The very first call we received on the Aug. 18 mystery picture wasn’t correct, but itself was a great description of another of Oyster Bay’s alley. Nancy Hussey said the picture was, “The alley to the right of the Oyster Bay Post Office, looking down the alley with what used to be the tailor shop on the right.”
Billy Minicozzi hit it just about right asking, “Could it be across from Oyster Bay Beverage?” He was a little north of the location but in the ballpark – on the correct street. On a sports note Mr. Minicozzi said, while the Mets aren’t doing too well now, if they don’t recover, he will root for the Yankees.
Robert Livolsi, 9, of Oyster Bay called to identify the Aug. 11 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “I think I know what the mystery picture is. It’s Oyster Bay and I think it is Roosevelt Beach.” His grandmother is the famous Lil Livolsi.
Shelby Coates, a local resident said, “The photo was taken northwards from the west end of the Roosevelt Park Beach, and the southwest tip of Centre Island is in the prominent foreground and Bayville appears dimly in the distance. It does not appear to be a summertime photo.”
It was refreshing to talk to Terry Kelly of East Norwich, who is running for a seat on the Town of Oyster Bay Board. An Independent, Mr. Kelly is new to politics. He sort of qualified himself when he appeared at town hall to protest the town taxes – and their increase this year in spite of the fact that other municipalities were fighting against them.
Now, with the information that the town has lost its AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service to AA on the town’s General Obligation Bonds, there seems to have been a reason for the increase.
Tony Pilla said in an email, “I think this week’s Aug. 2 picture in the Enterprise Pilot was taken along Shore Road between Oyster Bay and Bayville and looking across the bay towards Centre Island.” He added, “Regards to all from Tony Pilla of Anniston, AL.”
Billy Minicozzi said, “It’s a metal guardrail along Shore Road, near the traffic light.” On a sports note he said, “Tiger Woods is back golfing; and I can’t wait until September, when football starts again.” On a personal note he said, “I went to Cape Cod and went whale watching on the harbor and saw a lot of whales.”
On the front page of this Aug. 11 issue of the Enterprise Pilot you will see an article about an unusual fund-raiser organized by the Oyster Bay Preservation Roundtable for getting the Trousdell house ready for sale. You will see, in the article, photographs we and Gregory Druhak took of the house during an estate sale directed by John Dupres of Oyster Bay.
The house has been here since 1844, and is an example of the summer cottage era of Oyster Bay; it is the gateway to the village with ties to the Roosevelts, the Irvins, the Garvers, the Trousdells, and the McCoons, so let’s save it!
At the recent East Norwich Civic Association meeting the topic of a Certified Local Government status came up once again. It is a New York State designation that opens the door to state preservation funding.
It is a subject this newspaper has long campaigned for.
Trudy Hunter Lambertson called to identify the mystery picture in the July 28 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. She said, “It’s the porch at Planting Fields. I grew up at Planting Fields. My parents worked there. My mother lived in the cottage at the end of the Hay Barn. I lived there until I was 21,” she said. She was an estate child! Ms. Lambertson now lives in Locust Valley. She said she has returned to Planting Fields once. But, she added, “A friend just talked me into working at their book store. I start next week.” Ms. Lambertson said she is a retired Oyster Bay teacher from the Vernon School. “I know the Oyster Bay community better than Locust Valley where I have lived for 50 years,” she added.
Loyal Mystery Picture fan Billy Minicozzi identified the July 21 photo as a working ship at a dock in Oyster Bay Harbor. On a sports note, he is hoping the NFL players will soon close their deal and football will be back on the playing fields.
The Mystery Picture deserves a little more identification. The photo was taken by Betty Tiska. Ms. Tiska, a volunteer aboard the oyster sloop Christeen explained, “I took this shot from the ‘Sen. Carl Marcellino Pier’ at the western waterfront on July 7. It shows the repairs that are currently in progress at the WaterFront Center’s lower pier. The Christeen, currently sitting at her mooring, had called the lower dock area home before the dock pilings were taken out by the very violent storm that came through Oyster Bay Harbor on the evening June 9.
Recently we have experienced a calming of the traffic on Route 106 between Route 25A and Route 107. Some evenings we have spotted a Muttontown Police car parked on the median – just sitting there, doing its job. In the mornings we have spotted the Muttontown Police with stopped cars at the side of the road.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his Republican Legislative Caucus have called for an August 1st referendum where County residents can vote on his plan to raze the Nassau Veterans Coliseum and replace it with a new structure, add a new minor league baseball stadium, appropriate parking and maybe some retail stores. If voters approve, Mr. Mangano will turn the mid-county area known as the HUB into a major sports entertainment complex. No matter how he spins it, Mr. Mangano is asking county residents to vote themselves a tax increase. Independent estimates say the increase could be 4 percent per household. That belief was echoed by board members of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) at their July 14 meeting.
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