2007-10-31 / Columnists
Heard It On The Grapevine
A GREAT START FOR THE "BUSY WOMEN." The Babylon "Busy Women" started their season on a high note with a very interesting luncheon program at the South Bay Diner Restaurant last Thursday with a slide presentation and lecture of Living the American Dream - Levittown and the Suburban Boom, presented by history curator Joshua Ruff. Joshua is history curator at the Long Island Museum at Stony Brook and a part time instructor at St. Joseph's College. Levittown, built 60 years ago, changed the history of Long Island when Levitt and Sons offered well-built low cost homes on 60 by 100 foot plots for less than $8,000. The presentation included very interesting community photographs and video documentary. Levittown was a dream deferred for the African American and minority families who were denied access to these new communities. We had a large, enthusiastic audience who said they learned a great deal about Long Island and the housing industry here way back then. Many thanks to Claire Meirowitz, party planner, who worked so hard to bring us such an interesting learning experience.
LONG-TIME VILLAGE RESIDENT WILL BE REMEMBERED BY MANY BABYLONIANS for the many charitable causes she worked for. Margaret Lonergan, who lived at 40 N. Carll Ave for many years, passed away at her home on July 15. Margaret was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph's Church and an active member of the Livingston Center. She started the Dix Hills Deer Park RCIA at St. Joseph's and was a familiar face at the Babylon Yacht Club bridge parties and was very active in the various Guilds Good Samaritan Hospital. She will be missed by the members of the community she worked to serve.
IT'S A GIRL for Sandy and Charlie North of Lindenhurst. Charlotte Elise, their first child, was born on October 24. She's the second grandchild of Anita and Ralph North of West Islip.
A VERY ENJOYABLE VISIT, Carol McTigue, who moved recently to Saratoga Springs from her West Islip home, visited here recently with her friend Patty Dreher of Bay Shore.
IT WAS A BUSY OCTOBER FOR THE E. DONALD CONROY GOLF COURSE. On October 15, 38 players from Bay Shore, Lindenhurst, Brentwood, West Islip aand West Babylon, played a round of golf for the Malloy Cup. This is a contest between the local hgh schools who use the course for practices and JV matches. West Islip won the match with a combined score of 132. Sean Keller from West Islip had the low score of the day with a 30 for nine holes. On October 20, 20 local organizations competed for the Village Cup this year. Hal Malmquist and Steve Neary, who represented the E. Donald Conroy men's league, won the cup with a combined score of 57, edging out Ed McCarthy and Rob Yturrasppe from the Lions Club who had a score of 58. Then on October 23 , the Men's League, member guest, 51 members and their guests participated in the tournament this year followed by a luncheon afterwards at Don Riccardo's restaurant. This year's winners were the team of Hal Malmquist and his guest Arthur Weingarten.
THE LEONE FAMILY ARE IN THE NEWS THESE DAYS. Heard from Joe Leone this week with good news about his grandchildren. His granddaughter Sharon Borgos is running for the Town Board of Queensbury, New York. She's the daughter of JoAnn Leone Borgos. Sharon's brothers are both graduates of Notre Dame. Dr. Bill went on to John Hopkins Medical School and interned at the University of Michigan Medical Facility. Michael received his law degree at the Albany School of Law in Albany. Joe's great granddaughter Elizabeth Palumbo, daughter of Carolyn and Ray Palumbo and granddaughter of Stephanie Leone Lowe, will be graduating from St. Joseph's College this coming January with a degree in special education. Elizabeth lives in North Bayblon. There will be more news of Joe and his family coming up in next week's issue.
IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY for Alice Zaruka when she was able to travel to New York for the first time in three years after recovering from back surgery. Alice and Bill went to a performance of the 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," then enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Trattoria. Afterwards they spent the night at one of their favorite city spots, The Hotel Edison. It must have been an important celebration for Alice - when the conductor spotted her cane, he held up the departure time of the LIRR. What more could you ask for on your birthday?
A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL. Kelly and Jeremy Venema of Crystal, Michigan have been visiting here at the home of Kelly's father Doug Morris and his wife Susana and also with Kelly's grandmother Lucy Trumble, all of Babylon Village.