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Glen Cove Resident Identified In Fire Death

Lewis J. Bodi, former CUNY dean and World War II hero, died in Nov. 4 house fire

Glen Cove lost a war hero, an academic community figure and friend on Sunday, Nov. 4, as police identified Lewis Joseph Bodi, 87, as the victim of a house fire, which police said a kerosene lamp likely caused.

The first American-born child of Hungarian immigrant parents, Bodi was born in 1924 in Racine, Wisconsin. Originally named Lazlo, he was given the name Lewis by his kindergarten teacher, which he kept for life.

He served in the Navy in World War II and attended De Pauw University on the GI Bill, where he met his wife of 62 years, Sara Frances Lord. He earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and moved his growing family to Brooklyn and then Long Island, where he worked as a chemistry professor at Brooklyn College, and then did research in electroluminescence at GTE Sylvania, which at that time was located in Bayside. In 1965, the family moved from Bethpage to Glen Cove where he and his wife resided until his death.

At York College-CUNY, Bodi helped to develop the school into a permanent institution, now located in Jamaica, Queens. He served there as dean of the science department, vice president of academic affairs, and retired as provost. His retirement was spent in support of his growing family of grandchildren.

Bodi is survived by his wife Sara Lord Bodi, the former chief psychologist of Glen Cove schools; son Kip Bodi, and daughters Sari Bodi, Betsy Bodi Thomas, and Nancy Bodi-Hurley. Also surviving him are 11 grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.

A wake took place on Friday, Nov. 9 at McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home in Glen Cove, NY. The funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home. Lewis was laid to rest at Locust Valley Cemetery, Ryefield Road, in Locust Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to York College (https://giving.york.cuny.edu).

News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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