Years ago: December 1968 and 1993

Years ago: December 1968 and 1993


Her eyes large with anticipation, Heidi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Skiptunas of Brightwaters, sets up her personalized stocking for Santa on Christmas Eve in December 1968.


50 Years Ago 

December 1968


“For This One Hour,” a historical novel which depicts the courage of the Polish people under Russian oppression in World War II, has just been published, and its author is E. Lee North of 55 Woodland Drive, Brightwaters. This is his first novel. Mr. North is editor of the Presentations Department at Grumman Aircraft. 

Twenty soldiers in Vietnam will be receiving Christmas gifts from their pen pals at the Cordello Avenue School, Central Islip. The sixth-grade students in Philip Griffith’s class have been corresponding with soldiers for over a month. Students Neil Wachter, Darlene Slavik, Marguerite Civelli and Jeffrey Blake are among the pen pals.

Mary Ellen Gallagher and Michael Levender, two students at St. John of God Parochial School in Central Islip, were awarded a $25 savings bond by winning the poster contest at the school’s annual Keep Christ in Christmas party. 

Dr. and Mrs. E. Lloyd Moreland of North Windsor Avenue, Brightwaters, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Virginia, to Michael Roberto of Thompson Drive, Bay Shore.

George G. Forbes, assistant principal of Bay Shore Middle School, has been named by the board of education to succeed Carleton E. Farrell, who is retiring at the end of the current school year. Mr. Forbes resides on 492 Windsor Avenue, Brightwaters, with his wife, Susanna, and their three children. 

The outgoing presidents of the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, presented checks totaling $22,845 to Edward J. Peterson, administrator of the 187-bed hospital. Mrs. William Duffy of Bay Shore, Miss Kathleen Hayes of West Islip and Mrs. Harold Anderson of the Islips were among the guild members who made the presentation. 

Jim Valetutti scored 17 points to lead the East Islip High School basketball team to a 76-52 triumph over Commack North in their League III game. 

Bay Shore and Central Islip both added League II basketball victories and continue to be deadlocked for the lead. John Thomas had 19 rebounds and Lou Day 16 to give Bay Shore control over Patchogue, while Richie Walsh clicked for 25 points and Gene Lemire, 20, to lead Central Islip over Half Hollow Hills. 

The following Bay Shore High School students were chosen to participate in the 33rd annual Directors’ Conference of the New York State School Music Association held in Buffalo: Andrew Fortunato, Gary Holt, Gary Sheldon, Cathy Barbash, Janette Jensen, Paul Newberg and Margaret Stillman.

Susan Pike, a graduate of Bay Shore High School’s Class of ’68, is now attending Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., and is a member of the Gettysburg College band. 

Edward Mentz of the Islip Terrace Fire Department received the Volunteer Fireman of the Year Award from Joseph Franklin, sales manager of the Schaefer Brewing Company, at a recent banquet honoring 130 Long Island volunteers. 

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”; and “Doctor Doolittle.” 


25 Years Ago

December 1993


Outgoing Secretary of Defense Les Aspin named former Bay Shore resident Thomas R. Richards to the position of rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, one of the military organization’s top management positions. Richards is a 1965 graduate of Bay Shore High School, and this is the first time Bay Shore High School has had an admiral for an alumnus. 

AMC host and East Islip resident Bob Dorian rode aboard the American Movie Classics float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City alongside classic film and stage actress Eva Marie Saint and legendary performer Debbie Reynolds. 

Suffolk County Treasurer John Cochrane visited with the Rotary Club of Islip, where he was presented with a lapel pin by John Chinnici, community service director of the club, and Bill Cooke, club president. 

Mary D. Crawford, an Islip Terrace resident for 31 years and Northport VA Medical Center employee for five years, is the recipient of a special award from the medical center in her efforts in ensuring fast delivery of the hospital’s mail. She is proud to care for Long Island’s veterans.

A new play table was donated to the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library by Brad Kenedy of Brightwaters, who founded a new company, DaBrake Custom Furniture. The table will be used in the Toddler Time Story hour, which is for children 2-3 years of age along with their parents/caregivers.

Pudgie’s Chicken Inc., of East Islip, a franchise owned by John and Tanya Tucciarone, have been participating in interviews and question-and-answer sessions for Dowling College’s marketing classes focused on owning your own small business.

Fifth Avenue Elementary School in Bay Shore was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the New York State Education Department. Principal Frank Fallon said the school’s staff have adapted some of the color and flashiness of Madison Avenue advertisers in an attempt to sell learning to children, such as covering the walls and staircases with numbers and letters to provide passing reminders of basic skills, along with artwork that depicts characters from favorite children’s stories. 

Ray Bettinelli, owner of Ray’s Rhythm Room in Bay Shore, is attempting to revive the nightclub scene by launching a variety show for cable television called Rhythm Room TV as a way to showcase local entertainers. The show will also feature comedy skits and a segment called “Rhythm Room Reality Check,” in which performers talk and joke about social and political issues. 

Islip wrestler and returning state champ Tom Longobardi picked up where he left off last year by winning the 105-pound weight class at the Bellport Tournament with a 4-0 shutout over Brian Peterson of Sayville. 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Maher are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Leanne Marie, to Harry E. Berg, of Islip Terrace. 

Kristen Kneisel and Katie Gordon, two outstanding athletes in East Islip School District, were selected through tryouts to play on the Long Island Empire State gold-winning girls basketball team. 

Compiled by Vanessa Graniello