| The Patchogue-Medford Board of
approved the plan to establish a summer high school
in the district starting in 1959—subject to the
approval of the State Education Department.
Four teenagers who allegedly teamed up to commit
over 100 burglaries during the past three months
were arrested by Brookhaven Town police over the
weekend and early this week.
Brookhaven, legally a “second class town,” will
become a “first class” township with the least possible
delay, the town board unanimously resolved Tuesday.
The fake drivers’ license racket which was exposed
last week when Patchogue Patrolman Richard Benincase
was tipped off that phony licenses were in circulation,
was cracked Monday with the arrest of two
men accused of being the chief producer and top Suffolk
distributor, according to police.
The Brookhaven Town board Tuesday accepted
“with regrets” the resignation of Town Constable
Leland Cleaves of Cedar Avenue in Patchogue. The
resignation was presented for reasons of ill health.
Cleaves has served the town for 21 years.
The Patchogue Village board Monday took another
stride towards increasing the parking facilities in the
shopping area of Patchogue when it accepted a low
bid of $790 to demolish two houses and a pair of
garages—19 and 23 West Avenue—to construct a
new public parking field.
H. Hastings Reddall, long a part-time resident of
Brookhaven, recently retired as treasurer of the
Western Electric Company to become a full-time
Bird watchers, you may have a special treat in store
for you—but you’ll have to keep a sharp eye peeled.
Dennis Puleston, Brookhaven naturalist, said a bald
eagle has been sighted around Brookhaven.
Thirty new members were formally received into
the Rosary Altar society of Mary Immaculate R.C.
Church in Bellport in an impressive ceremony in the
church Sunday afternoon.
Light snow flurries failed to dampen the colorful
ceremonies that accompanied the dedication of the
Hampton Avenue School in Bellport on Saturday.
denied Brookhaven Supervisor Percy B. Raynor’s
request that a traffic light be installed at the intersection
of Hewlett Avenue and Route 27 in East Patchogue.
An exhibit pertaining to local gunning now on display
in the two Genevieve B. Earle memorial cases in the
Bellport Memorial Library is attracting much interested
Three local residents were named to the newly created
Board of Architectural Review at a meeting of the
Bellport Village board in the village office on Monday
night. The appointees are Richard J. Heidelberger for a
three-year term; Mrs. Albert W. Hallock, two years; and
J. Georges Peter, one year.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Chiuchiolo of Country Club
Road in Bellport are the parents of a son, Peter Francis,
born on November 14 at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
The Bellport High School Forensic society defeated
Northport High in a debating contest November 3, by
sweeping five out of six debates from the host
school. The five winning teams from Bellport were
Kathy O’Neill and Joy Martin, Jeanne Cunningham
and Hank Maust, Judy Garfield and Anton Becker,
Peter Canonico and David Strait, and Ann Kouts and
If the rude weather experienced Friday
night is indicative of the clime to
come, the Long Islanders face a hard
winter. Wind gusts over 50 miles per
hour and sheets of rain preambled a
power failure that blacked out 9,500
homes in Patchogue, Blue Point and
surrounding areas. The most important
and spectacular power failure
occurred shortly after 8 p.m. when the
gale force winds ripped the roof off a
corrugated steel storage shed on the
south side of Division Street in
Patchogue. In a blaze of blue electrical
flashes, the roof slammed directly into
Patchogue Electric Light Company
power lines, dragging down nine transmission
and distribution poles. A
23,000 circuit line, four 4,000 circuit
lines and two street lighting circuits
lay tangled in the street.
Brookhaven National Laboratory
will have one of its proudest moments
on December 16 when dedication ceremonies
will be held for the lab’s
$6,500,000 medical research center.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Reed and son,
Donald Paul, Patchoguers, are in Rangoon,
Burma, where waving palms are
not of the Florida variety. Mr. Reed, a
former employee of Brookhaven
National Laboratory in Upton, is in
charge of the electronics department
of an instrument repair center on a foreign
mission with the United Nations.
Using MacArthur Airport as its home
base, a new company, Gateway Airlines
Inc., will give Suffolk County its
first scheduled airline service, Gateway
and Islip Town officials said last
A “snowfall” has been guaranteed for
the Patchogue shopping district
tomorrow night. The “snow” will start
falling promptly at 7 p.m. and will continue
for a 15-minue period. Arrangements
have been made for the snow to
fall on a half-mile area along Main
Street as well as North and South
Ocean avenues. Details of the snowfall
are being kept secret by the retail division
of the Patchogue Chamber of
Commerce, but it is understood that
over 50 men will be taking part in the
snowfall, which is being done for the
first time in the eastern half of the
The Patchogue Senior High School
Parent-teacher association’s variety
show, “Gay Nineties vs. Bewildering
Fifties,” was presented at the high
school auditorium November 24
before a capacity crowd of over 800
persons. The show was for the benefit
of the scholarship fund.
The Phi Beta Kappa alumni of Long Island presented
two awards at a Bellport High School assembly last
Thursday. The award for excellent scholarship went to
senior Benjamin Klein. The second award, a citation
for distinguished teaching, was presented to Richard
Baldwin, head of Bellport High School’s science
department. Four trips during the past week kept
Bellport’s ambulance and its crews busy.■
A Rock ‘n’ Roll party was given by
Linda Hertlein and Elaine Wilson at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Wilson
of Country Club Road in Bellport on
Saturday night. They entertained a
group of their friends in the neighborhood.
A new era in science’s fight to unlock
the mysteries of cancer and other diseases
was ushered in Tuesday at
Brookhaven National Laboratory in
Upton, where ceremonies were held
dedicating the nation’s newest atomic
medical research center, including the world’s first nuclear reactor
specifically for medical use.
The Suffolk County Planning Board,
at its monthly meeting in Patchogue,
appointed Rudolph Kammerer as county
Long Islanders really got a taste of
winter last week, according to the latest
statistics of the Oil Heat Institute of
Long Island weather service. The average
temperature took a drop from the
35 degrees of the week before to a cold,
cold 25 degrees. The week began and
ended with a snowfall.
The choir of the Lutheran Church of
Our Savior, Patchogue, will sing Christmas
carols at the Shirley postoffice this
Accordionist pupils of Carl Husnik
gave a recital in the Patchogue Junior
High School auditorium December 7.
Attended by some 400 people, the children
played more than 60 selections.
Mrs. John T. Tuthill Sr., who resides
with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Edwin Johanknecht of Beaver
Dam Road in Brookhaven, quietly
observed the occasion of her ninetythird
birthday yesterday with her family
and a few friends, who called to offer
Bellport High School listed 67 students
on the honor roll for the second
marking period last week.
Bellport High School will present its
annual Christmas program today at 8
p.m. in the school auditorium. This
year’s program will feature a one-act
Christmas play, Why The Chimes Rang,
by Elizabeth McFadden and directed by
Keith McKenna. Leading roles will be
played by Archie Bonyun, Curtis Robinson,
Ralph Maust and Lucy Collins.
Christmas music will also be presented
by the orchestra.
A holiday feast of new books is now
on the shelves of the Brookhaven Free
The North Bellport Taxpayers association
has combined forces with the
Hagerman, East Patchogue Civic and
Taxpayers association to acquire a lighting
district, and the groups have
retained attorney Samuel Sloane of
Patchogue to represent them.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Ashlander of 140
Division Avenue in Blue Point celebrated
their thirty-eighth wedding anniversary
Handling and processing
turkey was blamed by the Suffolk
County Health Department Friday for
the mass poisoning of 100 children at
the William Floyd school in Shirley.
Health department officials, who
inspected the school cafeteria where
remaining food had been locked in
after the pre-Thanksgiving turkey
luncheon Thursday, said that slow
preparation and early thawing contaminated
the food, causing it to develop
germs poisonous to humans.
Frank J. Ford, 71, has parlayed the
award of an 18-pound turkey into
something far more precious than the
material things of life. He had no idea
of what to do with the enormous bird
he’d won in a contest. He walked into
the Patchogue Advance building and
asked where he could donate his
turkey. The Advance put in a telephone
call to Mrs. Alice Shaw, Brookhaven
Town Welfare officer, who found a
very worthy family.
Konstanty G. Kaller, 75, of Amity
Street, a retired jeweler and wellknown
figure of Patchogue, died unexpectedly
Friday at 30 East Main Street,
the site of Kaller’s jewelry store, now
owned by his son, E. Earl Kaller. Mrs.
Kaller, known as the “dean” of Suffolk
County’s jewelers, had been visiting
his son just before he was stricken.
A modified plan for the new
Patchogue Theatre marquee was
approved by the Patchogue village
board Monday night with but one dissenting
vote. The new marquee will be
eight feet narrower over the street,
with a base two feet higher off the
sidewalk. The word “Patchogue” will
not be on the marquee but on the
building itself, and the marquee will be
two feet from the curb, not stretching
all the way out as did the previous
Bruce M. McMullen of Patchogue
was recently promoted to the post of
general traffic personnel supervisor
for the New York Telephone Company’s
Long Island area, according to a
Members of the Center Island Gun
Club have been busy afield this week
stocking the Medford area with fully
grown Chinese ring-necked pheasants.
It’s an annual chore for the members.
Purchased for $3.50 each from a hatchery
in Eastport, with funds from the
club kitty—the birds are released in
time for the open season. Thus, members
and other hunters are assured of a
well-stocked hunting area.
The Bellport ambulance company
made three trips this past week.■
Winners of the Christmas Home Decoration
contest, sponsored by the
Patchogue Chamber of Commerce,
were announced this week. They are:
Mr. and Mrs. William Weyhrauch, Arthur
Avenue in Blue Point; William Kearney,
Highland Avenue in Patchogue; Mr. and
Mrs. Willam Kurr, Swezey Street in East
Patchogue; Fred A. Hooley Jr., Hewlett
Avenue, East Patchogue; A. Oltmann,
Roosevelt Boulevard, Patchogue
Shores; Austin F. Rockwell, Conklin
Avenue in Patchogue; Reginald Von
Rhee, Conklin Avenue, Patchogue; Mr.
and Mrs. Patsy Frabizio, Franklin Street
in North Patchogue; Lloyd Blake, Snyder
Street, North Patchogue; and Kenneth
Rockwell, Clinton Avenue in North
Frederick J. Stacey, retired Air Force
lieutenant-colonel, was named director
of Suffolk’s Civil Defense organization
this week to succeed Public Welfare
commissioner-elect John L. Barry
Looking to the summer opening of
the Smith Point bridge and an influx of
bathers and picnickers to a section of
Great South beach hitherto accessible
only by water, the Board of Supervisors
on Monday formally allocated
$400,000 for the construction of roadways,
walks, pedestrian underpasses
and drainage facilities on the site of
the new oceanfront park.
Clinton D. Finger, president of
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, has
announced the resignation of George
W. Bryan as hospital administrator. Mr.
Bryan’s resignation will be effective
The director of the Patchogue
Library, Miss Elaine B. Phipps of Carman
Street in Patchogue, has been
appointed to the New York State Public
Librarians Certification and Examination
committee, it was announced this week.
Merwin Lane of Bay Avenue, East
Moriches, one of the top athletes in the
area, will be back home for Christmas
tomorrow, but the holiday for the Lane
family is marred by a freak accident
that cost Merwin his right eye. He was
depositing a load at the Brookhaven
town dump in Moriches Friday afternoon
and edging the fire when a pressure
can—either an insecticide or
paint—exploded, striking him in the face.
The annual Christmas party for the
children of the members of the Medford
Fire Department and ladies’ auxiliary
was held Sunday afternoon at the
firehouse on Peconic Avenue with 90
The regular meeting of the
Patchogue Bay Power Squadron Inc.,
held recently at the Suffolk Boat club
on River Avenue, was highlighted by
the presentation of a handsome
engraved bronze plaque to Marcus F.
Flaherty of Bay Avenue, Center
Robert Athanasiou, son of Mr. and
Mr. Byron Athanasiou, of 8 General
McLean Drive in Bellport, was recently
pledged to Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
at Renesselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, NY.
Patchogue man apparently
lost control of his car early Tuesday
morning and plowed into the Swan
market on South Country Road. The
market manager said that two front
windows were smashed, a hole was
punched in a wall of the establishment
and several showcases were damaged.
He said damage “is over $1,000.”
A triangular debating contest
between Bellport, Bayport and Port
Jefferson high schools was held at the
new high school in Bellport Saturday
morning. Bellport High School won
the tourney, which was judged by the
Bellport League of Women Voters.
The happiest customer at Karen’s
Beauty Shoppe on Station Road in Bellport
is Mrs. Dey Demarest of Country
Club Road, who was the delighted
recipient of a diamond wristwatch awarded by the shop last week.
Seventeen Bellport High School student
musicians took part in the New
York State School Music Association
sectional All-State festival at Port Jefferson
High School Friday and Saturday.
The following Bellport students
Stickley, cello; and Joseph Agosta,
trumpet. Chorus—Barbara Finn,
soprano; Patricia Doherty, alto; Anne
French, alto; Anton Becker, bass; and
Norman Gould, bass. Band—Donald
Coon, clarinet; Richard O’Rourke, clarinet;
Nancy Kulakowski, clarinet; Carol
Donohue, alto clarinet; Lucy Collins,
flute; Lawrence Cox, trombone; Geraldine
Dolger, alto saxophone; Curtis
Robinson, tuba; Joel Naumann, cornet;
and Ben Klein, cornet.
Two patients were taken to
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital and
one taken home in the Bellport Ambulance
during the past week.
The older and wiser people, who have
years and many Christmases, say the holiday is mostly
of the spirit and the heart, but for children the spirit
of Christmas is wrapped up in presents and a lighted
tree and a cozy family hearth. That’s why it’ll be
tough for the four Hansen children, Elli, Norman, Gloria, and
Carol of Chapel Avenue in
East Patchogue. Their home was gutted by fire early
Monday morning. The fire, it is believed, started
because of defective wiring within the walls, just
above the front door in the living room. It was a fire
difficult to fight.■