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The Patchogue advance. (Patchogue, N.Y.) 1885-1961, November 19, 1959, Image 3

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LIRR to Seek PSC'S Approval of Fare Hike l'he Long Island Kail Road has reached the end of the line in a 20-month search for an answer to the riddle of how to pay higher prices without charg ing hi gher prices. Saddled with a $2 , 550 , 000 a year jump in expenses since it balanced the books with its last fare adjustment April S , 1958 , the railroad will petition the Public Service commission today for an average 4.6 per cent f are increase to hel p put the road back on a break-even basis . The proposed increase , which the LIRR will ask to put into effect December 10 , will bo lower than any of the other three in- creases the inflationary sp ira l has forced the railroad to adopt since it came out of bankruptcy five yea rs ago. (Fares were raised an average of 8.4 per cent December G , 1955; 5.4 per cent January 3 , 1957 , and 5.9 per cent A pril 8 , 1958. ) The new fare schedules wouUl add 40 cents to the price of week- l y commutation tickets , $1.50 to restricted monthly tickets , SI.60 to unrestricted monthly tickets and ' •} cents to single-ride tickets . The increases are expecte d to cover approximately $2 , 315, 000 of the LIRR' s $2 , 550 , 000 in higher operating costs. The remainder will have to be met by still further belt-tightening, short of any cur- tailment of service and mainten- ance. \There ' s not a penny in the pro- posed increase for any pay raises that may result from new con- tracts the nation ' s railroads are currentl y negotiating with the 21 railroad brotherhoo'ls , \ Thomas M. Goodfellowr LIRR president , point- ed out. \If the unions succeed in win- ning substantial wage increases— and every cent of additional wages adds up ' to $167 , 000 a year in additional expenses—w e may he forced to seek another fare in- crease some time next year. \ Observers predict the national rail negotiations will not be com- pleted before late winter or early spring. . \We had hoped against hope to Jind some way of making ends meet until all the new contracts were signed , \ Mr. Goodfellow said. \We know the prospect of two fare increases , even though they add up to exactl y the same total as- one , is a pretty roug h p ill to swal- low. \But every time we were able to save a dollar through new ef- ficiencies and economies , we saw it wi ped out many times over by some new expense over which we had no control. \On top of all this , a rash of strikes—the A. & P., the cement truck drivers and the steel and copper strikes—has jmt a $350 , 000 dent in our expected frei ght reve- nues during the year. \The way things have been go- ing, we 'd be back in bankruptcy if we tried to hold off the fare in- crease until all the new contracts are signed. \ Latest in the long parade of added expenses that, have been p il- ing up since the LIRR' s last fare increase almost two years ago were a three-cents-an-hour cost of living adjustment November 1 , which will boost operating costs $500 , 000 a year , and a 13-cents-a- day jump in the rental rate on freight cars , scheduled to go into elfect December 1 , which will cost the LIRR another $120,000 a year. Also contributing to the $2 , 550 , - 000 total of extra costs not cover- ed in the present fare schedule have been two other cost of liv- ing inc-eases , to taling $500 , 000 a year; a jump in Federal retire- ment and unemployment taxes , totaling $723,000 a year , and a 7- cents-an-hour pay increase last November 1 , amounting to $707 , 000. \Even though the price of just about everything else has gone up in the past two years , we know nobody ' s going to be happy about this fare increase , \ Mr. Good- fellow said. \We ' re not happy about it , either. \During the past five years we ' ve been able to give our passengers an increasingl y better railroad for the fares they pay. That has been a source of deep satisfaction to us. We ' ve tried to live up to both the letter and the sp irit of the railroad redevelopment act , and we 'll continue our efforts to make the Long Island the Nation ' s best suburban railroad. \ Under terms of the redevelop- ment act. every dollar the LIRR takes in must be used to operate and improve the railroad. There can be no dividend payments on LIRR stock—or anv inten st pay- ments on more than $60 , 000, 000 in debts—during the 12-year life ol the program. Neither can the LIKU build up a nest egg to cope with unforeseen expenses . Its fares must be pegged at a level to keep it on a strictly break-even basis. The new fare schedule will en- able the Long Island to continue its $65 , 000 , 000 rehabilitation pro- gram , which already has produced 222 new air-conditioned cars , 45,S modernized cars and a number of other major improvements. In contrast to the average 4.(5 per cent increase which is being sought by the LIRR , commuters on three other railroads serving New York (the Jersey Central , the Lackawana and the Erie) have seen their fares go up approximatel y 20 per cent in the past three months. The New Haven , mean- while , has served notice it will need an even heftier increase—on top of a 10 per cent hike granted July 1—to continue commuter op- erations. SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNITION— G »og„1 High school seniors were honored at special assembl y Friday. Pictured, left to right , are , Robert Liebermann , Jean Murphy, Gordon Wassermann , Principal Edmund \V. Tuton , Elisa Ruland , Walter Cohen and Marianne Hillen . Mr. Tuton presented Was- sermann , a certificate in behalf of Phi Beta Kappa Alumni association for having highest average at end of junior year. Wassermann , Miss Murph y and Liebermann are semi-finalists in National Merit Scholarship competition and will vie for finalist spot. Cohen , Misses Ruland and Hillen received special recognition for high scores in National Merit Scholarship competition. —Russell Wygand Photo Girl Scout Fund Drive Ends Short of Goal The South Suffolk Girl Scout council' s fund drive is over , but donations will continue to be ac- cepted , according to Mrs. John Ferguson , finance chairman for the council. Mrs. Ferguson said the council quota of $7 , 900 has not been met. The Patchogue quota of $4 , 000 has laiiged , with less than $1, 000 in donations reported , and contribu- tions may be s nt to Dale Whitlock of The Poop !\ ' s National Hank, honorary chaii man. Failure to attain the quotas will mean that the . r-;. ¦ ¦ - .: ! u . „,, ( 'um]icr- . -hips this \v:>r . ... • - - . \formation training hel p and loach with nther ' troops will be curtailed , Mrs . Fer- guson said. Mrs. Carroll M. Swezcy of Roe avenue , East Patchogue . slipped on wet leav. s last Wednesday night near her home when she was walk- ing her dog and fell , breaking her hip and her arm. She is confined to Rrookhaven Memorial hospital , but expects to be home for Thanks- giving. BREAKS HIP IN FALL Bayport-BIue Pt. School Bd. Nixes Extra Bus Plea P.AYPORT — The Bayport-BIue Point Board of Education Friday denied a petition for a special district meeting to vote on ad- ditional school-bus service. The special meeting was re- quited to consider a proposition to provide transportation \for all children , grades kindergarten through third grade , living more thsi 'i a half mile from school , and i mpropriate $12 , 400 to be used fro.n any available surplus or levied on the taxable property of the school district. \ The petition was not approved since the required i'SO si gnatures of the qualified voters of the dis- trict had not endorsed the move. Only 25 names were on the petition submitted Friday, a board spokes- man said. Edward M . Silvia , of 402 Bernice drive , Bayport , one of the leaders for ' additional bus service ' , said that the group has 700 names and is hoping to re-submit the [ilea for a special meeting when the required 050 names are secured. lit confirmed that only 25 names were on the petition brought be- fore the school board Friday. He added that the group hopes to have the special meeting before the annual district meeting set for May is held. Although the move has not been openly approved or opposed bv the Bayport Taxpayers associ- ation , Mr. Si/via said many of the association members have ex- pr essed their individual approval of the additional service. The main opposition to the extra service voiced at a Bayport Taxpayers association meeting November 11 is the concern for the rapidly-increasing school tax r-ite. There has been an increase of 151 per cent 'in the enrollment of children in the district since 1052 and there is no reason to ai'surac that growth will suddenly come to a standstill , tile voters were told. Advocates of the increased bus service plan feel that the surplus feeds of this year ' s budget can pay for the extra service , while critics of the move say this year ' s surp lus when added to next year ' s budget will cut the school tax rate. At the annual district meeting last May, transportation was ap- pioved for all students living more than one mile from the school which they attend. It is expected that the transportation and budget committees of the board will consider this matte r in preparing their respective recommendations for 10(50-01 , a board spokesman said. Supervisors Appoint Josep h E. Fox , Jr. To Civil Service Unit RIVERHEAD — The Suffolk Board of Supervisors Friday ap- pointed Josep h E. Fox , Jr., of East Northport as a member of the Suffolk County Civil Service com- mission. Mr. Fox , an attorney, was sworn into office here Tues- day. The nost pays $500 annually. The East Northport lawyer succeeds to the post vacated by tiic death last month of Isaac R. Halliday of Brightwaters. He was named for a term expiring Decem- ber 23 , 1963. Earlier last week , the super- visors had appointed George Cush- iium of Riverhead to the commis- sion to succeed its chairman , 1 . 1 wight T. Corwin. Mr. Corwin had resigned because of poor health.. As reconstituted , the commis- sion , which is scheduled to organize and elect a new chairman here Monday, is comprised of a Demo- cra t , Mr. Fox; a Republican , George J. Stengel of Huntington , end Air. Cushman , who has not been active in either party , but s considered a Republican insofar as the appointment is concerned. In other action Friday, the Board of Supervisors formall y re- quested the New York State Public Works department to make surveys and prepare plans and cost estimates lor the construc- tion of erosion-arresting structures at Old Field point in Brookhaven township. Old Field vilh-re of- ficials had requested the board to initiate the project. RIVERHEAD — The Board of Supervisors has declared the week of November 15-21 as Alcoholism week. The Nassau-Suffolk Com- mittee on Alcoholism has set $5(5 , 700 as it goal for 1050. Contributions may be sent to the Nassau office at 1527 Franklin avenue , Mineoia , ot- to the Suffolk office at 5 Lake street , Patchogue. : mu I I ——«a———— ¦——c» Proclaim Nov. 15-21 As Alcoholism Week By Frances Johnson Christmas is just around the corner and it was broug ht even closer the other dav when we called on Mr. and Mrs. James Hogan and their two sweet little daughters , Sharon and Colleen , at their new home on Sylvan avenue , Bayport. Sharon is four-and-a- half and Colleen is three-and-a- half. Coming from Bellerose , the Hogan family has already become acquainted locally. Santa Claus was of special in- terest to Sharon and Colleen. When we asked dark-eyed , dark- haired Sharon what she wanted most for Christmas , her eyes were soft and she smiled, \A puppy, a little cuddl y puppy that I could hold. \ It isn 't that Sharon loves Tuffy, the Hogan family dog, any the less , it ' s just that Tuffy is a bit big to hold and perhaps a puppy would run and romp a little more. Tuffy, by the way, is just a month older than Sharon , in fact she was bought for her. With her intense love for animals Sharon would probabl y welcome a little kitten , too , if Santa had one to spare. Blonde Colleen ' s eyes sparkled as she told us what she wanted. The words came in a rush , \ a bicycle. \ And she added the purely feminine touch , \ and some perfume , like mommy ' s and a gold jewelry box, just like mom- my has . \ No Santa Claus could resist Colleen when she talks about \ a bicycle. \ Mrs. Hogan loves to sew and makes pretty things for her daughters ; she is also interested in community work , particularly when it concerns children , and church activities — but her main hobby is her family. Mr . Hogan is a veteran of World War II and served over- seas in Hawaii and in Germany and France. Fifteen years ago he came with the firm of Francis Bannerman Sons , Inc., and is now vice president and general manager of the firm, of which Charles Bannerman is president. The firm has latel y moved from New York city to its new build- ing on Corey avenue , near Corey creek , Blue Point. Here they stock Civil War relics , Civil War uniforms, sabres , rifles , cannon, etc. Their business is mainly mail orders , in quantity. In New York , the firm of Francis Bannerman Sons , Inc., occupied a city block and a five- story building. Here the days of the \knights of old\ held sway and the items featured almost anything the heart could desire in the way of war relics or other mementos. Suits of armor rubbed shoulders with gas lamps. The p lace was a veritable museum. Located on an island in the Hud- son river is the picturesque Banner- man ' s Arsenal; there all bullets and shells , etc., are kept. When the Hudson River Day Liners sailed up the river and arrived near Beacon , everyone aboard crowded to that side of the boat to see the famous arsenal. On the is- land are also two lovely residences of the Bannerman family. While one may think that being associated with the firm Mr. Hogan ' s hobby might be marks- manship — it is bowling. The Pilger Real Estate and Insurance Agency wishes these folks the best of luck and best wishes for a successful career in our community. —Adv. 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Also elected were Mesdumes Ida Jay Van Iloeseii , Center Moricnes, vice president; Florence Gomez , ( . ' enter Moriches , secretary for a second term ; and Rose Healey, Mastic Reach treasurer. Mrs. Rumnh will appoint her historian at the next meeting. Final plans wen- made for the annual Christmas party , to be held December !' at the Sunrise Restaurant, Center Moriches. Tile meeting was at the home of Mrs. June Skidinore in West- ham pton. Co-hostesses were Mrs. Dorothy Eollett and Mrs. Harriet Lyons. When y-ur engagement ap- pears in The PalchoRiie Advance I ' H the time for you to examine our display of Wedding station- ery. The Patchogue Advance , 20 Hedford Avenue. —Ad?. ¦'¦—¦ ¦ ¦—¦-¦ — i — II 11 —i i i i i > II i — v i ^ Tj^g^B ^^^^^^ about Towncraft sport shirts says they should cost more ! IRR I ISHFn Hil •• j^fi ^flS WASH 'N WEARS THAT NEED LITTLE OR NO IRONING ! 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