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Mystery Picture: January 24, 2012

Tony Pilla Knows Oyster Bay

Tony Pilla reported that the mystery picture is again alive and well on the Internet. He said, “The Jan. 19 picture came through okay but I don’t have a good answer for it. Taking a wild guess, I would say it’s a part of Dodds & Eder’s complex.”

Well, he is amazingly just about right. In the photograph, to the right of the Village Greenery is the original Dodds & Eder location, before they expanded into it; created a wonderful barn-looking building on West Main Street; and eventually moved to the former A & P building on South Street, where they now thrive.

Jacki B. Gutman said in an email, “I have been a resident of East Norwich for over 40 years. I know the Jan. 12 mystery picture as I love to walk at Roosevelt Beach and I have been watching the renovations. This is the ball outside the new baseball field. There is also a large football there and a soccer ball. The Pearls by Jerelyn Hanrahan are now covered for the winter but they are nearby. The beach is just beautiful to utilize any time of year, and the community should see how terrifically it is now fixed up. Also the marine firehouse has a piece from the World Trade Center that is on view nearby in their memorial garden.”

Charlie Schindler of East Norwich called to say, “Last week’s picture (Jan. 12) is the baseball down by the new field at Roosevelt Memorial Park. It turned out to be a great looking field.”

Belle Santora too, recognized the baseball. She said, “I saw that baseball down at the Oyster Festival.” She took a few good guesses for the Village Greenery and came close saying it was near Dodds & Eder, which is just where it was, on West Main Street.

Belle had a lovely holiday and said her son recently said to her, “Mom, I can’t believe you’re 100 and six months and on the way to 101.” Seeing the Village Greenery she remembered great stores of the past in Oyster Bay. “I used to love Country Lady and Cullimore’s and the shoe store on the corner of South Street and West Main Street.

“And the men’s shop down from where Carvel is now, The Casual Gent. I used to go there when I didn’t shop at Altman’s,” she said. Belle concluded with a few good thoughts, “Keep a song in your heart; and seize the moment; and just enjoy life because you never know what’s next on the road of life!”

Another answer came from Joseph Ambrosio who said, “I am sure this is late, somebody had to get it after the hint. But the ball is by the softball field in Teddy Roosevelt Park. I live in Suffolk County but my girlfriend just bought a house in East Norwich.”

We welcome them to the neighborhood!

Billy Minicozzi called to identify the mystery photo in the Jan. 19 issue of the Enterpris- Pilot. He said, “It’s the Village Greenery, and it’s a store in Oyster Bay.” On a sports note he said, “Good luck to the Giants who are playing San Francisco this weekend. If they win they will go on to play in the Super Bowl in two weeks, on Sunday, Feb. 8.”

Well you know how that game worked out and now you know that Billy is very happy; and congratulations to all the Giants fans on the wonderful exciting game they played on Sunday. Yeah, Giants!

- DFK