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Yaphank

Beginnings: In the mid 18th century, two mills were built along the Carmen's River by John Homan. These two mills inspired the first name for the town: Millville. In 1846 a post office was opened in the town, but because Millville was the name of thirteen other New York State towns, the town was renamed "Yaphank", from the Native American word "Yamphanke", meaning "bank of a river". In 1843 the Long Island Rail Road built a railroad station in Yaphank (still named Millville at the time), and virtually overnight the small mill town became a major commercial center.
Beginnings: In the mid 18th century, two mills were built along the Carmen's River by John Homan. These two mills inspired the first name for the town: Millville. In 1846 a post office was opened in the town, but because Millville was the name of thirteen other New York State towns, the town was renamed "Yaphank", from the Native American word "Yamphanke", meaning "bank of a river". In 1843 the Long Island Rail Road built a railroad station in Yaphank (still named Millville at the time), and virtually overnight the small mill town became a major commercial center. « Show less

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  • Body Of Infant Discovered At NY Trash Facility

    Body Of Infant Discovered At NY Trash Facility
    Suffolk County police are investigating the death of an infant discovered in a Yaphank trash facility Monday morning.
  • Anonymous Tipsters Help Police Make Arrests, and Get Cash

    The phone for a local "tip line" is hotter than ever.  Police are getting help solving crimes from anonymous tipsters, looking to get paid. Long Island reporter Rob Hoell was at police headquarters in Yaphank where the Crime Stoppers hotline is...

    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...

    Remains Found On LI Beach Not Of Missing NJ Woman

    Remains Found On LI Beach Not Of Missing NJ Woman
    The human remains found off Ocean Parkway, west of Cedar Beach, on March 29 have been determined to not be those of missing New Jersey woman Shannan Gilbert, officials announced Thursday. As the investigation into Gilbert's disappearance continues,...

    Gun Shop Owner Busted In Nassau County Runs Range For Suffolk County

    Last week PIX 11 News told you about 4 Nassau County gun shop owners and some of their employees that were busted, charged with selling illegal assault weapons. Now it turns out one of those gun shop owners 40 year old Mark Wroobel of Hunter Sports in...