Week in Review: Village Basket Closing, Drug Dealers Caught

Catch up on the top stories from Babylon this week.

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Catch up on the big headlines from the past week below with the top five headlines that got your neighbors' attention this week.

Town Refurbishing Skate Park at Tanner Park

The Town of Babylon has awarded a contract to start the refurbishing of the skate park at Tanner Park.

According to a report by The Babylon Beacon, the town awarded a contract to Bridgeport-based Rampage Skate Park Equipment, which produces skatepark equipment that reportedly last long due to high quality.

Babylon High School Recognized as State Reward School

The Babylon Junior-Senior High School was among 105 schools islandwide designated "Reward School" by the New York State Education Department for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Among other criteria, Reward School status is awarded to schools that are identified among those schools with a four-year cohort graduation rate that exceeds 80%, and the school must exceed the state average for students graduating with either a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation or a Career and Technical Education (CTE) endorsement. 

Owner Announces Village Basket Will Close

The Village Basket will be closing up its Deer Park Avenue shop, one of its owners said earlier this week.

Owner Nancy Kupferman wrote on local blog AroundBabylon that the business had been struggling through the last year with lower foot traffic and sales since Hurricane Sandy struck the area.

Cops: Men Dealing Drugs Outside of W. Babylon Middle School

Suffolk County Police arrested two men for allegedly completing a drug deal outside of West Babylon Junior High School on Wednesday.

Police said a Suffolk County COPE officer was on patrol near the junior high school on Wednesday morning when he witnessed a drug transaction at around 11:35 a.m. Patrols in the area were reportedly increased by COPE following reports of drug deals by concerned residents.

Chromebooks Now a Part of Babylon Schools' Future

Babylon School District students are using a brand-new system after a summer of new additions to the school's technology, including the use of Google Chromebooks in the classrooms.

Carole Polney-Marinello, who is currently the district's Coordinator of Assessment Data, Learning, and Technology, presented the changes to the Babylon School Board during a work-study meeting held on Monday at Babylon Junior-Senior High School.


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