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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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  • 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,...
  • Wrong-Way Driver Was Drunk, High Before Fatal Taconic Crash

    Wrong-Way Driver Was Drunk, High Before Fatal Taconic Crash
    A mother who drove head-on into traffic on the Taconic State Parkway sparking a horrific accident that killed eight people, had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system at the time of the crash, a toxicology report revealed Tuesday....
  • 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...
  • OJ Simpson Lawyer Joins Case Of Wrong-Way Taconic Driver

    OJ Simpson Lawyer Joins Case Of Wrong-Way Taconic Driver
    A celebrity lawyer, who won a judgement against O.J. Simpson, is now getting involved in a lawsuit against the estate of a woman who drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway -- killing eight people, including herself. A law clerk for attorney...
  • West Babylon School Destroyed by Fire

    West Babylon School Destroyed by Fire
    Sixteen fire departments joined forces late Thursday to fight a blaze that went on to destroy a West Babylon elementary school, leaving four hundred students without classrooms to return to Monday. Two of the three wings that make up South Bay Elementary...
  • LI Students Displaced After Elementary School Fire

    LI Students Displaced After Elementary School Fire
    Displaced students on Long Island will attend class at a nearby Catholic church Tuesday, after a fast-moving fire gutted most of their school. South Bay Elementary in West Babylon remains largely unsalvageable after flames ripped though the 1950s-era...
  • 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...
  • Autopsy Results in for Taconic Crash Mom

    Autopsy Results in for Taconic Crash Mom
    The final autopsy results are in for the woman who drove the wrong-way on the Taconic State Parkway killing eight people. The report on Diane Schuler, which was prepared by Aleksander Milovanovic of the Westchester County medical examiner's office, makes...
  • Taconic Wrong-Way Driver To Be Exhumed, Tested

    Taconic Wrong-Way Driver To Be Exhumed, Tested
    The body of a woman who killed herself and seven other people by driving a minivan the wrong way on a parkway and crashing into an SUV will be exhumed for testing in an attempt to counter findings that she was drunk, a family lawyer said Tuesday....