Dec 1

It was as gloomy as the Pilgrims’ first
winter in New England in the Patchogue
locker room last Thursday morning. Port
Jefferson had just defeated the Red Raiders,
19-7, for its seventh straight victory
in the annual Thanksgiving Day classic.
Patchogue head coach Joe Agostinello
thought Port was a good, hard-hitting
team and had a fine running attack. As
for his own squad, the Raider mentor
gave praise to Bud Rooney, Jim Bianco,
Joe Rupolo and John Haag.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Collins and children
Kathy and Craig, of Bellhaven Road,
spent the holiday and weekend with Mrs.
Collins’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Pardee of Kingston.
Mr. and Mrs. James Vaughan and family
of North Howells Point Road returned
home Friday after spending the Thanksgiving
holiday with Mrs. Vaughan’s parents,
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Sutliff of Troy.
The sixteenth wedding anniversary of
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Trautwein of Colonial
Drive was celebrated recently. Mr.
and Mrs. Trautwein and children, April
and Thomas, celebrated Thanksgiving
Day and the birthdays of Mrs. Trautwein’s
mother, Mrs. Thomas Rosina of
North Patchogue, and of a son-in-law,
Robert Mayer, at Mrs. Rosina’s home.
Wed in Our Lady of Mount Carmel
R. C. Church, Patchogue, November 18
were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ryzarczyk.
The bride is the former Miss Cecil Adele
Hussnatter of Patchogue.
Of special interest to Brookhaven hamlet
residents old and new are two handsome
leather albums of: “Early photographs
of the hamlet of Brookhaven collected
by the late George Perley Morse,
1945-1959 and given to the Brookhaven
Free Library.” Pertinent notes accompanying
the photographs provide information
regarding the places and persons
depicted. The albums are a valuable permanent
addition to the local historical
collection of the library.
Hank Maust, who is in his junior year
at Adelphi College in Garden City, spent
Thanksgiving Day with his mother, Mrs.
Ralph Maust of South Country Road, and
the weekend deer hunting in the Adirondack
Mountains with college friends.
Mrs. Maust also had guests for Thanksgiving
dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Streit
and their son, Christopher, of Bellport,
and Mrs. Streit’s mother, Mrs. Alvin Powell
of Glen Ridge, N.J.
Mrs. Bernt Tofte entertained the Thursday
Afternoon Luncheon and Bridge Club
of Center Moriches on Nov. 15. Attending
were Mesdames Edward Hansen,
Frank G. Schumacher, Ansgar Thomson,
Burtin Cassin and Bernte Tofte, all of
Center Moriches; Mrs. Le Roy Smith
of Patchogue; Mrs. Edward Hamrick of
Manorville and Mrs. Charles Alden of
East Moriches.

Dec 8

At 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, the doors of
the J. C. Penney Department Store at 55
South Ocean Ave. will be closed on the
operation, which was opened Oct. 20,
Mrs. Elizabeth Moger has returned to
her home at 15 Jennings Ave. after being
treated for a dislocated shoulder and a
fractured elbow at Brookhaven Memorial
Ronald J. Salamone of 11 Mulford St.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Salamone,
is among 40 University of Rochester
seniors who have been selected for
Golden R. awards in recognition of their
outstanding contributions to the U of R’s
extracurricular activities program.
Entry was forced into the Union
Savings Bank at 62 South Ocean Ave.
during the weekend, Fifth Precinct Police
said, but nothing was stolen. Police said
a soft drink machine was smashed in the
basement and a stamp machine knocked
down in a hallway in an unsuccessful
attempt to take money from them. Entry
was gained by breaking an alley window
and opening a lock.
Patchogue Mayor Robert Waldbauer
cut the ribbon Friday to officially open
the Lake Street parking field. It is the
third of four fields to be opened by the
Village Board of trustees in a milliondollar
program to improve parking
facilities within the village.
Felco cultured pearls, the perfect gift
for Christmas. Large selection to choose
from, $29.95 and up. Cook Jewelers, 85
East Main St., Patchogue.
After the Thanksgiving vacation, Mrs.
Harry Bedell took over her kindergarten
classes at the Kreamer Street School
where Mrs. Charles Gould has been
substituting for her since school started.
She has been recuperating from a broken
ankle incurred in July.
A morning coffee was held at the home
of Mrs. Stanley Seltzer of Bieselin Road
Tuesday morning for all the women who
took part in the labor survey which was
conducted by the League of Women
Voters of Bellport in November.
The Rev. Charles A. Kellogg of the
Brookhaven-South Haven Presbyterian
Church reports that some of the men
from the church have just completed the
very strenuous task of moving the bell
from the old church tower to its new
location in the steeple of the historic
church building undergoing renovation.
The men who worked on this project for
the church were Harold Sylvester, Earl
Light, Howard Sterns, William Mooney
and Frederick Mohlmann.
Mrs. John Saunders of Bay Road,
Brookhaven, whose husband is with the
British delegation to the United Nations,
and Mrs. Robert Starke, also of Bay
Road, recently took a trip to New York
City to visit the U.N. They had lunch in
the delegates dining room and had a tour
through the U.N. buildings, which was
especially interesting since the general
assembly is now in session.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Davis Sr. of Blue
Point returned home last week after a
two months’ honeymoon trip touring the
Middle East. After spending 10 days on the
Island of Majorca in the Mediterranean
off Spain, they continued on to visit
Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Jerusalem and
then home.
Airman Basic David W. Potts, son of
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Potts of Mastic
Beach is being assigned to the United
States Air Force technical training
course for radio and radar maintenance
specialists at Keesler AFB, Miss. He is a
graduate of William Floyd High School

Dec 15

Albert A. Benincasa was elected chairman
of the Patchogue Village Republican
committee at a meeting of the Patchogue
committeemen Tuesday night at Suffolk
GOP headquarters in Blue Point. A native
of Patchogue, he graduated from Seton Hall
High School. He is married to the former
Margaret Daly of Rocky Point.
A feature of the Santa Claus parade held
in Patchogue Dec. 2 was a float depicting
Santa’s helpers in their workshop. And they
have been bona fide helpers at that, for they
are local teenagers who worked on used toys
turned over to village recreation department
for distribution to needy children Christmas
week. The students were: Margaret
Burns, Chris Dioguardo, Nina Cerro, Rita
Hutchinson, Ada Keys and Marie Malsky.
Recently wed were Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas
Thomas Vendetti, whose marriage took
place in St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church,
Patchogue. The bride is the former Miss
Lorraine Frances Allen of Patchogue.

Dec 15 cont.

Harold J. McEwen, executive director of
the North Patchogue Youth Athletic Club,
announced the basket of cheer winner at the
NPYAC Ladies Auxiliary Christmas party last
Thursday at Whirlaway’s Inn, Patchogue. The
winner was Mrs. Helen Mauger of Annanias
Avenue, Patchogue.
At 7:30 p.m. tomorrow the Couples Club of
the Bellport Methodist Church will meet at
the church where they will leave in a group
to sing Christmas carols at the Brookhaven
Laboratory Hospital. Later they will have
refreshments at the church hall. Host couples
are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bishop, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Werner and Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony DiDio of New
Jersey Avenue, Bellport, attended capping
exercises at the Caledonian Hospital, St.
Paul’s Place, Brooklyn, where their daughter
Joan received her cap Friday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Calkins Jr. and daughters
Marjorie and Linda, of Bieselin Road visited
Rockefeller Center on Saturday. They also
rode the Fifth Avenue bus to Thirty-fourth
Street and viewed the Christmas display
windows at Macy’s. After leaving the city,
they visited with Mrs. Calkin’s parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Miller of Flushing.
John Everitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore
T. Everitt of South Howell’s Point Road, was
chosen as “Student of the Month” to represent
Bellport High School at the December
meeting of the Rotary Club in Patchogue.

Dec 22
Local Disco Quits, Blames Bad Press: Joseph W. Messina,
ostensible proprietor of Sayville’s notorious Shore Club, has
struck his colors. His go-go joint at 400 Foster Avenue—the
old quarters of the Shoreham Hotel, long one of the most
respectable and pleasant resorts on the Great South Bay—is
locked. A welcome quiet has returned to the neighborhood.
Jacob Bendersky of Amityville, Mr. Messina’s attorney, said
that Mr. Messina would sell his formerly prosperous cabaret.
“Unfavorable publicity,” was the reason given by Mr. Bendersky
for Mr. Messina’s decision. About a week ago, Mr.
Messina was arrested for writing hot checks. However, his
troubles stemmed mainly for the murder of a go-go dancer
who performed at his club.
Jacqueline Stuart entertained at
a luncheon in honor of her eleventh
birthday Saturday at the home of her
parents, Dr. and Mrs. Alden T. Stuart,
on Rose Avenue. After the luncheon, the
group attended the movies. Guests were
Linda Zeidler, Carol Willhelm, Diane
Uttley, Diane Schordine, Barbara Wicks,
Barbara Carleton and Carol Goodwin.
Nelson Crisler Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Nelson Crisler of Falcon Avenue, has
been accepted at State University College
at Plattsburgh. He will be a member of
the freshman class in September and will
major in secondary science.
Army Private Foster M. Aviano, 22, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Foster B. Aviano of Lake
St., Patchogue, completed eight weeks of
military police training at Fort Gordon,
Ga. Pvt. Aviano received instruction in
self defense, traffic control and the basic
procedures of civil and military law.
Bellport High School has received
a foreign exchange student, 15-yearold
Jorge Humberto Cano of Medellin,
Colombia. He and six other exchange
students from Colombia arrived at
Idlewild Airport Dec. 7. Jorge is living
with Mr. and Mrs. Verne Critz of Hedges
Road, East Patchogue.
The Bellport High School faculty held
its annual Christmas party at Riley’s Inn
in Blue Point Friday night. The group sang
Christmas carols and enjoyed dancing
to the music of the Humel Orchestra
following the dinner. Edward Campbell
was in charge of the arrangements.
Bert McMahon, chief engineer on the
Great Lakes oil tanker, Traverse City,
arrived home Dec. 1 and will be with his
family at North Howell’s Point Rd. until
the day after Christmas.
On Sunday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Long entertained the staff of the
Hampton Avenue School at an open
house at their home on George Court.
Dennis Puleston of Brookhaven, Walter
Terry of Blue Point, Paul Stoutenburgh of
Cutchogue, Gilbert Raynor of Manorville
and a group of high school boys and girls
went on a field trip to Montauk Point
Saturday. Many varieties of waterfowl
were seen, including the King and
American species of eider duck and the
blue goose, which are very rare in this
A total of $25 in coin was stolen Dec.
7 from a cash register at the Pizza Pie
Palace on Neighborhood Road, Mastic
Beach. Entry was gained by breaking a
window on the west side of the building,
police said.
Miss Marlene Cruse celebrated her
19th birthday quietly at her Orchid Dr.
home Thursday with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Rudolph Cruse, brother Randy and
sister Jennifer.
Mastic Beach Explorer Post 121 will
meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Sunday
School rooms of the Grace Lutheran
Church on Mastic Rd. with post advisors
George and Daniel Burge.
Dec 29

Mr. and Mrs. Russell A. Schrage announce
the birth of a son, Michael William, born Dec.
16. Michael William has two brothers, James
and Russell, and a sister, Cheryl Ann. He was
born on the 39th wedding anniversary of his
maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James
Musso of Patchogue. It was also the birthday
of the baby’s uncle, William C. Schrage Jr. of
Ray A. Weeks is spending the holidays with
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Weeks of
Franklin Street. He is a sophomore at Albany
State University, where he is a member of the
varsity basketball team.
Dudley Warner, who attends the University
of Tennessee, is spending his holidays with
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dixon Warner
of Washington Avenue. A member of the
freshman class, he is a pre-med major.
Mrs. R. Christian Anderson met her mother,
Mrs. Walter Trimble of New Castle, Pa., in
New York City last Wednesday. After viewing
the Christmas decorations they returned to
Brookhaven, where Mrs. Trimble will spend
10 days with the Anderson family.
Christmas weekend houseguests of Mr. and
Mrs. Alan Kusa of South Howell’s Point Rd.
were Mr. Kusa’s sister, Miss Helen Kusa, and
Mark Morris, both students at St. Lawrence
University, Canton.
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Block of
Brookhaven celebrated their first wedding
anniversary Dec. 18 by attending a cocktail
party given by Mr. and Mrs. William Bianchi
of Bellport, and later they were joined by Dr.
and Mrs. Si Molinoff of Patchogue, for dinner
and dancing at the Better ‘Ole restaurant.
Mr. Block is an attorney with the law firm of
Dranitzke and Lechtrecker of Patchogue.
The members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the
Medford Fire Department held their annual
Christmas party after their regular meeting
last Thursday night. Mesdames James
Anderson, Michael Guerrasio, Martin Thomas
and Helen Altrui were in charge of the event.
The birthdays of Mesdames Edward Hinkel,
Warren Pedatella, Edward Reich and Henry
Wolde were acknowledged.
Enter, Santa aboard the pumper of the
Center Moriches Fire Department, its sirens
wailing, Saturday night at Newins Street
parking lot in Center Moriches. Anxiously
awaiting his arrival were children who
received candy from Old St. Nick in the
person of Frank Costantino of East Moriches.
The happy occasion was made possible by
the Lions Club of the Moriches.
Private 1/c Paul Leonardi, stationed at
Ft. Bragg, N. C., is spending a holiday leave
with his wife and son Paul Jr. at the home of
Mrs. Leonardi’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. William
Dondiego, of Mastic Beach.



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