July 4

Stephen Bates of Circle Court in
Patchogue was awarded the fourth
annual musical scholarship presented
by the North Patchogue Fire
Department at the junior high school
graduation exercises held last week.
Stephen, a clarinetist and concert
master, was also a member of the
Patchogue High School band, the
junior high school orchestra and the
All-Suffolk and All-State Junior High
School bands.
Two more temporary summer
patrolmen were added to the list of 37
appointed in Brookhaven Town last
week. They are Francis Campbell of
Mastic Beach and George Thompson
of Patchogue, both to serve two-day
weekend duty at a salary of $12 per
day.
Outgoing Commander Harry Hanson
congratulated Robert Pirro, new
commander of Patchogue Post 269,
American Legion, during ceremonies
at Legion Hall.
The Board of Supervisors Monday
was informed that forest rangers and
fire wardens will man Suffolk’s fire
towers until November, or through the
fall dry season.
The sum of $900,000 was allocated
by the Suffolk Board of Supervisors
for the construction of a 3.23-mile
highway to bypass Center Moriches
and East Moriches on the north.
The Brookhaven Town Board
granted two changes of zone to allow
for the construction of two buildings
in Medford to expand Mermador
Showers Inc., which already has a plant
in Medford and wants to consolidate
the operations of three more plants—
presently in the metropolitan area—in
Brookhaven Town.
More than 1,000 firemen and their
families are expected to gather in
Yaphank on July 11 for the revival
of the Brookhaven Town Volunteer
Firemen’s association parade and
drill.
Fifty handicapped Long Island
youngsters, some on crutches and
braces and others bearing less obvious
but equally crippling effects of disease,
will enter a new world Sunday. As
they pass through the gates of Camp
Paquatuck, they will begin a happy
month’s vacation during which they
will be taught that life can be more
than just suffering.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Hedges Edwards of
9 Park Avenue, Blue Point, observed
their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday
afternoon, held open house and
welcomed about 85 of their friends
and relatives.
Patchogue Summer High school
started its first summer session
Monday, with over 500 students
taking 850 class subjects for 35 days
of intensive review leading to regents
on August 19 and 20. Sixty-two nonresidents
and 447 residents comprise
the student body.
A piano recital was given at the home
of Marjorie Brown, 88 North Howell’s
Point Road in Bellport, by her students
Friday night.
On South Country Road in East
Patchogue Monday night, a young man
had his hands full trying to keep a
stray dog from running into the path
of cars. He told the reporter that he
himself had just struck the pooch. But
the animal was so small that the center
of the car passed completely over it
without inflicting more than minor
cuts and bruises. With the aid of a
Patchogue Advance reporter, he finally
got the animal to stay off the road, and
to remain still enough to check its
license. There was no license. Along
came a Brookhaven Town policeman,
who noticed the ruckus and turned
on his flashing red light to warn other
cars to slow down. After reporting the
incident to the patrolman, the young
man thought it would be a good idea
to take the dog from house to house to
locate the owner. He looked around.
The reporter looked around. The cop
looked around. No dog. The pooch had
apparently become fed up with things
and trotted back home on its own. ■

July 9

Over 300 residents of Mastic and Mastic Beach
gathered at the Mastic firehall last week to organize
opposition to the proposed abandonment by the
Long Island Rail Road of the Mastic station in favor
of a new station to be constructed in Shirley.
Charles Chapman of East Moriches fought for seven
hours with a 275-pound swordfish before landing the
giant late at night in the Atlantic off Shinnecock inlet.
One of the reasons the fish fought so long, Mr. Chapman
discovered, was that the hook had not caught in
the mouth, but at a bony part of the gill.
The Kill Kare Klub, a group of Patchogue High
School graduates, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
They gathered at the home of charter member,
Arthur M. Taber of 69 Swezey Street, Patchogue, and
completed the celebration with a dinner at the Pine
Grove Inn the next day. Charter members include
Ray H. Abrams, John L. Haard, Lloyd Hughes, Arthur
M. Taber, James E. Wilson and A. Spencer Danes. All
except Mr. Danes were present.
The Patchogue Hotel, a landmark that was once
headquarters of the Suffolk County Republican party,
and the scene of many conventions, weddings and
other affairs, has been offered for sale to the county
and the town of Brookhaven. The asking price for
the 51-room hotel and 200x300 foot plot on which
it stands is $275,000, according to Patchogue real
estate broker Teddy Blau.
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital admitted its
21,000th patient this week. Although less than three
years old, the East Patchogue hospital has experienced
an unusually high rate of occupancy.
Mrs. Virginia Cario retired after 35 years with Blue
Point Laundry and was feted at a party and received
a rocking chair in which to “relax during her retirement”
from president and founder of Blue Point
Laundry, Mr. and Mrs. Nellie Hillman.
The old Osborn house on South Country Road near
Bellport’s main intersection was razed this week to
make way for a supermarket or another business
structure. The house was approximately 130 years
old.
A new creative writing workshop has been founded
in the Brookhaven-Bellport-South Haven area, and
the group now advertises itself as ready to receive a
few more adult members. Charter members include
William Reynolds, Ross Federico and Mrs. Jane Gardner
of Bellport; Charles A. Kellogg of Brookhaven;
and Guy Emery of South Haven.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shaber of 30 Harris Street celebrated
their 30th wedding anniversary.
When Laura Gray Ebell of Church Street in
Patchogue was a little girl, all through her grammar
school and early high school years her heart was set
on being an architect. Miss Ebell is still a little girl in
stature; she is just 4 feet 11 inches tall and is so full of
energy and pep that she will probably design houses
now that she has more time since she has retired
after 35 years of schoolteaching. Of course, we could
hardly wait to ask, “What changed your mind?” The
prompt reply was “Fanny Furman, principal of the
Patchogue-High School, said you must be a teacher
because teachers have always been in your family.”
She was entered into New York State College for
Teachers and so started her teaching career. ■

July 16
Spencer R. Lowell of Canajoharie has been named
principal of the Bay Avenue Elementary School in
Patchogue, succeeding William A. Sawyers, who
retired in June.
Would-be jewel thieves bashed in another Main
Street, Patchogue jewelry store window but were
surprised by a village policeman and fled, leaving
their loot behind. The patrolman, who fired one shot,
believes he struck one of the men. The attempted
theft marked the third time in three weeks that jewelry
stores on Patchogue’s Main Street have had their
fronts smashed. The latest victim, Cook Jewelers at
85 East Main Street, was broken into at 4 a.m.
The Suffolk Board of Supervisors referred to County
Coordinator Joseph W. Cermak for study and
investigation of an offer to sell the Patchogue Hotel
to the county for $275,000.
Waclaw Szumczyk, formerly of Center Moriches,
formerly of Mastic Beach, now has settled in
Moriches, his new neighbors discovered last week
when the 40-year-old unemployed laborer stepped
onto Montauk Highway and cursed them out, police
said. Szumczyk thus set a new record for the greatest
number of disorderly conduct convictions in the
past three years—14. The familiar figure was back
in Brookhaven court after spending some time in the
town lockup. He pleaded guilty before Justice of the
peace Ulysses W. Johnson and was handed a 90-day
county jail sentence, suspended.
Two grateful parents joined this week in thanking
the many residents of Michigan Avenue in Bellport
for their contributions toward a medical care
fund for their leukemia-stricken child. Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Bellafiore said they would especially like to
thank four Michigan Avenue girls who led the fund
drive—Lucille Densing, Joanne Dator, Ann Galanto
and Norma Nugent. The child, Donna, 2, has been in
Long Island Jewish Hospital for the past three weeks.
Her parents said she is a little better but don’t know
when she will be able to come home.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Neger Jr. of Medford Avenue
celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary.
Donald Murdock, son of Mr. and Mrs. William
Downing Murdock of Mott Lane, is again a counselor
at Camp Tabat in Blue Point.
The whoops and shouts of Poospatuck Indians
during their second annual powwow were witnessed
over the weekend by approximately 1,000 latecomers
(to North American shores that is) at the tribal reservation
in Mastic. Chief Red Fox, known unofficially
as Edward Treadwell, estimated that 1,000 persons
viewed the goings on and heard lectures on Indian
culture throughout the weekend.
John Reeves of 60 Waverly Avenue in Patchogue is
participating in a National Science Foundation-sponsored
institute, June 22 to Sept. 4 at Michigan State
University. Reeves teaches general mathematics,
elementary algebra and plane geometry at Bayport
High School.
Patricia Feriola, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
Feriola of 541 Scherger Avenue, broke her leg June
17. Patricia will celebrate her third birthday July 30
when the cast is taken off.
Four Suffolk County communities—including
Patchogue—with records of no pedestrian fatalities
during 1958 have earned special awards in the
American Automobile Association’s annual national
pedestrian safety appraisal program. ■
 

July 23

Long Island, but police have dismissed them as acts
of vandalism.
Supporting the opinions of many area residents, it
was learned the month of July is well on its way to
becoming one wet puddle. According to Patchogue
Electric light Company weather figures, 4.7 inches of
rain have dropped on the area for the period ending
July 20. This almost equals last year’s entire monthly
rain total of 4.96 inches.
Irate garagemen opposing the Brookhaven Town
144-square-inch limit on gasoline price advertising
signs, and a smaller group of gas station men, who
urged continuation of the ordinance, had their say
at a special hearing Tuesday before the town board.
The vigorous session closed with the board reserving
decision until a later time.
Severe burns were suffered by a Brooklyn man, his
young son and his half brother when leaking gas from a
defective water heater exploded as they were trying to
light the heater Monday night. The blast, which rocked
the summer cottage in Center Moriches at which they
were staying, put all three in the hospital. Firemen who
gave the injured first aid said the trio might have been
killed had they been wearing less clothing. The injured
were identified as John Naylor, 28, of Brooklyn; his 4-
year-old son, John Jr.; and his 10-year-old half brother,
Edward Paulinski of Brooklyn. The mishap took place
at Old Neck Road in the summer home owned by Mr.
Naylor’s mother, Mrs. Edward Paulinski.
For the second quarter of 1959 building permits
issued by Building Inspector George H. Piermann for
construction in the village of Bellport included only
one for a dwelling, three for garages, four for alteration
and six for additions.
The Rt. Rev. James P. DeWolfe, the bishop of
Long Island, visited St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
in Yaphank and St. James Episcopal Church in
Brookhaven Sunday.
Four more teachers will join the Central District 4
faculty in time for the fall session, according to William
Curtis, supervising principal of the district.
Six trips were made by the Bellport Ambulance this
past week. ■
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photographs for our archives page.
Please mail submissions to:
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July 30

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert B. Rowse of
Grove Avenue celebrated their 35th
wedding anniversary.
Richard Miller of Patchogue is one
of a group of Suffolk Explorer Scouts
who has left for the spectacular Philmont
Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M.
The expedition, which will end back in
Suffolk on Aug. 11, will include camping,
gold mining and various wood and
sagebrush adventures.
Patchogue’s Axel Anderson was a
recent winner of the modified trophy
race at Islip Speedway.
Doug Wells, former Bellport high
baseball standout, is pacing TFAD Bullets
Air Force team in France and
hitting records with the team and is
batting .461.
Airman First Class Alfred Tripodi of
East Patchogue was congratulated by
Lieutenant Colonel Frederick F. Ploetz,
acting base commander at Suffolk
County Air Force base, for being named
Airman of the Month for June 1959.
The fast-growing community of Shirley,
which only a month ago still had
no church, today has two. The Assemblies
of God, termed one of the fastest
growing religious denominations
in the United States, has undertaken
the establishment of a new church in
the community. The church will use
the building started by the Pentecostal
Church on McGraw Street. Last
month, the first services in Shirley
were started at the North Shirley Community
House on West End Avenue.
The Village of Patchogue speed limit
was raised from 25 to 30 miles per
hour by the village board.
Dr. Jacob Dranitzke was honored by
the Patchogue Rotary Club for “outstanding
service in the community and
his profession.” He was presented with
a plaque by Robert H. Pelletreau at
the club’s weekly meeting held at the
Patchogue Hotel.
Bip Bip Phillips, just like many other
residents of South Country Shores,
East Patchogue, enjoys a cigarette
now and then. He doesn’t smoke it, of
course. He eats it, for Bip Bip’s a bird
who prefers eating to smoking most
any day. Bip Bip rules the roost at
160 Southern Boulevard, and because
he’s a good-natured bird, he permits
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin J. Phillips and
their four cats to live with him there.
He usually sleeps out overnight and
comes back in the morning for his
puffed wheat and dog food breakfast
and likes to ride in the family car,
perched on the steering wheel and
squawking at passing cars.
An East Patchogue teenager is soaking
up plenty of sun and science this
summer at Columbia University’s
camp at Lakeside, Conn. He is Martin
Tillinger of 131 Chapel Avenue, a student
at Patchogue High School, who
was urged on by his science teachers,
Mrs. Margaret Squicciarini and Lynn
Young, to take the difficult test for
admission. ■

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