Years ago: December 1968 and 1993

Years ago: December 1968 and 1993


Lilly Crawford, Bay Shore business office representative for New York Telephone Company, shows the Trimline Touch-Tone telephone to Susan Henderson of Lindenhurst in December 1968. It’s one of the “gift of gab” offerings holiday shoppers may order for Christmas delivery. 


50 Years Ago 

December 1968


The following local women were chairpersons for the 10th anniversary of the Good Samaritan Hospital Thrift Shop celebration: Mrs. Peter A. Strucke of Bay Shore-Brightwaters, Mrs. Louis Eppig of West Islip and Mrs. Theodore Giletti of Islip.

East Islip High School was awarded the coveted Rutgers’ Football Trophy for winning the League III championship and its undefeated eight-game schedule. East Islip co-captains Mickey Wolpert and Bob Wilson, along with coach John DeLuca received the award on behalf of the team.

Mary Suzanne McManus of Bay Shore-Brightwaters and student at Oxford College of Emory University, has been elected to serve as Hall Representative to the 1968-69 Women’s Dormitory Council in Oxford College.

Lt. John W. Reilly, of Bay Shore-Brightwaters, is now in Vietnam. 

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore S. Rycharski, of Bay Shore-Brightwaters, announce the engagement of their daughter, Barbara F. Rycharski, to Patrick F. Nardella of Bellerose. Barbara teaches in the Central Islip School District and Mr. Nardella teaches in the New Hyde Park School System. A summer wedding is planned. 

Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. William Bushey of Church Road, Great River, on the birth of their son, James Dominick, on Dec. 2. 

The following local members of the U.S. military participated in Operation Beef Thrust off the coast of Southern California: Airman Apprentice Fred Sievers of Raymond Street, Islip; Fire Control Technician Seaman Thomas G. Daly of Higbie Lane, West Islip.

Miss Sherry Switkes, a member of the senior class, was crowned as Islip High School’s Spirit Queen at the fifth annual Snow Ball, sponsored by the Student Council. Runners-up in the competition who served as members of the queen’s court were Kathy Elithorp, Kathy McCarthy, Louise Gabreluk and Chris Werner. 

Mel Beckel, Bay Shore High School cage coach, and his assistant Bob Hornick, were the speakers at the recent meeting of the Bay Shore Quarterback Club held at Flynn’s Restaurant. 

The East Islip High School wrestling team defeated Bayport, 34-19. Joe Polizzi, Larry McManus, Jim Onorato, Paul Muller and Les Williams all posted falls for the Redmen against Bayport. 

The foul line accuracy of Mile Holmes and Tom Veryzer in the closing seconds enabled the Islip High School basketball team to nip Wyandanch, 54-52, in the League IV game. 

Playing this week at Bay Shore and Islip Theatres: “The Graduate,” directed by Mike Nichols and starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman; The Beatles in “Yellow Submarine”; “Doctor Doolittle”; and “Night of the Living Dead.”



25 Years Ago

December 1993


Eighth-grade students in Homeroom 114 at Udall Road Middle School in West Islip have been able to voice their opinions on everything from music idols to drugs. The program is overseen by homeroom advisor Robert Timpson and students participating include Sue Sivillo, Melissa Silva and Carmen Rojas. 

First-graders at Commack Road Elementary School in Islip are assembling gift packages for about 300 homeless children throughout Suffolk County. The project is the brainchild of teacher Carolyn Camano, who feels that educating students at an early age about the needy is a good way to help them become sensitive and caring adults. To make it a fun learning experience, each student has been assigned a certain letter of the alphabet and has been asked to bring in a gift that starts with that letter. 

Louis De Santis of East Islip, Fran Splendoris of Islip Terrace, Rev. E.P. Murphy, formerly of Islip Terrace, Lucille McCue of Islip and Marvin Bennett of Islip represented the Kiwanis Club of the Islips in making a donation to Hospice of the South Shore Inc.

Islip Town Councilwoman Pamela Greene congratulated Joseph P. Ignatovich III of Bay Shore for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Also present were his parents, Joseph and Natica Ignatovich; unit commissioner Steve Grabiec; and scoutmaster Dominick Loweth Sr.

Ernst & Young, the nation’s largest business professional services firm, has appointed Kathryn Dorsey, of East Islip, and Kenneth Kanzler, of Islip Terrace, as audit managers. 

Bill Cooke, president of the Rotary Club of Islip, and Russell Moran, past president and international service director, presented Stephen Ward, CPA, with his membership certificate and pin. 

Congratulations to the following Central Islip music students who have been selected as new apprentices in the Tri-M National Music Honor Society: Keith Hiam, Jerbe Osorio, Cindy Sandersen, Amy Schlaveh, Valencia Seals, Jessica Steary and Jocelyn Woods. 

Funny or disturbing? Like all art, it’s in the eye of the beholder, especially at the Islip Art Museum’s latest installation, “Wit on Wry: Humor in Photography,” showing now until Feb. 6 and curated by Karen Shaw. Photos convey social commentary and humorously incongruous images, such as those offered by Blaise Tobias, who photographs former Detroit bank buildings that have been turned into massage parlors, pizza parlors and a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. 

The life and amazing accomplishments of a psychic dog are detailed in Brightwaters author E. Lee North’s latest work, “Chris, the Rhode Island Wonder Dog.” North became interested in Chris’s story after reading an article about the pup’s ability to solve complex mathematical equations and pick the winners in horse races. 

Joseph Leach of Central Islip received the BOCES 2 Career Center’s Student of the Quarter and was honored at a reception. 

Clint Eastwood’s genius is on full display in “A Perfect World,” writes Islip Bulletin film critic Hilda Fuhrman. Starring Kevin Costner and Mr. Eastwood, this lovely little fantasy should dispel any doubts that Eastwood is a lightweight, not to be taken seriously – he proves himself much more than a graduate of spaghetti westerns who aspires to direct.

Compiled by Vanessa Graniello