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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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  • Brunnhoelzl wins Southern Modified feature at Langley

    George Brunnhoelzl III of West Babylon, N.Y., grabbed the lead for good on lap 142, then held off Andy Seuss in the closing circuits to win the Courtyard by Marriott/Pepsi 150 for NASCAR’s Whelen Southern Modified Tour, the headlining event of Saturday evening’s racing program at Langley Speedway.
  • Bring on the holiday decorations in the office!

    Q: We work in the health services office of a large university with a very diverse student population. For fear of offending others, some administrators want to institute a policy that would forbid us from putting up Christmas decorations, including...

    The God Squad: No need to ban office Christmas display

    Q: We work in the health services office of a large university that has a very diverse student population. For fear of offending others, some administrators want to institute a policy that would forbid us from putting up Christmas decorations, including...

    Jovan Belcher's Mother To Raise His Orphaned Daughter In Long Island

    Jovan Belcher's Mother To Raise His Orphaned Daughter In Long Island
    Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher would have played Sunday afternoon to take on the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Instead, his teammates suited up without him, in mourning, after Belcher shot and killed the mother of...

    Mysteries Persist One Year After Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 8

    Mysteries Persist One Year After Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 8
    The scar is almost gone from the highway where a suburban mother sped the wrong way for more than a mile with a minivan full of children while stoned and drunk, sparking a fiery crash that killed her and seven other people. The grass burned away by Diane...