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.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
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 09:47
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,”