Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00
Herbert J. Pluschau, the superintendent of Massapequa schools from 1982-88 has died. Herb was a career educator in the Massapequa schools since he joined the staff as a physical education teacher in 1953. He held many positions during his 35 year tenure, including basketball coach, high school guidance counselor and vice principal of Massapequa High School. In 1967, he moved into the Central Office as administrative assistant and became assistant superintendent in 1972. After retirement, Herb founded Chief’s Associates, a firm that conducted superintendent searches for several Long Island school districts. Herb is past president of the Massapequa Hall of Fame, an organization that acknowledges the accomplishments of alumni of the Massapequa schools and grants scholarships for high school graduates.
Herb Pluschau was born in Brooklyn. His parents emigrated from Germany and owned an ice cream parlor in Maspeth. He attended Grover Cleveland High School where he discovered a passion for basketball. He continued playing ball at Brockport State where he received a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He completed his master’s degree from Hofstra University in1963 and additional graduate study at Hofstra and New York University. He met his wife of 60 years, Carol in Brockport. Together, they moved to Long Island and started a family. He is survived by his son John and wife Pam, daughter Chris and husband Roger, son Peter and wife Terry, and daughter Laurie and husband Bob. Herb enjoyed time with his eight grandchildren, Sarah, Andrew, Sam, Matt, Thomas, Caroline, Eric and Peter. He recently met his first great-grandchild Olivia on his trip home from Florida this spring.
Herb died unexpectedly from a stroke on Monday. He will be missed by the many people who have benefited from his guidance, direction, kindness and compassion.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Tuesday, members of the Massapequa Women’s Club officially delivered precious relics of a bygone era to the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch- approximately 40 albums filled with vintage photographs, text, and newspaper articles dating from 1924 to 2000, all documenting the activities of the Massapequa Women’s Club.
Discovered purely by chance being stored in a forgotten old basement, Mary Kuhlkin, Historian of the Women’s Club, said that she knew such a surprisingly well-preserved piece of history needed to be presented for all to see.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:26
After 13 years presiding over Massapequa Park, James Altadonna stepped down as mayor last week and was appointed Oyster Bay Town Clerk.
Altadonna, who was elected to his seventh term in March, will be take over for Steve Labriola, who resigned in February. Altadonna’s name began to pop up in connection with the Town Clerk position in April, and he was nominated by Republicans to run for the job in late May.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
A first-half flick near the net by Will Rezin led to the only goal of the game to lead the Massapequa Rough Riders to a 1-0 win over Valley Stream Forest in the Boys-Under-19 State Open Cup at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview on June 8. The other dramatic play in the game between the two Long Island Junior Soccer League teams occurred in the second half when Massapequa keeper Vincent Pellegrino saved a penalty kick.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00Runners from the Massapequas scored in the David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation Run June 6.
A strong contingent of Massapequa pavement-pounders was on hand for the 22nd annual edition of the 5-kilometer Run, held in Eisenhower Park, and many of them came away with awards.