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dphsWELCOME to the Deer Park, NY High School alumni site. Find old friends, plan reunions, and keep up with what's new on Long Island. Thousands of Deer Park alumni e-mails are listed. Join us by sending your information to us and include any comments or ideas. Tell us a little about yourself and what you've been doing if possible. Lots of people now have facebook accounts so you might want to check out the action there too. Click for Deer Park forcasts E-mail some old friends listed under the various pages. Check out the rest of the site links and please send updates if anything changes. Visit alumni forums to catch up on recent discussions. It's free and there is nothing to lose. Thanks for visiting, come back often and stay in touch.


DON'T MISS MIXER REUNION NUMBER TEN: Saturday, July 27, 2013 7PM until 02:30AM at Changing Times Ale House 526B Larkfield Road. East Northport, New York - (631) 368-3255. It is very close to the Larkfield Manor Catering Hall and NOT the one located in Farmingdale!!! Mark and clear Your calendars now. It's time again to start reaching out to all our families, friends and classmates for a memorable night out. So get prepared to see people you haven't seen for a long time! Eddie Plitt, the owner Of Changing Times is one of Our Own & welcomes all of you. Food, Drinks, Music, Dancing, & Special Guests...No Cover Charge... Let The Good Times Roll. BE THERE! This event keeps growing every year and you can be sure some old friends... and some new ones too, will be present! Try to let us know if you will attend and how many people you might bring a few weeks, or even days.. ahead if you can. Check out details and updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/271061239676107/


We need your help with this vital rail trail project that will build a 12 mile walking, running, bicycling and roller blading path which is something I have been involved with for more than a decade and I would like to ask all of my friends to please send in a note of support for this project to at least one of the people below... the web based one for County Legislator Sarah Anker will only take a couple of minutes. Time is running out for the Port Jefferson to Wading River Rails to Trails path. The county of Suffolk is compiling forms sent in and will make a determination whether to proceed with the already funded project, or walk away from it (and the $8 million in federal funds) in September 2012. Please take the time to write and send a letter of support for this project to:
William Hillman
Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer
335 Yaphank Ave Yaphank, NY 11980-9744
They will not look at e-mails you so must mail it in as snail-mail so it is well worth the stamp! PLEASE also visit the website of the legislator for the area, Sarah Anker, who has stated she is not sure if she supports the project and will surely make her decision based on this input HERE! http://www.sarahanker.com/rails-to-trails.phpTime will run out and the money will most likely be headed back to Washington DC if we fail to get this message to the people who need to hear it ASAP! Please take the time to do this today... Thank you! And if you know of people who live in her district and would support this trail, pass this on and lobby them to come out in favor of the trail. Rumor is that we are slightly behind with people opposed winning so far. WE can make this happen if we try! Please note that the e-mail form for Sarah Anker may have an error. Make sure you get a "form submitted" response. If you don't get a response or get an error, just change the first field in the form to your actual e-mail address, and put your real name in the "comments" section of the form. THANKS AGAIN ONLY YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!


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sunset at Robert Moses Beach in October 2000                        
Mosesbeach
The Deer Park of our youth was something special and unique. Many of us remember those days like they were yesterday and find it hard to believe all those years have passed since we left those sacred grounds one at a time to go out and face the real world on our own. We used to see friends every day. Then college or work slowly started to pull us in new directions, and we started to see everyone less often. Many of us moved more than once, settling in other states. As we took on more and more adult responsibilities, we all had less time to hang out. As the years went by, a lot of us lost touch with our old friends. Time seems to have passed in a flash. Remember when summers seemed to last forever! What happened to all that, and us?

Thankfully the web has provided us with some opportunities to reconnect, if only once in a while, with our past. Things like cruising aimlessly up and down Deer Park Ave, grabbing a few cold ones, spending our hot summer days at Robert Moses, Gilgo or Cedar beach and going into bars such as the OBI, Cheers, Colonial Pub, Hammerheads, Reflections, Kozy Kabin, and Finish Line (all gone) and The Nite Owl and Uneeda Rest (still there) at night. Hanging out on moonlit beaches with bonfires going till dawn, sleeping late and never worrying too much about adult responsibilities. We were not going to live life like our parents did... or so we thought!

Click for Deer Park forcasts A lot of things have changed since those glory days. Many of the businesses are gone or changed, some local landmarks are gone, and several have moved around. A lot of the shopping centers recieved facelifts and new stores. And yet some things remain relatively unchanged. The schools look better now, they landscaped and refaced most of the exteriors. And although Deer Park is one of the most densely populated areas on Long Island, a great effort was successfully made to preserve about 850 acres of rare Oak Brush plain ecosystem at the Edgewood/Oak brush plains preserve site on Comac Road, where there are several miles of hiking and biking trails. Free permits are available for hiking, biking, bird watching, etc. for all of the LI state DEC preserves, and there are never any parking fees. The old mysterious landmark "bridge to nowhere" on Commack road in Dix Hills was sadly demolished in 2009 but may rebuilt after all since it connects hiking and bike trails leading from Otsego Park to the preserve and could become a vital link in the regional trail system leading to the Motor Parkway trail that will be built in Nassau County. Another area worthy of preservation and clean up is the brook that runs behind Birchwood field, known as Sampawam's creek. This could be a nice greenbelt if it was managed right, and could link to the bay. The wetlands running from Gieger Lake to Belmont also have great potential.

There is little land left for residential or commercial development. The old Deer Park racetrack has been developed into homes. Remember the Deer Park airport? The movie theatres? How about the nearby drive in movies? Friendlies? Arby's? The beer distributor? The strawberry picking farms in Dix Hills? All are gone. The LIRR is electrified now and the Deer Park station was moved east to the Brentwood border. There is a 24 hour golf course adjacent to it. AIL merged with EDO and later closed the Deer Park plant. It was subsequently demolished to make way for ... you guessed it another (Tanger) mall which opened in OCTOBER 2008. At least they had a great free concert with Cheap Trick and playing for an hour. A Home Depot, Stop and Shop, and a Kohls opened a few years earlier at the same spot. Park Place (formerly DK's) closed and was replaced by a bank. A Strohemann's bakery distribution center was built behind the new TANGER site facility on the old AIL ballfields. Another big and brand new shopping center has risen from the ruins of the OTB/Finish Line center and some stores opened in 2009. On Deer Park Ave., Meyer's Drugstore has been replaced by a Walgreens. The bike shop went out of business. St Cyril's Church was expanded, Nathan's replaced Arby's, Sizzler became a Boston Market, Jack's became a Checkers. The Taco Bell near the high school was recently torn down, only to be replaced with a bigger, better Taco bell. The Suffolk Jewish Center on the west side was sold and is now an evangelical Gospel church of some sort. Memorial-Sloan Kettering hospital opened a new outpatient facility on Comac road just north of the Comac multiplex theatres. Waldbaums and all the old stores next to it were knocked down and rebuilt-expanded. Expo closed up in Commack but not soon enough for another new center including a Home Depot and Wal Mart opened nearby on Crooked Hill Road/

The DP public pools were rebuilt a few years back and actually look smaller. The Deer Park Fire dept. now has a substation, training facility and really nice soccer and baseball fields at Comac and Nicoll's Rd in what used to be a highway yard. The DP bowling alley was renovated and looks great. Belmont Lake is still a great place for a bike ride, barbeque, or paddle boat/canoe trip. Robert Moses, Gilgo and Jones Beaches are still the best anywhere and the water has been clean for the last few years. The land including the OBI was purchased by Suffolk county in a complicated deal allowing the former owners to make a nice profit. The south bound causeway bridge was completely rebuilt recently, and the northbound side only patched up for now. When the next major overhaul takes place in a few years, it should have a bike and walking path added at least as far south as the ocean parkway. If you have not been to the beaches and parks in a while, make sure to visit them soon. The NY empire pass is still a good deal for frequent visitors, $65 gets you in all year to any state park or beach as often as you wish.

FI Other new things on LI include a new minor league baseball team, the LI Ducks, who play at a new stadium in Central Islip near NY Institute Of Technology, and another minor league team at Coney Island called the Cyclones began playing to a packed house at the new Keyspan park stadium. A huge new 11 floor Federal court complex also opened in Islip. An aquarium opened in downtown Riverhead and another is planned for Bayshore or perhaps Pilgrim. The historic Fire Island Light was re-lit and completely renovated. Fairchild Republic is gone, replaced by a mall. But Republic airport is doing well, as is Islip, where Southwest is now the main airline. Grumman is really small now, it's sad because they built not only the A-6 and F-14 but also the lunar excursion modules which landed on the moon, the wings for the space shuttle and parts of the Boeing 747. Most of their plants are gone forever, sold for industrial and office development. An aviation museum is being developed at Mitchell Field. Gardiner Manor mall in Bay shore was demolished, and replaced by a Target, a bookstore, and Stern's (formerly Gertz) was taken down and replaced by a Lowes. "Outlet malls" and "Big Box" retail stores are popping up everywhere. But the overall economy is no longer booming on LI and real estate prices are slipping nationwide.

Nissequoque River State Park opened in Kings Park, and was expanded to include all of the old Kings Park Psychiatric center, But no one knows the eventual outcome of that transfer, since the costs of figuring out what to do with all the old buildings have not been determined but would likely exceed $130 million. The Paumanouk hiking trail is now continuous from Rocky Point to Southhampton, where it disappears for a bit, and reappears at the border of East Hampton all the way to Montauk Pt. We finally are getting some new bike trails on land owned by NYSDOT that was originally aquired for the Bethpage State parkway extension. Another one will run along the Ocean Parkway and over the northbound twin causeway bridge. (see the map on the DP weather page).The Wantagh parkway trail will be rebuilt and hopefully be linked to a new trail along the old LI Motor parkway in Nassau, it's already being planned within Bethpage state park. A new trail now connects the Fire Island Lighthouse to Field 5 at Robert Moses, and the rebuilt southbound causeway bridge is open. A new proposal calls for Rt 347 to be redeveloped, with 3 lanes, a few new bridges and a bike path.

Over 38,000 acres of the Pine Barrens have now been acquired by Suffolk County and New York State, protecting the globally rare ecosystem. The forests are recovering well from the big fires of 1995. You can still get far away enough from developed areas while hiking or biking to where it is totally silent. Another new state park, known as Shadmoor, opened in the Montauk dunes, near Camp Hero, which incidently is REALLY cool and is also open to the public. You can also take a tour at Montauk Point to see the seals during the winter and early spring. Call 631-668-3781 for details. There is another almost secret state park known as Jamesport State park... ask me for details on how to find this one. Anyone even remotely interested in supporting any of the bikepath projects should visit the The LI Motorparkway site for more info and let local leaders know of your support!

NYPA recently built a 44 MW power station near Pilgrim hospital. LIPA later added ANOTHER powerplant adjacent to it that would brought the total output up to about 120 MW. They avoided an environmental impact statement by building 3 small plants instead of one large one. Heartland is slowly progressing on it's proposed major redevelopment of Pilgrim. There is also a very poorly thought out NYDOT plan to build a trucking and rail transfer facility at Pilgrim too. This could cause more pollution, noise, and traffic around Deer Park and Dix Hills as well as Brentwood. I was successful in stopping a new access road from the proposed site to Commack road right through the Edgewood preserve. But the overall fight to kill the project still goes on. The booming housing market on LI has slowed a bit now, but so have purchases of open space... still the threat of paving over woodlands and farms exists. This is especially true on the east end of LI. Many farming and heavily wooded areas have homes being built even now in spite of the decline in the market.

BE SURE TO VISIT THE DP FALCONS SITE created by Christa for more information and news!

Help make this site a success! Please inform all alumni of Deer Park HS about this site. Offer those Deer Park alumni not on the web to send in their info! I recommend that everyone get a free email address from YAHOO! or NETSCAPE, etc. : web-based e-mail addresses that you keep forever, even if you change your web account. The more people we register increases the likelihood of great reunion turnouts! This site is generally non-commercial and exists only to plan reunions and find old friends. If anyone has any content such as photos, graphics, ideas or news please send it. I will normally update at least once a week and hope you will send us updates when your e-mails change. If you find an obsolete e-mail or address let me know so I can fix or remove it. This site will never be used to SPAM or send junk-e-mail. This site is located on denisbyrne.com server. This page, the comcenters, Motorparkway, the Bridge, LIRR rail-trail, recent photos, Save LI greenspaces site, Html Help and formulas pages are hosted by Denis Byrne 1979. All others are recommended links. The DP home of the Falcons page is hosted by Christa File 1979. Thanks to Frank Castanza and Christa File for the DP aerial photos! And thanks to all of you who have responded to the site and all your positive comments!

THANK YOU VISITING, HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT AND DO RETURN!
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HOPE TO SEE Y'ALL AROUND TOWN or ELSEWHERE!
SINCERELY, DENIS BYRNE DPHS 1979
site last updated in AUGUST 2012
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