Years ago: December 1968 and 1993

Years ago: December 1968 and 1993


The kindergarten classes of Miss Amy Field’s and Miss Joanne LaGattuta’s at Connetquot’s First Street School put on a puppet show in December 1968. Pictured here acting out “Little Boy Blue” are Dennis Mollick, Teddy Jurascik and Laura Bozler. 


50 Years Ago 

December 1968


Winter has yet to arrive according to the calendar, so perhaps the temperature is merely playing tricks. Overnight temperatures this week hit a low of six degrees Fahrenheit, forming ice on the Fire Island side of the Great South Bay, stranding at least two vessels. The six-degree temperatures were accompanied by biting winds out of the north of 20-25 miles an hour. 

The annual holiday home and business lighting contest will once again be held in the Village of Brightwaters, announced event chairperson Mrs. Harvey L. Johnson. 

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Farley, of Bay Shore, and Mr. and Mrs. John Stanton Jr., of West Islip, attended the All Sports Benefit Dinner held at the Winners Circle Restaurant in New York City. Eileen and Bill Farley, who are personal friends of former boxers Rocky Graziano and Chico Vejar, joined a large group of celebrities and guests at the dinner honoring Graziano. 

On Friday and Saturday, the spirit of Agatha the witch will appear at the Mulligan Junior High School in Central Islip. Bringing her back to life will be members of the Drama Club in their presentation, “All About Agatha,” a play by Jonathan Troy and directed by Mr. Charles Rock. Starring in the play will be Sally Stein as Agatha, Patricia Kageff as Joan O’Hara and Walter Lucyshyn as her husband, Duff O’Hara. 

Southside Hospital’s seventh annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was held in front of the main entrance, accompanied by the skilled voices of the 30-member East Islip High School Glee Club. Also participating in the event were the Rev. Donald S. McPhail of St. Peter’s Church, Bay Shore, and Mrs. Mary Christie of Islip, noted soloist. 

The American Cancer Society, Suffolk Division Inc., has announced that Joseph Pinter of Brightwaters has been elected as chairman of the Board of Directors for a one-year term running through October 1969. Mr. Pinter is president of Pinter Brothers Inc. in Deer Park, one of the area’s largest trucking and warehousing facilities. 

The Islip High School Student Council will sponsor its fifth annual Snow Ball Dance to be held in the high school cafeteria. The highlight of the evening will be the crowning of the School Spirit Queen. Kathy Elitharp, Louise Gabreluk, Kathy McCarthy, Sherry Switkes and Chris Werner will be the five finalists in the competition for the coveted title. 

Several new prints have been added to the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library’s collection of framed reproductions of famous paintings, according to library director John Clark. Among the new reproductions are Renoir’s “Roses,” Degas’s “Woman With Chrysanthemums,” Picasso’s “Guernica,” Van Gogh’s “Starry Starry Night” and Frederick Edwin Church’s “Sunset.”

Lt. William McCarthy of Mallar Avenue, Bay Shore, has received his commission at the Ft. Sill, Okla., Artillery School. A 1966 graduate of Bay Shore High School, Lt. McCarthy is now at Ft. Walters, Texas, where he is training as a helicopter pilot. 

Birthday greetings to Barbara Mendolia of Boston Avenue and Ron Schumacker of Ferndale Boulevard, Islip, who both celebrated their birthdays on Dec. 10. 

Airman First Class Walter W. Schaefer of Brentwood Road, Bay Shore, is on duty at Cam Ranh Bay, AB, Vietnam, as a material specialist. 

Playing this week at Bay Shore and Islip theatres: Rod Taylor, Christopher Plummer and Lilli Palmer in “The High Commissioner”; Jane Fonda in “Barbarella”; and Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris in “Camelot.”


25 Years Ago

December 1993


West Islip Fire Department assistant chiefs Jeffrey Kempf and Jeffrey Schou were honored by the Suffolk County Fire Academy for acts of bravery last year. On Dec. 22, 1992, the firefighters responded to a blaze at a restaurant building on Udall Road. They climbed to the third story and carried an unconscious victim to safety. 

Thanks to Mercy Haven, 34 formerly homeless residents will have a place to call home for the holidays, and beyond. Mercy Haven added 12 two-bedroom apartments to its stock of affordable housing in Bay Shore. 

Maria Pecorale, of Hawley Corner Gift Shop, the outgoing president of the West Islip Chamber of Commerce, received a proclamation from incoming president Douglas Chapey of Chapey & Sons Funeral Home. 

Debi Carr, of Bay Shore, recently participated in Salisbury State University’s award-winning “Freshman in the Wilderness” program. Carr cycled 140 miles through the mountainous countryside of Maine.

Erica Corlito, 9, of Brightwaters, interviewed Congressman Rick Lazio for her school newspaper as part of her federal, state and local government studies. Erica is a fourth-grader at South Country Elementary School in Bay Shore. 

East Islip’s Peter Schultz has been designated Long Island Lighting Company’s Employee of the Month for December. Schultz coordinated the construction of a refueling station for the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority. 

Harold J. Clark, of West Islip, will become president and chief operating officer of the United States Aircraft Insurance Group, effective Jan. 1. 

After 24 years, Islip Town has a new tax receiver. The Islip Town Board appointed town deputy receiver of taxes Virginia Allen to fill the position vacated by her boss, Edwin Boogertman. 

Sweet lovers, beware: a dessert fairyland is coming to Bay Shore on Dec. 13, when the Great South Bay YMCA will have a preview party for a “sweet fair” it is holding on Feb. 6. Organizers for the event include Gunther Grossman of the New York Tech Culinary Arts Center; Susan Barbash, chairperson of the fair; and Anne Brigis, YMCA associate executive director. 

Jamie Schagat, a sophomore at East Islip High School, was presented with a medallion by Newsday for being selected as one of their 1993 Volunteer Recognition Award winners for her volunteer work at the United Cerebral Palsy Suffolk Summer Program. 

Glenn Roisman, of Central Islip, has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Glenn will be among 350 students attending the conference from across the United States. 

“Wilds of the Heart,” by local playwright L.A. Schoen, is playing at Authors Playhouse in Bay Shore and stars Herb Dublar, Kay Melia, Liz Turturro and Nick Scibetta.