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Obituary: Herbert A. Nestler

Herbert A. Nestler, 101, died on Feb. 11, Born on the Lower East Side of New York City to Jacob and Esther Trachtenberg Nestler, Herbert was the middle of three sons. He was raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Although his family was poor in resources — he and his two brothers shared a single bed for much of their childhoods — they were rich in spirit within a tight community of close family and friends. Herb graduated from New Utrecht High School and became the first in his family to attend college, obtaining a BA from

Brooklyn College in 1933, their first graduating class as an independent campus. He later obtained an MA in Zoology from Columbia University, after which Herb joined the New York City school system as a Biology teacher at Andrew Jackson High School. He then became Chairman of Biology and General Science at Franklin K. Lane High School, later moving in the same position to Martin Van Buren High School. He retired from the school system in 1972 after 37 years of service. During this period and for several years after retirement, he taught various courses in biological sciences at a number of colleges and universities, including Brooklyn College, Hofstra University, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He authored several books and created audiovisual teaching aids focused on numerous topics in the natural and physical sciences. He was the consummate teacher who had a unique ability to explain complicated principles and to share his enthusiasm for nature. Generations of his students in high school and college, as well as campers at

Camp Starlight, Starlight, PA, became enraptured by the miracles of the living environment. 

 

Herb and his beloved wife, Mildred Leichtling Nestler, shared a lifetime of joys and laughter and were uniquely devoted to one another for 71 years. Doting father to his two children and their spouses, Barbara Nestler Hoffman and Craig Hoffman and Eric Nestler and

Susan DeRenzo Nestler; to his five grandchildren and spouse, Nathan and Rose Asoulin Hoffman, Sam Hoffman, David Nestler, Matthew Nestler, and Jane Nestler; and to his great granddaughter, Josephine Lilli Hoffman; tireless in the time he devoted to his family, and unselfish in attending to and enabling their dreams, he will be missed.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Herbert Nestler Scholarship Fund, checks payable to Herricks School District, c/o Maria Metz, 100 Shelter Rock Rd., New Hyde Park.


News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

Live Music - September 26


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