Years ago: January 1969 and 1994

Years ago: January 1969 and 1994


In 1969, Robert Indelicato (pictured in robe), a senior at Central Islip High School, rehearses for his upcoming performance with the Music Educators National Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31. Robert was selected to sing with the 440-voice chorus after his appearance at the All State Conference in Buffalo. 


50 Years Ago 

January 1969


Albert Thiesing, of 69 Bay Shore Road, is the only Long Islander listed among the survivor’s of a Scandinavian jet that crashed in the Pacific while landing at International Airport in Los Angeles. Thiesing, who is a cargo sales supervisor for the airline and has been with Scandinavian for 19 years, said this experience will not stop him from flying, and had the greatest praise for the plane’s crew.

Mrs. Barbara Cornelius Joseph of Perkal Street, Bay Shore, was selected unanimously as chairperson of the Suffolk Economic Opportunity Council. Mrs. Joseph is also a United States Air Force veteran. 

Sgt. Peter B. Johnson, graduate of Bay Shore High School, is now serving in Vietnam on an aircraft gunship as bandmaster in charge of security of the cargo cabin and the dropping of flares on command from the pilot to illuminate targets.

Charles A. Jerabek, of Bay Shore, was sworn into office as assemblyman by Walter J. Baker, executive secretary of state. 

A testimonial dinner honoring Homer F. Gardner, of Bay Shore, retiring chief engineer and assistant general manager of the Suffolk County Water Authority, will take place Jan. 31 at La Grange.

Terence Diggory, a senior at Bay Shore High School, is a winner in the National Competition from the National Council of Teachers of English, based on his writing ability. 

Two graduates of Central Islip High School, Gary Windus, now of St. John’s University, and Eugene Zagorsky of Dowling College, represented their student body at the New York State Dinner at the Waldorf given by Gov. Rockefeller in honor of the astronauts. 

Sandra Kube, of the Junior Audubon Club of East Islip, has a Bird Quiz board set up in the children’s area of the East Islip Library. The battery-operated quiz board helps identify the birds whose pictures are displayed. 

The Central Islip Library window was decorated this month by Mrs. Ed Pellegrino, Girl Scout junior consultant. The theme is Girl Scouting publications and activities. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond O’Donnell of North Great River, who are the proud parents of twins born Jan. 16, Christian Marie and Christopher Raymond. 

Bay Shore High School bowling coach John Morrison and the Marauder cheerleaders were among the attendees at the first meeting of the year of the Bay Shore Quarterback Club. Cheerleaders present at the meeting were Evelyn Cornigans, Laura Griffin, Helen Gunthorpe, Sandy Hart, Helen Molyneux, Judy Scharmann, Ellen Schneider and Kathy O’Toole. 

Islip residents Mr. and Mrs. Warren Huber presented a travelogue,  “National Parks Revisited,” a the Islip Public Library using their own colored slides to illustrate the magnificent scenery of Glacier National Park and other national parks of the west and northwest. 

Fifty fifth-grade students of the Winganhauppauge Elementary School in Islip were taken on a field trip to Lincoln Center by their music teacher, Mrs. Beatrice Kramer, where they heard a special performance of many of their favorite works by the Wheeler Becket Orchestra of New York at Philharmonic Hall. 

Adele Hummel of Center Avenue, Bay Shore, has completed basic training and has been transferred to the Great Lakes Training Center in Illinois, where she will attend the Navy Hospital Corps School. 

Airman First Class Louis Alessandro Jr., of East Islip, is assigned to Ft. Fisher Air Force Station, N.C., as a radar operator in the first of 15 Aerospace Defense Command high-speed computerized command and control centers located throughout the country.

Playing this week at Islip and Bay Shore theatres: Joanne Woodward in “Rachel, Rachel,” and Jason Robards in “The Night They Raided Minsky’s.”


25 Years Ago

January 1994


The sixth-grade class at East Islip’s John F. Kennedy Elementary School graduated from the D.A.R.E. program in a ceremony attended by parents and teachers. A number of essays were read by students, including Stephanie Gordon, Michael Shaljian and Diana Cannino. Suffolk County Police Officer Susan Roman, teacher of the program, was praised by principal Dr. Hugh F. Carroll for establishing a strong emotional connection with the students. 

Twenty-five local students were provided the opportunity to question Rep. Rick  Lazio at a mock press conference at Babylon Village Hall. Among those students were Islip High School senior Sarah Weimann, advertising manager for The Buccaneer, who asked Lazio about his proposal to fingerprint welfare recipients to combat fraud. Fourth-grader Erica Corlito, of Bay Shore, asked Lazio about his ideas for keeping America’s educational system competitive so that our economy will remain competitive in a global market.  

St. Joseph’s College alumnus Andrew Small, of Islip Terrace, received recognition for ranking among the “Top 135 in the USA” on the May 1993 CPA exam. While a student at St. Joseph’s, he was actively involved in the college’s accounting society and received recognition from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants for his outstanding academic achievement. 

The Bay Shore High School boys basketball squad defeated the Huntington Blue Devils, 57-31. Seniors Tommy Ehlers and Kareem Farmer combined for 23 of the Marauders’ first-half points, with 17 and 14 points, respectively. 

The boys soccer team at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, in West Islip, was voted the nation’s top scholastic boys soccer by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, capping the Cougars’ perfect 18-0-0 season. Coach Tom Bouklas said the honor was “incredible, absolutely incredible.”

Islip Bulletin film critic Hilda Fuhrman writes that “Philadelphia,” Hollywood’s first major movie about AIDS, while unsurprising in its plot and character developments, is nevertheless buoyed by the brilliant acting of the film’s two stars, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. 

Compiled by Vanessa Graniello