The Suffolk County News: Years Ago
James Weik learns a lesson from the Board of Education during rehearsals for “Faculty Follies,” presented at Bayport’s James Wilson Young High School on May 10-11, 1963. Herbert Hannon applies the lesson while Blue Point Elementary school principal Duane Hawkins (center) and cast members watch with mixed reactions.

The Suffolk County News: Years Ago

Story By: VANESSA GRANIELLO
5/10/2018


70 Years Ago

May 1948

The Sayville Rotary Club plaque listing the names of local service members who lost their lives in World War II was placed in Memorial Park in Sayville’s Main Street. It will be formally dedicated at the annual Decoration Day rites later this month. 

Dramatic soprano Miss Karen Hasselriis of Holmes Court, Sayville, will present a program of songs at the Barbizon Concert Hall in New York City. 

The block of buildings immediately west of the Sayville Post Office is in the process of receiving a thorough painting, thus adding much to the appearance of the community’s business section. 

Charles M. Rogers of Sayville, a senior in the department of music at the University of Delaware, gave a piano recital, the only student this year to give a solo recital. The well-chosen and varied program included selections from Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Charbrier and concluded with the brilliant “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12” by Liszt. 

The Purple and Gold track forces rattled off their third-straight dual meet victory by defeating a visiting Amityville squad by a comfortable 65-39. John Nagy once again turned in a double win, stepping a fast 10.2 100-yard dash.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Nester and children, Rosalind and Kepner, of Bayport, returned from a vacation trip of six weeks to Mexico, where they visited Mexico City and made side trips to Tehuantepec and the volcano Paricutin. 

Mrs. H.C. Petersen wishes to announce that she is now representing Avon Cosmetics Inc. and telephone orders may be made through her in Bayport.

Young Tommy D’Aurizio of Bayport celebrated his 6th birthday and entertained several friends, including Eleanor Hanson, Barbara and Dick Jones, Richard Shaber, Lorraine and Buddy Renner and David D’Aurizio. 

Oakdale Girl Scouts Troop 10, with Mrs. William Trautwein and Mrs. Andrew Hetzel, enjoyed visiting the model dairy farm at Oakdale.

Miss Constance  Jenrich of Oakdale entertained in celebration of her 16th birthday. Her guests enjoyed a dinner party at White Turkey Inn and a performance of the circus in New York. 

Charles E. Johnson of Easy Street, West Sayville, was one of the four honor students who competed in the Spring Examination and Packard Business School, where he is majoring in accounting. 

Mrs. Herman Goldsworth and Mrs. John Van Essendelft, both of West Sayville, attended the monthly meeting of the Southside Hospital Auxiliary.

Soft shell crabs are being served at Stejskal’s Central Hotel in Bohemia on Saturdays only.

Miss Gloria Pospisil of Bohemia celebrated her 18th birthday with a number of friends, including Viola Cervenka, Marion Heyduk, Al Signorelli and John Conkle. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre “Miracle of the Bells,” starring Fred MacMurray and Frank Sinatra; “To the Victor,” starring Dennis Morgan; and “Saigon,” starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. 

55 Years Ago

May 1963

Chief Thomas Greene and other officers of the Sayville Fire Department were installed at the local department’s annual Installation Dinner. Other department officers installed included Charles Oelkers, first assistant chief; Bernard Loughlin, second assistant chief; Jules Molzon, secretary; Donald Bevelander, assistant secretary; Eric Schrader, treasurer; the Rev. Louis H. Martin, chaplain; and George Pope, trustee.

In the opening day ceremonies for Bayport Little League, catcher Michael Manfre caught the traditional first ball, tossed by county executive H. Lee Dennison. 

Word from Pennsylvania State University announces that Miss Jacqueline A. Wenk of Greene Avenue, Sayville, has qualified for the Dean’s List at the university for the spring term with a perfect average.

Mrs. Anne Mead of Sunset Drive, Sayville, returned after a 13-day cruise aboard the S.S. Bergensfjord with stops at Guadeloupe, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. 

Miss Marjorie Eales of Candee Avenue, Sayville, is cast as Bella Hedley in “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” to be given by the University Theatre at Denison University, where she is a sophomore. 

Don C. Dodson of Middle Road, Bayport, is a new appointee on the honor system committee at Haverford College. 

Anthony Papa of Bayview Avenue, Bayport, is undergoing recruit training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

The Daisy Mae 4-H Club met at the home of Mrs. Churchill Smith on Snedecor Avenue, Bayport, with leaders Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Frederick Schwaner. The girls are working on huck weaving and crocheting projects. 

Mrs. Alice Price of Gillette Avenue, Bayport, entertained for the 11th birthday of her son, Lorin, with a baseball game followed by refreshments. The boys present were Paul Kogut, F.X. McInerney, Robert Burton, Kevin O’Donnell, Robert Windels, Richard Pook, Robert Taylor, Patrick Harris, James Knoepffler, Walter Brunner, Arthur Schmitt, Thomas Tapasak, Thomas Tyson and Richard Busch. 

The Calvinettes, a group of girls of the Christian Reformed Church of West Sayville, will entertain their mothers at a Mother’s Day tea in the chapel. Girls taking part in the program are Kathy Bultman, Jeanne Overton, Karen Putnam, Virginia DeVries, Marilyn Edwards, Ellen Style, Marilyn Van Essendelft, Wilma Sluiter, Esther Wessels, Ann Sluiter and Beverly Van Essendelft. 

Miss Jean Van Essendelft of Rollstone Avenue, West Sayville, retired from her position with the Metropolis Life Insurance Company after more than 42 years of service in the New York Office.

Eleven-year-old Robert Ryan of Carley Drive, West Sayville, placed third in the Grand National Ford Aurora Model Motoring Competition held at Luanns Toy Store in Oakdale Plaza. 

Arthur Premm Jr. of Oakdale was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the West Sayville-Oakdale Fire District. 

Mrs. Alfred Covic of Bartley Lane, Oakdale, has been named ticket chairman of the Cub Scout dance to be held on May 18.

Donald Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Edward Ranck of Mathews Road, Oakdale, was christened at St. Lawrence’s Church in Sayville.

Johnny Adamec of Wilson Street, Bohemia, a talented young drummer, appeared with Ray Heatherton, the Merry Mailman, at a benefit Sunday afternoon at the Bayside Jewish Center. 

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” starring Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor (see from the beginning for your greatest enjoyment!); and “Love is a Ball,” starring Glenn Ford and Hope Lang.