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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

Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.”  They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world. 

 

“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello. 


The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

 

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

 

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

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.

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.


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Sunset Serenades - August 21

Sea Cliff Beach Concerts - August 22


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