Monday, April 10, 2017

Seaford, Long Island, calendar

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.  Budget hearing and regular board meeting in the high school auditorium.
Monday, May 8, 2017, 7 p.m --Regular meeting of the library board of trustees in the downstairs meeting room.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 -- Annual school board elections and budget vote.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7 p.m. -- At the Seaford Public Library, "Exploring Long Island's Shipwrecks."
Friday, May 27, 2017 -- Regular school day, as the snow day was used.
Monday, May 29, 2017 -- Memorial Day.
Friday, June 23, 2017 -- Last Day of School.
Sunday, July 16, 2017, noon, at the Seaford Historical Museum, 3890 Waverly Avenue, "Creatures of the Bay."
Monday, September 4, 2017 -- Labor Day.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 -- Primary election day in New York State.
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Annual Harvest Fair at the Seaford Historical Museum.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Seaford, N.Y., Library budget passes

On April 5, 2017, the Seaford Library budget passed, 86-12. Last year saw the same number of voters, with 84-14. Patricia Coughlin was re-elected unchallenged.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Public Safety Forum 3.21.2017

Meeting on public safety, as sponsored by County Legislator Steve Rhoads, 3.21.2017, at Tackapausha Preserve auditorium.
Present: Steve Rhoads; Commanding Officer of the 7th Precinct, Thomas Corona; Police Officer William Taylor, Problem Oriented Policing, 7th Precinct; an assistant from Rhoads’ office; and six members of the public, including Lisa and Richard Schary. Some of my notes here may be erroneous jottings; they can be corrected.
One purpose of the meeting was to listen to views of citizens discussing where local problems lay. No single topic overwhelmed the discussion.
With the coming of warmer weather, supervision in two preserves, Massapequa and Tackapausha, was discussed. Rowdy youth gatherings and illegal drinking tend to happen off the path that police vehicles can patrol, but the patrols will continue. The police helicopter staff may use new infrared cameras to locate such gatherings in the woods.
There was a discussion of solicitors canvassing neighborhoods, with the possibility that some may cover for acts of burglary. The police will respond promptly to 911 calls regarding such observations of questionable cars or activities. You may ask that the officer not call at your house. The P.O.P. officers work at solving repeated problem situations; for immediate coverage, please use 911. One attendee remarked how Facebook chatter will continue on a long thread about something going on at that time, but too seldom does the poster phone 911 to get an immediate observation by police. Because a 911 call is assigned an incident number, it also leads to a deposition, a statement of the result generated by the call.
There was a discussion of drivers speeding in their effort to catch a morning train, the speed adding danger to the streets and lots near Jackson Avenue.
There was a discussion of NCPD marine patrols, with one boat for the north shore and one for the south, covering from Rockaway to Amityville. Other agencies, such as bay constables and the Coast Guard help, but the Coast Guard coverage may suffer cutbacks.
Several of those present discussed automobile safety issues at Morris Gate. When people park illegally in the striped area on Sunrise Highway west of Morris Gate, drivers exiting the Gate find their vision of fast-moving traffic obstructed. Likewise, at various times, the Gate is crowded with cars awaiting service. The precinct commander reported that ticketing cured some problems on Locust Avenue and that the manager of the dealership has been cooperative with trying to keep Morris Gate and Sunrise Highway clear. (I presume the cooperative dealer was Merrick Dodge. Massapequa Nissan does generate some problems, but not as severely.)
There was a discussion of dioxins in water supplies. On this topic and other topics, Mr. Rhoads displayed an admirable grasp of the science and research.
Two more Public Safety Community Forums are listed on Mr. Rhoads’ website linked HERE, in Wantagh April 4th and in Merrick April 27th. I urge attendance. Our opinions were respected, and our questions were answered directly, without dodging. Many thanks to the policemen and Mr. Rhoads!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rectangular parking stickers

This morning I picked up a Resident Commuter Parking Permit from the town clerk staff in Bellmore. The stickers are blue rectangles with punch holes for the last three numbers on the license plate or the word Van for Vanity plate.  Apparently that may be intended to discourage resale of these permits. As usual, the sticker goes on the right side of the rear bumper.
The stickers will be sold at the Wantagh station in the early morning of March 21 and 22. Bring the vehicle registration to prove residency. The stickers are valid at four stations from Merrick to Seaford.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Merrick Road n19 bus will have reduced service

As of April 9, 2017, the n19 bus route on Merrick Road will suffer service reductions. The new schedule is linked HERE. There will be no service during five mid-day hours. Thirteen "rush hour" trips will run.
I believe the Merrick Road route was first provided before 1950 by Utility Bus Lines, from Freeport to Patchogue.  I rode it several times through Seaford in July of 1960 or 1961. At that time, a zoned fare was in place, with the operator using a ticket dispenser after the rider stated his destination.
The loss of this service is a result of Supervisor Ed Magano's budget.

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.