Hundreds commemorate the life of slain NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller


Soft rain fell as several hundred people gathered at Brady Park in Massapequa Park to attend a vigil for NYPD officer Jonathan Diller, who was fatally shot last week at a traffic stop in Queens. The rain did little, however, to extinguish the passions of those attending. “This is an absolute tragedy and I just had to be here to […]

Benny Rivera honored by Babylon Town with the Ron Kleusner Award for excellence


Benny Rivera says it’s all in a day’s work. And Babylon Town officials agreed by giving the former Empire State elevator operator who now works for town the Ron Kleusner Award for excellence. Rivera has been an employee with the town for 21 years and works in the General Services Department where he trains other employees to how to properly […]

Local realtor JoAnn Boettcher recognized by Christina Renna Foundation

JoAnn Boettcher, a premier real estate agent working for Douglas Elliman in Babylon for almost 40 years, believes that when you do well in the community, there is a responsibility to give back. Boettcher was recently lauded by The Christina Renna Foundation at the organization’s annual Angels’ Wish Gala. The Christina Renna Foundation is a charity dedicated to supporting children’s […]

BVAC hosting ‘Poetry in the Village’ at Jack Jack’s Coffee House tonight

The Babylon Village Arts Council is presenting Poetry in the Village tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jack Jack’s Coffee House, 223 Deer Park Ave, Babylon. Featured poets are Steps and Christie Leigh Babirad, assistant editor at the Babylon Beacon. After their readings, the event will continue with an open mic. Admission is free. Open mic signup begins at […]

BVAC art show looking for entrants

The Babylon Village Arts Council (BVAC) has scheduled its 16th annual outdoor art exhibition, “Art by the Falls,” for May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Argyle Park with a rain date the next day. This outdoor art exhibition and sale features local artists in a variety of media, such as pottery, photography, painting, woodworking and more. The […]

Tea Time at the Conklin House

The Nathaniel Conklin House is hosting an afternoon tea on Sunday, April 28, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and reservations are required. Babylon’s own Debbie Basile will lead a special presentation on wreath-making. The house is at 280 Deer Park Avenue in Babylon. Space is limited so reserve now. For more information, call Jeanne, […]

Major recruitment effort for volunteer firefighters underway


Many fire departments across New York State will open their doors on Sat., April 13 and Sun., April 14 as part of the 15th annual RecruitNY weekend. The event is a major initiative of the Firefighters Association of the State of New York (FASNY) designed to help increase volunteer membership in local fire departments. Throughout the day, the departments will […]

Babylon Village Chamber installs new officers who look to the future


The Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce held its installation for new officers recently, swearing in Nancy Iglesias-Gillen of N. Studios Ltd., as president; Nicole J. Zuvich, Esq., vice president of membership; Gina Gonzalez of Sol Y Luna, 2nd vice president of special events; Sean Esna of Twilio as treasurer and Nicole Kane of Lily Flanagan’s Restaurant Group, assistant vice present […]

Honoring Officer Diller means demanding change from our lawmakers


The tragic killing of NYC Police Officer Jonathan Diller by an individual who has an extensive criminal record and should have been incarcerated, touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people across the country. His loss is the result of a legal system that has degenerated into a failure to protect not only our police but the […]