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Brightwaters

Brightwaters
Beginnings: For two centuries after John Mowbray was given a royal patent in 1708 for the tract that included Brightwaters, nothing much disturbed the bucolic section of saltwater swamps, freshwater lakes and woods adjacent to Bay Shore. Real estate developer Thomas Benton Ackerson changed all that. He bought the Charles E. Phelps estate of several hundred acres to start a planned community.


Newsday Photo: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bay Shore Brightwaters Public Library, the community gave the library a street clock which started ticking at precisely 3:45 PM, 100 years to the day and the minute of the time the library received it's charter.
Beginnings: For two centuries after John Mowbray was given a royal patent in 1708 for the tract that included Brightwaters, nothing much disturbed the bucolic section of saltwater swamps, freshwater lakes and woods adjacent to Bay Shore. Real estate developer Thomas Benton Ackerson changed all that. He bought the Charles E. Phelps estate of several hundred acres to start a planned community.


Newsday Photo: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bay Shore Brightwaters Public Library, the community gave the library a street clock which started ticking at precisely 3:45 PM, 100 years to the day and the minute of the time the library received it's charter.
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  • Ex-Suffolk official a new top Paterson aide

     
    Lawrence Schwartz, a onetime top aide under Suffolk County Executive Pat Halpin, is joining Gov. David Paterson's office as a $178,000-a -year first deputy secretary, reporting directly to the Governor and another Long Islander, William Cunningham, who is secr
  • Bay Shore, Long Island, Gearing For Irene's Wrath

    Bay Shore, Long Island, Gearing For Irene's Wrath
    Friday was the calm before the storm throughout Long Island. Everyone is aware of Irene, but not many seemed too concerned. As more evacuations were announced and more first responders prepared to roll out, many homes did not have their windows boarded...