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

    Serious flap: The case of the missing duck

    Serious flap: The case of the missing duck
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    Isle $100K guarantee

    Isle $100K guarantee
    Arthur Peacock of Jupiter won $21,099 Sunday at the Isle Casino and Racing's $100,000 monthly guarantee tournament. Peacock was a big chip leader when the tournament, which drew 1,241 entries, trimmed to the final nine. The negotiated chop brought him...