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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

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


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