With a series of extreme heat waves and one of the hottest Julys on record, the summer of 2012 has highlighted the importance of a reliable and readily accessible water supply. Conserving water during the high-temperature summer days is critical. Saving water lessens the strains on the water-pumping systems, saves electricity, ensures a plentiful water supply for all our needs now and for future generations and, most importantly, saves you money! The Long Island Water Conference urges you to use your water wisely this summer, any way you can.
Water systems across Long Island are designed and constructed to meet the community’s maximum day demand plus a reserve for fire protection. However, the maximum day demands continue to increase every year due to new automatic sprinkler systems, resulting in a greater strain on our groundwater wells. This may lead to some areas seeing reduced water pressure and reduced fire flow protection.
Domenica Askeland called to identify the mystery picture in the Aug. 2 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. She said, “It’s taken from TR beach in Oyster Bay. It’s by the beach volleyball and basketball courts that are to the right. We were there toward the beginning of summer and sat not far from there. That was the first time I noticed that there was a beach volleyball court in Oyster Bay. I’ve lived here for eight years, I grew up in Bayville.”
Since she lived in Bayville, we asked her about restoration work planned for West Shore Road. She said, “I’m thankful I don’t live in Bayville anymore. It will be a challenge getting in and out of there. The repair is something that is long overdue.”
One comment from a cyclist was, “I avoid it currently and never advise anyone to take a bike on that road. It’s a few extra miles (and hills!) to go around through Locust Valley but just not worth the risk of riding on a road with no shoulder where motorists are always speeding and distracted by the really wonderful view. Anyway, it seems plans have changed. They are no longer planning to include this.”
Gregory Adami called to identify the mystery picture in the July 26 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “It’s the Oyster Bay train station. The gate is closing off the back of the old train station so you can’t walk down the old platform there.”
We also received an email from Rich Mancini saying. “Hello Oyster Bay, long time no see.
Preston Rosh called to identify the July 12 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “I think it is of the parade in Oyster Bay.” He’s correct. (Our apologies, the column was delayed a week in printing.)
Billy Minicozzi, too, recognized the location as being in Oyster Bay, with the Girl Scouts marching. On a sports note, he was cheering for the Mets. He is also delighted that the New Jersey Nets are now moving to Brooklyn. They used to play in the Nassau Coliseum, moved to New Jersey in the ‘70s and are now moving to Brooklyn to the Barclay Center.
George Hincapie began his career racing in the Oyster Festival Cycling Classic. We watched him racing in the Tour De France this year as part of the Team Sky. He was honored by his team by having him lead them in the first of the final eight rounds of the race on the Champs-Elysées. George, an American, has ridden in the Tour de France for 17 years, the record. The race was won by a Brit, Bradley Wiggins, who is going on to race in the Olympics. He was the first Briton to win the race in its 109-year history. His win was wrapped up Saturday but the final run was on Sunday, July 22. It is a three-week race with the beginning and the end the same but with the course changing yearly, and announced in October, said Lynne Karppi Chute, who has become a fan of the race, after watching its voyage throughout France with great helicopter shots of the country and great commentary about the inner strategies of the cyclists and the event.
The weekend of July 14 and 15 was a dream come true for those working to create an art community in Oyster Bay. Rob Zeller of the Teaching Studios of Art of Oyster Bay held his plein air art show and awarded prizes to the winning artists in his new gallery in the Arts Space at The Rodger’s Building at 120 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay. He had an amazing assemblage of paintings of Sagamore Hill created by artists from across the country.
There is something very special about the art created at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. It is landscape painting at its best.
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.
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