March 5
Anthony Leo is the 15th child born to Mrs. Joseph
Metz, 41, of Risley Road in Caanan Lake. Eleven of
the children are alive and the oldest, Mrs. Georgiana
Poore, also of Caanan Lake, has made Mrs. Metz a
grandmother three times over.
Patchogue Sergeant Richard Benincase was rushed
to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital yesterday afternoon
when the patrol car which he was driving was
in collision with an automobile at the intersection
of Medford Avenue and Oak Street in Patchogue.
Benincase’s injuries included a concussion, multiple
bruises and severe neck sprain, according to Dr.
David M. Bikoff, who treated him.
A veteran Brookhaven Town police sergeant has
drawn a four-month suspension after he pleaded
guilty to conduct unbecoming an officer in connection
with the taking of buns for a 4 a.m. coffee
Francis Bannerman Sons, dealer in military goods
for more than a century, is moving from its five-story
block-long building at 501 Broadway, New York City,
to an 80-by-32 site at the northwest corner of Corey
Avenue and Curtis Road in Blue Point.
Joseph Sicilia, 83-year-old retired mason of Central
Avenue in Patchogue, was reported in poor condition
at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital yesterday. Sicilia
was critically injured when he was struck by a car
February 23 when attempting to cross Main Street.
A Patchogue bank teller charged with embezzling
$19,000, and who is now being sought by the police,
has sent back three money orders to cover $500 of
the family’s debts, his distraught wife disclosed last
week. William C. Radcliffe disappeared February 14
just before a $19,000 shortage was discovered in his
accounts at the Patchogue Bank where he had been
working for only two weeks.
Patchogue Senior Young Judeans sponsored a
dance Saturday night at Temple Beth-El for the Long
Island region.
Seven calls for assistance during the past week
kept the Bellport ambulance and its crews busy.
The annual Red Cross fund drive is now on in the
Bellport area, with about 50 workers starting out on
a house-to-house canvass Monday morning.
An open house was held Sunday at the home of
Peter DiDio of Lennox Avenue, Hagerman, in honor
of his 83rd birthday. ■

March 12
To the traditional elements—rain, snow and sleet—
that mailmen take in their stride, the factor of fire
may now be added. Patchogue postman Wilson
Lang, while swiftly completing his rounds in East
Patchogue, stopped by 41 Taylor Avenue and put
out a fire before continuing on his way. It happened
Friday afternoon while Mr. Lang was on special
delivery service. As he passed by the home, he saw
smoke barging from the back door. He ran around
the back and began banging on the door. A little boy
opened it up. Mr. Lang asked where his mother was.
She had been sleeping upstairs. The source of the
smoke was a pan full of clothes in the utility room.
Mr. Lang extinguished the flames using water from
the washing machine.
Possessing an average 2.05 per cent above the next
highest graduating senior, Barbara Orford, with a
95.34 percent average, was named this week as the
valedictorian of the June 1959 class at Patchogue
Senior High School. Principal Edmund W. Tuton also
announced Thomas Goonan, holding a 93.29 per cent
average, as salutatorian, and Irene Dufek, with an
average of 92.97 per cent, was named class essayist.
The Patchogue Business and Professional Woman’s
club will act as hostess to the annual meeting of the
BPW clubs in District 10, comprised of all the clubs
in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Two boys and two girls, out on a movie date, were
killed early Monday morning when their small car
smashed into a tree on Montauk Highway in East
Moriches as they were driving back from a Sayville
theatre. Police were unable to explain the accident—
the worst single-car smashup in Brookhaven in over
10 years. The occupants were: Irving Richard Rosenblum,
19, the driver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rosenblum
of Montauk Highway, Mastic; Ernest John Parr,
20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Parr of Montgomery
Avenue in Mastic; Karen Skarka, 15, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Martin D. Skarka of River Avenue in Eastport;
and Sandra Samuelson, 15, a sophomore at the
William Floyd High School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Erik Samuelson of Orchid Drive in Mastic Beach.
About 750 Bellport 7 telephone customers will
receive dial service this summer, the New York Telephone
Company announced this week.
Eleven students, members of the junior and senior
class at Bellport High School, were tapped as new
members of the Bellport chapter of the National Honor
society at the sixth annual induction ceremony
held last Thursday before the entire high school.
Competing in the Central District Polar Bear weekend
Saturday and Sunday, Bellport Troop 28 Scouts
brought home a first prize. Twenty-three boys, under
the leadership of Scoutmaster Frank Harrison and
Thomas Prach and Richard Carleton, his assistants,
started at the Yaphank postoffice and made a long
morning hike with full equipment. At check points,
the scouts underwent pack inspection and competed
in estimating the height of a tree, cutting twine accurately
in half with an axe, tying scout knots, and identifying
specimens of plant life. The hike terminated
in a trip across a stream on a rope bridge, which the
boys crossed with full packs. ■


March 19

Suffolk County’s first police commissioner,
Charles R. Thom of Port
Jefferson, yesterday started his new
duties as he began preparing preliminary
budgetary requirements and organizational
A $350,000 bond issue was approved
last Friday in the Bayport-Blue Point
School district. Proceeds from the sale
of the bonds are to be used for construction
of a 14-room addition to the
Bayport Elementary school on Academy
The Suffolk “Scandals” investigation,
which in its three years of activity has
seen 26 people indicted, is apparently
coming to an end. It all began in late
1955, when the State Investigations
Commissioner J. Irwin Shapiro instituted
the probe, and followed up with
charge after charge against Suffolk
The controversial rezoning petition
for the erection of a 55-store shopping
center on the Sunrise Highway in
North Patchogue will finally enter the
official arena of battle Tuesday night.
The Brookhaven Town board has set
the hearing for 8 p.m. and, anticipating
a large crowd, has shifted the place of
the hearing from the town hall to St.
Francis de Sales Parish hall on South
Ocean Avenue in Patchogue.
Though the Republicans made a better
showing than last year, Patchogue
Democrats retained their eight-year
control over the Village administration
Tuesday when they returned an
incumbent and elected two trustee
candidates to the village board.
The Sport Mart, which was destroyed
by the Patchogue Theatre fire seven
months ago, is reopening today at
its new location located at 17 South
Ocean Avenue, according to owner
Jack Klebanoff.
Driving east along South Country
Road in East Patchogue Sunday night,
Paul James Wright, 48, of the Bellport
Hotel, apparently fell asleep at
the wheel and struck a stanchion at
the Long Island Rail Road crossing,
according to Brookhaven Town police.
Three of Mr. Wright’s ribs were fractured,
police said, and he was taken to
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. The
stanchion, extensively damaged, was
being repaired Monday.
Suffolk County took its first step
toward the establishment of a network
of county parks for its own residents
last week as the Board of Supervisors
approved the purchase of 450 acres
of shoreland on Great South Beach in
Brookhaven and Southampton townships.
Six members of the Bellport Ambulance
company participated in assisting
a local resident with three ambulance
trips last week.
Nardi Suydam arrived home from
The Shoate School at Wallingford,
Conn., last week to spend the spring
vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Lispenard Suydam of Bellport Lane.
He will return to school on April 6. ■

March 26

Split session will go into effect at
Patchogue Junior High School next
fall, it was decided by the board of
education at its meeting Monday.
A group of parents led by Mrs. Sylvia
Kurshner of 250 Maple Avenue,
Patchogue, are mapping plans for a
drive to demand the reinstatement of
an elementary school teacher refused
tenure by the Patchogue-Medford
Board of Education this week. The
board’s action was followed by the
resignation of the school board president,
Dr. Jacob Dranitzke, and a board
trustee, Dr. Jacob Bush.
Though all seemed “serene” only
shortly before, a fire broke out early
Tuesday morning at the Derby Brothers
store on Route 112 in Medford and
burned the building to the ground. The
store was a large retail outlet for floor
coverings and furniture.
The Bayport-Blue Point Board of
Education Monday unanimously
appointed Dr. Robert C. Whitsitt to be
principal of Bayport-Blue Point High
School. Dr. Whitsitt comes to Bayport-
Blue Point from the Sewanhaka High
School district, and will begin his work
here July 1.
One of the largest, if not the largest,
public hearings in Brookhaven
Town history was held Tuesday night
in connection with the controversial
rezoning petition for the erection of a
huge shopping center on the Sunrise
Highway in North Patchogue, with 800
The first landlord convicted in
Brookhaven Town’s drive against
“slum” housing was hit with a $150 fine
on Monday. At the same time, three
other property owners brought into
court on similar charges were ordered
to appear for trial April 20.
In celebration of National Sign Week,
April 13-18, floats and a motorcade
of 30 decorated vehicles will rumble
through the heart of Patchogue on
April 11, sponsored by the Advertising
Crafts Association. There will be
a huge float to carry the “Queen of
the Advertising Crafts Association,”
Arlene Carlson, 19, of East Patchogue.
Miss Carlson is a graduate of Bellport
High School.
Benjamin Klein has been selected
as the valedictorian and Linda Quinby,
salutatorian, of the Bellport High
School graduating class of 1959, school
officials announced Monday.
A head-on crash brought injuries to
five men, including two from Bellport,
on Montauk Highway in Hagerman
Monday morning. Charles Pilger, 45,
of Bourdois Avenue in North Bellport,
had been heading westbound and
Charles Anthony, 29, of 303 West 113th
Street in New York city, was going east
when the collision occurred.
With the economy in mind, realizing
that this year there will be no
increase in state aid other than that
due to increased enrollment, it was
decided that the Bellport adult education
program will be eliminated
next year, no additional cleaners or
maintenance men will be hired as
requested, an additional music teacher
felt needed for the elementary schools
will be eliminated and the library and
instead of 11 months.
Five trips for the Bellport Ambulance
were listed for the past week. ■




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