2016-11-17 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•Last night, the Village Zoning Board of Appeals held a hearing for several applications. The one that concerned me the most was the application to replace the David Smith house with a replica. There were a lot of people there to hear this application. If the ZBA approves the application, it means that the original, historic home will be destroyed. A lot of people have fought hard for the past four years to save the house built by an American Revolutionary War veteran in 1790, making it one of the oldest homes in Babylon.

If the ZBA denies the application, then the ruling from four years ago that Indian Crossings (the Ognibene family) must move and maintain the old home must be enforced.

I would like to thank all the people who supported the attempt to save the house. While we may not know the ZBA’s verdict for a while, I am praying that the Conservancy and the heritage of our Village will win.

•Don’t forget the special book sale being held this Friday and Saturday at the Babylon Public Library. The Friends of the Library work hard to put this together and the funds raised go for programs and special purchases at the library.

•I visited a favorite place for lunch, the Greek Garden, on Grove Place. (Also open for breakfast and dinner!) What does it take to be a favorite of mine? It needs great food, terrific staff and reasonable prices. There’s a special dish popular with local students for lunch named Chicken Buttes! I heard so many students order it that I had to try it. It’s a breaded chicken filet with mozzarella cheese and sauce on pita bread. It comes with a soda and fries. It’s delicious! I suggest you try it soon.

•Babylon is such a terrific place to live. On Nov. 5, more than 300 volunteers turned out to help produce 30,000 pre-packaged meals to help end hunger in Babylon! People came from the Village and the surrounding communities to work on the assembly line. One hundred fifty students were part of the effort and also helped to set up on Friday and clean up after the meals had been packed and distributed.

Skip Gardner and Scott Glenn as well as other Village employees helped too. Babylon Ends Hunger was so successful that a second version of the project will be held next spring, with a 60,000-meal goal! Special thanks go to Megan Noble who chaired the event and put in many hours coordinating the entire project, which was led by the Babylon Rotary Club! See photos below.

•It is time to mark your calendars for the various events marking the holidays in Babylon. Sat., Nov. 26 kicks the season off with Small Business Saturday, a time for people to support the small retail shops here in Babylon. We have some terrific places to shop for holiday gifts and decorations, so please support our local merchants.

On Sun., Nov. 27, families and groups will begin to decorate the old-fashioned streetlights with roping, white lights and ribbons. Sponsored by the Babylon Beautification Society you can still sign up at the website www.babylonbeautification.org.

I will list the December events in next week’s column, but don’t forget that first weekend is crammed with Village traditions!

•Happy birthday wishes go out to Hapi Auer and Laura Gallagher! Many happy returns to both of you!

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