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.
T.J. Amotobozo called to identify the Feb. 19 mystery picture. "It's a fishing photo. It's the dock at the Western Waterfront, looking toward Bayville with the WaterFront Center behind." Right- we think!
Billy Minicozzi said, "It's a man on the dock looking across Oyster Bay." On a sports note he said, "Baseball starts soon and hopefully the Mets will go to the World Series again."
"The Feb. 19 mystery picture is the fishing pier at Roosevelt Memorial Park, on the east side of the canal - the marina. That's we used to call it," said Arthur Leuteman who has been around the area since 1924. "I grew up in Oyster Bay and Syosset. My father opened the first Bohack's store on Audrey Avenue. It was a combination market and meat market, one of the first ones that came out," he said.
"That fishing pier is on the north end of the entrance to the boat basin next to the Sagamore Yacht Club," he added.
Belle Santora may have the final say. She said, "I think the picture today, Feb. 19, is the pier at the Western Waterfront."
So dear readers - which location is correct?
The mystery-mystery picture from Feb. 12 has been identified. Belle Santora said, "It's the Oyster Bay High School Band. In the corner is Michael Ianicello. Seated on the truck is Mike Rich, Sr. We were like brother and sister. Oh, I loved him so much. Now I love his son. We went all through school together, from kindergarten on. The other friend was Mike Ricciardi.
"In those days we had the old fashioned desks with the seats attached to them. The boys were behind me and they would put my hair pigtail in the ink well behind me.
"My mother had me wear dresses with sashes on them and they would tie the sash to the chair and I couldn't get up!
"Our biology class in old school, where St. Dominic's is now, was close quarters. Biology was in the attic and you could see all the rafters and often we would walk along them.
"One time I had to get a cricket for the class and I couldn't. Mike Rich got a cricket for me and put into a jar. I was supposed to take it out of the jar and hold it by the back legs but it got away and I got into trouble."
Mike Rich, Jr. sent the mystery picture with an explanation saying: "This photo is a pre-1929 OBHS graduation photo from 'The new high school'. This year, 2009, celebrates the 80th anniversary of that class, among which your chief mystery photo guesser, Belle Santora was a class mate along with my Dad (seated atop the gymnastic horse on the truck). I would be very surprised if Belle can't identify almost all of her past classmates. I'm looking forward to her answer," said Mike Rich, Jr. He added a P.S.S. "The photo was developed in reverse", therefore the "Oyster Bay" is reversed.
Ms. Santora said, she recognized Henry Layton. And Ted Velsor whom she said "lived around the corner from me and grew up with me. He and Chicky Vernon were high school sweethearts. [They married and sang together in the choir of the Wesley Methodist Church of East Norwich for many many years.]
"Nelson Jenkins who lives in Centre IsIand is there. It's amazing, amazing, it gives me goose pimples. I'll keep looking at the photo, for names," she said.
Ms. Santora said "I gave a picture to Mike Rich, Jr. of the seventh grade class with Ms. Harrington, a brand new teacher there. She married Donald Luckenbill. My son was one of his first students, along with Ronny Messa and Johnny Southerland."
A call also came from Jack Townsend saying, "The picture is the OBHS Class of 1928 and my brother is in the picture." We were unable to reach Mr. Townsend for more information. We hope he will call again.
Oyster Bay: a great place to live and a great place to remember. Keep calling and chatting with us. - DFK