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Center Moriches

Center Moriches
Beginnings: Believed to be named for an Indian who once lived there, the area today encompassing Moriches, Center Moriches and East Moriches went through a dozen spellings after the first Europeans arrived. Take your pick: Meritche, Merquices, Maritches, Marigies, Meritces, Moritches, Muriches, Moricha and Meriches all have been spotted in historical records. Col. William (Tangier) Smith, who already owned hundreds of acres in Brookhaven, snagged some land in the Moriches area in patents of 1691.
Photo: The Cove at Moriches from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
Beginnings: Believed to be named for an Indian who once lived there, the area today encompassing Moriches, Center Moriches and East Moriches went through a dozen spellings after the first Europeans arrived. Take your pick: Meritche, Merquices, Maritches, Marigies, Meritces, Moritches, Muriches, Moricha and Meriches all have been spotted in historical records. Col. William (Tangier) Smith, who already owned hundreds of acres in Brookhaven, snagged some land in the Moriches area in patents of 1691.
Photo: The Cove at Moriches from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • Rescuers Cut Through Second-Floor Wall To Extract Obese Man

    Rescuers Cut Through Second-Floor Wall To Extract Obese Man
    Suffolk county cops and first responders thought they were answering a call to help a man who had fallen in an upstairs apartment bathroom in Center Moriches but they found much more, including a house with debris stacked almost to the ceiling. They ended up cutting out a second floor window to rescue the man described as obese.