2006-11-23 / Columnists

Heard It On The Grapevine

By Frick and Frack

REMEMBRANCE DAY OR VETERANS DAY AS IT'S CALLED IN "THE STATES" was celebrated in the Village with a fine parade under sunny skies with lots of marchers along the parade route. Saw the Babylon High School and Robert Moses High School bands looking smart and playing great music proudly stepping up Deer Park Avenue with the Boy and Girls Scouts, Brownies, Daisies and lots of other local groups. Of course the Babylon Fire Department marched and the trucks drove by. Hats off to the American Legion who put it all together. This year's parade was bigger and better than in the past, and it was a timely reminder of all our servicemen and women, who have been lost over the years, and now at this crucial time in the war in Iraq, we appreciate the courage and valor of all who are serving.

NO SKATEBOARDING SIGNS are all around the Village, and there is one right beside the Library, but that didn't stop two teenagers who came from inside the library and through the sliding doors and on to the little plaza in front of the building almost running several people down. When a bystander asked them to stop, the reply was "how dare you disrespect me." He then got off his skateboard and threw it at the lady's hip. Police were called and the Fire Department Rescue transported her to Good Samaritan where she was treated and released. The incident occurred at around 2 p.m. in the afternoon several weeks ago. Police are investigating, but so far no arrests have been made. So, be careful out there.

ALL NOT A.O.K. When John Ramsey chose to babysit their cat, wife Jeanne went to the "Grey Eagles" convention (Retired American Airlines Pilots). Over 500 attended for two days in Los Angeles and seven days in Trans Caribbean's "Visions of the Seas" for a tour of the "Pacific Mexican Riviera" in Cabo San Lucas, Maquatlain, Puerto Vallarta and Los Coletas. Sadly, they hit a hurricane and never made it into the first two ports and finally made it to Puerto Valarata. Jeanne and a roommate took a side day trip to a beautiful jungle resort, but Jeanne had an intestinal problem and was sent to the hospital and then was quarantined in her room for two days. Happily she enjoyed the pools, casino, shows and fine food the last three days.

FAMILY WAS EVERYTHING TO TERRY HENRY. She adored her husband Patrick and their beautiful children and grandchildren. Her loss last week was a bitter blow for all those who loved her. She was also a tremendous worker in any cause that she embraced. It was a privilege for me to work with her way back in 1977 on her husband Patrick's first successful campaign for Suffolk County District Attorney. She worked longer and harder hours than anyone else - she never quit. There was always one more coffee klatch, one more fundraiser to plan - it was never too much for Terry to handle. Somehow she always found the time to love and care for her wonderful family. It was an experience that I will never forget. Terry, "may the wind be always at your back," as we Irish say.

AND DON'T FORGET! Conklin House, Friday, December 1, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. See you there.

AND SPEAKING OF TEENAGERS, we hear on the grapevine that several youth were seen throwing lit matches at the Gazebo - just for fun?

IT'S ONLY A RUMOR, but we hear from a very good source that there will be competition in the upcoming March elections for Mayor and two trustees. Stay tuned!

NEW STORES COMING in the vintage building on the northeast corner of Montauk Highway and Deer Park Avenue which is being restored and refurbished. We hear there will be retail stores on the first floor, professional offices on the second and apartments on the third. Now with the recent improvements on the Norton & Siegel building, we'll have four corners in the heart of the Village in great shape.

IS SUFFOLK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC LEADER RICH SCHAEFFER HEADED FOR THE POST OF N.Y. STAGE DEMOCRATIC LEADER? We predicted last week that he was on his way to a higher spot, and according to Newsday, he's on the short list to succeed Assemblyman Denny Farrell who's planning to step down at the end of the year. To us, it's a no brainer, after the remarkable rise of Democratic office holders in Suffolk County. Just to be sure to keep your roots here in Babylon in your beautiful new home kid.

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