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Ronkonkoma

Ronkonkoma
Beginnings: Smithtown founder Richard Smith's original holdings included the headwaters of the Nissequogue River east to a "freshwater pond called Raconkamuck,'' which translates as "the boundary fishing place'' in the Algonquian language. What is now known as Lake Ronkonkoma served as a boundary between lands occupied by four Indian communities: Nissequogues, Setaukets, Secatogues and Unkechaugs. It is now owned by the Town of Islip under the terms of the Nichols Patent, while land around it is controlled by three governments - Smithtown, Islip and Brookhaven. That's because different Indian communities gave separate deeds to the land under their control.
Photo: Ronkonkoma LIRR station...
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Beginnings: Smithtown founder Richard Smith's original holdings included the headwaters of the Nissequogue River east to a "freshwater pond called Raconkamuck,'' which translates as "the boundary fishing place'' in the Algonquian language. What is now known as Lake Ronkonkoma served as a boundary between lands occupied by four Indian communities: Nissequogues, Setaukets, Secatogues and Unkechaugs. It is now owned by the Town of Islip under the terms of the Nichols Patent, while land around it is controlled by three governments - Smithtown, Islip and Brookhaven. That's because different Indian communities gave separate deeds to the land under their control.
Photo: Ronkonkoma LIRR station (Newsday \ Don Jacobsen)
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  • Levy on immigrant killing: Just a one-day story!!!

     
    Our Reid Epstein, covering the Patchogue gang killing, interviews Suffolk executive Steve Levy, who insists that the hate murder of a Hispanic immigrant would just be a one-day story if people weren't trying to pick on his policies on......
  • LIRR Derailment Disrupts Monday Commute

    Dustin Collins had to push back his morning meetings. Jermaine Yates said he was going to have to explain to his boss why he was late for work -- for the third time in a week. "My boss doesn't want to hear it," Yates, 33, of Brentwood, said Monday...
  • A Journalist's Look at a Country in Transition

    For me, our Christmas visit to Iraq was one of mixed emotions. On one hand, I had warm, uplifting feelings about joining New York servicemen and women and bringing them gifts and greetings from loved ones. We went, not to report on the war or the politics...
  • Bus Overturns in Bethpage; 2 Hurt

    A school bus that shuttles the disabled overturned in a crash in Bethpage just after noon Wednesday, injuring two, police and the bus company said. The injuries were not life-threatening. The yellow school bus has been towed away from the 12:25 p.m....
  • Trio Charged in Connection with 2 Home Burglaries

    Three people -- including two teenage girls -- were in Suffolk County jail Monday after being charged in connection with a pair of home burglaries in Lake Ronkonkoma and Lake Grove, police said. The trio --stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry...
  • Two Hurt in Ronkonkoma School Bus Crash

    Two people were injured Monday morning in a crash involving a Chevrolet Suburban and a mini-bus carrying 13 special needs adults in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk police said. Both of the drivers suffered minor injuries, Suffolk County Police said. None of the...
  • LI Construction Worker Shot Dead In His Car

    LI Construction Worker Shot Dead In His Car
    A construction worker was shot to death while he was sitting in his car in Lake Ronkonkoma Monday morning, Suffolk County police said. Raymond Hirt, 51, a construction worker from Mastic Beach, was parked on Beach Street, just south of nearby...
  • 150 Passengers Rescued On Stranded LIRR Train; Delays Expected

    150 Passengers Rescued On Stranded LIRR Train; Delays Expected
    About 150 people were stranded on a Long Island Railroad train from more than five hours Sunday, due to a combination of snow drifts, icing, traffic problems and equipment failures. The Ronkonkoma-bound train left Penn Station at 2:53 a.m. Sunday, and...
  • Haiti Victim Receives Life Changing Surgery at LI Hospital

    Haiti Victim Receives Life Changing Surgery at LI Hospital
    Her leg was crushed in the earthquake but instead of settling for an amputation, a woman from Haiti did the unthinkable and made an amazing journey to Long Island. When doctors see a break like this, they want to get the patient into the operating room...
  • Commuter Rails, Buses Adjust Service Due To Snow

    Commuter Rails, Buses Adjust Service Due To Snow
    Today's snow storm is hindering commuter traffic of all sorts. According to the New Jersey Transit website, bus service for all routes North of I-495 is suspended until further notice. All trains on the Port Jervis Line have been suspended. Call (800)...
  • Local Newspaper Compares Obamas To "Sanford & Son"

    Local Newspaper Compares Obamas To "Sanford & Son"
    Photos of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle that surfaced in a Republican newspaper last week have caused a flurry of controversy on Long Island. The pictures featured in the weekly Smithtown Messenger, created by Phillip Sciarello, features...