2014-01-23 / Columnists

Babylon News & Muse

by Mary Gallagher

•We would like to send happy birthday wishes to Maariya Qureshi, who celebrated her ninth birthday last week with family and friends.

•Sadly, “Bud” (Frank) St. John passed on Dec. 26 after a long illness. Bud leaves his wife, Joan, two daughters, “Bobbin” Barbara Auer and Libby (Elizabeth) Burns, as well as five grandchildren and two great-grand children. A longtime resident of Babylon, Bud was a past commodore of the Babylon Yacht Club and past president of the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association. A memorial service will be held this Sat., Jan. 25, 11 a.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church on South Carll Avenue.

•Well, area banks have been taking quite a beating lately. But at least one of the robbers has been caught. George Swanton, 54, of Brentwood was caught 20 minutes after robbing the Chase Bank at 31 West Main Street. (See related article at right.) However, that leaves at least three other area banks with unidentified robbers. I have always complained of the amount of police coverage Babylon gets, in relation to the money residents pay for police. I have to agree, that in this last case, the police moved quickly. The fact that the Village is relatively quiet in terms of crime (usually) is the reason that police resources are concentrated in other areas. I wonder how much the taxes to cover police are in those areas. I suspect they are less than ours.

Please note that the officers do a good job. They don’t make the decisions on where they are assigned. However, due to the amount we pay for police in taxes, I do think Babylon should have more constant coverage, or our taxes should be reduced.

•Birthday greetings to Tim Bridges, Jacqueline Sweet and Donna Jeansonne. I hope you all have had wonderful birthdays!

•For those of you who are not procomputers, the term “life-hack” means copying (from some source) information that may make life more tolerable. Some recent examples (I cannot guarantee their accuracy): drinking two glasses of Gatorade will relieve headache pain very quickly. Colgate toothpaste is said to be a good salve for burns. To remove a splinter, pour Elmer’s Glue-All over the splinter and let dry. Peel off the dried glue and the splinter will come with it! (I repeat, I can’t guarantee these hints work, but they are interesting!)

•This past weekend I saw two movies released just in time for Academy Award consideration. Philomena stars the always wonderful Judy Dench. August: Osage County features a great cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard and a host of other excellent actors. Am I the only person to notice that Sam Shepard frequently appears for only a brief part of movies lately? Wonder if he gets paid the same wages as someone there for the entire film. Both films were good, but I have to admit I enjoyed Philomena more of the two. Next on my agenda: Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

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