It’s amazing how events can change your perception of things. That is what happened as a result of Hurricane Sandy closing the local schools which changed this year’s Holiday Sharing Program.
For years we have covered the annual collection of food for the Holiday Sharing program the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the First Presbyterian Church. The organizers from CSAC (the Community Social Action Committee) of the Interreligious & Human Needs Council of Oyster Bay kept telling us about all the schools that each year contributed to the program, but it never came across how vital that part of the project was.
When Nikki Paris, secretary to Bayville Mayor Douglas Watson was asked what the mystery picture in the Nov. 16 issue of the Enterprise Pilot was, answered, “It is a Sprint truck with a cell phone antenna parked near the Bayville Fire House on Bayville Avenue.”
She is absolutely correct. They were providing emergency cell phone service to customers after the storm. The mystery picture was taken by Gregory Druhak on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Ewa Rumprecht of Think Long Island First is also involved with the program. She is offering an afternoon of free programs that day to bring in customers, as well as to announce the winners of their poetry contest.
Tony Pilla emailed this answer saying, “This answer to the Nov. 9 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot will be a big guess on my part, since it will be over 50 years since I have seen what I think I’m looking at in the picture. My gut tells me that it is a picture taken from West Shore Road and that you can reach that area by walking on the sand from Beekman’s Beach. The area in the background that juts out toward the water brings me to this conclusion.” He is correct, and the photograph was taken by Patricia Aitken, Friends of the Bay executive director.
Preston Rosh of East Norwich also recognized the area on Beekman Beach.
Karen DeVine, a local businesswoman who owns the Francis P. Devine Funeral Home, was supposed to run the NYC marathon on Sunday, Nov. 4. When it was cancelled she put her energy to work collecting food, clothes and toiletries for Hurricane Sandy victims in Breezy Point and delivered it with the help of local firefighters and the Hendrickson bus company.
Antonius (Ton) Heijmen identified the mystery picture in the Oct. 26 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “This week’s mystery picture is of the parking lot behind Verrelli’s Market on West Main Street in Oyster Bay, my favorite place to buy my luncheon meats and rolls! Love those tomato plants in the parking lot and the old barn behind it!
“On a different note, I am the Senior Warden at Christ Church and I would like your readers to know that during the Oyster Festival, the church collected $5,000 from patrons that parked their car in the church’s parking lot on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Funnily, we had spotted Mr. Mandel leaving the Vernon School after voting, but he was in conversation with an old neighbor and we didn’t call out to him.
John Maloney aced the photo ID in the Oct. 26 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “The mystery picture is the back of Verrelli’s market and that is their garden. The picture is taken facing south. That is the old barn. The guy who owns it lives on Orchard Street. That is his weeping cherry tree and it has pink flowers in the spring. I live on Spring Street and I look over his garden,” said John Maloney.
That was just a lovely answer and we appreciate it.
Gregory Adami called about the mystery picture in the Oct. 19 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “I have the same exact shot that this person has so I knew it. I’ve taken the Mill Pond in Oyster Bay. The person is standing on West Main Street taking the shot. The good old Mill Pond. I’ve gone fishing there. In the ‘80s I lived off Lake Avenue and caught little brown trout, tiny little ones.”
The DEC stocks it at the beginning of the fishing season on April 1.
We heard from Paige Dawson that the recent visit to the Old Orchard Museum was just great.
Paige Dawson of Laffey Associates attended the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours meeting. It was held at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site at the Old Orchard House Museum. She said, “It was swell- —with some of the items from the main house displayed there. It was catered by Mark Fox of Canterbury Ales. The food was enjoyed by all, as the shrimp and oysters and sliders were all but decimated.”
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