2017-03-30 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•April showers bring May flowers… it seems as though spring is a bit ahead of itself. All the rain we’ve had in recent days would seem to predict no drought for us this year. But one never knows…

•Congratulations to Jessica Christine Moore and James Anthony Litrenta on their engagement. Jessica, who works for Intralogic Solutions in Massapequa, is the daughter of Veronica and Christopher Moore of West Babylon.

James Anthony Litrenta is the son of Lillian and Vincent Litrenta of Lindenhurst. He is the proprietor of James Anthony’s Barber Shop in Babylon Village.

The happy couple plans to wed on Sept. 23 and will make their home in West Babylon.

•This Sunday, April 2, the Babylon Village Historical Society presents local historian Tom Stock who will do a program about the Sumpwams River. The Historical Society will also be selling copies of the new “Babylon Village” book of postcards of the Village and a lot of new information from Mary Cascone, Babylon Town historian. (The book is priced at $22.) Refreshments will be served.


Jessica Moore and James Anthony Litrenta Jessica Moore and James Anthony Litrenta •I’m lucky enough to have a friend who manages to get theater tickets for prices that are lower than box office. This Sunday I am going to see “War Paint,” the story of the cosmetic queens, Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein. As it happens, this past Sunday, PBS ran a documentary on the competition between the two women who managed to capture the market in cosmetics. Unlike nearly every other type of manufacturing, they were able to escape the economic ravages of two world wars and the Great Depression.

Before we go to the matinee, we’ll have lunch at Carmine’s, the Italian restaurant that serves family-style dishes of classics like Chicken Marsala (one of my favorite dishes), Eggplant Parmesan and a host of other wonderful entrees. I have to admit that the dessert is something we all look forward to: a huge dish of ice cream and fruits with chocolate and whipped cream, called the “Titanic,” which it manages to closely resemble!

•We are lucky enough on Long Island to have a large number of theater companies. I saw “Sister Act” in Oakdale last Friday night, and “West Side Story” at Bayway in East Islip this past Wednesday. I can’t wait to see what we will have to kick off the new season at the Babylon Theater! We also have several talented local high school drama clubs. Starting this weekend, Babylon High School will be performing the comedy “Pajama Game.”

•Farewell to Ada Johnson, who has lived in Babylon for many years. Ada is returning to Puerto Rico, where she was born. While Ada knows she will miss her many friends in Babylon, she is looking forward to moving back into her family home and seeing many old friends and family.

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