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.”
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.
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