There are several good editorial comments that could be made this week. Probably the most important one is that we need an historic preservation foundation. We have to become proactive and not reactive.
The mystery picture in the Jan. 27 issue of the Enterprise Pilot hasn’t been identified. Usually we wait for a call from someone who recognizes the photograph. This time we are wondering if it is too hard to guess.
Frank Bladykis was the first caller to identify the Jan. 20 mystery picture in the Enterprise Pilot. He said the picture was taken, “Standing at the intersection of South and West Main Street. Snouder’s in on the right.” When asked what year he thought the picture was taken he guessed, “Sixty or 70 years ago.” Actually, the photo, courtesy of the Oyster Bay Historical Society, was dated 1910.
The historic 1840 mansion belonging to Dr. Trousdell is up for sale. It was originally known as Hillside when Frances Irvin’s grandfather Richard, used it as a summer house. If sold, the chances of it being demolished in a second is very possible, said reliable sources.
Cathy Zangari called to identify the mystery picture in the Jan. 13 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. She said, “It’s Raynham Hall.” She is correct.
“I opened the paper and there was Raynham Hall,” said former Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Tom Hogan, Esq. Mr. Hogan was a great asset to Oyster Bay when he was in office. He helped create the Oyster Bay Landmarks Preservation Commission and could always be considered a champion for preservation. Of Snouder’s he said, “I just hope they keep it. It’s a jewel.” Talking about stores in small hamlets, he said, “Downtown is about service.” It is the key thing a small merchant can provide.
Pamela Fierro called to identify the mystery picture in the Jan. 6 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. “It’s the historical house on Summit Street. I live up the block so I know. I’ve lived here all my life. I work in Testa Wines, a wine distributor in Oyster Bay. I’ve worked there for a couple of years. I do paper work, answer phones and am the executive assistant to the owner and a jack-of –all-trades.
It was fascinating to write the story about the new exhibit, The Roosevelts Next Door, Portraits of Devotion, about the collection donated by Oyster Bay Historical Society’s longtime board member Elizabeth Roosevelt, of her family’s papers. It is another fascinating glimpse into the world of the Roosevelts.
She nailed it!
We received a letter to the editor in which the writer asked to be signed “resident”. While it is against our policy to print anonymous letters, in this case we considered it. On second thought we believe the letter should be signed, “Unanimous” as opposed to “Anonymous”. It is all of us saying this to the Oyster Bay Town Hall regime.
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