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Mystery Picture: November 6, 2012

John Maloney Knows Oyster Bay

John Maloney aced the photo ID in the Oct. 26 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “The mystery picture is the back of Verrelli’s market and that is their garden. The picture is taken facing south. That is the old barn. The guy who owns it lives on Orchard Street. That is his weeping cherry tree and it has pink flowers in the spring. I live on Spring Street and I look over his garden,” said John Maloney.

That was just a lovely answer and we appreciate it.

Gregory Adami said, “It is the back parking lot of Verrelli’s supermarket in Oyster Bay, off of West Main Street. That is where they were growing their tomatoes in the summer. The big shed is on the property that was the Pucci’s years ago. I went to school with Michael Pucci, who passed in the mid ‘80s. He had a pigeon coup at the top of the shed in the early ‘80s and late ‘70s.”

Happily, there is a little more of Oyster Bay history. The photograph, by the way, was taken by Betty Tiska.

Frank Cucci called to say, “I’m 99 percent sure it’s the backyard of a house on Orchard Street. I can see it from behind Verrelli’s parking lot. That’s where it’s taken. That barn belongs to my cousin.”

Rosie McCumiskey, a student at the Vernon School, too, recognized the location. She said, “It’s the parking lot of Verrelli’s.” When asked what her favorite things from the store were, she said cookies and added the rolls. They are famous for their Portuguese rolls.

The next caller: “The mystery picture is behind Verrelli’s in Oyster Bay,” said Maria Czarniecki. “I was born in the house where that barn is. That’s why I know. Dodds & Eder was where Verrelli’s is right now.”

Oyster Bay’s Julia Brown, 9, believes that the picture is Verrelli’s Market, and she is absolutely right. 

Nancy Hussey, too, knew the place, spot perfect, as she said, “The picture is of the parking lot behind Verrelli’s super market — gourmet supermarket in Oyster Bay.”

Belle Santora said, “This is a wild guess. I have no idea, but yes I do. It looks to me like the parking lot of Verrelli’s and on the side is the old Disbrow building.

“I’ve been there at Verrelli’s once in a while, and I notice things and it stays in my mind. I knew the Disbrows very well. They were the owners of the Oyster Bay Guardian. I think that is it, but I could be wrong, but I don’t want to be wrong.” And of course, Ms. Santora, at 101, is correct again.

She knew last week’s picture too. That was the Mill Pond. Belle visited the Oyster Festival. She had clam chowder and shrimp and hamburgers and French fries. She said, “I wanted fried oysters but we didn’t have time. We just had time to see the tall ships. The two little ones with us went on the rides. They would scare the “h” out of me. They were upside and down and swinging around, in the little school bus, and in a tall steeple thing, sitting there with their feet dangling and it was three times the height of my house. But every one of those rides was beautiful and freshly painted and clean. In my day we were lucky if we got a ride on the carousel.”

This was a wonderful photograph. It got us a lot of callers, which is our delight. Thank you all for identifying the mystery picture.                       

— DFK

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



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