Just two weeks after the Enterprise Pilot printed a community appeal story about the historic Octagon Hotel it was vandalized. Funding was needed for an architectural review of the basement restoration, a process that would add to the building’s desirability for future preservation funds.
The damage occurred Friday night, July 31, or early Saturday morning.
Since 1928, George DeForest Brush’s painting of a Matinecock Indian has hung on the walls of the Matinecock bank in Matinecock, Locust Valley. The painting was commissioned by Winslow Pierce, a founder of the Matinecock Bank and the son-in-law of Mr. Brush, and formally given to the bank in 1938. The Matinecock Bank building now houses the Matinecock/Locust Valley branch of the Bank of America.
When the community calls, we respond. This time The East Norwich Fire Company called, and the community responded.
It was a very moving experience to see all the cars lined up at the intersection of Northern Boulevard 25A and Route 106 with their windows down, arms extended out with change and dollars in hand. “Fill the Boot” fundraising event held this past weekend by The East Norwich Fire Company for fire fighter Gary Wessel was very successful.
The editor is away this week so there will be no answers in the July 30 issue of the Enterprise Pilot for the mystery picture, but please call and leave your answer on our voice mail at 403-5104 and when we return from vacation we will give your answers to identify the photos in the Aug. 6 column.
Re: July 16 issue Enterprise Pilot front page article on Octagon Hotel development, and the inside editorial:
I am pleased that someone actually has the money and the patience to build another Octagon down the road from my office in Oyster Bay, on a historic lot that has been severely neglected over the years. I’m happy with the proposed historic Octagon that is sound, and looks good, whether it’s on preserved brick or reconstructed brick. These arguments of preservation vs. reconstruction by several successive village groups, all unfortunately spaced months apart, serves to dampen any progress.
We have a long history of interest in preservation of the hamlet of Oyster Bay. It’s a long story. We were really hot on the issue for many years, hoping for a change, for a more pro-active attitude by the Oyster Bay Landmarks Commission.
If you read Carla Panetta’s letter to the editor you will see another side to preservation from the one we spoke about last week. There are two sides to the story. Probably there are more than two.
Billy Minicozzi guessed the picture in the July 16 issue was of a bar on Forest Avenue in Locust Valley. On a sports note he wished good luck to the Mets. He is looking forward to the start of hockey season in October.
Tom Reardon called to comment that the mystery picture must still be a mystery, but it didn’t last too long.
T.J. Amotobozo called to identify the photograh in the July 9 issue of the Enterprise Pilot. He said, “It is taken from the corner of Town Hall East.”
Dawn Toomie Cluff, too, said, “It is the corner where you enter the town hall parking lot just where the pay phone used to be, and right across the street from where Acclaim used to be located.”
Now is the time for good men to come to the aid of their party; now is the time for good men to come to the aid of their party; now is the time for good men to come to the aid of their party!
That about says it. Say it three times and it is true!
This is crunch time. The Octagon Hotel truly needs your help for its proper restoration. This piece of Oyster Bay history deserves your concern and attention.
While Charles Dolan wasn’t able to hold his annual Fourth of July fireworks this year, many country clubs did and as they lit up the sky, members inside and non-members outside enjoyed the treat.
John McEvoy of Scicom said, “I live in East Norwich and I watched the Pine Hollow Country Club fireworks and they were great,” he said. “We watched at a friends house.”
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