The Most-Read Babylon Headlines of the Summer

Catch up on all of the biggest stories from this past summer in Babylon.

Labor Day signals the symbolic end of the summer season and as the dog days wind on down, Babylon Village Patch is taking the time to look back.

It was a busy summer throughout our area – here are the top five most-read headlines that made their way from Babylon Village.

W. Babylon Man Fighting Against Red-Light Camera Placement

A West Babylon man whose home is set to be lit up all evening long by a new red-light traffic camera has started a petition to ask politicians to remove the cameras from residential areas.

Daniel McCarthy, who lives in West Babylon near a soon-to-be-installed camera at the intersection of Great East Neck Road and Arnold Avenue, is petitioning to have the government not install the cameras and their bright lights in areas where homes are located.

Power Surge Damages Babylon Residents' Appliances

Battlling blazing temperatures for the last few weeks, some Babylon Village residents were shocked when a reported power surge blasted through many areas on Monday morning, damaging and even destroying televisions, refrigerators and even central air conditioning units.

The surge, the cause of which is still publicly unknown, zapped through areas of Babylon Village south of Railroad Avenue, including the Argyle Park and Frederick Shores areas, late Monday morning, according to residents.

No Trader Joe's Expected for Babylon or West Babylon

It looks like the wait will continue for Babylon residents – Trader Joe's will not be coming to our area anytime soon, according to a company representative.

"Unfortunately, an additional Long Island store is not in our two-year plan as of now," Rachel Broderick, a customer relations representative for Trader Joe's told Patch in an email.

Four Arrested in Hate Crime on Deer Park Avenue

Four men were arrested by Suffolk County Police for assaulting two men while using sexually oriented slurs in Babylon Village on Sunday morning.

The four men – Gregory Gilbert, 20; Shane Buckley, 18; Nicholas Battaglia, 18; and Justin Buckley, 17, all from Oceanside – were walking on Deer Park Avenue near the Park Avenue Laundromat at around 3:30 a.m. when the group asked two men for directions to the Long Island Rail Road station. According to police, the group of men proceeded to punch, kick and shove the two men while using sexually oriented slurs against the men based on their suspected sexual orientation.

Missing Dix Hills Dad Was Last Seen at W. Babylon Scrap Yard

The Dix Hills father who has been missing since June was last seen wearing a grey polo at a West Babylon scrap yard, according to new information posted on a Facebook page dedicated to finding 46-year-old Robert Mayer.

Mayer left for work on June 14 for his job as an electrician in Brooklyn, but he never made it back home. Police were last able to track Mayer's cell phone signal around Route 110 in Huntington, while he was on his way home around 1:45 p.m.


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