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Date:
12.26.2016

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I was born in EI in 1991 and seeing these photos is amazing! So much history in our little town.


Date:
11.24.2016

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Date:
03.24.2011

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I lived at 59 Hollins Lane until 1969 when my family moved to Florida My best friends were Janet Bacon Eugene Cunningham and Freddie Scott I went to St Marys with Kathy Corcoran Michael Duff Kathy OReilly Stephen Westby and Michael Duffy East Islip was ~ and still is ~ a wonderful childhood memory. This site is wonderful so glad its up Kathleen McDonald Deaver


Date:
03.28.2011

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Are there any Douglass Ducks on face book that gradeated in june 1964?if so give me a holla... at reagmx at aol.com


Date:
03.29.2011

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This website is boss-a Billy OBrien


Date:
05.15.2011

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Lived inE.I. from61-69 I knew many of the kids from Brookwood Hall,we lived across the street at 37 Irish La.Left N.Y. in 71 am currently living in Naples Fla. I return as often as I can and am a member of the E.I.H.S. Good job Ray, big improvement since I first visited this site Bert Warner bcwataol.com


Date:
05.21.2011

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does anyone have any information about Fox farms it was located in East Islip years ago on union blvd back then it was news street i think any pics or information will be greatly appreciated thank you


Date:
06.12.2011

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My name is Eric Armstrong, I was a resident of Brookwood Hall from 1959 to 1963. I want to say hello to Mark Moran.I remember your father very fondly. All the kids at Brookwood were very fond of "Bugsy"Mr.Moran. I remember you and your sister Lisa as the cutest lille kids. Your father used to bring you and your sis to the beach with us and other functions. I hope your parents are well.Your father was always very fair and treated us very well. Take care Mark, Eric Armstrong


Date:
06.27.2011

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I just discovered this site through the facebook East Islip site. I lived in East Islip and North Great River from around 1956 to around 1976 when I graduated from Stony Brook! My fondest memories are the many "field" trips from St. Marys to the East Islip movie theater. I loved the popcorn machine, I can still remember the sound it made!! I also remember every Sunday stopping at Fortunatos after church for a vanilla soda, my sisters always got chocolate!! Thank you for this website! I think my sister has most of the pics from that time... Thanks Nancy Preiato


Date:
08.24.2011

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Wow....I feel quite young on this site. Class of 85. However I see names like Walt Schaefer. Iis that the brother of James Schaefer of Great River Best friends with Billy Schaefer and family growing up. Do the Guelfis ring a bell Friends with Jay Guelfi. Parents were John and Arlene. The parents were all great. Ended up purchasing James P Dunn Sr home on Greenwood. Good buds with Mike and family as well His folks were great. Wonderful memories growing up in Great River with all that freedom Dave Parrillo 85


Date:
09.02.2011

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My grandparents moved to Great River in the 1930s. This is when there were 3 Great Rivers North over Sunrise Hwy and Great River which was between Sunrise and Merrick Rd. and South Great River which was south of Merrick Rd. My grandfather worked for Cuttings. I was born in the same house in 1937 and lived there until 1981 when we moved to FL. 4 generations on the same property. I went to St. Marys and EIHS in the 50s. Our family had 3 generations attend EIHS. I was on the Rangers baseball team and I remember Paul Case when he was a young guy and I have to say he knew a lot about what went on in East Islip over the years and Ricky had a Packard for the team. Wally Pancers father did all the windows in East Islip. I started out working at the old Rolston Food store down from the A and P. There is a lot that I remember and is dear to my heart about East Islip. I am writing this because I believe we were some of the older families of East Islip, like Carpentino, Rubino, etc. It was a great place to grow up in and to later to raise a family of my own. Bill Brideson


Date:
10.07.2011

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I was wondering if anyone was going to video this years Christmas tree lighting at Brookwood Hall and placing it on line. It is something I would really love to see. It has a very special meaning to me and I live to far away to to see it in person. Thanks Debbie Higgins Robertson. My father was Wayne S. Higgins and he lived at Brookwood Hall from 1944-1954. Last years tree meant so much to him. Please contact me at Shygirl199 at aol.com


Date:
10.17.2011

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Nice town but acquiring blighted areas Need community effort to become the great town it was


Date:
10.26.2011

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I LOVE THIS SITE!!


Date:
11.04.2011

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I was graduated from Islip High School 1940. Any comments ?

 


Date:
11.29.2011

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How about the Labor Day Weekend Volunteer Fire Truck Races?


Date:
11.29.2011

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Does anbody know anything about the Bank of America building History? What was it before a bank? I heard it was a funeral home back in 1920?


Date:
12.13.2011

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I am really enjoying watching this site grow and take shape. Thanks so much for putting it together. Yours, Barbara Scilabro Merz

 


Date:
12.24.2012

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HI my name is Bob Ulino i lived in EI in the good old days moved to Ft Lauderdale FL.58 YEARS AGO My dad had the shoe shop on main st across from tbe bucher shop.Whent to ST Mary Catholic school This site brings back a lot of good memories with Frank Zwissler and a lot of other good people. my e mail veteman at comcast.net


Date:
12.09.2012

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In Ref. to the comment below, I DO remember a little cottage on the waters edge hidden back on a lil cove up toward Union Blvd. or New St. As kids we called it Aunt Matildas house. I wish I knew her story too. Donzey55atgmail.com Date 05.11.2012 Comments Does anyone remember Aunt Matilda at Brookwood Hall?


Date:
11.25.2012

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Stumbled onto this site, and boy did it bring back memories. I lived at 57 East Adams St from 1954 to 1960. Attended St Marys grade 1 to 3 before moving to Lynchburg Va. Thanks for the memories. Jim Macartney 11.25.2012


Date:
10.01.2012

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Lived in East Islip -Country Village- from 1956 to 1968 when I graduated high school and went into the Navy. I have four brothers Rick, Michael, Paul and Steve.


Date:
09.27.2012

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To Manya, My name is Frank Zwissler. My dad owned and operated Ideal Meat Market just down the street from the pharmacy. We always got our mags. and news papers there and ice cream treats for me. I left EI in 1967 to reside in Dunedin,FL I have many fond memories of your whole family. zwiss4 at knology.net


Date:
07.06.2012

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To Debi Hartfield, I also lived on Williams Ave as a child. Lived there until 1956. You can contact me at texasmailadyatyahoo.com


Date:
05.11.2012

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Does anyone remember Aunt Matilda at brookwood hall?


Date:
05.05.2012

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I lived in East Islip from 1962~1972~ What a Beautiful place to grow up in. Resided on Williams Ave~ and went to Timberpoint Elementary, JFK, the middle school and high school~ Loved to ride bikes to and through Hecksher park~ and walk for hours at the Arboretum~ Daily trips to Fortunatos and to get milk from Vollbracts~Saturdays at the movies and Sundays at St. Marys~Winter skating at Brookward Hall~ and crabbing down at the marina~ What Great memories~Thanks for this site~ Debi Reilly Hartsfield


Date:
05.05.2012

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I lived in East Islip from 1962-1972, What a Beautiful place to grow up in. Resided on Williams Ave., and went to Timberpoint Elementary, JFK, the middle school and high school. Loved to ride bikes to and through Hecksher park, and walk for hours at the Arboretum. Daily trips to Fortunatos and to get milk from VollbractsSaturdays at the movies and Sundays at St. Marys. Winter skating at Brookward Hall, and crabbing down at the marina. What Great memories. Thanks for this site. Debi Reilly Hartsfield


Date:
03.08.2012

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I love it. Long Island has a rich history and it should be remembered by telling stories. What better way to tell it then by displaying pictures and reading history on the internet. It would also be even better, if old films could be located and displayed here. If Towns on Long island did not collect the history and tell the stories of Long Island, who will? I think apostrophes will not work in this comment field . I have to say, it is, instead of it s with an apostrophe.


Date:
01.26.2012

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THE EAST ISLIP FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL BE CELEBRATING 125 YEARS IN 2014. PHOTOS AND ARTIFACTS ARE NEEDED. FIRE PICTURES, RACING PICTURES, OR ANY MEMORIBILIA THAT MAY BE DONATED TO BE PUT ON DISPLAY WOULD BE APPRECIATED. CONTACT THE FIREHOUSE AT 631-224-1712 OR STOP BY. THANK -YOU JERRY LEIGH


Date:
01.15.2012

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To Manya Podalak. Of course we remember Podolaks Drug Store on Main St! My grandparents the Zuklins lived across the street from your Grandparents Morris and Dorothy and your father on Stewart Street. My Mom Joan was good friends with your dad Gerry. Either you went to Podolaks or Fortunatos in those days 40s to 60s. I remember your family well when I was little, they lived 2 doors down from The Willricks by the corner of 3rd and Stewart. I think number 34 Stewart?


Date:
01.08.2012

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This is just a shot in the dark but here gos, Bill Brideson spoke about Great River and mentioned the Rubino family in his comments. My wifes father was Sam Rubino from Great River Does Mr.Brideson or anybody else remember the Rubinos? I live with my wife in East Islip and love history. Our best to you all.tkirkupatoptonline.net


Date:
01.06.2012

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Hi My name is Claude I would like to say hi to marion clancy if she remembers me it was in the 60s last time I saw her she can find me on face book


Date:
01.06.2012

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Hi ~ its Jeanie Buonacore and I have very fond memories of E.I. I now live in California, but I will never forget how fun it was to live and grow up there.


Date:
05.01.2010

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I love this website, after moving away for school sometimes I just need to sit down and look at this website and think to myself that one day my generation will be able to have a website like this


Date:
05.20.2010

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My name is Mark Moran I lived at brookwood hall from 1960 to 1964 My parents were Fred and Gail Moran My dad was part of the supervisory staff


Date:
06.02.2010

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hey any islip speedway fans check out wwwfaecbook.com and look under groups then autoracing you will find the islip group we have lots of gret pictures from years past and its free we just hit out 1000 member and over 2000 pictures please join us we would love to chat and share your storys


Date:
07.08.2010

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Nice place to visit John Harrison


Date:
07.29.2010

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Date 2010 07 29 My name is Charles Olsen and I resided at Brookwood Hall from 1950 to 1954 I Only have wonderful memories of Brookwood. Some of the best times of my life were spent there I am forever grateful Brookwood Hall will always hold a special place in my heart. My new email address hiyadashgonathotmaildotcom


Date:
07.29.2010

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Date july 28 2010 My name is Charles Olsen. New email address is hiyadashgonathotmail.com I only have wonderful memories of my time spent at Brookwood Some of the best times of my life Brookwood Hall and the staff and friends I made there will always hold a special place in my heart.


Date:
08.23.2010

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I cant find the person who wanted to know about the Deer Range Inn. The placed was owned by Erwin and Betty Brenner who lived in Huntington, NY. It was quite the place. A simple bar that ocassionally served food and had some great people patronizing it. Erwin always had his starched white jacket on and tie and the ladies loved him and his jokes. He always lit the cigarettes for the girls who needed a light. It closed in Novemeber of 1971. What a shame and an end to an era along with The Bistro and a few other places. Life as I knew it back then will never repeat itself. Erwin died in 1999 and Betty a few years later. It was the place for .15 cent beers and lots of babes. paul glass


Date:
08.26.2010

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Hello dear old E I This is Jimmy P Vampatella from the great class of 1971 Been hiding out here in Las Vegas for the past 32 years It was great to hear Michele Tesoro mention my name Sure I remember the Tesoro mansion we used to pass it all the time on our way down to the East Islip marina Those good old days were great I think about the past all the time The west is so much different from the culture back in NY I remember all you guys and gals from our great class It will soon be forty years but it doesn t seem that long ago Thank you Michele for remembering me and mentioning my name I realize you wrote your comments in 2005 I just recently saw this site and thought that I should respond Come on some of you guys and girls from our class lets hear from you Heck of a site they dont allow proper punctuation What would Mr Figliosi think Jimmy Vamp


Date:
09.04.2010

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EAST ISLIP IS HOME FOREVER


Date:
09.04.2010

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I love this website !


Date:
09.06.2010

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Mark Moran, My name is Jerry Hyer I was at BH from 1957 til 1962 Your dad was a great inspiration to me and helped and understood me like no one else. I miss him a lot.


Date:
09.08.2010

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It was 1946 and I was already a resident of EI. I lived on Secatogue Ave At that time it was the very end of town. Everyone knew each other, you would walk down the street and people would wave. I went to 1 2 and 3rd grade in the White Annex on Railroad Ave. I am still friends with those classmates, Ann, Arline, Annamae, Arlene, Lynn. I remember the hotel next to the firehouse. Woodland Diner, The parades down Main Street We would walk to St Marys on Sunday, stop at Fortunatos for a soda then get some bread at Gabarinos on the way home. We were always at Dixie Pond and skated at Brookwood Hall. I always had to test the ice and managed to fall in once or twice. Summers were playing in the street and at the school yard. You knew everyone in your class. I will be thankful everyday I grew up in EI, making more lifetime friends when Country Village was build Angela Monica Lynn. It was not always in the classroom we would learn the information for life from, Mr. Gerard, Mrs Thomas, Mr. Rosen and Mr Rescigno. My class graduated on June 21, 1964. We still keep in touch recently having our 45th class reunion and already planning for the 50th, which will be very special. I was our class president three of the four high school years and can only recall the love, learning and joy of each day. Thank you so much for this. The town is right before my eyes. Dedee New


Date:
09.08.2010

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Your website is wonderful, it brings about a lot of memories. I only wish more former residents of Brookwood Hall would see this site and write. Jerry Hyer hyinski at comcast.net


Date:
09.11.2010

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How can I find a 1960 Yearbook? Misplaced mine. Thanks.


Date:
09.13.2010

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Jerry Mark moran here.My father has Altheimers and while he remembers working at Brookwood Hall He does not really remember individuals.My mother however does remember you and said dad was very fond of you.


Date:
09.24.2010

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hey guys my names jack putzer im not the other jack im the short one that left school in 68 and joined the army at 17 welll that dint last long got a discharge for my eye sight any way harry wolf gang gunkin lol havent heard that name in a millon years every time i seen him he would say the same thing it would start out with " i hope to tell you" i spent alot on time at brookwood hall hanging out with evey one there even tho i lived on bayview ave at the time i rember fredie box getin a beaten buy a swan there then moved next to dixie pond thought it was my pond so id go fishing at other lakes and bring the fish i caught and put them in the pond yes even them gold fish a lot of you seen in there any way i married carolyn lemmine from wantage ave she passed away at 33 from cancer any one rember officer john bower dint like him he dint like me much either i was a trouble maker leather jacket and motorcycle i blabed enought greaT sight thanks jack putzer jr 58 sharkfl2 aolcom


Date:
09.25.2010

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jack putzer jr 58 great site


Date:
10.05.2010

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great site, hope you get more memories soon.


Date:
11.01.2010

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Hi, Does anyone out there know of someone by the name of Don White who resided at the residence at Hecksher Park. Probably left around 1980. He also worked at Hard Sails in Islip. Anyone with any information would be greatly appreciated. I lived in EI for 21 years.


Date:
11.12.2010

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Speaking of the Rollerdrome, it was in fact owned by the Catalanotto family. I am looking for some old pictures to present to my father in law as a birthday gift! Please contact me at 793-9333. Thank you, Darlene Catalanotto


Date:
11.18.2010

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Awesome website. Class of 1967. Lived on Menasha Lane. Moved to PA in 1986. Connect with me at your convenience. gyrodude at ptd.com Andrew Peters, People Passionate Professional Problem Solver and Chief Fun Officer in Career Transition. Work hard and play even harder. Semper Fi.


Date:
11.18.2010

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Corrected email address is gyrodude at ptd.net Andy Peters Class of 1967


Date:
12.15.2010

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The first post in this was about Podolaks Pharmacy Morris Podolak was my grandfather Dorothy was his wife Gerald jerry was my dad They lived on Stewart St I would love to know if anyone remembers any of them Thanks Manya mstanciu at attdotnet


Date:
01.02.2011

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does anyone remember much about Podolaks Pharmacy? Morris Dorothy Gerald. this is my dad and my grandparents. they lived on Stewart St Thanks Manya mstanciuatattdotnet


Date:
01.17.2011

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The East Islip Fire Department will be having a 125th Anniversary in 2014. We are looking for old photos and artifacts. Please contact the Firehouse at 631-224-1712 or stop by. Thank you - Jerry Leigh


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April 26, 2010

To Ray Lembo, We appreciate all that you do maintaining this site. Thanks also for bringing the guest book back. Such an important part of this wonderful site and probably the easiest way for casual viewers to get involved. Hope to see you again the next time I get up there. Warmest regards, Richard Adams,Jr. Ocala,Florida RCAdamsMG@aol.com RCAdamsMG on YouTube


April 15, 2010

Although I grew up in Islip Terrace in the 1960's and 1970's, I spent a lot of time in East Islip and have many good memories of the town. As a child, there were countless trips to the businesses along Main Street in East Islip. Our supermarket of choice was Waldbaum's and my Mom worked for many years at the Nescott Drug Store in that same shopping center. Sunday morning rolls and pastries traditionally came from Heckscher Bakery. I attended East Islip Junior High in 6th and 7th grade before that building became a play theatre or whatever it is now. I remember marching down Main Street in a few St. Patrick's Day parades. Bowled many a game at the East Islip Lanes. As a little league baseball player, I ran the fields of most of the schools in East Islip and the Maxum/Grumman fields off Hwy 27A. I graduated class of 1980 from EIHS. Probably the most notable name that went to EIHS around the same time as myself was Boomer Esiason who went on to become a successful NFL quarterback and sportscaster. I recall seeing his name in the school newsletters after the big high school football games, never suspecting that he would go on to become such a big name. I still have family in East Islip and whenever I go back to visit I see more things that have changed. The memories will never die though. -Lou Pampinella loupamp@hotmail.com


Date:
April 06, 2010

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The Guestbook is back up. We will try and keep offensive posts off as much as possible. Thanks!


April 5, 2010

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My name is Eric Armstrong

I was a resident of Brookwood Hall from 1960 to 1963.

I started in the junior department with

Ms Elizabeth Constance Culley and Ended

in the senior department with Ms Pomeroy.

 Hi to any one who knew me. My email is

etguitar@yahoo.com

Eric Armstrong


November 21, 2007

My name is Charles Putzer. Grew up in EI. Jack Putzer is my brother. I am married and I have a son Charles serving in the U.S. Army and a Grandson Charles Nicholas. I have other siblings that went to EIHS, and to the person who baby sat me, yes this is the same Putzer family. This is a great site, brings back good memories.. From Dixie Pond to Brookwood hall and Islip Speedway. Peace on Earth.  God bless you all.

Charlie Putzer

hrly_cwby@yahoo.com


October 24, 2007

I was so very excited to have gotten a phone call from my younger brother Larry to find out about the web site. He sent you our names and then I followed through. Now are names are part of the incredible history of Brookwood Hall.

Larry and I went to Brookwood Hall in 1963, he was 12 I was 14. Taken from our mother who had turned to alcohol after our fathers disappearance in a plane crash off Puerto Rico. Our older brother Barry was sent to a foster home in Sayville, where he could finish high school and have a normal teenage life. I have only fond memories of Brookwood Hall. If it was not for the staff at Brookwood Hall I probably would of ended up dead or in jail. When Larry and I were taken from our home we were stealing, and staying out late at night, no supervision at all. I was being sexually abused by my mothers drunken boyfriend's and some of my older brothers friends too. Barry was working at Sayville pizza and doing his own thing, no time for little sister and brother. Larry and I were close then and even closer now as adults. As I said before Brookwood Hall saved our lives. My house mother was Ms. Ray, a large woman in size with a heart as big as the world. Now she was strict, but fair. And there was Mr. Saint Marie, what a guy. He made us tow the line but again he was fair. And Mr. Maloney and his wife was just wonderful. There was a man by the name of Mr. Richards who always came for our birthdays and brought us a real nice gift and attended our party. In the summer he would take groups of children out to his house in the Hamptons and just give us everything. I will always remember his generosity. My very best friend there was Denise LaFerla. This is who is in the photo with me, she is to the left, her cousin Linda in the middle and I on the right.

 

This is the only photo I have that associates me with Brookwood Hall. What a shame. As I look at the lists of names I reflect on some really nice kids, Joey Cotto, Gladys Fryer and her brother Micheal, Joey Laferla and Roger these are the names that are still to this day remembered. I had great fun with them. But where is Ernesto and Manuel I am not sure of their last names. Raymond Howell and a great guy that was so very popular not only at Brookwood Hall but also at Islip High School and that is Dicen Samuels. I often wonder how they all turned out. Now with this web site just maybe these old friends will email me. Lets hope so. As for myself and Larry we have done just great. We got married, had children and now we are both enjoying our grandchildren. Here's to Brookwood Hall and all the wonderful people who helped me become a better adult!

Smiles to your day!

Cheryl Plesser Baldwin
crbchosen@yahoo.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 October 11, 2007

I am Julio Quintana, I and my sister, Mary, were among those children who were transferred to Brookwood Hall, after the fire at the BOA. My mailing address is PSC 2, Box 3625R, APO AA 34002.


October 09, 2007

Locating this site was a story in it self, for some strange reason I sat down and type in Brookwood Hall. How amazing, Brookwood Hall is the only good part of my child hood that I can remember. I was very secure and happy, I always talk about that place and everyone in it. My name is Larry Plesser that was my home from 1962 until it closed. I am currently in the Army and am getting ready to retire after 37yrs. Hope to hear from you soon.




Date:        Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Have only been on this web site for about 30 minutes and it is such a joy and is renewing many memories of East Islip. Lou Ferretti, teacher, East Islip High School, 1957-1987

 
Date: 9/08/07

My Dad is Charles Granniss.  He is a Brookwood Alumnus. He was surprised to see Uncle John (On the website) but not him.  It is ok to put Uncle Jimmy there too!  Dad was there around 1951-1953 time.  He was excited to hear there was a website about this.  Dad (Charles) is actually in one of the pictures you have posted (the 1952 cafeteria shot).  And we think it's my uncle Jimmy next to him too! 

He has some stories that involve Jake Froelich, Mr. St Marie, Mr. Laliberte, Ms. Mooney, & Mr. Maloney.
 
My dad remembers a rhyme that Mr. Laliberte made up about Mr. St Marie that all the kids sang around the dinner table as a joke:  Sainty Sainty if you're able, take your elbows off the table, this is not a horses stable, but a heartless dining room.  My dad used to sing that to me and my brother when we were kids and had our elbows on the table.  Mr. St Marie was apparently notorous for keeping his on the table when eating! 
 
Mr. St Marie and Laliberte also organized turtle races and had the kids collect turtles from the lake for it.  Dad said he caught 8 to 10 turtles at a time.  He also caught a lot of frogs out of that lake.  The teachers thought that Dad and another kid (Charlie Olson) were the best looking in the Jr.'s dept so they said they should be the ones to dress as girls for Halloween!  They did!  He remembers a lot of the kids on the list you have and especially Susan Hubble (Hubble the Bubble) who was his first girlfriend.  When she broke up with him, she gave him a pack of gum and a letter then went out with Robert Van Roch.  (They were all 9-10 at the time.)  Mr. Maloney was always (secretly) known as Mr. Maloney-full of baloney! One time Dad ran away from Mrs. Mooney and hid in a tree.  There was a big search for him and he watched it all from the tree (which is still there-he shows it to us when we go to the annual craft fair there) as they called for him and looked for him.  He went back at night and got in lots of trouble. 
 
Jake Froelich used to wake dad up when he was sick to give him his medicine at night.  He says that Jake had a pretty scary face to wake up to at night!
 
A gross story (but funny) was when cook made something that made everyone sick with diarrhea-only most kids were too far from the bathrooms and most didn't make it!  He said that was a pretty nasty night-and he remembers it vividly!
 
To keep the kids busy in the evening-they would arrange a hunt for this animal (he forgets the name the teachers gave it).  The kids all got nets and were sent out looking for it.  It kept them busy and out of trouble.
 
Well that's just some of the stories he has.  We hope to see his name on the list soon.   

Dad can be reached at  kimgran@optonline.net


Date: 4/30/2007

My name is Ed Nichols, lived in EI, from 1956 till 1964, along with sisters, Linda & Nancy.  We lived on Alan St. in country village.  Joined the Navy, lived in Calif. for 10 years.  Nancy & I bothlive in Fla. now.  Linda passed away from Leukemia last year.  Love the site, great place to grow up.  Hadn't thought of Dixie Pond, Brookwood Hall, Fortunatos, the Diggers, in years.  love to hear from any EI, nostalgics, email me at, edrut@webtv.net, keep this site going.


Date: 3/7/2007

Hi,
    My Uncle, Daniel A Curran, who lived on Vail Street in Islip, was Mr. Jay Carlisle's chauffeur for many years. When the Carlisle family went to Palm Beach for the winter months, the Curran family went with them. Dan Curran was on "call" much of the time. Occasionally the Carlisle's especially "the boys" would want to go into "the City" for some reason and Mr. Curran was summoned to take them in.  
    The kennel was run by David Elliot, a Scotsman with the typical accent. Jay Carlisle was the first person to import Labradors into the United States from England. The kennels were magnificent, and kept immaculate, each dog having a separate "yard", enclosed with a nine foot anchor fence and about twelve feet by twelve feet. In the center was a magnificent dog hose, elevated above ground about one foot and painted the Carlisle colors, green and tan, and about six feet on side. There were about twelve of these yards, each separated by about  twelve feet. He had one dog, many times field champion, but never show champion, named Banchory Nite Lite. One of his dogs frequently climbed the nine foot fence to get out. Many of the dogs were field and show champions. For some reason, unknown to me, each dog had the name "Banchory"  attached to its name. Mr. Carlisle was one of the founding members of the "Whippoorwill Game Farm" located on Blydenburg Road in Hauppauge. I worked on that farm in the late thirties as a beater and gun loader. It was not for many years later after the old farmhouse had been torn down and replaced with a golf course, that I learned that the farmhouse was the home of my ancestor, Joseph Blydenburgh, a "Veteran of the Revolutionary War who died at age101, less five days", as it says on his grave behind the little church on Town Line Road in Hauppauge.
    Other members of the club were J Livingston from Huntington, E R Coe, and Buell Hollister from Islip.
     Each Saturday in the fall all would gather on the farm, each with a guest, to have a day of shooting pheasants and ducks. There were four "stands" on the farm, each proceeded by a walk in. All the shooters would line up along the entry road, each with a gun loader, carrying a leather bag loaded with shells, generally 12 gauge, except for the women who usually carried 410's. At a blowing of the small but penetrating horn by Jock Munroe, the keeper of the farm, each "shooter" would proceed to a stand accompanied by one or two "beaters" who scared up any pheasants lurking along the way.
   The stands were horseshoe shaped areas surrounding a let out area. When all shooters were in place, Jock would blow his "horn" which could be heard from some distance, and the fellows in the center of the area, in the woods, perhaps 50 yards away would release the pheasants. As they flew overhead the shooters would try to shoot them. After a round of about 15 minutes, the horn would indicate the end of that round of shooting. The whole ensemble would the proceed thru the woods perhaps two hundred yards,  to the next stand, where the same would occur. There were three stands in the morning and one after lunch. Lunch was served in the clubhouse. One pheasant shoot was held after lunch.
    Following lunch, there was another pheasant shoot. The group would proceed to the duck range. This was a field about 100 yards wide and 150 yards long, leading to the pond to the north to which the ducks would, by nature fly to, when released from the hill to the south. As the ducks would fly over, the guests, lined up along the field would shoot at them. The first part of the season the unaccustomed ducks would fly relatively low. By the end of the season the ducks flew very high over the field to the pond. I was a beater in 1937 and 1938. In 1939 I was a loader for guests each Saturday. One day I was the loader for a relative short guest, who had a bit to much to drink for lunch. I kneeled by his side to his right rear, with the leather shell bag strap over my shoulder. As he fired, he'd hand the gun to me with his right hand to my left hand . I would break the gun, insert two more shells and hand the gun back to him with my right hand.. One duck came in rather low and my shooter followed him right along, parting my hair with his shot over my head as the duck flew by.
    It was my job at the end of the shoot to clean the two guns and put them into their cases. Some of the guns were Purdeys from England and cost about $1500 each. That was the time a Chevy car costly about $600.The whole day was one of good fellowship. The number of pheasants shot each day was about two hundred and the ducks about one hundred. These were sold to restaurants in New York City.
    On Sunday there was no "shoot" but a walk-thru to try to get the pheasants who were loose or were wounded.

 

Ray T Smith, MD  mailto: rtsmithmd@comcast.net


Date: 10/9/2006

For all you Brookwood Hall people I just wanted to say thank you for your postings!  Yours is what inspired me to write, even though I was never at that orphanage, and it was closed down by the time I was born I think, but your stories were still an inspiration to me.  Also thank you East Islip Historical Society for sponsoring this website!

 Last night my dreams came true, all because of my simple little posting on this site.  I had a child when I was just 16, and last night, 27 years later, he found me!  He did that through this site!  He emailed me and we stayed up late getting answers to so many questions.  I am happier than I have ever been just to know he is OK and what I did was best for both of us.  He even thanked me for it!

 Im telling everyone never give up hope!  And thank you so much!

Jane Waldman (Putzer)


Date: 9/21/2006

My name is Jane and I lived on Hobart Street in Country Village from 1963 until 1984.  I was then a Waldman, but now I am a Putzer I married Jack Putzer, who grew up next to Dixie Pond, although we only met a few years ago far away from East Islip! Its doubtful that anyone knew both of us you either would have known Jack, or myself, as we are about 15 years apart in age.  I just wanted to write in and say hi to everyone!  Its been along time since I have kept in touch with any of you, but I am now curious how you are all doing?  I have 2 children, both girls, almost grown now, and I run an oil delivery business out of Moriches, called The Oil Guys! Jack has a daughter out in California and she has 3 children of her own. If you remember Jack, he is a class clown sort of guy lots of laughs, lots of fun, and he is STILL that same guy!  Send an email to either one of us at:  theoilguys@optonline.net  We are still out here on Long Island!


Date: 7/2/2006

Any one that is interested in carrying on a e-mail chat please contact jerry hyer  hyinski@comcast.net or 215-862-0418  for any and all residents of brookwood hall from 1957-63 actually any year will do.  if you know of anyone that lived there please give them my addresses.  It has been very difficult trying to find   old friends.  especially from brookwood hall.  Also, if there is anyone that remembers Marion (molly) herron from 1961-62 I would really like to hear from her she was   my first love and it would mean a lot to me if I was able to connect with her before long.  let's face it we're not getting any younger.  So let's catch up with our lives and be happy for each other.  thanks for anyone  who is able to help


Date: 6/28/2006

I graduated East Islip High in 1968 and while looking through your Guest Book saw the name of a classmate and neighbor of mine, Vinny Dapp (entry.. July 14th 2002). Vinny and I both lived on Meroke Lane only a few houses apart. Some of my best memories are living in East Islip during the sixties and hanging out with Vinny. Vinny mentioned the Collins Inn but I remember what I believe was then called The Deer Range Inn located at Carlton Ave. and Montauk Hwy. I wonder if Vinny stills lives in East Islip.............

Val Kauniste      valle27@msn.com


Date: 6/24/2006


I lived on Manistee Lane when it was a dead end. I remember them opening up our dead end so that our block then ran from Matinecock Ave to Overlook Drive in Country Village. Kindergarten was in the west wing of the High School. I attended JFK Elementary from 1st grade through 5th grade. By the time I got to 6th grade, that was in the very wing that I had attended for Kindergarten. Lots of good memories - Dixie Pond, Friendly's, East Islip Movie Theatre, D'Aurias Pizza, even the now defunct Bank of East Islip and the old A&P which reminds me that there had been a King Kullen which closed and became a funeral home. Janel's was a great store - I bought my 45's there, also many Gold Fish that did not survive for more than a week in a bowl of water, Hula Hoops, and Silly Putty, etc. I also remember Miss Lori's Dance School - which I attended at her home until she opened the school on Main Street. I also remember Morgan Auto Supply - Mrs. Morgan was my 6th grade teacher. Also a lot of us went sledding down the hill of the Parkway overpass on the corner of Overlook Drive and Main Street. It is all overgrown now, I don't believe anyone would be able to sleigh there anymore. Lots of good friends, the Tumbling Club, Chorus, Band - I played the clarinet in 5th grade. I remember Mr. Lamb who I had for Business Math in high school and he ran the school store. Where are all of the 1977 graduates? I enjoyed visiting this site - I admit I became teary eyed. Even though I haven't lived in East Islip since 1983 - it will always be home. Virginia (Fox) Angione  Virginia Angione

eigrad1977@yahoo.com


Date: April 20, 2006

I lived at Brookwood hall from 1957 to1962  and had the best time of my life.. I was fed very well, clothed and educated. I was treated as a human being with great care and understanding.  I really wish that they were still caring for children..  I would be there all the time giving back what they gave me.  It was really a wonderful place to live and grow.  Sorry EI,  but I went to Islip and graduated in 63.  Anyone and I mean anyone that wishes to talk send a e-mail or call jerry Hyer  hyinski@comcast.net  or 215-862-0418  Artie, Michael and Gladys  please call or write I am currently living in new hope pa.

Date: April 9, 2006

HI-MY NAMES IS LINDA TELESE AND MY SISTER AND BROTHER WENT TO EI. I GARDUATED IN 1975 I WAS THE OLDEST ONE. MY GREATEST MEMORIES WERE THE FOOTBALL GAMES. NO MATTER HOW COLD WE WERE WE HAD TO BE AT THE FOOTBALL GAME. (OF COURSE SEEING THE THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS FROM THE OTHER TEAMS WAS THE BEST) WE WERE ALL VERY BOY CRAZY. THIS SITE IS GREAT HOPE MORE PEOPLE WRITE IN. IT SURE AS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I'VE SEEN CLASSMATES SINCE I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN PSL FLORIDA SINCE 1984.LOVE TO HEAR FROM THE OLD GANG.

Date: March 28, 2006

Hi again,
I just read Jay Willrick's message........was glad someone remembered Harry Gudkin. He was something else!!! I know he was a good person......mind his own business...Then there was ????...can't remember his name right now......he went around town on a skateboard..............he had no legs........scooted all over the place.............anyone remember him???? 
 
RoseMarie Flores

Date: March 8, 2006

 Hi my name is Jay Willrick. I grew up in EI from 54 to 74 and moved to Daytona where I am still. My family roots are as deep in EI as anyone's I guess. That little main street was a great place to grow up. My dads shop was the old Fisher fuel oil station at 37 W. main. Flying A gas is still in my blood I pumped the stuff in a lot of the cars, and became friends with a lot of interesting and funny people. We ate at Royal Scarlett deli daily with tips earned from wiping windshields. Try to get that kind of service today. We went to the movies every sat nite . Ate breakfast at the Woodland where occasionally you'd get to see Harry Gudkin the towns scrap metal tycoon. I actually had the poor guys hat for a while after he got hit buy a truck in front of dads shop. He Harry never reclaimed it.  Warrens deli had a killer roast beef sub. Friendly's each evening to satisfy our sweet tooth.  Too many nites at Collins and the Ale house out in Oakdale. The fire truck tourneys on RR Ave. what a blast. Nobody has ever heard of doing that down here. The Anglers boat club had Charlie ''barefoot in the snow '' Bahonic. I'll never forget the armada of boats every summer weekend,  5 to 7,  20 ft. skiffs abreast from EI marina to Atlantique Beach. My family, Aunts, uncle's, cuzins, friends  of the family all loaded coolers full of great food to picnic all day. The kids would spend the day at the ocean running wild. The parents would chill on the bay side getting wild. Skating dixie pond and Knapp's lake, bonfires, tobogganing Heckscher hill, Hiking Heckscher park or the arboretum . Digging clams for spending money , Fishing over at the inlet. Cutting school to go surfing at Gilgo or out east if it was a good swell. WE were woodsmen, watermen and all around good ole boys. I really miss the people ,the small town life, the families and most of all that dry wize crackin humor that is New York.  Daytona has its fun points the races, bike weeks, the beach life, warm surf but home will always be EI.  I miss every thing about it except maybe the snow an ice. Keep writing in everyone its nice to share the same memories with someone even if were all spread out. When ever I see people with New York tags I always ask them what part? Usually they've heard of East Islip .  Pura Vida  Keep Surfing - Jay W.


Date: JAN 31st, 2006

   I recently discovered this website and was delighted to see all that was in it. I'd like to contribute my recollections of two sections though, as I recall them just a bit differently.
     Both sections are in the "If You're Over 60..etc". page.
     "B 1 Champions"  section:   The paragraph dealing with EI's  B 1 Championship in 1957 says Yaz got 30-some points that night. I  believe his PPG average for the season was 48 (yes, I am pretty sure)  so I felt real pride when we "held" him to 24 for the championship game. He hit jump shots from waaaay out there !
     "First Football Victory"  section:   EI's first football victory came in 1954, the first season we had a team.  It had to be ' 54, because we won the game 12-7 ( 12-6 ?), and  John ("Jr.") Guelfi  and Art Thomasson each caught a TD pass.  Both those fellas were seniors that year and graduated in spring ' 55.   The part about all the celebrating was correct !

(Here's a pic of the '54 team)


    Thanks for letting me put in my two cents worth and congratulations on a terrific website.           
    Sincerely,
    Walter Schaefer, Class of ' 57


Date: JAN 31st, 2006

So happy to have found your website. It brought back so many happy memories for my sister and me, who grew up in East Islip. We were born in Southside Hospital and graduated from East Islip High, Class of 73 and 70, respectively. We lived on East Madison Street, off of Carlton Avenue, until 1989, when we relocated to Georgia. Some of you may remember the chicken farm that my dad had until the mid-sixties, when he gave up on raising chickens.  

 My mom always spoke of Fortunatos Drugstore. We were saddened to read of the death of Mr. Fortunato. He was the last of his kind, the proprietor of a drugstore that smelled like a drugstore (remember that smell?) and he even delivered prescriptions. My mom always said he was like another parent to us. Is the Islip Rexall Drugstore still in business? Sure hope so. How about the Woodland Diner and Bernsteins Department Store, and JaneIs? Sure hope they are thriving, as they are an important part of our childhood. How about DAurias Pizzeria and Heckscher Bakery? (This is making me hungry.)

 We still miss Heckscher Park and Bayard Cutting Arboretum very much. I dont think there was a summer in the thirty-something years we lived in East Islip that we werent fulltime summer residents at both places. Just loved it so, and we thank you so much for bringing back to us such wonderful memories.

 Thanks so much,

 Mary Galiani

Barbara Galiani Rich


Date: OCT 26th, 2005

Dear East Islip Residents,
 I found this website when I was searching for my Mothers family. Mom was Florence Rogers, daughter of William Francis Rogers and Rose Egan, born in 1921. Wm Rogers was from E.I., as was his siblings Helen, Bobby and Harry. Moms Grandparents were Edward and Adeline  Rogers she thought. Mom just passed away, but always wanted to know more about her estranged Dads family. She remembered going to her Grandparents on Long Island just once. She was always afraid of rejection form the cousins, so never pursued finding any relatives. Can anyone tell me if there are any more Rogers in the area, or any history??  This is a great history site, I felt like I learned so much about your town and the closeness of the families.     Any info would be greatly appreciated. Claire Kramer.
        CKramer262@AOL.com  

 

Date: OCT 3rd, 2005

HELLO EAST ISLIP! THIS IS A WONDERFUL VEHICLE TO REMINISCE WITH EVERY ONE. I NOW LIVE IN MEDFORD, BUT MY BROTHER HAS BOUGHT MY PARENTS HOME IN ISLIP TERRACE AND IS STILL THERE. SO IT IS GOOD TO GO THERE AND VISIT. I REALLY ENJOYED SEEING THE OLD PICTURES OF THE SUNRISE DRIVE IN INCREDIBLE !! THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, LOUISE OROBELLO CLASS OF 70!

Date: SEPT 28th, 2005

Hello,
 I lived in EI up to {1965} ..This first part is for Charles Putzer.. his post ...6/27/04.....My family lived down the block from you on Carlton Ave. I babysat for some of your brothers and sisters. Do you have a brother Jack?????? If I remember right there were 7 kids in your family. Anyway, I lived at 32 Carlton Ave. Mom..Dorris...sis...Linda...bro...Butch..[ Joe}...me.. Mickey..{Rose}...sis..Dory..{Dorris}......Snyder. I loved EI.
For all that want to know about the bakery....the one on Carlton??????? The best ever!!!! The greatest owners........we could charge everything....put it on mom's bill ...!!!! The nicest people lived in EI. Ralston's, Scarlet's....Garb's.....bad....I would buy cigs for my mom......we were allowed.......and sneak some for myself...Terry Tesoro and I would meet for church at St. Mary's.....but would end up at Brookwood Hall and SMOKE!!!!  We don't smoke anymore......Love to hear from anyone living there when I did....Mickey Snyder....RoseMarie Snyder....now....RoseMarie Flores
                                                                Email             mickeyandfrankie@cox.net
 

Comment.................RoseMarie {Mickey} Snyder...................I am 54 now...............I left EI in "65"......I was 14.

     Thank you for this site

Date: SEPT 23rd, 2005

My name is Michele Tesoro, I lived in my grandfather's (Michael Tesoro) mansion in the sixties.  (Boy, does that sound long ago!)  I went to Timberpoint Elementary and Mr. Kingston was my 4th grade teacher.  I remember how embarrassed I was the first day because whenever Mr. Kingston asked me a question, I stood up and repeated the question, answered it in a complete sentence, curtsied and sat down.  Of course, coming from St. Patrick's School in Bay Shore that was quite appropriate.  The kids in Mr. Kingston's class thought it was hysterically funny.  I remember Mr. Gallagher's 5th grade class because that's when we heard that President Kennedy was shot.  We were all sad and the teacher's were crying.  I loved Mr. Miro's 6th grade class.  He was a great teacher.  My favorite teacher of all was Mr. Cooper,  he taught English at the Jr. High. What a great man he was/is?!
I was reading one of the comments about the greenhouse that someone else shared, the one that kissed Carmela Tesoro, he never did put his name.  But it certainly was the depths of our childhood imaginations.  Well, I was one that DID dare to go beyond that rusty steel door (along with my sisters Terry and Bette, of course).
I would love to hear from my old classmates: Gerri Ornelis, Ginny Pitcher, Joy Salvitz, Linda Tyson, Candy Radar, Richard Contartese, Thomas LeMay, Lawrence Harkevey,  Jimmy Vampatella, and whoever else from back then. I did see Sidney Rothchild right here in Richmond, VA where I now live. He has a band here, which was pretty good!  I lost track of Martha Navarra in the eighties when she moved to PA. I told my brothers & sisters about this site too. (Toni, Christine, Theresa, Bette, Michael, Joyce, Donald and Doug.  My sister Mary passed away at age 17 when we lived in Sayville.  I am looking forward to reading more wonderful, warm memories of growing up in EI. Again, thanks for the history of East Islip. micheletesoro@aol.com
 

Date: SEPT 9, 2005

EIHS,
 
 Mr. Skidmore left out a very interesting item  about the new high school built in 1970. Even though the money for the pool was not voted in, the school ended up with a computer. At that time, we were one of  a few schools that had a computer and did not have to share with the college. I remember as being a member of one of the first classes taking computer courses and seeing how big the computer was. With the computers now, almost everything I learned or didn't learn) is not needed to use computers. Nowadays, all you do is turn them on and you can do almost anything.
 
                                 Joe Mimnaugh
                                  EIHS Class 1972  

Date: JULY 17, 2005

My name is Michael La Guardia.  My family moved to East Islip in 1964. I went to East Islip Schools and graduated in 1978.  While growing up in EI it seemed like you knew everyone. Some of my best memories are Claming on the G.S.Bay with friends Jimmy Holihan, Cliff Allen, Kevin Bergin, Pat Norton, Kevin McGowan, Steve Mowbray, John Heffernan & teacher Doc Holiday. What better way for kids to make a living? In the evenings we would all meet down at Main St. School (now a Play House and Condos) and play Frisbee for hours. On cold winter nights we used to go to Browns Woods or Hecksher Park behind Timber Point Elementary to light huge (somehow controlled) bonfires.  When we got older Collins Inn was home base and on hot summer nights we would load up my van full of friends and head to Sagtikos Pond for a swim. Other great memories include: Memorial day weekends at Ocean Beach, Wake Surfing (water skiing w/a surf board), Snurfing (now known as Snow Boarding) on the side of the parkway with boards made in shop class, Concerts at Commack Arena (now a Sports Authority), Lazy weekend days in Hecksher Park, Ice Skating at Brookwood Hall, EI Marina, Johns Deli, Hitch hiking to Robert Moses & barefoot summers.   I remember the winter of 76 or 77 was so cold that Pat Norton and I walked all the way across the GS Bay to East Island just off of Fire Island.  Id be remiss if I didnt mention some of the girls that helped make EI so special for me.  Sheryl Carlin, Cindy & Pam Allen, Gina Pace, Mary & Kate Corcoran, Pat McGinn, Michelle Kilbourne, Erin Norton, Linda Einhart, Vickie Etimos, Barbara Runz, Aida DiDonna, Joanne Hennan, Rose Siringo, Kim Johnston, Jenny from Islip & many others.  I hope you are well and happy.  As great as East Islip was and I'm sure still is, it was the people that made it that way. They were free spirits with a lust for living life and I'm thankful to have known you all. I am now living in Smithtown, NY with my wife Debora and our 3 beautiful children but EI will always be home to me.  I am enjoying this web-site & welcome e-mails from any old friend. mfl222@optonline.net


Date: May 25, 2005

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We moved into Country Village in the spring of 1958 and we spent part of the school year in Islip Terrace Elementary School. In 2nd grade, we started in Timber Point . I lived on Marilyn St a few houses from Dorset and walked every day with Gary Storm. We played our version of Stickball most days on the street in front of the house with Kevin Mulligan and on of the Frevolas. After school ( in jr high), Gary Storm, Terry Cucci, Steve Devito, and Eddy Colter played touch football on the east side of Timber Point school ( a small strip of land). We biked into the park regularly using the bike trial that opened onto to Timber Point near the parkway bridge.

In the winter, after every snow, we spent hours sleigh riding on the northeast slope of the timber point rd bridge over the parkway. We were there until dark and walked home with frozen hands and feet, In the summer , I remember long days spent at the ball park at the north end of Timber Point school we called Lions Field. It has dugouts and it was special to play ball there.

My sister and I took a bus to Bay Shore in the early 60's to the Regent Theater and saw " 13 Ghosts" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth". Bay Shore was the big City.

I played at Charlie Chesnows beautiful house on the street adjacent to Sackies ( I went to school with Matthew Sackie ( sorry about the spelling) . I was always intrigued by the private school on the street which I think was called Hewlett School.

Cub Scouts and Boy Scoots revolved around Mr. & Mrs. Watson. Jimmy and I were in the same grade. The Watsons ran a wonderful scouting program. I remember cooking biscuits on a stick in there back yard on Woodland. We camped all the time in Johnsons Woods in Central Islip ( off Vets Highway). I think it was Troop 181.

I would love to hear from Gary Storm---He had a beautiful MG that he bought in our Senior Year of High School and regrettably it was wrecked shortly after he bought it. I fondly remember his father driving us to the Junior High in bad weather in a Rambler. Mr. Jeesup for Chemistry, Mr Dunn for French class and Bob Stelling also. Mr Kinney for math, and Mr Considine for English. More to follow if this stirs up some memories.


Date: May 12, 2005

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Hello, my name is Tracie Harris. I grew up on Jefferson Street in East Islip from 65 to 79. I went to Islip Terrace Elementary School and then to the High School on Main Street. I have a brother and a sister both older than me, Gail (who was very popular), and Gregg Harris. My mothers name is Edith Harris. I finally visited E.I. last year and plan on returning in a month. This site brings back memories and even taught me things about LI I never knew. If anyone recognizes the name, or if you were friends of my sister, brother or me, please email me at tah2@comcast.net. Keep the pictures coming on the site! It's great! Thanks


Date: May 09, 2005

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good site, thank you!


Date: May 08, 2005

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I enjoyed the stories of the old East Islip Theater. Both authors failed to mention that The place was torched by a concerned citizen(s) when the new owner attempted to screen XXX movies.


Date: May 06, 2005

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wow i have been living in east islip and islip terrace my whole life!! I love it!


Date: May 04, 2005

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RE: Estate TESORO MANSION PHOTO'S: Excellent addition to the EIHS website. Clear crisp pics of the way it was. I remember the Glass hot house with the spiraling staircase descending into the depths of our childhood imaginations. Who among us would brave the unknown? What was behind that rusty steel door that descended into the earth. The Boar weather vane was frozen facing the marina (Approx. 1969) as I recall my brother gouging a silver dollar or two from the patio (Peace dollars(1921-1935) if I recollect correctly and being comprised of 90% silver we would bend them with our teeth like pirates. AAYYYYHHHH MATEY! The apple orchard was in bloom and we would eat to our hearts content those little green apples that betrayed our constitutions but made great projectiles for knocking down the large bee hives that every other tree sported. There were several rows of pines that were reportedly planted by Mr.Wilrick (Grandpa) of the Kay Court Wilricks just south of the house along Bayview that was majestic. The floor of the pine forest was covered in pine needles sprouting occasional fern blossoms. Those trees that were felled through the winter storms made great log cabin forts that were covered with heaps of pine needles providing the ultimate stealth for a group of young woodsman seeking solice in the woods. One could occasionally find insects trapped in the pine resin that was amber like. On the Northern end of the property ( Near the Merkels house) were two large Pines that provided a great view of the Heckscher & Ocean Beach water towers and if one was so inclined during a windstorm would scurry to the top of one and sway to & fro and could achieve a respectable swing of 30+ feet. You could always find Turtles or snakes near the abandoned horse stables and a deer or two nibbling on the meadow grass scavenging for a fallen apple or two. The old dump site for the mansion in earlier days was found to be just outside the fence line on the North eastern end of the property and provided some good bottles & cracked porcelain plates with intricate flower patterns from a different time. First girl I ever kissed was Carmela Tesoro now that I think of it we were practicing making smoke rings with some misappropriated cigarettes. I couldn't believe some developer chopped a clearing in the pine forest and stuck two houses in it. What a sad sight that is. I wonder if the folks living in the cul de sac nowadays have any clue what a sleepy estate it was and what it was like to be a young child enjoying the run of the land. All the best EI now & forever.............


Date: May 04, 2005

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DR.KILLIAN & HIS BIG CHROME NEEDLE...


Date: May 03, 2005

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Wow.. the memories keep coming back while reading through all of these letters. Collins Bar for example. I had my first drink as a "grown up" there. It was a Singapore sling. The Barber who kept BOOKS. I think that was "Phil" the Barber. Brookwood Hall: My dad used to get me baby ducks for Easter. Once grown, I would take them there to let them live out life. Fortunato's: I would go there before a Sunday movie and sit at the soda fountain for my weekly chocolate egg cream. I noticed someone here who lived on Meroke Lane at Marilynn Street. So close to where I grew up. (Yuma Lane with my brother Tommy Berrell his father Tom Berrell, his parents, and our Mom, Maureen Berrell - rest their souls). I remember cutting school and going to Heckscher State Park. Skipping lunch at the NEW hight school - running across the highway for those great hot dogs from the truck.Going to the Fire Department tournaments on railroad avenue. My two best friends on my street were Raymond Johnson and Donna Rittel. Its all coming back. Nescott Drug store is where I bought my Abbey Road album (late for school that day). Someone mentioned the big grocery store. It used to be on MAIN St and YUMA lane - across from the savings bank. Janels 5 and 10 was in the strip mall just west of there. It wasn't King Kullens I don't think.. but quite possibly. A and P was down a block or two west of there. We used to go to Carvel ice cream parlor on main st quite a lot. My rock band back then was a group called "Home Groan". We were not good - but it was fun and helped set up the rest of my music endeavors as life went on. Every Sunday, my mom would drive to this bakery near the fire dept, and pick up hot poppy seed rolls. they were great! Recently I found an old permit I got from East Islip town hall for "clam digging". Very cool to see that again. Thanks for putting this site up. It has reminded my of so much - when things were a lot simpler and life was peaceful, easy and smooth. Jeff Levy - eartraffic@sympatico.ca


Date: May 03, 2005

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Jeff Levy - eartraffic@sympatico.ca - Nice to see that my younger brother has visited here. Like him, I find that having grown up in East Islip, looking back mind you, was the best place on the planet to have been. Our parents could not have chosen a better place to raise a family. Dixie Pond bordered the southern most part of our backyard. We used to let the dogs run along the edge of the property and the pond. As kids, we used to build forts in there... we would search for sassafras roots... and of course... we would play all thru the year in there. I went to school for a short time at JFK. Mainly my schooling was at East Islip Junior High (the old high school on Main st), and of course... the Newer High School built in the early 70's. Islip speedway was a great thrill as a kid. My brothers and I would go all the time. The movie house - Dr Carmen - Woodland Diner - all simply amazing. I want to thank you for allowing me to relive those wonderful memories of growing up there. I visited once... my old streets... Yuma Lane and Shinnecock Lane. It brought a lot back. The owners of the home on Yuma lane were nice enough to let me in for a revisit. It will always be home. I wish our parents would have stayed there. I wish it was still home.


Date: April 24, 2005

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I really enjoyed viewing this site. I have lived in this community for over 20 years and have wondered how the town came into existence and who the founding families were. I enjoyed the pictures the most and trying to figure out which current businesses were in the old photos. I hope you continue to add more information. Janice Rex (4/23/05)


Date: March 27, 2005

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Thanks to all that created a wonderful way to take a walk down memory lane !! Jack Douglass


Date: March 25, 2005

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it was a shame to lose Meadowfarm, the home of HB Hollins, a couple of years ago. I was quite suprised that there was no mention of it's loss on this web site or in the newsletter. Were the officers of the EIHS even aware that this demolition had taken place??? Were they even aware that the house was still standing as late as 2001?


Date: March 24, 2005

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HI GUYS MY NAME IS DOMINICK LASORSA. CLASS OF 68 GREAT SITE. I STILL HAVE MY FOLKS LIVING IN THE SAME SPOT I LEFT FOR SCHOOL EACH DAY. I'M IN WESTBURY NOW BUT ALWAYS VISITING THE "HOUSE" WE HAD SOME GREAT TIMES .ANYONE SEEN SOME OF THE OLD GROUP- GEORGE MEADE, GREG FATIGATI, BENVINEITO BROS, ANTHONY LOMBARDO WE GOT TO KEEP THIS SITE GOING. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER SANTA ARRIVING BY HELICOPTER AT THE FARMERS MARKET NEXT TO THE DRIVE IN??? LET ME KNOW CLUBGATELGA@AOL


Date: March 01, 2005

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I really enjoy browsing the website - I was raised on Westbury Street, off Connetquot and have such great memories of being raised in East Islip. Thanks for putting together a great site! Christine Brideson christinebrideson@yahoo.com


Date: February 23, 2005

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Tom Berrell Maverick2297@gmail.com I have many fond memories of growing up in E.I. Lived on Yuma Ln. until my family moved to Florida in the mid seventies. our property bordered the wooded area known as "Dixie Pond" Was a great place to skate in the winter i remember my brother Jeff Levy and I burning Christmas trees to keep warm. it was also a great place to hang out and play in the summer. used to go clamming with my daddy in the great south bay when he was between jobs working construction in the city. Attended JFK elementary, EI Jr high/high school on main St., and Islip terrace. For me E.I. was a great place to be a kid, and i still consider it home. This site brings back many great memories. Thanx.


Date: February 21, 2005

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There is no mention of Charlie's Auto Repair...wasn't that a meeting place for a lot of the old times to come to an reminisce about East Islip for many years


Date: February 21, 2005

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I lived in East Islip, Islip Terrace,& Central Islip. My picture, as well as my brother and fathers picture are in the Fire Dept. section. We all were members for some time in the Islip Terrace Fire Dept. I really enjoy looking back thru this web page. Just came back from my mother in laws funeral. My brother lives in Islip, sister in laws in Islip Terrace and East Islip and I now reside in Old Bridge, N.J. for the past 19 years and 2 months.


Date: February 10, 2005

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What a great site. I originally moved here in 1955 left for a while and have returned, I had no idea my town hold so much history. I was grateful to find this site. Thanks to all who put in the hard work to make it so informative Chris Graves


Date: February 09, 2005

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To Ray Lembo: Great site, old friend. Thanks for bringing back such fond memories of East Islip and Islip Terrace. I wish I could turn back the clock and embrace just one summer day in the late 60's or early 70's. I can still see my uncle's deli on Main St. in East Islip next to Waldbaums across from the old East Islip bank. Living in upstate NY now. But not too far away just to visit for a day or so. To anyone who reads this, I say "hello" and hope that maybe you have some fond memories of me also. By the way, Jimmy Matsko is alive and well(??). George(Joe) Eger (eger_g@sunybroome.edu)


Date: February 09, 2005

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I am glad to see this site up again. The other one was okay but this is better. How come there is no reference to North Great River? With the Connetquot Park as its eastern boundary, I remember as a little boy jumping over the fence and playing there behind my friends house. As I continue to browse, is the article about the history still there? I downloaded it and showed people here in Las Vegas. Joe Mimnaugh EIHS Class 1972


Date: January 26, 2005

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I have been in East Islip all my life. My family still lives there and now so do my children. The pond that is referred to in the entry below we called "Dixie Pond". We caught frogs, turtles,fish. We skated and played hockey. It was a great place for a young kid. East Islip, perfect, no- but it sure beats the hell out of 90% of the towns I have seen in my lifetime. ALL towns have there ups and downs but home is always home.


Date: January 25, 2005

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City Folks, Black folks included, have been coming to Heckscher State Park since at least the 40's. The West Beach was traditionally set aside for the busloads from the City, while the South and East beaches were used mostly by locals. No one stayed away, but they did stay apart. The ironic thing is... with the prevailing breezes out of the West in these parts, they got the better location, as evidenced by the closing and subsequent demolition of the East Beach facility. It was just too hot without a breeze!


Date: January 23, 2005

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Hi, It sure is nice to remember Fortunato's drugstore, the Royal Scarlet market, Ralston's, Gabarinos', the memorial for volunteer firemen, kids with shotguns or 22's over their shoulders going to shoot squirrels. Beaver lodges in the woody marsh, muskrats in the brackish canals of Heckscher. Opening windows on the lee side so the hurricane wouldn't suck out the windows. Fourth of July, or was it Memorial day parades, fire tournaments, 3 of us kids sharing a large beer in a plastic cup drawn by the town supervisor, maybe he thought the little hand reaching in belonged to a small person. Joseph Magliocco's estate, the quickie funeral, the total redo of Albrects Funeral Parlor, the barber who ran the numbers, it took forever for a kid to get a haircut, the oil delivery man who liked little boys, the way no townspeople came to the beach at Heckscher when the buses full of black people came out from the city in the summer, except my mother and us kids. Her only comment being "I guess we're the only white pebbles on the beach today". The way I was invited to my Jewish friends Cabana Clubs, not knowing that these were the result of the prejudices of the country club set. The bright smile of an old school mate when I talked to her on the street, she'd had her baby out of wedlock and was well shunned by the community. The fact that the only black people I ever saw were in the city, on the beach at Heckscher, or the residents of the Shinnecock Indian reservation. Yes they were all as black as the Ace of spades. This as a result of being unwelcome over the years and needing a place to live. I lived on Meroke Lane and Marilynn Street. I went skating on a little pond near there. It wasn't all good, but it wasn't all bad. Try folks not to be so sickening sweet in your memories or you will rewrite history. I was a kid, I didn't know about most of the bad stuff, but I enjoyed living in a small town in a land that probably never really existed. Pete Chimenti


Date: December 26, 2004

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Although much has changed in the Islip- East Islip community since my ancestor was appointed the first postmaster in Islip Township back in 1801, I still enjoy returning home to visit my family's (Snedecor, Nicol, Seaman) old farm which is probably the only undisturbed natural site in the area other than some of the former estate properties. Thanks for preserving the areas rich heritage and preserving for future generations. A website well-done. Congratulations to All, Keith J. Snedecor -KJSNYLI@AOL.com


Date:
13 Nov 2004

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I was raised in Islip, LI and had two or three cousins in Brookwood Hall. I know where one is is anyone wishes to get in touch with him. I remember the Percy Williams home well and if I think hard enough I will remember one of the old time actors that was there. My Dad told me. I skated on Knapps lake in the late 40' and early 50's and it was sometimes called Shadowbrook. We built small wood fires to keep warm and skated all day and then walked home. Funny I never remember being cold. I live in The Villages, Fl, between Leesburg and Ocala but my Daughter still lives on LI and has a Dance Studio on Connetquot Ave in East Islip. I know a lot of history from out there, my Grandfather was a caretaker at Cuttings, which later became the Aboretum, a lovely place and the Cutting owned a electric car, way back when. My grandfather and I think my Uncle were care takers of the Hollins Estate too. If my memory serves me the Hollins owned two cherished dogs and each Christmas a duty of my Uncles would be to take both dogs into Rockefeller center to see the famous Christmas tree. I can be reached at Dotty@thevillages.net Dorothy Cherveny Bernier


Date:
13 Nov 2004

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if you are the correct Frank Szemko who went to Islip High School, please E-mail me at Dotty@the Villages.net Dorothy Cherveny Bernier


Date:
05 Nov 2004

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Great site Ray! You can count on my support. Grew up in Islip Terrace, graduated East Islip '83. Long Island will always be my home, thank you for the awesome memories. I'll be back! Michele Maciaszek Luriea


Date:
01 Nov 2004

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BROOKWOOD HALL. Supervisory Staff (1940's early 1950's) Jason Pettengill (son Jason, daughter Sarah). Frank Maloney. William H. St. Marie (wife Madeline). Sev Laliberte (wife Marlene). Alice D Ray. Elsie Hudson. Ms Reiflin. Ms Mooney. Ms Stikes. Mr Swiss. Ms Darmstster. Ms Reagan. John the cook (wife Penny). Ms Yeager the dietician. Paul the gardener.


Date:
01 Nov 2004

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BROOKWOOD HALL ALUMNI. Some of the children in residence in the 1940's and early 1950's. Claudette Adams. Donald & Lillian Barber. Paul & Raymond Benbenek. Robert Bogardus. Jimmy Boucher. Carl Bruce. Paul & Georgia Chakonas. Harold, Otto & Tom Cherveny. Arthur, Joan & Kathy Conklin. Dorothy Davis. Peter & Walter DeVoe. Albert Dudley. Betty Duryea. Richard Elfick. Edward Foisset. John & Robert Grannis. Chris Haberle. Robert Hennigan. Merrill & Wayne Higgins. Robert Howard. Edward & Susan Hubbell. Conrad King. Olaf Kirsten. Chiki & Marie Lobauer. John Maybanks. Tracy Model. Roger Moran. Ida & Rose Newton. Charles Olsen. Jean Omland. Fred Pitts. Delores, Henry & Nobel Pollock. Robert Potter. Julio Quintana. Robert Robinson. John Seamen. Joseph Snyder. Richard Stitt. Jacqueline Stolz. Barbara & Frank Szemko. Warren Taylor. Terry Thompson. Roberta Toulson. Mary Van Dyke. Bobby, Harold & Joyce Van Roch. Ronald Young. Neil Young.


Date:
01 Nov 2004

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BROOKWOOD HALL. Those of us who lived at Brookwood Hall in the 1940's and early 1950's can look back on it with fond memories as our home. We are grateful to the supervisory staff who provided us with a far better family life than our own parents could have ever given us during that time. We were given every opportunity there and had many activities to inspire our interests. They prepared us well for life's road ahead. We made many friends in the community and were given job opportunities throughout the neighborhood. We are thankful to all who contributed to giving us this start in life. Wayne Higgins. Higgcann@aol.com


Date:
31 Oct 2004

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Good Link for MARION HOLLINS BIO. http://www.svchamber.org/svhistory/history/hollins.htm


Date:
31 Oct 2004
 

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JFK SCHOOL SPIRIT SONG (1960's) JFK Elementary school stands for teaching by the golden rule Growing up is fun when your learning with a smile your ABC's are keeping fit and making life worth while. Charles Ford- Principal RIP


Date:
29 Oct 2004

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Brian Xavier McGowan jdmor1son@aol.com Formerly of Bayview Ave, EI Class of 1979. Woodsman. I enjoyed Bottle digging as a child with neighbors and brother Kevin. We found several dump sights, Hollins, Tesoro's (Mansion Gone) Percy Williams. Built many forts ( Underground & Tree) from the relics of Joseph Magliocco's abandoned residence. Enjoyed hiking in Heckscher State park & clamming the Great South bay. Currently married with two girls residing in Southern California. Any and all aquaintenances are invited to E-mail me. All the best... Brian X.


Date:
19 Oct 2004

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I lived at Brookwood Hall from 1959 to 1966. At the time I had three last names, but that is long story. My last names were Targon, Buck, and the last name I'm using now is Magerko, Michael. I can't say life was wonderful at Brookwood Hall. There seems to me there were more downs than ups, but when there were downs, us kids united for our own well being. I remember many first names, and some last, but I would not use those last names, for I fear I might bring sad memories for those involved. East Islip has some great lawns, but it still seems to me that Brookwood Hall is still miles away from those wonderful lawns. It never ceases to amaze me how a community can hide it's dirty little secrets.


Date:
15 Oct 2004

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Attention PAUL CHAKONAS. We would like to get in touch with you. We remember you and your sister GEORGIA from Brookwood Hall. Please contact Frank Szemko at fszemko@suffolk.lib.ny.us or Wayne Higgins at Higgcann@aol.com Thanks.


Date:
04 Oct 2004

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Born in Jacksonville, Florida 1954, but I was raised in East Islip and Islip Terrace until High school graduation 1972. My stepfather, a Clancy from Fairview Avenue, Islip Terrace. He filled us full of stories about his school adventures at St Marys..I have such clear memories of walking to the movies on Saturday afternoons with our $1.00. 50 cent admission and the famous 10 cent bag of stale popcorn. Life was so simple then and we were so innocent... Terri Herr Noel Smith, Dunnellon Florida


Date:
01 Oct 2004

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Lived in EI from 1955 to 1976 on Adams Street. Graduated from EIHS in 1966. I remember having to walk through the "diggers" to get to school. Any old-timers out there remember that? "those were the days" Barbara Sorrell


Date:
21 Sep 2004

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For those of you seeking information regarding Hollins family of East Islip take a look at the book about Marion Hollins:Champion in a Man's World. It is a biography about Marion and also gives details about her family life in East Islip at the turn of the century. Her family owned the Meadow Farm estate which originally consisted of about 600 Acres. Many buildings are still in use today. Marion's dad was friendly with the Vanderbilt clan.


Date:
13 Sep 2004

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Good site; Lots of good Information here.


Date:
13 Sep 2004

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Great site guys, I will share this with friends


Date:
06 Sep 2004

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What a great site. I could only imagine what it was like to live in East Islip back in the early 1900's through your photos and stories. I am currently purchasing a home there. The house was built in 1913 with the charm still present today. The huge detached garage was built in 1904. I was told that the garage was the taxi stand for East Islip before the house was built in front of it. The house is on Third Avenue. Can anyone elaborate and tell me if this story is true? csmarble@aol.com


Date:
04 Sep 2004

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Brookwood Hall Hi, I'm Wayne Higgins and I resided at Brookwood from 1944 until 1954 along with my brother Merrill. I've responded to the listing from Charles Olsen and we have been corresponding. I sent him individual pictures of twenty kids who were at Brookwood with us. I've been trying to get in touch with Deborah Rice regarding her father, Warren Taylor. I would appreciate hearing from Deborah and anyone else who was at Brookwood during this time period. Higgcann@aol.com


Date:
02 Sep 2004

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I failed to include my e-mail address on the previous entry. my e-mail for information on Capt. Hollins is syd_e@yahoo.com. Thank you for your help! Syd Edwards


Date:
02 Sep 2004

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Am searching for information on Capt. John K. "Jack" Hollins, of East Islip. He flew with the USAAF's 20th. Fighter Group, 79th. Fighter Squadron during WWII and downed an enemy jet in April, 1945. Post-war he flew for Pan-Am as a commercial pilot. I am compiling a multi-media CD Rom on the 79th. Fighter Squadron and need information for his profile.


Date:
25 Aug 2004

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I loved growing up in East Islip, I lived on Bayview from 1969 too 1990 or so, but never really left. My mother and father opened a deli on main st and 3rd(I think it was 3rd)north side of Main, in 1969 long before there was a deli every twenty feet. D+W DELI was the name. Mom was D..otty, Dad was W..arren. Just wondering if anyone has any photos of it. Thanks, Erik K Carlson, Pensacola Fl. Email is : Buckybutnut@aol.com


Date:
06 Aug 2004

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I am a recent East Islip graduate and looking at photos from the 1920's and 40's I find fascinating. I love this site and I can only hope that you build upon it and make it that much better. Thank you Chris


Date:
25 Jul 2004

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when will you get new stuff ? plz e-mail me at taz33@optonline.net


Date:
23 Jul 2004

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Can anyone give a history of the Orpheum Theater? When it was built, who were the patrons, when was its demise and is the building still in place? thanks, Freda Vink-Brock vinkbrock@hotmail.com


Date:
11 Jul 2004

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PS My email is thestonelaughs@yahoo.com Lenny DellaRocca


Date:
11 Jul 2004

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I graduated from EIHS in 1973. I lived in EI for only 2 1/2 years in an apartment with my mom, dad and brother John. We lived on Connectquot Ave. just off Sunrise Hwy. This sort of Web site is, I believe, true history that hopefully, can be passed down to future generations. Instead of history books, or CDs or wahtever method the future will use in an official capapcity, it is an oral, rather, written history by the people themselves. I live in Delray Beach, FL now, and have lived in Florida - on and off- since 1966. (Except for short stints back on LI). I still have a sister on LI, my sister Rose Malach lives in EI on Stellenwerf Ave, a stone's throw from Sunrise Hwy. My family - the DellaRocca's lived all over the Island- Copiague, Lindenhurst, West Islip, East Islip, Eastport. My extended family is everywhere up there - The Di Lernia's as well. Lenny DellaRocca


Date:
06 Jul 2004

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Our mother Mildred Van Weele grew up in East Islip. Her father and her brother Lawrence Pfeuffer both owned and operated the Mobil gas station at the corner of Champlin Ave. and Montauk Highway. She was very active in the Vanderbilt Historic Society for many years acting on many occasions as the aution cashier. She passed on June 28, 2004, she will be missed by her family and the many friends she had over her 94 years. David Van Weele


Date:
28 Jun 2004

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A Prodigious accomplishment in Public Service is when the local people help to contribute to the Public Market. History is the stepping stone of most knowledge. For this reason I support the local Historical groups. David E. Hinz davidehan@webtv.net


Date:
27 Jun 2004

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my name is charles putzer i lived in east islip from the early 60's went to jfk elemetary rememberd living on watson street hope some day 2 return home


Date:
01 Jun 2004

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Correction - 1942 to Brookwood Hall. Paul Chakonas


Date:
01 Jun 2004

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Wonderful addition to the internet and to the memory of all of those who resided at the "BOA" from the 1930's to Brookwood Hall. Paul Chakonas 1939 - 1943


Date: 29 May 2004

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What a wonderful site. I consider myself growing up in EI. We lived on William Ave. Reading everything brings back so many memories, even though I left at the age of 9. Does anyone remember the bakery on Carlton Ave? They had some type of sugar cookies that just melted in your mouth. After all these years, I still remember them. I am part of the Brideson family. The 50's had to be the best time to grow up in EI.


Date:
26 May 2004

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Wonderful and interesting site. Can't imagine the quaint, rural feeling in Long Island. Sally Canfield St. Augustine, Fl - stopping by doing genalogy research.


Date:
15 May 2004

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Heine Family Search I'm searching for the descendants of Max Karl Wilhelm Heine * 30.04.1880 Gttingen / Germany married to Erika Sommer born in Rotterdam / NL. One child of this couple was Max William Heine * 12.01.1920 Ratherford, N.J. married to Inez Quick. This couple lived in East Islip Suffolk N.Y. Thats all I know. Who can help me to get into contact with this American part of our Heine family ? Sincerely, Dr. Michael Auf'mkolk / Germany e-mail: afk@gno.de


 
Date:
06 May 2004

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i was just wondering if anyone knew my family. my dad,warren lee taylor,and his brothers robert,daniel and allen lived at the childrens home back in the 1940s-1960s. my father died 20 years ago when i was a child, he came from a large family-he was one of 15 children.i dont know any of my family on my fathers side.if anyone has any info. please email me at rice29@optonline.net my name is deborah rice(maidan name taylor)thank you!


Date:
26 Mar 2004

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I lived at Brookwood hall from 1950 to about 1954. I would like to hear from anyone else who lived there at that time. Charles Olsen colsen@sunny-net.ne.jp


Date:

21 Oct 2002

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What a wonderful visit. I lived in Islip Terrace from 1943 until 1962. I was just talking to someone about the good old days, and couldn't remember the name of the Woodland Rest. It's terrible what tricks memory plays on us. This morning I typed in 'East Islip' and began a journey back in time. The summers were warmer, the springs were fresher, the snow was whiter, and the smells of autumn were sent directly from heaven. Two years ago, in 2000, I took a little ride on my motorcycle. I live in Maine now, and wanted to visit California. Of course, when I got there I looked up an old "Buddy", Harry Hlavac. I thought he would have a heart attack. Imagine hearing from somone who hasn't been thought of in 40 years? We spent a day or two together and reminisced. I sometimes wonder,what ever happened to... If anyone hears of plans for a reunion for the class of 1961, please let me know.

Mike Morris mmorris@clinic.net


Date:
27 Sep 2002

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I have lived in East Islip for over 22 years. I attended JFK Elementary School and graduated from the East Islip High School. Your web site has touched my heart. I really enjoy going on your web site to learn about the town I grew up in. My daughter attends the Islip Terrace Junior High School and My business is in Great River. I plan to stay here for ever! I want to thank every one in the East Islip Historical Society for all the hard work and dedication. I am grateful to have such a knowlega


Date:
10 Sep 2002

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To: The East Islip Historical Society, Do you have plans to add information about the Hollins family estate? Many of the original structures/houses still exist today off Suffolk lane,Crick Holly lane,Bayview avenue,Meadow Farm,and Blackmore lane. The biography about Marion Hollins has interesting information in the first chapter about the family and their original (1880's)600 acre estate, called Meadow Farm,in East Islip. Many photos are included.


Date:
05 Sep 2002

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Hi. My name is Hope Howell Cooper. I lived in East Islipfrom 1942-1957. Our first home was on Suffolk Lane and then we built a house" Pepperidge Point" at the end of Holly Tree Lane. I attended the Hewlitt School. I am planning a return trip in December and was excited to see your site. There are many fond memories in the guest book.


Date:
25 Aug 2002

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During my 3 visits, firstly in 1993, then in 1997 and 1999 from Islip, Northamptonshire, England to Islip LI New York and being a family friend of Fred's daughter Nancy Heine, I had the pleasure of meeting with Fred during each visit and I found him to be a sincerely unique, friendly person and it was always a memorable pleasure to be in his company. I am delighted to have known him.

Mr Tom J Love ( Family friend and Islip Parish Councillor )

e-mail address;- tomislipnorthants@btinternet.com


Date:
17 Aug 2002

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We're glad to see Brookwood Hall on your web site. I visited East Islip several years ago to find "our" property and imagine it during the WW II years. Your art gallery made excellent use of the space. The current Brookwood Child Care (The Orphan Asylum) is housed at 25 Washington Street, Brooklyn 11201.

Janna C. Collins MD (Board of Directors, Brookwood Child Care)


Date:
31 Jul 2002

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It was a good place to be from and a great place to sort-of grow up. John Harrison resident from 1966-1977


 
Date:
28 Jul 2002

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What a neat site! I am from Michigan. My mother inherited a small cottage at 8 Wildwood Court. My grandfather, Michael Tonkonogy, taught in the city and built that cottage as their summer retreat. We used to go every summer for @ a month. I feel I am part "Long Islander" from all those summers...I really get nostalgic for the smell of ocean air about now. Unfortunately, that cottage is gone. What a shock to drive by two years ago and see every last bit of it replaced with a new house. I will always have a special place in my heart for East Islip. Whenever I see blue hydrangea flowers, hear noisy bluejays and walk on sandy soil I remember my great times there. Keep up the good work on this site!

Barbara Jean Hanson


 
Date:
14 Jul 2002

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great site, lived, and still living in east islip since birth in 51, i also remender collins bar, and some kind of super market in town, not king kullen, but i think it was a -A AND P-also, a sinclare gas station.the town has changed,but memories don't. vinny dapp ,


 
Date:
07 Jun 2002

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like yourn website..... can you furnish me any info on the old estate at the end of Crick Holly in east Islip... any historical info, books etc Thank you twosixtwo@palm.net Ed Knapp 888 334-8963

your help is appreciated.


 
Date:
18 May 2002

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I used to visit my Aunt Helen and Uncle Fred Griffiths regularly every summer in the late 40's til the late 50's. They lived at 24 Stewart St and to this day that address evokes wonderful memories. Even though my cousins Nancy and Rick were a bit older than I was, they always made my brother Brian and me feel special. So many memories...another house guest was Fred's nephew, Arthur. Every Sunday, my Aunt Helen would get us all dressed up, white gloves for me, and send us all off to St. Mary's Catholic Church. Arthur, Brian and I all started out together, but Arthur never seemed to have made it inside the church! I remember picking berries behind Aunt Helen's house and she would make a pie with them. One summer, Brian and I found a dead squirrel. We buried it behind the house, deep in the "woods". The next summer when we came back and visited, construction had begun on some highway. I remember playing with the next door neighbor, Connie Corchoran. She was a bit older, but she was my summer-time friend. Across the street was Peggy and Eddie Riley. Peggie and I played together and Eddie and Brian played together. Both Eddie and Brian died in their teens in car accidents. Sad. I remember laying in bed early in the morning and hearing someone in high heels walking past the house. Then, in the distance, would be the sound of the train whistle, and, of course, the constant sound of blue jays. This past week, I buried my Uncle Fred. I know he's with his beloved Helen, but I will miss him. He held my childhood in his head and when I looked into those amazingly clear blue eyes of his, I could see me again in gingham and pig tails and waiting for a hug from my "Uncle Pop". Jane Brandon Garbo srolimo5466@aol.com


 
Date:
30 Apr 2002

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Correction-The book about Marion Hollins is Champion In A Man's World.


 
Date:
30 Apr 2002

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I am not sure if this is mentioned in your web-site. Regarding the Hollins family: A book written about Marion Hollins-"A Women In A Man's World" has several references about East Islip. It states that she was born in 1892 and was raised with four siblings on the family's 600 acre estate in East Islip. The farm had a three-hole golf course. She knew many famous people of her day and helped design Cypress Point golf course in 1927. The book also mentions the Cutting family among others.


 
Date:
30 Apr 2002

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On a visit to East Islip over this past weekend, I was sorry to see that the first of the Hollin's Houses in the area, Meadowfarm (circa 1876), on Holly Tree lane by the Moorings had been recently demolished. I hope that somone was able to preserve it in photographs - and would really like to see all of the Hollins'houses, barns, and other buildings featured on this web site.

For those that are not aware, the gates and walls at the start of Hollins Lane were for the house that was just demolished; not for the later houses along Bayview Ave.

Regards,

Steve C.


 
Date:
15 Apr 2002

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Hollins estates built around 1890. Please respond to dmiddlemiss@ifsam.com


 
Date:
15 Apr 2002

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Is is possiblr to add some information and or photgraphs about the Hollins family. The original estate still stands at on Crick Holly lane in East Islip. The original entrance was on Bayview. Hollins lane has the former gate entrance still standing. Also maps show a Hollins memorial beach on the bay and a Hollins school located behind my home which is now part of the state park. I am curious why this family and location is not covered. There is an additional Hollins home stiil located on Bayview. I heard they were somehow associated with the Vanderbilts.


 
Date:
02 Apr 2002

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My name is Candace Thorne Canton and it was my father Francis B. Thorne,Jr. that lived at Brookwood Hall with his brother Oakley Thorne (my uncle) all those many years ago.This May my father is being honoured by Carnagie Hall on May 2nd 2002 at Weill Recital Hall. I thought that the East Islip Historical Society might just want to be aware of this event. Candace Thorne Canton 520-3700.


 
Date:
26 Mar 2002

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What a great site. East Islip was by far the best place to grow up. Thanks, Fl.


 
Date:
04 Mar 2002

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Sherwood Drive and Hollins Lane, til '72

Steve Donnelly


 
Date:
22 Feb 2002

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Enjoyed visiting this site. I lived in Islip Terrace from 1951 to 1968 on 80 Nassau Street. I was in first class at IT Elem school when it opened in 1957. Tom Walther trwpico@aol.com


 
Date:
12 Feb 2002

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my name is joe and i live in ohio right now. i have been living in cincinnati ohio for 7 years. iam from east islip . i lived in east islip just about all my life. i just made 45 and iam trying to get back to east islip. the place i not only love but still call home its good to see your web site thank you


 
Date:
11 Feb 2002

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Hey Ray-The tournament pics are great! We lived on Fern Avenue for many years and the annual Fireman's parade went by the house every Labor Day on the way to RR Ave. My folks had a huge picnic that started at 10 and went on till the last fireman was still standing! My Uncles were all firemen in EI and in Bayshore. Also know alot about Percy William's home. As a boy I roamed all over that house talking to all the old vaudevillians and broadway people, as my grand mother worked there. That house was magnificent, still had all Mr. William's furnishings and paintings in it. It was a crime when they tour Pineacres down. Anyway, thanks for the site Ray. I'll send you some bucks! Regards, Chris Turnquist Class of '80 EIHS


 
Date:
08 Feb 2002

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Hello! My name is Frank Zwissler son of owner/operator of Ideal MeatMarket on Main ST. next to Fortunato's Pharmacy. I moved to Dunedin Florida about 35 years ago. I loved seeing the picture of ST.Mary Catholic School and Church. It brought back many memories. Do you have any pictures of my father's butcher shop? I would love to see them and show them to my family. My E-mail address is: ZWISS4@gte.net I would love to hear from some of the old timers.


 
Date:
08 Feb 2002

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Wonderful memories! Don Staib, yes..we went to school together for a long time. Great to see you on here! Peggy, thanks for mentioning about my Nana. I don't know how many bicycle tires we replaced for her! I cherished our bus trips to BayShore together on her day off. Sue, you inquired about the Old Actors Home, although I don't know what resource you could use to find out about your Aunt Minnie, they referred to Percy William's as the Old Actors Home. Thanks for the wonderful job you've done, Ray! Jamie (Turnquist) Shyda jandj324@safe.quik.com


 
Date:
03 Feb 2002

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Your website is just wonderful. My Great-Great Grandfather was Andrew Wolpert Sr., the man who, along with his sons Charles, Richard K., and Andrew Jr. built most of Islip Terrace and Islip Manor. It's amazing to me how much of an impact they had on the history of the Islip community. I'm just now starting to research the family history, and would appreciate it if anyone who reads this and might have something to share about the Wolpert family, post it here or e-mail me at Waitstill@aol.com. Thanks again for a great site. Matthew Wolpert


 
Date:
20 Jan 2002

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Hello friends from East Islip, I am a new computer owner and have just discovered this wonderful web site.I would like to say "hello"to my Stewart St.neighbor,Nancy Griffiths Heine.I had a nice visit with your dad last summer,Nancy.Such a kind and gentle man with the sharpest memory!I'd also like to say "hello"to Jamie Turnquist.Your grandmother,Agnes,was at 27 Stewart and we are at 25.I can still vividly remember her biking back and forth to Percy Williams every day.We were all so close then.Just like family.email pegnurse@NorthNet.org


Date:
18 Jan 2002

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Hi,

I grew up on Marilynn Street, where my parents still live, before moving to Albany. I visit your site regularly to see what is new and love the old photos and stories. My parents still live in town, so I get back to visit frequently. My father actually gave me a copy of the booklet you published. I loved it! Please post more old photos of town landmarks if you have them. It is great to see how things have changed and stayed the same. I found the piece on the East Islip movie theater very interesting. I remember going to see movies there and was disapointed when it burned down. I did not recall it being on Christmas, but I was 13 at the time. How about posting old newspaper articles for events such as these. Keep it going!!!

Sincerely,

Rob Roos, East Islip Alumni in Albany NY!!!!!


 
Date:
11 Jan 2002
 

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Great site. Even though I no longer live in the area, I look forward to joining the EIHS. Steve Cymbalsky


 
Date:
31 Dec 2001

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I thought this was a wonderful trip back to East Islip. I grew up there and have such fond memories of my childhood. It was a great place for parents to bring up their children. My dad for a short time owned the corner Candy Store that was just across the street from East Islip School on Main Street. The original owners were Grace and Don. Nice to go back in time when Life was still innocent to all of us.....Randi Speranza (DeFelice) RHope47@aol.com


Date:
29 Dec 2001

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Ray, Great Idea! Glad someone had the foresight and energy to start collecting and making available to all the great history of this community. As I surf through the site I peal back the years and remember things long forgotten.

Born and raised on Long Island, I've lived in East Islip sense April 1964 (just in time to go to school with some of the kids from Brookwood Hall... Wonder what ever happened to Tony King). Living close, Brookwood Hall provided unlimited fun for a boy... Baseball in spring... fishing in summer for yellow perch, trout, blue gills, pickerel, catfish and bass (when fish lived in our fresh water lakes, ponds and streams)... football in the fall... ice skating in winter... and enjoying the wildlife year round. Always exploring and well, just a place to knock around and play. Fond memories for sure!

Arriving at day-break to go fishing or crabbing on Chaplain Creek and watching the fog burn off on the Percy Williams estate only to find some deer wake in the meadow.

Sunday mornings, after church, driving with my family to Heckscher State Park to watch them feed the deer in winter. Play on the swings at the "East" beach (no longer there)... As a teenager playing baseball in the same field in the summer... BBQs parties in the picnic area (in the trees)... Hiking and exploring all around... A great place to "party"!

Seeing old friends visiting the site. Wonderful! (Hi Jamie Turnquist... How many years did we go to school together? And Bob O'con, What can I say buddy our paths seem to always cross. Now Ray, here's some history for ya .... Think back to Watkins Glen, July 1973, deep in the concert area, grid lock, directing traffic?? Ring a bell??) Thanks Don Staib


 
Date:
24 Dec 2001

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hey ray you did a nice job from chris :)


 
Date:
10 Dec 2001

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The picture gallery is really great! Now I'm going to ask for help...I have a Great Aunt Minnie whom I was told resided at an 'old actors home' in Islip, NY. Could this be the same as the Percy Williams Home for Aged Actors? And how would I contact someone to find out if she was really there? This is the most exciting lead I've had so far, and I have a wonderful picture of her which I would like to send in if she truly did reside there.

Sue Pauls at foxfire9@intrepid.net


Date:
03 Dec 2001

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I would like to know how I can get further info on William Bayard Cutting. My Great-Grandparents and grandmother worked on the estate. I spent time there, as well, as a small child. I am interested in learning where the Cutting family came from, etc. Any help you can give would be appreciated. Donna M. Bell donbell@dreamscape.com


Date:
11/28/01
 

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Everyone who has some old pictured should scan them and email them to Ray. The more pics the better. So get them in! :) Thanks!


Date:
11/23/01

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Thank you so much for your site and for Mr. Skinner's wonderful memories of growing up in Great River. My family lived on Connetquot Avenue in the early 1960's. I was told that my Italian grandfather used to come and hunt in the Sportsman's Woods many years earlier, perhaps in the 1920's. To us as kids from Brooklyn, the whole area was enchanted. There were still woods everywhere, and the school bus (we were in the Central Islip school district) often stopped to let deer cross the road. The "road" was Connetquot Avenue, and I remember people sometimes riding horses along there, which I suppose would be a very dangerous thing to do now -- I was surprised at the speed and quantity of traffic last time I returned. We used to take walks in the woods and make up stories, and the Bayard Cutting Arboretum was to me one of the world's most magical places. The River Road area Mr. Skinner describes was also a source of wonder -- my sister and I liked to imagine living in one of the grand houses along the Connetquot River, with a boat bobbing around in our backyard. We used to choose which house would be ours.

It was fun revisiting my own memories and learning what it was like in an earlier time. I appreciate your maintaining this site and preserving such precious stories. -- Cynthia Carbone


Date:
11/12/01

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RCAdamsMG@aol.com

Hi Folks,

Some of you may be old enough to remember when the building opposite the fire house was a Shell station. My Dad, Richard C. Adams Sr., operated that garage from 1947 to 1957. Later he moved his business operation to Greenwood Ave. However, the new shop was a Cities Service Station, and seemed very new a modern at the time. Dad operated that garage for another six years. Later the Shell station was turned into a Dry Cleaners and the Cities Service Station into a hardware store.

Some of you may remember the little Go Kart style vehicle my Dad built for me. Dad also converted a pedal car to run on a battery for my brother Donald. This car had springs in the front and a Ford starter motor in the back. It seemed to please the crowd when ever Don had it out.

Dad an I are living in Ocala, Florida, and would very much enjoy hearing from old friends. We also have some old pictures and home movies of East Islip during that period. There is some great footage of the big tree down across Montauk Highway at Knapps lake. Cars were driving under it with just inches of clearence. Also, movies of the town parades in front of the fire house. Strangly enough, we are sadly missing some pictures of the old Shell Station. Maybe someone out there has one?

Warmest regards, Richard C.Adams,Jr. 352-687-8447


Date:
11/12/01

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Karen Bradshaw

I grew up in East Islip and now live in Omaha, Nebraska. It would be nice to see some current pictures so I can see how it has changed since I've been gone. I miss it and all the wonderful people there. Thanks!

 


Date:
11/12/01

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Bob Newman Rippernew@aol.com

I am a graduate of E.I. High School, Class of '62. Your site brings back many, many pleasant memories. Keep up the good work!


Date:
11/11/01
 

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Ray and Company

Great site, especially the old pictures. Some sure do bring back memories that I thought were long forgotten.

Anybody have any history on the Magliocco (sp?) estate on Bayview Ave? We used to call it "The Cave" when we were in Jr. High.

Bob Ocon former Great River resident.


Date:
11/7/01

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Ray......I was here!!

Mike Sherman


Date:
11/6/01

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Thanks so much for the wonderful website! It has been a treat reading about Percy Williams and Fortunato's. My grandmother (Agnes Zuklin) went to work at Percy Williams in the early 50's and work there until she retired, prior to the closing of the "Home". She rode her bicycle every day to work from Stewart St. In her later years, she lived in Mr.Fortunato's Main St. home in a first floor apartment, until 1996. She passed away in 1997. My Nana was born and raised in East Islip. She was a Cervenka. My great grandfather was one of the early firemen and sold the property to the East Islip Lanes. He had a greenhouse business operation in the house next to the bowling alley. I graduated from East Islip in 1973 and have lived away since 1977, but have so many very fond memories. -Jamie (Turnquist) Shyda


Date:
11/2/01

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I have just finished reading about the Percy Williams estate. I remember, when I was about nine years old, going down to "check the boat" at the end of dock road with my father, Fred Griffiths. All was very friendly in those days and we became aquainted with a man named Mr. Darcey who lived at the Percy Williams Home for Aged Actors. He would come by in his row boat and take me for a ride up the creek near the home so I could see the huge turtles. He was a charming man with white hair and sparkling blue eyes. I wonder where he acted. Thank you for reminding me. Nancy Griffiths Heine


Date:
11/1/01

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Since I am a graduate of EIHS in 1950 I have many fond memories of E. Islip. I love reading any info available and seeing familiar names.Keep up the good work and keep tickling my memories. Both my daughters also graduated from EIHS. Kathy James Peterson


Date:
10/29/01

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The EI Picture Gallery is a great addition to the web site. It was fun to see what Main Street looked like in 1915! The photo of Jerome's Pharmacy was taken before my time, but I believe it became Podalack's Pharmacy when I lived there in the 1930s.I remember having to go in, make some small purchases and then, in a small voice, say, Mr. Podalack, could you please put it on our bill?"

Arlene Swartzberg Weiss


Date:
03.01.2014

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Thank you for the memories of my grandpas pharmacy Podolaks. It is so nice to know he was part of such a great town. Manya


Date:
02.25.2014

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I lived for a while on St Marks Lane, across the like from the Carlisle estate where Daniel Curran worked. Donald Daniel Curran, probably his son, married my mother Catharine Wynkoop Poor after she divorced my father Edmund Poor. Ward Poor


Date:
02.25.2014

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I remember Aunt Matilda


Date:
02.09.2014

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It was my pleasure to discover this site. My father, Andrew Wolpert, was fire chief.His brothers Charles and Richard were also chiefs. I do remember my dad having to go "answer a call" He was always proud to march in the parade on Memorial Day. Islip Terrace holds many fond memories for me.


Date:
01.25.2014

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Date:
01.03.2014

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What a great site and brought back many memories. I lived in East Islip from 1971-1995.I lived on Cardinal Lane until 1995. Attended JFK Elem and had great teachers in high school including Mrs. Williams. I was a 1981 graduate of East Islip High School.As I was looking at the archive of pictures it brought back so many memories including the fire of the East Islip Movie theater.My family and I were returning from the city that night when we passed the theater just as the marquee fell. I can remember my family members racing to the fire department to alert them. It was freezing that night. It was an end of a great icon. I frequently return to visit my hometown. Many things have changed so many smaller homes along Woodland Drive are now two times bigger than they were when I was a kid. EI will always be home to me though. Thank You for the effort of putting this site together. Robert C. Mulvey


Date:
01.01.2014

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Havent been on this site in awhile sure enjoy reading about skating on Brookwood Hall hanging out at Dixie Pond and about Erwin at the Deer Range Inn Joined the Navy then the Army lived in Calif. moved back to Elmira NY spent 25 yrs locking people up for NYS retired now live in Florida with my wife and little dog Shadow My sister Linda died in 2006 sister Nancy lives in Conn Sure remember all the good times in EI Ed Nichols edrutatverizon.net


Date:
12.28.2013

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hey, jack, vinny dapp here


Date:
10.29.2013

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THE EAST ISLIP FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL BE CELEBRATING 125 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY IN 2014. WE ARE LOOKING FOR OLD PHOTOS AND ARTIFACTS. PLEASE CALL THE FIREHOUSE OR STOP BY. 631-224-1712


Date:
07.14.2013

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YES IT WAS


Date:
07.13.2013

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Was the Woodland rest ever named the woodland diner


Date:
07.13.2013

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Was the Woodland rest ever named the woodland diner


Date:
06.29.2013

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Hi, My name is Linda Baumann. I was raised in EI. I went to Timber point elementary,and EI Jr.High..I lived on Gwendolyn pl.Does anyone remember me from long ago?? If so contact me on facebook at Linda Bauman-Roenbeck.Thanks!


Date:
06.25.2013

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I know Don White and he is alive and well living in Ct.For info,contact me. jconoveratfortlauder.govTo the individual looking for Don White - I believe he lives in Chester, Connecticut. Hope this helps. Good luck.


Date:
06.05.2013

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Brian Black was here Lived on Wall Street Across from The EI Lumber Company which is still there!


Date:
05.04.2013

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St. Marys will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary and is looking for volunteers and stories.. Contact S. Marys or checkout their website for more information


Date:
04.03.2013

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Don G. White. Where on earth are you? I think of you so many times. I will NEVER forget you. You changed who I am. If you are out there and care to get in touch PLEASE DO. I care about how you are. E-mail me at bubbeleyatyahoo.com. Cannot put the normal at sign so figure it out. I remember you from when we both worked at Hard Sails in Islip.


Date:
04.02.2013

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e-mail address for Jerry Hyer hyinskiatverizon.net


Date:
04.02.2013

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This web site has allowed me to find a lot of old friends from Brookwood Hall. I now only wish they would have a re-union some time soon. Jery Hyer 1957-62 thanks again.


Date:
04.02.2013

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To contact the Society use the email address at the bottom of the home page


Date:
04.02.2013

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I like this web site however, how on earth do you get in touch with someone who might possibly have some information that you are looking for?


Date:
03.02.2013

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THIS SITE NEEDS TO UP DATE THE LATEST COMMENTS OF 2013 TO THE TOP OF THE LIST. PLEASE PUT EVERYTHING IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. WHO WANTS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OVER 3 YRS. OLD? AT MY AGE 66, SOME OF MY FRIENDS ARE DECEASED. THANK YOU


Date:
02.17.2013

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What a pleasure to find that my two favorite Richard Charles Adams..Sr. and Jr. are still having their fun father-son relationship! God Bless you and your families. Love all the stories, pictures and my own fond memories of days gone by!!! Thanks for the "ride" down memorylane. your Colorado friend, Carole Ann


Date:
02.11.2013

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DON WHITE, DON WHITE, DON WHITE, DON WHITE, DON WHITE. DOES ANYONE ON THIS SITE HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON DON WHITE. HE LIVED ON THE HOLLINS ESTATE FOR A FEW YEARS AND WORKED AS A SAIL MAKER FOR HARD SAILS. I KNEW HIM FROM 1976-1980. LOST CONTACT WITH HIM AFTER THAT. I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING, IF SOMEONE OUT THERE REMEMBERS HIM AND WHERE HE IS TODAY. HE CHANGED MY LIFE, BUT HAS NOT IDEA HE DID.


Date:
01.26.2013

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I FORGOT TO GIVE THANKS TO THE ANZEL FAMILY ON MEADOWFARM RD. WHO TOOK ME IN AS THEIR SON, SO I COULD FINISH MY SENIOR YR, AT E.I. . WHEN BROOKWOOD HALL WAS CLOSING, BETTY KAYE PATTERSON, MARY GRACE ANZEL AND SAM ANZEL TOOK ME IN AS THEIR SON. AFTER SCHOOL ABOUT 6 P.M UNTIL MIDNIGHT, I WORKED AT THE EAST ISLIP CARVEL ICE CREAM STORE. I SERVED CUTOMERS, REFILLED THE SOFT ICE CREAM MACHINES, AND SANITIZED ALL THE EQUIPMENT AT NIGHT. ALSO THE FURIA FAMILY TOOK ME IN AS GUARDIAN HELPERS UNTIL I GRADUATED IN 1966. AT THAT TIME I JOINED THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FROM 1966 UNTIL 1970. THANK YOU TONY,JOE,CHARLIE, AND LINDA. ANYONE REMEMBERING US, PLEASE E-MAIL ME GREAGAN AT CAPITAL.NET I HAVE MANY PICTURES AND MEMORIES TO SHARE. GOD BLESS EVERYONE THAT WAS IN MY LIFE.


Date:
01.26.2013

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EXCELLENT, NOW I HAVE A WAY TO RE-UNITE WITH MY EXTENDED FAMILY FROM BROOKWOOD HALL. I AM NOT SUPRISED TO READ ALL THE GREAT COMMENTS FROM THE COMMUNITY OF EAST ISLIP TOWARDS US KIDS. AS AN ALUMNI OF BROOKWOOD HALL, WE ALL EXPRESSED OUR LOVE AND APPRECIATION TO OUR SUPERVISORS AND STAFF THAT HELPED RAISE US. I KNOW WE MADE THEM PROUD. GRGORY V. REAGAN E-MAIL GREAGAN AT CAPITAL.NET 1956 UNTIL 1965



Date:
06.17.2016

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Greetings from Oakdale Historical Society! We love what you have done with your website and, as your neighbor to the east, we look forward to working with you in the future! -Maryann Almes, President Oakdale Historical Society


Date:
04.11.2016

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trying to find out about the deer range inn in old east islip. my parents went there one christmas eve for drinks , and on christmas morning cmy sister and I got 2 puppies,much to our surprise, since our parents werent dog people. I,m just curious.


Date:
12.17.2015

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Great place about old East Islip grew up 1951-1971 Best pizza in Long Island Joe Yetti invented the first mini pizza for the school children accross from his business . Also miss Stanleys bakery .


Date:
10.20.2015

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Whoever asked last month who built 54 Fern Avenue. He was a builder named Raymond Barton. He lived in that house, but built that style house all over EI. There are several of them on Fern Ave. and throughout town. That specific house I believe he built around 1960. I lived at 43 Fern and we knew Ray fairly well.


Date:
09.01.2015

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I would like to know who built the home on 54 fern avenue east islip


Date:
07.31.2015

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July 31,2015 My name is Kathy Johnson class of 1969 I live in Sayville NY. I wanted to attend the last class reunion butmissed it due to some health issues at the time. I think of classmates from time to time and wonder how all are. I lost my best friend you remember Marie Infante still so upset no more phone calls or meeting for dinner. I wonder about Lynne Nannette DianeChrissie Carol Barbara Joe G Audrey Vickie Maryann I could go on and on Connie sweet Connie. I had so much fun a graduate of St Marys and East Islip High had the best teacher ever Mr. Gerard love him. I am 64 now married the love of my life for 49 years Tom Bauernfeind class of 1968 we married July 2 1972 and we are the grandparents to 1 boy and 3 girls we have 2 sons Tommy 37 and Kevin 34. Love to all my classmates 1969. Kathy Bauernfeind xo


Date:
07.27.2015

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I want to thank you Ray for this site, its great. Ive seen so many names of old friends like Bert Warner. Great guy. We got into alot of trouble together. Jacks Candy store across from east islip JR high school. Everyone hung out there. Then it became Rudys,Bubbles falls. Tony SaL, Royalcoachmen,


Date:
07.27.2015

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I want to thank you Ray for this site, its great. Ive seen so many names of old friends like Bert Warner. Great guy. We got into alot of trouble together. Jacks Candy store across from east islip JR high school. Everyone hung out there. Then it became Rudys,Bubbles falls. Tony SaL, Royalcoachmen,


Date:
05.21.2015

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Wondering if anyone has any videos of my high school plays for Oklahoma 1974 75 South Pacific 1975 76 How to succeed in business without really trying 1977 78 I m pretty sure someone recorded them on VHS as I remember the cameras on tripods, and would really appreciate seeing them again as I was in the last 2 plays. thanks Jim G contact me if you know anything of there were abouts


Date:
05.09.2015

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Cleaned out my grandmothers attic found a box of records. On one of the sleeves someone wrote Silver Fox Inn E.Islip. Does anyone know of that place


Date:
04.28.2015

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Trying to find Rockhand Boulevard Islip New York. My ancestor from Scotland owned a house there in 1930. His name was Adam Murray Reid a and he was a gardener and his wifes name was Susie Dutcher. Cant Find ant trace of Rockhand Boulevard. Possibly the wrong spelling on the original census document. Would be so grateful for any info. Contact Christine.mclean52atbtinternet.com


Date:
02.05.2015

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OLSEN Brothers Hi I am looking for my grandma Helens five cousins. She had an uncle named Jacob Olsen and an Aunt named Sophia Thorsen Olsen. Jacob and Sophie had five boys CHARLES THOMAS JACK HARRY and ROY OLSEN. I believe Roy Charles and Thomas were put in Brookwood Hall after Sophie died and the other two brothers went to The Childrens Village in Dobbs Ferry. My grandma never saw them again. I think I found Charles on here but his email has expired so the message did not go through. Please email me with any info at tganselatlive.esu.edu Thank you Tom G.


Date:
01.27.2015

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Hello there would you or anyone you know have information on german town??? I am doing research on the Wolpert family. I have just volunteered to be the chairperson for Christ Lutheran Church on the corner of carleton and Nassau we were looking for the garage they first met at or any information you may have. thank you in advance for your time


Date:
01.16.2015

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Who lived at25 matinecock ave ,east Islip NY 11730 in 2004


Date:
08.02.2014

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I am delighted to add my fond memories of St. Marys. The field trip to "Adventure Land" revives memories of a type of society that has disappeared, though not in the hearts of people that have lived and experienced that time. To all former classmates, take care. Living now in Kilteely, Ireland, surrounded by farms, come back every few years to see old school mates. Fab. Mary Willis Sheehan marysheehan24atgmail.com


Date:
05.07.2014

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This site brings back such fond memories of my childhood. My grandmother immigrated from Germany in the late 1950s and lived on Andrew Avenue in Islip Terrace for many years. When we were children in the late 1960s and early 1970s we visited her there, and I remember the noon whistle every day from the fire house close by. We also ate frequently at Franks Pizzeria...I still have an old Chianti bottle from one of our dinners there. My brother and I would often walk with my grandmother to Karps Five and Dime, and it became our favorite place to visit. My grandmother worked in a local delicatessen, but I dont remember the name. I do remember that we ate lots of cold cuts from there, and I distinctly remember her fondness for blood and tongue loaf. I think most of these places were on Carleton Avenue, and Im sure these establishments are long gone, but if anyone has any photos or other information, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at sderose at zoominternet.net. Thanks for such a wonderful site and bringing back such great memories of my childhood. I will check back often to see updates. ~Susan DeRose


Date:
04.21.2014

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anyone know of tommy and dottie rubino lived in holbrook ronkonkomo then bay shore....im an old friend i believe they got divorced. been trying to locate dottie...so if anyone has any info please write me email mediaexxe at aol.com my name is emma mucerino am on facebook under juliana mucerino


Date:
03.29.2014

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It is with great sorrow I will tell you my dad Fred Moran passed thursday


Date:
03.29.2014

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It is with great sorrow I will tell you my dad Fred Moran passed thursday


Date:
03.24.2014

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I LIVED IN BROOKWOOD HALL FOR 5 YEARS THOUGHT YOUR FIRST TEA WAS WONDERFUL WAS SO GOOD TO SEE THE PLACE AGAIN AND GO DOWN MEMORY LANE THANK YOU HOPE YOU HAVE A REUNION. MARION MOLLY HERRON


Date:
03.24.2014

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I LIVED IN BROOKWOOD HALL FOR 5 YEARS THOUGHT YOUR FIRST TEA WAS WONDERFUL WAS SO GOOD TO SEE THE PLACE AGAIN AND GO DOWN MEMORY LANE THANK YOU HOPE YOU HAVE A REUNION. MARION MOLLY HERRON


Date:
03.24.2014

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I LIVED IN BROOKWOOD HALL FOR 5 YEARS THOUGHT YOUR FIRST TEA WAS WONDERFUL WAS SO GOOD TO SEE THE PLACE AGAIN AND GO DOWN MEMORY LANE THANK YOU HOPE YOU HAVE A REUNION. MARION MOLLY HERRON


Date:
03.23.2014

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HI TO GERRY HYER. IWAS AT BH, THIS IS MOLLY HERRONSAULTER, VISITING LONG ISLAND. WENT TO HISTORIAL SOCIETY AT BROOKWOOD HALL, SO SAD TO SEE THE OLD PLACE FALLING APART, WILL TRY TO GET INTOUCH WITH YOU, TAKE CARE