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Rockville Centre, New York A Family-Friendly and Neighborly Village

 This vibrant Long Island community boasts several parks with first-rate  amenities, recreation centers and a thriving business district overflowing with  shops, art galleries and restaurants. In fact, there are over 150 acres of  parks, ball fields and playgrounds, and a municipal government which provides  the most comprehensive range of services found anywhere on Long Island.  

 Located on the southwest shore of Long Island in the town of Hempstead,  Rockville Centre is a scant 25 miles east of midtown Manhattan and a short 15  minute drive to JFK.  

 Residents enjoy a multitude of annual events ranging from a 10-kilometer race  and street fair to a springtime arts festival, summer concerts, and holiday  events and programs for all age groups. The village is also home to 11 churches, two synagogues and the Catholic Diocese  of Rockville Centre. The family-oriented villagers pride themselves on a keen  desire to preserve the good life.  

 Rock musician Joan Jett, radio personality Howard Stern, former major league  baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, college  basketball coaches Jay Wright and Billy Donovan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author  Doris Kearns Goodwin, and reality TV star Bethenny Frankel, among other  celebrities, were either born or have resided in the affluent village during  their careers.  

 Village History

 In 1655, New York governor Richard Nicolls wrote the magistrates of the  newly-established town of Hempstead in 1655 and insisted Sachem Tackapousha, a  chief for the Reckouackie Indians, who formerly occupied the area, to be  further compensated because he thought the payment for the land was purchased  at such a cheap price. In addition to the original payment, the governor  arranged for Tackapousha and six other chiefs to be given “some great cattle, and some small cattle, and some wampum, and some hatchets,  some knives, some trading cloth and some powder and lead.” According to Nicholls, the Indians went away “very well satisfied.”  

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