Islip Bulletin Years Ago

Islip Bulletin Years Ago

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50 Years Ago 

July 1968


Three more entries have been filed for the Cross Bay Swim from Fire Island to Bay Shore on July 28. They are Ronald M. Harris, West Islip; Timothy Hunter, Babylon; and Michael Griffin, Bay Shore. They will join Gary Hudson of West Islip, Patricia Plevik of Bay Shore and Richard Halpern of Brightwaters, who registered last week. 

They Bay Shore Redskins won the team trophy in the Brentwood tournament sponsored by the Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Central Islip took second prize for the best appearing department. 

Helene Katz, guidance counselor at Islip High School, boarded the SS Rafaello for the beginning of a yearlong sabbatical leave which she will spend in Israel as visiting supervisor of guidance at the American College in Jerusalem for the 1968-‘69 academic year. 

Fire Commissioner Charles De Witta presented Thomas G. Murray, captain of Bay Shore Fire Department’s Patrol Company, with the keys for a new vehicle, a 1968 Mack, the first diesel truck to be used in the department. 

L. James Gosier of Center Avenue, Bay Shore, received his B.A. degree in political science from Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C. He has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and will report for OCS training at Quantico, Va., in September. 

Mary Ann Zollinger, den mother of Den 8 Pack 370 Islip Cub Scouts, invited her den and their mothers to enjoy the coolness of her pool during the recent heat wave. Attending were Peter and Paul Drugas, Larry Stoddard, John Quinn and Paul Zollinger with their mothers. 

The regular monthly meeting of the Bay Shore Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. Francis J. O’Neil of Central Islip. Hostesses assisting Mrs. O’Neil were Miss Jane Nash, Mrs. Charles M. Reed. Mrs. Richard D’Isernia and Mrs. Peter Zorn. The table arrangement was the creation of Mrs. O’Neil. 

Builder 3rd Class John W. Bakke, USN, of East Islip, is serving with the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One in Vietnam. 

In the course of taping an NBC television special on Robert David Lion Gardiner entitled “An Island of My Own,” the NBC film crew visited the Gardiner Manor Elementary School in Bay Shore to film a brief segment of the show. In the segment, Mr. Gardiner speaks with fifth-grade pupils and their teacher, Charles Ruggeri. 

Melinda Lewis of Bay Shore-Brightwaters is spending the summer working on a farm in Stafford, Vt., to train as a veterinarian. 

Playing this week at Bay Shore and Islip theatres: John Wayne and David Janssen in “The Green Berets”; Dean Martin and James Stewart in “Bandolero”; and Jerry Lewis in “Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River.”


25 Years Ago

July 1993


Tens of thousands of local Islip residents turned out for a night of music under the stars for the annual New York Philharmonic concert sponsored by the Islip Arts Council at Heckscher State Park in East Islip. 

The clowns are funny and the trapeze stunts entertaining, but it’s the animals that are a concern, and the reason why the circus won’t be coming to Islip this year. The decision stemmed from a groundswell of community opposition in the form of nearly 30 phone calls and more than 100 letters from people objecting to the circus’ poor treatment of animals. “I’m very pleased that the town board had the courage to turn this down,” said town clerk Joan Johnson. 

For displays of altruism in Islip Town, the following people received the Supervisor’s Salute Award: Fifth Precinct Police Officer Diane Dane, who saved the life of a driver who had fallen into a diabetic coma; Third Precinct Police Officers Richard O’Carrol and Thomas Keneally, who saved a family from a house fire during Dec. 11’s nor’easter; Matthew Grynewics and Eric Steinman, who rushed to the crash site of a downed small airplane and freed the pilot; and police detective Ralph Battle and Brentwood resident Christopher Leddick, who came to the aid of a young boy who was being assaulted. 

Sinai Reform Temple of Bay Shore recently dedicated their new building and a ceremony in which Rabbi Rievan W. Slavkin gave a speech. 

In memory of the late Elmer B. Howell of Bay Shore, a pulmonary rehabilitation syllabus for patients at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, was presented by his family: his wife, Suzanne; brother, Roger; and sister-in-law, Mary.

Kay Bedell and Marge Holtje, of Bay Shore, were among the volunteers honored at the Meadow Club for their more than 300 hours of service with Long Island Blood Services. 

Ann Helmecke of East Islip won first place in the knitting contest at the annual Americana Fair sponsored by the Town of Islip. 

Celia Leona is the league leader for the Bay Shore chapter of the Le Leche League International Inc., a nonprofit that promotes breast-feeding. The group recently held a bake sale on the dock of Fire Island Ferries in Sayville and held its annual one-mile World Walk for Breast-feeding at Smithhaven Mall. 

“Sleepless in Seattle,” written and directed by Nora Ephron and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, is “sprinkled throughout with charming scenes and witty lines, as light as feathers and decidedly entertaining,” according to Islip Bulletin film critic Hilda Fuhrman. 


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello