The Way We Were
more snapshots of life in the Mastic Area
Thanks to Kathy Clune & Alicia Patera Norwick For Sharing These Photos
GRADUATION DAY AT ST. JOHN'S PAROCHIAL SCHOOL CENTER MORICHES JUNE 1949
St. John's parochial school in Center Moriches drew kids from all over. I grew up with many of them in my Mastic Beach neighborhood that later came to William Floyd for High School. But in 1949 there was no William Floyd School period. There were no High or Elementary elementary schools in the Mastics for that matter. So this group of 21 8th graders would most likely be headed to Seton Hall in Patchogue or Mercy High in Riverhead or to Center Moriches High School. Len Clune from Mastic Beach who is 5th from the left headed off to Seton Hall. A year after this pic was taken Father Skelly of St Jude's in Mastic Beach arranged for the purchase of the Knapp Mansion with the idea to convert it into a schoolhouse so the Mastic Beach kids would not have to trek to Center Moriches. It was a well laid plan that went astray a few years later. That is Mary Ann Tebbins just to the left of the Priest. Arthur Tebbins built the Mastic Beach Property Owners Clubhouse in 1927. If any readers out there can ID the rest of these kids please get in touch. UPDATE 2016 Thanks to Thom Tebbins for the IDS LtoR : Antoinette Cappozola; Gladys Reisig; Dolores Aprea; Margaret Egan; Maryann Tebbens; The St. John’s R.C. Church Pastor, Fr. Shahoviak; Grace Collins; Rose Mennic; Judy Bremmer; Grace Morris; Janice Mottola. Rear : Anthony Nizza; Charles Botts; Howard Rutkowski; P. John Strebel; Leonard Clune; Ronald Farra; James Schiller; John Zlatsnitski; Armand Stanzoni; Frank Humphry; John Yaros.
And speaking of Father Skelly here's a telegram he sent to Len Clune & his bride Monica Scimeca in 1956. By this time Fr. Skelly had long been transfered out of St. Jude's to another parish in Bayside Queens, but it is obvious he was not forgotton. Long forgotten though was his big plans for the Knapp Mansion and by 1956 it lay abandoned and very torn up.
And this would be Len's future bride Monica Scimeca at her folks house in Mastic Beach on the corner of Aspen & Jefferson in 1950. They were summer residents then. Monica's cousin Phyllis Scimeca (an all year rounder) who was a friend of my sister lived just around the corner from us on Phyllis Drive. How about that Car! Is It A Caddy a Lincoln , Packard etc? Anyone out there know?
And Speaking Of Cars.... check out the car with its rear axel hooked up to the cement mixer. This photo of Alicia Patera's Aunt Camile and family is taken on Meadowmere Dr. in the original Mastic Acres area. They are building a garage.
A DAY AT THE BEACH
Aunt Camile again in the other "Mastic Acres" way across town that became officialy known as Shirley in 1952
MUSIC & MUNCHIES
My first introduction to live music was lawn concerts like these. This one is taking place in 1947 on Wavecrest Dr. in Mastic Beach. (The year I was born and three years before we moved out there) Seeming extremely interested in what mandolinist Patty Fischer is about to chow down on are guitarist Joe Patera and his dog Tango. Little Billy Little is probably humming a bar of God Bless The Child Who's Got His Own, but he will be singin' a different tune if Patty stands up!
THE ANTHONY & JULIA SCIMECA HOUSE AS SEEN FROM ASPEN ROAD, IT FACES JEFFERSON DR.
MISS MONICA MOWS EM DOWN
....The Push Mower Totaly Non Polluting! And Pretty Exhausting
MONICA & LEN
Dancing In The Dark To "SINCERELY" On Her Freshly Mowed Lawn
INDIANS JUST UP THE ROAD !
The Mastic Indians That Is. I'm not sure if they are at the Legion Field in Mastic Beach or Titmus Field in Mastic here. These guys played real honest hardball. That's Richie Larsen squatting in front of the tree and Len Clune squatting dead center. Any other ID's are more than welcome. Notice one guy has a Moriches Jersey.
AND SPEAKING OF BASEBALL
AND MUCH FURTHER UP THE ROAD ...ACTUALLY ALL THE WAY BACK TO BEDFORD AVENUE IN BROOKLYN WHICH IS WHERE A THIRD OF THE FOLKS IN MASTIC BEACH CAME FROM ... NOT TO MENTION THE KNAPPS .....HERE'S ONE PIC FOR THE ROAD .... AFTER ALL IT IS ALMOST OCTOBER
While almost all of my friends cheered for Mickey Mantle & Company, Duke Snider Was My Baseball Hero In 1955. This pic was snapped back then. I even wrote about him in a song 35 years later.
,,,,,," The Dukes Comin Up But Casey's At Ease, He Knows His Boys Are Just Shootin' The Breeze"........