With a chilly burst of air upon us across Long Island, it's clear the summer has all but officially come to an end around here.
But for some, and especially those in the Babylon Village government, it's a time to reflect on the hard work and effort that went into bringing some aspects of village life after the October 2013 Hurricane Sandy blew through.
The village pool was one of areas hit by the worst of the storm surge from Sandy, where an estimated four to six feet of water rushed across the peninsula and into the homes behind it, destroying much of the pool's foundation and other structures on the site.
But through the hell and high water, the pool reopened this past July after the village found out the damages from the storm would cost upwards of $1 million.
"I would consider it a great, great season," said trustee Tony Davida, who was in charge of the efforts rebuilding and reopening the pool. "I want to thank everyone for all of their assistance."
The pool reopened on the July 4 weekend, reportedly to record crowds even as part of the facility remained closed due to the continuing work that remains ongoing at the site.
"I want to thank you for doing a great season," noted Mayor Ralph Scordino during the recent board meeting. "I'm sure the residents appreciate it very much."
The site remains alive with work, thought, through at least the next few weeks as crews continue to repair the sea-facing areas of the dock.