Bands Featured At Rivera
One of the bright sounds of the
dance band business these days
will be found at the Riviera, Man-hasset
Bay, Port Washington, for
most of the weekends the rest
of this summer.
Bernie Mann, who, along with
his brother Mickey, owns and operates
the popular dinner and
supper club, will be back in the
guise of bandleader- trumpet player,
fronting his hand- picked All
American Band. Friday evening,
July 26th, and Saturday evening,
July 27, are the two nights when
this very talented dance band
will present its latest wares.
Bernie Mann is emphasizing a
good, strong, full reed sound
and brilliant scoring for the
brass section. This will be
highlighted by a persuasive percussion
beat that typifies the
The All American Band has
among its personnel the all
time great trombone star Billy
Rausch, a distinguished alumni
member of the Glen Gray Band
of yesteryear; Pretty Perdie, recognized
as one of the outstanding
drummers of the present day,
beats the skins; Ray Cope land,
a trumpet name for Duke Ellington
a few years back, is an
honored member of the horn
section; and David Lahm, with
an extremely modern piano touch,
mans the keyboard.
by Chris Klesh
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Seamanship Course In Fall
Adult Education Program
Robert Poulson, Commander of man learn the fundamentals of
United States Coast Guard Aux- safety and courtesy afloat. The
iliary Flotilla 13- 2 of Massape- course will consist of a two hour
qua, announced that his Flotilla class each week for eight weeks,
has scheduled a Public Instruc- A certificate of proficiency will
tion Course in small boat handling be awarded by the Coast Guard
and seamanship at Berner High to all who pass the final examina-
School this September as part of tion.
the Adult Education Program. A small registration fee will be
Classes will be open to all charged to cover the cost of books
small boat owners and their and materials. Additional informa-families.
Non boaters are also tion may be obtained by writing
invited to attend the free courses PEC M. Douglas, 1355 Briad
designed to help the novice boat- Street, Wantagh.
Free Boating Course Offered
Oyster Bay Town will conduct
another in its series of free boating
safety courses for youngsters
10- 14 years of age Town Board
Majority Leader Ralph J. Marino
announced this week.
The new course, sponsored by
the Oyster Bay Beach Department,
in cooperation with the
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla
13- 2 and the Massapequa Elks
will begin Monday, July 29 at
4 p. m. at the Massapequa Elks
Club, Brooklyn Avenue, Massapequa.
The classes will be held
July 29, July 31, August 1, August
2 and will conclude Monday,
August 5. Safe boating certificates
will be awarded to all
those completing the course.
Those desiring further information
on the course may call
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Something is upside down in the
State Department of Mental Hygiene.
No one is suggesting all mental
patients should be locked up and
the key thrown away. But what
happens when the safety of the
people of a community is threatened?
Marcy State Hospital is now
at the center of such a dilemma.
About five years ago a man
from one of the small villages
of this state threatened to kill a
state trooper who arrested him.
He also threatened to kill some
of the citizens of that village
who helped the trooper, in the
spirit of morality which says
citizens do not stand idly by in
such situations, make the arrest.
In the intervening years this
patient has escaped, sometimes
just by walking out the front door
And when he does the people
of this village live in fear. So
does the trooper.
" I have to be careful when I
get out of my car at night at
home," said the trooper.
This fear is heightened by the
fact that last winter two young
men walked out the door of Marcy.
Before the story ended they had
killed one trooper and made plans
to kill an entire family. The plans
never came off because before
they could carry them out, the
two men got into an argument
and one killed the other.
So a man who threatens to kill
a trooper is not taken lightly by
the people of this little village - or
the trooper he threatened.
On July 3 this man was released
from Marcy. The people
in the village didn't know about
it. Neither did the trooper.
They learned two days later
when the patient was arrested
after his wife signed a statement
saying he had threatened her with
a knife. During one of his earlier
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absences from Marcy he had
narrowly missed her with a shotgun
A stage legislator, by coincidence,
had written a letter to
Dr. Newton Bigelow, director of
Marcy, two months ago, asking
about this patient because of the
concern of the village.
Dr. Bigelow wrote back and
said " except for the fact that he
absented himself from the hospital
without permission on several
occasions in the last four
months, he has not shown any
unusual behavior and certainly
no dangerous tendencies."
And, added Dr. Bigelow at the
end of the letter, " We are dealing
here with an immature, impulsive
young man, who probably
could function on the outside if the
proper setting could be found and
if the voices of the ghosts of his
past could somehow be stilled."
In the light of the July 3 release
of the patient, the last statement
of Dr. Bigelow asks more questions
than it answers.
In the legislator's reply he
quoted Dr. Bigelow's last statement
back to him and then said:
" To me this means the trooper
( and the others in the village) who
( the patient's name) threatened
to kill should forget all about it.
It is not that easy and every time
( the patient) picks the lock on the
front door of this hospital they
naturally become upset and
" I recently had occasion to confer
with ( the brother of the trooper
who was shot last winter, who
is also a trooper) and I know
that it was unfortunate that those
two who killed his brother walked
out the front door, but believe rm
the people are upset and they are
wondering what steps are being
taken to rectify the situation such
as that stated in your letter
wherein in this particular instance
he ' absented himself from
the hospital without permission
on several occasions in the last
Nothing, apparently. When police
arrested the patient two days
after his release, Marcy officials
at first refused to accept him.
And they did it later only after
the legislator personally called
A little later Dr. Bigelow was
asked about the threats the patient
has made against the trooper.
" That's not relevant now," replied
Which is, of course, absurd and
Try telling the trooper or the
village it isnt relevant, Dr. Bigelow.
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