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Old 07-05-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Another example of NEWSDAY mistaking the community name in a place's mailing address for the community in which that place is located:

Two towns to buy natural gas at planned Kings Park pump -- Newsday.com (http://www.newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/sunday/longisland/ny-ligas0112932346jul04,0,1612763.story - broken link)


In the first paragraph, the article states, "Smithtown and Huntington have entered a new partnership to buy compressed natural gas at a future Kings Park pumping station ... "

According to the Census Bureau's online address search function, American FactFinder (http://tinyurl.com/hd4p - broken link) , Smithtown's Municipal Sanitation Facility, located at 85 Old Northport Road, is in Commack ("Kings Park, NY 11754" mailing address").

In other words, if you want to send a letter to Smithtown's Municipal Sanitation Facility on Old Northport Road, you would address this letter to "Kings Park, NY 11754"; however, if you want to actually go to Smithtown's Municipal Sanitation Facility located at 85 Old Northport Road, you would go to Commack.


For those who may not be familiar with Commack:

Commack is a hamlet (an unincorporated area) partly in the southeast part of the Town of Huntington and partly in the southwest part of the Town of Smithtown, in the northwest part of Suffolk County, along the Smithtown/Islip town line.

Beginning on the north and moving in a clockwise direction, the Hamlet of Commack in the Town of Huntington and the Town of Smithtown is bordered on the north by the Hamlet of East Northport in the Town of Huntington, and the Hamlet of Fort Salonga and the Hamlet of Kings Park in the Town of Smithtown; on the east by the Hamlet of Smithtown and the Hamlet of Hauppauge in the Town of Smithtown; on the south by the Hamlet of Brentwood in the Town of Islip (the Smithtown/Islip town line) and the Hamlet of Dix Hills in the Town of Huntington; and, on the west by the Hamlet of Dix Hills and the Hamlet of Elwood in the Town of Huntington.





The Hamlet of Commack has a different border than does the "Commack, NY 11725" ZIP Code postal zone (i.e., a place can have a "Commack, NY 11725" mailing address and not be in the Hamlet of Commack and a place can have other than a "Commack, NY 11725" mailing address and be in the Hamlet of Commack): places that have a "Commack, NY 11725" mailing address that are not in the Hamlet of Commack are in the Hamlet of Elwood in the Town of Huntington and in the Hamlet of Smithtown in the Town of Smithtown; and, at the same time, there are places in the Hamlet of Commack that have a "Kings Park, NY 11754".


For a good set of town-by-town maps showing all the villages and hamlets in each of LI's 13 towns (3 in Nassau County and 10 in Suffolk County): Excellent Long Island Geographic Resource
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