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Mystery Picture: May 8, 2009

T. J. Amotobozo Knows Oyster Bay

Theodore J. Amotobozo called to identify the April 30 mystery photo. “It’s taken at Tobay beach at the annual Sand dune restoration.”

T.J. is right! The picture shows Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto (2nd right, kneeling), Councilman Joe Muscarella (2nd right, standing), Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (left, standing), Councilwoman Rose Marie Walker (2nd left, kneeling), Councilwoman Beth Faughnan (1st left, kneeling) Town Clerk Steve Labriola (right, kneeling) and Receiver of Taxes James J. Stefanich (2nd left). They recently gathered with members of the Hicksville High School Ecology Club at the 21st annual Tobay Beach Dune Stabilization Project, which was a huge success. Many local schools and organizations have participated in the event over the years.
Despite gray skies, a record turnout of over 1,100 residents and volunteers planted over 120 thousand stalks of dune grass. Jaime Van Dyke Doran, famed for her column Sagamore Soundings was one of the people out there planting dune grass. It is a great project and has been done over the years by volunteer groups – working to preserve the beach.
Jaime was doing publicity for the town for the annual Harbor Cleanup that is reported on in this week’s How’s the Water column, so she keeps interested in Oyster Bay. This year they had some abandoned boats that needed to be gotten out of the water. There are photographs of the event in this week’s issue taken by Pat Aitken, Friends of the Bay associate director.
Billy Minicozzi made a great guess this week. He said, “It’s a bunch of people on the boardwalk.” He corrected last week’s mystery picture saying that Billy Starke has worked for the town for 34 years. Billy is looking forward to the U.S. Open which is coming to the Black Course in Farmingdale. He added, “I hope the Mets will be in first place by August.”
That will give fans something to cheer about!
Keep on guessing – it keeps you young and in the game! - DFK