BABYLON PUBLIC LIBRARY SOUTH SHORE L.I'S LARGEST CIRCULATION WEEKLY NEWSPAPER S erving the community since 1966 P rinted on recycled paper W ebsite : www . babylonbeacon . com E-M AIL ADDRESS: ACJNEW S@RCN.COM O F F IC IA L N E W S P A P E R Periodicals Postage Paid- Babylon Post Office, Babylon NY 11702 (USPS 03960-8000) FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY •TOWN OF BABYLON . VILLAGE OF BARYT ON - •BA £ ( M - £ ö m AN ’ NOTASYS 3AV T W O S PI V D ld iV d ‘3yV M V l published] £ÖÖ0*»JL01 lij'üVO.»».»»*»*»»* •WEST IS •COPIAGÌ •NORTH BAÌ In s id e this w e e k : • A ro u n d Town . . . Page 2 • O b itu a ries. . . Page 9C See Inside for Health News a N i c e ] Week!/ ' Founders Edward D Wolfe, Jane D. Wolfe 1 Publishers, Carolyn and Alfred James lie N o tices: Your R ight to K now : Pages . . . 6 , 7 , 8C , 9 C & IOC The Babylon Beacon is the hometown newspaper of Duane Albro of Babylon VOL. 4 4 NO. 4 THURSDAY, January 28,2010 50 CENTS In the News Erin Walter earns honors West Islip 2008 graduate Erin Walter earned academic and athletic post-season honors at Philadelphia University. Walter, a starting midfielder for the Lady Rams, has been named to the ESPN Magazine Academic All-District Womens Soccer First Team. Walter started in all 20 games this season for the Lady Rams, who won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) regular season championship. Walter is a pre-med/biology major at Philadelphia University and carries a 4.0 GPA. Getting rid of old drugs is a prescription for fighting teen substance abuse Deer Park Schools hosts Shed the Meds awareness program By Lena Pennino Loretta marched into the Deer Park High School lobby with a bag filled with 2 7 little orange prescription bottles. “I am thrilled to get rid of them,” said Loretta, who asked to remain anonymous. “We have small grand children so I am happy to get the pills out of the house.” Deer Park High School hosted a community-wide pharmaceutical disposal day, dubbed “Shed the Meds” - a program aimed at emptying residents’ medicine cabinets of unused and expired drugs to keep them away from kids, while protecting the environment from improper disposal of these drugs. Sixty-five pounds of-antibiotics were collected that day, January 4 -everything from cough syrup to nitroglycerin to vitamins. “Shed the Meds” was organized by Suffolk County Leg. Steve Stern (D -N o rth Babylon) who greeted people in the lobby that day. “You hear tragic stories o f heroin and cocaine abuse, but just as important is the drug problem in our own medicine cabinets of unused or expired drugs,” said Legislator Stern. Also on hand' were Suffolk Sheriffs, standing like sentinels around the drugs. Since people were bringing in controlled substances, their presence was required. The police will incinerate these drugs, along with other narcotics collected as evidence in drug cases. “Kids don’t have to hit drug dealers when they can more easily hit m o m and dad’s medicine cabinet,’* saiid David Sheehan, deputy sherriff sergeant, who was there that day. “We find kids with pills in their (Continued on page 3) WB Senior Ryan Caroli commits to CW Post West Babylon senior Ryan Caroll of Babylon (left) and Head Coach John Jez of Long Island University C.W. Post’s Lacrosse program are shown as Ryan officially committed to Post’s team. He will be attending C.W. Post in the fall. West Babylon receives grant from Wells Fargo Forest Avenue Elem e n tary School in the W est Babylon School D istrict is the proud recipient of a Wells Fargo Reading First grant. Reading First is a partnership between Wells Fargo Bank and Scholastic that provides free books to elem entary schools classes. The books are then used in the Guest Reader program that Forest Avenue set up to increase parental involvement and volunteerism. Shown in photo left to right are Jane Johnston, Carolyn Bogart, Wells Fargo representative E ric Gottlieb, Sue Dieterle, ana Jackie Lynch.