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Mystery Picture: May 1, 2012

Gregory Adami Knows Oyster Bay

Gregory Adami called to identify the Mystery Picture in the April 26 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “It’s the first church, right next to the Oyster Bay Public Library. They share the same parking lot.” Mr. Adami also had a correction for the column. “Joan Adami is my mom, not my wife. I’m going to get a lot of kidding at the firehouse,” he said good naturedly.

Our apologies for the error. It is just nice to know the family enjoys guessing the mystery picture.

We also received an email identifying the April 20 mystery picture. “It is the window of Nobman’s Hardware in Oyster Bay.” said Emma Guevara, age 8. She also had an answer for the April 26,  “It’s the Christ Church located on East Main Street, next to the Oyster Bay Library.”

Billy Minicozzi guessed the photo of the church was St. Dominic’s. On a sports note he said, “The Jets had the 16th pick in the NFL Draft and picked Quinton Coples, a defensive end from North Carolina. He is 6’6” and weighs 284 pounds.”

Leven Ashby sent an email with the same guess, saying, “Could it be the Catholic Church on School Street, I believe?” Actually both answers are interesting, though incorrect, in that they knew it was the back of an Oyster Bay church, but not St. Dom’s.

The most correct answer was: “It’s the south end of Christ Church in Oyster Bay,” said Nancy Hussey.

Eileen Relyea too called to say, “That has to be Christ Church, my church. I’ve been going there since 1970, after David and I got married. I sing in the choir and the choir room is right under there. You can see one of the windows in the photograph.”

Pat Devlin called and reminded us that, “We met at the Hispanic (Centro Cultural Hispano) dinner. The photograph is the east end of Christ Church.”

Then Ms. Devlin talked of what was most concerning her, the headline in the paper for the long-awaited West Shore Road project. “Does anybody remember why and how we defeated Robert Moses and how we stopped his bridge to Rye? We convinced all the landowners on West Shore Road to deed their wetlands, and the town’s on the water, so that no other agency can come in and make any incursions into the wetlands by  creating the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Preserve.”  She added, “We did a lot of work in defeating the bridge. It was going to continue to Staten Island and New Jersey. That was how we defeated it 36 years ago. We have to preserve that land.”

Hopefully that has all been done correctly by Nassau County since the DEC and the NFWS have been involved in the planning of the work on West Shore Road. What surprised us is that they are not raising the road in the area between Oyster Bay and Cleft Road which has a low spot, but they are grading it to allow water to flow back into the harbor.

Keep calling. Complaints are welcome.

-DKF