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Medford

Medford
Beginnings: When the Long Island Rail Road reached what is now Medford in 1843, it was a good connection for the stagecoach line that ran between Patchogue and Port Jefferson along what was Stage Road (now Route 112). People started coming from miles around to get their mail. The soil was poor for farming, but the woods offered copious lumbering, and there were miles of land to be sold. The railroad held an auction in New York City in 1850 to peddle lots. The O.L. Schwenke Land & Investment Co. bought four square miles, and sold 25-by-100-foot lots for $10 to $75.
Photo: The Railroad Station, Medford from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
Beginnings: When the Long Island Rail Road reached what is now Medford in 1843, it was a good connection for the stagecoach line that ran between Patchogue and Port Jefferson along what was Stage Road (now Route 112). People started coming from miles around to get their mail. The soil was poor for farming, but the woods offered copious lumbering, and there were miles of land to be sold. The railroad held an auction in New York City in 1850 to peddle lots. The O.L. Schwenke Land & Investment Co. bought four square miles, and sold 25-by-100-foot lots for $10 to $75.
Photo: The Railroad Station, Medford from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • Medford Teen Hit By Car While Watching TV

    Medford Teen Hit By Car While Watching TV
    A 15-year-old is lucky to be alive, he wanted to go out with his friends Friday night, but his mom told him it would be safer to stay home. So he was sitting on the couch watching TV when the unthinkable happened. "I heard this big explosion," said Mario...
  • Giants' World Champs Trophy Stops in Sacramento

    Giants' World Champs Trophy Stops in Sacramento
    Thousands of people stood in line for hours in Sacramento for a chance to take a photo with the MLB's top trophy. The San Francisco Giants are sharing their World Champions Trophy with Giants fans all over the state leading up to the 2011 baseball...
  • Gunman Behind Long Island Pharmacy Massacre Sentenced To Life

    Gunman Behind Long Island Pharmacy Massacre Sentenced To Life
    The gunman who went on a shooting rampage, killing four people in cold blood at a Long Island pharmacy all in a quest for prescription drugs, will spend the rest of his life in prison. On Thursday, a judge sentenced David Laffer to consecutive...
  • Long Island Pharmacies Taking Action To Prevent Armed Robberies

    Long Island Pharmacies Taking Action To Prevent Armed Robberies
    Pharmacists on Long Island operating smaller independent shops are taking their personal safety to another level. Without citing specific data, Nassau and Suffolk County officials say they've noticed a spike in the number of applications for gun permits....
  • Pill-Popping Thugs Hijack Trucks on I-95

    Pill-Popping Thugs Hijack Trucks on I-95
    On the same day official mourning began for a federal agent gunned down while trying to stop a pharmacy robbery, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York called for the Drug Enforcement Administration--DEA--to start sharing information about violent,...
  • Wife In 'Medford Massacre' Case Will Not Face Murder Charge

    Wife In 'Medford Massacre' Case Will Not Face Murder Charge
    Melinda Brady, the alleged architect behind the "Medford Massacre", will not be facing murder charges. "The law is simply as such that we cannot charge her with murder," said Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota. The announcement on Tuesday...
  • Suspects In Long Island Pharmacy Massacre Plead Guilty

    Suspects In Long Island Pharmacy Massacre Plead Guilty
    The gunman who went on a shooting rampage, killing four people in cold blood at a Long Island pharmacy all in a quest for prescription drugs, pleaded guilty to murder charges Thursday. David Laffer, 33, pleaded guilty to first degree murder and robbery...
  • We Had No Warning Before Pharmacy Murders: Suffolk Police

    We Had No Warning Before Pharmacy Murders: Suffolk Police
    A very angry Suffolk County Police Commissioner is lashing out against a Newsday report, which states his cops might have prevented the Medford pharmacy massacre in June, if they'd seized David Laffer's licensed pistols, five months before the suspect...
  • NYPD Cop Stole Guns From His Fellow Officers To Pay For Drugs

    NYPD Cop Stole Guns From His Fellow Officers To Pay For Drugs
    An NYPD patrol officer admitted he stole 9mm guns from the lockers of fellow cops in Manhattan’s 9th Precinct, because he was addicted to painkillers--and had to pay off his drug dealer. 31 year old Police Officer, Nicholas Mina, was arraigned in...
  • From Summa Cum Laude...to Selling Oxy on Craig's List

    From Summa Cum Laude...to Selling Oxy on Craig's List
    A former “tech” millionaire busted in a gun-running ring with a New York City cop two weeks ago was slapped with new criminal charges on Friday. The Special Narcotics Prosecutor said she was pushing painkillers like Oxycontin on Craig’s...
  • Assembly endorsements: Golisano's picks

     
    The political committee funded by Rochester billionaire Thomas Golisano on Saturday released its endorsements for State Assembly. Many of Long Island???s 21 incumbents received Responsible New York???s nod but not Ginny Fields (D-Oakdale). The committee...
  • Levy attended night vigil with 'no politicians here...'

     
    As described in this previous post, Suffolk Executive Steve Levy on Monday sidestepped a question about which services he attended relating to the death of Marcelo Lucero. Today reporter Reid Epstein follows up: Levy spokesman Dan Aug said the......