June 4

Edmund W. Tuton, principal of
Patchogue High School, presented
a special award from the National
Honor Society to Barbara Orford in
recognition of her high standing in the
National Scholastic Science program.
Barbara has also received a scholarship
to Massachusetts Instituate of
Francis K. Zimmermann of 115 Rider
Avenue in Patchogue was elected to
the executive committee of the American
Association of Fund Raising counsel
at the association’s 25th annual
A familiar Patchogue figure, John E.
Ketcham, 85, of 116 East Main Street,
died after a brief illness. Belonging to
an old Patchogue family, Mr. Ketcham
had lived here all his life. He had been
employed for the past 35 years in the
Appellate Division of the New York
State Supreme Court in Brooklyn. He
is survived by his wife, Bertha L. Ketcham
of Patchogue.
The South Country Shores marina in
East Patchogue, already in operation,
promises to become the biggest on the
south shore of Long Island, according
to H. Alan Zwissler, attorney for Frank
J. Hines of South Country Road, East
Patchogue, owner. Presently berthing
12 boats, the marina will eventually
berth from 350-400. With October
set as the full completion date, the
marina’s salesroom is now fully constructed
and a large storage building is
two-thirds finished.
Attending the final meeting for the
season of the Sit and Sew Club at the
home of Mrs. Leon Swezey of Purick
Street in Blue Point were Mrs. George
Pope of Sayville and Mesdames Howard
Shene, Alfred Swezey, William Ritchie,
William Weyhrauch, Frieda Boyd and

George Densing of Blue Point.
Dr. William F. Kennedy, professor of
economics at the University of California,
was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship
for 1959-60. A native of Patchogue,
Dr. Kennedy is the son of Mrs. Catherine
Kennedy of 11 Thorne Street.
Miss Nan Bush, daughter of Dr. and
Mrs. Jacob Bush of 249 Jennings Avenue
in Patchogue, was graduated by
the Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion
The Bellport High School girls’ softball
team won the Suffolk County Girls’
Athletic Association Class B Softball
Championship for the 1959 season.
Members of the team included Gloria
Iarocci, Bonnie Lancaster, Kathy
Hupfer, Keith McLean, Lynn Abrams,
Barbara Martin, Jackie Snyder, Barbara
Hawkins, Marilyn Capicotta, Marie
Borruso, Antoinette DiDonato and
Nancy Kulakowski.
Last year Angelo DeSantis set quite a
record by picking the first red tomato
from his garden in June, but this year
his secret formula for the early ripening
of tomatoes worked even better.
He picked his first red tomato May 29.
Each year, Mr. DeSantis gives most
of the produce raised in his spacious
garden to friends and neighbors and
always makes a special presentation
of his first tomato. This year it went
to Mrs. Hazel Petersen of Woodland
Park Road.
Miss Joan Catherine O’Connell, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Peter O’Connell,
218 Oak Street in Patchogue, has
accepted a junior high homemaking
teaching position with the Patchogue
Cooperative Board and will be teaching
in Yaphank, Ridge, Miller Place
and Rocky Point schools. She is a
June 1955 graduate of Seton Hall High
School. ■

June 11

One of the most unusual cases in medical history was
treated at Bayview Hospital where a lower jaw, 12 teeth
and a flock of red hair were extracted from the chest of
a 17-year-old boy. The youngster, according to medical
sources, had been complaining of a chest tumor and
was x-rayed at the hospital where the unusual growth
was discovered. The “tumor” was later removed by Dr.
James Finnerty of Patchogue. Doctors said the growth
was the result of misplaced genes or cells during the
gestation period. Aside of the extra cells, which apparently
grew with the boy, a resident of the Moriches bay
area, the youngster was completely normal.
The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport kicks off its
1959 summer season with many new changes. New
popular prices, new curtain times, a newly decorated
lobby and patio, new stereophonic sound equipment
and a new company are being featured. But the biggest
change of all is the presentation of a few hit
musical comedies fresh from Broadway. The Gateway
schedule includes Bells Are Ringing, The Girls
in 509, Say, Darling, Dark at the Top of the Stairs,
Baby Doll, Once More with Feeling, The Happiest
Millionaire, Salad Days, Look Homeward Angel and
Li’l Abner.
Douglas, 9; Patricia, 7; Claudia, 6; and Richard, 5,
children of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bumstead of Blue
Point, went in to Southside Hospital to have their
tonsils removed at the same hour.
Only recently returned from a traffic school at
Northwestern University, Patchogue Police Chief
Dominick Chiuchiolo used his stock of new learning
and advised the village board the 25 miles per hour
speed limit in the village was too slow, and that there
were too many stop signs. The trustees agreed there
was merit in the chief’s suggestions and a committee
was appointed to investigate.
Top honors among this year’s graduating class of
Seton Hall High School have been achieved by Carol
Ann Smith and Thomas Duane Rowland who will be
class valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
Carol is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Smith
of 27 Smith Court in Bayport. Thomas is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Rowland of 90 Carman Street in
The Patchogue High School class of 1949 held
its 10th annual reunion at Nancy’s Restaurant in
Patchogue. Awards were given to the couple with the
most children: Bea Coffelletta, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Rooney; the couple married the longest, Mr. and Mrs.
Larry Pisoni and to the Alfred Sparkes who travelled
the furthest distance to the reunion—500 miles from
Rochester. ■










June 18

Mrs. Bernard Diamond returned to
her position in McBride’s Drug Store
after a vacation visiting friends out of
Mr. and Mrs. George Scheefe and son,
George Jr. of Jayne Avenue and Mr.
and Mrs. James Sawyers attended the
graduation exercises of Mr. and Mrs.
Scheefe’s daughter Miss Constance
Scheefe at Oneonta State Teachers College
this past week.
A retirement dinner was held May
25 in honor of Mrs. Esther Monaghan
of 40 Jennings Avenue, given by the
J.C. Penney employees of Smithtown
at Crowley’s restaurant. A beautiful
orchid and a pin watch were presented
by the manager, Mr. Alumbaugh.
Alan Leigh Baier, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Baier of Bellhaven Road in Bellport,
graduated from the Taft School.
While at the school he was a member
of the Masque and Dagger society, the
varsity soccer and baseball teams and
was captain of the track team. At commencement
exercises Leigh received
the Seymour Willis Beardsley cup,
which is awarded to “that member of
the track team who most thoroughly
typifies the finest spirit and accomplishments
of the ideals of the school
as laid down by Horace Taft.” Leigh will
enter Williams College in September.
Miss Sonya Brochstein of Patchogue,
Miss Arlene Carlson of East Patchogue
and Miss Edna McFadden of Bayport
are vying for the Miss Long Island
Poultry crown for 1959-60. The beauty
contest will be decided June 27 at the
Long Island Broiler barbecue.
Postmaster Geary H. Whitlock is anxious
that all residents obtain maximum
benefit from the new Metro Plan, a
program designed to expedite delivery
of the mail. Under the plan, which
Postmaster General Summerfield has
called “the most significant improvement
in mail service yet made,” letter
mail deposited most anywhere within
a particular metropolitan area before 5
p.m. on a business day will be delivered
to any point within that area the next
delivery day.
Forty West Yaphank residents
appeared before the Brookhaven Town
Board to protest a rezoning request for
the construction of a go-cart or puttmobile
track northwest of the intersection
of Bellport and Long Island
avenues in West Yaphank.
Construction started last week on an
addition to Suffolk County Republican
clubhouse on Atlantic Avenue in Blue
Point. The project is expected to be
completed in August and when completed
the main room will seat 250 for
dinner and 400 for meetings.
The Rev. John J. Gorman, who for the
last 14 years has been at St. Francis de
Sales R.C. Church in Patchogue, has
been transferred to the Holy Name of
Mary Church in Valley Stream. ■

June 25

Jens Rick, who resides with Mrs.
Madeliene Esperte of Montauk Highway
in Bellport, was announced as the
outstanding cadet in the senior class
at Peekskill Military Academy. Prior
to entering Peekskill Military Academy
four years ago, Jens attended St. Francis
de Sales School in Patchogue and
Bellport Elementary School.
Bree Binnington, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Binnington of Brown’s Lane,
celebrated her 15th birthday with a
slumber party. Guests included Joanne
Comstock, Linda Love, Susan Quinby,
Maryanne Pendergast, Bettijane Reynolds
and Wendy Fleming.
Mrs. Percy Monroe Skidmore is retiring
this month from the Patchogue
School system after more than 20 years
of service.
Perfect attendance for nine years
was honored when Marie Chiuchiolo
received a perfect attendance certificate
from Frederick Reaver, assistant
principal, at Patchogue Junior High
School during an assembly.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hughes Jr. of
Evergreen Lane celebrated their 11th
wedding anniversary with dinner at the
Better Ole Restaurant.
There were 19 local contractors who
donated their services toward the construction
of the Gold Medallion Home
in East Patchogue, which was opened
last week. The home received the
medallion from the Patchogue Electric
Light Company as permanent certification
of the home’s electrical excellence.
The local contractors included Quarltere
Landscapers, landscaping; Geraine,
driveway; Safeway Developers
Corp., construction; Raymond Towle,
electrician; Coram Rug Works, carpets;
Zeidler Well Driller, well; Clear-View
and Fiala, paint and wallpaper; Louis
Norton, painting; Harry Frankson, floor
sanding; Sconzo and Sons, aluminum
doors; Dryolin Corp., shingles; and
Suffolk Sand and Stone Corp., transit
mix. Furniture was supplied by the Bee
Hive Store and electrical appliances by
George La France, Robert Hinkel,
Virginia Peterson and Carolyn Tibbits
were among the degree candidates at
Teachers College.
The University of Texas has announced
the awarding of a government fellowship
under the 1958 National Defense
Education Act to Paul Harenberg, a
social studies teacher at Bayport High
The Brookhaven Town Board denied
a C residential to J business rezoning
request that would have permitted the
construction of a putt-mobile track on
five acres of land in West Yaphank.
The Brookhaven Town Board has
authorized the purchase by the township
of Kaler’s Pond near Camp Paquatuck,
East Moriches, for $35,000.
The New York Telephone Company
has acquired eight acres of ground on
North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, as a
possible site for a new Suffolk County
area headquarters.
Thousands of persons came to
Patchogue to witness the first annual
“Marina-a-rama” sponsored by the
Merchants division of the Patchogue
Chamber of Commerce. They trekked
through the business streets of the village
ogling boats from the showrooms
of local marine dealers and also a bevy
of beautiful girls who had entered
the “Marine-a-rama” Queen contest.
Planned as a feature of the merchants’
“Pops is Tops in Patchogue” Father’s
Day theme, visitors to member stores
received free cigars as well as ballots
to vote for their favorite beauty queen.
Tabulation of the ballots had yet to be
completed at press time. ■

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