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Obituary: Irwin Plotkin

Irwin Plotkin of East Hills passed away peacefully in his 82nd year on September 2 at Franklin Hospital after a long and courageous battle with a chronic illness. 


Irwin will be remembered by his community of East Hills for playing a central role in planning, implementing and leading a new seniors committee in East Hills.  In 2012, he was honored with the Village’s “Outstanding Community Leader Award” for his vision, which led to the committee’s widespread success, and for serving as the committee’s chair for 5 years. 


Irwin was born on November 6, 1931, in the Bronx where he attended the Bronx High School of Science.  He went on to receive his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and his graduate degree from New York University.  


Irwin is remembered as an energetic, fearless and creative freethinker.  Irwin loved to explore ideas and issues from outside the box, in both his professional and personal lives.  His career in hospital administration took him to various hospitals in New York and abroad.  He loved to travel, to drive a tractor, to sail, to roam the woods of Connecticut, to craft projects in his workshop, to socialize with fellow dog owners in the dog park, and to find treasures in eclectic tag sales. But most of all, he loved to be with his family.  


More recently, Irwin became very active in the East Hills community where he lived for thirty years.  Mayor Michael R. Koblenz said, “Irwin was a very special person who we were all privileged to know.  He was a leader, but also warm, kind, and considerate person. We are proud that Irwin Plotkin lived in our village, and equally as honored to always remember him as our true friend.”  He will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends (near and far), who will remember fondly his love of life and his spirited engagement with people.


He is survived by Mai Plotkin (nee Nielsen), his beloved wife of almost 56 years, and his loving family, including his daughter Ann (Graham), his son Eric (Nadia), his grandchildren Kayl and Max, his step-grandchildren Meg and Sam, and his canine pal Marty.  


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Registration for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League will take place Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Allen Park meeting room on Motor Ave. in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and over who live in Farmingdale or the Town of Oyster Bay area. Players can also apply online at, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.


— Submitted by Jerry Mazza


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