2013-06-06 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•It’s that time of year when animals can be seen with their young, whether it’s Canadian geese or foxes. I was so excited to see foxes near the dog park at the end of George Street in Babylon. Last year they had two or three kits, this year there are five kits. The adult foxes seem curious about humans and sometimes sit and watch us for several minutes at a time. These foxes are not rabid. I’ve been told they were trapped on Fire Island and then disbursed to areas like Hawley’s Pond, which was infested with rats. The rats seem to be gone and the foxes also seem to have kept down the number of Canadian geese as well. I was worried after Hurricane Sandy hit because I no longer saw the foxes at Hawley’s, but they’re back!

•Nan Hanaway was away for most of Memorial Day weekend. Nan attended her 75th college reunion at Smith! A total of nine members of Nan’s class of 500 attended the three-day long event. While only nine classmates attended, I was astounded to learn that there are 200 class members left. Nan, 96 years old and hale and hearty, had a marvelous time at the event, returning just in time for the Memorial Day parade! The college was delighted to have so many 75th-year alumnae attend, more than ever before.

•It was good to hear that Lessing’s recently purchased the Southside Hotel in Bay Shore. That brings the number of restaurants on Long Island up to seven, I believe. That does not include the dozen or so lovely sites for weddings and other large catered affairs. The Southside Hotel dates back to prohibition and is also well-known for its delicious burgers, pork chops and “local cheer.”

•Author Chris Collura will be presenting a multi-media glimpse into the local past on Mon., June 10 at the West Babylon Public Library. Chris recently published L.I. Historic Houses of the South Shore. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. and is free.

•The Village of Babylon will be holding a grand opening at the Babylon E. Donald Conroy Golf Course sometime within the next couple of weeks for the new and improved Clubhouse.

•The Farmer’s Market has returned! The market is in the parking lot on the north side of the Babylon Railroad Station on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition to fruit and vegetables, local merchants offer plants, jams and jellies, pickles, sauces and a variety of other products. I’ve heard good things about the market and will be there on Saturday if I can roll out of bed before all the items have been sold.

•Was your home and family affected by Hurricane Sandy? Come on down to the south end of Little East Neck Road this Saturday for a barbecue and supplies, as well as counseling on rebuilding. You’ll find the Neighbors Supporting Neighbors coalition on site to help you in whatever way they can.

•The Babylon Public Library sponsored a wonderful concert on April 30. Andy Cooney, known around the world as an Irish singer, performed for a standing room-only crowd. Mr. Cooney played the piano and received a standing ovation from the crowd. The singer is shown below with two of his biggest fans, yours truly, Mary Gallagher, left, and Patty Zito Burke, right.

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