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Mystery Picture: November 8, 2012

Ton Heijmen Knows Oyster Bay

Antonius (Ton) Heijmen identified the mystery picture in the Oct. 26 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “This week’s mystery picture is of the parking lot behind Verrelli’s Market on West Main Street in Oyster Bay, my favorite place to buy my luncheon meats and rolls! Love those tomato plants in the parking lot and the old barn behind it!

“On a different note, I am the Senior Warden at Christ Church and I would like your readers to know that during the Oyster Festival, the church collected $5,000 from patrons that parked their car in the church’s parking lot on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

“All that money will go to Habitat for Humanity, as the church does not keep one dime for its own use.

“Our thanks to all the volunteers of Christ Church and to the festival lovers that parked in our lot and were happy to support such a great cause!”

Our thanks to Mr. Heijmen, for such great information about the Oyster Festival. The Oyster Festival — which has become a larger than life festival — allows the wonderful residents of this community to do a great deal of good in the world. Our thanks to all the wonderful people who spent two days helping make the world a better place.

We also received an answer from Frances Raymond who used to write an occasional Doubleday Babcock Senior Center Newsline column. Frances recognized the photo of the barn behind Verrelli’s Market and even knew the owners of the barn. Frances said she guessed last week’s picture and was pretty sure she knew this one, and of course she was correct.                      

— DFK

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

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.


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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