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10/12/2021

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In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Amity Harbor Civic Association will sponsor a Field of Honor. This field of flags will ho...
10/12/2021

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Amity Harbor Civic Association will sponsor a Field of Honor. This field of flags will honor all veterans, active and retired, who have dedicated their lives to protecting America’s freedom.

The flag of honor is a 3-foot by 5-foot American flag made in the USA and mounted on an 8-foot pole. Flags will be placed in precise rows on the front lawn of the civic clubhouse on Western Concourse. A donation of $25 is being asked for each flag. Set-up is Oct. 30 and take-down is November 27.

Those interested in purchasing a flag can do so by sending a check, made payable to Amity Harbor Civic Association, Field of Honor, 100 Western Concourse, Amity Harbor NY 11701. Please include the name and rank of honoree, the branch of service, the years of service, your name, address and phone number. For more information call 631-842-2562.

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In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Amity Harbor Civic Association will sponsor a Field of Honor. This field of flags will honor all veterans, active and retired, who have dedicated their lives to protecting America’s freedom.

The flag of honor is a 3-foot by 5-foot American flag made in the USA and mounted on an 8-foot pole. Flags will be placed in precise rows on the front lawn of the civic clubhouse on Western Concourse. A donation of $25 is being asked for each flag. Set-up is Oct. 30 and take-down is November 27.

Those interested in purchasing a flag can do so by sending a check, made payable to Amity Harbor Civic Association, Field of Honor, 100 Western Concourse, Amity Harbor NY 11701. Please include the name and rank of honoree, the branch of service, the years of service, your name, address and phone number. For more information call 631-842-2562.

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Deer Park’s John F. Kennedy Intermediate School celebrated Dot Day on Sept. 15, inspired by the Peter Reynolds book “The...
10/11/2021

Deer Park’s John F. Kennedy Intermediate School celebrated Dot Day on Sept. 15, inspired by the Peter Reynolds book “The Dot,” which was published Sept. 15, 2003. Teacher Briana Nussbaum worked with all of her art classes on Dot Day collaborative projects.

In the story, the character Vashti felt like she couldn’t draw, but her art teacher encouraged her to “just make a mark, and see where it takes you.” She marked her paper with a small dot, which was displayed the next day on the classroom wall, leading to her creation of many different dot drawings. The lesson of the book is that while a dot might be small, it is a powerful way to show individuality and creativity.

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10/10/2021

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James Rogan (left), Director of Safety & Training for Educational Bus Transportation, which provides school bus transpor...
10/10/2021

James Rogan (left), Director of Safety & Training for Educational Bus Transportation, which provides school bus transportation for a number of school districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, was recently named New York State Master Instructor of the Year. The award was presented to Rogan by Paul Overbaugh, New York State Education Department Director of Pupil Transportation.

Master Instructors teach individuals seeking certification as School Bus Driver Instructors and hold the highest pupil transportation certification from the New York State Education Department. Rogan trains drivers serving the Copiague, Massapequa, Amityville, Half Hollow Hills, and Farmingdale school districts among others.

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James Rogan (left), Director of Safety & Training for Educational Bus Transportation, which provides school bus transportation for a number of school districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, was recently named New York State Master Instructor of the Year. The award was presented to Rogan by Paul Overbaugh, New York State Education Department Director of Pupil Transportation.

Master Instructors teach individuals seeking certification as School Bus Driver Instructors and hold the highest pupil transportation certification from the New York State Education Department. Rogan trains drivers serving the Copiague, Massapequa, Amityville, Half Hollow Hills, and Farmingdale school districts among others.

For more local news, visit www.babylonbeacon.com.

Deer Park High School’s successful summer Unplugged program provided students in grades 9-12 with a unique opportunity t...
10/09/2021

Deer Park High School’s successful summer Unplugged program provided students in grades 9-12 with a unique opportunity to reconnect and socialize with their classmates and teachers, helping build better relationships and enrich their educational experience. Various classes included crocheting, knitting, clay basket weaving, drama, band, arts and crafts, woodburning, rocketry, Science Olympiad, college essay writing, yoga, mindfulness, stress management, tortilla making, culinary creations, Wiffle ball and constructing planter boxes, raised herb gardens and picnic tables.

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The North Babylon Union Free School District welcomed 17 new staff members to the district community in preparations for...
10/08/2021

The North Babylon Union Free School District welcomed 17 new staff members to the district community in preparations for the 2021-2022 school year. From Aug. 24-25, the teachers participated in the district’s annual new teacher orientation to start their new journey as members of the North Babylon family.
During the course of two days, teachers learned the districts practices, initiatives, curriculum overview and expectations through a series of workshops. The teachers also met administrators and directors.
The new staff members are Roberto Aquilino, Mikaela Brightman, Pamela Falletta, Sara Erin Hackett, Michelle Hernandez, Amanda Liantonio, Jennifer Margulis, Michael Martino, Amy Michalopolous, Fredrika Miller, Amanda Nieto, Abby Santora, Melanie Shayowitz, Carly Spadafora, Michelle Statfeld, Gaetano Vaccaro and Rakeem Vanterpool.

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The North Babylon Union Free School District welcomed 17 new staff members to the district community in preparations for the 2021-2022 school year. From Aug. 24-25, the teachers participated in the district’s annual new teacher orientation to start their new journey as members of the North Babylon family.
During the course of two days, teachers learned the districts practices, initiatives, curriculum overview and expectations through a series of workshops. The teachers also met administrators and directors.
The new staff members are Roberto Aquilino, Mikaela Brightman, Pamela Falletta, Sara Erin Hackett, Michelle Hernandez, Amanda Liantonio, Jennifer Margulis, Michael Martino, Amy Michalopolous, Fredrika Miller, Amanda Nieto, Abby Santora, Melanie Shayowitz, Carly Spadafora, Michelle Statfeld, Gaetano Vaccaro and Rakeem Vanterpool.

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10/08/2021

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For 25 years, the Circle of Love Ministry Worldwide, a not-for-profit 501c-3 organization, has provided food to needy fa...
10/08/2021

For 25 years, the Circle of Love Ministry Worldwide, a not-for-profit 501c-3 organization, has provided food to needy families in the community. The organization is now preparing for its annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration. For ten years, the volunteers have served over 2,000 meals and are now planning to feed even more people this year. Once again this year, due to Covid, the meals will be delivered to homes.
But help from local merchants and neighbors in this tremendous effort is needed. They are accepting donations to make this holiday special for those who are finding life more difficult than ever. Due to Covid restrictions they will not be able to accept in-kind donations; monetary donations only. All donations to the Circle of Love are tax deductible.

Donations may be made payable to Circle of Love Ministry and mailed to 65 Arlington Drive, Wyandanch, NY 11798 Attn: Janice Jackson.

For more local news visit the Beacon at www.babylonbeacon.com.

For 25 years, the Circle of Love Ministry Worldwide, a not-for-profit 501c-3 organization, has provided food to needy families in the community. The organization is now preparing for its annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration. For ten years, the volunteers have served over 2,000 meals and are now planning to feed even more people this year. Once again this year, due to Covid, the meals will be delivered to homes.
But help from local merchants and neighbors in this tremendous effort is needed. They are accepting donations to make this holiday special for those who are finding life more difficult than ever. Due to Covid restrictions they will not be able to accept in-kind donations; monetary donations only. All donations to the Circle of Love are tax deductible.

Donations may be made payable to Circle of Love Ministry and mailed to 65 Arlington Drive, Wyandanch, NY 11798 Attn: Janice Jackson.

For more local news visit the Beacon at www.babylonbeacon.com.

Ahead of the start of the new school year, Deer Park’s John Quincy Adams Primary School recently hosted a Kindergarten M...
10/08/2021

Ahead of the start of the new school year, Deer Park’s John Quincy Adams Primary School recently hosted a Kindergarten Meet and Greet for all incoming kindergartners and their families.

“Thanks to the help of our PFC, custodians, secretaries and kindergarten teachers, the children had a great time,” said Associate Principal Lynn Coyle. “Everyone was able to play on the playground, do a scavenger hunt in the building, practice riding the school bus and enjoy a refreshing ice pop with new friends.”

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Ahead of the start of the new school year, Deer Park’s John Quincy Adams Primary School recently hosted a Kindergarten Meet and Greet for all incoming kindergartners and their families.

“Thanks to the help of our PFC, custodians, secretaries and kindergarten teachers, the children had a great time,” said Associate Principal Lynn Coyle. “Everyone was able to play on the playground, do a scavenger hunt in the building, practice riding the school bus and enjoy a refreshing ice pop with new friends.”

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10/06/2021

Due to technical difficulties on Friday, October 1st, 2021, The Babylon Beautification Society only received some lamppost decorating requests.

If you submitted a request on Friday and are uncertain if it were received, please email BBS at : [email protected].

Lamppost requests will begin being accepted again on Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at 1:00 pm and their are still plenty of lampposts available to decorate!

Special thanks to The Babylon Beautification Society for keeping Babylon Village beautiful throughout the year and for another great program and tradition enjoyed by so many families!

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10/05/2021

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Babylon Town Councilman Anthony Manetta is holding the 4th Annual Pasta & Sauce Drive through October 15. Donations will...
10/05/2021

Babylon Town Councilman Anthony Manetta is holding the 4th Annual Pasta & Sauce Drive through October 15. Donations will be accepted at his office in Town Hall, 200 Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Items can also be dropped off at Sons of Italy Constantino Brumidi Lodge, 2075 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, or the Lindenhurst Memorial Library, 1 Lee Ave., Lindenhurst, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call Manetta’s office at 631-957-4482.

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Babylon Town Councilman Anthony Manetta is holding the 4th Annual Pasta & Sauce Drive through October 15. Donations will be accepted at his office in Town Hall, 200 Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Items can also be dropped off at Sons of Italy Constantino Brumidi Lodge, 2075 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, or the Lindenhurst Memorial Library, 1 Lee Ave., Lindenhurst, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call Manetta’s office at 631-957-4482.

For more local news, visit www.babylonbeacon.com.

The Suffolk County Police Department is mourning the loss of active duty canine Dallas V, a 6-year-old German Shepherd t...
10/05/2021

The Suffolk County Police Department is mourning the loss of active duty canine Dallas V, a 6-year-old German Shepherd that died from a sudden illness on September 1.

Dallas V joined the SCPD in 2016, training with handler Kenneth Michaels, and was named to honor the lives of five Dallas area police officers who were shot and killed in an ambush in July 2016.
In addition to narcotics detection and suspect tracking, Dallas V also spent time visiting schools and attending community events to showcase the skills canines possess and the asset they provide to law enforcement.

Visit the Beacon at www.babylonbeacon.com for more on this story and other local news.

The Suffolk County Police Department is mourning the loss of active duty canine Dallas V, a 6-year-old German Shepherd that died from a sudden illness on September 1.

Dallas V joined the SCPD in 2016, training with handler Kenneth Michaels, and was named to honor the lives of five Dallas area police officers who were shot and killed in an ambush in July 2016.
In addition to narcotics detection and suspect tracking, Dallas V also spent time visiting schools and attending community events to showcase the skills canines possess and the asset they provide to law enforcement.

Visit the Beacon at www.babylonbeacon.com for more on this story and other local news.

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10/03/2021

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Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Huntington Station) recently honored his two Legislative District 17 Page Prog...
10/03/2021

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Huntington Station) recently honored his two Legislative District 17 Page Program graduates for their successful completion of the intensive program on county government.

Mark Lopresti of Melville, a business major at Stony Brook University, and Yusuf Sezgin of West Babylon, a master’s in public policy student at Stony Brook, participated in the Suffolk County Legislature’s 2021 Page Program, held this year via zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about the Suffolk County Legislature’s Page Program visit https://www.scnylegislature.us/895/Page-Program. Next year’s application process will begin in early 2022. For more information, contact Legislator Donnelly’s district office at (631) 854-4433.

For more local news, visit www.babylonbeacon.com.

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Huntington Station) recently honored his two Legislative District 17 Page Program graduates for their successful completion of the intensive program on county government.

Mark Lopresti of Melville, a business major at Stony Brook University, and Yusuf Sezgin of West Babylon, a master’s in public policy student at Stony Brook, participated in the Suffolk County Legislature’s 2021 Page Program, held this year via zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about the Suffolk County Legislature’s Page Program visit https://www.scnylegislature.us/895/Page-Program. Next year’s application process will begin in early 2022. For more information, contact Legislator Donnelly’s district office at (631) 854-4433.

For more local news, visit www.babylonbeacon.com.

Robert Stricoff has joined the EAC Network, a non-profit agency that helps 43,000 people in need throughout Long Island ...
10/02/2021

Robert Stricoff has joined the EAC Network, a non-profit agency that helps 43,000 people in need throughout Long Island and New York as its newly appointed Chief Development Officer. Stricoff will oversee all of EAC Network’s development, communications, and external relations.

Starting in 1997, Robert spent 17 years in various senior policy making roles in Babylon Town and Suffolk County’s political and governmental arena. Stricoff is a Board Member of ACIT and the Babylon Little League and graduate of the Energeia Partnership. He graduated from CUNY Queens College with a BA in 1991, and received an MSA from Central Michigan University in 1996. He and his wife Abigail live in Oak Beach with their two sons, Ben, 15 and John, 12.

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Robert Stricoff has joined the EAC Network, a non-profit agency that helps 43,000 people in need throughout Long Island and New York as its newly appointed Chief Development Officer. Stricoff will oversee all of EAC Network’s development, communications, and external relations.

Starting in 1997, Robert spent 17 years in various senior policy making roles in Babylon Town and Suffolk County’s political and governmental arena. Stricoff is a Board Member of ACIT and the Babylon Little League and graduate of the Energeia Partnership. He graduated from CUNY Queens College with a BA in 1991, and received an MSA from Central Michigan University in 1996. He and his wife Abigail live in Oak Beach with their two sons, Ben, 15 and John, 12.

Visit the Beacon at www.babylonbeacon.com for more on this story and other local news.

Five Deer Park High School students were recently honored by the College Board based on their remarkable academic achiev...
10/01/2021

Five Deer Park High School students were recently honored by the College Board based on their remarkable academic achievements and outstanding performance on PSAT or AP exams. Tovia Manning, Sydney Pottinger and Lindsay Williams were designated as National African American Recognition Program Scholars, and Megan Bush, Pottinger and Gabriel Villacres were designated as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.

For more local news visit the Beacon at www.babylonbeacon.com.

Five Deer Park High School students were recently honored by the College Board based on their remarkable academic achievements and outstanding performance on PSAT or AP exams. Tovia Manning, Sydney Pottinger and Lindsay Williams were designated as National African American Recognition Program Scholars, and Megan Bush, Pottinger and Gabriel Villacres were designated as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.

For more local news visit the Beacon at www.babylonbeacon.com.

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