2016-01-28 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•The sun on the snow is blinding. So many people are out walking, shoveling, not much traffic, which is a surprise. My thoughts go out to the people living close to the Bay and I’ll head down there later on to check on some friends. I’m not much for church, but I’ve been saying prayers for those who were devastated by Sandy and now have to contend with more.

But to be honest, I adore the snow, how it makes everything look so clean!

•I managed to spot a video on Facebook with a great tip for clearing the snow off your car quickly, without any mess. If you have a leaf blower, simply use that to clear the car off. In fact, you can use it to clear off steps, etc. if we have a very light snowfall!

•Fortunately, I have developed a friendship with a man named Hector. He has done so much for me in the yard, including clearing the snow off my walks and car. His price is usually fair and he had everything cleared by 6 a.m. on Sunday. I used to do it myself and while I enjoyed it for the first 10 minutes, it’s nice to see someone else doing it! (Even if it costs more than I can easily afford. But that’s true about most of the seniors around here.)

I heard about someone offering to clear the snow away in Babylon and offering a discount for seniors. I’ll have to see if I can get a number for him and post it!

•I tried walking my dog on Monday, and managed to get to the deli around the corner, but there was no way to cross the driveway of the Village parking lot on the northeast corner of Carll Avenue. Plows had blocked the sidewalk on either side. I was lucky because a friend came along and walked my dog back from the deli with me. That’s why Babylon is so great…she probably would have helped even if we didn’t know one another. We have GREAT neighbors!

•Babylon‘s Elementary PTA K-6 is sponsoring a great fundraiser in March. The Harlem Wizards will be playing against Babylon teachers, staff and varsity players and special guest players Mayor Ralph Scordino and S.C. Exec. Steve Bellone. It is part spoof and part serious game, but all fun. It will take place on Sat., March 19 from 6-8 p.m. The doors open at 5:15 p.m. in Babylon High School’s east gym (entrance on Grove Street). Tickets are available at the Wizards website for $15 each. Go to www.HarlemWizards.com or www.BabylonPTA.org.

If you have questions, call 631-848-0210. It sounds like a lot of fun. I’ll be there for sure!

•Happy birthday to Lindsay Henry, Donna Jeansome, Ted Lutz and Keely Harris. They are a great bunch of people who do a lot for Babylon!

•For updates on the David Smith property on Deer Park Avenue and other activities of the Babylon Village Heritage Conservancy, please come to our monthly meeting. It’s open to the public and is held at 3 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 31 at the Babylon Public Library. There will be a program.

Readers can reach Mary Gallagher in care of the Beacon at 65 Deer Park Ave., Babylon NY 11702 or via email at acjnews@rcn.com.

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