New York lawmakers introduce legislation as community reels from release of four accused of dismembering two bodies and dumping them locally


New York State Republican senators and assembly members, joined by Babylon Village Mayor Mary Adams and Deputy Mayor Frank Seibert, introduced a bill to make the dismemberment and concealment of a human corpse a bail-eligible offense. The move, announced at a press conference Friday, came in response to the outrage expressed by the public and officials at the release without […]

Town photographer Steve Gravano honored as employee of the month


Babylon Town recently recognized longtime photographer Steve Gravano as employee of the month. Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer made the announcement of the award and Babylon Town Clerk Geri Compitello spoke about Gravano and his work with the town. “When I heard Steve was getting this award, I jumped at the chance to recognize him,” said Compitello who noted that […]

Feral cat law in Babylon Village on hold as animal activists urge better solutions


A proposal by the Village of Babylon to prohibit the feeding of feral cats was met with resounding opposition by animal rights activists who filled Babylon Village Hall on Tues., Feb. 27, calling the proposal inhumane. More than 150 people attended the meeting, the majority of whom were members of animal activist groups throughout Long Island. They pleaded with the […]

Babylon schools, village act rapidly after body parts found near park


Babylon Village and school district officials acted quickly and decisively on Thursday, Feb. 29, after a student walking to school made a gruesome discovery near Southards Pond Park. The incident began at approximately 8:40 a.m., when the student saw a severed left arm on the west side of Siegel Boulevard at the eastern end of Southards Pond Park. The student […]

Boy Scout Troop 399 enjoys teamwork & winter fun

During the weekend of January 20, Boy Scout Troop 399 cabin-camped at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in Narrowsburg, New York. Scouts made the most of the cold weather at Ski Big Bear in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. Scouts and adult leaders of varied levels of experience enjoyed snowboarding, tubing, and camaraderie, making great memories and learning, improving, or teaching new […]

Babylon School Board members tour district facilities

Members of the Babylon Union Free School District Board of Education had the opportunity to tour district facilities and assess their readiness ahead of the school year. District Director of Facilities Rob Lorefice, along with Superintendent of Schools Carisa Manza and members of the district administration, led the board trustees through the hallways and rooms where students would be returning […]

Babylon Elementary celebrates the importance of kindness

Babylon Elementary School (BES) students wore orange earlier this year in celebration of Unity Day. This national anti-bullying initiative stresses the importance of kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Unity Day was created by Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying. At BES, each student wrote something they can do to be […]


Lindenhurst HS DECA Club attends business competition Members of the Lindenhurst High School DECA Club attended the St. Joseph’s University “Ready. Set. Lead” business competition late last year. The Lindenhurst students competed alongside peers from more than 200 high schools across Long Island This long-running competition challenges students to demonstrate their business skills and knowledge on a variety of topics […]

S.C. Comptroller recovers more than $533K for taxpayers

Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr., has settled an audit of Anthem BlueCross BlueShield (formerly Empire BlueCross BlueShield) resulting in the recovery of $533,909 in misspent medical expenses. Anthem has been the third-party administrator of the hospital and medical portion of the county’s self-funded employee medical plan since 2006. The plan covers over 45,000 active employees, spouses, dependents and […]

Hope amidst the fear in Babylon Village and beyond


The discovery of body parts at Southards Pond in Babylon Village this week shocked and frightened many. The question arises: how could such horror unfold in the peaceful Village of Babylon, where families thrive and care for one another? The reality is that evil persists in the world. The challenge now is how we proceed from this unsettling truth. Mayor […]