Years Ago
Ten-year-old David Norelius, of Bay Shore, holds a car he made with recycled cardboard, bottle caps and cans. He earned an award for the project at the Recycled Sculpture contest held in early May 1993.

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Years Ago


50 Years Ago 

May 1968


An estimated 500 residents were present at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Rally for Open Housing held on the north field at Bay Shore High School. The master of ceremonies was Rev. Fred B. Jones, pastor of the Penataquit Methodist Church, Bay Shore. Speakers included Charles Grey, president of the Bay Shore Chapter of the NAACP, Islip Town councilman Louis Palombi and Rabbi Joel Dobin of the Sinai Reform Temple, Bay Shore. 

The South Shore Women’s Division of the Arthritis Foundation, New York Chapter, would like to thank all who contributed to the success of their recent bridge party. Members of the Bay Shore division include Mrs. D. Ormond Ritchie of Brightwaters, co-chairperson; Mrs. James S. Papora of Islip, treasurer; and Mrs. C. Barron Otis of Bay Shore, chairperson. 

Plans are being completed for the annual dinner-dance of the St. John of God R.C. Church of Central Islip. The following attended a recent meeting for the event: Vincent Corniglia, general chairman; Mrs. Elaine Turchiano, dance chairperson; Rev. Robert J. Barnwell; and Alfred Perotta, in charge of chance books. 

Bertina Daniel of Pinewood Avenue, Central Islip, has been named valedictorian of Central Islip High School’s Class of 1968. Bertina has been awarded a scholarship to Adelphi College. The salutatorian for the Class of 1968 is Louise Dean of Second Avenue, Central Islip. She has been awarded a Regent scholarship and plans to attend Utica College. 

Fr. James Bogard of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church, Bay Shore, spoke in favor of passage of the proposed Open Housing ordinance at this week’s meeting of the Islip Town Board. 

June McGowan of Nassau Street, Islip Terrace, starred in Suffolk Community College’s production of “The Boy Friend.” A 1967 graduate of East Islip High School, Miss McGowan had the lead role in the school’s 1967 production of “The King and I.”

Barbara Bechtel of Dietz Street, Central Islip, is one of 73 Iowa Wesleyan College seniors who are student teaching for eight weeks in their professional semester. She is a student music teacher in Arthur and McKinley schools, Cedar Rapids.

Friends of Jackie Baker, of Bay Shore-Brightwaters, will be happy to hear that he is expected back from Vietnam for Mother’s Day. Jackie has been in the Army as a member of the military police. 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schultz and their children, Randall and Elizabeth, have returned from a three-week airplane trip to Europe, where they visited London, Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Berlin and a tour into East Germany. Doris tells us that the flight was “wonderful” and the Swiss Alps “beautiful.”

On Saturday, a trip to Greenwich Village was a treat for the members of the Louise Gregory Yorker Club of the Islip Schools. Patrick Curran is the adult advisor of the Yorker Club. 

Playing this week at Islip and Bay Shore theatres: Julie Christie and Terence Stamp in “Far from the Madding Crowd”; Dirk Bogard and Susannah York in “Sebastian”; and Janet Leigh in “Grand Slam.”


25 Years Ago

May 1993


East Islip resident William Haughland, president of Commander Electric Inc., was honored at APPLE’s ninth annual Golf Classic. 

Southside Hospital in Bay Shore recently held its annual Chairman’s Kick-Off for the 1993 Gala Ball. This year’s chairman is Jeffrey Rettaliata. 

West Islip resident Nicholas C. LaRocco Jr. has been promoted to the post of chief mechanical officer for the Long Island Rail Road. Mr. LaRocco is a 23-year LIRR veteran. 

Jay Woodhead of West Islip received a WGSM 740AM/Genovese Merit Award for outstanding service to Long Islanders. Mr. Woodhead, a Fire Island Coast Guardsman, searched for boaters for hours during a vicious storm. 

Seventy-two-year-old Jean Lap, mother of seven and grandmother of six, transforms into the bespectacled, furrow-browed Auntie Littah, an outspoken personality for Keep Islip Clean who sends the message, “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Keep Islip Clean!” After KIC committee members decided that the “nice approach” was simply not enough to enforce environmental cleanliness, Mrs. Lap was brought on by KIC co-director Pam Raymond. “We wanted a ‘mad as hell and not going to take it anymore’ look,” said Raymond. 

“Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” now being presented at Islip Town Hall by the Synergy Ensemble Theatre Company in conjunction with the Town of Islip Division of Cultural affairs, includes Roseanne Manfredi as the successfully annoying, loud-mouthed Von Grossenknueten. Additional cast members include William C. Siewko, Esther Cameron, Kim Mastafata, Regina Carey, Christopher Riordan and Jacquie Kahn. 

Islip Bulletin film critic Hilda Fuhrman’s consensus on “This Boy’s Life” is that while it is a “somewhat oppressive movie, it remains a tribute to the strength of one bright, perceptive young man and his ability to overcome obstacles.” It features fine performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin, and Robert DeNiro in what Fuhrman declares as his “most subtle and outstanding performance to date.”

“Jellybean,” the new drama by L.A. Schoen and directed by Jody Wilson, will play at Author’s Playhouse in Main Street in Bay Shore in May and June. The play depicts a mother’s struggle to rid the undesirable men from her daughters’ lives. 

West Islip High School juniors Christopher Cappocia, Michelle Cruz, Phil Goldstein, Linda Lufker and Michelle Quiocho with English teacher Regina Watkins attended Teen Leadership Day 1993 sponsored by Channel Thirteen/WNET. 

Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher T. Bondy of Brightwaters is deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, N.C., to the Persian Gulf for six months as part of the USS Wasp Amphibious Ready Group. 

East Islip High School announces nominees for the following: Outstanding Math/Science/Computer Science Teacher National Honorable Mention, Nancy Coggins Lynch; Outstanding Math/Science/Computer Science Student, Stasia E. Blyskal; Top 2 percent academic nominees, David Baranec, Kenneth Knudtsen, Darren Riegler, Louis Rutigliano and Michael Tunick.

Chris Chamberlain of Islip, a student at Stony Brook University, recently scored two goals in the lacrosse game against Michigan State.