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.
Billy Minicozzi said the picture in the April 16 Enterprise Pilot, "Is the brick building that is the main entrance to town hall opposite the post office." On a sports note he commented that last week, all baseball teams honored Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in baseball.
John DeJesu called to say that he is up from Florida, and visiting his two daughters for two weeks for the holidays. "Happily it is warm this time," he said. He recognized the mystery picture as being of the village hall in Oyster Bay."
On a personal note he said, "I'm doing very well, feeding hungry people in Florida. We have a hundred more this month and four more churches have joined our group. It keeps me very busy but I have a good crew working for me.
"I go to the Nassau Blue, a group of retired NYS police officers and have lunch with them on Saturdays. We talk about the old times. Bill Stalling had a party for his wife Nancy after she recovered at the Green Acres Hospital. There were 35 people at the party from Glen Cove, Bayville and Oyster Bay. Many people left two hours after the dinner - we just stayed talking and rehashing things.
"I received another citation from the Bishop of South Florida for my volunteer work. It is nice to be recognized. It builds my ego and makes me feel good knowing I am helping people," he said. Mr. DeJesu will be staying in the Oyster Bay-Bayville area until April 25. He said, "Oyster Bay and Bayville are my home. I'm staying with my daughter Jane for a week and then going to Kathy for a week. I'm sitting overlooking the water here in Bayville."
Paige Dawson called to identify the mystery picture. She said, "Everybody is going to know the answer - that it is town hall. The picture is taken from the vantage point of lower Audrey Avenue."
She added a new comment: "The Classic Cruise Nights are starting again on Tuesday, May 5 on Audrey Avenue." That is always welcome information.
Pat Devlin of Oyster Bay called to say, "It's the view of town hall from the south across the road. You don't see the main entrance but see the bench and that is the south eastern view of town hall."
Marg Buffa of Bayville called to say, "It's the Oyster Bay Town Hall. I'm happy to say my grandfather Charles E. Ransom - as in the beach of the same name - was the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor at one point and his picture is in that very building as I have been told by Supervisor John Venditto. I'm very proud and honored to be able to say this."
"I'd say that is the Oyster Bay Town Hall," said Beatrice Cardinale, of Locust Valley, who grew up in Oyster Bay. "My husband worked there for 39 to 40 years."
We received an e-mail from Rich Reynolds of Niskayuna, NY. He said, "Looks like the Town of Oyster Bay offices to me, right across from the Post Office, and
a short walk to the Bonanza stand. Which reminds me, -- I'll have to stop for a hotdog the next time I'm in town."
It's great to hear from out "outside Albany" contingent. We haven't heard from Marin County for a longtime.
Belle Santora said, "I think it's town hall facing the bandstand; across the street is the post office and Café Al Dente. As for Town Hall, I know it well, I've been there too many times," she said.
Rhoda Crawford too called, saying, "I'm just back from Florida and opened the newspaper and there it was... That's Oyster Bay Town Hall!"
"I believe its a picture of Oyster Bay Town Hall, unless they changed the name," said Leven Ashby of Hampton, VA.
"On the 12th birthday of my [daughter] Barbara-Anne, the mystery photo is of part of the Town of Oyster Bay complex as you turn onto Audrey Avenue. You can tell it's a town building because town cars are parked in street spots that should be reserved for the taxpayers of Oyster Bay, not the employees of the Town," said Edward B (Woody) Ryder IV. [We love spice.]
It is evident that the Oyster Bay Town Hall is a well known location in the hamlet. Thank you all for calling to share the credit! - DFK