Years ago: January 1969 and 1994

Years ago: January 1969 and 1994


January 1969: Bob Entenmann (left) proudly displays his Tuna Club award, presented to him by master of ceremonies, Joe Fanelli, at the annual dinner held at La Grange in West Islip.


50 Years Ago 

January 1969


Edward Thompson of 251 Fruitwood Lane, Central Islip, was cited by Our Lady of Fatima General Assembly, Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus, for his “outstanding work in the fields of patriotism and Americanism” as commander of the Herold-Tierney American Legion Post of Central Islip. He will be honored at the First Patriotic Ball of the Assembly to be held at the Holiday Manor, Bethpage, on Feb. 28.

The furor over the future of cable television companies in Islip Town continues with about 40 former employees of Suffolk Telerama Inc. picketing outside town hall in protest over being laid off of the company as a result of the town board’s decision to cancel the franchises awarded to it and Teleprompter Inc. 

Herman Junge, who has operated LaGrange Inn with his partner, Willlie, for 35 years, died at the age of 65. Herman had been on the job at the famous West Islip hostelry until recently when he had gone to his Florida home for the winter. 

Joseph A. Banta, of Bay Shore, was honored by 125 of his friends from New York Telephone at his retirement party at the Timber Point Country Club in Great River. Mr. Banta joined the company at the age of 19 and retired as a repairman working out of the company’s garage in Brightwaters. 

Dr. Theodore M. Hangarter, of West Islip, is the newly elected president of the Medical Board at Good Samaritan Hospital. Hangarter welcomed new board members Dr. Milton R. Beyers of Babylon; Dr. William J. Fagan of Babylon; Dr. Anthony F, Fragola of Bay Shore; and Dr. Frank A. Cerzosimo of West Islip.

An armchair visit to our beautiful national parks will be offered by Warren Hubers, of Islip, in his presentation “National Parks Revisited” at Islip Library.

Carole Anne Olsen of Elm Street, Islip, celebrated her 8th birthday on Jan. 25 with a party for friends and family. Helping her celebrate were Rachel, Jeannie, Josephine and George Keuning, Lynda and Helga Weichhan, John, Lisa, Doug and Raymond Olsen, Elizabeth Mortensen, and her parents.

Five scouts from Islip Boy Scout Troop 37 collected over 100 Christmas trees to be used on Fire Island as a barrier against beach erosion. Working on this project were Joseph Goebel, Robert Bucher, Nick Bondar, Bruce Monsees and Michael Richards. Their scoutmaster is George Goebel. 

Happy first birthday wishes to Eugene Gilbert Bernhard of Cedarhurst Street, North Great River, who will celebrate his special day on Feb. 2. 

Lou Day and John Thomas each had 17 rebounds to help Bay Shore’s basketball squad triumph over Sachem, 74-69. 

Mrs. Joy Meisels, director of the West Islip Library for the past 10 years, will become assistant professor of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York on Feb. 1. 

Nancy Ellen Hubbard, a senior at Bay Shore High School, will receive a Distinguished Academic Scholarship at Hofstra University, which she will attend next year.

William Vogt, of Central Islip, was elected president of the Grace Lutheran Church of Central Islip.

James R. Poro, manager and assistant treasurer of the Islip Terrace branch of the Island State Bank, was elected president of the East Islip Chamber of Commerce. 

The Eagle Award, the highest award in scouting, was presented to Henry F. Zalak and Glenn K. Albrech of Central Islip and Carl R. Kirkerpill of Islip Terrace on Jan. 21 at the 13th annual Eagle Recognition Day and Dinner at Narragansett Inn, Lindenhurst. 

Playing this week at Islip and Bay Shore theatres: James Coburn in “Our Man Flint”; Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine in “The Magus”; and Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum and Mia Farrow in “Secret Ceremony.”


25 Years Ago

January 1994


Boy Scout Pack 205 took a tour of Islip Town Hall. Scouts on the tour included Jon Anderson, Brian Besmer, Adam Kaplan, Joey Sidoti, Scott Anderson and Greg Anderson. 

A black-tie gala is being planned for the month of March at Timber Point Country Club in Great River to honor the Hospice of the South Shore Inc. for 10 years of service. The event will honor Michael Nolan of Great River and Rev. Stanley Maholz. Those serving on the committee are Elaine Shellard, Maureen Bjerke, Penny Doyle, Kathy Leone, Katie Hughes, B.J. Van Ess, Maureen Haag and Connie Ferguson.

The Rotary Club of Islip welcomed Karen Sobel as a new member. Mrs. Sobel has long been a supporter of the club’s youth exchange program and is currently hosting a student from Spain.

Senior Girl Scout Jennifer DeCarmine, 16, was awarded the highest honor in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award. Jennifer received this award after she visited two children’s hospitals and shelters, where she presented a clown act and puppet show, made crafts, sang songs, read stories and played games with the children. 

Princeton graduate Charles D. Norton, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, returned to the Hewlett School campus in East Islip, where he had graduated from eighth grade, to present a school assembly regarding his academic career. 

Erna Cunningham hosted the fourth annual cultural meeting of the American Association of University Women of Islip. Cunningham opened the meeting with a graphic background talk on the history of Norway; Mary Mion discussed the role of Norwegians in America; and Sons of Norway members Margaret Hagemo, Karrin Nyhus and Gunhilde Henrickson demonstrated Norwegian customs. 

There could be something special happening in East Islip, where coach Mike Gallagher’s Lady Redmen basketball team is knocking off opponents by double-digit margins. The team’s top players include Kristen Kneisel, Jennifer Radesky, Connie Tessitore, Alexis Lyon, Katie Gordon, Laura Arbacus and Danielle Faylo.

Islip Bulletin film critic Hilda Furhman writes that “Heaven and Earth,” Oliver Stone’s final film in his Vietnam trilogy (the first two being “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July”) is the weakest of the three, overloaded and overlong, with not enough screen time for Tommy Lee Jones, who plays a Marine. 


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello