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Melville

Melville
Beginnings: Melville developed at the intersection of two Indian paths that became major roads. One was first known as Neguntalogue Road and later South Path. It was traveled by Indians and then settlers bringing salt hay from the South Shore to Huntington, and now it is Route 110. Indians originally called the area Sunsquams. After settlement by whites, it was first known in the 17th Century as Samuel Ketcham's Valley after one of the earliest residents. Later it was called Sweet Hollow, perhaps because early settlers found wild honey in the trees growing there.
Photo: The $100,000 Station at Pinelawn from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
Beginnings: Melville developed at the intersection of two Indian paths that became major roads. One was first known as Neguntalogue Road and later South Path. It was traveled by Indians and then settlers bringing salt hay from the South Shore to Huntington, and now it is Route 110. Indians originally called the area Sunsquams. After settlement by whites, it was first known in the 17th Century as Samuel Ketcham's Valley after one of the earliest residents. Later it was called Sweet Hollow, perhaps because early settlers found wild honey in the trees growing there.
Photo: The $100,000 Station at Pinelawn from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • Throwing the book at 'Thieves of Book Row'

    It is hard to imagine a more gentlemanly trade than the buying and selling of old books. The very word "antiquarian" evokes tweedy, bespectacled fellows moving between dusty shelves to pull down some esoteric intellectual treasure. But as Travis McDade...
  • Moby and his globe collection find a home in the Hollywood Hills

    Moby and his globe collection find a home in the Hollywood Hills
    For a decade, while traveling to perform in concerts, Moby was looking for a new place to call home. His longtime city of choice, New York, had become so gentrified and expensive that artists — his spiritual kin — were being driven out. "I...
  • Woman Pepper-Sprays LI Cabbie, Skips Fare

    Woman Pepper-Sprays LI Cabbie, Skips Fare
    A California woman who took a cab from Manhattan to Long Island pepper-sprayed her driver to skip out on the fare. Amina Williams of Redwood City, Calif., asked cabbie, Alexandre Oseimensuo of New Jersey to drive her from Manhattan to Melville, Long...
  • DA: Largest Seizure of Uncut Heroin on Long Island

    DA: Largest Seizure of Uncut Heroin on Long Island
    Authorities on Long Island seized more than 17 pounds of uncut heroin during a drug bust in Melville - making it the largest seizure of the powerful drug in Suffolk County's history, officials said. Two New Jersey men were arrested outside a Melville...
  • The God Squad: Past those pearly gates, our suffering ends

    Question: My question is about heaven, and in particular the belief that we're united in heaven with the souls of our departed relatives. My late wife of 59 years had a father who was a sadistic pedophile. Not only did he destroy her self-confidence but...
  • The God Squad: Fitting the faiths onto a T-shirt

    Question: I saw a T-shirt recently that described various religions' basic beliefs digested into one sentence for each faith. Why not commit a column to the similarities and differences among the beliefs of various beliefs? A paragraph on each would be...
  • Mailbag: Even those without clout can dislike fire rings

    I read Chris Epting's perspective on the beach fire issue this morning and I wanted to give you another perspective. I live in Huntington Beach about two blocks from the beach. I am not a "wealthy person" who is trying to keep others from beach...
  • The God Squad: Commandment about taking another's life lost in translation

    Question: I was raised in and still practice the Catholic faith. After high school in 1962, I enlisted in the U.S. Army, as I felt I needed to give back to my country some of what it had given me. Lo and behold, in late 1965, I was sent to Vietnam for...