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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

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.

Diamond Fitness held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of the Historic Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce came out to meet Wendy Goldstein, her staff and her re-invented gym at 138 South St.

Goldstein said she was touched by the warmth of the people who came into the gym to welcome her, even before the official opening. “People came in to say hello, saying they had heard that the gym had changed hands. It warms my heart,” she said.

Goldstein attended a chamber meeting and is now a member. Nassau County Legislator Donald McKenzie helped Goldstein cut the red ribbon as chamber members Walter Imperatore and Michele Browner cheered the opening along with staff members and friends.


Sports

Football season is here and the Oyster Bay-Bayville Generals  held their opening day games on Sept. 14. Here are the results:

5 & 6 Peanuts:

The Peanuts opened the season vs. the Seaford Broncos and came out on the losing end of a hard fought game. The Lil Generals opened the game on offense and quarterback Rodney Hill, Jr. marched the offense down the field and completed the drive with a touchdown pass to Francesco Allocca. Yes, the Peanuts have a potent air attack with Hill Jr. going two for two for 26 yards. The defense played strong with Allocca leading the team in tackles with help on the defensive line from first-year players Dean Wolfe and Anthony Pelchuck.  

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



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