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B A B Y L O N P U B L I C L I B R A R Y SOUTH SHORE L.I'S LARGEST CIRCULATION WEEKLY NEWSPAPER S erving the community since 1966 P rinted on recycled paper W ebsite : www . bàbylonbeacon . com E-M A IL ADDRESS: ACJNEW S @ R C N.CO M OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER Periodicals Postage Paid- Babylon Post Office, Babylon NY 11702 (USPS 03960-8000) FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY •TOWN OF BABYLON • VILLAGE OF BABYLON •B a b y l o n s n i n o i c . nccD da o r c r u n m c Inside this week: • Around Town . . . Page 2 • O b ituaries. . . Page 9C •WEST •COPIA' •NORTH B EOK-OKU AN 'N O IA a v a 3AV T i a v o S VI Aavaan onand NoiAava publishe E 0 o o * j » o i i a - a v a die Notices: Your Right to Know: ^ Publishers, Carolyn and Alfred James 11 ■ 6> 7> 8 C > 9 C & l0 C The Babylon Beacon is the hometown newspaper o f Felice Niland o f Babylon In the News THURSDAY, January 14,2010 50 CENTS County seeks site for homeless sexual offenders Five o f e ight p o s s ible locations in B a b y lon ABOVE BOARD Real Estate 170 Merrick Rd., Amityville NY B rookside Villas C o n d o m inium s • GRAND OPENING starting at $399,000. Low Taxes, CONVENIENT TO ALL. Beautiful Townhomes with approximately 1475 Sq. Ft. o f living space on two levels , First floor consisting o f a custom kitchen and breakfast area , 1/2 bath , combination LR/DR with gas fireplace and sliding glass doors to private brick patio. Open staircase with handcrafted oak railing to second floor bedrooms and a main bath. Above Board Real Estate • 631-264-7700 The Argyle Auto Service s2tation in Babylon Village recently held its annual Toys for Tots collection program. After many people donated generously to the program, two truck loads o f toys were picked up by the U.S. Marines Alpha Company 6th Comm. Battalion in Amityville. They were distributed to children all over Long Island for Christmas. In top photo, Argyle Auto Service owner Joe Jones is shown with Santa and two youngsters who enjoyed the event. Below, a Marine helps pack up one of the two trucks o f toys. by Carolyn James Suffolk County will be making a final decision this week on where to locate an emergency housing trail­ er for up to 18 convicted sexual offenders. Five o f the eight locations under consideration are in Babylon Town, and the proposal has drawn the concern and criticism o f S.C. Leg. DuWayne Gregory in whose dis­ trict the Babylon sites are located. It has also raised the concern o f civic leaders from the area who said the County should have at least outlined its proposal to the community at large, and allowed residents to provide input and ask questions. But County officials counter that the sites were cho­ sen because they fit the very restrictive housing criteria for this population alone, and to allow the County to fulfill its legal obligations under state and federal laws. All the offenders are homeless. “We have an obligation to provide these people with housing and it is a tough job that gets tougher as we are experiencing a marked increase in the number of homeless we have and as local town boards keep add­ ing restrictions that render finding adequate housing for these individuals almost impossible,” said S.C. De­ partment of Social Services Commissioner Gregory Blass. In the past year, Blass said the County’s homeless population in general has soared and that its popula­ tion of convicted sexual predators, who are homeless, has almost doubled from 15 to 18, to 25 to 30 at any given time. “We cannot simply place them in hotels or motels because that would be irresponsible,” said Blass. “What the County should be doing is retrofitting the trailers in Yaphank and West Hampton it currently uses to house these homeless clients, because that loca­ tion is by far the most remote,” said Leg. Gregory. “It is not only the concept but also the process that has us angry,” said Nancy Holliday, a civic leader and Wyandanch School Board member. Currently, the County houses these individuals in trailers on county property in Yaphank, near the County jail, and in West Hampton. But those facilities (Continued on page 3) Taxpayers do it standing in line by Carolyn James At one end of Babylon Town Hall, a swearing in ceremony was being held for Supervisor Steve Bellone, Councilman Lindsey Henry and Clerk Carol Quirk, all who won re-election in November. At the other end, a long line o f Babylon Town residents formed at the office of Corinne DiSomma, the Receiver of Taxes. It was the annual rite for hundreds o f residents who come in to pay their real property taxes—in person. Leila Arm strong o f A m ityville is one o f those residents. As she stood in line last week, she said the reason she, and many others choose to pay their taxes in person instead of opting to simply put their check in the mail is simple: “I don’t trust the post office,” she said. “I’d rather come down here and it is safe,” said Robert Jones of Lindenhurst who also waited in line. “If I put the check in the mail, I don’t know if it reaches them.” Forty-year resident Loretta M ikolesk o f North Lindenhurst said she’s afraid the check won’t reach the Town in time and that she will be penalized with a fine. “Why should I give them even more money?” she said. The residents - many of them senior citizens who have paid off the mortgages on their homes, and now pay their property taxes directly - use the time standing in line to converse with one another. They talk about Town services, children, grandchildren and, o f course, about how high their taxes are. (Continued on page 3)

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