2006-09-21 / Columnists

Heard It On The Grapevine

By Frick and Frack

THE END OF AN ERA. Private schools have been closing the latest victim of high expenses and fewer students is The Hewlett School of East Islip. Founded in Hewlett, Long Island in 1914, the school moved to East Islip in the early 1940s. Originally The Hewlett for Girls, it became co-ed in the early 1970s. Many Babylon students received their grade school and high school education at the school and went on to attend some of the top colleges in the country. The school has been named a historic landmark by the Town of Islip, and everyone is relieved to learn that the beautiful Main House and Webster Hall will remain on the property. And many of the stately old trees will remain after the property is developed seven homes are planned.

A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR GOLFER GREG AUER. Greg, the son of Barbara and Arthur Auer of Santa Cruz, California and the grandson of Joan and Bud St. John of Argyle Park in Babylon Village, has been golfing for many years, and has been a member of his high School team for four years. Greg achieved a very high honor when he qualified as one of the top 10 western regional qualifiers in Livermore, California, to participate in the Walmart First Tee Pro Am Tournament held in Pebble Beach over the Labor Day weekend. The Walmart First Tee Program supports and encourages young people to play golf. Greg comes by his athletic ability naturally. His parents were athletes in Babylon High School and his grandparents were both High School athletes and champion sailors on the Great South Bay. We'll be watching Greg as he continues his successful career.

BABYLON HIGH SCHOOL GAL GRADUATES IN THE NEWS. Mary I. Schapiro, chief of N.A.S.D. is featured in an article in the current issue of Business Week magazine. Mary is the daughter of Sue and Bob Schapiro. Bob was the owner of the well-known antique shop, Tempus Fugit, in the Village. She is a graduate of Babylon High School, Frank Marshall College and received her law degree from GeorgetownUniversity Law School in Washington, D.C. Pam Greene, also a Babylon High School graduate and an attorney, has just defeated Tom Barraga in a close contest in the Republican primary for Islip Town Supervisor. She served as an Islip Town Councilwoman for a number of years, and will face democrat Phil Nolan in the Supervisor's race in November. And Christine Mayer has been appointed a vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential brokers, Central New England. She was recently honored as one of the top four percent of the entire Coldwell Banker International sales force. Also a Babylon High School graduate, she received her law degree in 1979 and practiced hospital and medical malpractice for several years prior to her real estate career. She has lived in Wellesley, Massachusetts for 22 years with her husband Dr. JohnMayer and has three children. She' s the daughter of Peg Rendich and the Late Dr. Henry Rendich of Babylon Village. We're all very proud of our B.H.S. gals.

HAVEN'T BEEN TO THE CONKLIN HOUSE YET? Here's your chance. There will be an open house coming up this Saturday, September 23 and Saturday, November 18. So come on down and tour the house and gardens from 2 to 4 p.m. Docents will be on hand to answer your questions and welcome you to the historic old landmark.

AND SPEAKING OF THE CONKLIN HOUSE. Have you seen the four beautiful climbing aspalia trees lining the fence south of the house? These fruit trees were typical of those planted in the Victorian homes, and thanks go to Mayor Ralph Scordino, Bob Pasch and the family of the late John Rinklin for their generous donation of three of the trees.

OUR VILLAGE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL, but we wish someone would purchase and restore the vintage building on the northeast corner of Montauk Highway and Deer Park Avenue. This truly is one of the Village landmarks and should be preserved. It's located right in the heart of the Village and the architecture of the building make it a vital part of our community. Legend has it that one of the Presidents watched the Memorial Day Parade from the balcony fronting on Montauk Highway.

THE KANE FAMILY HAS BEEN BUSY THESE DAYS. Jane and Tom are back after having had a great time meeting and greeting old Naval friends at the Tail Hook reunion in Reno, Nevada. Tom is a retired Naval aviator and served aboard the U.S.S. Princeton. Then on Sunday their daughter Kristin Shaw celebrated her birthday and enjoyed dinner with her parents and her husband at Gemelli's.

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