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Obituary: David Bentman

We came to live on Boat Lane in Aug. 1995 with our 9-year-old son, Steven, and our 10-month-old daughter, Susan. As the years went by they were joined by Barry and Sherri and a number of hariy, wet-nosed tail-wagging additional family members. The years never really seemed to go by very quickly but they did. Boy Scouts, Brownies, 4-H, birthdays, happy times and some very sad times as well. 

 

The street never seemed to change. Snow forts built in the middle of the street by children and fathers for snowball fights, while other parents were keeping a close yeye out for any cars passing through. Amazing block parities with kiddie costumes and bike and wagon parades, children and adult games (they had fun too), getting to see neighbors again after a long winter spring and new neighbors as well. Grucci had nothing on us, and dont forget the D.J. and the cake baking and dessert contests. 

 

Soon came the backpacks, high school, then off to jobs or college or the military service (always yellow as a DIsable Korenribbons and prayers being said), Weddings (some in the backyard), moms and dads, now in-laws and soon grandmas and grandpas, and sometimes even lukcier—Great Grandparents. Sorrowful losses of young as well as old. The years have not gone by as slowly as many of us though. New Faces moving in and others retiring or down-sizing or passing on—always hoping for Boat Lane to never change very much—to stay like the mythical Scottish town of Brigadoon to come alive as it once was many years ago. But sadly, life goes on and simple, precious moments and times do go, and too often, do change. 

 

But Boat Lane is still here, perhaps with a few new and different faces, but the warmth and support of neighbors both old and new are still here. I know that for the most part, I am not alone nor will others on this street when in very stressful and sad times. So, as I

stood in Calverton National Military Cemetery in Suffolk County on Feb. 27, not really wanting to but saying a eulogy neverless, I had to let everyone know, not just about the great guy I was married to for 59 years (47 of which were spent on Boat Lane) but a glimpse into a world, on a street, in a town of real people. 

 

Down through the years when working for the New York City Department of General Services, Dave was always looking out for and at time, worrying about his fellow workers. One day, one of the men who was also a personal friend, Sam, got carbon monoxide poisioning. Dave grabbed him into his car because help was taking too long and went straight to the hospital, saving the man’s life. He also performed the Heimlich Maneuver multiple times as well as CPR, saving people. 

 

One of the pleasures of his lifetime was being a Scoutmaster in Levittown for many years, meeting men who were boys in his Troop, who always remembered having fun hiking and camping and also learning at the same time. He was a disabled Korean War veteran who, only recently, while wearing his Korean Veteran’s hat, got “thank you’s” from so many people, young and old. He rarely mentioned any of his horrific experiences during the war in Korea, but he always cried when watching moviews about the war. One of the many joys of his life on Boat Lane was playing Santa Claus in full costume, including jingle bells on his ankles for the children who lived on Boat Lane. Parents would come by during the day, on Christmas Eve, with bags of wrapped gifts with name tags and addresses for their children and, in the evening, he would stop by each house with toys to be given out to every child. THis tradition went on for many years until the children grew up. In years past, he would always try to help anyone of the neighbors, some of who called him the “Mayor of Boat Lane” due to his always reaching out to anyone needing help with anything from cars and electric problems to shrubs and trees. He loved his children very deeply, always them to try their hardest in anything they did in their lives, from school to working on a job. He especially adored all three of his Grandaughters Sarah, Michaela and Hailey. They were and always will be his pride and joy. 


News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

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 Saturday, 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.”


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