2016-03-03 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•While walking my dog Bee Gee this morning, I was startled to see several crocuses flowering in my garden! I don’t remember seeing them in February before, but with the crazy weather we have had this year, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. •Years ago, friends and I used to get all excited when the Oscars rolled around. We would all be rooting for our favorite stars and get together to watch the big show. Bob Hope was the emcee back then and I remember being disappointed when they selected someone else to host.

Like a lot of other people, I would glance at the headlines on the gossip rags while waiting on line in the grocery store. Today, I can barely identify a quarter of the names on the cover, and although I’ve seen a lot of movies in the past year, I can’t pretend to be rooting for one actor over another. I haven’t watched the Oscars for the past 10 years because I can’t pretend to be interested.

I must say I do sympathize with the African- Americans who boycotted the Oscars this year. There are so many of them who are talented and Oscar-worthy but they are not offered the roles or positions as directors, etc.

•Spring is coming and with it there are a number of community groups holding fundraisers that look like fun. This weekend alone there are a couple of items: the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition is sponsoring a Murder Mystery and Dinner on Sat., March 5 at the Lindenhurst Moose Lodge. Dinner and the show tickets are $60. Call 893- 4110 for information.

In addition, Babylon High School will present “Into the Woods” this Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., and on Sun. March 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. These shows are always well done and worth the admission!

•Especially poignant is “Charlie’s Housewarming” on Sun., March 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. Five years ago, Charlie Kuhnapfel became ill and subsequently lost everything: his home, and all the furnishings, photos, mementos, clothing…truly everything. Up until now, Charlie has been in hospitals and nursing homes, but with the help of friends he will move into a small apartment in Patchogue April 1. He will need gently used furnishings for a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Additionally, photos of Charlie and his family would be great. He will also needs CDs and electronics, as well as gift cards for grocery stores and eateries. Charlie lost his identity five years ago; let’s help him reclaim it! Call Andy McCaslin at 631- 356-2684 for more information.

•Happy birthday #14 to Leap Year Baby, Brenda Kearns Mayo! Many happy returns!

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