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Mystery Picture: November 19, 2012

Nikki Paris Knows Oyster Bay

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.

“It looks like a temporary communication tower,” said Carla Panetta and Jennifer Simone of Bladykis & Panetta, adding to the information. Ms. Panetta said about Hurricane Sandy, “Bayville was pretty wild on the sound side and we had neighbors staying with us. The next day the water receded pretty quickly on the sound side but the bay side always has more trouble with water dissipating, especially the east end. They were under water three to five feet for several days.”

On West Harbor Drive the water was being pumped out of the street areas and into the bay.  There were giant hoses that ran across the road.

Ms. Panetta said, “People on the beach areas find that the water goes away quickly. Bayville in that area is like a soup bowl: if you are on the beach you are often four or five feet above your neighbors in the center of the area. 

“The new drainage system that was put in by the village, seemed to be working.  In the ‘92 storm the water was there for days. With this one, in two and a half days all the water was gone. There is a new drainage system that was put in by the village. It has big water drains that have baffles. They are like an envelope flap and the water can drain out. The mayor should be happy that taxpayers’ money was well spent on the program,” she added.

So there’s the story. Hopefully, it’s always informative to read the mystery picture answer.                 

— DFK

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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