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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

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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