Years ago: October 1948 and 1963

Years ago: October 1948 and 1963


As part of the observance of National Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 1968, members of the Islip Volunteer Fire Department visited all of Islip District’s elementary schools to demonstrate equipment used in firefighting. In this photo, assistant chief John Mueller shows oxygen equipment worn by firemen Carl Ketcham (left) and Robert Bosche (right) to third-grade students at the Winganhauppauge Elementary School. 


50 Years Ago 

October 1968


An Islip family that gets around is that of Rita and Harvey Zendt. Peter has just graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in business administration, Mary Rita is working for Mutual of Omaha and living in Washington, D.C., and Stephen is returning for his junior year at Nathaniel Hawthorne College in New Hampshire. And not to be outdone by the “kids,” Rita is employed at the Flynn Realty on West Main Street, Bay Shore. 

A unique course in the best that the performing arts can provide will be given to Lynette Kent and Monique Guastella, two East Islip seniors, who will join one thousand high school seniors from 549 schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as the winners of the Lincoln Center Student Awards. 

Robert E. Snyder, past president of the Jewish Centre of Bay Shore, will be honored by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America at a dinner conference to be held in the Westbury Hebrew Congregation in Old Westbury on Oct. 24.

The following local students are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program: Maura Enright, a student at East Islip High School, and Linnea Leedham, an Islip High School senior. 

John Douglas, Bay Shore High School principal, was program chairman for the annual conference of District 17, Suffolk County division of the New York State Association of Secondary Principals, held at Gurney’s Inn, Montauk. 

The following Islip seniors received Letters of Commendation in the National Merit Scholarship test for scoring in the top 10 percent: Brian Schill, Anthony Del Genio, Allan Schill, Leigh Gettier, Bruce Milligan, Nancy Hendrickson, Patricia Byrne and Kathy Cummings.

The staff of Bay Shore High School’s newspaper, Maroon Echo, received journalist accolades from the Empire State School Press Association. Among them was David Askinas of Hampshire Road, Bay Shore, who won an $8000 scholarship to the School of Journalism of Syracuse University, and Marc Geller of West Lane, Bay Shore, who was named first alternate for the scholarship. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Hahn, of 9 South Rd., Central Islip, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Rose, to Clifford Rudolph of Brentwood.

Anniversary greetings to Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Frese of Moffitt Boulevard, Islip, who celebrated their special day Oct. 2.

The Starfires, sponsored by the Islip Terrace Fire Department and directed by Vincent Nadvornik, are the 1968 Sound of Suffolk flag champions for the best music for the year in the Class E Bell and Drum Corps. Members of the corps include drum major Denise Knef and color guard captain Karen Duryea.

Airman 1st Class Harry C. Woods III of Maryanne Place, East Islip, is on duty at Cam Ranh AB, Vietnam. 

West Islip’s soccer team unloaded 89 shots and counted on seven as it defeated Newfield, 7-0. Bob Garcia had two of the West Islip goals. The others were scored by Dave Censrally, Ed Wagner, Kevin Quinn, Dennis Townes and Bob Fitzsimmons.

Playing this week at Bay Shore and Islip theatres: Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford in “Salt & Pepper”; Shelley Winters and Christopher Jones in “Wild in the Streets.”

25 Years Ago

October 1993


Ten-year-old Sameer Khanijo, of Islip, is the national winner of the Tylenol Hot Ideas contest, with his idea to create a science center in his school which would be divided into four sections: biology, chemistry/physics, nutrition and experiments. He received a $1,000 award, while another $1,000 was given to his school to help implement the idea.

The Rusy-Bohm Unit 411 of the American Legion Auxiliary State of New York is proud to announce their 1993 candidate for Empire Girls State, Rayna Smith, of Islip. 

Michael Weisbrod, manager of Chase Manhattan Bank’s West Islip branch, was presented with a proclamation from the county for 20 years of service to the community. In addition, Brenda T. Cobb, of Central Islip, vice president and Jericho branch manager, has been asked to serve on the board of directors for Long Island Head Start Child Development Services Inc., Patchogue.

Jeannette Suarez, of Bay Shore, will be one of hundreds of people who will participate in the Long Island Breast Cancer Day of Unity on Oct. 5. Inspired by the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition, Suarez joined the Brentwood/Bay Shore Breast Cancer Coalition to try to help inform women about the disease, and to get more government officials involved in the fight against it. 

Islip Town officials have joined forces with local school districts, religious institutions and civic organizations in an attempt to prevent acts of bias with the newly established Anti-Bias Task Force.

William Zenner, a former Central Islip and Brentwood resident, was honored by Russia for helping the country in World War II with a bronze medal accompanied by a letter from Vladimir Lukin, Russian ambassador to the United Nations. A U.S. Navy veteran, Zenner was deployed as a gun crew chief aboard a vessel that transported guns, ammunition, airplanes and tanks to the Soviets. 

Rose and Alphonse D’Angelo, of West Islip, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christine Marie D’Angelo, to Russell Frank Lombardo, also of West Islip. 

Dina Mannino, of Bay Shore, a senior at Stony Brook University, was one of two students to receive the 1993 Elsa Iona Quality of Life Scholarship. 

Islip Bulletin film critic Hilda Fuhrman writes that Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence” is one of the most beautiful movies ever made. Starring Daniel-Day Lewis, Winona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer, Scorsese’s Merchant-Ivory period piece is a stark contrast to the violence of his previous work, such as “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas.”