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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

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

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.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

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.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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