2017-04-13 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•On April 23, David Glukh will entertain audiences of klezmer, jazz and classical music he will perform on his signature piccolo trumpet accompanied by pianist Liya Petrifies at the Babylon Public Library located at 22 South Carl Avenue in Babylon Village. The music begins at 2 p.m. This program is made in part through Suffolk County grants, Friends of the Babylon Library and Babylon Village Arts Council.

•On March 9 I lost a good friend. A Village resident for more than 40 years, Marlene Cvetkovic adopted Babylon as her hometown. She found many new friends and participated in many activities to try and help the people of Babylon. As far as I am concerned, Marlene is another fatality that was caused by Hurricane Sandy. Her small house was badly damaged by the storm and she had to move into her son’s NYC apartment. Fortunately, her son and Marlene really enjoyed one another’s company. Alexander Nelisson is an only child, and his father died a number of years ago. Marlene took very good care of her health, and everyone was shocked when she developed cancer four years ago. She fought hard and seemed to have won the battle, when she suffered a bad fall while passing a poorly secured construction site, causing her serious injuries and a rapid deterioration of her health. Most of her friends are just now learning of her death, and I hope they will come to the memorial service at Saint Joseph’s on Saturday at 10 a.m.


Marlene Cvetkovic Marlene Cvetkovic •The Pilot Club Spring Fling will be held on Fri., April 28 at the Hibernian Hall on Locust Avenue. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m., with an open bar, dinner buffet, a DJ and dancing. Funds raised at this event will help with Pilot projects for local residents, including Start School Right (providing school clothes and supplies to local children in need) as well as a focus on treating and preventing TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries) and other causes of brain damage. For tickets, please call 631-587- 5133. The party is for a good cause and promises to be a lot of fun!

•The Babylon Village Arts Council invites Long Island artists (all media) to exhibit their work at its 10th Annual Outdoor Art Exhibit entitled “Art by the Falls” to be held on May 20, 2017 (rain date: May 21, 2017). Exhibition time will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., not including setup/breakdown time at Argyle Park. Artists must submit an application including up to three examples of their work in JPEG format on CD, a bio/statement and a $25 participation fee, no later than April 20, 2017. Participants will receive a free BVAC membership. The fee will be waived for existing BVAC members. For application and further inquiries, please contact Rose Norman at 631-669-1810.

•Save the Great South Bay’s Creek Defender Program launches on Earth Day April 22 along the Carll’s River! We must defend our creeks. We must stop polluting them with runoff, pesticides and lawn fertilizers, and illegal dumping. In order to heal the Great South Bay we need to heal the 31 creeks that flow from the South Shore into the Great South Bay.

•Babylon High School, the elementary school, the PTA, the Village of Babylon, the Town of Babylon, Seatuck, the I Love Long Island Campaign, South Shore Paddle Boards and a number of local civic groups and businesses will gather to help clean the Carll’s River (Sumpawams Creek) at the Babylon/West Islip border. Additionally, we propose to accomplish this by organizing 10-person teams of volunteers to go door to door in Babylon Village and along the Carll’s River with information on the Creek Defender Program, eco-safe lawn care and using native plantings, as well as proper stewardship of this river. Babylon’s efforts on Earth Day will become a model for how we address our other South Shore creeks. For more information, call 646-765-7238.

•Helen O’Shea celebrated her 92nd birthday this week, but you would never know it because she looks so much younger! Many happy returns, Helen! We send belated get-well wishes and birthday greetings to Bob Norman, who is recovering from a knee revision. More birthday wishes are sent to Janet Maya and Pat Lawson…have a great day, ladies!

•Happy Easter to one and all…I expect to be coloring a heck of a lot of eggs this week!

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