2014-09-18 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•Babylon lost one of its bestloved citizens last week when Mina Kearns died. We should not discuss Mina’s death, but rather her life. Mina was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever known. Mina and her late husband Jack set examples for their children and friends. They had a large family, which they cherished and brought up with humor and wisdom. Those traits will stand those children, and the people around them, in good stead at this time. Mina lived as we all should and left us bereft, but better people for having had the privilege of knowing her.

•The Village of Babylon Historical & Preservation Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Sun., Sept. 28 from noon until 4 p.m. All are invited to join in the celebration and to see the wonderful renovations that have taken place this year.

The museum had been closed for much of the year while these extensive changes took place, but it is gorgeous and it has been well worth the wait! There will be ongoing activities throughout the day. Food and refreshments will be served, and Stan West will provide entertainment. The museum is located at 117 West Main Street in Babylon.

•I was rather shocked to spot a “Space for Rent” sign in the window of Rollins Rapid Repro on West Main Street early this week. Mike Hack, and his parents before him, has run this business for several decades. To my relief, it turns out that Rollins has moved to larger quarters at 23 Argyle Square (just west of Village Hall). This location was previously the offices of Sen. Owen Johnson. I wish Mike and Pat the best of luck in their new location!

•Many happy returns to a number of local residents, including Kristin Kane Shaw, Sharon Young Accetella, Lisa Finn and Ann Curry.

•If you ever visit the Babylon Cemetery on Deer Park Avenue, just north of the Village business district, you will find a very peaceful place. The headstones there mark the graves of area residents dating back to long before there was a Village of Babylon. Unfortunately, vandals have recently overturned and broken 28 headstones. If you have any information regarding this vandalism, please call the Suffolk County Police at once.

•I would like to note the recent passing of Dave Beyers. Dave was a dentist in West Islip and a friend to the world. He passed away Aug. 31 and will be missed by his family and many friends.

•Tonight is the Harvest Fling, held at Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst. Tickets are available at the door. Sponsored by the Pilot Club of Babylon, funds raised will be used to help purchase clothes and school supplies for local children in need. Call Pat Zito Burke at 516-906-3136 for information.

•The next meeting of the Babylon Village Heritage Conservancy will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Babylon Public Library. Officers will be nominated and elected as the group’s first official Board of Directors. There will be a short update on the Heritage House at 527 Deer Park Ave., and a discussion of the group’s focus for the 2014-15 year. All are welcome!

•Longtime Babylon resident, Corinne Robinson, had a lot to celebrate this summer. Her youngest grandson, August (“Gus”) Christopher Williams, earned the rank of Eagle Scout joining his brother, Gordon (“Tripp”) Powell Williams, III and cousin Alexander (“Alex”) Wells Robinson in achieving this honor. Gus is a freshman at the College of William & Mary, his brother Tripp is a senior at Southwestern University in Texas and Alex Robinson is a sophomore at Penn State University. Her grandson, John Wells Robinson, III, graduated from George Mason University in Virginia in May.

Corinne’s daughter Penney Williams enjoyed a few days in Babylon this summer visiting from Texas for her 40th BHS reunion. All three Eagles played lacrosse in high school.

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