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Seaford is a small community located in Nassau County on New York's Long Island. Officially recognized as a census-designated place, it is a relatively small area, measuring only 2.6 square miles. It is bordered by Massapequa to the east, Plainedge, North Massapequa, and North Wantagh to the north, Wantagh to the west, and Seamans Creek and Island Creek to the south. Seaford was originally inhabited by a Native American tribe called the Marsapeaques, who referred to the area as Great Water Land. The arrival of Captain John Seaman began an era of European settlement, in which the area was known as Jerusalem South and Seaman's Neck. The town was later renamed to Seaford to reflect John Seaman's home town, in East Sussex in England. The area eventually became popular as a summer vacation spot. The town's population grew in 1929 with the creation of the Sunrise Highway. Originally, Seaford was a farming community, used to grow cash crops such as corn and wheat. Despite its waterfront location, fishing was initially a difficult proposition, due to the layers of land beneath the water. Eventually, in the mid-1800's, fishermen from the area built a special small boat called the Seaford Skiff which allowed fishing and oyster gathering to gain in popularity. This increased interest in fishing, as well as the popularity of hunting in the area, made Seaford a popular tourist destination for hunters and fishermen, and several hotels opened in the area to accommodate this tourist trade. Today, Seaford is a solidly upper-middle-class community, popular with families partly because of its easy commute into Manhattan. Commuters can take the Babylon Branch of the Long Island Rail Road from the Seaford station. Commuters going elsewhere in Long Island can also catch the Nassau Inter-County Express via the N54 and N19. Students in Seaford attend schools in the Seaford Union Free School District. Elementary school students attend either Seaford Manor Elementary or Seaford Harbor Elementary. They then graduate into Seaford Middle School, and then Seaford High School. There are also two private Roman Catholic schools located in the area, Maria Regina and St. William the Abbot. Residents can relax in Cedar Creek Park, which offers playgrounds, sports fields, and several community activities. There are several sports activities for young people, including Little League (the Long Island Broncos, located in the town, are one of the oldest youth football groups on Long Island), Police Athletic Leagues, and Catholic Youth Organization sports. Seaford also has a public library, which offers services for youths and adults, as well as public art exhibitions.

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