Dec 03

On duty at Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, is
Staff Sergeant Raymond E. Collins of Patchogue.
He is an aircraft accessories technician.
St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church, Patchogue,
was the setting for the marriage
of Diane G. Carroll, daughter of Mrs. Mildred
Carroll and the late John G. Carroll,
to Carl J. DeVito of Old North Ocean
Avenue on Nov. 7. Following the ceremony,
a reception was held at Polish Hall
in Patchogue, and after a wedding trip
to Washington, D.C. and Virginia, they
returned to their new residence on South Ocean Avenue.
Mr. and Mrs. George P. Casey of Anaheim,
Calif., announce the engagement
of their daughter, Airman 1/c Patricia
Susan Casey, of Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y.,
to Sgt. Richard P. Turner of Patchogue, also
stationed with the Air Force at Plattsburgh.
The wedding is planned for June.
Mr. and Mrs. George Staples of Country
Club Road, Bellport, were honored at a
surprise buffet Nov. 22 in celebration of
their 25th wedding anniversary. It was
given at their home by their three children,
Peggy, Linda and Jim.
Mrs. John Pokorny of South Brewster
Lane and Mrs. C. Maletta of Scherger
Avenue won turkeys from the Bellport
Laundry Thanksgiving week.
Mr. and Mrs. William Hermus and Chief
Tyson Dominy attended the annual Schaefer
Awards Dinner on Saturday night
at the American Legion Hall in Lindenhurst.
“Bill” Hermus received the award
for Bellport Fireman of the Year.
The highlight of the month for Troop
28, Bellport Boy Scouts, was a visit last
Saturday to the U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy for a general tour and a football
game between the Academy and
Fordham University. The following boys
went on the trip: Dwayne Eleazer, Arvid Friberg,
David Kay, Earl Maddalena, Dean Stonebridge,
Spencer Snedecor, Sam Wells, Scott
Wruck, Peter Brown and Mark Regalmuto.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wakim of Highview
Boulevard, Brookhaven, drove to Bristol,
Conn., with their children, Kimberly,
Christopher and Jonathan, to spend
Thanksgiving Day with Mrs. Wakim’s
parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Lambert.
They had an enjoyable visit and returned
home Sunday.

Dec 10

Charleen Anne Spaccarotella, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spaccarotella of
River Avenue, Patchogue, celebrated her
2nd birthday Oct. 30 with a party for 20
relatives and friends at the home of her parents.
The newest Hills Supermarket off
Sunrise Highway and Waverly Avenue
in Patchogue is now open to the public.
The Grand Opening of the new store was
held Tuesday, with various dignitaries
on hand at the dedication ceremonies.
Charles Walters is the manager of the new store.
U.S. Air Force Sgt. Robert F. Buschbell
of Railroad Avenue has arrived for duty
at Chicksands RAF Station, England. A
communications specialist, he previously
served with an Air Force support unit in
Turkey. Sgt. Buschbell is a 1966 graduate
of Patchogue High School.
Weekending to Nassau on board the
M/S Sunward of Norwegian Caribbean
Lines for a cruise was part of a recent
Florida vacation for Mr. and Mrs. Jerry
Silverman of Patchogue.
Frances Pelzman, captain of the varsity
cheerleaders, escorted by Charles Esser,
was crowned the Patchogue Homecoming
Day Queen in halftime ceremonies
during a recent football game against
Ward Melville. In addition, there were
floats by the junior and senior classes,
with the seniors declared the winner.
A bridal pose was held by Mr. and Mrs.
William E. Albert, whose marriage took
place recently in the United Methodist
Church of Bellport. After a 10-day
wedding trip to Cape Cod, the couple is
making their home in Syracuse, N.Y.,
where they are both students at Syracuse
University. Mrs. Albert is the former
Miss Susan Kay Roush of East Patchogue.
Eric Retzinger of General McLean
Drive, Bellport, was awarded a bronze
medal on Nov. 3 at the AAPS 1970 Cross
Country Championships held at Van
Cortlandt Park, the Bronx. Eric placed
seventh, leading the Seton Hall Harriers
to a second-place finish in the annual meet.
The South Bay Art Association will
hold its annual Christmas cocktail party
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip
Munson of Bellport Lane on Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Boris Lomonosoff, Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas Feeney and Mr. and
Mrs. Calvin Demarest attended a matinee
performance of the Broadway musical,
“Company,” on Saturday.
Waltena J. Baker of Hoffman Avenue
has been chosen for Macy’s Teen Board,
in the Macy’s Smith Haven store. She is a
junior at Bellport High School.
Michael Mullaney, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Mullaney of South Howells Point
Road, is working with the Peace Corps in
Seoul, Korea.
A golden anniversary for Mr. and Mrs.
John Rance of Danes Street, Blue Point,
will be celebrated tomorrow evening at
the Dragon Island in Centereach with
close friends and relatives, including their
daughter, Mrs. Joan Dixon of Blue Point
and their son, Robert, of Massapequa Park.
U.S. Air Force Sgt. Nicholas R. Lambert
of Medford is on duty at Cam Ranh Bay
AB, Vietnam. Sergeant Lambert is an
electrician in a unit of the Pacific Air Forces.
Playing this week at the Patchogue
Theatre: “Lovers and Other Strangers,”
at the Plaza Theatre: “Dorian Gray” and
at the Rialto Theatre: Mick Jagger as “Ned Kelly.”

Dec 17

Patchogue High School Class of 1971
proudly announces a bonanza year with
Regents Scholarship winners. According
to Frank Juzwiak, principal, 47 winners
and alternates is the highest number
in the school’s history. Winners and
alternates were: Pat Moesta, Jackie Ryder,
Carolyn Vrana, Abe Schmilowitz, Laurie Weil,
Sharman Gordon, Frances Pelzman, Judi Paparelli,
Nancy Bikoff, Beth Friedman, Mary Rohrbacher,
Roy Lubit, Bruce Feinberg, John Yee,
Brad Marten, William Slechta, Joseph Pelletier,
Robert Goldstein, Don Katcoff, Joseph McGeady,
Marie Stegman, Victor Montemurro, John
Gelfer, Rafael Freiwirth, William Paxson, Bruce
Spector, Brian Kearney, Gerald Beach, Louis
Frabizio, Warren Hoffman, Clifton Barnes, Tom
Frail, Dorsey Ann King, Mary Lou Pausewang,
Linda Morrison, Russell Meyer, George Schordine,
Jean Bryson, Bette Eichel, George Norris,
Donald Aviano, William Katz, Robert Shannon,
Barbara Toth, Roger Medvin, Gregory Paynton
and Susan Taber.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Andersen of Bay
Avenue, Patchogue, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Diane, to
Private Frederick Welsh, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Frederick Welsh of Prospect Avenue,
Patchogue. Miss Andersen is a dental
assistant employed in Patchogue. Mr.
Welsh is completing a two-year tour of
duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. His
next assignment will be in San Diego, Calif.
Marine Pfc. Philip Schweers of Waverly
Avenue was promoted to his present
rank upon completion of basic training
at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
Several hardy Sunfish skippers braved
the raw, sunless weather on Sunday to
participate in the Frostbite Sailing Races on Bellport Bay.
Mrs. Andrew M. Underhill Sr., and Andrew
Underhill Jr., of Bellport Lane recently
attended the confirmation of her granddaughter,
Elizabeth, at St. Mark’s Episcopal
Church in Mt. Kisko.
Dean Ince, son of Mr. and Mrs. John
Ince of Browns Lane, will arrive home
this evening from Fort Polk, La., on a
Christmas leave.
A Christmas dance was held by the
Rosary Altar Society of Mary Immaculate
R.C. Church on Saturday night.
Music was provided by Joe Registrato
and his Orchestra. A basket of cheer
was won by Sue Kagel of Yaphank. Other
winners were DJ Wait of Bellport, who
won a tape cassette, and Aldo Barbero of
Bellport, who was awarded a toaster.
Miss Paula Feeney, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Feeney of Bieselin Road, is
home from Rochester Institute of Technology
for the Christmas holidays.
A happy Thanksgiving was enjoyed
by Mr. and Mrs. David E. Alburger of Beaver
Dam Road, Brookhaven, when their
daughter, Mary Jo, returned home from
Glasgow, Scotland, where she had been
attending classes at the University of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Von Achen and
their seven children of Barrow Place,
Blue Point, entertained Mr. Von Achen’s
parents and brother and sister-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Gerald Von Achen of Rockville
Centre and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Von
Achen of Plainview, with a pre-Christmas
dinner in their home Sunday.


Dec 24

Miss Cheryl A. Habel, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert C. Habel of Washington
Avenue, Patchogue, a senior at Russell
Sage College, Troy, N.Y., is participating
in a 16-week practice teaching assignment
in elementary education at one of
the cooperating schools near the campus.
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Quatrale of Evergreen
Avenue celebrated their 45th wedding
anniversary at a dinner party Dec. 13 at
the Bavarian Inn, Lake Ronkonkoma,
given them by their two sons and daughters-
in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Quatrale
of Patchogue and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony
Quatrale of East Patchogue, and their
son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Schoen of Patchogue. They were
married in St. Francis de Sales R.C.
Church, Patchogue, and have 11 grandchildren.
Mrs. Mary Cronin of Carman Street
announces the engagement of her daughter,
Patricia Marie, to Robert B. Jansen, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jansen of South
Ocean Avenue. Both Miss Cronin and
Mr. Jansen are graduates of Patchogue
High School. Miss Cronin is a secretary
with Fire Island National Seashore. Mr.
Jansen is employed by the New York
State Department of Transportation.
Navy Fireman Robert S. Searles Jr., of
Patchogue recently crossed the equator
aboard the destroyer USS John Willis,
during a four-month cruise around
South America.
Navy Airman Robert J. Eaton of Patchogue
is serving with Patrol Squadron
Eight at the Naval Air Station, Bermuda.
Squadron Eight provides submarine
warfare and shipping surveillance support
to the Atlantic Fleet.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heins recently
moved from Sayville to Academy Lane
in Bellport. They entertained a large
group of friends at a housewarming party Dec. 11.
Members of the fire department and
their wives enjoyed their annual Christmas
cocktail party at the Bellport Fire
House Sunday afternoon.
Miss Kathy Lancaster is home from Skidmore
College to spend the Christmas
vacation with her family.
Miss Ellen Cool is home from Washington
University in St. Louis, Mo., to
spend the holiday vacation with her parents,
Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Cool of
South Country Road. Her brother John
is spending the Christmas holidays in
Verbier, Switzerland.
Pvt. Arthur La Branche is spending a
two-week Christmas leave with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur La Branche of
Woodland Park Road. He is stationed at
Fort Knox, Ky.
Earning the Combat Infantryman
Badge in Vietnam is Army Private 1/c
James R. Trazzare of Bellport, who is serving
with the Americal Division near Duc
Pho. He is a rifleman with the Eleventh
Infantry Brigade.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Scheibel of Bay
Road, Brookhaven, have their three sons
home for the holidays. Robert has finished
going to Navy School in Chicago
and after the holidays will be going to
Virginia to be assigned to a ship. Mike is
a senior at Cornell University and Tom a
freshman at Farmingdale, and they will
be returning to school after the holidays.
Miss Frances Hand of South Country
Road will be retiring from the Brookhaven
Post Office as of Dec. 31, where she
has been employed for 33 years. Employees
and residents alike will miss her cheery hello.

Dec 31

A fire destroyed a rear storage warehouse
at Flaxman’s Furniture store, 400
West Main Street, Patchogue, last Saturday.
The damage to various furniture
items was estimated at about $10,000 by
Richard Flaxman. The fire was discovered
by employee Edward Hodosky, a Vietnam
veteran home on 30 days’ leave before
returning to that war zone on Jan. 15,
who smelled smoke in the rear of the
store after opening up. The front of the
store was unaffected.
At their Dec. 18 meeting at the Congregational
Church, Cub Scout Pack 11
trimmed a Christmas tree with decorations
they had made. Graduating from
Cub to Boy Scout rank were Robert Bonfe,
Billy McCabe, Robert McCabe, David Dayton
and Scott Holford.
Mrs. Harry B. Boyle of Danes Street,
Patchogue, announces the engagement
of her daughter, Leslie, to Capt. Gary S.
Kee of the U.S. Marine Corps, son of Mr.
and Mrs. George W. Kee of Cortez, Colo.
A graduate of Patchogue High School,
Miss Boyle received her B.S. and M.L.S.
degrees from the State University of New
York at Albany. She is currently the primary
librarian at the Eagle Drive School
in Medford. Captain Kee is stationed at
Camp LeJeune, N.C. A June wedding is
At the Naval Submarine Base, New
London, Conn., Navy Petty Officer 3/c
Allan A. Barth, whose wife is the former
Patricia L. DeLavergne of Patchogue, graduated
from Naval Submarine School.
A wedding anniversary, their 67th,
was celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. Michael
Gazzola at their home on Sipp Avenue,
East Patchogue, Sunday. Attending with
their families were their four sons, three
daughters and a few friends. The gathering
included 13 grandchildren and 14
Katrina Bergskaug celebrated her 10th
birthday with a luncheon at her home
Monday. She is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Bergskaug of General
McLean Drive, Bellport.
Home from SUNY at Buffalo for the
holiday vacation are Susan Demarest,
Susan Irving, E. Gerard and Eugene Mach.
Twelve families went Christmas caroling
at homes around their neighborhood
last Wednesday night, then enjoyed a hot
supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Philip
Munson of Bellport Lane.
George Eleazer is visiting for the holiday
vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
George Eleazer of New Jersey Avenue,
and has as his guest Yohannes Wolder
Miran of Ethiopia, a senior at the Choate
School, Wallingford, Conn., where
George is a student.
After the candlelight service at the
Bellport United Methodist Church
Christmas Eve, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Richardson
Sr. of North Howells Point Road
entertained at a family gathering. Gifts
were exchanged, followed by a buffet.
Playing this week at the Patchogue
Theatre: “MASH,” at the Plaza Theatre:
“Catch-22” and at the Rialto Theatre: “Diary
of a Mad Housewife.”


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Print column compiled by Long Island Advance Reporter Debbie Zampariello.


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