2017-10-19 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

Get out your calendar and copy down some dates for things that will happen in and around Babylon this month. There’s so much to do in Babylon this weekend it’s amazing!

•The Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Fall Sidewalk Sale. Sale items will be on view along the Village business district, in and outside Village shops.

The Sidewalk Sale will begin on Fri., Oct. 20 and continue through to Sun., Oct. 22 in the business district along Deer Park Avenue and Main Street.

•Additionally, the Village of Babylon will hold the Apples & Arts Festival at the Nathaniel Conklin House on Deer Park Avenue. It begins on Friday evening, Oct. 20, at the Nathaniel Conklin House, just south of the Deer Park overpass with a special wine and cheese reception for the artists participating in the show, which is from 7 to 9 p.m. Please attend and meet the local artists!

•You can also see the artwork on Sat., Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Karen Petz and Larry Nye are once again co-hosts for this event.

•The Apple Festival will take place on the Conklin House Green on Sat., Oct. 21 from noon until 4 p.m., offering locally grown apples, cider and pies! Family activities include children’s games, pumpkin picking fun and stuffing life-size scarecrows to bring home. Margaret Rohl is chairing the event!

•Also on Sat., Oct. 21, as in the past, the Post Office Café will hold its 24th Annual 5K and 1K Fun Run. Hundreds of runners and walkers will wind their way through Village streets. Some streets in the south end of the Village will be temporarily closed to traffic during the race.

•On Sun., Oct. 22, the Babylon Village Historical Society holds Brick ‘n Brew II on Main Street from 2 to 4 p.m. There’s still time to purchase an engraved brick to be placed around the Bayman Statue when it is unveiled at Argyle Park next spring.

•Also on Sun., Oct. 22, from 8 to 10 a.m., South Shore Paddleboards will host a special fundraiser “Breakfast Paddle for Puerto Rico” at the Long Island Yacht Club on Little East Neck Road South. Donations will go directly to Waves for Water for a water filtration program. The shop will also raffle off a Kialoa Paddle and winter swag!

•Oct. 28 will see the Third Annual Halloween Trick-or- Treat Event, sponsored by the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce. Children who wish to take part in the Halloween Parade should meet in the Village parking lot on James Street before noon. After the parade, children are invited to trick or treat throughout the business district from noon to 5 p.m.

•Many residents and visitors to Babylon Village are vocal with their complaints about our Village Code Enforcement officers. Usually, the complainant has received a ticket for parking in the wrong place or has not kept track of the time left on a parking meter. Some of the loudest complainants have received a ticket for parking illegally at the LIRR station.

But the Code Enforcement officers do much more than hand out tickets. They do their best to ensure that traffic moves safely and easily, that vehicles don’t block streets and parking lots. They are often out on weekend nights, making sure that crowds don’t congregate in front of bars, and breaking up fights. They are out preventing vandalism at Village parks, schools and businesses.

I’d like to commend Officer Maggie O’Sullivan who spent this past Sunday morning running after two dogs that escaped from their home. Not only did she catch the dogs, but she also managed (with a great deal of effort) to track down their owners and return the dogs to them.

A few months ago, Maggie, who volunteers with Babylon Fire Department’s Rescue, along with fellow rescue volunteer Jeff Weber, helped deliver a baby. Thanks to Maggie and all the other Code Enforcement officers for all you do to ensure that Babylon Village is a great place to live!

•Happy birthday to Jackie Marsden, Carolyn Guttmann,

Amy Dottinger, Jerri Romeo and Karyn Kirschbaum!

Anyone who would like to contribute an item to News & Muse can send it to Mary Gallagher, c/o Babylon Beacon Newspaper, 65 Deer Park Ave., Babylon NY 11702, or via email: acjnews@rcn.com. Please put News & Muse in the subject line.

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