March 3
The Medford Hotel is back in business
after firemen from four departments battled
a blaze Friday that could have destroyed
the area landmark. Matthew Tate, owner,
paid high tribute to the men of the Medford,
Coram, North Patchogue and Yaphank fire
departments. Thomas Ringer, Mr. Tate’s 16-
year-old stepson, was awakened by the odor
of smoke at about 3:30 a.m. He awakened
the hotel’s three guests and all escaped. Only
one injury was reported, a Medford fireman,
Vincent Cerullo, who cut his wrist on glass.
By dawn, the fire was out. The place was
ready for limited business the day after the
Basking in the sunshine of Florida these
days are two of Swezey and Newins’ buyers.
Both Helen “Boys” Smith and Mildred
“Hosiery” Erickson are enjoying vacations
there. Meanwhile, heading north for a few
days this week was Kim Swezey.
During a tour of Radio Station WPAC in
Patchogue one day last week, Mrs. Peter
Quinn and children, Ann, Peter and Paul
of North Howell’s Point Road, and Karen,
Jan, Donna and Patty Ramirez of Circuit
Road were invited to participate in the “Don
Lombardy Guest Book” show in which a
representative of CARE explained the work
of that organization.
A group of Bellport High School students,
together with Dennis Puleston and Arthur
Cooley, science teacher, motored to Mecox
Bay Saturday to study wildlife there. No
unusual birds were sighted, but it is hoped
once the ice has disappeared there will be a
greater variety of waterfowl and other birds.
Mr. and Mrs. Felix Grucci of Station Road
accompanied Mr. and Mrs. James Garlinge
of Babylon to New York City where they
enjoyed dinner and dancing in the Hawaiian
Room of the Hotel Lexington Saturday night
to celebrate the wedding anniversaries of
both couples.
Peter Ranken, son of Mr. and Mrs. George
A. Ranken of South Country Road, spent
the weekend in Brookhaven. He returned to
Officers’ Candidate School at Newport, R.I.,
where tomorrow he will be among some 500
men who will be commissioned as ensigns in
exercises at the Naval Base. After a leave of
10 days, Mr. Ranken will report in San Diego
for amphibious training.
Mrs. Harry Matthews of Namkee Road
and Mrs. George Schrader of Boylan Lane
were the guests of honor at a stork shower
Feb. 20 at the home of their sister-in-law,
Mrs. Richard Collins of Dogwood Lane,
Patchogue. The guests included Mesdames
Fremont Collins, Barney Charvat, Bessie
Monaghan, Bruno Panewich and Howard
Schrage of Blue Point; Mesdames Charles
Luff, George Gamaldi, Jerome Perry, May
Matthews, Herbert Schrage and Miss Lynn
Luff of Patchogue; Mrs. Robert Luff and Mrs.
Francis Schrage of Bayport; Mrs. Frederick
Schrage of West Islip; Mrs. Emile Schrage
of Uniondale; and Mrs. Carl Kern of Center
Suffolk County Fair officials announced
that the 1961 fair will be held from June 30 to
July 9, on the grounds of the former Sayville
Airport. The fair site is situated on the Sunrise
Highway four miles east of the Sunrise -
Montauk Highway intersection and about
one half-mile west of the Veterans Memorial
Highway. Already slated for the activity is a
five-acre model farm, armed forces, autos,
boats, youth activities, drum and bugle
corps and many others. Fair officials are
anticipating an attendance of over 200,000.
Premiums, prizes and trophies will again be
awarded and all Suffolk residents are invited
to participate. ■

March 10

Voters of Patchogue-Medford School
District 24, by a vote of 508-87, gave
their support to the Board of Education
proposal to add an eight-room wing to
the River Avenue Elementary School. The
proposal also includes plans to rehabilitate
the existing structure.
Even though there wasn’t a February
29 on the calendar, Thea Garbarino,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Garbarino,
celebrated her fifth birthday March 1 at
her home on East Main Street.
Singing and dancing will be featured
in the entertainment program to be
presented at the St. Patrick’s party to be
held Sunday night at Mary Immaculate R.
C. Church auditorium. Vocal selections
will be rendered by Mrs. Kenneth Glover
of South Haven, members of the church
choir and Leo Armstrong of Bellport and
Miss Susie Powers of Yaphank will dance.
Mrs. Edmund Rowland is chairman of
entertainment and Mr. Rowland will be
A family party was held Tuesday night at
the Robert Wayte home on North Brewster
Lane to celebrate Miss Peggy Wayte’s
sixteenth birthday. After dinner, the group
enjoyed bowling at the Patchogue Bowling
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marrion of Station
Road have received word that their son,
Airman 2/c Thomas Marrion, has become
engaged to Miss Marion Heilmann of
Frankfurt, Germany. An early summer
wedding is being planned. Airman
Marrion, who has been stationed at the
Rhine-Main Air Force Base in Germany
for the past three years, expects to arrive
home around the middle of March.
John Lancaster of Gerard Street drove
to Saratoga Springs Friday to attend
“Happy Pappy Weekend” at Skidmore
College, where his daughter, Barbara, is a
Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Geraine and
family of Station Road returned home
Monday night from a month’s vacation in
Hollywood, Fla.
George and Vernetta Eleazer, children
of Mr. and Mrs. George Eleazer of New
Jersey Avenue, are spending a few days
with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Lewis of Newark, New Jersey.
Today and next Thursday from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at the Blue Point Firehouse,
Basic Food Preparation (Blue Ribbon Pies
and Pastries) will be taught at the Home
Extension Service meetings by Mrs. Ernest
Sunderland and Mrs. John Kovarick.
Mrs. Frieda Boyd of Arthur Avenue left
by train Tuesday for Florida where she
will visit with her many Blue Point friends
who spend their winters in Florida.
The Medford Mens’ and Ladies’ Choral
Societies held a successful dance at the
Medford Community Hall Saturday night.
Music for dancing was furnished by Hans
Biers Orchestra of New York City. There
was choral singing by the two groups
during the evening. Guests included
members from other choral groups from
all over Suffolk County.
A Hi Neighbor dance, sponsored by the
Mastic-Shirley Republican Club, will be
held at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Mastic Beach
Property Owners Association Clubhouse
on Neighborhood Road and Orchid Drive,
Mastic Beach. A roast beef dinner will
be served and music for dancing will be
furnished by the Mello-Dees. Co-chairmen
of the affair are Edward Valder and
Vincent Rappa.
Robert Hall brings you the most wanted
fashion look for spring and Easter at
sensational low prices. Your choice $17.95:
Glamorous Jersey Coats, foam-backed,
won’t sag, stretch. Genuine Fox Collared
Spring Woolen Suits in the wanted, demifit
“dressmaker” look. ■

March 17

March 24

Anyone who has been worrying
about the younger generation can relax.
Today’s teenagers are just as domestic
as their mothers were. They like to cook
and bake and can dream up their own
mouth-watering recipes, too, a Patchogue
Electric Light Company spokesman said.
Over 400 home economics students from
seven high schools in PELCO’s territory
have enlisted in the school’s bake-off.
Each school will select four winners to
enter the semi-finals. Each semi-finalist
will receive a household article as a gift
from PELCO — and the winners for
each school will be given a West Bend
Hand Mixer.
Charles W. Swift, 23, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Swift of Cedar Avenue,
Patchogue has been assigned to N
Company of the Fourth Training
Regiment at Fort Dix, New Jersey, for
eight weeks of basic training. Under the
Reserve Forces Act, he will serve on
active duty for six months of training
and then be transferred to hometown
duty with an Army Reserve or National
Guard unit.
Joanne Asaro, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Tom Asaro of South Summit
Avenue, celebrated her eighth birthday
with a birthday party March 11. Her
guests were Judy Martino, Judy Palmer,
Robin Marshak, Marcella Oliveri, Edith
Negron and Claudia Bangel.
The senior class of the College of Saint
Elizabeth, Convent Station, N. J. will
sponsor a Father-Daughter weekend,
March 25 and 26 for the fathers of the
members of the student body. Miss
Mary-Lou Pellegrino, daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. Louis Pellegrino of Roe Blvd.,
Patchogue, is ticket committee chairman
of the weekend.
Scott L. Chamier of Medford, a First
Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserves
stationed at Mitchell field and a teacher
at the Hampton Avenue School, North
Bellport, returned recently from active
duty with his reserve unit.
A St. Patrick’s Day party was given for
the Rudden children by their parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Rudden of
Browns Lane Friday afternoon. Those
present were Kathy Lancaster, Lisa der
Mateosian, Sally Baier, Joanne Waldron,
Margit Dahl and Hal Cohen.
Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler (Bud) Corwin
of Montauk Highway celebrated their
eleventh wedding anniversary Sunday
with dinner out. ■

March 31

The Roberts Stationery Store is re-opening
Monday at the same location, 12 South Ocean
Avenue, Patchogue. After the fire in their
store, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence F. Metz, owners
of the store, received many cards and letters
from townspeople and they thank their many
friends, old and new, for their wonderful
Miss Phyllis Fine, who attends State
University, College of Education at Potsdam,
was one of 80 students studying state
government at Albany for two days recently.
Miss Fine is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Fine of Rider Avenue.
Peter Small will arrive home tomorrow to
spend the Easter holiday with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Maxwell Small of Otis Lane. Peter
has been on a week’s tour with the Bowdoin
College Glee Club, which presented concerts
as far west as Cleveland, Ohio.
Mayor and Mrs. Harry Bedell of Country
Club Road drove to New York City Saturday.
During the afternoon they visited the reception
center of the new Time and Life building
where they saw, reproduced on the walls
and ceilings in color, Michelangelo’s Sistene
Chapel frescoes, “The Last Judgement” and
“The Creation of the World.” The Building is
open to the public during the Easter season,
and Mayor and Mrs. Bedell stated that seeing
the frescoes is a most inspiring experience.
Gus Costanzo has returned from Lake
Worth, Fla., where he spent the winter
months. He is staying at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Sam Fuoco of Private Road for a
few weeks before returning to his home on
Association Road.
Miss Nicole Robbez-Masson of North
Howells Point Road was guest-of-honor at a
surprise bridal shower given by Miss Roberta
Spence of Patchogue Saturday night. Miss
Spence will act as maid-of-honor at the
wedding of Miss Robbez-Masson to Robin
McMurray at the Bellport Methodist Church
Saturday afternoon.
Beth Saunders, a student nurse, has
completed her three months’ training at Kings
Park State Hospital and is now at home with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Saunders,
of Pleasant Avenue, for two weeks.
The boys of the Little League will be
canvassing the Blue Point area Saturday
seeking donations to buy necessary
equipment. Opening day will be on April 29
at which time 500 gallons of fuel oil supplied
by Al Druhm will be awarded.
Mascot Restaurant and Bar is now open.
Specializing in fresh seafood, our lobsters are
a treat. Moderate prices. Ask for Harry for the
specialty of the house. The last place on your
right on South Ocean Avenue, Patchogue.





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