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Medford

Medford
Beginnings: When the Long Island Rail Road reached what is now Medford in 1843, it was a good connection for the stagecoach line that ran between Patchogue and Port Jefferson along what was Stage Road (now Route 112). People started coming from miles around to get their mail. The soil was poor for farming, but the woods offered copious lumbering, and there were miles of land to be sold. The railroad held an auction in New York City in 1850 to peddle lots. The O.L. Schwenke Land & Investment Co. bought four square miles, and sold 25-by-100-foot lots for $10 to $75.
Photo: The Railroad Station, Medford from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
Beginnings: When the Long Island Rail Road reached what is now Medford in 1843, it was a good connection for the stagecoach line that ran between Patchogue and Port Jefferson along what was Stage Road (now Route 112). People started coming from miles around to get their mail. The soil was poor for farming, but the woods offered copious lumbering, and there were miles of land to be sold. The railroad held an auction in New York City in 1850 to peddle lots. The O.L. Schwenke Land & Investment Co. bought four square miles, and sold 25-by-100-foot lots for $10 to $75.
Photo: The Railroad Station, Medford from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • Brain-dead Jahi McMath could be transferred to New York facility

    An attorney representing the family of a 13-year-old brain-dead girl in Oakland said in court filings Monday that it hopes to move her to a facility in New York. The family of Jahi McMath has been trying to find a facility that will take her in while at...
  • Manage your connections

    Manage your connections
    Last week I reserved flights on United from my home airport, Medford, Ore., to New York, with a connection at San Francisco. My connection was a bit over an hour, so I thought I'd be fine. But a week before departure, I started checking the on-time...
  • Routehappy: The latest airfare search system

    Routehappy: The latest airfare search system
    The new airfare search systems keep coming, and the incumbents keep adding features. Last week, I covered three new ones; here's still more. Routehappy.com claims to base its finding on how "happy" a flight will make you -- as well as how much it will...
  • Gov. Cuomo: Lowe's to Distribute Over 22,000 Thanksgiving Meals to Sandy Victims

    Gov. Cuomo: Lowe's to Distribute Over 22,000 Thanksgiving Meals to Sandy Victims
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Lowe’s will be distributing more than 22,000 traditional, family-style Thanksgiving meals from Boston Market to families in the hardest hit communities of Hurricane Sandy. These heat-and-serve dinners...
  • Metal band Lamb of God to salute U.S. military with new video project

    Metal band Lamb of God to salute U.S. military with new video project
    Lamb of God, the Richmond-based metal band, is paying tribute to America's armed forces with a new video. The band is asking family members of service men and women to submit photos of their loved ones for use in a clip. "Lamb of God is looking to...
  • Pharmacy Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

    Pharmacy Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
    Quadruple murder suspect David Laffer, the man police believe shot and killed four people in cold blood at a Long Island pharmacy earlier this week, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to murder charges. Laffer, 33, along with his wife Melinda Brady...
  • Government: A national Harry & David moment

     
    Debt is bad. OK, so that's not exactly "E=mc2." It's not even "Eureka!" Everyone's talking about debt these days. As a recent Opinion L.A. blog posited, the "we're broke" mantra is sprouting like dandelions in spring. On Monday, a headline......
  • Schumer Wants Crackdown On Prescription Drug Abuse

    Schumer Wants Crackdown On Prescription Drug Abuse
    The massacre inside a Long Island pharmacy has Sen. Charles Schumer calling for a federal crackdown on prescription drug abuse. He says narcotic abuse has risen to levels not seen since the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980's. "Once they become crazed,...
  • LI Tip Jar Bandit Arrested; Stole Money To Fund Drug Habit

    LI Tip Jar Bandit Arrested; Stole Money To Fund Drug Habit
    Police have arrested a Long Island man who stole numerous tips and donation jars from businesses to support his drug habit. Lawrence Reilly, 47, of Hanrahan Avenue in Farmingville, was arrested Sunday when an investigation revealed that Reilly entered...
  • Gunman Indicted In Medford Massacre

    Gunman Indicted In Medford Massacre
    It was revealed Friday that 33-year-old David Laffer, the accused gunman in the 'Medford Pharmacy Massacre', was indicted by a Suffolk County, New York, Grand Jury. He is accused in connection with the quadruple fatal drugstore killings on Father's Day....
  • DA Releases Details Showing Medford Victims Never Had A Chance Of Survival

    DA Releases Details Showing Medford Victims Never Had A Chance Of Survival
    On Thursday, the Suffolk County DA announced the grisly details as to how David Laffer alllegedly walked into the Haven Drugs Pharmacy on Father's Day morning and executed four innocent people.    The news conference came on the heels of the 33-year-...