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325 Honor Retiring Ex-Chief Over 38 Years of Service TESTIMONIAL DINNER r5.ft: day night at Patchogue Hotel to Edward N . Bridge , wh o retired as of January 1 from over 30 years of service in police work , his last post being that of inspector for the Suffolk County police. Best known as police chief of Brook- haven Town , Mr. Bridge was honored by over 32< \ > friends , from whose names could be com- piled large part of S uffolk County ' s who ' s w ho. Shown with 21-inch color television set pre- sented to him along with other gifts are , from left to right: Mr. Bridge ; County Police Com- missioner Charles K. Thorn , who served as toastmaster for program; Patchogue Village Recreation Director Peter Poulos , who organ- ized program; M rs. Bridge , show n wearing- orchid corsage; and at far right , member of program committee , James Leon. In the ancient islands of tnc South Pacitie. the natives would houor their enieftain e.aers wiin imprc-mpiu eeienrations w h i c li were meant to snow their love and re. -pc -et tor tne euior; and other cn] eii:ii:it- woaiU come to pay tri- bute. .Following the same tradition , but \v:i»i modern uvertor.es ^i. e. no huia-hu.a ouncrng t . natives of Brookhaven Town garnered at the Patchogue Hotel Saturday night lor a celebration honoring- one of their chieftain elders . . . ex-Brook haven Police Cruet Edward X. Bridge of Patchogue. The event was a testimonial din- ner-dance given b y his friends in honor of the onl y man who served s * chief of the Brookhaven Town Police Depai tment. . . a man who has dedicated more than b'O years. to police work and who retired as of January 1 from his last post as an inspector of the Suffolk County Police Dep artment. And from near and wide came other chieftains whoso names re- present a substantia] portion of Suffolk County ' s who ' s who, to pay tribute. In total , the group numbered over o ' 2b , and -12 others , who could not attend , sent their best wishes via telegrams. The testimony from these friends came not onl y ver- bally to the hard working man who was known as a \ working cop. \ but materiall y in . the fo rm of numerous g ifts. 31 r. Bridge. b»i . is best known as the ex-chief of the Brookhaven police force, in which capacity he served from 1937 to 1950. from the start of the force to its finish During the time , he was tagged as a \ workiii g cop '' because h~ - t'was invariably at the scene of all * major accidents and crimes. When the Brookhaven force was included with four other towns in forming a five-town county police force last January, Mr. Bridge was named as an inspector. He worked there unti l December, when he took a month ' s vacation on ac- cumulated time. He officiall y re- tired from the county force Janu- ary 1. Now he will begin a Fiori- >da vacation which his numerous friends term as \long overdue '' and \ wed-deserved. \ Probabl y the most publicized happening in Mr. Bridge ' s long- career came- into focus when Benny Hooper , now 10 , was called upon during the hour-long program. Jf will be recalled that m 1957, a seven-year-old boy named Bonny Continued on page 5 , this section SAVE MONEY — SUBSCRIBE NOW You save plenty by subscribing for The Advance , the Postmaster does the rest. Only Ss ' for 12 months , we ray the pest- ap e. * Yo'ir order addressed to: Circulation Dept., P. O. Drawer 780, Patchogue , N. Y., will start your paper with the nexi editij ^. —Adv. Legislature Passes Court Reform Plan Creates New District: The New York State Legislature this week passed a court reform bill which establishes a. new judicial district and eliminates Queens from the i resent Tenth Judicial District. The measure will become effective if approved by the voters in the coming November election. The new p lan will see Queens making up the Eleventh Judicial Dis- trict and Nassau and Suffolk mak- ing up the Tenth Judicial District. The bill has political sign i ficance since during the period from 1957 to the present , Queens Democrats have managed to have an ever in- creasing voice in the selection of Supreme Court candidates and in six instances have been able to overcome the strength of the GOP in Nassau and Suffolk by electing; Democrats to office in dis- puted elections. With the creation of the new district the Demo- crats will be able to control the Eleventh District and the GOP will probably be able to control the Tenth. The possibility of the creation of the new political climate in the three-county area could act to de- lay the creation of the new Su- preme Court judgeshi ps needed to eliminate the large three-and-a- half year backlog of cases in the Tenth Judicial District. It is ex- pected that the political leaders of both parties will await the creation of the new districts in order to be in a position to take advantage of the improved political situations for their respective parties. The bill was sponsored by the GOP but both Queens Democrats Continued on page 5 , this s e-ction JP s Father Dies After Being Hit By Automobile Anthony LaGattuta , 8.0-year-old fathei- of Brookhaven Town Jus- tice of the Peace Milton A. La- Gattuta , was struck by a car Sat- urday morning as he was cross- ing Koine -5 in Centereach , ac- cording to the Suffolk County Police. He died at 7:20 a. in. Sun- day at Mather Memorial Hospital. Polk? said Mr. LaGattuta was crossing Route 25 from south to north at Mark Tree Road when he was struck b y a westbound car driven b y Ronald J. Redmond , IV , of 28 McGowan Lane . Cen- tra l Islip. at about. 9- . :U\ a. m. Mr. Redmond was not held. Mr. LaGattuta was a resident of 11 Hoibrook Road , Centereach. Born in Ital y, he had lived in C' ntereaeh for the past year. He was a lawyer. He is survived b y three sons, Joseph of Centereach. William of Old West bury, and Justice Milton of Centereach; a daughter , Mrs. Catherine Saturno of Ilieksville; a sister. Miss Sarah LaGattuta of the Bronx; a brother Nicholas of Italy and five grandchildren. The body reposed at the Pettit Funera l Home , Patchogue until 10 a. m. yesterday when services were h^ld. Interment followed at Pinelawn Memorial Park Ceme- tery, Pinelawn. GROUNDBREAKING ^T-!u JT^ r. ' ,^ SS fers Klenientary School in Yaphank even as Anderson Construc- tion Company of Huntington Station was in preliminary work. This project is one of four additions to elementary schools in Middle Island! Central School District 12 which are scheduled for completion in September. Other additions are to Coram , West Middle Isla nd and Ridge Elementary Schools. Pictured from left to right are Richard Anderson of Anderson Co nstruction Company, Frank S. Webber of Patchogue , architect ; Dr. Louis V . Nannini , supervising principal of District 12: Elbert C. Smith of Ridge, president of district ' s board of education; and Henry J. Xeuss of Yaphank , vice president of boa r 'd. Bond issue on $5 , 000 , 000 schools program was voted in district , May 21. Wal- ters School addition will total $480 , 500 and include seven rooms , a gym and library. —William R. Goldlein Photo State Univ. Plan Would Make College at SB Multi-Purpose A $600 , 000 , 000 , 1 0-year expansion plan was announced by State Univer- sity trustees in Albany yesterday. Four major points are included in the p lan. They are : The immediate development of the Long Island Center at Stony Brook into a multi-purpose undergraduate institution. Establishment of a graduate * center , offering programs through the doctorate level , at Stony .B rook. A state four-year college at Planting Fields , Oyster Bay. Continuation of the Agricultural and Technical Institute at Farm- ingdale as a two-year state-oper- ated college with programs in the ¦ibcra l arts and sciences , but with tho suggestion that legislation be enacted to permit Nassau to ac- quire it as a second community college. While supporting as \ sound\ the pri nciple of uniform tuition , the trustees did not commit themselves to the $300 recommended by the Heald committee. The trustees instead declared Continued on page 5 , this section Teacher Says He Saw 4 Cops Looting Store RIVERHEAD—A former seasonal patrolman , appearing as a prosecution witness in the trial of four county policemen charged with the looting of a Bay Shore discount house , this week in county court said he watched the o fficers take app liances from the store , and finally at the urging- of the others helped himself to three app liances. <§> : Gerard E. Corrado , a 25-year- old school teacher of 50 Hamp ton Street , Sayville , testif ying Monday and Tuesday, said he drove from the Brightwaters precinct last July 3 with ex-Sergeant Gerard 1 Collins of 74 Grant Avenue , Islip, • to investigate a burglary at the Friendly Frost store on Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore. Mr. Corrado said he saw Mr. Collins take a television set , four transistor radios, and other ap- pliances and place them in the patrol car. He said that at Mr. Collins ' orders , he placed other valuables in the car , and then finally at the continued urging of Mr. Collins , took an iron , a coffee maker and a lawn sprinkler for himself. Mr. Corrado was not indicted along with the others. The orhers accused are suspended Patrolmen Pasquale Candido of North Bay Shore , Anthony Nicoletti of Brentwood, and Charles Phillips o' i Continued on page 5 , this section Voters A pprov e Sachem District Library, Garage HOLBROOK — Registered vo- ters of Central School District o (Sachem School District) voted 255-C/J in favor of establishing a free public libra ry in balloting that took place in the Nokomis School here on Hoibrook Avenue Tuesday. Following the library ' s appro- val , five trustees were elected as follows: Mrs . Elsie Bkumiller of Hoibrook. . ' . !();> , unopposed: Charles Cohen oi' Farmingvij le won ove William Coylo of Hoibrook , 2lt>- 117; William Rega n of Holtsville topped Erich Dallmer, also of Hollsvilie , 257-7-1 ; Miss Helen De- Yore of Lake Ronkonkoma , 2lH . i , unopposed , and Dr. Waiter Koet- tinger of Lake Ronkonkoma , 28b , unopposed. The voters also decided the Sa- chem district should spend $50, 000 for const ruction of a L' !-hay school bus garage in a 175-140 vote. The structure will be used to house the district ' s 13 school but>es and will be located in the rear of Sachem High School. The build- ing ; is expected to he completed by May 1. For Classified Ads Telephone GRover 5-1000-100 1 A Column of News in the Spanish Language is Published Every Week Suffolk County Republi- can Leader Arthur M. Cro- marty this week labelled as *'impractical , for a great part \ County Executive H. Lee Dennison ' s p lan, for the creation of a system of county-owned and operated airports and air terminals at an estimated cost of $68 , - 420 , 000 . Mr. Liomarty said: \On the whole , the plans are ideals for a county with an unlimited surp lus of cap ital. If all of the p lans , or even most of them were carried through. Suffolk Count y would be bankrup t. \ Ha \ her than Mr. Dennison ' s p lan , Mr. Cromarty said , he fav- o s tlv* bui \d-up of Mac Arthu r airport and other existing airports to seivr Long Island' s needs but no ' to become national and inter- national airports. The p lan , which was prepared b y Ma!c>dm S. Spelman Associates a private '-onsn tant linn at a cost of $5 , 000 . calls for the build- ing of a municipal airport in Western Suffolk at a cost of $' ¦) •) , - 000.000 . The airport wou 'd be of LaGuardia size and would be used for truckline carrier service. Mr. Cromarty particularl y at- tacked this part of the p lan, say- ing that air crashes would endan- ger hundreds of lives , \ as proved bv the Mitche! Field crashes. '' Cromarty Hits Airport Plan As Impractical RIVERIf K AD — S u p v e ni e Court Justice L. Barron Hill , Tuesday in Riverhcad. heard ar- guments and reserved decision on Bab ylon Supervisor Arthur Cro- marty ' s claim that Riverhead Dem- ocratic Supervisor Williarr* . J. I e- onavd acted illegally January 4 , when he ruled Mr. Cromarty ' s abstention on a resolution was a \ no \ vote. Two issues were up for vote at the January 4 meeting. A resolution/ was needed to approve the ap- pointment of George W. Percy. Jr.. Westhampton Reach Demo- crat , as county attorney, and another resolution was placed be- fore the 10-member board on cre- ation of some positions and ab- olishment of others , including the creation of two $10 , 000-a-year as- sistants to County Executive H. Lee Dennisn. The five Democrats voted for the resolutions , with four Re- publicans casting \ nay \ votes. Mr. Cromarty, who is Suffolk GOP leader , abstained in each case , but Mr. Leonard declared his action was a vote against the re- solutions , and ruled Mr. Dennison Continued on page 5, this section C roma rty ' s Vote Taken to Court; Decision Mulled Frank Juzwiak. director of adult education in the Patchogue Public Schools, has announced that the S pring semester will be- gin the week of January -SO. Persona] registration will be held Monday through n \t Thur s- day in Patchogue Senior High School. Room 114. from 7:30 to i>:30 p. m. Several t h o u s a v. d brochures, which list the eour> --s being of- fered , have ah-eady been mailed. Those \who have iv. it r-vcived nr.e. can drop a car- ; listing name and address to Fra n < A. Juzwiak, Patchogue High Sch->ol. I)., not call the high school during the day session, . Mr . Ju/wiak said. Information regarding the adult education progra m may be ob- tained by calling A Tiantic b -l'Ji 'l Mond' av through Th .uj sdav, from 7:SO to P:30 p. jr. . Enclosed with each brochure is a form for convenience in regis- tering by mail. The classes will be filled in the older in which the card s are received. Enrollment is limited in each eia-s: First come, first served. Following is the list of courses being offered this semester: MONDAY — Sh ort h a n d 1. Piano 1 , Spanish. Int. Russian. Continued on page 5 , this section Patchogue Dist. Adult Education Courses Listed n IR P TPI IT I IM for new Suffolk County V^UlxrVlV^Ul-.UlVl Community College is gone over by Dr. Dale 15. Lake , left, dean of college , and Dr. Albert M. Ammerman , who just last week was announced as man chosen to be fi rst president of college. Dr. Ammerman is presentl y dean of instruction at Henry Ford Communit y College , Dearborn , Mich. He will assume duties at Suffolk College about March 1. College is housed presentl y in Sachem High School , but will move to permanent home in buildings on site of Suffolk Sanatorium , it is hoped , by Fall. Dr. Lake and Dr . Ammerman are shown in Ross Hall , a building at sana- torium. —Photo by William R. Goldfein The Patchosue Advance specializes in fine commercial printing. Fair prices , fast deliveries. Largest print shop in Suf- folk County. Tel. GBover 5-1000. — Adv. THE BEST IN PRINTING <; ,,j nir ;,,,,; ! h in I' .. ' . .U in Horiih/ s -uu- .hilie ? V. MJ v. i ll v. - in ' . ¦< >uht-eri|>t i<in to ThV IV. ' :-h ' ¦ • . ' -•!'' .\<l wi i u- i: while you are there N.< c\0::t cbarw. we pay the post- age. Duly ^.00 a year. —-Adv . 11 COSTS NO MOKE A vote of confidence was given the commissioners of the North Patchogue Fire District and Fire Department m e m hers b y the North Patchogue Civic Associa- tion this week when it passed a resolution in favor of the pro- posed $175, 000 addition and reno- vation of the rirehouse. Also at the monthl y meeting of the civic- association , held Monday night, no stand was taken on the proposed upzoning of School District 21. Philip Raker , a fire commission- er , explained the building project that is being proposed to ke-p pace with the fast growing North Patchogue Fire District. Also pre- sent with Mi 1 . Baker was Howard Brown , a fire commissioner; Wil- liam Schardtt , the architect of the building; Josep h Usher , the r 'ire district ' s secretary-treasurer, and Robert IVl ' ,etr:> au , the att orney t ' ov the fire district. The voting will take place trotn 7 to 10 p. m. February M in the North Patchogue l 'lrehouse. To qualif y to vote , a per. -on must have been a resident taxp ayer oi the ti re district for at >a.^ t • ' ><* days. A stormy discus>i<e : on the pro- posed upy .oning of School District. LM lasted almost two hours , with many pros and con. - > voiced. Be- cause of the many differences of opinion , the civic association vot- ed not to tak'' a s. ' and on the issue. The publi c hearing on the matter will he held .January . 'U. At next month ' s meeting, mem- bers of the school board will talk on the pro posed ad dition to the River Avenue School . Also on the agenda is the town park off Barton A\enue and the air strip at Mastic. Addition to NFs Firehouse Wins Civics ' Backing Town Seeks 4-Yea r Terms For All Elected Officials Longer Run Saves Taxes Says Tow n Bd. The Brookhaven Town Board this week became the fifth townshi p in Su f- folk County to pass a reso- lution asking Albany to pass legislation which would allow each town board in the county to ask the voters for four-year terms of office for all elec- tive o fficials. At present , three councilmen and the four justices of the peace are elected for four-year terms , while the remaining elected offi - cials have two-year te rms. Using Erie Count y in upstate New York as precedent , where the town boards may institute foui' -year term s for all elective town o fficers through resolution of the board and public referendum , the Brookhaven board urged simi- lar legislation on the- following; grounds: \Establishment of f o u 2- - y e a r term s is desirable to attract the most able and most qualified per- sons for public office; \An officer elected for a four- year term attains greate r experi- ence and can thereby render more competent and e fficient service; \Four-year term s would result in significant tax savings throug h reduced election expenses and more efficient governmental opera- tion. \ Supervisor August Stout , Jr., and Councilman John J. Foley were both at conventions (Mr. Stout at the meeting of the Supervisors As- sociation of New York State and Mr. Foley at a book salesmen meeting), but a quorum of the counciimen were present and each of them read a short statement of his views on the resolution. Councilman John A. Young reg- istered the only \ no \ vote. He said that he was against the reso- lution \because I don ' t believe it would allow for effective town government. \ As part of the resolution , the board resolved to send a copy of it to all of the towns in Suffolk County, Count y Executive H. Lee Dennison , County Board of Super- visors , State Assembl yman Perry B. Duryea, Jr., Assemblyman Prescott B. Huntington , Assembly- man James R. Grover and State Senator Elisha T. Barrett. The other four townships that passed the same resolution are Smithtown , Isli p, Riverhead and Southampton. It was also learned this week that the question of fo u r-year terms will be on the Continued on page 5 , this section

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