Coast Guard and police boats ended their search for
two young Patchogue brothers and their dog who disappeared
early Sept. 29 from their home, apparently planning
to take an extended boat trip. Their parents said
James Widman Jr., 14, and his brother, Robert, 11, both
of 199 North Ocean Avenue in Patchogue, vanished at
about 1:30 a.m. taking clothes and map showing a route
to Florida with them. They borrowed a 16-foot outboard
owned by Leonard Fogarty Jr. from the South Bay Boat
Works and made it as far as Brooklyn. As of Thursday,
Oct. 1 the boys were safely harbored at the home of
their grandmother, Mrs. Albert Widman, in Brooklyn.
A well-known Patchogue house painter was fatally
injured when his car was struck by a Long Island Rail
Road train at the River Avenue crossing. He was Ernest
DeVito, 44, of 53 Academy Street, Patchogue. Police said
that Mr. DeVito was apparently driving west along Division
and started to make a right turn, across the tracks,
when the eastbound train struck the car.
Dr. Ralph Towlen of 1 Roe Boulevard in Patchogue
was elected president of the Brookhaven Memorial
Hospital medical staff. Other officers elected were Dr.
Jacob Breier of Blue Point as vice president and Dr.
Harry Marganoff of Patchogue as secretary.
Miss Dorothy M. Treuer of Patchogue retired from the
Patchogue district of the Metropolitan Life Insurance
Company after 39 years and was honored at a luncheon
at the Pine Grove Inn.
Mr. and Mrs. George J. Kopcyzinski of Avery Avenue
attended the 58th annual convention of the New
York State Grocers Association. Mr. Kopcyznski is the
owner of the Associated Stores on Maple Avenue in
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Reilly of Southern Boulevard celebrated
their wedding anniversary Sept. 22 at their home.
Another innovation in improved customer service was
announced by William O. Grimmer, manager of the W.T.
Grant Store at 54 East Main Street in Patchogue. On Oct.
1 the local unit and the 775 other Grant stores across the
nation will unveil a new special order catalog service
for the convenience of Grant customers. Mr. Grimmer
pointed out that Grant is the first in its field to use
the catalog technique to supplement its store-stocked
Patchogue Junior High School announced the new
cheerleaders for the coming school year: Carol Siebert,
Jo Ann Nenna, Camela Fagone, Geri Merkin, Victoria
Natale, Delli Raffe, Karen Hildreth, Judy Kudrna, Grace
Dahlman, Cynthia Bowden, Georgia Wojceichowski,
Joann Rathner, Judy MacDonald and Suzanne Meyer.
A group of students from Patchogue-Medford Senior
High School presented their first weekly school new
broadcast called “Voice of the Schools” over Station
WALK, Sept. 19. Members of the Radio Announcers
Club include Philip Rathner, Doug Brode, Marcia Berke,
Carol Lawson, Jean Murphy, Judy Ruland, Georgiana
Mills, Joe DeGioia, Gary Smith, Ray Weeks, William Melzer,
Robert Gardner, John Slovak, Louis Axelrod, Ellen
Engelschjon, Eleanor Falkoff and Roberta Peterson.
Miss Sue Days, homemaking teacher in the William
Floyd School District, is serving as county leader for
Suffolk-West. She attended a leadership workshop conference
sponsored by the Bureau of Home Economics
Education at Albany from Sept. 18-19. ■
Two Patchogue boys who
touched off a missing persons
alarm last week after they decided to pilot a 16-foot
outboard motor boat to Florida, told their story to the
Patchogue Village police. James Widman Jr., 14, and
his brother, Robert, 11, stole a boat from the South Bay
Boat Works and left at 1:30 a.m. last Tuesday and took
the boat, their fox terrier Butch, $3, a map of Eastern
waters, and a change of clothes and extra gas and slept
off Sayville until 6 a.m. and then continued until the
Rockaways where, James said, “It was too rough and we
were scared.” They beached the outboard and walked
to a subway and went to visit their grandmother, Mrs.
Catherine Widman, in Brooklyn. Mrs. Widman phoned
her daughter-in-law at 5 a.m. to say the boys were safe
and soon thereafter Mr. Widman, the boys’ father, called
the Patchogue police to call off the search.
Edward Roscoe Van Buren of 67 Snedecor Avenue in
Bayport, an executive in the employee relation department
of the Western Union Telegraph Company, will be
ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons at the Cathedral
of the Incarnation in Garden City this weekend.
Mr. and Mrs. George Tellmann of Carman Street have
returned from a month’s vacation to Germany and Holland.
Mrs. Tellmann enjoyed meeting many relatives and
friends whom she had not seen for 27 years.
Gordon Wassermann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Wassermann
of 413 East Main Street in Patchogue; Robert Liebermann,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Liebermann of 112 Jayne
Avenue; and Jean Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Murphy of 17 Campbell Street, also of Patchogue, received
a certificate of award after being named semi-finalists in
National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.
A traditional landmark of Long Island, the Brookfield
Presbyterian Church of Manorville, will celebrate the
171st year of its founding on Oct. 16.
Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Eleazer Sr. of New Jersey Avenue
in Bellport celebrated 50 years of marriage at a dinner
hosted by their six children at Veterans of Foreign Wars
Hall in East Patchogue.
A bowler’s dream was realized when John Trotter of
Station Road rolled a perfect 300 game. Bowling for
VFW Post 8300, Bellport, in league play, Trotter hit 12
consecutive strikes for his perfect score while playing
in an American Bowling Congress-sanctioned league
match at Islip Bowl. This was the first time since inception
of the alleys three years ago that a perfect game
Patchogue’s first chapter of the United Cerebral Palsy
Association will be formed on Oct. 15 at a meeting to
be held at the home of Mrs. Fred Mars at 28 Chestnut
Sophomore Gary Peterson of Blue Point, who lettered
in three sports at Seton Hall High School, is one of seven
top backfield candidates working out with Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute varsity football squad. The 5-11,
145-pound scatback won freshman numerals in football
and lacrosse last year. He is a 19-year-old chemical engineering
Richard H. Boutelle, a veteran of six years’ service at
the Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named
chief health physicist for the nuclear division of the
Vandalism combined with a brush fire sent the
Brookhaven Town police and the Center Moriches Fire
Department racing to Camp Paquatuck last Monday.
The fire was quickly put out, and Brookhaven police
said they later picked up two local teenagers who admitted
breaking into a counselor’s cottage, but they denied
setting the fire. ■
The purchase of beach property fronting for 870 feet
on the bay in Blue Point is still being considered by the
Brookhaven Town Board. A second beach site in the
area, which was also offered for sale to the town, has
been rejected, according to Supervisor Percy B. Raynor.
D. Richards Bradley, owner of the rejected beach site,
claims his property offers more to the town. Mr. Bradley
says his offer includes such facilities as 400 bathhouses,
toilets, a 200-car parking lot, a large children’s playground
area with equipment and 200 feet of docking material.
The main reason for rejecting the Bradley offer, according
to Supervisor Raynor, is that it only offers half as
much bayfront footage as the other piece. The property
under consideration is 300 feet west of Atlantic Avenue
and consists of about eight and a half acres.
Mr. and Mrs. George Lehmone of Patchogue Avenue
in Mastic celebrated their golden wedding anniversary
on Oct. 3.
Barbara Daniello of Silas Carter Road in Manorville
won first prize in the Moriches Tribune annual Pet
Parade held last week with her miniature horse.
A new play area for the children of the new village of
Bellport who are soapbox enthusiasts is contemplated
by the Bellport Village board. When necessary work is
finished, the south end of South Brewster Lane will be set
aside for the pleasure of soapbox fans.
Dr. and Mrs. Ted Flanagan, formerly of Arthur Avenue,
have returned from over a year spent abroad. Dr. Flanagan
had a fellowship at Queens College, Belfast, Ireland,
after which he and his wife, former grade five teacher in
Brookhaven School, went to Oslo, Norway. The Flanagans
will be living on South Country Road in Bellport.
Dr. Flanagan is in the physics department at Brookhaven
Barbara Jean Larcombe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Martin Larcombe of Woodland Road, underwent a tonsillectomy
at Southside Hospital and returned home the
Miss Judi Schenck, who is a junior at the University of
Miami, has been pledged Delta Gamma Beta Tau chapter,
national sorority. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Schenck of North Ocean Avenue.
William Floyd High School had the distinction of being
presented the International Second Place Award in the
annual examination of school newspapers by the Quill
and Scroll Society. The Quill, student publication of
Floyd, was judged by the society through the Selective
Board of Critical Service Judges and won for distinctive
achievements in scholastic journalism.
Diane Schordine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Schordine,
and Jackie Stuart, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Alden
Stuart, both of Patchogue, got to meet Annie Oakley
personally during a rodeo at Madison Square Garden.
Tom Farish, a friend of the Schordines, saw to it that the
youngsters met Annie, who is played by Gail Davis on
Back from a 6,350 mile tour of several southwestern
states and Mexico are Mr. and Mrs. Sidney B. Frank of
Shannon Boulevard in Yaphank.
A group of men interested i bringing the Boy Scout
program back to East Patchogue, spearheaded by Jack
Brandt and Harold McDowell, scout neighborhood chairmen,
met Sept. 30 at the Dunton Avenue School to form
a troop committee. ■
Preliminary plans for the proposed Barton Avenue
Elementary School were discussed at the board of education
meeting. The board reports that an elementary
school is urgently needed to relieve split sessions and to
prepare for the additional students that will come into
the district from the new housing developments under
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Ethel V. Baczensky,
a prominent figure in Brookhaven Town Republican
circles, who died last week. She was 50. Mrs. Baczensky
succumbed after a lengthy illness.
Murray Rose of Rose Jewelers was elected chairman
of the Merchants Division of the Patchogue Chamber of
Commerce at the annual election held recently.
Patchogue Church of the Nazarene will hold a mortgage-
burning ceremony on Sunday, officiated by the
Rev. Robert Goslaw, in honor of paying off the parsonage
Oliver Petty, chemistry teacher at Patchogue High
School, has been appointed by the board of education as
coordinator of science in the junior-senior high school,
according to William Carroll, board president.
Safe driver awards were given to Patchogue Post
Office employees by Postmaster Geary H. Whitlock.
Gordon E. Cole was awarded for 14 years; Wilson Lang,
11; Frank W. Scutari, 10; George J. Woitas, 9; Salvatore
Vignato, 5; Frank Miller and James J. Hunter, both 3;
and Louis R. Gallitelli, Harold Davis and Donald H.
The new wing to the Bellport Country Club building
is expected to be finished and ready by May. It will be
set up as a men’s locker room with about 200 lockers,
showers, rest rooms and have closet space. The restaurant,
bar, dining room and kitchen, now in another
building on the golf course, will be moved into the main
section of the building.
A new venture for Bellport, The Etcetera Shop, will
open Nov. 2 as a fund-raising project for the benefit of
Mary Immaculate R.C. Church.
A 65-year-old Bellport construction worker was
injured when he fell 15 feet from a scaffold at a railroad
bridge project in Shirley. Carl Anderson of 29 Country
Club Road fell from his scaffold and suffered injuries of
the back and left leg.
Lucas B. Mayer, whose U.S. Navy promotion to
captain was recently announced, was one of only 400
commanders selected for a captaincy under the newly
enacted “Hump Act,” which gives the Navy authority
to retire officers regardless of grade after 20 years of
service. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Lucas F. Mayer of 50
Donegan Avenue, East Patchogue, he was one of the
outstanding commanders selected for promotion.
Mr. and Mrs. John Needham of North Ocean Avenue
are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary.
Dennis Puleston and Keith McKenna of Brookhaven
and Arthur Cooley of Bellport accompanied the following
amateur naturalists to Hawk Mountain, Pa. over the
Columbus Day holiday. Jennifer, Peter and Sally Puleston
and Michael Ince of Brookhaven; Carol, Maureen
and Kathy Donahue, Susan and Betsy Baker and Don
Coon and Peggy Perry of Bellport; and Jeff Faison of
Southhaven Avenue east of Pennsylvania
Avenue in Medford, is being built for Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Puma. Mr. Puma is an
employee of Patchogue Ford.
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Riviezzo of 423
Donegan Avenue in East Patchogue celebrated
their third wedding anniversary
on Sept. 30.
“Vermont Winter” by Salvatore Roberto
of 133 Denton Street in Patchogue was
voted the most popular picture on exhibit
at the Fourth Annual Long Island Amateur
Artists exhibition at Stony Brook.
Pioneer camping at Camp Edey over
the weekend was done by the following
Girl Scouts of Troop 75, Yaphank: Dianne
Kazel, Joyce Raimond, Kathie Gordon,
Eleanor Melkunas, Margaret Wilde, Marie
and Kathy La Sauce, Doris Kroncke, Donna
Zimmermann, Solveig General and
Carole Schoch, and their leader, Mrs.
Helma Scesny and Mrs. Liv General and
Mrs. Helen La Sauce, assistant leaders.
Hundreds of area residents reported
seeing a “flying saucer” in the southern
portion of the sky about 5:30 p.m. on Oct.
28, but weather bureau officials later
reported the eerie sight to have been an
aluminum weather rocket.
John A. Huber, president of Seton
Hall’s Speech and Debate Club, added
to his speech laurels when he took second
place in a Catholic forensic league
Sad news for area golfing enthusiasts
arrived here this week in the form of a
letter from Mrs. Ada MacQueen Main,
who reports that her husband, Alexander
Fisher Main, former golf pro at the Bellport
Country Club, died at a Norfolk, Va.
hospital, Sept. 29 of a heart attack. Mr.
Main was golf pro manager of the Bellport
Country Club from 1922 until 1941.
The controversial proposed purchase of
beach land in Blue Point by Brookhaven
Town was still in the news this week as
Supervisor Percy B. Raynor disclosed
that D. Richards Bradley, owner of the
site, previously rejected by the town
board, had made a new offer to the town.
Mr. Bradley has added seven acres to the
original four-acre tract.
Howard B. Wakeman, Long Island Fund
1959-60 drive chairman and vice president
of Long Island Lighting Co., and Robert
MacGregor, fund trustee and president of
Nassau-Suffolk Central Trades Council,
announced the names of Long Island
Fund award winners and local resident
Francis M. Moscater of Shannon Boulevard
in Yaphank, a Grumman Aircraft
employee, won a Rambler sedan.
Mr. and Mrs. John Needham of
Patchogue were guests of honor at a
surprise anniversary party given by their
daughters, Mrs. Frank Schenck and Mrs.
John Linehan. The guests-of-honor were
presented with a silver tree filled with
Miss Martha Novinski of 56 Medford
Avenue celebrated her 74th birthday. ■