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Obituary: Kenneth Hartly Swearingen

Swearingen, Kenneth Hartly, 90, died on Jan. 17, at his daughter’s home in Brookline, NH. He was born on July 30, 1922 in Claremont, SD, son of Joseph Swearingen and Myrtle (Freeland) Jones. Husband of the late Ruth M. (Heimburger) Swearingen. Prior to her death on Nov. 3, 1991 they had shared almost 49 years of marriage. 

Swearingen served his country proudly during WWII in the U.S. Navy. Following his service he worked as a carpenter and then went to work as a sorter for the U.S. Post Office. He enjoyed cutting trees, and made a point to visit Granny’s Restaurant whenever he was in Homosassa, FL. He is survived by a son, Kenneth Hartly Swearingen II of Plano, TX; a daughter, Marlene Morgan of Brookline, NH; Four grandsons, Keith, Matthew, Trevor and Evan; and two great-granddaughters, Jade and Abigail. Graveside Service was held on Jan. 21 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Brookline, NH. Contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels – Milford, NH, P.O. Box 910, Merrimack, NH 03054, or Home Health & Hospice Care, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054, or to the WWII Veterans Memorial. Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Home, Nashua, NH.


News

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Levittown.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.

The featured speaker at the Levittown Historical Society’s September meeting was John Owens, editor in chief of Anton Community Newspapers, the publisher of the Levittown Tribune.

Historical society Vice President Bob Koenig opened the meeting, which was held at the Levittown Public Library.

Owens discussed the opioid epidemic that has swept over Long Island. Not only have thousands of residents become addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin, Owens said, but also, over the past two years there have been more than 240 overdose deaths.


Sports

Saturday, Sept. 27

9 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Great Neck South at MacArthur

9:15 a.m. JV Football Lawrence at Division

10 a.m. Boys JV Soccer West Hemsptead at Division

10 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Division at West Hempstead

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Calendar

Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 26

Donations Needed

Saturday, September 27

Homecoming

Saturday, September 27



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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