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Subject: New York Stein Family
Date: 2 Feb 2006 13:41:03 -0700
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On 2/2/06 (1:23:09 PM MST), in a posting to the Suffolk County Ancestry Board that was 'gatewayed' to , Diana () asked,
"Looking for Michael David Stein born Dec. 5,1950 in New York. Father is Murray,mother is Gracie. He also has a brother, Andrew Stein. They are Jewish and probably from the Mastic area. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as his daughter would like to contact him."
For questions such as yours, you may want to contact the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library (the library can suggest which local newspaper might have this information and other possible sources of information):
Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
407 William Floyd Parkway
Shirley, NY 11967
The pertinent geography:
Mastic is a hamlet (unincorporated area) in the southeast section of the Town of Brookhaven, in the south-central part of Suffolk County. There are 8 villages (municipal corporations) and 36 hamlets all or partly in the Town of Brookhaven. There are no cities and 10 towns in Suffolk County. There are 2 Indian reservations in Suffolk County. (I'm including after my name a NYS Geographic Glossary with the NYS definitions of county, city, town, village, hamlet and postal zone.)
Beginning on the north and moving in a clockwise direction, the Hamlet of Mastic in the Town of Brookhaven is bordered on the north by the Hamlet of Manorville; on the east by the Hamlet of Moriches; on the south by the Hamlet of Mastic Beach; and, on the west by the Hamlet of Shirley.
And, as occurs in every one of Suffolk County's 157 communities (0 cities, 32 villages and 125 hamlets), the Hamlet of Mastic has a different border than does the "Mastic, NY 11950" postal zone (i.e., a place can have a Mastic mailing address and not be in Mastic and a place can have other than a Mastic mailing address and be in Mastic). Those places that have a "Mastic, NY" mailing address that are not in the Hamlet of Mastic are in the Hamlet of Shirley, the Hamlet of Manorville and the Hamlet of Moriches; and, at the same time, there are places in the Hamlet of Mastic with a "Mastic Beach, NY 11951" mailing address.
For those who have their copy of the 2004 or earlier editions of the LI Population Survey or have already downloaded the report from the Long Island Power Authority web site (eMail me directly if you need instructions on how to access and download the report), you'll find the Hamlet of Mastic in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County on pages 14 & 24 (map) and 25 (population estimate).
I hope this information is useful or, at least, interesting.
Great Falls, MT & Jericho, NY
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