The annual ‘Go Fly a Kite in Babylon’ event soars


The North Babylon Chamber of Commerce held its third annual Go Fly a Kite Over Babylon event. This year, the event was held at Overlook beach, Babylon and, again, drew a crowd of thousands. “It was a great day,” said Garrick Simulcik, president of the North Babylon Chamber. “This has become a very popular annual event and we are already […]

Happy 95th Birthday, Anne McCartney!

Anne McCartney, a member of the West Islip Senior Center’s Deer Lake Club, celebrated her 95th birthday recently. Anne is a dedicated mother and homemaker who worked at the Beach Street School for eight years, before going on to work as a literature coordinator for Dzus Fasteners, where she dedicated over 28 years of service. Anne met her beloved husband […]

Babylon resident among first Peace Corps Volunteers to return to service overseas


Babylon resident Owen McCaffrey is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s unprecedented global evacuation in March 2020. The Peace Corps suspended global operations and evacuated nearly 7,000 volunteers from more than 60 countries at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I was attracted to the Peace Corps because it combines my love […]

Babylon Memorial Day Parade • May 29, 2023

S.C. Correction Officer runs five marathons for Mental Health Month


S.C. Correction Officer Jeffrey Benaim completed five marathons in five days in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Benaim ran a complete 26.2-mile marathon each day in each of NYC’s five boroughs for a total of 131 miles in five consecutive days. He was specifically calling attention to the mental health needs of law enforcement officers and those in the […]

Make the most of the summer of 2023


It is only the first week of June and already so many events, parades and celebrations have been held. Many of our local farmers’ markets are open and while it’s a bit early to enjoy the locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, these markets have a wide variety of vendors to keep us enjoying them until Long Island’s bountiful treasure—including […]


PUBLIC COMMENTARY: Enjoy “your stuff,” but be prepared to let it go

One of the perils of life is putting too much value on “stuff.” Stuff can be about anything. It can consist of what we have or what we don’t have. Much of life is about our stuff. Our house, cars, things in the house. Things around the house and things in the garage, storage building, barns and more barns. If […]

Memorial service for Joe L. Turner, resident and prolific photographer

Joe L. Turner, who spent decades documenting the people, events and history of Amityville, North Amityville, the Town of Babylon and beyond with his camera, was remembered at a public memorial service held in his honor at Amityville Memorial High School on Tues., May 30. Mr. Turner died suddenly March 2, 2023. Mr. Turner was born in Courtland, Southampton County, […]

Lindenhurst Memorial Day Parade • May 29, 2023