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The Patchogue advance. (Patchogue, N.Y.) 1885-1961, December 15, 1960, Image 1

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Suspect Arson in Furman Bldg. Fire Blaze Guts Second Story: AR^ON PRORP has t ollowe a disastrous blaze that dc- /ilXDvlN r i\vyDJD siroyed second story offices of Furman Kuildinpr on Patchogue ' s Four Corners earl y Saturday morning. Bonnie-Mart Restaurant , . Pina Shop, Roberts Stationery and office of Dr. Joseph Levy, optometrist , were damaged hy smoke and water. Police said report of suspected arson attempt had been made day before fire. —Photo by William R. Goldfein BY ROBERT B. MARTIN Suffolk County Police detectives continued probing the burned-out second story of the Furman Build- ing: on Patchogue ' s Four Corners today for further signs of arson in connection with the disastrous fire there early Saturday morning. Damage to the building- itself was set at about $100 , 000. Destroyed were the offices of George C. Furman , lawyer; Dran- itzke , Lechtrecker and Bauer , law- yers; George E. Skidmore, general insurance; and Albert L. Rizutti, stock broker. Smoke and water damage hit ground floor firms including the Bonnie-Mart Restaurant at 2 South Ocean Avenue, the Pina Shop at 2 West Main Street , Dr. Joseph Lew of Robinson ' s Optometrists and ' Suffolk Optica] Plan at 10 South Ocean Avenue and Roberts Stationery at 12 South Ocean Ave- nue. Fire Chief Winfield Corston said an unidentified soldier who hap- pened to be passing the build- ing noticed the smoke and fire. He turned in a box alarm at 3:36 a. m. Chief Corston answered the call with 100 men , and the North Patchogue and Blue Point Fire Departments were later called. Strong winds coming in from the west fanned the blaze , and ice formed on the streets , sidewalk and equipment. For awhile, it was feared that the fire would spread to other firms along the block , but the vamps managed to confine the blaze to the Furman Building ' s second story. Recall wasn 't sound- e<l until 11:45 a. in. Suffolk Police Sergeant Robert MeClcary said a burned match was discovered in the vicinity of a hall closet at about 8:30 or 9 a. m. Fri- day. He said this was reported to the police b y one of the attorneys , George E. Lechtrecker , former mayor of Patchogue. Mr. Furman tokl The Patchogue Advance that he and Mr. Skidmore had noticed an odor of charred wood in the air at about noon Friday. He said they investigated and found that the folding floors of the closet where supplies of rags and cleaning equipment were kept had' been chaired. A burned match was found between the doors. Mr. Furman said the char- ring had apparentl y occurred sev- eral hours before because it was cold when they discovered it . Thev poured water on it anyway, h\ said, and the police were notified. The charred portion of the doors was about four inches in diameter. At Tuesday ' s meeting of the Continued on page 7, this section An Appreciated <jift for a relative ^ '»r a friend it* a year ' s subscrip tion to The I'nlrlioeue Advance. $' i <i n delivered by mail. — Adv . Meet With GOP Officials: Suffolk County ' s four legislators , after meetings with Republi- can officials , have started working on a variet y of bills to be intro- duced at the 1961 sessioii of the New York State Legislature . Topping the Suffolk delegation ' s worklist is the re-apportion- ment of Suffolk Comity ' s First Congressional District , which now includes eastern Nassau Coumy, ® into two full Congressional Dis- tiicts within Suffolk County. The Suffolk lawmakers—State Senator EHsha T. (June) Barrett and Assemblyman Perry B. Dur- yea (First Assembly District), Prescott Huntington ( Second As- sembly District), and James Gro- ver (Third Assembly District) — would also seek to introduce the following legislation: Change of existing police list to allow Suffolk County departments to appoint residents for the police force in preference over non-resi- dents , but allow non-residents to be taken into the force on a per- missive basis if requirements un- not be met by residents within the village , town or police district. Enact legislation which will in- sure the jobs of Suffolk County Po- lice Department patrolmen now in an uncertain employment status. Counting of servicemen ' s absen- tee ballots at Board of Election headquarters as well as at the dis- trict level. Some ballots arrive at the election district too late to be counted annually and the new bill would insure the county of all bal- lots. Cooperate in an attempt by most Continued on page 4 , this section 4 Suffolk Legislators Start on Various Bills Churches of Local Area List Ch ristmas Services The birthday of the Lord Jesus , the glorious Prince of Pi-ace will I)'- vommemora t erl Christmas day with Die celebration of flu Solemn High Mass , the lovel y Christinas carols ami heautifu ceremonies in Patchogue churches Congregational Church The Congregational Chun!: of Patchogue will hold an 11 a. in. Family Christinas service Dei em- ber 18 ami 25. There will he no ' . 1:30 a. in. service on these lv: o Sunday s and no Church oc ' m.ol classes. On Docoinlier 18 , the pastor, tin - Rev . .Stuart Van Colt, will hav\ for his sermon sulij el. \ Yiun-nmrle Stars and the Star of Bethlehem. \ The sacred music will consist of the combined Junior and Senior choirs who wi ' l sing, \There Were Shepherds \ (Vincent), \Gloria In Excelsis \ (Jolley), \Gesu Beni- hino \ (Yon), and \O Holy Xiglit \ (Adam). The organ preludes and postludes will include \Christinas Pastorale \ (Dinellil , and \Pas- torale from Les Preludes \ (Liszt ) . On .Sunday. December 18 , at 1 p. m., the Church School will lie the host to the entire congregation in the new Fellowship Hall. The nationally-known folkloiists , (t ill and Gene Boiiyiin , will give a pro- gram of s;ong and story entitled , \K'dk Songs of the Nativity. ' l- ' nl- lowing the program , everyone pres- ent will he served a light supper. The Christmas parties of the chil- dren will conclude the day. On Christmas eve at 11 p. m. a brass choir , uirecled by Kay I.ysnk , consisting of trumpets, baiiton e horn , French horn and tuba , will render a program of Christmas music . The Pilgrim Fellowship choir directed h y .Mis . .Milan Ka- mi will sing the tradit ional carols. The worship service w ill coiicjiele with a Candlelight Holy Commun- ion service. St. Paul' s Lpiscopal Church The congregation of St. . Paul' s K piseopal Church , Rider Avenue , will begin the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at 11 p. m. Christina. - , eve . Led b y the Senior choir, under the direction of Mvss Elaine Phipps , the congregation Continued oil page 5, this section Shirley Drops Road Spec . Suit A gainst B'haven Special lirookhaven Town At- torney George K. Lechtrecker told the town board Tuesday that Shir- ley, L. I., inc., had withdrawn the suit against the town in connec- tion with road construction speci- fications for six miles of roads in Shirley units \S\ , \T\ and \U\ . The case was to come before the Supreme Court at Riverhead on Tuesday morning. In a. resolution at last week' s board meeting, preceding bringing of the suit , the town fathers had declared in default the perform- ance bonds—which totaled over $300 , 000—on the units \S\ , \T\ and \U\ . Walter T. Shirley, president, of Shirley, Inc., was not available for comment. In the withdrawn suit against the board , Shirley had sought an Continued on page 6, this section The wrath of Old Man . Winter was unleashed on the Eastern Seacoast 10 days early this year as the worst pre-Winter storm on record hit this area Sunday afternoon. A storm that was orig inally predicted to pose only a minor threa t for this area tied up transportation , schools and business in a 1 4-state area . the storm , which dumped lb inches of snow in Patchogue , was accompanied by freezing tempera- tures and -10 to 50 mile gusts which caused drifts five to seven feet high. All automobile traffic in the area ground to a slow crawl late Sunday night and trains , buses and p lane, flights were either cancelled or were running behind schedule. The storm has also been credited with claiming' 17 lives in New- York State. There were 10 deaths reported on Long Island , but only two of them were in this imme- diate area. The Patchogue Electric Light Company weather station report- ed that the storm started at : .! p. m. Sunday and continued un 'il 3 p. m. Monday. The Hi-inch snow was accompanied by temper- ature s as low as 10 degrees and gusts of wind ranging from 40 to 50 miles per hour. The tem- perature reached a high of 120 degrees at 7:10 a.m. Monday and then continued to drop until reach- ing a low of 10 degrees early Tues- day , morning, a weather station spokesman said. The Meteorology laboratory at the Brookhaven National Labora- tory in Upton reported a low temperature of 8.5 degrees early Tuesday morning and a high of ' .20 degrees at 7:10 a. m. Monday. They also report only 12 inches of snow failing between 5:12 p. m. Sunday and 4:30 p. m. Monday. The large accumulation of snow coupled with the low tempera- tures and high winds created haz- ardous driving conditions and ex- tremely difficult snow removal op- erations for highway crews work- ing around the clock in an attempt to clear them and then to lceep them open. The situation was further comp licated by motorists abandoning' cars in the middle of the streets or wherever they hap- pened to get stuck. The streets in the village were all open Mon- day but roads throughout the town were not completel y open until Wednesday. The Village of Patchogue High- way Department had its 12 reg- ular department employes working on clearing the high drifts and accumulated snow from village streets throughout the storm and most of the snow was removed from the center of the village by Tuesday morning. The village de- partment had four snow plows, one pickup, one grader and one sno-go plus three rented trucks employed in snow removal opera- tions , acording to Village High- way Commissioner John Belzak. All schools in the. area were closed on Monday and many re- mained closed through Tuesday. The PatcJiogue-Medford Schoo ' ls and St. Francis de Sales schoi . ' s were opened Tuesday but. some students from the Junior High , who reported for school , were sent home. Some stores in the Patchogue .area were forcer) to close during the storm on Monday but all were open for business Tuesday. The Merchants Division complimented the Village Hi ghway Department for the excellent job done of clear- ing the snow from the streets and parking lots in the business dis- trict under extremely difficult cir- cumstances. Edward ' Mitchell, di- rector of the Merchants Division , Continued on page <i . this section Snow Storm Ties Up Traffic Dumps 16 Inches on Area Suffolk Scandals ' Probe Ends as Funds Run Out Silherling Voices Pride: RIVERHEAD — Suffolk County ' s five-year-old investigation of alleged official corruption came to an end yesterday as all of its funds were used up. In announcing the end of the \ scandals \ probe. Special Prose- cutor Edwyn Silberling said he was proud of the accomp lishment.!' of the investigation , \ not only be- cause it exposed corrupt individ- uals, but because it is causing changes in county frover'uner.tal procedures , which are resulting in great savings to the public. \ Mr. Silberling noted the proce- dure of selling county-owned land has been changed , competitive bid- ding is now required on contracts , but \ most important , is the change in the moral climate in which pub- lic officials now operate. \ 1 hey now have an awareness of their responsibility to the pub- lic and the knowledge that if they act to further their own private gain or in the interest of a favored f vw; juries of their peers are ready to provide an effective cure , either at the polls or in the court room , \ the special prosecutor asserted. Mr. Silberling sairi the work not yet completed , plus all files are being turned over to the State Commission of Investigation. \I hope they will pursue with vigor the matters set forth , \ he declared. \However , \ he continued , \ the greatest burden must fall on the shoulders of each citizen. Our dem- ocratic system depends on constant interest and awareness on the part of the public. \In order to prevent recurrences of widespread corruption , the ino- 't subversive influence in a democ- racy, the public must be eternally vigilant , \ he stated. Mr. Silberling, his chief assis- tant , James Misslbeck , anil a sec- retary will remain at the ir Riv- erhead otliee for about one more week \ cleaning up the paper work , and insuring the transfer of files. \ The special prosecutor ' s chief in- vestigator , John Clarke , and two other detectives , are slated to join Bd. Hears Objections To Assessment District Village Parking Plan: The Patchogue Village Board Tuesday night hoard three hours of part ial objections to the village off-st reet parking p lan by land- owners in the centra ! .shopping dist rict who will lie charged with i.) in i>:iym:'iit of (he village ' s .$] , - 000 , 000 project. Conducted in the junior high school auditorium . South Ocean Avenue , in an indoor temperature of 55 degrees , tin- legall y required public hearing on the so-called \benefit-use district , \ in which (lie. landowners will be required to pay for the $1 , 000 .01)0 off-street parking p lan , was held to hear the objections or criticisms of the pro- pert y owners involved. The village board heard three hours of objections from the 70 people present to parts of the pro- poser) assessment area and re- served decision on their final as- sessment area until after an e.\ - or ij ljv c so . - Jon. The parking plan calls for the building of four parking fields wlreh are called the Oak Street . Lake Street . Church Street ami Terry SI reel, fields. The p lan also calls for the en- tire proposal of land acquisition and lot const ruction to ho pair) for Continued on page ( ' « , this section ihe New York City Investigations Commission, headed b y Louis Kap- lan. As to his own future . Mr. Silber- ling said nothing has been decided. \I just hope I can stay in public service . \ he sairi. During the five-year probe , ini- tiated b y State Investigation Com- missioner J. Irwin Shapiro ami carried on b y former Democrat ic District Attorney George \V. Percy, Jr., S pecial Prosecutor Ed- ward E. Rigney and Mr. Silberling, a total of :{i; indictments , nam i ng public officials , their friends , and corporations , were returned. A to- tal of 2ri convictions were obtained , 17 b y Silberling. Several of t.hose convicted are appealing, anil a new trial has been ordered for one-time Huntington Town Republican Chairman John Hulsen , and his nephew , Attor- ney James W. Weber , who were convicted earlier this year of co- ercion anil attempted extortion. The Appellate Division reversed the Hulsen and Weber convictions and ordered a new trial. Mr. Sil- berling, however , is seeking to have the convictions reinstated by the State Court of Appeals. Mr. Silberling said the handling of the re-trials ami appeals would be the problem of State Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz. The corruption probe of the county last year was determined to he the big factor in the sweep- ing Democratic victories at the polls. For the first time in 25 years, the Democrats gained con- trol of the Suffolk Honrd of Supei - visors . anil also elected Sulfolk' s first, county executive , II. Lee Den- nison. Off-St. Parking Plan in Village Nearing Reality Till- Village of I' .alc boeue ' . . oil - strecr . p. -jj ltj iig p lan i. 'iiin' another ste p clo s er to reality Monday night when the Village Hoard p. -i.- . .o d a rcrnliitioii accep! in;. ' for condem- nation fhe lam) which Will be in- qiijiod for I ho pari.log lot . - . Tin- board conducted a heariim Dcconihci i; to dclei'ininc il there were any oh . jeei ioiis to their tail- ing of Hie land. About 1.5 peri-un. - atto ndod tin- hearing ami five fnei l- il ' . r lll'l' - object ed . Ill passing I hi' I ' c-olution , t he board made onl y \I \eeplinti lo tin' taking line, of it- , oricinn 1 land acquisition maps. The parcel Continued on page. 5 , this section Charges Roads Were Plugged By Snow Drifts By TRIM) DETERMAN The Brookhaven Town Board' s decision , of last Summer to eliminate the erecting of snow fences for one year came under fire by Town Highway Super- intendent Charles W. Bar- rend at the Tuesday board meeting. Mr. Harraud maintained that the elimination of snow fences had caused roads to be plugged up and hail meant more work for the highway department. He challenger! the town board members to \ go out and see for yourselves \ whether or not. snow fencing is necessary. !n the face of a Id-inch snow- fall of the two days prior to the board meeting, the councilmen de- fended their position of last Sum- mer that snow-fencing is expen- sive and , in the words id ' Council- man Harold L. Chapman , \ old- fashioned. \ The all-Democratic hoard ineiu- C'harles W. Hairaiid bcrs , in some cases, bitterl y at- tacked the position of .Mr. Har- raud , ii Nepiioiicau . Councilman John J. Foley said that certain clogging of roads was rlue to the magnitude ami pecu- liarities of the \biiz/.al rl. \ \Will you admit mat this is the worst snow storm since lti-17' . '\ Mr. Fo.cy asked Mr. Harraud. \No , \ sairi Mr. Ilnriatid , \I' ve been iliiough worse . \ He pointed out that a \ wet siiow ' ' is much more difficult to clean up than a \dry snow ' such as fell in this week' s storm. When asked about this state- ment after the meeting, Mr. 1' ar- raud added: \It wasn ' t the worst snow storm, but 1 had more head- aches removing the snow than any other time in the seven years that I' ve been superintendent id ' high- ways. \ Mr. Foley continued the ques- tioning of Mr. I' nrrnud. He . -aid: \You collie in here ami say that a road was all p lugged up ami it. wasn 't \ \It was , \ sairi Mr. Harraud. He had earlier maintained that his leports indicated that Could Load , a main artery running -outli from Stony ((rook , had been p dm'ged up until late Monday. Mr. Hairaiid said later that he know that sections of Could Load were open earlier , bin be added that , hi' considers a load \ p hi -j god up \ when you can ' t trav el from one end of il to the other. The highway-uperi i itciiMoiit add- ed . \Ev 'ii , -K hi t \ :i, Tiic-ihiy H ' ILI I I ! . we liar ) two load - oh>- d up be- cause of d] ift ing. \ Mr . Foley questioned : \Would (h i- ( ( hi ' ( dogged itp ioad-l be a re- . - . -oualde th. ' m; lo assume af! or a stoi in of ibis , izo V \ '^ 1' - . \ air-wen-,I M r. I ' .a n and. \ '('hen you coiihln ' i put I ii-- Idaiuo on olio fio-ior -ui'li a- snov. fence - . \ dec '. -n od Mi. Folec . \No \ -a - d Mi . I' .ai 'iau rl . \bill ,! is a hie far -to r . \ In the i-ivo and Co ' -e :: h , Ii f.d- ' ow ed , a . 'Mil' led b y Ihe abo\ coijvc' ' - . ' i ln>n. Ihe . -l:.|\jr<- in - a ' • ini e , bi-c aii e . 11 ¦ i upt a.- Mr. I!a i - ; ami reniaiuo i resolu te in In op inion lll' ll III. ' - . -felieillL' 'A a- lie - es -aiy wbi' e ihe beard al-o re- mained re ohite in the oppo-iie view pollil . In a jo e i e|. ;i-,\ S ' O | M ' rvi--a Au;. ' . i;- ,t Sioiit .Ii .. -s ; d t hin wh en I hi' b.cnd oiio in, -i l l y | a od the te-o ' n 'ion < I i 1111 r i ¦ - * i r i' .. fhe orocCo'i ol ' •-, , '\ fen, ¦ for ,\-e ve-n . till\ . ' \ I die,I on I he for -diiht ami <¦ r- o|,e)' -|t io'i of I l ie 11 ,,|| '< 'IV -Ulleri'i- lon. ' cn! in,,I Id men i ake this c\ icrinieiil - . ' , il M r. Si ¦ H ! -aid in llie re!\n. -e Ml ¦! the \\II lo, - , -,! hdi 'lo-'iv fore- men -hool I Ii ¦ otitic Iv fami'ia ' i- i .tllll tile ' t I o 'di ' l' pot , ' l\ hl'l ' l' . - .lie, , . - Continued mi page 7. this section Barraud H its Town Boa rd For Lack of Snow Fences | 1 ,.., I, .- , ,. i .l |„i,i,.- l l„r ' ' t n.t.n-i . . ,, , • , Hi. eel -|>,, ,iH|r« ,||,l,| ,,,.;,, Ji< n-<J o ' . JII tiaLuy L- t' jl, li ,::ur—Ad\ . For Classified Ads Telephone GRover 5-1000-100 1 A Fine Christmas Gift is a Year ' s Subscription to The Patchogue Advance uLA Ur blN'UVV dumped Hi inches ' of the white stuff on Ciifcliogue and area. Wind gusts hit 10 and of) miles an hour , caubint; drifts to maroon cars , clog highways and make .snow removal operations dillicull. —PLritr, by William It. UoldJeui HACERMAN — The Hager- man Fire Department, an- nounced this week that Santa Clans will make a three-point landing at the firehouse Sun- day and will remain there i ron) 2 to I p. m. Fred Kelly, assistant chief, said that the program will be open ta the children living in Hagerman Fire District only, and that there will be movies, candy and clowns to entertain the y oung ones . . . not to men- tion that roly-poly jolly man from the North. Santa at Hagerman Firehouse Sunday Advance advertising huild» drsirn. (irsid merehanditiinz builds nates. Smart mer- chant! rombtaa both. —Adr. THK BKST IN PRINTING The Fatcihogue Advanre sperjalizes in fine nim m*rr in! printing. Fair pricei» . fast deliveriee. I.argent print ntvip in Suf- folk County. T«l . Cfiuver 5-1000. — Adv. The population of Suffolk Coun- ty is 6fii> , 78-l , according to the final count of the Li. S . Department of Census. The department' s ' final count on lirookhaven 'Town is 1 ():) , - bOO. Following are the counts ac- cording lo townships and com- munities of Suffolk County. I'OI'ULATION OF SUFFOLK COUN- TY. I' . S- IIKI'AIM .V .KNT OF C 'KNSl'S FINAL FOUNT- c.r.ii .TS-1 . | \U\ ileneO- s mi LinilU'orpniaU ' it ntaee. I BABYLON TOWN 1 I2. :ill' . t Amilvvilli ' Villii K i ' S ' . :<! k linl iyliin Villus ll. l'r ' .L' . t' oiiiimuo it) i 14 n. -l D.i-r l' ni -k 11! i pi .T- 'il LimU'nhursI Vilhi^e iin . ' . Hiri BKOOKIIAVEN TOWN Mli .. ' irill Ill-lie Till' ,- VillllKc ll' . lfi BHiiMiri viitiiK. , n.irii Cenlrj - eiK'h I U I S ,5- 1 Center Mririi-hes 1U1 'J. r.^ l Fast Mc.riohos illi 1 ' . '111 Fie t Svtiuikcl ill l .2 1J7 Fiiiminirvillc illi 2,l:l l Hiilbreek ilJ l i rait i U. iWl Luke; Ilnliki.nkninii till I Part I 'J.l. r )H Mastic Kwii ill i .. :: . flWi Mastic . Shirley ill I :l, :l!i7 OUt F K -1.1 Villnite :i7:l Plllrh. ' .KUf VilliiKi - X . K1X 1' ixiui.ft VilJn f. v i!«ir, Perl .1. ir,T>„ii il' i 2 .lilti Pert .letlerren Slnliini itll l ull Hei-ky i' eiiu ill 2,L'r;i Kunkr.nkom- .t \ei 1.2211 Seidell III , l. l ' .il l Kcliiiikcf il l i l.L' i'7 Shi.reham Villai; , - Hi 4 Snilinl Hea. -h I I . - I 1. 1,2:, . sn,i)> !io,..k ill. ¦ ;,. :, t* FAST HAMI'TON TOWN s S27 Alilliuillleetl Il' i 1. 11 11 .1 Ka. -I Han,pi,, 11 VilliiKi- 1.772 Freer , -wl, 1 I I 1 I . 11 ' ,;, S. - IK /larl.iir l- ' ilfiii;.- il' nrl i S7-I IIFN'IIM.TON TOWN 12ii . 221 Aflmn.k. n Villi,, . .- :;.vi Olili-rporl ill 1 :i . i,2* Continued on page H , this section Population Is Set At 666 ,784 For Suffolk Co. WANT ADVA. VCK f'lftrrOS ? 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