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.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:33
The iPad, the laptop, the smartphone; everyday instruments to many people all throughout the world, but to someone just being indoctrinated into the world of cutting-edge technology these tools might seem rather daunting. Unless there is a patient hand guiding the way.
Those guides were at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch recently, where they offered a session of their ongoing Electronic Device Demonstration and Tutoring series, where community teenagers donate their time to turn tech-deficient adults into masters of the digital domain; free of charge and all within the span of one hour or less.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”