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Ben von Pentz

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Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps. Mourns The Loss Of Fellow Lifeguard



May 9, 2009 “BVP”  “The Baron”

Ben von Pentz was always willing and able to help those in need – so much so that he made a career of it. As a Jones Beach lifeguard since 1974 and employed full time as an emergency service professional, Ben embodied the compassion, composure, and sense of duty that characterize these fields. Whether leading a rescue at Field Two or responding to an emergency call, Ben was the epitome of a ‘lifesaver.’

Ben was the kind of lifeguard that every rookie would want to learn from. As Boatswain, Ben found the balance between being a leader and a friend. He shared his own experience and expertise and fostered an environment where new guards, though still neophytes, were still made to feel like a part of the team. A knowledgeable yet humble mentor, Ben made new lifeguards feel like they had been working with him since his own rookie days. Always ready to respond, he went above and beyond what most people would expect of a good officer and lifeguard. From guidance on rescues, to launching the boat, to making sure the fridge was stocked for “Salsa Sundays,” Ben did it all.

Ben’s deliberate and sincere manner influenced all of his lifeguard colleagues, and those that have risen through the lifeguard ranks have modeled their own conduct after Ben’s. BVP will be missed by the many Jones Beach lifeguards who worked with and for him over the years. Though he will no longer be a physical presence on the mainstand, his soul will continue to watch over beachgoers and fellow lifeguards. Ben will be remembered as a kind, sincere person who embodied the spirit of ‘the beach’. May he rest there forever.


Rally May 2nd

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Send a message to Governor Patterson.

Join our rally. Saturday, May 2nd 2009

Central Mall Boardwalk
Jones Beach  Parking Field 4
1pm - 4pm

Our Beaches  ♥  Our Shores  ♥  Our Long Island

Sponsored by New York State United Teachers,United University Professionals
and the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps

President- Tom Donovan
1st Vice President- Bruce Meriowitz
2nd Vice President- Dennis Kane
Recording Secretary- Don Campbell
JB Trustee- Cary Epstein
RM Trustee- Jim Dirico
East End Trustee- Nick Athenas
Treasurer- Rob Corrnachia
Trustee At Large- Matt Lindbom

NYS Retirement Tier 4 last chance

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NYS Retirement
I want
to reinforce and add to Cary's message below how important this is and you can sign up using these forms:
Article 15 Membership Registration RS 5420
Supplemental Statement of Services RS 5042-I
the second pdf is the "buy back" of your years, always send everything ceritifed, return receipt and you should receive a confirmation letter for everything you send to the State.

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to give some of you the heads up on piece of the rehire paperwork. There is a NYS retirement form asking if you are a member of the NYS retirement system and if not, if you want to join. I just want to point out this very important piece of information. You CAN join the NYS retirement system now as a lifeguard and eventually if you become a teacher or work in any civil service job, buy back the time.

If you do this now you will be placed in what they call Tier 4. This will mean you only have to pay 3 % back to the state for 10 years. If you do not join the retirement system now, after this Summer they will be creating Tier 5 which means you will have to pay 3% for 30 years! If you are planning to teach or have any other civil service job and have not already joined the NYS retirement system....DO IT NOW!

Just some words of advice... Cary

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