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Yaphank

Beginnings: In the mid 18th century, two mills were built along the Carmen's River by John Homan. These two mills inspired the first name for the town: Millville. In 1846 a post office was opened in the town, but because Millville was the name of thirteen other New York State towns, the town was renamed "Yaphank", from the Native American word "Yamphanke", meaning "bank of a river". In 1843 the Long Island Rail Road built a railroad station in Yaphank (still named Millville at the time), and virtually overnight the small mill town became a major commercial center.
Beginnings: In the mid 18th century, two mills were built along the Carmen's River by John Homan. These two mills inspired the first name for the town: Millville. In 1846 a post office was opened in the town, but because Millville was the name of thirteen other New York State towns, the town was renamed "Yaphank", from the Native American word "Yamphanke", meaning "bank of a river". In 1843 the Long Island Rail Road built a railroad station in Yaphank (still named Millville at the time), and virtually overnight the small mill town became a major commercial center. « Show less

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  • Body Found at New York Recycling Center

    Body Found at New York Recycling Center
    A male's body was found at a recycling company in Yaphank, New York Thursday morning, according to Suffolk Police.
  • Pharmacy Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

    Pharmacy Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
    Quadruple murder suspect David Laffer, the man police believe shot and killed four people in cold blood at a Long Island pharmacy earlier this week, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to murder charges. Laffer, 33, along with his wife Melinda Brady...

    Remains Found On LI Beach Not Of Missing NJ Woman

    Remains Found On LI Beach Not Of Missing NJ Woman
    The human remains found off Ocean Parkway, west of Cedar Beach, on March 29 have been determined to not be those of missing New Jersey woman Shannan Gilbert, officials announced Thursday. As the investigation into Gilbert's disappearance continues,...

    Gun Shop Owner Busted In Nassau County Runs Range For Suffolk County

    Last week PIX 11 News told you about 4 Nassau County gun shop owners and some of their employees that were busted, charged with selling illegal assault weapons. Now it turns out one of those gun shop owners 40 year old Mark Wroobel of Hunter Sports in...

    Illegal Weapons Dealer Worked At Suffolk Firing Range

    Illegal Weapons Dealer Worked At Suffolk Firing Range
    One of the gun shop owners caught in last week's crackdown on illegal assault weapons was also ran a publicly-funded firing range in Suffolk County. Mark Wroobel 40, of Hunter Sports in Massapequa, also had a generous contract in neighboring Suffolk, to...