2016-10-20 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•After starting out with a week of cloudy days, October has blossomed into a true Indian summer. The 10 days have truly been a gift from Mother Nature. If we’re lucky, we may even get some fall foliage after all.

•Since last week’s column was all about the David Smith house and the scheduled hearing by the Village Zoning Board of Appeals, we learned after deadline that the meeting was postponed until Nov. 16. The change in the hearing date was at the request of the Ognibenes who have changed their attorney.

We tried to notify everyone of the change of date, and it was posted on the online version of the Babylon Beacon. My apologies go to anyone who went to the Oct. 19 hearing.

•Last weekend the Conklin House sponsored its 20th Annual Apples and Art celebration. Sixty local artists displayed their work, and the Friday evening reception for that was lovely. The exhibit continued through the weekend, along with the sale of apples, pies and mums. There were also a few games for children, as well as materials for people to make their own scarecrows. The Conklin House looks wonderful and it was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces. Thanks and, as always, congratulations to the people who put together this fall treat!

•Saturday and Sunday provided residents with the annual Fall Festival hosted by the Village Chamber of Commerce. There was music, games and some great sales by local merchants. (Check out the upcoming edition of the Beacon for more on these events.)

•I remember years ago when local stores, including some empty ones, had their windows decorated by Babylon High School students in some very creative ways. That’s something that the Chamber may want to consider doing again. Of course, the merchants who display goods for sale in the windows may not want to participate, however, the storefronts occupied by service professionals (insurance, building, hairdressers) might make their space available, as well as owners with empty storefronts.

•The homecoming events held this past weekend were dampened by the news that Tom DiNuovo, the longtime football coach at BHS, had died on Oct. 11. I know very little about football, but one of the coach’s many ardent fans, Hans Seidenberg, wrote, “Tom DiNuovo was to be inducted (as an individual) into BHS's Wall of Fame this past Saturday. This recognition was long deserved and overdue. He transformed Babylon's football philosophy and offensive attack in 1972, when he won the first of his many championships. A direct line can be drawn from "T.D." to the much-decorated current head coach, Rick Punzone —both in terms of the personal relationships enjoyed by DiNuovo and his successors, as well as their adoption of his (aforementioned) dynamic offensive scheme.”

Coach DiNuovo served as football coach at Babylon High from 1970 to 2014. He would have been delighted by the performance of the BHS football team, which won their homecoming game by a vast margin. May you rest in peace, Coach.

•Sun., Nov 27 will be Lamppost Decorating Day in Babylon Village. The Babylon Beautification Society donates all the trimmings for the old-fashioned lampposts throughout our Village and families, groups and businesses volunteer to do the decorating. Lamppost sign-ups start Nov. 1. Visit the website at www.babylonbeautification.org.

•Congratulations to this year’s Nathaniel Conklin Award for Volunteerism winner Dr. Christopher Proto. This annual award honors a community member who has served the community as a volunteer. A committee of past recipients selects the annual winner. Chris is co-chair of the Babylon Barman Statue Steering Committee, which was assembled to commemorate the Great South Baymen and Babylon’s waterfront heritage. Chris has been involved with numerous community organizations throughout the years, including the Historic Fountain Reconstruction Project, Babylon Rotary Club, Babylon Community Scholarship Fund, Babylon Village Historical and Preservation Society and Nathaniel Conklin Restoration Fund. He was awarded the first Babylon Beacon Humanitarian Award and was honored by the Babylon Village Youth Project with the David Lincoln Volunteerism Award. The event is Sun., Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. at the Conklin House. For information, call 631-669-8164.

•The Friends of the Babylon Library will hold one of its biannual book sales on Nov. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have books you would like to donate, please bring them to the library as soon as possible. Funds raised by the Friends are used to sponsor programs, make special donations to the library and provide museum passes for library members. They do a wonderful job in assisting the library.

•Happy birthday to Amy Dottinger, Karyn Kirschbaum and Michelle Somma Bonagura! Enjoy your special day, ladies!

•The Babylon High School Class of 1967 is planning its 50th reunion. While they expect to hold it next August, they have to locate a lot of missing classmates. I will publish a list in a future column.

Readers can submit items for this column to Babylon Beacon, 65 Deer Park Ave., Babylon NY 11702 c/0 News and Muse.

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