With the bus strike by employees of the Long
Island Bus Company affecting 9,500 pupils in
District 22, in addition to the 55,000 pupils without
service elsewhere on Long Island due to
bus strikes, it is apparent that legislation is
needed in the future to prevent such a situation.
Assemblyman Frank McCloskey has just filed
a bill in Albany which would make " prior performance
and service" a factor in the award
of bus contracts. McCloskey said that he believed
his proposal would " tend to lessen the
chances of future school bus strikes on Long
Island, with their attendant inconveniences, suffered
by school children and their parents*'.
At the present time, the state education law
stipulates that school boards must accept the
lowest bidder on contracts. McCloskey's bill would
amend this law lifting the school board's need to
accept the offer of the lowest bidder, in cases
where the lowest bidder may have a poor past
However, in the case of the Long Island Bus
Co., there has been little cause for complaint,
while in Massapequa there have been many complaints
against the bus company for ' lack of
Something must be done to prevent sudden
hardships on whole families, who were forced,
on this occasion to transport their children with a
sudden notice on Saturday that there would be no
bus service on Monday.
Nassau Police Commissioner Francis B. Looney
warned motorists to be especially alert to school
children during the current school bus strike.
" More children will be walking," he said, " and
more will be getting in and out of vehicles without
the protection of the flashing school bus lights.
Consequently, more will be endangered in traffic."
Looney asked that drivers be alert and watchful,
and that parents driving children to and from school
be careful not to allow their children or friends to
alight from cars in a dangerous manner.
" No one," he added, " should get out of a car on
the left hand side so as to alight in the part of the
roadway used by vehicle traffic."
One would think that the present Southeast Asia
crisis would help Republic Aviation Division of Fair-child
Hiller. Such is not the case.
During a recent visit to the plant, an official told
us that everytime one of the Republic planes that is
being used in Vietnam is lost, it has an affect, however
small, on Republic. The firm is building r e placement
parts for the aircraft now in use and is
not producing any new planes for the war effort. For
every plane lost, fewer replacement parts are necessary.
Most of the Federal dollars are being spent for
other materiel in Vietnam. Planes are not one of
them. The official told us that it's not so much a
question of looking for new Defense contracts, bdt
holding on to whatever contracts which are already
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I see by the Observer of last
week that Town Supervisor Michael
N. Petito and Senator
Kennedy have decided that
recreation for the youth of the
community is a factor in combating
the rising rate of youth
crime and that there is a direct
relationship between the lack of
facilities and the rise in crime.
I would like to suggest therefore,
that there is one form in
which action along these lines
might be taken. In Bethpage Park
there is a Ski Area which is
swamped with teen- agers whenever
it snows and the tow lift is
This is an example of already
existing facilities which might be
expanded or improved ( such as a
snow machine which would permit
skiing more regularly) so that
our children might have skiing
facilities similar to those in
Taconic State Park. Up- State
parks have much better facilities
and even the Town of Hempstead
has a ski program for teen- agers.
Brookhaven, Huntington and
Smithtown are way out in front
with their ski areas.
For the present though, the
beefing up of Bethpage Ski operation
would be the answer since
it is economical for those who
cant go upstate. A visit to this
area any day that it snows, particularly
on weekends and holidays
will prove to what use this
area is put by teenagers to say
nothing of the adults, who are
also to be considered.
506 Bay Ave. jN. Massapequa
By Rep. John W. Wydler
The second session of the 90th
Congress has begun. If the performance
of the last few years is
any criterion, it will be a long
session ending just before the
Presidential and congressional
elections in November.
Should the President have his
way, it will probably be known
in history as the " tax- raising"
Congress. I, for one, hope we
avoid this designation. The
President's proposed tax rise
will be the hottest issue of the
It seems clear that the President
has no chance to get his tax
increase unless the " Johnson"
group of Congressmen that were
elected with him in the 1964
landslide vote with him on this
crucial issue. So far, many of
these members say they will
not support the President on the
tax issue. The President is
known, however, to be an expert
in the art of persuasion. His
success with this group will be
interesting to watch and decisive
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26
8: 30 p. m. Bethpage Railroad elevation
meeting, Bethpage High
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
9 p. m. St. Kilian's HolyNameSo-ciety
dance, school auditorium
9: 30 to 12: 30 Farmingdale Pony-tail
League registration, Main
Street School cafeteria
Girl Scout Cookie Drive Begins
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28
11 a. m. Anniversary Celebration,
Farmingdale Baptist Church
MONDAY, JANUARY 29
8: 15 p. m. Parent Teacher Open
House, Sunday School First
Church of Christ Scientist,
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1
8: 30 p. m. " College for Everyone?",
Accepted To State
College At Delhi
Roberta Sue Carlton, of 2 Jerome
Drive, Farmingdale, has
been accepted for admission in
September to the State University
Agricultural and Technical
College at Delhi, New York.
Peter Starke, 18 of 280 Boundary
Avenue, North Massapequa
was arrested by police and
charged with loitering on the
Farmingdale Senior High School
Federal spending will be a
continuing fight in this session.
Once again Republicans will offer
amendments to cut federal
spending and the budget requests
of the President. I believe they
will be more successful this year
as the nation is going to be
shocked at the President's
National defense certainly will
require a lot of spending but
parts of that budget should be
reviewed and what can be deferred,
should be. The crisis
in the cities requires special
attention. The only programs
which can substantially reduce
the danger of riots tins Summer
are those which will increase
employment. Most important is
vocational training. It is time to
. give the Republican- proposed
Human Investment Act a chance
to operate. It would stimulate
private enterprise to retrain employees.
It would be good for the
people if this Congress were
known as one that passed the Human
Investment Act rather than
the President's surtax bill.
Select Daler Students To
Perform In String Festival
Four music students from the
Woodward Parkway and East
Memorial Elementary Schools of
the Farmingdale School District
have been selected to perform
in the Long Island String Festival
to be presented at Hofstra
University Playhouse on February
4 at 3: 00 P. M. Represent-ing
District 22 will be Mary
Ward of East Memorial, Violin;
John Staugaitis, Bass; Ellen
Caruso, Violist; Peter Lykes,
Violinist, of Woodward Parkway,,
They are string students of Dr.
Also representing District 22
will be Linda Schroeder, violin;
Christine Harrington, cello;
Marcie Green, violin; Mark
Schroeder, cello; Stephen Colton,
bass; Barbara Barnes, viola, and
Gina Grady, cello. They are
string students of Frank Farago.
Ellen Caruso was selected for
the Boston MENC Conference
held at Boston last year.
Guest conductors will direct
three orchestras of approxi-mately700
top Long Island string
students from Nassau and Suffolk
Counties. The Long Island String
Festival will have as guest conductor
of the Senior Orchestra,
Alexander Schneider, world- renowned
violinist and conductor
or the Casals and Marlboro Music
Festivals as well as a member
of the Budapest String
Quartet. Schneider was recently
featured with Pablo Casals in the
Bell Telephone Hour Television
Special honoring Casals' birthday.
Other conductors are
Beatrice Brown, conductor of the
Scranton Philharmonic Orchestra
and Sanford Reuning,
firt vice president of the American
String Teachers* Association
- New York Chapter.
Last year, 126 members of this
Festival represented Long Island
and the State of New York when
they were invited to perform at
the Music Educators' National
Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
Members of the Long
Island String Festival Orchestras
have also performed at Atlantic
City for a previous nation
conference. Admission to
Sunday's concert will be $ 1.25
for adults and $. 75 for children.
Tickets are available at the door.
Beau Sejour Celebrates Anniversary
In Gourmet Style
The Beau Sejour Restaurant,
in Bethpage, was the scene of a
60th anniversary celebration last
Friday evening when a party of
friends and relatives attend
ed a gourmet dinner.
Among those present were
Mrs. Bertha Pouchan, wife of the
late Monsieur Bernard Pouchan,
founder of Beau Sejour in 1908,
the Wilson family, Edwin J.
Fehrenbach of Bethpage, Joseph
Car lino, Surrogate Judge JohnD.
Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Henry G.
Hay, Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Lord
of Hofstra, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight
Nostrand of Farmingdale,
Eleanor Searle Whitney, Mr. and
Mrs. Byron E. Van R a a 11 e,
George Auslander, and a host of
nearly 100 well wishers.
The dinner was reminiscent
of a similar one served in 1908
and included Hors d'oeuvres
Parisienne, Potage Sante, graves
Roschatel, Florida Snapper
Sautee Meuniere, Polet en Co-cotte,
Pommes Rissole, Haricot
vert au beurre, salad au chapon,
crepe suzette, champagne and a
special anniversary layer cake.
Mulligan To Address Group
On " Creative Spiritual Thinking'
Why not su
year by mail
' s New York
w i n n i ng
Only $ 4 a
Alexander R. Mulligan of 7
Dolphin Drive, Farmingdale, will
present a program entitled
' Creative Spiritual Thinking' for
the Woman's Society of Christian
Service of the l\ wrt Chester
Methodist Church, Port Chester
on Monday, February 5 at 8 p. m.
To Attend Church
Gene Whitfield, the newly appointed
presiding minister of the
congregation announced that The
Amityville Congregation of
Jehovah's Witnesses will be attending
their semi- annual convention
at the Assembly Hall
of Jehovah's Witnesses, Green-point
Avenue, Long Island City,
February 9th through nth.
Farmingdale OBSERVER Thursday, January 25, 1968
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