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The Long Island advance. (Patchogue, N.Y.) 1961-current, November 30, 1961, Image 1

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Police Accuse Three Persons Of Robbe ry Two men and one wo- man were charged yester- day b y Suffolk County po- lice with robbe ry in the firs t degree following the hold-up Tuesday nig ht of a Broohaven hamlet man at the Sunrise Hwy . branch of the Peop les National Bank of Patchogue. At an arraignment earl y yester- day evening before Brookhaven Town Justice of the Peace Milton A 1 uGaMuta the two men waiv- ed examination to await action of Uie v.iaiiw .) uiy. J hey were held without bail , the justice said , be- cause they are both parole viola- tors. The woman also waive-d examination and was released in the custody of her parents. Neither of the defendants retained counsel for the arraignment. Fift h Squad detectives identified the defendants as Francis Foster .larvis. 30 . of 414 Pleasant View Court , Copiague and his wife , Madeline. IS , of the same address. and Gerald Charles Manning, 26 , of 725 Tang lewood Road , West Islip. Earlv Morning Arrest Fifth and First Squad detec- tives arrested the defendants about d:30 a. m. yesterday at their homes and thev were held without hail pending their arrai gn- ment, police said. Making the arrest were Detectives Kenneth Low-den and Wallace Nulty of the Fifth S quad and Dets. James Lef- tenant and Lawrence Troiano of the First Squad. Police said the three defend- ants admitted to participating in the robbery of Anthony J. Iacon- clli . 3. \ i , of Brookhaven hamlet, manager of the Spencer Shoe Corp. branch in thp Flo\H Bennett store in North Patchogue. Police said Mr. laeonclli was robbed about 10 p. m. of $582.49 in cash which he had taken to the bank to make a nigh t deposit. A tota l of $o4S was recovered Continued on page 6.. thi s section Chanukah Starts Saturday Night ; Program Sunday Chanukah, one of the many in- spiring holidays marking an im- portant milestone in the history of the Jewish peop le , will start Saturday. The holiday is celebrated for eight days starting with the eve of the twenty-fifth day of the Jewish month Kislev , which thi s year falls on December 2 , when the first Chanukah lig ht will be kindled after sunset. The Chanukah program , one of the high points of the Hebrew school year , will take p lace at 10 a. m. Sunday in the Temple Beth El auditorium. , The word , \Chanukah , \ means dedication and refers to the re- dedication of the Hol y Temp le in Jerusalem , which took p lace more than 2 , 100 years ago when the Maccabees emerged victorious over the might y Greco-Syrian army. During the eight days , every evening after sunset the Chanukah candles , set in a speciall y designed Chanukah menorah , are lit . The firs t night, one candle called \Shammas , \ and an additional candle , are lit; and each succes- sive ni g ht the number of li ghts are increased until on the eighth night the \Shammas \ and all eig ht candles are lit. The candle lighting ceremony takes place, both at home and in the synagogue. Jj \ the synagogue. the candle lighting is a solemn part of the religious service , while at home it takes on the character of a familv celebration. T he traditional delicacv for this holiday are the \Chanukah Lat- kes \ (potato pancakes). LOCALLY GROWN 10-foot , 25-feet-widc white spruce is being p laced in front of Times Squarre Store in Levittown. It will be decorated with 1 , 000 lights and 450 Styrofoam \ snowballs \ by men in bosuns ' chairs slung from arm of high crane. Tree was cut last week by Oak Park Nurseries , Inc., of East Patchogue , from property owned by Henry P. Kovarik , just east of former Yaphank Post Office and General store. —Maple Leaf Photo Service Legislators at Bellport: BELLPORT — Two state legislators last night expressed their belief that state aid to education would be increased about $150 , 000, - 000 next year. The legislators , State Senator Elisha T. Barrett and Assemblyman Perry B. Duryea , Jr., were on hand along with Con- gressman Otis G. Pike in the Bellport High School auditorium for a discussion of state and federal aid$> to schools. Some 350 persons attended the meeting, sponsored by the Citi- zens ' Council. William Bianchi , Citizens ' Council president , acted as chairman of the meeting and introduced the various speakers. It w~as the first time in the his- tory of Central School District 4 ( Bellport , Brookhaven , East Pat- chogue) that all of its state and national representatives were on hand at the same meeting to dis- cuss local school problems. Bellport Central District 4' s new tax rate is $10.21 per $100 of assessed vaulation , an increase of $1.33 over last year. This rate is second high est in Brookhaven Town , the highest being Port Jef- f e r s o n-Terryville ' s $10.70. Two Bellport Central District budget proposals were defeated and the district opperated under an aus- terity budget until the budget was approved on the third attempt. Mr. Bianchi first introduced Dan- iel Koshland , a Board of Education member , who presented the pre- sent school district problems by pointing out the district' s rapid Continued on page 5, this section Increase in School Aid of $150 , 000 , 000 Seen Patchogue to Dedicate Third Parking Field Patchogue village will acquire its third parking field in the vil- lage ' s master parking p lan tomorrow morning when Mayo>- Robert T. Waldbauer cuts the tape opening the field. The new field will great- ly reduce parking congestion in the main business area in the vicinity of Lake Street. The final work is being done at this time and appro- priate ceremonies will take p lace at 9 a. m. The spirit of Christmas was on the agenda at Monday ' s meeting, when the mayor and the trustees heartily endorsed the p lans of the Patchogue Merchants Division of the Chamber of Commerce and che village recreation department to make this a wonderful Christ- mas for all residents of the area. Ed Mitchell , executive director of the Merchants Division , announced that the annual Christmas parade to welcome Santa Claus to Patch- ogue would take p lace Saturday at 7 p. m. beginning at Map le Ave- nue and passing through the vil- lage on Main S.reet to Havens Avenue. A \ guaranteed snowfall'' will accompany Santa , who will be astride a space capsule. Recrea- tion Director Pete Poulos inform- ed the board that decorations are going up fast. The boaid presented its annual $300 appropriation to the Chamber of Commerc e for the Christmas decorations in the vil- lage. There were several public hear- ings affecting parking on village streets , namely the east side of Railroad Avenue from Church Street north to ju st beyond the entrance to the new Church Street parking field; the north side of Academy Street from South Ooan Avenue to Rider Avenue , and the south side of Lake Street from Havens Avenue to North Ocean Avenu\ . There was also a public hearing on overnight parking in the business district. Several in- terested residents were on hand to voice their views as to the pro- posed prohibition of parking on Academy Street. All were in favor of some ord- inance to control the congestion that has made access to the street Continued on page 2 , this section Bayport-BI. Pt School Boa rd P res. Resigns Dr. Frank S. Snell , president of the Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education , has submitted his resi g- nation to Walter M. Ormsby, su- perintendent of the Second Super- visory District , in the wake of a controversy involving the granting of tenure to a hi gh school princi- pal. Dr. Snell. a d'-ntist , has serv- ed as a board of educa- tion member for more than 15 years. He was on the Blue Point board for six years , two as president; and for nine years on the consolidated Bayport-Blue Point board. He was elected its president July 1. succeeding the late James Wilson Young, who had declined to re-run for the office shortl y, before his dea ^h. The controversy developed No- vember 17. when a number of dis- trict residents converged oi a school board meeting to argue in behalf of granting tenure to Dr Robert C. Whitsitt , princi pal of Bavport-Blue Point Hicrh School. Reports had cropped up that the 41-year-old principal might not be granted tenure at the end of his third academic year with the district in June , and that the board might make a decision on it at tbe meeting. Described as a \disciplinarian , \ it is said that Dr. Whitsitt' s direct manner had offended some parents. Hired by the district Jul y 1 , 1959 , he came from Elmont to re- place Dr. H. Garton Lewis in the $13 , 250-a-year post. Now that he is completing a three-year pro- bationary period , he can be- given tenure , a more permanent status. Solid backing had been given him in the form of a confidential letter to the board from District Principal Melvin B. Hill. The let- ter was read at the meeting on the insistence of Whitsitt sup- porters. Although the board will not take a public stand on the tenure matter at this time , it is report- ed that members are almost even- l y split. Dr. Snell , in his letter of resig- nation, did not mention the Whit- sitt controversy. Asked for addi- tional comment , he said it w r ould not be ethical for him to go into further detail. Mr. Ormsb y also would not elaborate. The letter to Mr . Ormsby, dat- ed November 26 , is as follows : \Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from the Board of Education of Union Free School District 5 , Towns of Islip and Brookhaven. \As you know , part of my philo- sophy, in regard to education , is th a t, basically the most importan - part of a school system is a good teacher , working in an atmosp here conducive to good teaching. _ \Tn the past , T have worked tirelessl y toward helping to pro- vide this and also the best pos- sible education within the means of the community to pay. \I would continue to do so , if T could see the possibilit y of the school system returning once again within the premise of my basic philosop hy, \ the letter con- cluded. In regards to Dr. Whitsitt' s tenure , the school board can hold its decision to from 6'0 to 90 days before his tenure is up. Dr. Snell said no action has been taken on the tenure question. Adelphi to Purchase Vanderbilt Estate Site For Branch College: GARDEN CITY — The Board of Trustees of Adelphi College No- vember 21 approved a recommendation of the Adel phi Suffolk College Advisory Board and authorized the acquisition of the former research laboratories of National Dairy Products Corporation at Oakdale , Lon g Island , for a permanent campus of the branch college , it was announced oy James A. Linen , president ot Time , Inc., and chairman of the College ' s board of trustees. The trustees ' action followed an Advisory Board meeting at the site November 15 at which time Dr. Paul Dawson Eddy, president of the College , said \ acquisition of the National Dairy laboratory facilities will offer Adelphi a uni- que opportunity for the growth and expansion of hi g her education in Suffolk County. \ The 23vacre site, the former Wil- liam K. Vanderbilt estate , faces the Connet quot River in Oakdale. 1 he property comprises two build- ings , the former mansion and car- riage house. The buildings were remodeled in 1948 to fit them for research use. The facilities in elude 48 laboratories and three p i- lot plants, libra ry , reading room , meeting rooms and cafeteria , as well as 35 rooms that will he available immediately for class- room use. National Dairy recently consoli dated all of its research activities at its new laboratory in Glenview , 111., thus providing a centrally-lo- cated research facility to serve the company ' s nation-wide business. The company stated that the pro- posed sale of the Oakdale premis- es to Adelp hi Coll ege culminated an extended search for an insti- tution capable of making full and effective use of the special facil- ities at the location. National Dairy said it finds a deep satisfaction in knowing that this property will pass into the hands of an insti- tu tion so well-equipped to serve the needs of higher education. Continued on page 5 , this section mmr ^r —- X ^mt wBm&mm ^P -*m\ mBBLmmm. m^ ^ ^ m\m\mm\ ^fi^^^ Hope to A ppeal AlbVs Decision Before Holidays SHIRLEY — The State Department o f Education has turned \ thumbs down \ on Union Free School Dis- trict 32s quest for emer- gency building aid to help in construction of a new hi gh school for the Mastics and Shirley. According t o Thomas Neppell , District 32 school board clerk , the board received a letter to this ef- fect from Associate Commissioner of Education Crew last week. Rejection of the district's request for state emergency aid comes in the wake of a recent telegram from the board advising the state that it is not interested in joining with the South Haven school dist- rict , District 30. Earlier this year , Waker M. Ormsby, superintendent of the Second Supervisory School District , had been asked by the state to speak with the boards in Mastic-Shirley and South Haven about forming a reorganized school district. Mr . Ormsby said the state based its request on the feeling that before emergency school aid is granted , a school district should explore every possible way of unit- ing wth unreorganized districts , if they are available. South Haven , too , rejected the state bid as pre- sented by Mr. Ormsby. W. Wallace Thomas , supervising principal of William Floyd Schools , told The Long Island Advance yesterday that the letter said emergency building aid had been denied District 32 because of the contiguous presence of the un- reorganized South Haven district. Mr. Thomas said that he will accompany a school board commit- tee and a representative of the Second Supervisory School Dist- rict to Albany where an appeal will be registered with the as- sociate commissioner of educa- ton. \We hope to secure an appoint- ment with the associate commis- sioner before Christmas , \ Mr. Thomas stated. South Haven 'Adamant' Meanwhile , Mrs. Rose Paris, pre- sident of the South Haven board , said that its members were \ ada- mant\ in not wishing to merge with District 32. \We are hoping that District 32 will be granted Continued on page 5 , this section At Supers Meeting Cromarty Gets Rev i ew Of Wetlands Proposal RIVERHEAD — The controversy of the wetlands acquisition program was settled at the Board of Supervisors meeting here Mon- day as all agreed the program should be reviewed. Last week , Suffolk Count y Republican Chairman Arthur M. Cro- mart y had called for a review of the- acquisition p lan which calls for the taking of about 4 , -100 acres of*?* ¦ swamp lands and river bottom along the Peconic and Carman ' s Rivers. The program , approved last Summer by the board of super- visors , calls for the total expen- diture of $4 , 000 , 000, with the state reimbursing $3 , 000 , 000 back to Suffolk. Mr. Cromart y asked for the re- view , saying he feared some of the property involved would be used for state parks , and he charged Count y Executive H. Lee Denni- son had made statements to that effect. The problem was settled Mon- day as Mr . Cromarty again asked for the review , vowing that he was in comp lete accord with th e- con- servation idea, but not to take the land for parks. Mr. Cromar- t y pointed out the initial program was proposed in 195R by the then Republican controlled Board of Supervisors. All sides agreed that the ac- quisition should go through , with complete review by the super- visors as the land is taken over by the count y. The program calls for the tak- ing of about 1 , 300 acres in Brook- haven Townshi p, along Carman ' s River , and about 2 , 900 acres along the Peconic River in Riverhead and Brookhaven. Most of the land is swamp and marsh returning very little in taxes. Originally, a taking of 1 , 700 acres had been planned for Brook- haven , but. this was reduced when the town itself decided to acquire 400 acres for parks. The only nroport y to be acquired in Brook- haven is the Suffolk Lodge Game Preserve in Brookhaven , owned by the Hard estate. Late r , Mr. Dennison revealed the surveys are about half com- pleted on the Peconic acquisition , and should be done in two months. The Carman ' s surveys are to be completed within the week. Nego- tiations are underway and as th ey are comp leted the Board of Super- visors and state wiil give each acoiuMtion a final review and ap- proval. C romart y ' s Statement Mr. Cromarty, in a statement to the Board of Supervisors Mon- day, called for acouiring wet- lands for \ conservation purposes only. \ The Republican leader , who is also Bab ylon Town supervisor, said that he was making the statement because \ a great deal of concern has been expressed to me in re- ga rd s to the entire question of the wetlands. \ This was due to three causes. \First of all my state- ment to the newspapers was bad- ly thrown out of context by mis- use of headlines ; secondl y, the county executive seems to have forgotten that he made conflict- ing statements regarding the sit- uation : and thirdl y, many interest- ed persons are now unsure- of Continued on page 2 , this section Space Capsule to Bring Santa Claus to P' chogue Patchogue, always a favorite haunt of Santa Claus , will \Welcome him at 7 p. m. Saturday, when he again will make a spectacular visit to the- village in the annual Christmas parade. Throug h the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D. C , Santa will arrive in Patchogue vie a Mercurv S pace capsule sim-^ ilar to those made famous b y the astronauts this past Summer. The capsule mode of transportation is a logical sequence to Santa ' s spe- cial modes of travel to Pa tchogue , which in previous years have in- cluded jet p lanes and missiles. The big news this year is that Santa Claus. who has been so im- pressed with his reception -n Pat- chogue , will bring with him on this daring flight Mrs . Santa Claus , who has always kept quiet- ly in the background. Santa , how- ever , in talking about Patchogue induced his ladv thi ° time t> ac- company him. Mrs. Santa , vvho al- MI wear?, the Uarlitional bright red , is from all • ' -ports much more svelte than her jolly mate. The parade wid start nz Main Street and Maple A venae and go west to Havens Avenue. It will be a big nig ht for the Patchogue Recreation Department under the dueciion of Pete Puii - ios and Ruth Pad ha n , who will supervise the parade with tin co- operation of the Merchants Divi- sion of the Chamber of Commerce and will have* two floats , one from the recreation center with teen- age carolers trimming a Christ- mas tree and another with Santa ' s workshop showing the work done to restore old toys for the less fortunate children. And there 'll be musu- to herald Santa ' s arrival , furnished b y the Medford Fire Depaitmeni band. Patchogue ' s own f're department will be busy seeing to it that 1 \ snow , \ a bigger \ snowfall\ than ever , will be welcoming Santa dur- ing his parade down Main Street. The Merchants Division of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Continued on page 5 , this section Six Floral Disp lays Stolen in Patchogue The Merchants Division of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce reported this week that two more of the decora- tive floral disp lays had been stolen , this time from the front of The Union Savings Bank. A number of merchants and businesses h a d purchased these earlier this year , and were recentl y changing them to evergreens for the Winter season. This makes a total of six that have been stolen during night s and Sundays. In commenting on the re- cent theft , the director of the Merchants Division stated , \It' s a p ity that a few people feel that anything not nailed down belongs to them. This effort on the part of these business- men to hel p beautif y their village seems to have gone for naug ht. We suggest in the name of good citizenship that those who took them re- turn them to their rightful p lace. Twn. Bd. Votes 5-2 to Extend Saxto n Street The Brookhaven Town Board Tuesday voted .1 to 2 to extend Saxton Street in Patchogue from Annanias Avenue about 1 , 200 feet west to Route 112 over the oppo- sition of Superintendent of High- ways Charles W. Barraud. Councilman Howard Rowland submitted his motion twice during the day ' s meeting. Twice Council- man Frank Coveney seconded it. On the second try the motion was passed. Couneilmen Harold Chap- man and John Young voted \ no. \ At the board' s September 19 meeting a letter was read from the Board of Education of District 24 requesting the town board to approve the extension of Saxton St?*eet. The school board contended the extension was necessary be- cause of traffic congestion at An- nanias Avenue, Clark Street and Saxton Street , and offered to de\d a rig ht-of-way 50 feet in widMi and about 1.200 feet in leng th to the town on the southerly por- tion of school district property. After Mr. Rowland submitted his motion in the morning, a heated discussion developed on the merits of the proposal. Mr. Rowland then withdrew his mo- tion and Mr. Coveney withdrew his second. Barraud Obj ects During the discussion , Mr . Bar- raud said. \I can 't see building a road at that location at town expense. We (the town) did our share in building a road in front of the school ( Patchogue Hig h School). It is a school nroblem and thev (the school board) should do it themselves. \ Councilman Young contended, \The school board i*^ capable of raising money to build a road. It is their responsibility. \ He cited an example of Central District t building a road to serve one of i + s schools and (mentioned whether the town ' s approval of the exten- sion would set a prec dent tor re- quests bv other M -hoel boards. Mr. Barraud said imnrovenn -nf of the road would cost about *10 Continued on page 5, this section GRAND orKMM ; — Suffolk' s most compete Flo-r & w a»l Til- Service. .W 8-98?7. Special i -eramic «all tile. >1.2 J *.<- ». ft. (. ' ouuilete labor , material. Depend- able. —Adv. N. Shirley Civics Turn Over Land For Town Park NORTH SHIRLEY — The North Shirley Civic Association has turned over a piece of its property to the Town of Brookhaven for use as a recreational park for younger children , according to William Murphy, association presi- dent. The properly, located next to the association ' s clubhouse on West End Avenue . 75 feet by 350 feet deep, has been signed over to the town on a rent-free basis by the association with a five year lease and five year option , Mr. Murp hy said. Signing over the land was in- spired by the Moriches By-Pass, which , Mr. Murp hy said , prevents Continued on page 2 , this section Section Page Ravport Edit. 2 Bellport 2 1 Blue Point 1 8 Brookhaven & South Haven 2 6 ! Centereach & ' Lake Grove 1 6 Center Moriches .... 3 1 Coram 1 3 East Moriches 3 5 , East Patchogue .... Edit . 5 East port 3 3 Eastwood Village & Dawn Estates ..1 6 Gordon Heights .... Edit. 3 Holtsville & Farmingville 1 7 Holbrook 4 1 Manorville 3 2 Mastic 3 5 Mastic , Beach 3 2 Medford Edit. - H Middle Island 2 -5 Moriches 3 'I Patchogue Various Remsenburg & Speonk 3 4 Ridge Edit. 7 Ronkonkoma & the Lake • 4 3 Shirley & Mastic Acres 3 A Yaphank 2 5 COMMUNITY NEWS INDEX FIREMEN BATTLE blaze in Heinlein ' s Hard- ware Store , Sayville , that was reported at about 9 p. m. Monday. Store was gutted. Sayville Laundromat , nex t door , was not hit by fire , but received considerable smoke and water damage. Both firms are operated b y Joseph J. Heinlein and his wife , Catherine. Fire appeared to have started in storage area in rear of hardware store , possibly becajise of short in wiring, fire- men theorized. Sayville Fire Department was aided by Bayport and West Sayville departments. Over 250 firemen kept blaze from spreading to other stores on business block. Damages were estimated at being in excess of $50 , 000. — Photo by Ryan Studios Chapman Urges Traffic Light On Pine Street Councilman Harold Chapman ) took issue Tuesday with a county traffic and safety bureau office report that it was u too early to make any recommendations for a traffic light at the Moriches By- Pass and Pine Street ' ' in East Moriches \ since no traffic volume counts can be made until the road is officially open and in use. \ \There should be a trip light installed at the intersection , \ said Mr. Chapman at the town board meeting in Patchogue. \Pine Street will be an entrance to the Sun- i-he Hig hwav. The sti-eet is now used by school buses and the traffic will increase. I suggest a traffic lig ht be placed there before : somebody srets killed. \ The ex- j tension of Sunrise Highway from Continued on page 2 , this section ' Supers Oppose Charter Change On Cty. Police RIVERHEAD — The proposal of the Babylon Village Board that the county charter be amended to allow municipalities to vote on whether to remain in the county police force or form their own department met with the cold shoulder here Monday as spokes- men for both political \ parties said they would oppose any such charter change. The Baby lon Village Board , in a letter signed b y Mayor Gilbert Hanse , had requested the Suffolk County Board of Supervisors give their approval for such an amend- ment. In his letter , Mr. Hanse said that \ no criticism is intended of the county police force. \ He said , the communities should have the right to decide oy public refer- endum as to whether they should remain in the police district after two years under th° count y depart- ment , or should adopt their own local department. Babylon Supervisor Arthur Cro- marty, Suffolk GOP leader , sai l he was against any amendment. Mr. Cromarty said he felt the count y force needed more men. He charged County Executive H. Lee Continued on page 2 . this section

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