2018-01-25 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

•Sunday was such a lovely day; my friend and I took a ride over to Robert Moses. Neither of us are very strong walkers, so we simply stood and watched the waves roll in for a while. The beaches were crowded with walkers and people also enjoying the unexpectedly mild weather.

•Believe it or not, I have never been to the Fire Island Lighthouse. As I use crutches, I didn’t want to walk there from Field 5. However, it occurred to me that the lighthouse should be handicapped accessible, so I drove down the path, hoping to see someone in authority who could answer my questions about access. Where the path splits, allowing people to get to the lighthouse (as opposed to continuing east toward Kismet), I saw a U.S. Park Ranger writing a ticket to another driver. I waited patiently as he dealt with a driver who argued with him and prayed that I wouldn’t get a ticket, too.

When the Ranger was available; he came to answer my question. He explained that there was a handicapped parking space at the lighthouse. However, he also explained that people who want to visit the lighthouse and use the parking space had to call ahead to make sure it was available. He made it clear that people utilizing the space were allowed to visit only the lighthouse and not go anywhere else. I was delighted and decided I would call ahead to visit one day soon.

•The Babylon Animal Shelter is in need of gently used blankets, towels and flannel sheets. They are located at 51 Lamar Street in West Babylon. You can also drop your donations for the Animal Shelter, as well as food banks, at Pandemonium Boutique. If you’re a customer they will give you a 25 percent discount on clothing! Dog toys and animal beds are also welcome!

•A couple of weeks ago there was a hand-written for sale sign on the Brosnahan office building, with a price of nearly a million dollars! The sign is gone, but no one seems to know what’s going on with the property, which Kenny Rogers bought a year ago for about half that sale price.

If we don’t want to lose more buildings that are part of our heritage, we need to be leery of developers. Developers have torn down at least 10 buildings of historical significance in the past 10 years. It’s not just Babylon that faces this problem…a developer just razed a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!!! It is the first of his designs to be deliberately destroyed. While Wright may not have designed our buildings, they have significant meaning to us!

•The Babylon Village Volunteer Corps, being formed by the Village, will be meeting for their first training this Sunday from 1-2 p.m. at Village Hall. The purpose of the BVVC is to promote an awareness of the many aspects of our community through service and volunteerism. By mentoring and connecting families, the Babylon Village Volunteer Corps would like to provide an opportunity for our children to participate in activities to help our community grow.

Through services and volunteerism our community strengthens. The purpose is to educate our youth and residents on the importance of community service, to make them lifelong community participants and volunteers as well as learning the importance and satisfaction of helping a neighbor. For further information, call the mayor’s office at 631-669-1212. Anyone wishing to join this group must attend this Sunday’s training session.

•The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the moon is closer to earth in its orbit—known as perigee—and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the moon is in the earth’s shadow, it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.” While the total lunar eclipse will be best seen in the western half of the United States, we should be able to perceive some of the red tint to the moon. Watch the local news and I’m sure they will tell you the best hours to view the moon itself.

•Happy birthday to Jackie Sweet, Tim Bridges and Maureen Schellhorn!

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