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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.

The March 18 mystery picture was identified by Millie Austin. She said, "It's a beautiful building that was just refurbished on South Street and down the street is Commander Oil. They did a nice job on their building. The road to the Sagamore Yacht Club is down the street and to the left," said Ms. Austin. "I really love your paper. I get so much information out of it," she added. [The site was mentioned in a recent article about the Oyster Bay Marine Center.]

T.J. Molotbozzo called to answer the March 18 mystery picture and was very close to correct. He said, "The picture is of the old Commander Oil garage offices at the foot of South Street. You can see it is vacant now [it is not vacant] and on the right is the old Oyster Bay boat shop and looking at last week's picture, that is taken at the Sagamore Yacht Club with the boats covered up." He is just about correct on the first picture but not on the second.

Belle Santora guessed it was the new building that replaced the Goodyear garage - which is incorrect.

Eric Gloeckner of Muttontown said, "Last weeks mystery picture March 12, is either the Oyster Bay Marine Center by the marina in Roosevelt Park or the parking lot on the right hand side of the street as you're looking at Commander Oil." The second guess is correct. This week's picture, March 18, "Is the sailboat shop right by Commander Oil, although I can't see the boats that are usually in the windows." Correct!

Mr. Gloeckner added, "Thank you! keep the great pics coming. I love this paper and the mystery pics are my favorite thing. Although I was disappointed there wasn't more coverage about the Oyster Bay Polar Bear Plunge. I took the plunge that day and it was a great experience (my first) I can't wait till next year." [There is some upcoming coverage expected soon.]

Jack Townsend called to add information to the photograph sent in by Mike Rich and printed in the Feb. 12 issue. It's been a rich look into Oyster Bay's past.

Jack Townsend said, "My brother Stuart Townsend is third from the left standing in the truck, wearing a white shirt.

"In the front row is Ted Velsor, he is the third from the left.

"The man on the running board is Roy Cheshire, who was a kind of Dapper Dan. He is wearing plus fours and argyle socks. On the truck sitting on the Pommel horse is Mike Rich Sr. That leads me to believe it was the gymnastic team.

"That is the 1928 gymnastic team. I was one year old then. They are wearing the type of letters gotten for sports. The sweaters have the "O" and "B" intertwined - but the "O" was pointed out at the sides.

"My brother went on to Springfield College to study physical education and became a Phys. Ed. teacher in upstate NY in Lake Lucerne.

He was the district principal and passed away in about 1993. They named it the Stuart M. Townsend Middle School in Lake Lucerne. It was quite an honor. That was really something to see.

Mr. Townsend said he remembered Belle Santora. He said, "Belle Santora lived across the street from us on School Street. She's a sweetheart; I've known her since I was born."

"I graduated from OBHS in 1945 and my wife is Jennie Townsend." Mr. Townsend was an assistant principal in Bayville. "I enjoyed it very much," he said.

The Townsends have two sons, Todd and Scott. Both went into public service. Todd is a NYC firefighter and Scott is with the NYC post office. - DFK


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