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Mystery Picture: April 30, 2010

Pat Devlin Knows Oyster Bay

Pat Devlin aced the identification of the mystery picture in the April 22 issue. “It is looking across a temporary little pond created from excess rain; looking northwest towards the Oyster Bay 9/11 Memorial; on the road toward Beekman Beach; and the pier; and the WaterFront Center. The landscaping on the Western Waterfront is a beautiful job with so much natural ‘stuff’ growing it’s a pleasure to walk around and especially on the trails covered with clam shells.

“If you haven’t taken a walk there, do yourself a favor and take a look at it,” she said.

Billy Minicozzi said it looks like a big puddle, at Roosevelt Park and by the bay. On a sports note, he was happy on Monday to report that the Mets won their Sunday night game. He also said, “Good luck to all the horses in the Kentucky Derby this weekend.”

Brendan Rainey of East Norwich recognized that the picture was taken near the WaterFront Center.

Patricia Aitken called and said, “The mystery picture is down by the WaterFront Center.”

Belle Santora, too, identified the mystery picture as “going to Beekman Beach, on West End Avenue.” She said she recently received a phone call from Michael Marchitto whom she worked with at B.Altman’s housewares department from 1975 to 1982. He found her through the Mystery Picture. “That Dagmar is making me famous or infamous,” she said. Ms. Santora will be 99 in June. Mr. Marchitto wants to come to her 100th birthday celebration. “Even my mailman wants to come,” she said, adding that she is going to need a very big place for the event.

Jessica Craft also ID’d the photo saying, “It is a picture of the Memorial Wall on the way to Beekman Beach.

“The mystery picture shows the road leading to Beekman park,” said Marge Schiano. That is actually pretty accurate since it was once a place for swimming and now is considered a passive park – with no lifeguard on duty, nor a bathroom/lifeguard station or food stand there. Many of us remember when it was all there.

Still, whatever it is, it is a great blessing to the community.

The pond, FYI, is called a Swale, and its purpose is to collect runoff water and filter it down into the ground – a cleansing function to filter out the pollutants from the water.