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Syosset

Syosset
Beginnings: The heavily forested hills south of Oyster Bay were among the lands used for hunting by Matinecock Indians before European settlers arrived. Indeed, the name Syosset may come from the Indian word suwasset, which means "place in the pines.'' Syosset was included in Robert Williams' 1648 land purchase from the Matinecocks, but the Quaker farmers who settled nearby Jericho didn't venture that far north, and early Dutch settlers in Oyster Bay didn't climb into the hills for some time. Eventually, some Dutch families did clear land in the mid-1700s, and a small, isolated farming community was established. By 1824, a few businesses, including a small hotel, made up Syosset's core.
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Beginnings: The heavily forested hills south of Oyster Bay were among the lands used for hunting by Matinecock Indians before European settlers arrived. Indeed, the name Syosset may come from the Indian word suwasset, which means "place in the pines.'' Syosset was included in Robert Williams' 1648 land purchase from the Matinecocks, but the Quaker farmers who settled nearby Jericho didn't venture that far north, and early Dutch settlers in Oyster Bay didn't climb into the hills for some time. Eventually, some Dutch families did clear land in the mid-1700s, and a small, isolated farming community was established. By 1824, a few businesses, including a small hotel, made up Syosset's core.
Photo: Cheshire's Pond, Syosset (Photo from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909)
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  • Recruiting notes: Loyola, Towson men each add pair of transfers

    Recruiting notes: Loyola, Towson men each add pair of transfers
    Former St. John’s attackman Harry Kutner has enrolled for graduate classes this fall at Loyola, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
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    Go Away With ... Justin Roberts
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    Father Accused of Theft In Son's School Board Campaign

    Father Accused of Theft In Son's School Board Campaign
    The tactics of smear campaigns and political fist fighting are seen in governmental elections, but, in Syosset, it's all about the school board elections. An 18-year-old high school senior is trying to score a seat on the board and become the youngest...