September 3

An enrollment of 4,550 is expected
when all six schools in the Patchogue-
Medford School District begin classes
Tuesday morning.
The Suffolk Board of Supervisors on
Monday awarded contracts for the construction
of a near million-dollar county
penal farm building in Yaphank.
Mrs. Eunice M. Jones, who began teaching
third-graders in the recently completed
Bay Avenue Elementary school
in 1919, ended an era by submitting her
resignation August 18 at the age of 64.
An investigation into Brookhaven Town
zoning came to a climax last Thursday
afternoon when the “scandals” grand
jury indicted along with two others Carl
H. Hoffmann, onetime mayor of Bellport
Village. Mr. Hoffmann is charged with
two counts of conspiracy, six counts of
bribery, and six counts of taking illegal
Al Schacht, “Original Clown Prince of
Baseball,” will bring his hilarious talents
to the annual service club softball games
for the benefit of Brookhaven Memorial
Hospital Sept. 12.
Walter C. Joseph Jr., 47, an installer
with the New York Telephone Company’s
Patchogue office, was presented the
company’s highest award for heroism
Tuesday. He was credited with saving
the life of an accident victim March 23.
Mr. Joseph was on his way to work when
he passed a head-on collision on Montauk
Highway in Hagerman. He found
John Pilger, of 724 Bourdois Avenue,
Bellport, bleeding heavily from a cut
throat. Mt. Joseph controlled the bleeding
and gave other first aid until an
ambulance arrived.
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital has
purchased two parcels of land adjacent
to the present hospital site. This purchase
was made necessary, according
to Clinton D. Finger, hospital president,
because a large piece of the hospital’s
land was annexed for the expansion of
the Sunrise Highway.
Six-year-old Christina Stanions of East
Patchogue, who had a sliver of glass
removed from her heart in an emergency
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital operation
Thursday, has been taken off the
critical list and reported doing “very
nicely” yesterday. While running in and
out of a doorway at their home, which
had a combination storm and screen
door, Christina fell against the glass and
shattered it at approximately 12:30 p.m.
She suffered a slashed right wrist, which
gushed blood, and the freak injury to her
heart, which at first went undetected.
The annual Red Cross Swimming
and Lifesaving classes were held at
the Patchogue Municipal pool recently
under the direction of Mrs. Marie Schildt,
Sandra Merkin, Jeanne Rogers and
Jay Prigerson.
Work is progressing on the new
Brookhaven Town park on Barton Avenue
in North Patchogue, according to
Walter J. Miller.
A smashup in East Moriches injured
three persons when a car carrying four
members of a family was in collision
with an eastbound Long Island Rail Road
train Sunday at the Pine Street crossing.
Brookhaven Town Police said the crossing
is guarded by a warning sign.
Dr. Jerome Botwinick of 212 North
Prospect Avenue in North Patchogue,
received his doctor of education degree
at the Graduate School of Education at
Yeshiva University, New York city, last
A number of girls from Bellport Girl
Scout troops 16 and 62 recently spent a
week at Camp Derrybrook in Vt.
A number of Bellport Junior archers
gave a good account of themselves at the
fourth annual junior archery tournament
on the range of the North Police Athletic
League Bowmen’s club Saturday. ■
September 10

Jay Leskowicz set a new alley record at Maggio’s
Patchogue Recreation when he rolled 223, 246, 244 for a
three-game total of 713. He also added 180 in his fourth
game which gave him an 893—also a new alley high.
The winners in the four top categories of Bicycle
Parade and Rodeo sponsored by Patchogue Recreation
were Kathy Sullivan, best costume; Sandra Brezinski,
best decorated bicycle; Ned Berke, best costume, and
Walter Schoenfeld, best decorated bicycle.
Mr. and Mrs. William Gillman of State Road in Medford
celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary.
Dr. Lewis F. Foster, well-known Center Moriches
physician, is back at work after being injured in an auto
accident when his car hit a parked vehicle on Main
Street in the village. Dr. Foster, 52, said he suffered torn
cartilages from the collision.
Mrs. Ernst Preuss of Lincoln Road in Yaphank celebrated
her 73rd birthday Aug. 25.
David A. Siegel, 60, of 234 Maple Avenue in Patchogue,
part owner of the Richard York Shoe Store at 14 South
Ocean Avenue and former president and honorary
trustee of Temple Beth-El of Patchogue, died at St.
Vincent’s Hospital.
Mrs. Fanny Goldstein, 71, one of Patchogue’s most
beloved residents and a tireless worker for scores of
civic causes, died at her home at 240 North Ocean
Avenue after a lengthy illness.
John Bugalla, 12, of 122 Lakewood Street in Patchogue,
was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital with multiple
cuts and bruises of the back, arms, and legs after
his bicycle was in collision with a 1951 coupe on Lakewood
A 12-pound pig which had a walk-on part in the Gateway
Theatre’s production of Li’l Abner made the cast
realize the importance of an understudy when it walked
off the stage after a scene and just kept going. The pig
wandered off into the woods along South Country Road
and could not be found. Hunger finally solved the problem
and the rotund thespian was found by Mrs. Charles
C. Lewis of 10 Epsom Course. She fed the animal and
returned him to director David Sheldon.
A new kind of treasure was retrieved from Moriches
Bay on Labor Day when W. Earl Thompson, who dived
with his scuba gear off the dock at Brookhaven Town
beach, came up with some dentures. Mr. and Mrs.
Thompson and their sons, Billy and George, of Country
Club Road, Bellport, who were spending the long
weekend on their boat, heard from the dock master
that a 12-year-old Moriches boy had lost his “uppers”
in the bay on Friday. When few boats were at the dock,
Mr. Thompson put on his diving gear and immediately
located the teeth. The boy’s father was notified and the
teeth returned.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ellis of Olympic Avenue celebrated
their 34th wedding anniversary as guests of honor
at a family dinner at the home of their son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pollis. ■

September 17
A proposal to rezone land off the Sunrise
highway in Patchogue for a gas
station and shopping area was heard
Tuesday before the Brookhaven Town
Well-armed with facts and enthusiasm
for their cause, 30 residents of the hamlet
of Brookhaven filled the Brookhaven
Town hall Tuesday and opposed a zone
change that would allow a famous local
landmark, George Washington lodge, to
be used as a hotel. The building and the
land surrounding it is being used as a
children’s camp.
Ann Gray of Old Mastic was still in critical
condition at Brookhaven Memorial
Hospital yesterday, and police said the
mother of the 17-year-old girl had told
them Monday that she accidentally set
off the shotgun blast which had seriously
injured the girl Saturday. Brookhaven
Town police said Mrs. William E. Gray
had told them she had knocked over the
shotgun while picking up a canister of
trinkets that had fallen by the telephone
table. Her daughter, who had been called
to the phone, entered the room at that
moment and the full blast hit her in the
lower abdomen at a distance of some
five feet, according to police.
Dr. Lee A. DuBridge, president of California
Institute of Technology, gave the
first in a series of four lectures on space
research at the Brookhaven National
Laboratory Monday night. This first lecture,
entitled “Attaining a Space Orbit,”
dealt with the technological problems
faced by man in getting an object free of
the earth’s gravitational pull. Some 900
persons heard the lecture.
A Blue Point teenager who hurled a
firecracker described as a cherry bomb
on the stage of the Bayport-Blue Point
school during commencement exercises
in June was fined $50 by Justice of the
Peace Herbert W.J. Hargrave last Thursday.
He also received a 6-day suspended
jail sentence and was put on six months’
As of Monday, the Patchogue-Medford
School District’s enrollment at all
schools had hit 4,435, which was 69 more
than the first day enrollment. There are
689 pupils attending the Bay Avenue
school, 688 at Medford Avenue, 530 at
River Avenue, 736 at Tremont Avenue,
1,103 at the junior high school and 689 at
the senior high.
The Patchogue Village board unanimously
passed an ordinance Monday
regulating “going out of business” sales
advertising on store windows after officials
criticized recent promotions.
A 550-galllon capacity alcohol still in
a heavily wooded area in West Yaphank
was smashed Saturday by state police
who seized two men and charged them
as being the owners of the bootleg operation.
The still, which was discovered on
a tip from an informer, was destroyed. It
was an open air rig composed of 10 55-
gallon oil drums and had been operating
for about a month.
An enthusiastic group of 20 musicminded
people got together at Patchogue
High School Monday night with the view
of organizing a community orchestra
under the Adult Education Program.
A unique and antique item recently
donated to the archives committee of
the Bellport Memorial Library will be a
highlight of an exhibit the committee is
planning to hold in the library October 3
and 4. It is a working ship model given to
the committee by Mrs. Bertha Woodruff
Fassett, who has sold her home on South
Country Road and moved to N.J. ■

September 24

Double dates, a double wedding and
now the birth of sons only hours apart for
twin sisters Claire Cartwright and Carole
Lento. The sisters traded illnesses while
youngsters, went to the same schools and
worked together in a Patchogue sportswear
factory. They quit at the same time
for the double wedding July 3, 1955 and
shared a room at Brookhaven Memorial
Hospital for the birth of their sons. Both
the Cartwrights and Lentos have one
other child apiece, 3-year-old Linda Cartwright
and 2-year-old John Lento.
Ann Gray of Old Mastic, accidentally
shot in the lower abdomen Sept. 12, was
still in critical condition at Brookhaven
Memorial Hospital. Her mother told the
police that she accidentally set off the 12-
gauge shotgun while picking up trinkets
that had fallen from a telephone table.
Ann had entered the room to answer the
phone just as her mother, Mrs. William E.
Gray, had knocked over the loaded gun.
Virginia (Ginny) Rustmann, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rustmann of Truberg
Avenue, celebrated her 14th birthday.
Dr. Reinhard Kamitz, Austrian Federal
Minister of Finance, was the weekend
guest of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Gomory
at their summer residence on South Howell’s
Point Road.
Over 100 friends and relatives attended
a dinner celebration for Mr. and Mrs.
Leroy Eleazer of New Jersey Avenue in
Bellport, in honor of their 50th wedding
Nancy Tobin Towlen, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Edward J. Tobin of Madison
Street in Blue Point, graduated from
Long Island College Hospital School of
Irene Elizabeth Jensen was crowned
in a beauty contest when the members
and church school of Lutheran Church
of Our Savior held its annual picnic at
Camp Paquatuck in East Moriches. Proud
of their sister were brothers Edward,
8, and Bruce, 6. Sweet little Irene is 19
months old and is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Peter Jensen of Herbert Circle
in Patchogue.
Ellen Constantino, a 15-year-old East
Moriches girl, fell from a four-foot wall
to the cement sidewalk by the Eastport
pond. A registered nurse, Judy Lilly of
Harts Road in East Moriches, who was
passing by, told police the girl appeared
to have fainted and she immediately
applied first aid.
Sixty-nine boys, girls and women living
in School District 32 participated in
the model contest Sept. 5 sponsored by
the J. Don Camera Shop on Neighborhood
Road in Mastic Beach. The winner
was John Rutigliano, first prize for his
model of the aircraft carrier Forrestal,
who received a camera. Second prize was
awarded to Frank Cerer for his model of
the aircraft carrier, Shangri-la, and Philip
Fialkowski was the winner of third prize
for his model of a 59 Buick hardtop.
Last weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Balvin
of Shannon Boulevard in Yaphank
showed their Great Dane Honey Hollow
Cleopatra at the Lehigh Valley Kennel
Club in Pa., where he came in third and
at the Burk’s County Kennel Club in Pa.
where he came in second in the puppy
class. ■

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