sunday.
A week’s adjournment was granted to a landlord last
Thursday in the first hearing called by Brookhaven
Town as a part of its slum clearance program. Fourteen
homeowners and landlords are slated to answer
charges of violations of the town’s building code.
83-year-old retired mason Joseph Sicilia was critically
injured when he was struck by a car while attempting
to cross Main Street in Patchogue Monday night. He
suffered a cerebral concussion, lacerations, a fractured
right arm, fractured ribs and a fractured pelvis. Mr.
Micilia was rushed to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital
where he was reported in fair condition yesterday.
Jospeh Livolsi, eastern regional manager of the
W.T. Grant Company, this week announced the signing
of leases for two new units in Brookhaven Town
communities, one being located in the Belleview
Shopping Center in North Bellport along the Montauk
The Patchogue Rotary Club joins with 10,024 Rotary
clubs now organized in 112 countries and geographical
regions involving 468,500 members in celebrating
the group’s exceptional growth in a little over a halfcentury
of development and service, said past district
governor Wesley Springhorn at yesterday’s meeting
to celebrate Rotary’s 54th anniversary.
Thibaut de Saint Phalle of Bellport has been elected
vice-president and general counsel of Becton, Dickinson
and Company in Rutherford, N.J., Henry P. Becton,
executive vice president, announced this week.
February is International Month for Girl Scouts, and
February 22 being the birthdate of Lord Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting, is observed as “Thinking
Day.” It was to mark these facts that Bellport Girl
Scout Troop 16, under the leadership of Mrs. John
Bojus and Mrs. Joseph Padlon, and Girl Scout Troop
62, under Mrs. Richard Beth and Mrs. Stuart Lippincott,
held a joint Japanese Evening Friday, at the
Kreamer Street school auditorium.
Just one trip was made last week by the Bellport
ambulance. ■





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