I watched with great sadness the decline and demise of the North Babylon Pathmark [“A&P: An era ends,” News, Nov. 22].

Equally distressing was the knowledge that so many hardworking and dedicated Pathmark employees lost jobs because of their parent company’s mismanagement. They, however, are not the only casualties.

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Small businesses at the Pathmark mall are suffering through a domino effect of the closing. And senior citizens who live nearby must make their way across an increasingly dangerous Deer Park Avenue to buy food.

Our town supervisor has been oddly quiet as this situation has unfolded. I hope our elected officials work to lure a much-needed grocery store to this vacant property.

Joan L. Mahoney, North Babylon