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East Norwich is a small hamlet located on Long Island in the town of Oyster Bay. East Norwich is bordered by the other small hamlets of Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Syosset, Muttontown, and Upper Brookville. Measuring only one square mile, it is still fairly densely populated, and is a popular location for families and commuters. Due to its convenient location, residents are relatively wealthy. Routes 106 and 25A both pass through East Norwich, both of which provide easy commuter access to Manhattan. East Norwich is also conveniently located within two miles of the Oyster Bay LIRR station, which provides commuter rail service to Manhattan (via the Main Line) and the rest of Long Island. Because East Norwich is a hamlet, rather than a village or town, it has no local government of its own; instead, it is governed under the aegis of the town of Oyster Bay. The easternmost of the three towns in Nassau County, it extends all the way from the North Shore to the South Shore of Long Island. The town of Oyster Bay was once part of Queens County, but was later incorporated into the newly-created Nassau County when Queens County was amalgamated into New York City in 1898. While the town used to be composed of mainly farmland, it is now largely housing stock. Students in East Norwich attend schools in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District. Students in pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade attend the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Oyster Bay; students in grades 3 through 6 attend James H. Vernon School in East Norwich; and students in grades 7 through 12 attend Oyster Bay High School. Notable alumni of Oyster Bay High School include novelist Thomas Pynchon. Because it is an unincorporated hamlet, East Norwich itself has no official government or community programming. However, residents can take part in a wide variety of programs offered by the town of Oyster Bay, in which East Norwich is located. There are several public libraries in nearby areas, including the Oyster Bay East Norwich Public Library, located in the hamlet of Oyster Bay. The town of Oyster Bay hosts a Distinguished Artists concert series every year that offers performances at several libraries throughout the town. The town of Oyster Bay also offers a variety of programs for children in the community, including a youth dance program, youth ice hockey, and summer recreation programs. Although the hamlet itself is landlocked, it is a short distance to the waterfront of Oyster Bay, which offers a variety of recreational opportunities. These include Oyster Bay Cove, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, and the WaterFront Center, which offers sailing activities, school programs, kayak rentals, junior summer programs, and more.

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