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Valley Stream

Valley Stream
Beginnings: Rockaway Indians were Valley Stream's first residents, hunting in the forests alongside the area's several streams. Europeans first used the land for farming, dating to the late 1700s, and several small communities sprang up. There was Hungry Harbor, a settlement of squatters named for the status of its residents, along with Fosters Meadow toward the north and Tigertown to the northeast. The name Valley Stream dates to 1843, when Scottish immigrant Robert Pagan lobbied for a post office. The area remained rural for decades. The planked Merrick Road offered the first easy transportation from the area in 1853.
Photo: A Business Street in Valley Stream (Photo from "Long Island...
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Beginnings: Rockaway Indians were Valley Stream's first residents, hunting in the forests alongside the area's several streams. Europeans first used the land for farming, dating to the late 1700s, and several small communities sprang up. There was Hungry Harbor, a settlement of squatters named for the status of its residents, along with Fosters Meadow toward the north and Tigertown to the northeast. The name Valley Stream dates to 1843, when Scottish immigrant Robert Pagan lobbied for a post office. The area remained rural for decades. The planked Merrick Road offered the first easy transportation from the area in 1853.
Photo: A Business Street in Valley Stream (Photo from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909)
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  • Cartoon Caption Contest Winners

     
    David Haavik of Duluth, MN was our winner with the caption pictured above. The 2 finalists were: Jim Lavery of Valley Stream, NY with the caption: "Final 120 days? Am I still President?" And Julie Waldman, from Oakland, CA...
  • Skelos opponent's backers charge harassment at the polls

     
    A little more than four months into his tenure as one of Albany's ruling troika, Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) lost his statewide majority on Tuesday to the Democrats when colleagues Serphin Maltese of Queens and Caesar...

    Assembly gives first passage to Cuomo initiative bill

     
    After two hours of debate, the State Assembly today passed a local-government consolidation bill backed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, James T. Madore reports. The measure has sparked controversy. Volunteer firefighters, mayors and special district...

    Rich Powerball winners giving $1 million to veterans' groups

     
    The three Connecticut financiers who won $254 million via Powerball announced Sunday that they’re giving $1 million of the jackpot to charities that help veterans; the already-well-off Powerball winners promised more good deeds to come.

    Questions about suicide will forever be hard to answer

    Q: This past summer, I've had to deal with not one, but two deaths by suicide. Each of these men seemed to have so much to live for, but unfortunately, we really never know what someone else is thinking. My question is "What happens to these men's...