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West Babylon

West Babylon
The last of Suffolk County's 10 towns to be formed, Babylon was born out of resentment. Until the late 1800s, the southwestern corner of Suffolk was part of the Town of Huntington, and people referred to it as Huntington South. It was a designation that perturbed its residents. Finally in 1872, the residents of Amityville, Babylon and Breslau (now Lindenhurst) asked the State Legislature to separate Huntington into two townships. Their secessionist plea may have been helped by the weather. Of the 713 people who braved the cold on a particularly frigid day in January, 1872, 445 were from what then became Babylon. The town was officially formed on Jan. 3, 1873.
Photo: The Railroad Station...
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The last of Suffolk County's 10 towns to be formed, Babylon was born out of resentment. Until the late 1800s, the southwestern corner of Suffolk was part of the Town of Huntington, and people referred to it as Huntington South. It was a designation that perturbed its residents. Finally in 1872, the residents of Amityville, Babylon and Breslau (now Lindenhurst) asked the State Legislature to separate Huntington into two townships. Their secessionist plea may have been helped by the weather. Of the 713 people who braved the cold on a particularly frigid day in January, 1872, 445 were from what then became Babylon. The town was officially formed on Jan. 3, 1873.
Photo: The Railroad Station at Babylon from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • Students From LI School Destroyed By Fire Return To Class

    Students From LI School Destroyed By Fire Return To Class
    Hundreds of students displaced from a fire that destroyed their school have found a new home and are heading back to class Tuesday. Some 320 students from South Bay Elementary School in West Babylon will be arriving at the steps of Our Lady of Grace...
  • Suit: Wrong-Way Victims Suffered Terror, Pain

    Suit: Wrong-Way Victims Suffered Terror, Pain
    Two victims of the wrong-way crash that killed eight people on a New York highway suffered terror and pain before they died, a lawsuit claims. The lawsuit by the family of victims Michael and Guy Bastardi targets the estate of Diane Schuler, the 36-year-...
  • Funeral Held for Victims Of Taconic Parkway Tragedy

    Funeral Held for Victims Of Taconic Parkway Tragedy
    Funeral services were held Thursday on Long Island for a mother and four young children, who were among eight killed in a head-on collision on the Taconic State Parkway on Sunday. Family and friends gathered at Our Lady of Victory Church in Floral Park,...
  • Mourners Remember Two Victims of Taconic Crash

    Mourners Remember Two Victims of Taconic Crash
    Family and friends remembered a father and son Saturday, the victims of that horrific crash on the Taconic Parkway in Westchester County. Michael Bastardi, 81, and son, Guy, 49, were among the eight people killed when Diane Schuler of West Babylon,...
  • Man sued over in NYC over 25-foot Viagra rocket

    A New York man is being sued for trademark infringement after he towed a 25-foot-long fake missile around Manhattan with the words "Viva Viagra" printed in blue on its sides. An attorney for Viagra-maker Pfizer Inc. says that the man's use of the...
  • No Charges For Husband Of Wrong-Way Driver

    No Charges For Husband Of Wrong-Way Driver
    A prosecutor in upstate New York said the husband of the woman, who killed herself and seven others in a wrong-way crash, will likely not face a criminal charge. Sullivan County D.A. Stephen Lungen said Tuesday, that so far, all the evidence they've...