Islip Bulletin Years Ago
The Rev. John P. Cranston (center) holds the spade during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new parsonage of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Bay Shore, in July 1968. Gathered around him are some of the parishioners who participated in the exercises.

Islip Bulletin Years Ago


50 Years Ago

July 1968

The Central Islip High School Class of 1958 celebrated its 10-year reunion June 22 at Land’s End in Sayville, exactly 10 years from the date of graduation. Prizewinners included John Snyder, Josette Katocin, Maureen Grimes Jayne and Rosemarie Surianni.

The Bay Shore-Brightwaters Community Band presented the gala concert of the summer season with fireworks on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. at the Music Shell at the Bay Shore Marina, according to an announcement by Wayne H. Camp, band conductor and director of music education of the Bay Shore Public Schools. Gary Holt will be a tuba soloist with a performance of “Touch of Tuba,” and Peggy Downs and Kathy Mattiasen of the Bay Shore Marauders Twirlers will present a fire baton exhibition.

The annual Mako Tournament, sponsored by the Bay Shore Tuna Club, was an awesome spectacle, with some 900 fishermen participating. Tom Scileppi of West Islip caught a 417-pound dusky and John Monteforte of Islip reeled in a 372-pounder.

Islip Bulletin president Joe Fanelli accepted a citation from Albert Becker of Islip, past commander of the Suffolk County American Legion, for its patriotic editorials.

Theodore Sanford III of 17 Jackson Street, Islip, has been named as one of the five winners of annual scholarship awards on the basis of his academic proficiency, teacher evaluation and extracurricular activities.

Irving Cantor, president of the Awixa Pond Art Center, was honored at a dinner sponsored by the directors of the art center at Timber Point Country Club in Great River. Cantor, a member of the firm Cantor Bros. of Bay Shore, is well known for his civic and philanthropic service to the community.

Miss Barbara Jean Lenehan of 536 Manatuck Boulevard, Brightwaters, graduated from the Suffolk School of Nursing of Southampton Hospital and was awarded a scholarship donated by the Florist Association.

Seaman Apprentice Herold G. Brett of Patricia Avenue, West Islip, is serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS America. As a crewmember, he is helping to provide air support to U.S. and allied ground forces in Vietnam.

Bill Logan was chosen as Athlete of the Year at East Islip High School.

Eamon Downey of 72 Brook Street, Islip, received his varsity track letter at Princeton University, where he is a sophomore.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Murphy of Connetquot Avenue, North Great River, on the birth of Keith Sean on June 12.

Playing this week at Islip and Bay Shore theatres: Christopher Lee in “The Devil’s Brigade”; Robert Shaw in “Custer of the West”; and Burt Lancaster in “The Swimmer.”


25 Years Ago

July 1993

Last week, Bay Shore High School’s Class of 1993 enjoyed graduate ceremonies. Valedictorian Michael Tashbook addressed the audience and student Rebecca Bonanno gave an inspirational speech before the Pledge of Allegiance.

A $4 million beach nourishment operation at Robert Moses State Park is expected to begin this week. It will replenish sand and dunes lost as a result of last December’s nor’easter. The announcement was made by Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Creative Bath Inc. is the first company to move into Central Islip’s Tech Park. Councilwoman Pam Green, supervisor Pete McGowan and councilman Brian Ferruggiari, along with Creative Bath president Matt Meinzinger, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Jerry and Virginia Slattery of Islip received a citation from the Town of Islip as the Hibernian Couple of the Year.

Bay Shore resident Alan Lawrence received an honorary doctor of pedagogy degree from Dowling College at the Graduate Commencement Exercises.

The Zonta 1993 Scholarship Award for Young Women in Public Affairs was awarded to Johanna Brown, a graduate of Bay Shore High School, an honors student who served as editor of the class yearbook.

Pvt. Regina Y. Bennett has graduated from the basic terrain analysis course at Ft. Belvoir, Fairfax, Va. She is a 1992 graduate of Central Islip High School.

Elaina Adam was honored with the Chick Pizzurro Volunteer Award for her extensive community service at the Islip Town Youth Bureau Award Ceremony.

Islip is about to get wet and wild with its own water slide at Byron Lake Park. To provide a longer-lasting system, new PVC piping was installed and the entire pool was relined.

The Broadhollow Players have brought Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” to the BayWay Arts Center in East Islip. The musical stars Chris Dufrenoy as Billy Bigelow, Elisa Spiotto as Julie Jordan and Kim Moir Dufrenoy as Julie’s friend, Carrie Pipperidge, with scenery by Gary Hygom and Heidi Brown and costumes designed by Bettie Garibotto.

Marine Cpl. Christopher T. Bondy of Brightwaters was promoted to his present rank while serving with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is a 1990 graduate of Bay Shore High School.

Elementary school students attending the Hewlett School in East Islip have a brand new playground, thanks to the efforts of parents, staff and members of the community. “It takes more than money to make a school setting work. It takes spirit, cooperation, strong parental involvement and volunteerism,” said parent Hassan El-Amin.

Navy Ensign Anna C. Cruz, of West Islip, graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to her present rank in the United States Navy Reserve. She is a 1988 graduate of West Islip High School.

Islip Bulletin film critic Hilda Fuhrman’s consensus of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster “Jurassic Park” is that, despite its spectacular special effects, the movie is “little more than a clever, if somewhat tiresome, creature feature.” She also points out that the tyrannosaur belonged to the Cretaceous period, not the Jurassic.