Last week the gates were removed for the final restoration work which has been going on for some time. Ursula and Bill Niarakos of the Hoffman Center donated funds toward the restoration of the gates some time ago. Several other donations have been made to the project and it is all coming to fruition now.
We saw sketches of the work they have been engaged in and are looking forward to seeing them sparkling with their brass finials on top of the gates. It will be a wonderful addition to the Muttontown Preserve and Knollwood.
Billy Minicozzi correctly identified the photograph in the Dec. 1 issue of the Enterprise Pilot as two horses near the gazebo in Oyster Bay. On a sports note, he was happy the basketball strike is over; and that the Jets won over the weekend.
The photograph was of Karolina Zameka’s beautiful white horses pulling a carriage on Audrey Avenue, heading toward the Derby-Hall bandstand (A.K.A. gazebo). You can see Ms. Zameka and her horses this weekend as she takes part in the Holiday Express events at the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum at 102 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay. The rides are free.
Melvin Warren called to identify the Mystery Picture in the Nov. 27 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “Holy mackerel. I haven’t seen it for such a long time. It’s Oyster Bay High School, vintage 1920. How do I know - I used to climb through that school and go up to that tower and watch for planes during the war – World War II.
“And there was a machine shop there, during the war. The school was located on School Street and Weeks Avenue, in back of the new church, on the corner of Anstice and Weeks. There is a school building behind the new church, the St. Dominic Elementary School. That was an elementary school when I went to school in the ’30s.
In talking about poverty and hunger in Oyster Bay, Barbara Rakusin, executive director of Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich made a very pertinent comment.
“Its amazing that all the organizations collaborate and work together. These are informal arrangements that have been made over many, many years. It’s wonderful,” she said.
On behalf of The Billy Fischer Cancer Research Fund, we’d like to thank all who participated at our fundraising party on Saturday, Nov. 5! A special thank you to John Zozzaro, Frankie Basile and Vincent Abbondandolo, owners of the Downtown Cafe, (located at 4 School Street in Glen Cove) where our event was held. The sun was shining outside and our hearts were glowing inside! The monies raised far exceeded our expectations! Together we raised more than $17,500! All of this money will directly benefit cancer research at the Steven and Alexander Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park (CCMC). CCMC is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System of New York.
Billy Minicozzi identified the mystery photograph in the Nov. 17 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He recognized it as being taken at Youngs Cemetery at the TR gravesite which was featured in the Nov. 17 issue of the newspaper.
Unfortunately, the hoped-for buyer is not in the market at this time. The NSLA stepped forward to preserve the open space that could have become a subdivision – with the house demolished and several homes built on the 3.5 acres. It is in a great location with views of Oyster Bay Harbor.
Virginia Slutter recognized the mystery photograph in the Nov. 10 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. She said, “It’s the construction site and rent-a-fence with sandbags on it – at the entrance to Roosevelt Park. The booth is on the right hand side; and the construction vehicles are behind the rent-a-fence that is held down by the sand bags.”
She is correct!
Somehow it is a lesson we have to keep learning considering the violence that happened last week in Brooklyn where swastikas were written on cars and benches and automobiles were burned. It appears the world has to be reminded of what happens when a country authorizes hatred against others.
We got our answers to the Nov. 3 Mystery Picture in the Enterprise Pilot on the run – so to speak – at the Oyster Bay Historical Society Harvest Moon fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Daniel Walker said, “Can I just tell you what the mystery picture is? It’s my brother Steve Walker and the Oyster Bay Community Band playing at the 9/11 ceremony in front of the Atlantic Steamer Marine Facility.”
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