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Mystery Picture: November 27, 2012

Leven Ashby Knows Oyster Bay

Leven Ashby of Hampton, Virginia called to answer the Nov. 23 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “It’s a photo of Raynham Hall. Is the debris in the photo the result of Hurricane Sandy?” He is correct.

Our apologies to Mr. Ashby for a past mystery picture column. His answer to the Nov. 9 mystery picture was credited to Tony Pilla in the Nov. 16 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. Our apologies to both gentlemen.

“That looks like the tree down in front of Raynham Hall after Hurricane Sandy,” said Patricia Aitken, Friends of the Bay executive director.

“This is the boyhood and later adult home of one ‘Culper Junior,’ member of a Revolutionary War Spy ring, a history  that is being used as a recent story arc for the TV Show White Collar filmed out of NYC. We, of course, call it Raynham Hall Museum. No word if the TV people are looking to make an Oyster Bay connection.” said Gregory Druhak.

Belle Santora called to identify the mystery picture in the Nov. 16 issue. She said it looks as if it is near Firemen’s Field. She was close, it was near the Bayville fire house.

She was looking forward to having Thanksgiving at her granddaughter’s house in Floral Park. She remembered fondly when she made big dinners for the holidays for 12 to 14 people and a card table for four children too. “I put three leaves in the table that ran from the back door to the living room. It was for my family and friends, those who had no place to go for the holidays. I don’t think anyhone should be on their own then,” she said.

Ms. Santora mentioned a favorite recipe of hers, Pasta Fagiola. Here is the recipe: “I make a marinara sauce and put in canned cannelloni beans, rinsed a bit, and then add the small little pasta. I took linguini and cut them to an inch and a half long pieces, and cooked them al dente with a few basil leaves. Eat it with Italian bread. if you want something hearty.”

Belle also freezes basil. “Take the good leaves one by one and dry them in a salad spinner, put them on paper towels till dry and put leaves into a plastic container, layer by layer.”

And here is a tomato salad recipe: use homegrown tomatoes if possible. “Cut the tomatoes in wedges and put in a bowl and add cut up green and red peppers and garlic and olive oil, salt and pepper, and basil leaves: fresh and torn into pieces. What a flavor. The next day it is even better to dip bread into the sauce.”

The mystery photo in the Nov. 23 issue of the Enterprise Pilot was taken by Nicole Menchise, Raynham Hall Museum collections manager. She said the tree, one of three in front of the museum on West Main Street was toppled in Hurricane Sandy. She said, “It was a linden tree and over 120 years old and we plan to replant it.” Please, keep calling the Enterprise Pilot mystery picture.          

—DFK

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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