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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

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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