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Mystery Picture: October 2, 2012

Gregory Adami Knows Oyster Bay

Gregory Adami called to identify the photograph in the Sept. 27 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said the mystery picture is, “A bunch of chairs set out for the memorial at the 9/11 area at the entrance to the Western Waterfront area and Beekman Beach. There used to be a boat across from there. The WaterFront Center is going to re-do it. The building is where they recently restored the Christeen.”

He is of course, correct. The Ida May is currently being restored in Building J on West End Avenue. It will be open for viewing during the Oyster Festival. Drop by and see your friendly volunteers at work.

Billy Minicozzi called and said the mystery picture was taken at Theodore Roosevelt Park — which is the greater location of the Western Waterfront.

Belle Santora called to say, “The mystery picture is the entrance to Roosevelt Park on West End Avenue. The chairs are near the firehouse building and there are two hardy souls on bicycles.”

We were able to weasel a recipe from Belle. She said it was a peasant dish she grew up with. Many Italian dishes are vegetarian, and this one is. She said, “I grew up on it and it is absolutely delicious. You can keep your meat, even though my husband was in the meat business.” The recipe is for an escarole and cannolli bean soup that is good for dipping your bread into to get the last drops.  When we told her we wanted the recipe, she said, “Why cook when we have so many great restaurants here.” That was just what Matthew Meng, East Norwich Civic Association president said at their Sept. 27 meeting. He told a reporter that there were great restaurants in the small hamlet. He mentioned Luce, Angelina’s, La Pizzetta, Saggio’s, Red Tomato, the Pancake House, Rothmann’s and even the Messina Market. Christina’s take out should be added.

But here is a quick version of Belle’s recipe for the soup.

In a four quart pot, put in oil and cook some garlic until softened. Add a can of Cannoli beans, rinsed out. Add water to cover and let it cook for a while to soften the beans. Then add a head of fresh escarole, rinsed and chopped up in chunks and blanched in boiling water to wilt. Put the escarole into the pot and add vegetable, chicken stock or water to cover. Cook for a while to heat and serve with Italian bread. “If you are Italian you will want to add some red pepper flakes. Put in some salt to taste too,” she said.

So that is it for this week’s mystery picture. Recipes welcome.                   

-DFK

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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