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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

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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