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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

A lot of people think that our world would be better off without all of the insects in it. Not so, according to Lois Lindberg, volunteer naturalist at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Lindberg and fellow naturalist Wendy Albin gave a presentation about the importance of butterflies and insects in our ecosystem at the site of Theodore Roosevelt’s former home on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Butterflies and other insects are very important in nature,” said Lindberg. “People see bees, wasps and ants and other insects as pests, but they actually contribute to our ecosystem by each doing their own unique job. They pollinate the flowers and fruits and without them we would not be able to eat a lot of the stuff we eat every day.”

Building J at Oyster Bay’s Western Waterfront is again up and running as the Ida May Project builds the 40-passenger oyster boat that will be operated by the WaterFront Center. The Ida May Project of the Christeen Oyster Sloop Preservation Corp. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve Oyster Bay maritime heritage by involving the community in traditional boat building.

Bill Shephard, Herb Scheirhorst, President Clint Smith and Project Manager Hank Tiska were there on a recent Thursday. Smith had left at around 2 p.m. to get a part he had at home they needed to fix the tractor they use to move the logs they cut to size in their saw mill. Fixing their equipment and cutting logs are some of the many projects that encompass the work.


Sports

Picture-perfect weather was on board for the Mill Neck Family of Organizations’ Third Annual Sail the Sound for Deafness Regatta on Thursday, Aug. 7. The event, featuring an evening race of yachts, followed by a cocktail party, was held to benefit the organization that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other special needs.

In this year’s race, fifteen sailors took to the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor; three aboard their own boats, others on several boats provided by Oakcliff Sailing Center. The WaterFront Center’s oyster sloop, Christeen and two vessels from Oyster Bay Marine Center, brought a total of 45 spectators out to watch the race.

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.


Calendar

Movie at the Library

Thursday, August 28

Sagamore Hill Walk

Saturday, August 30

Hooks and Needles

Tuesday, September 2



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