August 6
A new award of $25 in art supplies,
donated by Gene Mach of the Village
Paint and Hardware Store in Bellport,
was given to the South Bay Art Association
member who has improved the
most. In the unanimous opinion of the
instructors, George Cox, Frank Kuziel
and Jim Bentley, the award was given to
Nita Elder.
Stephen E. Keegan gets an early start,
if a somewhat sleepy one, in the political
arena by joining the Young Republicans
at the age of one day. Stephen, who is considered
to be the youngest official member
of the Young Republicans, became a
member of the Brookhaven Town Young
Republicans at its last meeting. It is not
expected that the club’s newest member
will be very active for the next few years,
but Stephen’s membership does point up
the fact that young people of any age are
welcome in the organization. Stephen
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J.
Keegan of Patchogue.
Miss Angela Asselta of 24 Taylor Avenue
in East Patchogue received a 16-
piece sterling silver starter set from Earl
Kaller, owner of Kaller’s Jewelry, as part
of a nationwide “Sterling Is For Graduates”
contest held for high school graduates.
Miss Arlene A. Carlson of Laura
Avenue in East Patchogue was the winner
of a six-piece setting. Both girls are
graduates of Bellport High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Bolte of 201 Orchid
Drive in Mastic Beach are owners of
“Bolte’s Bitter Sweet,” a 9-month-old
miniature female schnauzer who won 10
ribbons in June.
Eugene Gurney of Ohio Avenue in
Medford has taken over the Texaco Gas
Station at the corner of Route 112 and
Long Island Avenue.
Veteran stage magician and juggler
George Scheefe—known far and wide by
his professional name of Georgie Trix—
returned for a brief rest this week to his
221 Jayne Avenue, Patchogue, residence
after a series of “borscht circuit” performances
at Catskill resort hotels.
A 28-year-old Patchoguer underwent
surgery after smashing through a plate
glass window while trying to learn how
to ride a motorcycle. Patchogue Village
police said the cyclist, William A. Knell
of 319 Bay Avenue in Patchogue, owner
of Bill’s Diner and Flying A Service Station
on East Main Street and Medford
Avenue, had run the motorcycle through
the window of Morley’s Flower Store.
Mr. Knell was taken to Brookhaven
Memorial Hospital. Police said he suffered
a fractured left knee and fractures
of the lower left leg, chest injuries and
Mrs. Miriam Morley of Silver Street in
Patchogue turned 93 on July 29.
The R. Chester Beyer family have a
small brown, wooly lamb that sits on
their lawn, and it is hoped acts effectively
as a lawn mower. Named Lamb
Chop, he was presented to the Beyers by
relatives. After a brief stay with friends
in East Patchogue, Lamb Chop returned
to Brookhaven.
Missing since last week is Patricia
Nuzzi, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Zaharias Zaharakis of Maple Avenue in
Patchogue. The Patchogue Junior High
School student was reported unhappy
over having to attend summer school.
Her parents said they have no idea of
where she might be. ■

August 13

An unemployed North Patchogue man
was sentenced to 60 days in the Suffolk
jail last week after his sixth conviction
for driving without a license. Ralph Margiasso,
20, of Bridge Avenue, was found
guilty of speeding and driving without a
license in a trial before Brookhaven Justice
of the Peace Leon E. Giuffreda.
Plans to form Long Island’s newest
yacht club were revealed and Shirley
residents were to gather at the Manor
House Hotel at Smith’s Point. According
to W.W. Sutton, who extended the invitation
for the meeting, the residents of
Shirley and those of nearby communities
have expressed interest in such an effort.
The eye-appealing charms of Patricia
Anne Smith, 19, of East Moriches and
Helen Matteson, 16, of Center Moriches,
won them special awards at the Long
Island Duck Festival Queen Contest for
finishing right behind the first and second
place winners.
Frank Perra was re-elected president
of the Mastic Beach Democratic Club.
Morris Feldman, vice president; Mrs.
Carrie Blomquist, secretary; Mrs. Nellie
Slovenski, treasurer; and James Staiger,
Captain John R. White, 32, of 185 Lake
Drive in Patchogue, a tug-boat captain
for the Bronx Towing Line, saw his 134-
ton tug sink in 27 feet of Long Island
sound water after its hull was ripped by
rocks. The captain and his crew rigged a
ladder from the tug to the empty barge
it was towing, then radioed for help.
A Coast Guard cutter and police boat
arrived shortly and the men finally transferred
to another company tug, which
was in the area.
Lieutenant Raymond Smith, AP, of the
Patchogue Bay Power Squadron, won
top individual honors in the annual District
3, United States Power Squadron
Predicted Log Contest held in the Great
South Bay. Lieutenant Smith, with his
wife, Dorothy, as navigator aboard their
boat, Aloha, completed the course with
an error of only 2.0933 per cent.
A 15-year-old girl reported missing
from her home by her parents last week
was returned Saturday after she phoned
her parents from Indiana. Patricia Nuzzi,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zaharias Zaharakis
of Maple Avenue in Patchogue,
called from the home of friends there.
She was reportedly unhappy over having
to attend summer school this summer.
Approximately 75 entrants took part
in a doll and hobby show at the Kreamer
Street Elementary School. The participants
were children who are attending
Central School District 4’s Summer
Recreation Program. Winners in the
doll show included Sally Baier, Linda
Nystrom, Karen Kreamer, Judy Moore,
Ellen Porto, Johnnie Catugno and Tucky
Demarest. Winners in the hobby show
included Bob Perino, post card collection;
Laura Demarest, stamp collection;
and Terry Roberge, travel folder collection.
Burned out for good was the fire-ravaged
home that had been occupied by
Mrs. Candy Challender at 45 Country
Club Road in Bellport. Despite efforts
of 50 volunteers from the Bellport Fire
Department, led by Chief John Later,
the interior of the home was gutted. A
widow, Mrs. Challender and her children
have moved to Michigan Avenue in
Mr. and Mrs. George Pedrick of Long
Island Avenue in Medford celebrated
their 38th wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Genther have
returned to their home on Wood Avenue
after spending about a month in
Europe. ■

August 20
Close to 1,000 entries were received
in Radio Station WALK’s “mystery voice
contest” in which listeners were asked to
identify speaking voices of five famous
stars. First prize of a three-way Bulova
portable radio, courtesy of Cook Jewelers,
Patchogue, was awarded to Mrs.
Edward Bishop, Bellport. Second prize
of a five tube Philco radio, courtesy of
George’s Radio and TV of Patchogue and
Sayville, goes to Mrs. Leo Kruchinsky
of Bayport. Third prize, an FM table
radio from WALK, was awarded to John
Tamuccio of Bohemia and fourth prize,
the new RCA Victor three LP album entitled
For the Very First Time, containing
50 never-before-released performances
by the original Glenn Miller Orchestra,
goes to Ray Vogt of Patchogue.
Technical Sergeant James Jordan, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bedford of 121
Alder Drive in Mastic Beach, has been
chosen outstanding non-commissioned
officer of the 802nd Operations Squadron
for the period from January to June 1959.
Nicholas Bouhouris was elected president
of the Shirley Long Island Taxpayers’
The formation of the Shirley Yacht
Club was enthusiastically proclaimed last
week by 125 residents of the area. William
W. Sutton of Fairlawn Court, Shirley,
was elected commodore. Rudolph
H. Schulz of Lexington Road, was elected
vice commodore, with Charles Stark
named rear commodore.
John G. Schwerdel, a letter carrier of
North Division Avenue, Blue Point, has
lived to describe what has been termed
by the California Institute of Technology
as the greatest earthquake ever to hit the
United States. While enjoying a carefree
vacation trip through the area, Mr. Schwerdel
termed the mammoth temblor as a
rattling nightmare. Northwest Telephone
Company personnel made it possible for
Mrs. Louis E. Niquet of Maple Avenue,
Patchogue, to contact her brother and
verify he was okay.
“The Son of the Blue Water Vagabond”
might be the title of the journal kept by
19-year-old Dennis Puleston, who left last
August for Tahiti, and has just recently
returned here. The voyage to Tahiti was,
in a sense, a sentimental journey. His
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Puleston
of Brookhaven, had taken the same trip
20 years earlier, returning to the land
described by Dennis Sr. in his book “The
Blue Water Vagabond.” Not only was
Dennis on a sentimental journey, he was
on a special commission for the Smithsonian
Institution of Washington, D.C. to
collect for classification as many insects
as might be found on Moorea.
Motion picture and television star
Arthur Fleming, of Elm Road in Mastic
Beach, who recently costarred with
Richard Coogan in The Californians
TV series, is now in London, England,
starring in the Robert Burns television
detective series currently being shown
in Europe. Mr. Fleming is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. William Fazzin of Cranberry
Drive in Mastic Beach.
The bar mitzvah of Richard Rein, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rein of Chestnut
Avenue in Patchogue, took place
at Temple Beth-El with Rabbi A. Irving
Schnipper officiating, assisted by Cantor
Hyman Nadboy.
Mrs. Catherine Bliss Goff, daughter of
Mrs. Lyman Bliss of Bellport, won the
grand prize in the amateur class at the
Westhampton Beach annual outdoor art
Miss Carol Schultz, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Schultz of River Avenue, celebrated
her 16th birthday with a sweet
16 party. ■


August 27

A 25th wedding anniversary celebration was given for Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Fuoco of Fuoco Street by their family at South Friendly Tavern.
Approximately 40 young amateurs in connection with the Central District 4 Summer Recreation Program participated in a talent show. Winners included Terry Roberge, piano solo; Kathy Colichio, Ellen Jo Porto and Patty Stephanie, toe dancers; Christine Borruso, comedy act; Bill Patanjo, clarinet; Karen Kreamer, piano solo; and John Ebersole, clarinet.
Jacqueline Ann James, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest James Jr. of Woodacres Road in East Patchogue, won first prize in a contest for advanced horsemanship. She is a student of horsemanship of Mrs. Vera Ward of Gillette Avenue in Bayport.
Miss Lillian Fontenetta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Fontenetta of 195 Oak Street, sailed July 31 on the United States and will return about Oct. 5. At present she is in London, England and from there will go to Paris, France and Rome, Italy.
Two teenage Patchogue boys were
hurt after their automobile went out of control and struck a telephone pole on Dunton Avenue in East Patchogue. Identified as the driver by police was Joseph Mercurio, 17, of 92 Jayne Avenue. He was hospitalized for lacerations of the scalp and face and other head injuries and was described as still on the critical list but progressing well. His passenger was identified as Jack DiNaro, 16, of 60 Terry Street. He was shaken up, but not hospitalized.
The grand opening of Gene’s Texaco Service Center, the modernized former gas station of Paul Westphal under the new management of Gene Gurney, will take place Aug. 28-30. Awards and gifts will go to customers during the three days following a first-day ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Joseph Themann Sr. was re-elected president of the Patchogue Soccer Club.
Mrs. Catherine Stephani of Narragansett Avenue, East Patchogue, became the grandmother of her 31st grandchild when a second daughter, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, was born in Brookhaven Memorial Hospital to her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stephanie of Amsterdam Avenue.
Frank Arcuri of 280 Waverly Avenue in Patchogue grew a tomato that weighed two and one-eighth pounds. The part-time farmer, who likes gardening simply as a hobby, claims to have used no special tricks. The giant tomato measures 18 1/2 inches around the middle. However, it’s slated for the Arcuri table. Mr. Arcuri is owner of Manor Oil Burner Parts and Supplies.
James Edward “Ed” Hare retired from the Long Island Rail Road after 46 years.
The scenic but austere Camp Hayden, 50 miles north of New York City, has been headquarters this summer for 19-year-old Hugh Wedegis of 9 Arthur Avenue in Blue Point. Hugh has devoted his time to hiking through the rugged country with a pack of city boys scrambling after him as part of the famed Fresh Air Fund program for youngsters who never get to see a tree unless it’s in a city park. He has led three 25-mile, four-day hikes this summer, each with approximately seven boys who spend three weeks each at the 3,000-acre Sharpe reservation.
Progress Improvement Co., Inc. of Montauk Highway in Bellport, a newly-organized construction company of five months, announced the sale of its 25th house. The officers of Progress Improvement are Joseph Coppola and George Handley. Grace Peterson is the exclusive real estate and mortgage broker.


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