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Obituary: Herbert J. Pluschau

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.


Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.


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