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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

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.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.


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.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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