2014-10-09 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•Fall has arrived! I had to turn on the heat Sunday night but am hoping to keep it off a few more days this month. We’re being told that the cost of fuel oil should be a bit less this season, but I never seem to notice any savings. Of course, when you are heating a house and barn that are nearly 300 years old, I guess I should know better. I just finished paying off last season’s bill this month! It costs me about $1,000 a month from October to May or June to heat the beast!

•Of course October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition has become a great advocate for helping those with the disease. This group has been a godsend for many of the victims in our area. Come to Babylon Village Hall on Mon., Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and learn just how many wonderful things the BBCC is doing. Tess Helfman, chairperson of the Breast Cancer Coalition, will be there to talk to the Babylon Pilot Club and interested members of the community.

•The Babylon Village Fall Harvest Festival by the Chamber of Commerce will be held on Sat., Oct. 18. Keep your calendars marked for this and the Apples and Art event at the Nathaniel Conklin House, which is held the same weekend.

•The Babylon Village Historical and Preservation Society recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and revealed extensive renovations to the museum. On Sun., Sept. 28, Village Trustee Tony Davida presented Society President Jackie Marsden with a plaque to acknowledge this wonderful accomplishment. A crowd of residents joined in the celebration, and also enjoyed a special presentation by Town of Babylon Historian Mary Cascone. Stop in and see the collection of old area postcards and photos. The museum is open from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free.

•Apparently information I received about vandalism to the Babylon Cemetery was not entirely accurate. In fact 28 gravestones were vandalized and the damage was done late last year. Some of the gravestones have been fixed or righted. The fact that this happened a year ago does little to change the fact that there are people out there that have not been brought up to respect others, not even the dead. The Babylon cemetery is a lovely and tranquil location and it’s very sad that a few people cannot bear to leave it that way.

•I recently spoke to Mayor Scordino about some of the many changes taking place in the retail district. Bow Tie Cinemas has closed the Babylon Movie Theatre, but thus far there have been no attempts to change the building in any way. The building is offered for sale and that’s all that is known at this point.

•You may have noticed that one of the buildings just east of the Post Office pub has been boarded up. Many know that the building has had many uses over the year, including serving as a Veteran’s Center. I can remember riding my bike to the grocery store that once was in that area. (There were two supermarkets on Main Street back then, Bohack’s and Big Ben’s. One of them was located just about where Joseph A. Banks store is, the other is now boarded up. It bothers me that I can’t remember which was which!) In any event, a firm called Realm is opening a furniture store there and the Vet’s Center continues to do business in the rear of the location.

Sweet Frog has come and gone. The ice cream store, which occupied the front of the strip mall opposite Mansfield Road, closed last week. But fear not, Babylon, Sweet Street is located only a step away to the east!

•Happy birthday to Georgia Westcott, Chrissy Auer, Joe Cavarra and Jerri Romeo! I hope that this coming year will be the best one yet for all of you!

•The members of my family increased joyfully this past week with the birth of Joseph Gallagher on Oct. 1. Joseph is the son of Ryan and Linda Gallagher of Clifton Park, near Albany. He joins older brother Sean, and two older sisters, Chloe and Alexa. Proud grandparents are Rob and Lil Gallagher, formerly of Babylon.

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