Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:44
Five local soccer stars were recently inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame. Among them, Levittown’s Ritchie Kotschau was inducted after a 10-year Major League Soccer career.
Kotschau played for the Plainview-based Long Island Junior Soccer League’s Levittown Soccer Club, then competed for the Hicksville Hawks, winning the Triple Crown (State Cup, Chase Cup, LIJSL division title) with the Hawks. Ritchie also played for LIJSL Select and Eastern New York ODP.
After leading George Mason University to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, Kotschau was selected second overall in the 1998 MLS Draft by the expansion-team, the Chicago Fire.
Ritchie and fellow LIJSL alumnus Chris Armas—teaming up for the first time—would help lead the Fire to the MLS championship and US Open Cup title in that magical ‘98 season.
Ritchie had a 10-year MLS career and also played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake. He competed for the United States National Team at the Under-18, Under-20 and Under-23 levels and had one cap for the US Men’s National Team.
“Steady, consistent, didn’t stray and everybody liked him,” said Coach John Fitzgerald with the Hicksville Hawks. “He’s one of the most humble players I ever knew.”
— Herald Staff
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.
“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
Thanks in large part to a substantial increase in sponsor support – and Mother Nature’s cooperation – the 2014 Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair was a rousing success.
A caravan of vendors filled the parking lot of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library starting at 7 a.m. By the time fairgoers crossed the blue and green balloon arch at 10 a.m. to receive their free T-shirt and bags stuffed with sponsor goodies, there were 108 booths ready to welcome them on the sunny day.