Great things sometimes come in twos — or threes. Newsday went into its coffers and found classic pictures of Long Island's twins and triplets. For some families, twins apparently are the norm rather than the exception. LI's hospitals have gotten into the act by handling multiple multiples at the same time, and some of the twins and triplets find common ground by running into fellow multiples at Long Island schools. Enjoy!
JoAnn and Henry F. Harvey III of Brightwaters pose with their triplet daughters, Elizabeth Ann, Christine Louise and Alexandra Marie, on Jan. 16, 1992. The children were born Dec. 29, 1991.
George Semevolos, twin daughters Sarah and Jane, and son John watch the St. Patrick's parade as it passes by on Route 25A in Rocky Point on March 16, 1986.
Theodore and Patricia Bladykas, with their 14-month-old twin daughters Patricia Ann and Betty Ann, move into their new home in Levittown on Oct. 1,1947. They were the first family to move to Levittown, then a low-cost housing development that was built by Levitt & Sons.
Identical triplets Jaimye, left, Randye and Vickye Herman, of Woodmere, celebrate their sixth birthday on May 19, 1955.
Identical triplets, from left, Ronald, Robert and Richard Rogers run in from the outfield during pregame practice with the Seaford High School baseball team on April 23, 1974.
J. Haar, of Glen Cove, holds a birthday cake for triplets Frances Cheryle, left, Mary Ann and Norma Jean who are celebrating their first birthday on April 26, 1958.
The Burke triplets, Sharon, left, Sean and Susan, of Levittown, celebrate their first birthday on Feb. 24, 1964.
Triplets Randye, left, Vickye and Jaimye Herman, of Long Beach enjoy some ice cream after their tonsils were taken out on April 10, 1958.
Calvin Bublin, of Point Lookout, walks her 7-month-old triplets, Michael, Matthew and Mark, in baby carriages that are hitched together and Therese, 23 months, rides in a rumble seat on Aug. 8, 1960.
The Goldstein triplets, Carol, left, Rosalind and Steven, 17, of Seaford, smile proudly at their newly acquired diplomas from Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown on June 26, 1966.
Wilfred Post, of Allentown, Pa., flew up with her husband so that Dr. Wilfred Post, her father-in-law, could handle the delivery. From left, Barbara Havens, of Valley Stream, holds Susan, 4 lbs. 10 oz.; Shirley Klocke, of Glen Cove, holds Barbara, 3 lbs. 2 oz.; and Geraldine Isola, of Brooklyn, holds Wilfred III, 4 lbs. 7 oz. on Aug. 17, 1949.
Triplets April, Barbara and Coleen Smith, of Lindenhurst, gather around their birthday cake. The triplets celebrated their second birthday on April 3, 1966.
JoAnn and Henry F. Harvey III, of Brightwaters, and their triplet daughters, Elizabeth Ann, Christine Louise and Alexandra Marie, who were born Dec. 29, 1991, seen on Jan. 16, 1992.
Triplets Cari, left, Nancy and Marci Ruderman, of Long Beach, celebrate their fourth birthday on Nov. 8, 1966.
Identical triplets Michael, left, Edward and William Finnegan, 5, seen on Sept. 4, 1963, are easy to identify, just as long as they have their name tags prominently displayed. Kindergarten teacher Carole Pellis is glad the children always wear tags during the first few days, so she can tell the boys apart.
The Daniel Street Elementary School in Lindenhurst had the honor of registering two sets of triplets in the school for the September session of kindergarten. Shown in a classroom similar to one that they will be in this fall, they are from left, 5-year-olds Barbara, April and Colleen Smith and Todd, Timothy and Tina Dorsey.
Triplets Rebecca, Heather and Deborah Ziegler, of Mount Sinai, 13, practice for their impending Bat Mitzvah taking place at Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook in an undated photo.
Registered nurse Dorothy Cafiero, left, holds Susan, as the triplets' mother Mrs. James Burke, of Levittown, holds Sharon and Sean on Feb. 26, 1963. The triplets were born the night before.
Stuart, left, Michael and Robert Ain, of Freeport, celebrate their first birthday on Feb. 22, 1950.
Five-year-old triplets Michael, left, Stuart and Robert Ain, of Freeport, celebrate their birthday on Washington's Birthday, on Feb. 21, 1954.
Last-minute primping for graduation at Sacred Heart Academy finds, from left, Mary, Frances and Barbara Hamelman, 17-year-old triplets, before receiving their diplomas on June 27, 1960.
Triplets, from left, Barbara Ann, Mary Elizabeth and Frances Bernadette Hamelman were born Sept. 8, 1942 at Mercy Hospital to Frances and George Hamelman of Hempstead on Oct. 10, 1942.
The Ziegler triplets, from left, Deborah, Rebecca and Heather, graduated from Farmingdale State College on May 23, 1985.
Edward Nolan, of Levittown, looks at his triplets, from left, Mark, 5 lbs. 7 oz., William, 5 lbs. 11 oz. and Joseph, 5 lbs. 12 oz., born on Nov. 13, 1954 at Mercy Hospital. The nurse is Lucy Trupo.
The Reichert triplets, from left, Frieda Lynn, Mary Ellen and Dorothy Ann, of Valley Stream, celebrate their fourth birthday by lighting their 21-year candle on Oct. 17, 1958.
The Hamsley triplets, from left, Ellen, left, Diane and Lizbeth, of East Rockaway, celebrate their first birthday by wading through their birthday wrappings on Feb. 9, 1963.
Oceanside High School features eight sets of graduating twins on June 16, 1960. Top row, left to right, Pete and Joe Wittemann and Dan and Mike Colodner. Next row down: Jim and Roseann Godstrey and Anne and Fran Benzi. Next row down: Jay and Mike Katz and Cathy and Carole Hassett. Bottom row: Christine and Carol Wohlfarth and Joan and Marie Sims.
The Robert Frost School in Deer Park had four sets of twins and one set of triplets, all in the sixth grade. Assistant principal Theresa Mante, right, of North Babylon, tries to pick out the twins who are, from left, foreground: Robert and John Grimaldi and triplets Shari, Beth and Ann Epstein. In the rear: Suzanne and Joanne Kulik, Janet and Judith Lazzaro and Lisa and Lenore Cirrone, on Sept. 19, 1972. All are from Deer Park.
Identical twins Lillian and Margaret Bryant at 15 years old.
Twins Darryl and Kimberly Bernard, 2, at a picnic at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows on June 4, 1978.
Dr. Kenneth S. Etra and his twin brother Dr. Richard G. Etra strike an identical pose in their medical office in Glen Cove on Aug. 3, 1981.
At the Health Department Clinic on North Franklin Street in Hempstead, Sheila Fenning, left, 16, of Hempstead, holds Patricia Webster, 6 months, as her twin sister Felecia, is weighed by Ann Root, 16, of Uniondale, on June 23, 1955.
On June 20, 1984, seven sets of twins scheduled to graduate from John Glenn High School in Elwood hang out. Top row, from left: Thomas and Matthew Grecki, 18, and John and Timothy McCauley, 17. Center row: Brad and Brian Senatore, 17, and Mary Jane Brown (whose twin left earlier). Bottom row: Toni and Lisa Mongelluzzo, 17, Dianne and Donna Finucane, 18, and Kara and Susan Mackey, 18.
Twins run in the Connor family, as the whole family gathers around to see the newest set, 5-day-old Michelle and Adrienne, just brought home from the hospital on Sept. 30, 1962. The family roster, from left: Brian and David, 1, mom Ruth Connor, Matthew and Mark, 3, with dad Robert in rear, and Kevin, who celebrated his fifth birthday on this day and the only single birth of the children.
Three sets of identical twins from Dutch Lane Elementary School in Hicksville pose for a class picture on June 25, 1980. From left, Andrea and Alison Zuzzolo, Thomas and William Wittig, and Debra and Patricia O'Grady.
Four sets of twins were born within 72 hours at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. This July 29, 1960 photo shows, from left, Mrs. Thomas McGrath, of Freeport, with Paul, 7 lbs. 13 oz. and Diane, 7 lbs. 11 oz.; Mrs. David Shellard, of Merrick, two girls (no names), 3 lbs. 9 oz. and 4 lbs. 11 oz.; Mrs. James Ellenwood, of East Rockaway, James Roy, 5 lbs. 5 oz. and Wayne Stewart, 5 lbs. 11 oz.; and Mrs. Joseph Conroy, of Uniondale, two boys (no names) both 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Barbers Bruno De Paola, left, of College Point, and Tony Coviello, of the Bronx, prepare 1-year-old twins Johnny and Joseph Przybyszewski for their first haircut on March 13, 1963.
Thomas Rooney holds his daughter Carolyn Joan, 2 days old, and his wife Joan holds Diane Elizabeth, 1 day old, on Oct. 16, 1978. The twin girls were born a day apart.
Identical twins Lilian Gordon and Grace Lee celebrate their 82nd birthday on the Fourth of July with an annual celebration given by their four generations of children.
Bedtime on Jan. 10, 1961 finds the older Wilcenski twins, John Jr., right, and Patricia, 11 months, in a crib, waiting for their mother Jeannette to settle three-week-old twins Deborah and Donald before she comes back to put them to sleep.
Alyssa, left, and Alanna Turk are identical twins who graduated from Lynbrook High School as valedictorian and salutatorian on June 23, 1988.
Identical twins Maureen and Kathleen Reed, 13, of Islip Terrace, get ready for the twins contest at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, sponsored by the Suffolk County mothers of Twins Club, on Nov. 17, 1979.
Twins Ronald, left, and Richard De Petris, 17, enjoy music and are selecting records for a listening session on June 21, 1962. Ronald was valedictorian and Richard salutatorian of the graduating class at Southampton High School.
Julia Hodulick, of Roosevelt, holds her twins Steven John, left, who weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz., and Sue Ann, who weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz., on Oct. 7, 1957. They were born Oct. 5.
Twin 19-year-old lifeguards Susan, left, and Nancy Wechselblatt, of Roslyn Heights, at the pool at the Roslyn Country Club on July 19, 1966.
Eight-year-old twins Jackie, right, and Jill Doherty with their pet donkeys Amos and Andy on Dec. 28, 1961.