Opinion
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.

Nick LaBella answered the Jan. 1 mystery picture via email saying of the photograph, "It's what we call LaBella Vista."

Mr. LaBella said, "That photo is taken from the Townsend Square parking lot and high above it all is the home of Mary and Nick LaBella. The house was built back in 1859 and has a brick foundation and a cold closet down in the cellar. I found many odd items here and there in the house. One was a Civil War cap that was hidden under the floor boards up in the unfinished attic, next to some straw; plus a few other things.

"My youngest son wore the Civil War cap back when I portrayed (President Abraham) Lincoln at a July 4 celebration here in town. He was my bodyguard and it made Newsday the following day!

"There were also some old newspapers that were stuffed in the walls to keep the cold out etc. Most of the things are not in good condition due to neglect and age but most I gave to some of my teacher daughters and the cap is with my son, now an attorney, up in Boston."

Belle Santora, too, recognized the mystery picture. She said, "When I am down in Townsend Square, under the dryer at Highlights, and I look across the parking lot up that way, that is what I see. It's behind the Community Center.

"Those houses are on Summit Street and that is the back of them. The top house is my cousin Nick LaBella's house. That picture is just as clear as can be and I knew that one right away."

Belle added, "My son and daughter-in-law were here. She is Dr. Hubbard's daughter, he worked at Snouder's Corner Drugstore. She and her husband said, 'My God you're in the paper every week. You're very famous.' I think I'm infamous and Dagmar is making me that!"

Belle is wonderful to talk to. She is blessed with warmth and good humor. Talking to her is like getting a shot of adrenaline.

Pat Devlin called to identify the "mystery, mystery picture." She said, "The mystery picture in the Dec. 25 issue is the triangle between town hall and post office in Oyster Bay where the Derby-Hall bandstand is and where the cannons and the Christmas tree are."

Billy Minicozzi, too, recognized the Dec. 25 picture of the Christmas tree by town hall and the post office. He guessed on the location of the houses in the Jan. 1 issue as being on Perry Avenue in Bayville. On a sports note he said, "Good luck to the Giants as they make their way to the Super Bowl and hopefully the Jets will get a good coach by the end of the week. They need a good coach and a bunch of new players," he said. - DFK


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