Years ago: November 1968 and 1993

Years ago: November 1968 and 1993


November 1968: Cub Scout Edward Dionne, representing Cub Pack 370 of Islip, presents $500 worth of gifts for hospitalized service members in Vietnam, which the pack collected in response to the appeal of Rusy Bohm 411 of Islip. Accepting the gift for the Legion Post is chaplain Maj. Harold E. Anderson, who is with Hdqrs. 42 Infantry Division. Others in the picture standing left to right are: Capt. Dugan, USAF pilot recently returned from Vietnam; Sgt. Truax, former assistant scoutmaster who is now with Hdqrs. 42nd Infantry Division; Joe Zollinger, cubmaster of Pack 370; AF Sgt. R. DeCastro, Eagle Scout, just back from Thailand; Sgt. H. DeCastro, Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver and Neighborhood Commissioner, Hdqrs. 42nd Infantry Division. 


50 Years Ago 

November 1968


Rosario Ricciardelli, of 81 Locust Avenue, Islip, known affectionately as “Mr. Rick” in the community in which he lived for 50 years, died at the age of 94. Mr. Rick was a proud Navy veteran and after his service went on to work for the Long Island Lighting Co. until his retirement in 1940. 

The Islip Committee to Feed Biafra’s Starving has scheduled a cocktail party for Nov. 15. Committee members include Mrs. J. Eugene O’Brien of East Islip, Rev. Timothy Buckley and Mrs. James DeRosa, also of East Islip. 

Rev. Frank P. White has been named the new resident chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip. 

Donkey Basketball, the world’s craziest sport, will return to Islip Senior High School on Nov. 15. This ballgame played on the backs of donkeys is considered by some to be wilder than a rodeo and funnier than a circus. The matchups will be between the local vamps of the East Islip and Islip Terrace fire departments; the women faculty of Islip HS versus the senior girls student body; and members of the district’s men’s faculty versus the all-star senior high boys squad. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Horton of 471 Richland Boulevard, Brightwaters, announce the engagement of their daughter, Janice Horton, to Ramon Accettella of South Montgomery Avenue, Bay Shore. An April wedding is planned. 

The program for the Joseph P. Carlin Chapter Holiday Benefit Concert by the South Shore Symphony Orchestra with Lois Bannerman, harpist, as soloist, has been announced by Mrs. Francis Milligan, chairperson. The program committee also includes Mrs. Frank Koehler, SSSO conductor Anthony J. Messina and Mrs. Jesse D. Clarkson. 

Eddy Melton of Melton’s Liquor Store in Bay Shore-Brightwaters was given a present – a milk bottle from the Melton Dairy of years past found by Sid Chew.

Terence Diggory, a student at Bay Shore High School, was on NBC-TV on the World Youth Forum. In the words of “Bea” Holmes, “He did very well.”

Congratulations to Rev. Canon S.R. Peters, who celebrated his 23rd anniversary as rector of St. Peter’s Church, Bay Shore, on All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1.

Knights of Columbus of Bay Shore honored past Grand Knights John McDonald, Robert Kleid and John Brett at a dinner-dance held at its clubhouse. 

The Islip Black Knights trounced the West Islip football team 21-0. Frank Barrasso, one of the team members, was given a surprise birthday party at his home on Belmore Avenue in North Great River. The celebration, in honor of Frank’s 14th birthday, was attended by the entire Black Knights team. 

Central Islip residents who successfully completed the latest New York State examination in practical nursing and are now licensed practical nurses are Yvonne Jensen, Linda Mackay, Annette Tarallo and Ellen Tuohey. 

Central Islip resident Tony Nappi will co-star in the New Theatre’s production of “Barefoot in the Park,” premiering Nov. 8 at the JKF Jr. Senior High School in Port Jefferson Station. 

Playing this week at Islip and Bay Shore theatres: Sean Connery in “Thunderball,” “Shalako” and “From Russia with Love.” 


25 Years Ago

November 1993


The Town of Islip recognized the international humanitarian efforts of Bay Shore-based Volunteer Eye Surgeons International, Ltd., with a proclamation presented by town councilman Brian Ferruggiari to Yale Soloman, MD, of Brightwaters, founder of the nonprofit organization.

Betsy Thomas of Bay Shore was awarded a grant from the Dorothy Greenwood Banks Memorial Fund for Professional Development. 

Deputy County Executive for Finance Alice A. Amrhein was honored as Woman of the Year by the Zonta Club of Suffolk County at a banquet held at LaGrange Inn, West Islip.

West Islip resident Frank Regnante, vice president for institutional advancement at Dowling College, inspected a B-17 Flying Fortress during its recent flight to Long Island’s Republic Airport. The aircraft, along with a rare B-24 Liberator, were on display as tribute to Long Island veterans on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Allied air offensive against the Axis powers during World War II. 

John C. Cochrane, of Brightwaters, will be honored for his outstanding service to Boy Scouts and the community at the Good Deed Reception to be held Dec. 1 at Southward Ho Country Club, Bay Shore. 

Islip Terrace resident Lyn Echard is one of many volunteers for the Long Island Women’s Coalition, an Islip Town-based agency that assists abused women and their children. Echard, who teaches in the East Islip School District, will be one of several women honored at a Nov. 16 ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the shelter, which was the first opened in Suffolk County. 

Members of the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance squad recently achieved a milestone during the NYS Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association’s annual Drill Competition, sweeping all three of the competition categories. Lead by team captain Terri Mulqueen, the team consisted of Donna Fudge, Donna Hildenbrand and Steve Engleberg. 

Battling chilling rain and a slippery field, Central Islip’s varsity football squad rolled over Bay Shore, 27-7. Gharey Ovalle rushed for a total of 98 yards in the game for the Musketeers.

Islip Bulletin film critic Hilda Fuhrman confers that “Gettysburg,” a four-hour historical drama starring Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen and Jeff Daniels, boasts no superlative acting performances, no women, no personal stories, and no unexpected twists or turns. This isn’t a bad thing, as the film centers every detail on the battle itself, which is rendered in believable and authentic detail. 


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello