Barbara Rakusin, Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich (YFCA), informed the newspaper that YFCA received a letter from Nassau County Youth Board which terminates their contract effective July 6, 2012.
She said, “The letter states that ‘The fiscal stability plan developed by the county executive, in conjunction with Nassau County Legislature and NIFA is presently stalled before the legislature. The resulting impasse has forced the county into the position of having to make changes in funding to service contracts.” The letter goes on to say that “This decision is in no way reflective of the quality of your work.”
Gaby Treble correctly identified the May 31 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot. She said, “It’s the Oyster Bay High School principal. He’s taped to the wall with duct tape.” Ms. Treble recognized the principal, Dr. Dennis O’Hara, but checked with her brother Harrison, in seventh grade to be sure. She asked him, “How come he’s taped to the wall?”
Elfia Presta called to identify the picture and said, “It’s Dr. O’Hara in the Oyster Bay High School. I work there and he is my boss.” She and her office mates said the event was to raise funds for the eighth-grade trip to colleges to raise awareness about going to college.
Wow. Those words mean a great deal when you consider the Town of Oyster Bay.
Gaby Treble called to identify the mystery picture in the May 24 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. She said, “I think that it was taken in the high school when they were voting.” Ms. Treble is a student at the Vernon School. She informed me, “Today we had an assembly on James H. Vernon. We learned when he was born and how old he was when he died. He had three sons and four daughters. He was born in 1873 and was a fireman.”
It’s nice to get a bit of history along with our Mystery Picture solutions, don’t you agree?
I just can’t thank Mike enough. Having lived through the moving of Theodore in real time – some of it, not all of the information – it was lovely to watch it all again. Producer/Director Jeff Parente and Assistant Director/Editor Ron Smith are to be congratulated on their work. The piece is dedicated to the memory of Fritz Coudert, John Gable and Andy Tini – three men who have died, but were instrumental in Moving Theodore.
The mystery picture in the May 17 issue of the Enterprise Pilot was identified by Billy Minicozzi, who guessed it was Centre Island Beach. Actually, that was not the identification we had hoped for. We wanted someone to say, “It’s the Centre Island Beach during the Sagamore Rowing Association Regatta.” We have photographs we took at the event that we hope to have together for our May 31 issue.
Gregory Adami guessed the photo was taken at an Oyster Festival at Roosevelt Park. He said that last year they had some tents set up on the sand. He also suggested it might be the Polar Bear Swim – another good guess. We chatted about texting while driving. Mr. Adami said he drives along a 36-mile stretch of Sunrise Highway going to work every day and is amazed at the number of young women, ages 18 to 25, who drive while texting, and putting on makeup and/or eating breakfast.
“The Town Landmarks Preservation Commission had recommended that the now-closed Maine Maid Inn, which was housed in the ca. 1789 Valentine Hicks House, be designated a town landmark, citing it as ‘a place of historic value and aesthetic interest by reason of its architectural design and uniqueness as part of the history of the Town of Oyster Bay,’” Supervisor Venditto said. “At a November 15, 2011 hearing, the town board heard experts in the field of historic preservation give supporting reasons why the building should be designated a landmark.
The mystery photo in the May 10 issue of the Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot was correctly solved by Marian Liskowicz. He said, “It’s taken on Route 106 and is the [Oyster Rides] taxi service and the Clam Bar. I go by there every day on the way to work.”
Billy Minicozzi recognized the van on the left as belonging to Oyster Rides and identified the other vehicle as a trolley. On a sports note he said, “I hope T-Bone has a good year with the Jets.“ Don’t you love sports? What I enjoy is the freedom they have with the English language, creating a style of their own. The comment is about T-Bone as a new name for Tim Tebow, who is now with the Jets. A great name for a good-looking hunk.
Soon after my daughter Lynne Astrid Karppi was born at New York University Hospital, I was walking down the street in Great Neck Terrace, where we were living. I was pushing the beautiful baby carriage my mother had bought for her. It was navy blue and wood and steel with a fold-down hood, and a cover in case of rain and a fabulous blanket she had knitted for her only grandchild.
Gaby Treble called to answer the April 26 mystery picture on Monday afternoon, April 30, after we had gone to press. She had the correct answer, however. She said, “The mystery picture is the back of Christ Church, near the Oyster Bay Library.” Ms. Treble is a student at the Vernon school.
Ton Heijmen had called the past week to identify the picture of Christ Church, which he recognized because he sings there. We knew his wife, Peggy, from interviewing her about the new dog park being built by the Town of Oyster Bay. Unfortunately in the rush of deadlines we omitted him from last week’s mystery picture column. Luckily he called last week again. We had a fascinating discussion (fascinating to me) about the Finnish language.
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