Suffolk County News Years Ago
At a junior class performance of “The Gypsy Baron” at Connetquot High School in June 1963, Donna Fess is charmed by the singing of a gypsy group composed of Jack Price, Richard Becht, Raymond Hoffman, Robert Kuharsky and Michael Livingston.

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Suffolk County News Years Ago


70 Years Ago

June 1948


A capacity audience was on hand at the official opening of The Playhouse, Sayville’s new motion picture theatre on the bay at the foot of Candee Avenue. The attendees were pleased at the beauty of the remodeled theatre, the large number of seats, excellent acoustics, comfortable lobby and added attraction of a television theatre. James Poro is the owner of the independent movie house. 

Wallace Murray, a veteran of World War II, was nominated for the post of commander of Smith-Wever Post, American Legion, of Sayville. Murray will succeed Cmdr. George F.X. McInerney. 

The Rev. Hugh J. Reilly, a newly ordained priest, has been assigned to St. Lawrence R.C. Church in Sayville as a curate to assist the Rev. Raymond J. Smith, pastor, and the Rev. John Traynor, curate. 

Miss Edith Bond of Sayville sailed on the S.S. Evangeline for a 10-day trip to Bermuda. 

Miss Eleanor Hester of Sayville entertained a group of friends at a supper party at her home. It was to have been a picnic and the weather was perfect, until just after all of the food had been placed on tables on the lawn. Then it began to rain, and the scene was quickly changed to Miss Hester’s living room.

Mrs. Gilbert Hirsch of Bayport returned home from a motor trip of 12 days with Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Greenough and Miss Celia Pearl, where they visited the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania and the Luray Caverns in Virginia.

The general organization of Bayport High School held an election for the board of 1948-49. Those elected include Jack and Charles Adams, Anne and William Bruch, Marilyn and Dennis Maud, Leon Stoltze, Robert Hambley and George Warnken. 

Graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is Warrington Stark of Bayport. Mr. Stark has accepted a position with United Aircraft Corporation at Hartford, Conn. 

On Sunday afternoon at The Clock Tower in Idle Hour, Oakdale, Claude Gonvierre and Ivor Gothie presented their junior pupils in recital. Those participating included Charles Reylek, Amelia Riggio, Ankar Petersen, Mary Pat Behman, Sylvia Greaves, Lizbeth Howell, Elaine Marvin and Barbara Baker.

Mr. and Mrs. William Paul of Bohemia were married at St. John of God R.C. Church, Central Islip. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Zegel of West Sayville celebrated their second anniversary by entertaining at dinner Mr. and Mrs. John Verschuure and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Hoek.

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan in “Silver River”; Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Van Johnson in “State of the Union”; John Wayne and Laraine Day in “Tycoon”; and Veronica Lake and Joan Caulfield in “The Sainted Sisters.”


55 Years Ago

June 1963


Members of the confirmation class at Sayville Congregational Church are Margaret L’Hommedieu, Laura L’Hommedieu, Linda Moore, Brook Barton, Jeff Newcombe, Virginia Peterson, Marie Fousel, Barbara Washburne and Thomas Duval. 

An L-shaped parking field south of Main Street and west of Candee Avenue in Sayville is expected to prove a boon to Main Street businesses.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dvorak of Fairway West, Sayville, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a mass thanksgiving at St. Lawrence Church.

Miss Susan Schaeff of Sayville graduated from Colby College, Waterville, Me. This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the college and elaborate ceremonies were held.

John McInerney Jr. of Sayville has been accepted by the School of Law at St. John’s University in Brooklyn and will begin work there this September.

Miss Penelope M. Bluhm of 45 Snedecor Avenue, Bayport, graduated from Drew University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Rathbun and sons, Brion and Craig, of Edgewater Avenue, Bayport, spent a four-day vacation visiting Vermont. 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Goette and daughters Janet and Lois, of South Fairview Avenue, Bayport, flew to Ohio to participate in the 20th reunion of Mrs. Goette’s graduating class at Ohio Wesleyan University. 

The Bayport Circle Players selected Miss Kathleen Brunle as the recipient of their annual scholarship award in the performing arts. Miss Brunle is a senior at James Wilson Young High School and was selected for her outstanding talent in dramatics.

Robert M. Smith of 30 Munson Lane, West Sayville, is one of 30 educators selected to participate in the National Science Foundation summer institute to be held at Rhode Island College in Providence from June 24 until Aug. 2.

Robert Alders of Second Street, West Sayville, left by jet for the Netherlands, where he will spend four weeks visiting with relatives in IJmuiden and taking trips to other countries. 

Mrs. Everett Griek of West Sayville flew to Annville, Ky., where she participated in a workshop and orientation program of the First Reformed Church in America for college students and seminarians who are to work this summer in four states with migrant labor. 

Mrs. William Raedy and Mrs. Nelson Raymond of Oakdale represented the Sayville Guild of Good Samaritan Hospital at a luncheon and central council meeting held in the hospital auditorium. Mrs. Raymond was introduced as Sayville’s new president and Mrs. Raedy was appointed assistant coordinator of volunteer services. 

Jean Charest was given a surprise birthday party by his family at his Washington Avenue Home in Oakdale.

There was a double celebration in the Abate home when Mrs. Andrew Abate celebrated her birthday and her daughter, Andrea, entertained at a luncheon party at her Ocean Avenue home in Oakdale on the occasion of her birthday. 

The Bohemia Czech-Mates competed at Bayport High School. Sponsored by the Bohemia Fire Department under the direction of Mrs. Lillian Trefny and Joseph Richter, the Czech-Mates won third place in music and first place in appearance.

Miss Antonia Bartunek of Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia, was honored with a letter from Washington, D.C., from Congressman Otis G. Pike, offering congratulations on her 89th birthday, which she celebrated June 3.

Playing this week at the Sayville Theatre: Elvis Presley and Joan O’Brien in “It Happened at the World’s Fair,” and Paul Newman and Patricia Neal in “Hud.”


Compiled by Vanessa Graniello