Jan 07
The new seven-mile section of the Sunrise
Highway extension from Phyllis Drive
in Patchogue to Upton Boulevard in South
Haven was opened to traffic.
Liz Honnett of 37 North Howell’s Point
Road, Bellport, received national recognition
in the January issue of Seventeen Magazine
as a member of the teen publication’s
1960 National Fashion Council.
John Jacob Kobus has resumed his sophomore
studies at Boston University after
spending the Christmas holidays with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kobus of Grove
Dr. and Mrs. J.R.M. Innes returned to
their home on Livingston Road after visiting
for the past six weeks in Switzerland,
Paris, France and England.
Stephen Palermo Jr. of Amsterdam Avenue
was ill on his birthday.
Former Brookhaven Supervisor Percy B.
Raynor was appointed to the $7,500-a-year
job of assistant director for Suffolk Civil
Defense. Mr. Raynor has been treasurer of
the East Moriches Fire Department for 30
years and was recently elected a fire commissioner.
Mrs. A.G. Ditmars of 50 Shore Road in Patchogue
has returned from New York city
where she completed a course of training
preparing her for the position of Welcome
Wagon hostess which she now holds in this
Mrs. Georgina Welch of Southaven Avenue,
Medford, aged 92, celebrated Christmas
Day in the company of her relatives, Mr.
and Mrs. Colin Hunter and daughter, Jane.
The New York city office of Dun & Bradstreet
Inc. has released statistics which
indicate some shifts of business patterns
throughout Suffolk County. Patchogue,
which had been sixth among the top 10 communities
in Suffolk during 1958, advanced
to fourth place last year with 424 places of
business. It has, however, dropped to fifth
place with 397 listed businesses as of January
1 of this year. The main significance of
this is that it was barely nosed out by Huntington
who had 398.
Mrs. Mabel Irene Welden, 45, a former Blue
Point resident, died at her residence in Florida
after a short illness. She was a member
of Old Glory Chapter, Order of Eastern Star,
past royal matron of Fidelity Court, Order of
the Amaranth, past worthy high priestess of
the Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem, one
of two founders of the Patchogue chapter of
St. Charles Hospital auxiliary and a member
of the Patchogue Congregational Church,
the Soroptimist Club of Suffolk County and
the Al Kahbay Temple, Daughters of the Nile
of Brooklyn. ■

Jan 14
Patchogue Electric Light Company operations were suspended
for one hour Tuesday, Jan. 12 in respect to the late E.
Eugene Hawkins Jr., 87, who died at the South Shore Convalescent
Home in Patchogue. Mr. Hawkins was PELCO president
for 34 years, retiring in 1941 and was responsible, along
with a group of Patchogue businessmen, for its founding.
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital admitted its 25,000th patient.
Among the 56 men graduated from the Port of New York
Authority’s Police Academy were Alfred Itkin of 724 Doane
Avenue, Bellport and Thomas A. McGurk of 261 Beaner
Drive, Mastic Beach.
Six Yaphank youths who, police said, climaxed a night
outing by smashing three supermarket windows were ordered
to pay for the damages by Justice of the Peace William
T. Rogers. The six were identified as James Powers,
Roy Mauritsen, David Thomas, Raymond Kuhl, Dennis
Drell and Jack Hoffmann.
Mrs. Norris Gilman Sr. of Patchogue is recuperating at
her home on South Ocean Avenue after a fall on the ice.
Lionel Rosenblatt, a junior in Bellport High School, has
been chosen as a semi-finalist by the preliminary judges of
the essay competition sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer
Educational Foundation. His essay, entitled “An Analysis,
Interpretation and Evaluation of Schweitzer’s ‘Reverence
for life,’” has been submitted to the international committee
of executive judges.
Federal Judge Mortimer W. Byers announced his retirement,
ending an active 61-year legal career. He maintains a
home in Brooklyn and Bellport at 175 Howell’s Point Road.
Judge Byers was appointed to the $22,500-a-year judgeship
by President Herbert Hoover Dec. 2, 1929.
Mrs. Edward Roser of 31 Harris Street celebrated her
birthday Jan. 12. On the same day Mr. and Mrs. Roser celebrated
their 13th wedding anniversary.
Wanda Searles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Searles
of Terry Road, celebrated her fourth birthday Jan. 5 with a
party at her home. Her guests were Janet Giannotti, Sandi
Searles, Rosalind Swezey, David Dew and Wanda’s brother,
William Purves, principal of Brookhaven Elementary
School, reports the total enrollment as of Dec. 18 was 278
The annual installation meeting of the Lincoln Republican
Club of Brookhaven Town was held. William Rogers
was installed as president; Zaharias Zaharakis, first vice
president; Arthur J. Felice, second vice president; Richard
Burton, recording secretary; Al Wise, treasurer; Richard
Zeidler, sergeant-at-arms and Mrs. Ann Cullum, corresponding
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Oehler of Munsell Road, who had an
automobile accident Jan. 3 and were patients at Brookhaven
Memorial Hospital, have returned to their home.
Raymond Connolly Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
Connolly of Southern Boulevard, left Monday morning
with part of the junior class of Seton Hall High School for a
four-day retreat at the Jesuit seminary at Shrub Oak.
The Medford Taxpayers and Civic Association met Jan.
4 at Tremont Avenue School to elect officers for the coming
year. Robert Pearson, president; Michael Rudtke, vice
president; Mrs. Elsie Schamberger, secretary; Mrs. Rose
Gervais, treasurer; and Robert Brecket, sergeant-at-arms.
Dr. and Mrs. Simon Pasternack and children, Eric and Louise
of Namkee Road in Blue Point, returned home from a 10-
day vacation to St. Croix, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
John A. Wojciechowski, custodian of The Union Savings
Bank of Patchogue, has retired. He had been in the employ
of the bank for a period of 32 years. A surprise party
was tendered by the officers and staff of the bank and the
gift of a camera outfit was presented to him by Edwin Johanknecht
Jr., president of the bank. ■

Jan 21
.Fresh from a recent tour of garbage
dumps in Brookhaven Town, Councilmen
Howard Rowland and Willard Keddy made
their dour reports before the Brookhaven
Town board. They said the pit at the Coram
dump was almost filled up and the Blue
Point pit at Holtsville had no drainage, and
sewage just collected on the top. Mr. Rowland
said the Blue Point pit would be adequate
for about two more years.
The Better ‘Ole, long one of Suffolk’s favorite
dining spots, has been winning new
acclaim lately as the result of extensive
renovations and remodeling completed
under the direction of genial owner-host
Jimmy Robbiano and his two co-owner
brothers, Gino and Joseph.
A surprise 16th birthday party was given in
honor of Miss Eileen Murray by her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Murray of Bourdois
Avenue. Guests included Regina and Helen
Nejelski, Carol Donahue, Cathy O’Neil, Joy
Martin, Pamela Edwards, Gwen Foster, Eileen’s
sister, Kathleen, Thomas Binnington,
Gary De Santis, Joe Coleman, Dave Streit,
Paul Hassell, Peter Small, Joe Gerard, John
Nil, Lionel Rosenblatt, Keith McLean and
Eileen’s brothers, Jerry and Peter.
The 11th wedding anniversary of Mr. and
Mrs. David Linbrunner of Taylor Avenue
was celebrated on Jan. 15.
Albert Hotchkin, older son of Mr. and
Mrs. Albert Hotchkin of Chapel Road, was
notified January 13 at council headquarters
of the Boy Scouts of America in Blue Point,
that he had been accepted as an Eagle
Rabbi A. Irving Schnipper officiated at
the Bar Mitzvah of Steven Liebowitz, son of
Mr. and Mrs. William Liebowitz of Gillette
Avenue, Patchogue on Jan. 9 at Temple
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph DiNaro of Fuoco
Street and Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore DiNaro
of North Howell’s Point Road returned
home from a month’s motoring trip to the
West Coast.
The contract signing for construction of
an eight-classroom school, 10-cell convent
and auditorium for St. Joseph the Worker
R.C. Church, East Patchogue, took place
at Diocesan Building Commission office in
Rockville Centre. Architect Charles Irwin;
contractor John Schaefer; the Rev. John
Preston, Diocesan building commission
chairman; and the Rev. Jeremiah Dineen,
pastor of St. Joseph the Worker parish,
were present.
Brownie Troop 22 in Bellport was reorganized
under the leadership of Mrs. Mary B.
Hagamen and Miss Mary Ann Schoessler.
Those receiving pins were Jean Burgess,
Joan Costello, Barbara Murphy, Julia Higinbotham,
Susan Hagamen, Maureen Fogarty,
Candace Kane, Rhonda Robinson and
Catherine Reed.
Members of the Staton WALK Midget
Basketball Team included Joe Hawkins,
Tom Roman, Kevin Mitchell, Paul Travaglia,
Tom Maher, Jim Kattau, Dennis Clair,
Larry Marciano and Ronald Krombach. ■

Jan 28
.The life and times of the scallop received lengthy consideration
Tuesday as the Brookhaven Town Board initiated
plans to plant 100 bushels of that bivalve in the Moriches
Safecrackers (there HAD to be more than one) broke
into Gene Felice’s Appliance Repairs on Second Street in
Patchogue late Saturday and attempted to loot the office
safe, according to Suffolk police. A complete cutting rig,
tanks and all, was hauled into an interior room after the
rear door and one leading to Felice’s office were smashed
open. However, the cutting job proved too hot and apparently
frightened by the resulting fire after the safe back was
cut, the intruders left without stealing anything. An investigation
is now on.
The Dormike Theatrical Productions company will premiere
The Muse, an original play by Jay Musto, at the Patchogue
Hotel on February 26 and 27.
Charles Perry Jones, 77, active in firematic and Masonic
affairs, died at his home, 230 Jayne Avenue, Patchogue, last
Starr Mirando of Patchogue won first place at a talent
show sponsored by the Blue Point Community Recreation
January 23 at the Blue Point school gymnasium. Starr
twirled her way to first place.
The lobby case at the Patchogue library is aglow with color
this month. The changing light from without and within
plays on amber, blue and cranberry glass objects from the
collection of the Rev. and Mrs. Herbert K. Robinson.
The Brookhaven Town Board has scheduled a special
meeting March 8 to consider the future of the Mastic air
The Bayport-Blue Point High School music department
presented its annual winter concert Saturday night with a
good attendance. Held in the old high school gymnasium,
under the direction of music teachers George Raynor and
Henry Brynon, it included numbers and selection by band,
orchestra, chorus and mixed chorus.
George C. Furman was re-elected president of The Patchogue
Bank at the annual meeting held recently at the
bank. The entire slate of officers and directors was also
retained for another year.
A Mastic Beach mother and her boyfriend sat quietly in
Brookhaven Town court Tuesday as they were charged
with endangering the lives of her seven children by leaving
them without food or heat for two days. The pair denied
that they had abandoned the children. They were both
cheerful at the brief hearing. They waived examination and
were held in $1,000 bail each for action of the grand jury.
The town rifle range will be the subject of a special meeting
March 1 of the Brookhaven Town board. The range,
which is located in Medford, was formerly under the control
on the Brookhaven Police department.
The first phase of the construction program for the addition
of 44 beds at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital is complete,
it was announced last week. Installation of a new
sewage disposal system and the required grading for additional
parking facilities has been in the works the past
several weeks.
For the second successive year, a Patchogue Senior High
school student is listed in the honor group in the Nineteenth
Annual Science Talent search for the Westinghouse
Science Scholarships and Awards. Edmund W. Tuton, principal,
announced that that Gordon Wasserman, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Alfred Wasserman of 413 East Main Street, Patchogue,
had been so honored. He is the only senior in Suffolk
County to win this award. ■


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