Friday, February 24, 2017

Seaford, NY, calendar

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 -- Ash Wednesday.
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7 p.m., at the Seaford Museum, Waverly Avenue.  Presentation on the history of Nassau's "Gold Coast."  Please see this link to the Seaford Herald for details.
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. -- At the Seaford Harbor School, the monthly meeting of the Seaford Board of Education.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 -- Daylight Saving Time begins.
Monday, March 27, 2017 -- Budget Hearing for the Seaford Public Library, to be held in the downstairs meeting room.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. --Vote at the Seaford Library on the new budget and one five-year trustee.
Monday, April 10, 2017 -- Passover begins at sundown.
Sunday, April 16, 2017 -- Easter on the Gregorian calendar.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 -- Annual school board elections and budget vote.
Monday, May 29, 2017 -- Memorial Day.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Online newspaper archives

Recently, in trying to learn about the parish of St. William the Abbot, I have increased my searches for the older history of Seaford and its residents, generally in the years 1928 to 1950. However, I am delighted to report that the staff of the Massapequa Library has made available a helpful resource of more recent times. With funding secured by a legislator, they have made available digital images and a search engine of the Massapequa Post from the year 1952 to 1986. Its link is below.
Yes, Seaford news is sometimes covered by the Massapequa Post. One does not have to register to use this website.
Likewise, a very useful site, Fulton History, covers many of the lesser newspapers in New York State. Because so many newspapers are included, one has to introduce something geographical or otherwise specific to the search terms. The link is below.
Click on the large Enter. The small search blank will appear in the top left corner. When clicking on a link to an article, right-click to open in a new tab.  Otherwise, you will be stuck in an unwieldy frame. Most of the Seaford news that I have discovered on has been from Freeport or Hempstead daily newspapers.
The Brooklyn Public Library has also provided a useful tool that includes news of Seaford, the famous Brooklyn Daily Eagle, years 1841 to 1955, when the Eagle suddenly quit.
Subscribers to the New York Times can search since 1851 at
Newsday's search engine seems woefully inadequate.
The Seaford Public Library has several newspaper search engines.  Please visit

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sunrise Highway construction, 1928

I have been puzzled about the date of the construction of Sunrise Highway through Seaford. This 1914 map in the collection of the New York Public Library shows Rail Road Avenue running east from Seaman's Neck Road (not west) on what appears to be the current alignment of Sunrise Highway.
I have now chanced upon a brief news story in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of May 13, 1928, "To Start Seaford Section of Sunrise Boulevard." The announcement was made by August Weber, jr., the realtor developing Seaford Manor north of the tracks.  Laying the foundation for the highway had already begun, and streets in the Seaford Manor development had been started.
That news story may imply the Sunrise Boulevard connection from Wantagh, but it does not prove it.
The aerial photo below was taken before the rectory of St. William's parish was built in 1940. Note a narrower Sunrise Highway in the upper left. The photo may be enlarged by clicking on it, but the quality of this snapshot of a glossy on display at St. William's (2.12.2016) is poor. The view is east. Jackson Avenue crosses the foreground. Washington Avenue can be seen crossing Sunrise Highway.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Seasons at Seaford

The above view is southeast. Each photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

The above view is east from Seaford Avenue.

The above view is northeast from Seaford Avenue.

Earlier photos are linked HERE.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Seaford NY public school enrollment

In November, 2016, the enrollment at the Seaford, New York, public schools was approximately this, grade-by-grade:

Kindergarten  161
Grade 1            148
Grade 2            178
Grade 3            145
Grade 4            170
Grade 5            171
Grade 6            169
Grade 7            191
Grade 8            185
Grade 9            186
Grade 10          158
Grade 11          180
Grade 12          185

Figures from 2007 and 2012 may be found HERE.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Veterans' Day in Seaford, 2016

Veterans' Day, 2016, in Seaford, New York.

Sorry, but I caught only this photo, after Taps.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Presidential voting in Seaford, 2016

This afternoon, 11.9.2016, Newsday's website has an interactive map giving many of the voting tallies, election district by election district.  That is, you can zoom in on an ED, click, and get the raw vote and the percentages.  In this post, I will cover only the presidential race.
All of Seaford went for Trump, most Election Districts with about 65% of the votes for him. The highest percent I could find on the map for Seaford was 72.4% on either side of South Seaman's Neck Road (AD 14, ED 107), south of the canal, Venetta Lagoon, that is, south of Niami Street.
Where were the nearest Election Districts that voted for Mrs. Clinton? To the west, Merrick. To the east near County Line Road.  To the north, Hillary's 50% topped Donald in ED 39 east of Holiday Park Drive, Wantagh.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Autumn six years ago

From November 3, 2010:

Along Paddock Road.

On John Lane, looking east.
Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Down-ballot in Seaford on November 8th

Usually at this time of the year, the League of Women Voters of Nassau County distributes on newsprint a voters' guide showing the ballot on election day.  For some reason, I have not seen a copy of it, nor is it available on the LWV website.  Below will be an attempt to list the options "down-ballot," particularly the choices that may suddenly present themselves when we enter the firehouse or other polling place on General Election Day.
Judging from yard signs, there seems to be a contest for a Judge of the Family Court, involving Eileen Daly-Sapraicone , incumbent Judge Conrad Singer, and six others.  Apparently, voters are asked to choose four of the eight. A list appears far down on this page of Ballotpedia. Scroll down to Nassau Family Court for the list of eight contestants.
On the same link, look to the next group, Nassau District Court. There are two incumbents and two not yet on that court. Voters are asked to choose two of the four.  An explanation of what District Court does is given on this page.
For the 14th Assembly District, incumbent David McDonough's opponent is Mike Reid.
For the 8th State Senate District, it is incumbent Michael Venditto (who makes superfluous, annoying robot telephone calls at taxpayer expense) vs. challenger John Brooks.
For the United States House of Representatives, incumbent Peter King has DuWayne Gregory as opponent.
For the United States Senate, Charles Schumer is opposed by Wendy Long.
Fortunately, Google's Blogger or Blogpost allows editing, so I will add more information as I find it.  The gaps are in minor party candidates or the judgeship races.
There seems to be no referendum on the ballot. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Natalie Naylor described one-room school houses

The Seaford Historical Society must be commended for inviting Natalie Naylor, professor emeritus from Hofstra University, to present her well-prepared slide program on “One-Room School Houses on Long Island” Thursday evening, October 6, 2016.
In 1657, the Town of Huntington designated its first school teacher, but he had no building.  As for a school building, the first seems to be the Voorlezer’s House in Staten Island, a one-room school house in the Richmondtown Museum site. From 1787, we have the Clinton School in East Hampton.  An 1826 school house from Manhasset Valley has been moved to the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
That Manhasset Valley school house raised a question which Professor Naylor answered.  I wondered when school districts received numbers, as both Seaford and Manhasset bear #6.  She explained that the numbering by towns began in 1821. In the Town of Hempstead, the Hempstead village schools are District 1, Uniondale District 2, Westbury District 3, Seaford District 6.  In the Town of North Hempstead, Manhasset is District 6.
Members of the audience pointed out that we were meeting in a room that had been built for two classrooms, grades 1-4 and 5-8. The museum is the third school house in Seaford, the first being on Merrick Road.
For most of the 1800’s, schools for grades 1-8 were called Common Schools. In New York State, they charged fees until about 1857.  The 1860’s saw the change from male to female staffing, and the salaries dropped.
Some of us recall the statement the students had to sign when finishing a Regents examination in the 1950’s, to the effect that we had at least five recitations were week.  That expression was a hold-over from multi-grade rooms, where students often had to memorize their work and then recite it to the teacher at her desk.


Professor Naylor distributed a very helpful description of each slide in her presentation, together with the addresses of Long Island schoolhouses, and an extensive bibliography.  Many thanks!

Temporary detour at Jones Beach

The regular entrance to Field 6 is being widened. During this construction, drivers are instructed to use a detour through an employees' parking lot. Fees are collected only on weekends, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.