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Mystery Picture: November 19, 2012

Nikki Paris Knows Oyster Bay

When Nikki Paris, secretary to Bayville Mayor Douglas Watson was asked what the mystery picture in the Nov. 16 issue of the Enterprise Pilot was, answered, “It is a Sprint truck with a cell phone antenna parked near the Bayville Fire House on Bayville Avenue.”

She is absolutely correct. They were providing emergency cell phone service to customers after the storm. The mystery picture was taken by Gregory Druhak on Sunday, Nov. 4.

“It looks like a temporary communication tower,” said Carla Panetta and Jennifer Simone of Bladykis & Panetta, adding to the information. Ms. Panetta said about Hurricane Sandy, “Bayville was pretty wild on the sound side and we had neighbors staying with us. The next day the water receded pretty quickly on the sound side but the bay side always has more trouble with water dissipating, especially the east end. They were under water three to five feet for several days.”

On West Harbor Drive the water was being pumped out of the street areas and into the bay.  There were giant hoses that ran across the road.

Ms. Panetta said, “People on the beach areas find that the water goes away quickly. Bayville in that area is like a soup bowl: if you are on the beach you are often four or five feet above your neighbors in the center of the area. 

“The new drainage system that was put in by the village, seemed to be working.  In the ‘92 storm the water was there for days. With this one, in two and a half days all the water was gone. There is a new drainage system that was put in by the village. It has big water drains that have baffles. They are like an envelope flap and the water can drain out. The mayor should be happy that taxpayers’ money was well spent on the program,” she added.

So there’s the story. Hopefully, it’s always informative to read the mystery picture answer.                 

— DFK

News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

An expert’s tips on bringing the

best of your garden into your home

Right now, Oyster Bay is in bloom. From the well-tended gardens of Planting Fields to unmowed patches near the Shu Swamp preserve, flowers are not just beautify our community, they also are calling out to us to bring them inside our homes to add color and fragrance. You don’t hear them? Trust me, the flowers in your garden are even calling you by name.

But don’t just stuff a bouquet in a vase. Make them look as good and last as long as possible. To find out how to do that, as well as how to improve your backyard flora, I asked Scott Lucas, the greenhouse supervisor of Old Westbury Gardens for some advice. He invited to join him in his cutting garden.


Sports

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.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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