June 3

A ferryboat fire of undetermined origin
occurred Monday afternoon at Davis Park,
Fire Island, extensively damaging the superstructure
of the “Davis Park,” owned
and operated by the Davis Park Ferry Company
of Patchogue. Boat was dispatched
to back up regular run and fire broke out
after the craft was moored with no one on
board. No interruption in service was experienced.
Regular trips are continuing while
the boat is being repaired.
According to a statement made this week
by Senator Elisha T. Barrett, Suffolk County
will receive $8,176,565.21 in state aid over
and above the amounts received in the fiscal
year 1959. The total of aid to Suffolk
County in all of the categories of state assistance
will equal $42,973,622.48 as against
$34,765,057.27 in the 1959 fiscal year.
No traffic deaths occurred on Brookhaven
Town roads over the Memorial Day weekend,
according to the traffic division of the
Suffolk County police.
The New York State Department of Public
Works does not intend to use the Mastic
Air Strip to conduct research tests for highway
equipment, it was reported Tuesday
before the Brookhaven Town Board.
Sixty children from the Patchogue area
were communicants recently at Our Lady
of Mount Carmel R.C. Parish Church, including
7-year-old Theodore Karczewski of
East Second Street.
Postmaster Geary H. Whitlock said this
week he has been advised by the Office of
Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield
that the Post Office Department is now asking
for bids to build and lease to the department
the new postal facility for the East Patchogue
branch of the Patchogue Post Office.
The closing date for the bids is July 15.
The South Bay Art Association will open
the Carriage House as an art gallery and
workshop Saturday, according to Merle
Baasch of Bayport, director of the summer
program. The Carriage House is located on
the corner of South Country and Beaver
Dam Roads here on the property recently
acquired by the Brookhaven-South Haven
Presbyterian Church.
A second daughter, Laurie Rose, was
born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Coleman
of 7 Spruce Street in East Patchogue May
18 in Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. The
other daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Coleman is
16-month-old Karen.
Miss Kathleen Loftus of MacDonald Avenue
in East Patchogue was guest of honor
at a surprise 17th birthday party given by
Miss Patricia Lambaise and Miss Peggy
Murphy at whose home, 60 Pace Avenue,
Bellport Manor, the affair was held. Guests
included Miss Joanne Loftus, Miss Marie
Lento, Dario Modon, Michael Murphy,
Charles Couture, Douglas Backus, Anthony
Lambaise and Edward Vacchelli of Westhampton.
The Bayport-Blue Point Library wishes to
announce that from June 6 to June 12 will be
Forgiveness days for all overdue books, no
matter how overdue. There are many books
two or three years overdue and this is a way
to return them without any embarrassment.
Sandra Morris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Morris of Homan Avenue in Blue
Point, entered Southside Hospital Tuesday
where she was to undergo eye surgery yesterday.
Mrs. Isabelle Boyd has returned to her
home on Blue Point Avenue after spending
six months in Jensen Beach, Florida.
On the way north she stopped at the home
of Captain and Mrs. Fred Abrams at Onancock,
Virginia. When she arrived there,
she was pleasantly surprised to find three
neighbors from Blue Point, who were also
visiting Mr. and Mrs. Abrams. They were
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Still of Blue Point and
their niece, Miss Irene Abrams of Sayville,
formerly of Blue Point.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred A. Alter of Patchogue
announce the graduation of their son, Harvey,
as a doctor of medicine from the University
of Rochester. Dr. Alter had his premedical
training at the University of Rochester
and was graduated, cum laude, in 1956. His
chosen specialty is internal medicine.
Edward McHugh, who has been employed
14 years at Eastport High School,
will become an assistant principal in September
at Bellport High School. His work
will primarily be as principal of the junior
high school.
Michael Gavin will graduate from Hofstra
College with a bachelor of science degree
June 5. He has taken a position as an engineer
with the Stromberg Carlson Corp. in
Rochester. His brother, David, will graduate
with a bachelor of arts degree from
Hofstra College. He will be associated with
Olin Mathieson Corp. in the research department
in New Haven, Connecticut..


June 10

The opening of Suffolk’s Community College, tentatively
set for September in temporary quarters at the Holtsville
Sanatorium, will be delayed until at least next February and
probably until September 1961, it was learned this week.
Ernest F. Reeves of Private Road in Medford is the busiest
hotel manager you’re likely to meet in these parts. This is
mostly because he rents the rooms for a song. To birds, of
course. He’s got 122 little cottages for his transient boarders
and a main “hotel” built to house 24 families of Martins.
Members of the Suffolk Board of Supervisors, in apparent
agreement on the desirability of a county tax map, are
expected to disagree with County Executive H. Lee Dennison’s
proposal for a topographical map which would delineate
with pinpoint accuracy the 460,000 parcels of real
estate within the 920-square-mile area.
The Brookhaven Shores Lighting District was established
Tuesday by the Brookhaven Town Board. The district of
about 67 acres is bounded on the north by South Country
Road, the south by Fireplace Creek and Great South Bay,
the east by property of Henry Lohman and the west by Bellhaven
Road and Brookhaven Acres.
Congressman Stuyvesant Wainwright announced this
week that the Federal Aviation Agency has agreed to locate
a new Air Traffic Control Center near MacArthur Airport in
Islip Town, to serve as an important facility of an overall
program designed to improve air traffic control throughout
the country. The exact site has as yet not been chosen.
Fifth Precinct detectives arrested a 21-year-old Patchogue
laborer early this week who they said answers the description
of a man who had attempted to rob a young couple
while they were parked in a secluded spot near the Mill
Pond, off Second Street, Patchogue, at 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
Suffolk County Police Sergeant Otto Brauner scored a
perfect 300 score at the recent New Jersey police pistol
tournament attended by crack police shooters from the
eastern states.
John Huber, senior at Seton Hall High School, began to
wind up a highly successful high school oratory career Friday
night as he took first place in the Suffolk County Oratory
contest sponsored by the County Democratic Association.
Signatures are being taken for a petition to allow swimming
at the upper and lower lakes of Yaphank. The petition
will be presented at the Brookhaven Town Hall in Patchogue
on June 14.
On the way to a weekend firing at Camp Upton, a M48
90 mm. tank driven by Private Sandor Engel struck a utility
pole on Route 112 in Medford, early Saturday morning.
An examination showed that the steering rod had failed,
according to Suffolk Police Patrolmen Frank Dobson and
Richard Bach. The pole was split in half, but there was no
damage to the tank, which belongs to Medium Tank Battalion,
142nd Armor, New York National Guard.
Miss Nicole C. Robbez-Masson received her bachelor of
science degree, with a major in elementary education, at
the 99th graduation at State University of New York, College
of Education, Oswego, Monday.
A gala ceremony was held by the Baldwins of Babylon
May 29 when a 36-foot ketch, built by Stanley Grodeski in
his shop on Newey’s Lane in Brookhaven, was launched at
the Brookhaven yard of Richard Tooker.
Chick Finn and George Paul have completed their junior
year at Hamilton College in Clinton and arrived home last
Wednesday night for the summer vacation.
The two fourth-grade classes of the Kreamer Street
School in Bellport were guests of American Airlines at
Idlewild Airport on May 24. The children were taken on
a “behind-the scenes” tour of American Airlines’ facilities,
including a hangar visit where planes were being repaired;
and were even given a chance to go aboard and examine
the luxurious 707 jet flagship and an Electra.
The fourth public hearing to be held on the request or a
change of zone on the former Osborn property on South
Country Road was attended by a lesser number than at
previous hearings, but the overwhelming majority was opposed
to the change again. A show of hands showed 49 opposed,
five in favor.











June 17

A large number of members and guests
attended the Shirley Yacht Club Regatta
and grand opening of the new clubhouse
here off the William Floyd Parkway last
week. The races were conducted under the
direction of Fleet Captain Joseph Nemeth,
assisted by a large committee.
The extensive remodeling of the interior
of the Gateway Playhouse and the construction
of a new wide Broadway stage
was expected to be completed last week.
Carpenters and painters have been busily
engaged in preparing the theatre for this
12th season, putting the finishing touches
on the stage and mezzanine.
The Patchogue Chapter of the National
Honor Society held its annual induction
ceremony recently in the Patchogue Senior
High School auditorium. The 15 new members
inducted into the group were seniors
Jean Murphy, Brenda Jochnowitz and Daniel
Gillette; and juniors Mary Ellen Dudley,
Edith Gruber, Eleanor Jellinger, Suzanne
Levermann, Roberta Peterson, Margaret
Spence, Nancy Warner, Judith Whitbeck,
Judith Zahatos, Stephen Baer, Barry Libin
and Richard Miller.
Miss Patricia Stiriz, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Michael Stiriz of Lake Drive in Patchogue,
was among the 225 women who
received their associate degrees from
Colby Junior College, New London, New
Hampshire, Sunday.
The first Confraternity graduation exercises
were held on May 22 after the 10:15
a.m. Mass at St. Francis de Sales R.C.
Church of Patchogue. Eight seniors were
awarded diplomas: Marianne Bertolino,
John Gearity, Linda Meachen, Jean Murphy,
Peter Petty, Donald Pipe, Richard
Schwinge and Charles Torre.
The Brookhaven Town Board Tuesday
refused to permit swimming in the Upper
Yaphank Lake after receiving a petition of
over 200 names asking that the lake be kept
open. Supervisor August Stout Jr. said swimming
had been forbidden at the site in order
that the town would not be liable in case of
injuries or drowning. The area had never
been designated a town beach, he said.
Swift legwork by detectives and uniformed
men of the Fifth Precinct brought about the
arrest of a suspect in connection with Monday
morning’s robbery of the Patchogue
Motel. The suspect was captured six hours
after the incident and charged with first-degree
robbery, detectives said. Allen B. Davis,
motel proprietor, furnished detectives
with a description of the man who rang the
motel service bell at 3 a.m. Monday, signed
the register, and then, Mr. Davis told police,
pulled a gun, forcing Mr. Davis and his wife
to the floor. The robber then tied the couple
with belts, took $400 from the cash register
and fled, Mr. Davis said.
Suffolk Welfare Commissioner John L.
Barry announced that the department’s
reports on home relief, old age assistance
and aid to dependent children all registered
declines in the total number of cases
for the month of April.
The Long Island Rail Road went into Federal
Court in Brooklyn Tuesday in an effort
to avert a strike called for 12:01 a.m. Sunday
by 1,350 members of the Brotherhood
of Railroad Trainmen. The LIRR received
an order requiring the union to appear in
court today to show cause why it should
not be enjoined from striking. In another
move to avert the strike, the railroad filed
notice that if the strike does become a reality
it would seek $1,000,000 in damages
from the union.
Starr Miranda, an 11-year-old Patchogue
girl, won the New York State Grand Championship
award at the New York State
Twirling Championship contest at Jones
Beach on Saturday.
Miss Virginia Niemeer, chosen prom
queen of Patchogue High School last week,
became a sign changer when she hoisted
the new name of “Bounding Main” for Patchogue’s
Main Street. The action marks
the opening of Patchogue’s second annual
boat show beginning today and running
through Saturday.
Patchogue Village Clerk Salvatore J. Romeo
will resign his post Monday and return
to private industry as general superintendent
of the Lomar Construction Corp. of
Councilman John Young recommended
Tuesday that the Brookhaven Town Board
authorize the construction of a Go-Kart
track on the southern part of the Medford
rifle range and ran into immediate opposition
to his proposal.
Six trips were made by the Bellport ambulance
during the past week. These trips
add up to a total of 155 trips made so far
this year, well ahead of last year’s figure for
the entire year, with two weeks more to go
before the end of the fiscal year.
With Dennis Puleston of Brookhaven and
Arthur Cooley and Keith McKenna, science
and English teachers, respectively, in
Central District 4 in Bellport, about 15 high
school students have completed a nature
walk and bridges at Camp Paquatuck in
East Moriches. ■

June 24

William H. Curtis, supervising principal
of Central District 4 in Bellport, is one of
10 outstanding persons that was honored
by the Tufts Alumni Council at its annual
meeting on the campus in Massachusetts
on Saturday afternoon.
Children of 7 years and up of Brookhaven,
South Haven and Yaphank are eligible for
the American Red Cross swimming program
which will begin at 9 a.m. June 27 at
the Bellport Beach.
Thomas O’Rourke, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Vernon O’Rourke of 188 South Country
Road in Bellport, was among the 308 seniors
who received their bachelor of arts
degrees Monday at Colgate University’s
139th annual commencement exercises in
Exceptionally fast action by personnel
of the Fifth Precinct of Suffolk Police resulted
yesterday afternoon in the arrest of
two armed robbery suspects less than 15
minutes after the Redwood Bar and Grill
at 8 West Avenue, Patchogue, was robbed
at gunpoint. Detective Captain Patrick
Mellon and Detective Kenneth Lowden,
remembering they had passed a couple
on Jennings Avenue fitting the description
given to Sgt. James Meachen, returned to
Jennings Avenue and arrested Edward Schneerman,
24, of 308 Third Street, Bayport
and Florence Gordon, 17, of 67 Columbia
Street, Patchogue, charging them with
armed robbery.
A 50-star flag has been given to Brookhaven
Memorial Hospital by East Patchogue Community
Service, an organization founded in
1942 as a center for community disaster,
similar to the present-day Civil Defense. On
disbanding, there was still $42 left in the
bank. Members were recently asked if they
would like to do something about the idle
sum. After some discussion, they decided
to purchase a flag for the hospital.
One hundred years ago this month, South
Side Lodge No. 493, Free and Accepted
Masons, was duly instituted and its officers
installed. This was the culmination of
the work begun in the fall of 1859 when a
dispensation was obtained from the Grand
Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the
State of New York to establish a lodge in the
Village of Patchogue. In commemoration of
its 100th anniversary, the lodge will hold a
church service in the Patchogue Congregational
Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Brookhaven Town Board this week
removed the “No Swimming” sign at Upper
Yaphank Lake after receiving legal counsel
that the town would not be liable in case of
injuries or drowning at the lake.
Sister Marie Clotilde auditorium will be
the scene of graduation exercises when
209 seniors will receive their diplomas
from the hands of His Excellency, Walter P.
Kellenberg, D.D., Bishop of Rockville Centre
at 8 p.m. Saturday.
This year’s graduation exercises at Patchogue
Senior High School will see a record
number of graduates receiving diplomas.
School officials announced this week
that approximately 180 seniors will receive
diplomas in this year’s graduation exercises
to be held at 8:15 p.m. Monday in the
Saxton Street auditorium.
Thirty-five town highways have been recommended
for reduced speed limits by the
State Traffic Commission, it was reported
Tuesday before the Brookhaven Town
Board. The areas include the North Patchogue,
East Patchogue, Holtsville, Shirley,
Mastic and Mastic Beach.
At a special meeting of the Patchogue
Village Board held Saturday afternoon, the
board voted unanimously to appoint Ronald
Blau of Rider Avenue in Patchogue to
the position, replacing Salvatore Romeo.
To vie with the early summer wind and
the sea, there are busy manmade sounds
as electricians, carpenters, plumbers and
such work to complete the new pavilion at
Smith’s Point Park in time for opening day
July 4. ■

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