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Mystery Picture: November 13, 2012

Tony Pilla Knows Oyster Bay

Tony Pilla emailed this answer saying, “This answer to the Nov. 9 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot will be a big guess on my part, since it will be over 50 years since I have seen what I think I’m looking at in the picture. My gut tells me that it is a picture taken from West Shore Road and that you can reach that area by walking on the sand from Beekman’s Beach. The area in the background that juts out toward the water brings me to this conclusion.” He is correct, and the photograph was taken by Patricia Aitken, Friends of the Bay executive director.

Preston Rosh of East Norwich also recognized the area on Beekman Beach.

Tony Pilla, now of Anniston, AL, sent an email to identify the Nov. 2 mystery picture. He wrote, “Glad to see you made it through the storm.  I hope you didn’t suffer too much damage. The picture might be the end of Beekman Beach where it runs along Shore Road. They used to have the broken concrete there at one time, I think.”

Belle Santora called and said, “I’ve weathered another storm. I’ve been throuth a lot in 101 years. This is the pits. But my neighbors and my granddaughter and her husband helped me through it. He got a generator and propane in Connecticut and my neighbors brought some propane. They really were wonderful. My neighbor didn’t have heat  so they stayed here. At night they went to Christina’s which was open, and brought back dinner for the four of us.

“My neighbor brought her fancy coffeepot and Gloria made all kinds of coffee. It could have been worse, but I hope never to see that again. I  have three eighths of a tank of gas left. I was going to get it filled up — tomorrow. You should never put off to tomorrow what you could do today,” she said.

“Getting back to business, the mystery picture in the Nov. 2 issue is the ramp next to the big pier where the Christeen is docked. Hurrah, I made it again. And you can see Shore Road opposite, before the road caved in.”

On a totally different topic, but about Oyster Bay, Belle said she dialed the wrong number last week and ended up talking to a member of the Yanotti family of Oyster Bay. She apologized to the woman and said something about being 101 and born in 1911. “She said, her grandfather was born in 1911 in Oyster Bay. I said, ‘That is a very old Oyster Bay family. As old as my mother and father. My mother was godmother to half of the Yanottis.’ Oh, said the woman, ‘that was my grand aunt.’ We had a nice conversation,” said Belle. Of course you know she had a great conversation as she does with everyone she meets. She’s “our Belle.”

We hope these are all good incentives for you to want to answer “the mystery picture.”                  

— 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