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Baseball field to be named for coach

A baseball field on Saturday will be named in honor of a longtime community coach.

Andy Gargiulo, 82, coached softball, basketball, soccer and lacrosse for more than 45 years for East Islip, West Babylon, Bethpage, Wyandanch and St. John the Baptist schools. To honor him, Babylon Town officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony naming the north baseball field at Venetian Shores Park in Lindenhurst after him.

Gargiulo is still coaching, helping out with the Wyandanch High School varsity girls basketball team. A Korean War Army veteran with the 43rd Military Police Infantry Division, Gargiulo worked as an FDNY firefighter for Ladder 120, Engine 231 for 17 years. For 22 years he worked as a teacher and guidance counselor for St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip.

Gargiulo was an ordained deacon with Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst for 22 years and since 2006 has been a deacon with Maria Regina Roman Catholic Church in Seaford. He's been head chaplain at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale for 31 years.

Last month, Gargiulo, who has lived in Lindenhurst for 54 years, was named man of the year by Babylon Town's conservative party.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 9:45 a.m.

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