It was an interesting week in Oyster Bay. On Tuesday, Feb. 15 the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District Budget Forum meeting packed the high school auditorium. Parents and students came to express their joy over the school’s staff and how they help the students on their path to success. Young people used Facebook to bring out a crowd. Now the board faces the question of what to do.
Gregory Adami called to identify two mystery pictures. For the Feb. 10 mystery picture, last week in the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “It is looking at the way to Beekman Beach. On the left-hand side is the boathouse and the WaterFront Center is on the right.” He is correct.
We are sure you have driven around the Duck Pond in the Village of Roslyn and seen the lovely historic houses that give the area its character. For 40 years Roger Gary operated a Revolving Fund for Historic Preservation. Working with the Roslyn Landmarks Society, they created a Historic District with the Town of North Hempstead. Dr. Gary and his wife lived in the village and they worked together to create a body of friends who were interested in preservation.
Nella Stranieri called and identified the mystery mystery picture in the Jan. 27 issue as, the Chase Edwards Gallery in Oyster Bay. While that is not correct, it is a good guess.
There are several good editorial comments that could be made this week. Probably the most important one is that we need an historic preservation foundation. We have to become proactive and not reactive.
The mystery picture in the Jan. 27 issue of the Enterprise Pilot hasn’t been identified. Usually we wait for a call from someone who recognizes the photograph. This time we are wondering if it is too hard to guess.
Frank Bladykis was the first caller to identify the Jan. 20 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot. He said the picture was taken, “Standing at the intersection of South and West Main Street. Snouder’s in on the right.” When asked what year he thought the picture was taken he guessed, “Sixty or 70 years ago.” Actually, the photo, courtesy of the Oyster Bay Historical Society, was dated 1910.
The historic 1840 mansion belonging to Dr. Trousdell is up for sale. It was originally known as Hillside when Frances Irvin’s grandfather Richard, used it as a summer house. If sold, the chances of it being demolished in a second is very possible, said reliable sources.
Cathy Zangari called to identify the mystery picture in the Jan. 13 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. She said, “It’s Raynham Hall.” She is correct.
“I opened the paper and there was Raynham Hall,” said former Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Tom Hogan, Esq. Mr. Hogan was a great asset to Oyster Bay when he was in office. He helped create the Oyster Bay Landmarks Preservation Commission and could always be considered a champion for preservation. Of Snouder’s he said, “I just hope they keep it. It’s a jewel.” Talking about stores in small hamlets, he said, “Downtown is about service.” It is the key thing a small merchant can provide.
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