2009-01-22 / Columnists

HEARD IT ON THE GRAPEVINE

by Jane Warren

AN EXPERIENCE THEY'LL NEVER FORGET: 43 Babylon High School students, members of Advanced Placement history class, enjoyed a four-day, three-night trip to Washington, D.C. where they attended the Inauguration ceremonies of President-elect Barrack Obama and toured other interesting sights in our nation's capitol. They were accompanied by their teachers: Chris Ryan, Frank Proviacaini, Paul Venezia and Beth Quinn. We hope to have some pictures of the exciting event for next week's issue. Hats off to Babylon High School for planning the trip.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW for the annual Babylon Business and Professional Women's Association fund-raiser cocktail party to be held at the lovely home of Fran and Bob Pasch on Feb. 8, 4 to 7 p.m. This affair is always a winner. A chance to get rid of those winter doldrums and visit with friends. Guests are most welcome. Call Lois Baisley for more information at 631-587-0589. Hope to see your there.

JANUARY IS BIRTH MONTH for our area - there are lots of celebrants: We'll start with that fabulous couple Fran and Bob Pasch; Lucy Trumble, who celebrated at a luncheon with friends; Tricia Snover, who enjoyed the warm weather down in Florida for her special day; Rosemary Halpin and her son, former County Executive Patrick Halpin, both January birthday celebrants and Peg Rendich, who had a number of her children fly here for a family party to mark the occasion. Molly Orr flew here from her home in Colorado Springs to be with her mother Libby for her celebration. Best wishes to all of these fine people.

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT: Yes, you're invited to attend the kick-off fund-raiser for the Better Babylon Party to be held at Lily Flanagan's for Trustees Kevin Muldowny and Alice Vanderveldt, who are running for re-election for the Village Board in March. You'll enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music and the cost is $50 per person. There will also be a wine connoisseur's delight, a collection of 36 bottles of fine wine complete with a custom wine rack raffled off at the party. Another candidate has entered the field; Darryl Conway will be running at large on the Village Unity Party line - more news of his events next week.

SO FAR, SO GOOD. The Village seems to be doing very well, in spite of the recession. However, there are some signs of problems. Talked to a volunteer in the church dinner program where those in need come for dinner once a week at several of the churches which sponsor the program and he tells us that the number of residents seeking assistance is up. Many of the people have never asked before, a very sad sign for some members of our community.

FROM OUR E-MAIL: Remember the Maloney family at St. Joseph's School? There were eight children, all very well known. The family lived on North Higbie Lane and Washington Avenue in West Islip. Loretta mentioned Alice Randall, another St. Joseph's student who became supervisor of public health nursing for Suffolk County at the time she died. (She didn't say when this took place.) The family now lives in Florida where she got together with St. Joseph's student, John Crowley, now deceased. Loretta's name is now Loretta Fedorenchik. She can be reached at lorfedor2000@yahoo.com.

IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. Yes, a fire which started from accidental causes broke out in unit 53 of the Babylon Village Commons apartments on North Deer Park Avenue on Jan. 5. The unit was completely destroyed, and the adjoining apartment suffered internal damage. The good news is that no one was hurt. Members of the Babylon Village Fire Department arrived on the scene quickly, and did a terrific job preventing further damage. Now, the Board of Managers, headed by resident Nancy Swan, will select a contractor to rebuild and repair the structural damages. "Packy" McGinnis is the building superintendent.

SHE LOVES SANTA. Some kids get scared the first time they see Santa in his suit and all of the regalia, but one and a half year old Alexa Rose Ninomaya couldn't get enough of him - lucky Santa received many hugs and kisses from the cute toddler. She's the daughter of Carolyn and Lance Ninomaya of Lindenhurst.

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