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Merrick

Merrick
Beginnings: Named after its first inhabitants, the Meroke Indians. During the colonial period, Merrick became a trading center because vessels could enter Jones Inlet and sail up deep channels to docks beside what is now Merrick Road. During the War of 1812 these channels, canals and coves made Merrick a haven for buccaneers who preyed on merchants. Pirates in whaleboats once robbed prominent landowner George Hewlett and two friends while they were duck hunting. At one point, residents armed with muskets captured one bandit leader and shipped him to New York in irons for trial.
Photo: Merrick Road, Merrick from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
Beginnings: Named after its first inhabitants, the Meroke Indians. During the colonial period, Merrick became a trading center because vessels could enter Jones Inlet and sail up deep channels to docks beside what is now Merrick Road. During the War of 1812 these channels, canals and coves made Merrick a haven for buccaneers who preyed on merchants. Pirates in whaleboats once robbed prominent landowner George Hewlett and two friends while they were duck hunting. At one point, residents armed with muskets captured one bandit leader and shipped him to New York in irons for trial.
Photo: Merrick Road, Merrick from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • Margaret E. Yaffe

    Margaret E. Yaffe
    Margaret E. Yaffe, one of the Enoch Pratt Free Library's oldest cardholders who was also a longtime active member of the Friends of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, died Feb. 18 of multiple organ failure at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson.
  • A dramatic vision

    When architect Hugh Hardy first stepped inside Baltimore's long-dormant Hippodrome Theatre five years ago, he didn't see the broken lights, the worn-out seats, the water-damaged plaster in the ceiling. He saw instead a once-lavish space in which...

    Exit, Mr Goodspeed: Floods, Flops and Tonys, Michael Price Saw It All

    Exit, Mr Goodspeed: Floods, Flops and Tonys, Michael Price Saw It All
    Exit, Mr. Goodspeed It's going to be strange not to see Michael Price in his office tucked away off the cozy lobby of the Goodspeed Opera House, sitting in his barber chair, holding court with guests during intermission. Or stationed at the bottom of...

    Cutting their own slice of heaven

    Cutting their own slice of heaven
    A group of Newport-Mesa dads fueled by nostalgia have taken over Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza Store, seeking to refresh the Newport Beach pizzeria with an updated menu and decor. The family restaurant at 2300 Bristol St., a local institution since 1976, is...

    John J. Merrick dies at 93; longtime Malibu judge, civic leader

    John J. Merrick dies at 93; longtime Malibu judge, civic leader
    When Beverly Hills attorney John J. Merrick was elected judge of the Malibu Judicial District in 1964, it was considered only a part-time job: The population of the area stretching from the ocean to Calabasas didn't warrant a full-time municipal judge....