Written by Ronald Scaglia, Rscaglia@antonnews.com Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
The body of a woman found Feb. 14 in an unoccupied home on Ocean Avenue has been identified as 60-yerar-old Irene Luetje, known to her family as Renee, according to Nassau County police.
Police responded to a call at 27 Ocean Avenue around noon and discovered the body. Det. Lt. John Azzata, commanding officer of the Nassau County homicide squad, reported that Luetje was found wearing a black jacket, black Capri pants, a black pullover shirt and silver shoes. Her purse, which contained money, was found with her, as was her driver’s license. What is not clear is how Luetje ended up more than five miles away from her apartment at 124 West Drive in North Massapequa, where her car was still located. The landlord of the home had a conversation with Luetje at 11 a.m. on January 6. Azzata said that is the last time Luetje was seen alive. Police are hoping someone may have spotted Luetje after Jan. 6 and will come forward.
“We’re looking for any and all answers because everything is a mystery to us,” said Azzata. “Right now everything is a possibility and that why were trying to enlist the public’s help.”
At press time, police do not have any evidence of criminality in the case, although they are waiting for the results of the autopsy as well as the toxicology results, which Azzata said could take up to six weeks. They have also not yet determined a cause of death, pending the results of the medical examiner’s report.
The detective said that friends and colleagues have told police that Luetje was known to take long walks and that the outfit she was found in was among her favorites. He added that Luetje had no prior contact with police and that she was only known to be taking medication to control hypertension. Luetje was reported missing by sister on January 12.
The identification of Luetje brought sadness to the campus of Farmingdale State College where she worked as an administrative assistant to the executive assistant to the president. Spokesperson Kathy Coley had high praise for Luetje.
“Irene was a valued member of the community and she will be missed,” said Coley. Coley said that Luetje’s final day of work was Dec. 21, the last day before the holiday recess. She was scheduled to return on Jan. 6, the last day that Luetje was seen alive. When she didn’t come to work, Coley said that university police went to her home, and that university officials have reached out to her family.
To honor her memory, Coley said that a poetry award would be renamed in her name. A multiple-cultural committee presents the award to students for their work.
Police are asking that anyone with information, please call 1-800-244-TIPS.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.