Ryan Jarvis of East Norwich correctly identified the mystery picture in the July 5 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “It’s taken on Route 106, just south of 25A down from the Methodist Church. That’s a 1926 Studebacker fire truck from the East Norwich Volunteer Fire Department.” His great grandfather is in a picture with the truck at the East Norwich firehouse. Ryan’s dad, Jake Jarvis said that Ryan just became a member of the East Norwich Juniors. “My son John has been with them for two years. John and Ryan are the fourth generation of firefighters out of East Norwich. I was chief in 1994 when I started the juniors.”
Eileen Aliani, too, recognized the photo taken by Gregory Druhak. Ms. Aliani had two answers to give: “Last week’s mystery picture was of the Western Waterfront and this week’s July 5 is a picture of the parade for the 100th Anniversary of the East Norwich Fire Company, and was taken from south of Route 106.”
As we drove along Jericho Turnpike on Monday, we enjoyed looking at the wildflowers growing in the median. It was nice to see the pink clover blossoms and the blue asters that shine their faces at us in July. Do you remember Lady Bird Johnson, had a campaign to beautify America with wildflowers?
Unfortunately, those lovely wildflowers may not be there tomorrow. The New York State DOT will soon be coming along and mowing them down for the sake of a neat roadway.
The headlines in the media this week have been about how women can’t have it all. I think that depends on what you mean by “having it all.”
In her speech, Oyster Bay High School Class of 2012 valedictorian Ashley George, impressed me with what she said.
Thanks to all who attended and contributed to the recent 6th annual Summer Solstice Celebration of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum (obrm.org). Notwithstanding the 90-plus degree heat (!), it was a great night.
Particularly, our thanks to our generous benefactors and donors, including Marcella and John Specce, State Farm Insurance- John Specce Agency, Lorie and Roger Bahnik, the Bahnik Foundation, Carmela and Phil Baldino, Sandy and Nelson DeMille, Debra and Claudio DelVecchio, Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, the Morenberg / Karlson Family, Eileen and Thomas Pulling, Robin and Enrique Senior, Kevin Stansberry, Marty Ulman, Susan Gordon and John Grocki, Susan and Donald Zoeller, Jacque and Phil Blocklyn, Susan and Tom Egan, Ada and Frank Flower, Louise and Joe Paruolo, John Voelpel, and Weintraub and Traub, CPAs.
The Mystery Picture from last week is still a mystery. We look forward to your answers.
Emily Johnson identified the June 22 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot as the Locust Valley Plaza. “In the ‘70s I shopped there at the Shoe Tree.”
We also received a call from Ann Marie Kobrick of Arizona, visiting relatives locally. She guessed it was the Jack Halyards shopping center which was a great guess since the architecture is so similar. She commented that she thought the pictures had to be from Oyster Bay and we confessed that sometimes we throw in a ringer. She said she would think about it and called back later with the correct answer. “It is the Plaza in Locust Valley. I was born and raised here in Locust Valley. I have relatives in Locust Valley, Glen Cove and Oyster Bay. I’m a retired school teacher.” Ms. Kobrick is very well connected locally. Her cousin Lucille Parente volunteers at Silver Threads, the shop in the front of the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay. Ms. Kobrick has been at the center having lunch with her mom, Jackie Gugiliano of Locust Valley. “I was going to do the Wellness Walk but I had something else to do. It’s a lovely center. The area has such wonderful things for older people. My mother was born and raised in Oyster Bay and moved to Locust Valley when she married my dad. This is all a beautiful area.”
Happy Birthday to the Oyster Bay Historical Society. Having always loved museums, books and history, it is easy to see that it is one of our favorite places. Philip Blocklyn, OBHS executive director said he was told by Barry Curtis Spies that the current society was formed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1960. It became incorporated on June 26, 1960 – therefore the birthday wishes — just two days late.
Mr. Blocklyn said this is the third OBHS. The first one was formed by D. Harris Underhill, the next by Cornell Mulford and then, when that incorporation expired, the current group was formed. The OBHS currently has books from Mr. Mulford’s era that were donated to the Oyster Bay Public Library which turned them over to the current group after it was formed.
This past weekend was just lovely in Oyster Bay and East Norwich. There were flags flying in East Norwich in honor of the 100th anniversary of the East Norwich Volunteer Fire Department (ENVFD). Down in the hamlet, on Saturday morning June 16, the firemen held their 5th Battalion drill. A bandstand was set up for people to view the action.
We love to watch the drills, especially the hose event. It is amazing to see the firefighters racing with the hose and connecting it in seconds to fire out the water. The Town of Oyster Bay showmobile was set up with all the trophies that were awarded later in the day.
The June 14 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot received no calls. That is either because it was too easy, or too hard. Either way, that is interesting and we will wait to identify the photograph.
We did receive an interesting email from Leven Ashby who wrote, “I believe my post was misconstrued when put in the paper. I think I said something to the effect that Bay Shoes and Bernstein’s was the same physical property and the building to the right of that property was the building for Doctor Figman’s office.”
Marg Buffa, a former Oyster Bay resident, now of Bayville, identified the mystery picture in the June 7 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. She said, “It’s Bay Shoes which was owned by Carmen Berlangero, my husband’s cousin, and it’s located at the corner of West Main and South Street. My parents always took us there to get shoes. Carmen was terrific. I love that the picture was taken so long ago, with the Volkswagen and the parking signs.”
Harry Slutter said, “It’s where Appliance World is now in Oyster Bay and it was where Bay Shoes was for many years.”
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