Decades Decoded: The 1980s

In our Decades Decoded series, we share touchstones of Northport history from the 1940s to the 1990s

A trolley wedding, 1984
Northport/ East Northport in the 1980s
  • Lace’s Family Roller Skating Center opens on Fort Salonga Road
  • Patti Lupone, a class of ’67 Northport High School graduate, wins a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in “Evita”
  • Fred Loggia, Chief of the Northport Fire Department, dies suddenly at age 55
  • The Larkfield School was closed

The Larkfield School


  • Laurie Ann Fitzpatrick was crowned as the first Miss Northport in a beauty pageant sponsored by the Northport Chamber of Commerce


  • Davis Aircraft moves out of the Thompson Building
  • Mara Brothers save 199 Main Street, a historic Skidmore home, from becoming a parking lot, and they buy and renovate the vacant Thompson Building, turning it into offices

Renovations begin at the Thompson Building


  • Hurricane Gloria hits Northport on September 27th


  • Halley’s Comet soars across the sky
  • Village Clerk Dorothy Dugan retires after serving the Village for 40 years


  • Erin Gaffney, a 23-year-old graduate of Northport High School, became the first woman to join the Northport Police Department


  • Ninth graders were moved out of the middle school and into the high school as  the new middle school “model” for 6th through 8th grades was adopted
  • On August 31st, oil being unloaded from a tanker at the LILCO loading platform off Asharoken exploded, sending a shock wave along the North Shore of Long Island and killing tanker Inspector James Belloff


  • The Northport Fire Department celebrates its 100th Anniversary
  • Northport Village adds bottle and can recycling 

199 Main Street, saved from becoming a parking lot

The Photo Collection

Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan