During the fall there was some concern on how the town’s plans for new multi-sports field was going to impact the Oyster Festival, but as things developed there was optimism and finally joy in the voices of the presenters. Things were going to work as you can see the way Len Rothberg expressed it.
Billy Minicozzi guessed that the Aug. 25 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot was, “Roosevelt Park during a snow storm.” That was not the answer but we were surprised there were no other takers because we were afraid the picture was too easy. Although we should mention that our phone in Mineola was down on Monday, as we went to press so there may have been some correct answers.
When someone shows up at your door to have you sign a petition it is actually a legal document and if you don’t write your signature in its accustomed way – it can be dismissed.
Now Terrance Kelly knows as do our readers!
Actually over our years of covering the town, we have seen a petition signed with names that appeared to us to have been gotten at a political party meeting – with people from areas outside the petitioning site on the list.
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.
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