Years ago: January 1969 and 1994

Years ago: January 1969 and 1994


January 1969: Gwen Swenson, Josh Tarplin and Jeff Bode, all students at Bay Shore High School, are members of the Young Adult Record Selection Committee for the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library. They make their selections of new recordings four times during the year and are open to suggestions from other young adult library users. 


50 Years Ago 

January 1969


Islip Town’s 10th annual Operation Christmas Tree is in full swing, with trees collected from wholesalers and retailers already being moved to the dunes of Fire Island as a means to cut down on erosion of the sand by wind and water. 

Staff Sgt. Jerome B. Centabar of 318 Oakwood Avenue, West Islip, has received the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Lindsey Air Station, Germany, for meritorious service as station manager of the combined radio and television station at Incirlik AB, Turkey. 

Newly formed Boy Scout Troop 370, sponsored by the Islip PTA, held its first Court of Honor at which the troop’s charter was formally presented. Troop committee chairman Mike Schmucker was introduced and applauded for his efforts in organizing the troop. Assistant Scoutmaster Joe Zollinger then explained leadership and the Green Bar Program. Green Bars were then presented to Jack Ozer, Chris Kennedy, Larry Collins, Anthony Santora, and Kenneth Nejib. 

Barbara Muller, formerly of Bay Shore and now a resident of Berkshire Nursing Center in West Babylon, celebrated her 90th birthday on Jan. 6.

Barbara Heinen, a freshman at the University of Delaware, is home for the holidays visiting her parents, Eleanor and Eddy Heinen of Brightwaters. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kavan of 91 North Park Avenue, Bay Shore, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Arlene, to Lawrence J. Herte of Farmingdale. 

S/4C Michael J. Costello of Mars Avenue, Bay Shore, is home on a 45-day furlough after having recently returned from Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal. 

January is the month for celebrations in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Davidowicz of Windsor Street, Islip. The first one to celebrate is Mary Ann, whose 6th birthday was Jan. 2. Then comes her dad, Ben, who added another year on Jan. 5. Mrs. Davidowicz is next on Jan. 24, and then son Joseph, who will celebrate his 13th birthday on Jan. 31. 

Spc. Joseph T. Crawson of Bay Shore is now serving in Ban Me Thuot, Vietnam. 

Robert J. Christ of Willowbrook Avenue, Bay Shore, has been promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Sgt. Christ, an aircraft pneudraulic repairman at Tachikawa AB, Japan, is a member of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service and a graduate of Bay Shore High School. 

Andrew J. Melton Jr. of South Windsor Avenue, Brightwaters, is chairman of the Financial Dinnerama held in the Imperial Ballroom at the Americana. 

Congratulations and best wishes to Joan and John Schauer of Rockaway Street, North Great River, on the birth of their second child, Beth-Ann. 

Happy birthday wishes to Carol Rizzo of Manhattan Boulevard, North Great River, who will be 4 years old on Jan. 12. 

Two more names have been added to the list of awards in the annual Brightwaters Yule Lighting Contest. Receiving honorable mention were the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Arbour of Hiawatha Drive, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Anderson of Richland Boulevard. 

Playing this week at Bay Shore and Islip theatres: “The Charge of the Light Brigade”; Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate”; The Beatles in “Yellow Submarine”; and Frank Sinatra in “Lady in Cement.”


25 Years Ago

January 1994


Flight schedules at MacArthur Airport were tied up after a Carnival Airlines 737 and a Delta Express plane rolled into one another on the runway, damaging the wing of the Carnival plane and the propeller of the other. Although approximately 150 passengers had to be evacuated from the planes, no one was injured in the incident. 

East Islip youngster Matthew Skolnick was chosen by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Suffolk to appear on the second day of the weekend-long telethon airing on Jan. 22-23. Skolnick has a hereditary genetic disease known as osteogenesis imperfecta, but his doctors expect that he will be able to overcome it as he grows older and stronger. 

Suffolk County Clerk Edward P. Romaine presented a proclamation to Jeffrey H. Walther, pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Central Islip, on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the church. 

The Rotary Club of Islip announces the nomination of Russell Moran, Esq., for district governor of Rotary District 7260 for the 1995-1996 year. Mr. Moran and his wife, Lynda, are residents of East Islip.

Suffolk County Legis. Angie Carpenter invited Fr. Michael Hand of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, West Islip, to offer the opening prayer before a general meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature. 

Central Islip Boy Scout Dominic Loweth Jr. received a Spirit of Achievement Award from LILCO representative Lois Heaney. Dominic earned scouting’s highest award by organizing fundraisers for which he raised $1,400 used to purchase two videocassette recorders, a television monitor and VCR tapes for the Good Samaritan Hospital pediatric unit. 

East Islip resident Ed Iacona is something of a homegrown historian and armchair philosopher-cum-sociologist, who enjoys scouting antique shows for oddities, which are the subject of his show, “Whatsits and Thingamajigs,” at the Sayville Historical Society’s Exhibit Building on Jan. 16. 

“A History of Bay Shore Athletics 1907-1993,” a 304-page hardcover book with over 100 photos from every decade of the school’s program, will be available through the Bay Shore Athletic Sponsors Booster Club. With the assistance and recollections of dozens of former athletes and coaches, alumni Arthur Dromerhauser (Class of 1959) and Lee North (Class of 1941) have written a definitive text of the games played by Bay Shore students.