On Day 2 in Wyandanch, I’ll actually be pulled away from the community for part of the day and into Babylon. There, I’ll meet town archivist Mary Cascone at the Town of Babylon History Museum, where she’ll take me through a modern history of Wyandanch.
She said her work right now is focused on the community's pre-World War II history dating back to the establishment of its Long Island Rail Road station in 1842.
Yesterday, I sat in on a Community-Based Organization meeting at Wyandanch Memorial High School. Guidance counselor Jamie Ward said CBO meetings started at the beginning of the school year as a way to unite all the organizations that have come into the school to help support the students, such as SNAP, which provides resources for youth in at-risk communities; Phoenix House, which opens offices in the high school and middle school this month; State Farm Insurance, which sponsored a college initiative for the school recently; and Roslyn Savings Bank, which sponsors financial literacy courses for students.
I also met with a few people who have lived in Wyandanch for all or most of their lives. Look for their interviews throughout the day to learn more about how the community has evolved from their points of view.