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.”
Brendan Rainey called to say the mystery picture in the July 2 issue of the Enterprise Pilot was taken in Oyster Bay Harbor.
Arthur Leuteman of Syosset, who grew up in Oyster Bay said, nailing the location: “It is the big rock in Oyster Bay Harbor 300 to 400 yards west of Brick Yard Point.”
Thomas Power of Oyster Bay identified the June 25 mystery picture saying, “It is on Spring Street and Audrey Avenue. It looks like a 1929 Model-T Ford. The picture is taken right near Town Hall and Café Al Dente.”
Marg Buffa of Bayville said, “I love the old car. The picture is taken on the corner right by town hall in Oyster Bay, by the gazebo and is the corner of Audrey and Spring. There is Café Al Dente and not far from it, the Bonanza stand, where we love to get our hot dogs and Italian ices. It’s a wonderful area to sit and enjoy.”
At the June 16 OB-EN board of education meeting Dr. Phyllis Harrington informed the audience that a case of Swine Flu was reported at the Vernon School and that the district took appropriate measures including notifying parents of what to do to prevent the spread of the disease. Information is available on their website: obenschools.org.
We thought this mystery picture was truly unusual with art work by Oyster Bay High School students hung high on the wall.
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