How Well Do You Know the Area?
Do you know where this week's picture was taken? If you do, call the Enterprise-Pilot at 747-8282 and let us know. If you have a picture that you think might be interesting for others to guess, drop it off in our box at Raynham Hall Museum, 20 East Main St., Oyster Bay.
Pat Collins called to identify the mystery picture from the Nov. 24 issue. He said, "It's the entrance to Cove Beach in Oyster Bay Cove. My family and I have been swimming and boating there the past 75 years. It used to be a great place for clamming until it was shut it down quite a few years ago.
"The Cove boys, about a dozen of them, had a two-tier float there back in the 1940s, and I, with the recently deceased Paul Collery, paddled out there in an old boat from the beach and the older boys threw us back into the water forcing us to swim to shore. That was how Paul learned to swim. Those were the days.
"My daughter Deb, (who lived in Columbus, Ohio, for 15 years), on her visits home, that was always her first stop, at the Cove Beach," said Mr. Collins.
Caroline Du Bois called to identify the mystery picture. She said, "I totally, absolutely know it's the little landing in Oyster Bay Cove, next to the Audubon Society's bird sanctuary and the Roosevelt gravesite. For years my family called it the Little Beach. And as for the boats there, they are required to have a village sticker and for several years there were boats still occupying numbered places without those stickers. As a result, the Village of Oyster Bay Cove donated several kayaks, row boats and canoes that were abandoned, to the WaterFront Center to be used to educate children in small craft operating. We used them in the marine education program. There should be other communities that have similar abandoned small craft that could be donated to the WaterFront Center."
Michael Pilla, too, identified the little beach off Cove Road.
The mystery picture from Nov. 10 that was never solved got an answer from Carol Carlucci of Oyster Bay. She thought it was the entrance to Okeha Castle, which is not correct. Still it was a good guess. It's always fun to see photos of things that look similar from this area.
Christina Brown of Oyster Bay called to correct last week's mystery picture. In the column, her brother's name Peter Genco was spelled incorrectly as Jankowski. (Our apologies for the error.) His name is on both the memorial on the western waterfront and the new memorial at the St. Dominic's playing field said Ms. Brown. "The St. Dominic memorial is in back of the field house. It's a very private spot. There is another memorial at St. Patrick's Church in Huntington. We grew up in Huntington and were educated there.
"There is also a bench in Long Beach on the boardwalk. It's dedicated to 'Sweetie Petey,' that says he was loved by his wife and children.
"It doesn't get any easier," she said. "I go to the memorial at the western waterfront, but I love the Bookworm location. They created a lovely spot at the Roosevelt school. We have gotten close to the Jackmans (whose daughter is memorialized there). There are 10 of us (who lost loved ones on September 11) who are from this area. We are still all together with Sister Pat, who is amazing. We are all near and dear to each other.
"Two of the mothers had sons who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald but the mothers never knew each other, although they were neighbors for about 25 years," said Ms. Brown.