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The Patchogue advance. (Patchogue, N.Y.) 1885-1961, April 28, 1960, Image 1

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A Patchogue Landmark Disappears in Flames Kl-R'K'RAT T \ ses above rear portion of room , took life of Mrs. Joan Lunati , 27 , of 76 rir VlZJj^rVJLLj Felice ' s Restaurant during Amity Street , Patchogue. Restaurant was corn- early moments of last Thursday ' s flash fire. pletel y destroyed. Fire , which broke out at west end of new dining —Advance Photo nF^TROYFD ,)y ttash fire last Inlirs \ was left of building Thursday affernoon . Dam- L f i LD I IWJ I LAJ day, Felice ' s Restaurant age of fire is estimated at $275 , 000 to $300 , 000. is now leveled heap of twisted burned metal , ' .j „„ n „ 0 pv,„ V „ wood and bricks. Bulldozers leveled what little ~Advance r -noto Services Held For Local Victim Of Felice Fire A requiem mass was hold Sat- urday for Mi>. Joan Lunati , 27- year-old victim of last Thursday ' s flash fire which destroyed Felice ' s Restaurant , 121 Waveriy Avenue, Patchogue . Mrs. Lunati , who lived at 76' Amity Street , was the mother of three. Mrs. Lunati and her husband , Maurice , Jr., a chef in Nancy ' s Restaurant , South Ocean Avenue , had gone to Felice ' s Restaurant after working in their nev ly built home on Dogwood Lane , West Pat- chogue , and had been in Felice ' s only a few minutes when fire broke out at about 1:30 a. m. The couple were to have moved into their new home later Thursday. Her body was found in a foyer near a window on the north side of the building, 20 feet fro m the powder room where she had gone immediately prior to discovery of the fire. Police theorize that she may have turned in the wrong di- Cootinued on page G , this section State Will Back Expansion Costs In Middle Island On the basis of current estimates of the district' s true valuation and its bonded indebtedness , N e w York State will support approxi- mately 80 per cent of the $5,100 . - 000 Middle Island Central School District expansion program that will be voted on May 21 , Dr. Louis V. Nannini , district principal , an- nounced this week. The expansion program consists of additions to the four existing elementary schools in Coram, West Middle Island , Ridge and Yap- hank at a cost of $l , !Mjo , 000; and a 3 , 200 - pupiJ junior - ' -enj or high school costing $« , 200 , 000 . The dis- trict' s present l , 200-pu;>il popula- tion is expected to increase to H , - 000 by 1!«!5. -Present facilities arc designed for 770 pupils , Dr. Nan- nini said. Three information meetings are scheduled on the two-proposition vote. The first will be held May Continued on page 6 , this section Attorneys State Cases As Bloeth Trial Begins 6 Witnesses Heard: By Arthur ». Penny RIYERHEAD — The trial of accused \ mad-killer \ Francis Henry Bloeth of Isli p Terrace finally began in earnest Tuesday as the ail- male jury heard opening statements from the prosecution and defense , and testimony from six prosecution witnesses. District Attorney John P. Cohalan , Jr., in his 2.1-minute state- ment to uie Juiy luesuay morn- ing, outlined his case , and said that the defense would try to use insanity as an out. Mr. Cohalan , who is prosecut- ing Bloeth for the murder of Mrs. Irene Currier , 50 , of Yaphank, who was slain in her restaurant on the Montauk Highway, West- hampton , outlined the events that led up to the killing. Bloeth is also charged with two other murders , but is being tried only for the Currier murder . He faces the elec- tric chair if convicted. The district attorney said that v on August 7 , 1950 , the day of the murder , Bloeth , who worked as a crane oiler in Massapequa , arrived at his home at I Irving Place , Isli p Terrace , at about 6:30 p. m., and immediately made arrange- ments for the purchase of a .32 calibre automatic. \He called Robert Walsh of Isli p Terrace and arranged for the purchase , bought the gun and one cartridge , \ Mr. Cohalan said. The DA said Bloeth first headed Continued on page 6 , this section Take Cover ' CD Alert Throughout State Tues. To Last for IS Minutes: A full scale test of the public capability to respond to a \Take Cover \ signal is scheduled f or 2:15 p.m. next Tuesday (May , 'i) throughout New York State , according to Col. Harry C. Dayton , director of Civil Defense for Suffolk County. \The test of the public ability to interpre t signals and to take shelter for a 1 5-minute period is the only public phase of the ' 50- hour test, of Civil Defense services which will continue round the clock from earl y Tuesday afternoon through most of Thursday, \ Col. Dayton said. • He stated , \The county ' s Civil Defense staff and some of the volunteer services will work round the clock with a minimum of sleep per individual , in order to give an accurate nppr ;> ' .,al of the present state of emergency preparedness. The entire nation will participate in the two-day exercise which is known as 'Operation Alert l!)'i0' . \ According to the directive which Colonel Dayton has delivered to schools, ' police , fire departments, and government officials: \A man- datory public participation drill is directed to be held on May :i , lfWO . The Take Cover signal will be sounded at 2:15 p. rn. \ . . . upon healing the \Take Cover \ srgnal , a thr co-minute fluctuating or warbling tone of varying pitch by the sirens , the public will imme- diately seek the nearest available .shelter and remain therein until otherwise directed. Schools having installed the new Electronic Monitors will receive instant warning by that means—• others should listen for the pub- lic signal. Colonel Dayton asked that. a ' A persons keep their radios tuned to the Conelrad network till ) or 1210 on the radio dial , and report their reception of the signal to Suffolk Civil Defense Headquarters. Vehicular traffic will halt and remain halted unlii the last sound of the \Alert \ second signal. All passengers will seek the nearest available shelter. If none is avail- able they will remain in their veh- icles. Drivers are advised to park on the side of the road and to remove ignition keys before leav- ing their vehicles. Police and special duty officers will oversee the halting of traffic , Continued on page 7 , this section Armed Man , Partner Rob Ronk. Drugstore RONKONKOMA—An armed robber and his accomplice held up the proprietor of the Sta- tion Pharmacy here Tuesday night and escaped with $890 in cash and a quantity of mor- p hine , codeine, liquid opium and hypodermic needles. Samuel M a s i n , 51, of 8 Henry Street , the pharmacist, was in the rear of his store when the two men sneaked past Margaret Strub , 17 , a clerk , when her back was turned . Mr. Masin told Suffolk po- lice that the armed man pushed him off a chair and pointed a gun in his face. The other bandit , wearing gloves , asked Miss Strub and Mr. Masin where the drugs were kep t , took them and $040 from two wallets Mr. Masin had and $256 from the cash register. Before fleeing, the bandits ripped a public telephone and Mr. Masin ' s private line , rend- ering both inoperative. Hearing May 10 On Laundromat Bill for Town A public hearing was set for 2 p.m., May 10 by the Brook- haven Town Board Tuesday on a proposed ordinance , to require attendants at laundromats and dry cleaning establishments. The ordinance , which Patch- ogue Attorney Norman F. Lech- trecker was authorized \ March 8 to draw up, states that \ unattend- ed , such machines constitute a threat to the safety and welfare of the community, \ Ordinances prohibiting such establishments to be operated without attendants have been passed in Smithtown and Southampton. On March 8 the board heard representatives of attended laundromats urge the board to pass an ordinance re- quirin g attendants. The proposed ordinance states further the owner of a store \ shall provide an attendant\ to be \in attendance at all times. \ Violation shall constitute a mis- demeanor subject to a $50 fine or imprisonment not to exceed 10 days or both. Dog Warden John J. Catalano appeared before the board to re- quest another truck and more men-\rfo r the operation of his de- partment. Supervisor August Stout , Jr., said he did not be- lieve there was any item in the present budget for an additional truck. Mr. Stout said the board would see what money is avail- able and receive 'the recommenda- tion of Councilman Howard Row- land , who is in charge of the town ' s dog pound , before making any decision. In his report to the board Mr. Catalano said that from January 4 to A pril 25 the dog wardens had picked up 950 stray dogs with no owners, notified over 500 owners that the pound had their dogs , released about 100 dogs to owners after they had secured licenses and releases from the town clerk' s Continued on page 7 , this section Series of Hearings Set On Town Zoning Cases Trucks Bid Accepted: The Brookhaven Town Board Tuesday set four public hearings for 7:30 p. m. May 10 to decide whether to revoke grants of relief on zoning regulations given under Section 1711C of the town zoning ordinance. At 7:30 p. m. Monday the board will conduct hearings adjourned from April 11 to decide whether to revoke grants given under Section 1711C . to: 1) M. J. Saleh on February 28 , 1950 for property at Selden known as the map of Highland Park. 2) Henry Behr on A pril 20 , 1955 for propert y at Selden known as map of Knoilcrest Park. H) Edwin J. Dresner on October 25 , 1955 for properl y in Medford known as the map of the New York ami Brookl yn Suburban In- vestment Company of New York. 4) Henry Behr An A pril 20 , 1955 for proper) v at Selden known as Selden Estates. On May 10 the board will eon- duct hearings to decide whether to revoke zoning relief given: 1) Lester Tobin for properl y at Teri yville known as Highland Park Map. 2) Elihu Herman for property at Terrvville known as the map of Highland Park. ' .{) Eniil M. Keen for propert y at Terrvville known as tin; map of Highland Park. I) Leste r Tobin for property at Terrvville known as the Map of Highland Park. Sect ion 1711C was adopted May 25, 195-1 by the town board. It pro- vided relief from Hie requirements of the A pril 18 , 195-1 town ordin- ance increasing property lot sizes in the town. The up/.oning de- creased the number of available building lots in a development . On a motion bv Councilman Willard Keddy of the board' s high- way committee the board voted unanimously to accept the $90, HO(l bid of Municipal Machinery Corp. of Coram for eight. KWD , Inc . (a firm name standing for four-wheel drive) trucks on which the board had standardized at an earlier meeting. The board delayed in formally accepting the bid because Continued on page 6 , this section Patchogue Voters to Decide On $950 , 000 School May 4 Over 2 , 200 Registered: A total of 2 , 208 have registered to vote in the Patchogue-Medford School District election Wednes- day, according to District Clerk John C. Hylan. This is the second highest total in the district' s his- tory , the hig hest having been tallied for the $5 , 000 , 000 building and renovation program last year. Highlight of the upcoming vote will be Proposition 7 , which calls for construction of a $950, 000 elementary school on the district- owned Barton Avenue property locate d at the head of Washing- ton Avenue , Patchogue. Voting will also take p lace on nine other propositions , four school board posts , a library trustee , and the school district and Patchogue Li- brary budgets. Ten candidates , in- cluding four incumbents , are seek- ing positions on the Board of Education. Four have filed for the position now occupied by Mrs. Lois Reed , who is not seeking re- election. The annual meeting will be held at 8 p. m. Tuesday in Patchogue Hi gh School on Saxton Street , with voting for candidates and propositions set for Wednesday from 2 to 9 p. m. at the high school. A spokesman foV the board pointed out that if voter approval is given to the proposed Barton Avenue Elementary School , con- struction would be financed entir- ely by the state under the Emer- gency Building Law. It would be necessary to hire only three additional teachers to put the school in operation , it was added. The other teachers would be transferred from the elementary schools that have double session classes now oper- ating under crowded conditions. Incumbent board members seek- ing reelection are Robert L. Hughes of 51 Arthur Avenue , Patchogue , insurance man , and Frank W. Scutari of 141 Clark Street , Patchogue , a postal em- ploye. Charles Silhan of Wrana Avenue , Medfo rd Station , public relations man who was recently appointed to fill the unexpired term of Eugene Krnkaur , will also run for his present position. Filing for these positions are Charles Smith Adams of 375 Bay Avenue , Patchogue , a teacher in the Ronkonkoma School District ; George Ruse of 21 Eagle Avenue , Medford Station , George Geignet- ter of Peconic Avenue , Medford Station , a Long Island Rail Road trainman , and David Gottfried of Maple Avenue , Patchogue , of Pat- chogue Plate Glass—all for Mrs. Reed' s board vacancy; Robert M. Continued on page 7, this section Soldier of Fortune Fights Germs GENERAL STA FF TO MALE NURSE By Philip Shire-Hampton It' s a long forced marc h from being attached to the General Staff of the German Imperial Army to that of male nurse at Brookhaven .Memorial Hosp ital , but Kurt Conrade Arnade , aged 70 , of Selden has made it. The en- foiced trek has taken the retired Germany • Army colonel some 52 years but it has finall y led him to Long Island via the circuitous route of China , Switzerland , Hol- land , Bolivia and most of the cap i- tal cities of the world. Kurt Arnade is a man who has scaled the peaks of life and also knows its \ valleys of despair , \ but he is seemingly able to take both in his stride. He has hob- nobbed with the great and the near-great of the past 10 years and he knows what it is to be a * lonely immigrant without work in a strange country. He speaks of his adventuies with Generalissimo Chiang-Kai-Shek , Hitler ' s jack booted j a c k a I s , training the Chinese Army, Prussian generals and lecturing at Kor.lham Uni- versity, with the same ring of authenticity as he tells of his escape from the Gestapo , the bomb- ing of Shanghai , unemployment in the Deep South , Chinese war lords and studying at night to be a male nurse in Manhattan. Born in Goerlitz in Silesia he entered the Academy of Cadets in 1909 and resigned from the Ger- man Army in 1920 with the rank Kurt Conrade Arnade of Captain of Field Engineers at- tached to (lie German General Staff. In that year he accepted the appointment to train the new- ly organized Ruhr State Police and his trouble-shooting adventures in (bat industrial (indcrhox are some- thin g of a cross bet ween Laurence of Arabia and Dick Tracy. Then came a spell of managing the fam- ily blisilie . - . - . hut ill l' . i;!l , lie re- joined the German Army as a majoi M I liclil engineers. Four years lalej . in 19. >5 , be went to China ;e pari .if the Ger- man military nu-sioii sent to train thr- army of young China that was just emerging under the leader, hi p of Generalissimo Cliiang- Kai-S' .ie k, lie was in \ankin in l' , i. '' .7 , at I lie stall of the 'Siiio-.L'ipaucso war and later witnessed the slaughter of the bombing of Shanghai. Then , because of Japan ' s repeated com- plaints to Hitler cuiic-ming the (raining of the Chinese Army b y German technicians , the military mission w a s returned lo the Fatherland. Arnade , with a somewhat shrewd eye to thr ' political future , first installed his family in Switzerland and then went on to Berlin alone . Within a matter of months he was under investi g ation by the Gestapo f nf anli-W'izi activities and escaped over the Dutch bonier with them literally baying at bis heels . After this cloak and dagger adventure lie was ah/e to rejoin his wife and two children in Switzerland , and at the age of 19 set about finding a new career. The year World W.a- II broke out , lii. 'i' . i , after having written to nearly every war oi' .ice in the Continued on page 8 , this section CC ADpI T for possible arson at Kaynor ' s Restaurant on Pond k-5Ij r\r\.V _ .n Ro-ad , Lake Ronkonkoma , is conducted by Suffolk County detective following Monday ' s early morning fires which completely destroyed a beach pavilion and gutted entrnnceway and kitchen of restaurant across , road. Raynor ' s Beach , Lake Ronkonkoma landmark since 1921 , will be opened on Memorial Day for season with restaurant damage refurbished. (See other photo on Page 6 , this Section.) —Advance Photo Body of Missing Youth Found in Canaan Lake Wrong Turn and A Boy Dies: The body of Charles Lanyo , Jr. , 19 , of Jlfi Dawn Avenue , Center- each , was found in Canaan Lake Tuesday by a team of skin divers. Young Lanyo ' s car was found in the lake Monday night . He had been missing since Sunday. Captain Foster Aviano of Marine Division 7 , Suffolk County Police , asked t h e Brookhaven Divers Club of Brookhaven Na- tional Laboratory to aid in the search for young Lanyo . The divers were Robert Young, Say- ville; George Hummer , Medford; Karl Thompson , Heli port; Basil DeVito , Yaphank ; Jack Bittncr , Yaphank; Matthew Russo , Patch- ogue , anil William Sceviour , Yap- hank. Last week , the divers join- ed the hunt in the Great South Kay for three local teenagers miss- ing since ApriJ 19. The Golden Sharks Diving Club brought the body to the surface. The body was found by Mr. Hummer approximately 15 feet fro m where the car was discovered submerged in eig ht feet of water 125 feet from shore. The car was found by two boys who were out in a rowboat. They saw the car ' s antenna , the only visible part of the auto , projecting from the water. One boy, Bruce D'Ambrosio , 10 , of 11 Cassie Place , told his mother , who called the police. Police , with the aid of the North Patchogue Fire Department , drag- ged the car from the water and Lanyo ' s. jacket, was found , the s. ' eevcs turned inside out . The Continued on page G , this section Say 2 Probers Abused Search Warrant ' s Use Two \Scandals \ investigators have been ordered to appear be- fore a Suffolk Grand Jury on charges of abusing the use of a searc h warrant to seize records. They are State Police Sgt. Ralph A. Smith and civilian investigator Timothy O'Brien , who went for examination before Justice of the Peace Leon E. Giuffreda Tues- day. The complainants are Mr. and Mrs. David Hulsberg of Rock Path , Mount Sinai , who testified that when they returned home on April 11 at about -1:, '(() p. m., they found a pane of glass in a side door of their bouse broken and Sgt. Smith and Mr. O'Brien inside. Some of Mr. llulsbcrg ' s records had already been bundled up, they said. Mi: Hulsberg, a f onnvr trucker , Continued on page I ' I , this section Rowland Urges Rt. 112 Rezoning To Business Use Rezoning of both sides of Route 112 between the Patchogue Village line and Route 25 in Coram for business purposes has been pro- poseil b y lirookhaven Town Coun- cilman Howard L. Rowland. Councilman Rowland has urged llie Town Board to follow the ex- ample set nearl y 10 years ago by the Patchogue Village Hoard in rezoning all of Route 112 ( Med- ford Avenue ) within its borders it; one operation. Councilman Row- land pointed out that the town ' s portion i . s presently being rezoned in piecemeal fashion. According lo the councilman , the recommendation is based on the following factors: 1. Well over 511 per cent of the land along (he State hi ghway is now zoned for business. 2. This \blanket \ lezoning would save property owners the expense of having (lie land rezoned for bus- iness. . 'i . The Town Board would lie re- lieved of hearing change of zone requests on property along the highway. This would give the board more time to listen to and attend to other matters. •1. More business firms would be att racted lo the highway because they would not be ' bothered with rezoning dillicullies. Councilman Rowland' s recom- mendation was referred to the Ithtiiniii K boa rd for a report. Supers Move to Acquire Mo re Great S. Beach Land 235 Acres East Of Smith' s Point Bridge Sought RIVERHEAD —Suffolk County ' s alread y substan- tial land holdings on Great South Beach in Brookhaven Townshi p will be further expanded under a property acquisition p lan tentativel y approved on Monday b y the Board of Supervisors here. Five Democrats and four Re- publicans voted together to pass tirookhaven Town Supervisor Aug- ust Stout , Jr. ' s , resolution schedul- ing a public hearing on two pro- posed beachland takings for June ^7. The sixth Democrat and the board' s presiding officer , William J. Leonard of Riverhead , was ab- sent on vacation. Maps filed by Public W . orks Commissioner Anbert Cass indi- cate some 235 acres will be added to the 380 acres the former Re- publican-controlled board voted to acquire about a year ago. One p rojected taking of about 70 acres , comprised oP 14 parcels , is located about a mile east of the new .Smith' s Point Bridge at Mastic. The second and larger taking, made up of 12 parcels totaling ' nearly 1(15 acres , is midway be- tween the bridge and the Mori- ches Inlet where the county al- ready has a park site ' . The two areas are joined b y a tive-mile- long, 200-feet-wide county right- of-way which extends eastward from the new Smith' s Point park to the west bank of the inlet. Acquisition of these properties will pave the way for the estab- lishment of a system of \inter- mediate parks , \ according to County Executive H. Lee Denni- son whose administration is tak- ing up where the former Repub- lican regime left off in the devel- opment of the once isolated barrier beach for the use of the public. No price tag was attached to the proposed land-acquisition Mon- day, and Mr. Dennison and other ollicials said it is impossible to estimate accurately the probable cost of the 2H5 acres. Because the two areas are entirely unimprov- ed , it is anticipated the outlay will be less than the going price for beachland in other sections of Fire Island. Last year, the countv appropri- ated $:)50 , (l00 for the beachlands acquired in the Moriches-Mastic section p lus an additional 70 acres bordering the Shinnccock Inlet. Much of this property is still in- volved in condemnation proceed- ings. Owners of record whose proper- lies figure in the new takings in- clude Kdith M. Sturges , John T. Nichols , .Marian L. Dana , -David Siegal , Ella Dana , Edmund A. Prentiss , the Mastic Beach Pro- perty Owners Association and the Town of lirookhaven. The two laigest properties are the 140- ai re Sturges parcel and W acres assessed to Mr. Prentiss. For Classified Ads te lephone G Rove r 5-1000-100 1 The Paper Peop le Trust Readable Reliable Realistic SPII1NU HPlillAL! Mil IIINC DOWN n Your Und. Ciipe Cod lliiinrH , l- ' ull HaMCfm'ntf. Hot Water Ural. Oak I'loor* , cumulete JS.D50. 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