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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

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com