(Prepared and Assembled by Douglas R. Hayman, Century 21 Rustic Realty)
v Historical Overview
In contrast to the deep
colonial roots of neighboring Miller Place, Sound Beach emerged at the end of
the Roaring Twenties as a result of a New York City newspaper circulation war.
The Daily Mirror bought more than 1,000 acres in 1928 - a decade before rail
service in the area was discontinued for lack of business - and the next year
began advertising 20-by-100-foot lots for $89.50. Other city sheets did
similarly in San Remo, Mastic Beach and part of Rocky Point. Buyers showed up
in Sound Beach lugging their groceries and other necessities because there were
almost no services, only ``unspoiled desolation,'' as one local historian put
it. Some pitched tents until they could build summer cottages. Life in the
country was primitive - kerosene lamps, outhouses, no electricity or running
water at first.
Most of the original cottages were converted to year-round houses after World War II. Legal battles played out over public access to the narrow beaches at the foot of the cliffs on Long Island Sound. Sound Beach has long been known for reasonably priced housing and an off-the-beaten-path character. It has about 8,000 residents, and no schools of its own; school district lines run down the middle of the community, meaning that half of the children attend classes in Miller Place, and half in Rocky Point. One of the most imposing buildings in the area is St. Louis De Montfort Roman Catholic Church, completed in 1978.
The quiet business section is marked by a bright red, 4-foot-tall, smiling plaster tomato with outstretched arms and legs. The tomato sits atop Rubino's Restaurant.
According to most recent statistics available, here are some demographic facts about Sound Beach:
o Population Is 7,919
o Population Density is 4,280.5 / square mile (county average is 2,121.6).
o Median Age is 33.4 years
o Median household income is $ 60,250
o Median home value is $ 291,300
o Median age of homes is 40.0 years
o Percentage of residents owning homes is 69.1 %
o Average household size is 2.90
o Percentage of those with College Educations or better is 24.0 %
o Percentage of White Collar people is 54.6 %
o Students per teacher are 18.4 (county average is 15.2)
o Cost of living index is 131 (county average is 134.00)
o Average yearly utility cost is $ 3,736
o Crime index is 4.0 (national average is 3.6)
v Public Schools
Half of Sound Beach residents attend Miller Place public schools, and the other half attend Rocky Point public schools.
Miller Place has 4 public schools in its district:
o Andrew Muller Primary School caters to grades Kindergarten through 2nd grades. Kindergarten program is currently an extended ½ day program. Located at 65 Lower Rocky Point Road, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tele: 631-474-2715; Fax: 631-474-4738; Web: http://www.millerplace.k12.ny.us/AMPS.cfm?subpage=402862.
o Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School caters to 3rd through 5th grades. Located at 197 North Country Road, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-474-2719; Fax: 631-474-2497; Web: http://www.millerplace.k12.ny.us/LADSBS.cfm?subpage=402860.
o North Country Road Middle School caters to 6th through 8th grades. Located at 191 North Country Road, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-474-2710; Fax: 631-474-5178; Web: http://www.millerplace.k12.ny.us/NCRMS.cfm?subpage=402858.
o Miller Place High School caters to 9th through 12th grades. Located at 15 Memorial Drive, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-474-2723; Fax: 631-474-1734; Web: http://www.millerplace.k12.ny.us/HS.cfm?subpage=402856.
The Miller Place School District Administration Office is located at 275 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-474-2700; Web: http://www.millerplace.k12.ny.us. The current Superintendent of schools is Dr. Grace J. Brindley. In 2005, Miller Place High School was ranked 72nd in the country, in Newsweeks 100 Best High Schools in America study.
Rocky Point has 4 public schools in its district:
o Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School caters to grades Kindergarten through 2nd grades. Kindergarten program is a full day program. Located at 90 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road, Rocky Point, NY 11778. Tele: 631-744-1600; Web: http://www.rockypointschools.org/fjc/index.html. Current school times are from 9:30 3:50.
o Joseph A/ Edgar School caters to 3rd through 5th grades. Located at 525 Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778. Tel: 631-744-1600; Fax: 631-744-4898; Web: http://www.rockypointschools.org/jae/index.htm.
o Rocky Point Middle School cater to 6th through 8th grades. Located at 76 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road, Rocky Point, NY 11778-8109. Tel: 631-744-1600; Web: http://www.rockypointschools.org/ms/index.htm.
o Rocky Point High School caters to 9th through 12th grades. Located at 82 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road, Rocky Point, NY 11778. Tel: 631-744-1600; Fax: 631-591-0146; Web: http://www.rockypointschools.org/hspage.html.
The Rocky Point School District Administration Office is located at 170 Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778. Tel: 631-744-1600; Web: http://www.rockypointschools.org/admin.html. The current Superintendent of schools is Dr. Carla DAmbrosio.
v Local Libraries
Sound Beach does not have its own Public Library. Sound Beach residents who attend Miller Place schools are given a choice to use one of 2 local libraries:
o Port Jefferson Free Libary 100 Thomson Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. Tele: 631-473-0022.
o Comsewogue Public Library 170 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. Tel: 631-928-1212; Web: http://cpl.suffolk.lib.ny.us/.
There is also a very small, Miller Place Academy Free Library, located on North Country Road, in Miller Place.
Sound Beach residents who attend Rocky Point schools utilize the following library:
o North Shore Public Library 250 Route 25A, Shoreham, NY 11786. Tel: 631-929-4488; Fax: 631-929-4551; Web: http://nspl.suffolk.lib.ny.us/.
v Local Houses of Worship
Sound Beach has 2 houses of worship:
o St. Louis De Montfort Roman Catholic Church (Catholic) - 75 New York Avenue, Sound Beach, NY 11789. Tel: 631-744-8566.
o First Phil Am Central Baptist (Baptist) - 6 Thomas Road, Sound Beach, NY 11789. Tel: 631-821-8417.
Additionally, the following houses of worship are local to Sound Beach:
o Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church (Catholic) - 110 Myrtle Ave, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. Tel: 631-928-2370. Web: http://www.infantjesus.org/.
o A Christian Church 1001 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-209-9017.
o Temple Beth Emeth (Jewish) 52 Mount Sinai Ave, Mount Sinai, NY 11766. Tel: 631-928-4103.
o Mt. Sinai Congregational Church (Church of Christ) 233 North Country Road, Mount Sinai, NY 11766. Tel: 631-473-1582; Fax: 631-474-0556;
o Kehillat Chovevei Tzion (Jewish) 10 Katherine Street, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. Tel: 631-476-3623;
o North Shore Jewish Center (Jewish) 385 Old Town Road, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. Tel: 631-928-3737; Web: http://www.northshorejewishcenter.org/.
o Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) - 372 Terryville Road, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. Tel: 631-642-2097; Web: http://www.lds.org/.
o St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran (Lutheran) - 309 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. Tel: 631-473-2236
o Trinity Evangelical Lutheran (Lutheran) - 716 Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY. 11778. Tel: 731-744-9355.
o First United Methodist Church (Methodist) - 603 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. Tel: 631-473-0517.
o Christ Church United Methodist (Methodist) 545 Old Town Road, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. Tel: 631-473-4734.
o Ridge Full Gospel Christian (Pentecostal) Ruth Lane, Ridge, NY 11961. Tel: 631-924-1842.
o First Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian) Main Street and South Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. Tel: 631-473-0147; Web: http://www.pjpres.org/.
o St. Anthony of Padua Church (Catholic) 614 Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778. Tel: 631-744-2609.
v Day Care Facilities
There are no Day Care facilities in Sound Beach proper, but the following day care centers are local to Sound Beach:
o Little Rascals Preschool 595 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-744.9244.
o Miss Kathys Nursery School 428 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-928-4786.
o Step By Step Montessori Center 138 Radio Avenue, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-821-0474.
o Tutor Time Learning Center 275 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-473-6565.
o Mommy & Me 77 Broadway, Rocky Point, NY 11778. Tel: 631-821-4877.
o Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Nursery School Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778. Tel: 631-744-9131.
Sound Beach does not have any Supermarkets, but the following are local to Sound Beach:
o Super Stop & Shop 385 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-649-1211.
o Waldbaums 323 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-476-2394.
o Waldbaums 245 Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778. Tel: 631-744-1652.
v Fire Department
o Sound Beach Fire Department 152 Sound Beach Blvd, Sound Beach, NY 11789. Tel: 631-744-2151; Fax: 631-744-6490; Web: http://www.soundbeachfd.org/.
Sound Beach is under the jurisdiction of the Suffolk County Police Departments 6th Precinct, headquartered in Coram. Tel: 631-854-8600 or 911.
v Post Office
o Sound Beach Post Office 25 New York Avenue, Sound Beach, NY 11789. Tel: 631-744-0837; Fax: 631-821-9133.
v Civic Association
Sound Beach does not have its own civic association, but 2 neighboring civic associations are:
o Miller Place Civic Association P.O. Box 623, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-473-0943; Web: http://www.millerplacecivic.org/default.asp.
v Historical Society
Sound Beach does not have its own historical society. However, 2 neighboring historical societies are:
o Miller Place Mount Sinai Historical Society P.O. Box 651, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-476-5742; Web: http://www.mpmshistoricalsociety.org/.
o Rocky Point Historical Society P.O. Box 1720, Rocky Point, NY 11778.
v Chamber of Commerce
o Serves Miller Place, Mount Sinai, Rocky Point, and Sound Beach. P.O. Box 512, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 821-1313; Web: http://www.cdmlongisland.com
v Government / Local Town Officials
o U.S. Senators
§ Hillary R. Clinton 780 3rd Ave, Suite 2601, New York, NY 10017. Tel: 212-688-6262;
§ Charles E. Schumer 313 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510-3201. Tel: 202-224-6542; Web: http://schumer.senate.gov.
o U.S. Representative Tim Bishop 1st District 3680 Route 112, Suite C, Coram, NY 11727. Tel: 631-696-6500.
o Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy H. Lee Dennison Bldg, 100 Veternas Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Tel: 631-853-4000.
o State Senator Kenneth Lavalle 1st District 325 Middle Country Road, Suite 4, Selden, NY 11784. Tel: 631-696-6900.
o State Assembly Patricia L. Acampora 1st District 400 W. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901. Tel: 631-727-1363
o County Legislator Daniel P. Losquadro 6th District 725 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764. Tel: 631-854-1600.
v Local Beaches
Here is the closest public beach to Sound Beach:
o Cedar Beach Town Beach located on Harbor Beach Road, Mount Sinai, NY 11766.
v Local Hospitals
There are no hospitals in Sound Beach. Here are the closest hospitals to Sound Beach:
o John T. Mather Memorial Hospital 75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. Tel: 631-473-1320
o St. Charles Hospital 200 Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777. Tel: 631-474-6000.
o Stony Brook University Hospital Nicholls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790. Tel: 631-689-8333.
v Local Youth Sports Programs
Both Miller Place Schools and Rocky Point Schools offer competitive interscholastic sports teams for boys and girls in the 7th through 12th grades. In addition to these school-based programs, the following youth sports programs are available for Sound Beach children of all ages:
§ North Shore Colts Youth Football Tel: 631-331-0065;
§ St. Louis DeMontfort Youth Soccer Tel: 516-662-7389; Web: http://www.expss.com/soccer/stlouissoccer.htm
§ Sound Beach Soccer Club Tel: 631-744-3217; Web: http://www.soundbeachsoccer.org/
§ Infant Jesus Basketball Tel: 631-642-3289
§ Miller Place PTO Basketball League Tel: 631-821-6163.
§ North Shore Little League Tel: 631-744-3355; Web: http://eteamz.active.com/NorthShoreLittleLeague/
§ North Shore Little League Tel: 631-744-3355; Web: http://eteamz.active.com/NorthShoreLittleLeague/
v Other Important Telephone Numbers
o NY State Department of Motor Vehicles 800-342-5368
o Brookhaven Town Clerk 631-654-7822
o Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) 800-490-0075
o Keyspan Energy 800-490-0045
o Cablevision 631-348-6700
o Suffolk County Water Authority 631-698-9500
o Port Jefferson Ferry 631-472-0286
o Town of Brookhaven: 631-451-6640; Web: http://www.brookhaven.org/