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The Suffolk County news. (Sayville, N.Y.) 1888-current, May 02, 1996, Image 1

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• l I ' 112th Year- Issue No.16 Your Hometown Newspaper Since 1884 May 2, 1996 •·.·.·· ..... ; ....... . ,• ::····:·· . . ···.·· .. · .. ········ . .. .. . ................... . ........ . ·············•······· ....... . ..,. . ....................... : ............. :.:: .... ·:··· .. ·· .............. . ····· ........ . . ·······:··········-:.-.·.··:-:::·:~-:.:-:-:-:·=-~::· •••••••.••.... • .•.• , ..... . '.. ..~···· \' ..... · ......... · ... ·· . ... ·: . .. '5¢ ............. ·;. This ding~y needs a little work to get it ready for fluke season, which ~an yesterday In the Great South Bay. Don't bet on catching any of the tasty flatfish until the water temperature warms up a bit. Stick to flounder for a while. Suffolk County News/Hank Shaw Rescue at sea Daring good Samaritan saves trio of floundering fishermen \This is it, I can't talk anymore, we're Wlder, we're under!\ For a few moments that seemed like years, Middle Island's Frank Napolitano thought those would be his last words. Shouting over the VHF radio as his 21-foot Bayliner sank beneath the pounding waves off Heckscher Park, Napolitano, his father Ralph and friend Jimmy Alfano thought they would be the latest casualcy of Nicoll Bay. Even thongh it is alnm~t M~y; in the morning the water tem- perature is still in the mid-40s. \The police said we would have lasted about 15 minutes,\ Napolitano said. Fortunately for Alfano and the Napolitanos, they were not alone on the bay. \As we were going under, we started shouting at another fiSherman, but at fll'St he thought we were horsing around,\ he said. \Then my dad started waving a life preserver around and he·picked up anchor and came over.\ \I was out there flounder fishing and I had caught a few, but it was getting slow and I was getting ready to go when I thought I heard someone shouting,\ said the other fisherman, Steven Dirninich of Smithtown. Di.rniJUch tried to pull the Bayliner toward shore, but unbe- knownst to anyone, Napolitano's boat was still anchored as the line was wound tightly around the prop. As he began haul- ing Napolitano's boat toward the shallows, the tension pulled Diminich's cleat right off the deck of his Bowrider. Please turn to page 4 Regents raise grad requirements In the near future, high school stu- dents may have to sign up for extra help if they want to earn their diploma. Last week, the New York State Board of Regents voted to eliminate· compe- tency tests and mandated that all high school seniors must pass tougher Regents examinations to graduate. When this year's crop of fifth graders enters their freshman year in September 1999, there will no longer be a two-level diploma system, and they will be required to pass Regents examinations in English, math, social studies, and science before they can Please turn to page 28 5686 Sunrise Highway • Sayville, NY 11

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