2017-06-01 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•I was surprised and saddened to hear that the Memorial Day parade had been cancelled. Weather was not cooperating. I hear that this is not the first time it’s been cancelled, but frankly I can’t remember it happening prior to this.

As you probably know, the Memorial Day parade is one of my favorite happenings. But I guess I wouldn’t ask our veterans to walk in the rain. The group I feel sorriest for is the Babylon Fire Department. They start the long cleaning process of their trucks, uniforms, etc. about a week ahead of time. They spend a lot of time preparing for the parade, but I’m sure they would not enjoy walking in the rain either. Especially since it would mean having to polish the trucks all over again! Oh, well, there’s always next year.

•Do you know that it’s almost impossible to find an apartment in Babylon these days? I have been helping a friend who left Babylon a couple of years ago and is now determined to move back and stay here. In the two years she has been gone, she has lived in New Jersey, Denver and Puerto Rico. But she insists that Babylon is the best place to live. I certainly can’t argue with her.

•By the way, don’t forget to enroll your children for swim lessons! If your last name begins with O thru Z, enrollment takes place at Village Hall from 9 a.m. until noon this Sat., June 3. If you missed the enrollment day for your name, call the Village Clerk’s Office, 631-669- 1500 to find out how to proceed. The ladies there are always ready and willing to help you out!

•Babylon High Class of 1972 will be holding its 45th reunion July 28 and 29. Organizer Kathy Tiedemann Larkin is trying to find a number of classmates so they can be included. The following classmates are missing: Gwynn Aldrich, Edward Bradley, Shelly Crump, Mark Conklin, Barbara Covello Mason, Diane Durnil, Debbie Fitzgerald Kendrick, Joseph Foderano, Charles Gumaer, Donna Kugler Scott, Patricia Lewis, Patricia Litwin, Steven Lootz, Evelyn Lops, Shawn Mahoney, Glenn Mc- Garity, Marian McGinnis, Stephan O’Brien, Cliff Perry, Linda Riccobono, Glenn Roberts, Carl Schnier, John Shackman, Lawrence Shannon, Barry Shriver, Rosemary Smith, Marilyn Squires, Suzanne Tassa, MaryLou Taylor Godoy, Michael Tricker and John Ward. If you know how to contact any of these people, please email Kathy at ktlarkin45@gmail.com or call her at 707-367- 5024 as soon as possible. Alternately, notify me of their contact information and I will relay it to Kathy.

•At the same time, I am still trying to find a number of my own classmates from BHS Class of ’67 for our 50th reunion this August. I will publish the list of classmates we have been unable to find in next week’s column.

•Babylon Village Farmer’s Market will reopen this Sun., June 4 in the LIRR Parking lot on North Carll Avenue (just north of the trestle). Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays until November.

•The Babylon Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale and Art & Music Festival this weekend, June 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Deer Park Avenue and Main Street.

•There are still a few tickets available for the Bayman Statue Boat Ride on Sun., June 4. Tickets are only $25 per person. Call Village Hall (Suzanne at 631-669-1212) for more information.

I’m going with some friends…it should be fun! We’ll be going aboard the Lauren Kristy from 1:30 until 4 p.m., sailing around the Bay and hearing a local bayman tell stories about various areas in the Bay.

•On June 5, the Gemelli Family will hold the 7th Annual Memorial Golf Classic at Bergen Point Golf Course. Call 631-820-8068 if you are interested. The classic is held in memory of Mama Gemelli.

•The Friends of the Babylon Public Library will be holding their semi-annual book sale this weekend at the library. The sale begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m., both Friday and Saturday. You would be surprised what bargains you can find! Money raised goes to support programs and projects for the Babylon Public Library.

•It’s time for another version of my feelings about some local drivers. Most of my comments are about the traffic light at Carll Avenue and Main Street. For several years, Village residents have tried to get something done to relieve the traffic on Carll Avenue. I asked for a “Do Not Block the Box” sign, which might prevent drivers on Main Street from sitting in the intersection when the light turns green for Carll Avenue. Such drivers block traffic north and south on a regular basis. From midafternoon until after 7 p.m. this intersection is used heavily by drivers going to and from the high school and the LIRR train station. At times, traffic is backed up to Grove Place or further north!

New York State controls traffic lights on Main Street and neither the mayor nor the Village Board can change that. According to so-called traffic surveys, no problem exists. I live just north of that intersection and I can tell you that there definitely are problems! Cars turning left onto Montauk Highway (across traffic) sit behind the stop lines on Carll, instead of pulling into the intersection. Carll Avenue is too narrow on the north side to allow cars heading south to get through the intersection because the turning car blocks Carll Avenue, PLEASE! If you want to turn east or west, proceed into the middle of the intersection and wait until you can make the turn safely. This allows cars behind you to cross to the opposite side of Carll Avenue.

Also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, put your turn signals on BEFORE you get to the intersection. For some reason, many people wait until they are into the turn before using their turn signal. If the driver behind you knows you want to turn, it is safer for you and for him.

My lecture on safe driving is thus concluded! LOL

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