Dec 06

Mr. and Mrs. Peter V. Bambola of Maple
Avenue entertained Thanksgiving Day in
honor of their baby daughter, Michele, who
was christened that day by the Rev. Dr. Lester
L. Haws of the United Methodist Church of Patchogue.
Mrs. Mathilde J. Praetorius of Cedar Street
has been accepted at Plattsburgh State University
for the spring semester enrollment in
the home economics department. She is at
present doing post-graduate work at Suffolk
County Community College, Selden.
Joseph Hanlon of Wiggins Avenue is a
new member of the Lions Club of Patchogue.
At Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham
Park, N.J., two local young women
are on the list of qualified candidates for
membership in Phi Omega Epsilon honor
society. They are Miss Joyce I. Needleman
of Jayne Avenue and Miss Lenore N. Cohen
of North Ocean Avenue. Miss Needleman is
majoring in English in the College of Liberal
Arts. Miss Cohen is a major in secondary
education, College of Education.
At the annual meeting of the Patchogue
Chamber of Commerce Nov. 21, Miss Leona
Leo, social studies teacher at the South
Ocean Avenue Middle School, was presented
as the chamber’s fourth annual Teacher of the Year.
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Callahan of Jayne
Avenue announce the engagement of their
daughter, Barbara Ann, to Robert H. Gardner,
son of Harold Gardner and the late Mrs.
Elsie Gardner of Patchogue. Miss Callahan
is a textile designer with Cohn, Hall, Marx.
Mr. Gardner is currently employed by the
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
The Patchogue faculty will face the Major
League All-Stars in a benefit basketball
game at the Patchogue Senior High gym
next Saturday at 8 p.m. Ron Swoboda, Phil
Linz, Ed Kranepool and Bill Robinson plus
six other major league stars will appear.
Don Campbell, Henry Schwab, Dick Klesius,
Don Devereaux, Vince DeCerbo and Ray
Fell are some members of the faculty that
are expected to play. Tickets will cost $1 for
students and $2 for adults.
Promotion to his present rank has been
given Army Specialist 4 Richard Gearity of
Patchogue, who is serving with the 554th
Engineer Battalion in Cu-Chi, Vietnam. He
has a brother, Marine corporal Jerry Gearity,
a radio operator at Camp Butler, Okinawa.
Debbie Chambers, a senior at Brockport
State University, N.Y., spent the Thanksgiving
holiday with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John Chambers of Pine Neck Avenue,
East Patchogue. She is a liberal arts student
majoring in biology.
Kevin Sossin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jason
Sossin of Durkee Lane, celebrated his 12th
birthday Saturday by having a party for a
group of his friends. Lunch was served and
they attended the afternoon showing of
“West Side Story” at the Patchogue Theatre.
Ronald Liguori, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Liguori of Yaphank Road, celebrated his
6th birthday Saturday with a pirate and treasure hunt party.
The annual clam chowder dinner of the
Bellport Men’s Fellowship Club will be held
Tuesday at the Kreamer Street School. In
charge of the dinner are Tom Honnett, Bill
Greenhill and Ed Warner.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey McChesney Jr., of
Bellport Lane, visited for the Thanksgiving
weekend with their son and daughter-inlaw,
Mr. and Mrs. David McChesney of Durham, N.C.
Pvt. James E. Vaughan recently returned
to Fort Sills, Okla., where he is assigned to
the 44th Field Artillery. He is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. James Vaughan of North Howells Point Road.
Miss Jeanette Vaughan, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. James Vaughan, a sophomore at
State University at Fredonia, has had the
honor of being elected president of her
dormitory for the second semester of the school term.
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Dean of South
Country Road have returned home after
spending a week in North Carolina.
Bradford Wood of Station Road enrolled
this fall at the University of Denver, Denver, Colo.
Joseph Garbett Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Garbett of Park Street, Blue Point,
celebrated his 7th birthday last Saturday
with a small party at the home of his parents.
His guests were Joseph and William
Mulligan, and Charles Salva.
Lawrence Strickland of Paumanake Road
has been named to the Dean’s List at Baldwin-
Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.
Miss Sandi-Jo Searles, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Allen Searles of Syracuse Avenue,
Medford, celebrated her 12th birthday
Thanksgiving Day. All her family was on
hand to celebrate the occasion.
Recently wed were Mr. and Mrs. Gene
Vassil of Shirley, whose marriage was solemnized
first in St. John’s Greek Orthodox
Church, Blue Point, and later in the day in
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church, Patchogue.
The lovely bride is the former Miss
Lucille Colozzo of Mastic and is a cashier in
Pergaments, Patchogue. Mr. Vassil, a veteran
of Vietnam, is an assistant manager for
Nursery Outlets, Smithtown.
Playing this week at the Patchogue Theatre:
Jane Fonda in “Barbarella”; at the
Rialto Theatre: Frank Sinatra in “Lady in
Cement”; at the Plaza Theatre: “Camelot,”
starring Richard Harris and Vanessa
Redgrave, and at the Patchogue Sunrise
All-Weather Drive-In Theatre: “West Side
Story,” starring Natalie Wood.


Dec 13

A pleasant surprise was in store for
Miss Joan Monaco, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Monaco of West Avenue,
when, on the evening of Nov. 22, she
found herself the guest of honor at
a bridal shower given for her by her
bridesmaids and held in the Knights
of Columbus Hall on Railroad Avenue.
Seated beside the wishing well, she
opened up the many gifts brought by relatives
and friends, after which a buffet
dinner was served. Miss Monaco will be
married Jan. 11 to Russell C. Fredericks of Smithtown.
A Yuletide Program will be presented
2 p.m. Wednesday by Mrs. Elizabeth
Swift, noted pianist, for the entertainment
of Patchogue Sorosis members, as
a special feature of their next meeting.
The Christmas party hostesses will be
Mesdames Irving S. Hawkins, Frank
Panciatichi, Eugene MacArthur and William Wilson.
Thomas Morellino, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Salvatore Morellino of Clark Street,
now attending Kent State University,
Kent, Ohio, has been awarded a bronze
medal for placing third in the university’s
gymnastics meet Saturday. He is the
first freshman to be on the gymnastics
team. Mr. Morellino, a June graduate
of Patchogue High School, trained for
three years under gymnastics coach
John Silady of the high school faculty.
Mesdames Richard Scragg, Louis
Felice, Edward Fleury, Robert Smith,
Peter Shield, Donald Bailey, Edward
Hart, William Fincken, and the Misses
Sue Beth Carter and Linda Ferri, junior
members of the Colonel Josiah Smith
Chapter, Daughters of the American
Revolution, are hostesses and program
committee for the annual Christmas
party the chapter is holding tomorrow
at Wesley Hall on Church Street. A box
of gifts for the Indians will be packed
at this time, under the direction of Miss
Floetta West, Indian chairman.
A candlelight ceremony united in marriage
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Patrick
Bacelli of Patchogue. The service took
place at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day in
St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church, Patchogue.
Their reception was held at the
former home of the bride, who was Miss
Susan Elizabeth Baker of Patchogue.
Michele T. Laraia, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Peter A. Laraia of Monroe Avenue,
has been named in this year’s national
listing of America’s most outstanding
university and college students. She is
currently a senior majoring in nursing
at D’Youville College, Buffalo. She is
a 1965 graduate of Seton Hall High School.
The first prize of $25 for the largest
horn spread of Sullivan County’s deer
season was awarded recently to John,
17, a senior at Bellport High School, and
his father, Anthony S. Palumbo of Hedges
Avenue, East Patchogue. The deer
was shot Nov. 30 in some woods near
Livingston Manor in the Catskills. The
antler width inside is 19 ¾ inches and
there are eight points. The undressed
weight was 190 pounds. Mr. Palumbo
said it took five men about 2 ½ hours
to drag the buck from the woods deep
in the mountains, and he said thanks
should be given for help by Tony San
Angelo and his son, Frank, 16, and a
brother, Joe, from Lindenhurst. “We are
going to mount the head and antlers
in my house as a souvenir,” said Mr. Palumbo.
The Hagerman Fire Department held
an election Tuesday at which Ralph
Stephani of Lenox Avenue, fire commissioner
for the last 25 years, was again
elected to serve for another five-year
term. The department will have their
annual Christmas party on Saturday,
with an Italian-style dinner prepared by Mr. Stephani.
Kathy Biggs, a senior at the University
of Brockport in New York, spent the
Thanksgiving holiday with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. William Biggs of Sterling Avenue.
Nearly 100 couples attended the Snow
Ball, sponsored by the Rosary Altar Society
at Mary Immaculate R.C. Church,
Bellport, Saturday night. Peter’s Orchestra
provided the music and dancing until
1:30 a.m. A midnight buffet was served.
A basket of cheer was awarded Mr.
Turner of Yaphank, and a punch bowl to Frank Palotta.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Marinelli of
Bieselin Road entertained a group of
friends at a cocktail party before the
Snow Ball on Saturday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Satterley and
son, Charles Jr., have moved from East
Patchogue to their new home on Bieselin Road.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cardamone of
Second Street and Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Perry of Blue Point have returned home
from a three weeks’ vacation touring Florida.
Cub Scout Pack 49 of Blue Point is
collecting canned food throughout the
area this week for the needy for Christmas.
The food will be distributed by Duane Hawkins.
The sixth-grade classes of Mrs. Mouzakes,
Mr. Luff and Mr. Colistra of the
Blue Point Avenue School attended a
roller skating party at the Bay Shore
Roller Rink last Tuesday evening.
Soldier of the month is Pvt. 1/c Joseph
W. Tmay Jr., of Blue Point, who is serving
at the Army Security Field Station in
Shemya, Alaska. He is a Morse Intercept operator.
Playing this week at the Patchogue
Theatre: Paul Newman as “Cool Hand
Luke”; at the Rialto Theatre: “Born
Wild,” starring Patty McCormack, and
at the Plaza Theatre: “The High Commissioner,”
starring Rod Taylor, Lilli
Palmer and Christopher Plummer.


Dec 20
David B. Kaller, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.
Earl Kaller of Roe Boulevard, a senior at
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., is a
member of the Gettysburg College Band.
Mr. Kaller is a senior.
Under the guidance of Lydia Quartuccio,
Madeline Perrone and Jeanette
Theide, a new program for the Girl Scout
Troop at Emanuel Lutheran Church was
recently instituted. The troop meets 7-8:30
Thursday evenings at the church.
Kenneth Meyer of the Patchogue Fire
Department received his Volunteer Fireman
of the Year Award at a recent banquet
honoring 130 Long Island volunteers.
Each of the firemen was chosen by his
department chief for outstanding performance
of duty throughout the year.
AMH 3/c Robin Parris, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Calvin (Jake) Parris of Pine Neck
Avenue, left last week for the Naval Air
Station at Patuxent River, Md., after
spending a 10-day leave with his parents.
He had been stationed at the Naval
Air Station of Kingsville, Texas, but was
granted a transfer to Maryland so that he
could be with his brother, AO 3/c Kevin
Parris, who is also at the Maryland base.
Sgt. Tim Nulty recently returned from
Vietnam, after serving with the 101st Airborne
Division. He is the son of Mrs.
Katherine Dayton of Campbell Street. He
received the following awards and decorations:
Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army
Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, Air
Medal, and Combat Infantry Men’s Badge.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlo Corrado of River
Avenue announce the engagement of their
daughter, Jean Sylvia, to Bruce Arthur
Hoppe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hoppe
of Price Street. Both Miss Corrado and
Mr. Hoppe are graduates of Patchogue
High School. Miss Corrado is employed
at the Tinker National Bank, Patchogue,
and Mr. Hoppe is employed at Dayton T.
Brown Inc., in Bohemia. A May wedding
is planned.
Attending Aviation Officer Candidate
School at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola,
Fla., is Naval aviation officer candidate
Gasper C. Celauro of Patchogue. His nineweek
course leads to a commission as
ensign in the Naval Reserve.
Mrs. Carmella Colichio of Americus
Avenue, East Patchogue, celebrated her
80th birthday Saturday. She was visited by
her 12 children and their families, who all
enjoyed a buffet supper.
Mrs. John Finger and daughter, Jacqueline,
Mrs. Norman Reithman and daughters,
Eileen and Judith, of Myrtle Lane, and
Mrs. Philip Hulse and daughter, Susan, of
Roe Avenue, attended a performance of
“The Nutcracker Suite” at Lincoln Center
in New York last Thursday. They also
enjoyed the colorful Christmas displays
in the shop windows and were among
the spectators who viewed the impressive
tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller
Twenty Bellport High School students
have enrolled for 21 days of intensive
study and travel in Spain. They are: Mark
Pierro, Joseph Connelly, Frank Picca,
Maureen Fogarty, Brooke Furman, Benny
Salsamo, Sally Bohn, Kathryn Gardner,
Erik Eades, Salondra Owens, Rhonda
Robinson, Irene Martin, Nydia Barone,
Alexander Litwin, Diane Mullen, Jeffrey
Masem, Gayle Schaefer, Roberta Sikora,
Oona Reynolds and Diana Rivera.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Perino Jr., of North
Howells Point Road entertained at a family
gathering Sunday afternoon in celebration
of the birthday of their daughter,
Kathy, who was 1 year old.
Central School District 4 held a districtwide
Christmas party at Felice’s in
Patchogue Saturday night. A cocktail hour
and dinner were followed by dancing to
the music of Tony Forlano’s Orchestra.
The arrangements were made by Mrs.
Robert Mahoney, chairman, Thomas Meagher
and Miss Jennie Lotito.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Viggiano of Bay
Road, Brookhaven, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Jo-Ann, to Victor
Polonski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor
Polonski of Southern Boulevard, East Patchogue.
Miss Viggiano attended Bellport
High School and is a senior at Castleton
College, Castleton, Vt., where she is
majoring in elementary education. Mr.
Polonski attended Bellport High School
and is a senior at Clarkson College of
Technology, Potsdam, N.Y. He is majoring
in industrial management. A June wedding
is planned.
Philip Watson of Brookhaven celebrated
his 9th birthday at a swimming pool
party last Friday with his friends, Debbie
Jankowski, Debbie Tooker, Frank Miller
and Louis Andors.
The Sit and Sew Club of Blue Point
met at the home of Mrs. Milton Bevis last
Wednesday. Attending were Mrs. Alfred
Swezey, Mrs. William Weyhrauch, Mrs.
George Densing and Mrs. Leon Swezey.
Anthony Citarella of Atlantic Avenue,
Blue Point, and George T. Lucia of Medford
spent last weekend deer hunting at
Delhi, N.Y., and were guests during the
week of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ventieri.
Three deer were taken by a party of four
men. Mr. and Mrs. Ventieri are former
Blue Point residents.
Mrs. Millie DeMasi of Linden Place,
Mastic Beach, announced the engagement
on Thanksgiving Day of her daughter, Miss
Stella DeMasi, to John Chiappone, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chiappone of Mastic.
Miss DeMasi will graduate from William
Floyd High School in June. Mr. Chiappone
is with the U.S. Navy in Lakehurst, N.J. No
date has been set for the wedding.
Playing this week at the Patchogue
Theatre: “Gone with the Wind,” starring
Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh; at the Rialto
Theatre: Rex Harrison and Samantha
Eggar in “Doctor Doolittle,” and at the Plaza
Theatre: “The Graduate,” with Dustin
Hoffman and Anne Bancroft

Dec 27

Miss Barbara E. Avery, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Humphrey Avery of South Country
Road, has returned home for the Christmas
holidays from her studies at Junior College
and Preparatory School in Chambersburg, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Batey of West Avenue
announce the engagement of their daughter,
Linda, to Robert T. Johnson Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Johnson of Herbert Circle. Miss
Batey graduated from Patchogue Senior High
School. She is employed by the Credit Bureau
NS in Patchogue. Mr. Johnson also graduated
from Patchogue Senior High School and is
at present attending the State University at
Farmingdale. No date has been set for the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hildreth of Jones
Street announce the engagement of their
daughter, Karen Louise, to William Ponseti,
son of Mrs. Mary Bell Ponseti of Mesa,
Ariz., and Dr. Ignacio Ponseti of Iowa City,
Iowa. Miss Hildreth, a graduate of the State
University of New York Teachers College at
Cortland, N.Y., is a stewardess with Western
Airlines in Los Angeles, Calif. Mr. Ponseti was
graduated from Arizona State University and
is associated with the Anaconda Wire and
Cable Company in Seattle, Wash. A February
wedding is planned.
Don Chiuchiolo of Patchogue launched a
jump shot that netted him 14 points to give
him high point honors in Patchogue’s 76-43
defeat at the hands of Bay Shore last Friday
at the Bay Shore gym. It was the fourth defeat
in a row for the winless Red Raiders, who will
be in the Longwood Christmas Tournament
tomorrow and Saturday with Bayport, Longwood
and Connetquot.
John Simpson of New York City is spending
the holidays with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Floyd Simpson of Taylor Avenue, East
Patchogue. He is an actor who made his latest
appearance in a production of “King Lear” by
the Equity Theatre Group in New York.
George Wittler III, a junior majoring in biology
at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.,
is at home for the holidays. He is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. George Wittler of Colonial Drive.
The Anthony Messina family of Scherger
Avenue celebrate two birthdays this month.
Their daughter Rosemarie was 8 on the 18th,
and their son John will be 15 on Saturday. On
hand to take part in the celebration are their
other two children, Josephine and Anthony,
both students at Northwestern State College
in Oklahoma, both home for the Christmas holidays.
Mrs. Stanley Cox of Bellport announces
the engagement of her daughter, Miss Patricia
Valentine, to Captain George Kerner of
the Air Force, son of Mrs. Chandler Pease
of Chatham, N.Y. Miss Valentine, a graduate
of Bellport High School, is employed at the
Suffolk County Air Force Base in Westhampton
Beach. Capt. Kerner graduated from Park
College, St. Louis, and is stationed at the
Westhampton Beach base. A June wedding is planned.
Jayne MacLeod, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Hugh MacLeod of Bieselin Road, attended the
luncheon Christmas party given by the Rotary
Club of Patchogue last Wednesday afternoon
with her godfather, William F. Schuldt of Patchogue.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward der Mateosian gave a
combination demonstration class and Christmas
party for their ballroom dance students
and their parents Saturday night at the Bellport Community Hall.
Miss Gail French arrived this weekend
from Chicago, Ill., to spend the holiday vacation
with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Willard
French of Academy Lane.
The 28 girls in Brownie Troop 1370 of
Brookhaven have been making Christmas
gifts at their meetings with their leader, Mrs.
Bressler, and co-leader, Mrs. Crespi. On Friday
they enjoyed dancing, games and prizes
at their Christmas party held in the Brookhaven Elementary School.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Darbee of Bell Avenue,
Blue Point, announce the engagement of
their daughter, Dianne, to Thomas M. Ruddy,
son of Mrs. Florence B. Ruddy of Bayport.
Miss Darbee, a 1966 graduate of James Wilson
Young High School, Bayport, attended State
University of New York at Fredonia. She is
at present a sophomore at Suffolk County
Community College, Selden. Mr. Ruddy is
a 1962 graduate of Seton Hall High School,
Patchogue, and served four years in the U.S.
Air Force. He is now a junior at the State University
of New York, Stony Brook. No date
has been set for the wedding.
Paul Clough, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Clough of Winthrop Court, Blue Point, has
returned home from Rider College, where
he is in his junior year, for the Christmas holidays.
The Shell Oil Company held their annual
Christmas dinner and dance last weekend
at the Chirelle restaurant in Coram. Guests
from the Medford area included Mr. and Mrs.
George T. Lucia and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Macy.
Playing this week at the Patchogue Theatre:
“Gone With the Wind,” starring Clark
Gable and Vivien Leigh; at the Rialto Theatre:
“Doctor Doolittle,” with Rex Harrison
and Samantha Eggar, and at the Patchogue
Sunrise All-Weather Drive-In Theatre: The
Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.”


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