Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00
On Thursday evening, Aug. 5, approximately 30 individuals representing various organizations throughout Hicksville met at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Public Works Building in Syosset to say thank you to Val Pakaluk and wish her well as she relocates to Florida.
Hosted by emcee Joel Berse, the evening featured many speeches from various politicians as well as community leaders and representatives of a variety of community organizations.
Pakaluk served two separate terms as president of the Hicksville Community Council, including being the immediate Past President. She is also the current president of the Hicksville Library Board and she is also the current treasurer of the Hicksville Boys & Girls Club. Val is also very active with the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, where she has volunteered numerous hours throughout the years in assisting them in various functions such as the Hicksville Street Fair.
For her steadfast commitment to the community and its residents, Val was honored when the Town of Oyster Bay named her a Woman of Distinction. Additionally, Val has also been a conduit for many organizations as a liaison to several of the local politicians serving the Hicksville Community.
Assemblyman Michael Montesano spoke kind words about Val and presented her with a citation on behalf of the New York State Assembly. Legislator Rose Walker presented Val with a citation from Nassau County. Legislator Walker also had very touching words and commentary on all of Val’s contributions to the Hicksville community throughout the many years, as well as expressing the regrets that County Executive Ed Mangano and Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker could not be in attendance due to other pressing county matters.
Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia was elegant in speaking about Val’s accomplishments and contributions to the Hicksville community and also delivering a message from Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto who could not be in attendance. Councilwoman Alesia also presented Val with a citation from the Town of Oyster Bay.
Additional speakers were Stan Kobin (Community Council), Tom Bruno (Boys & Girls Club), Beth Dalton (Chamber of Commerce), Bob Koenig (Historical Society) and Joel Berse, Tom Pfeiffer and Subudah Batra (Civic Associations). Bonnie Keyer prepared a beautiful collation for Val and the invited guests.
“Valerie has been so essential to the Hicksville community. Her devotion to the Hicksville Community Council proves this. She was also part of the beginnings of the Historical Society. She has aided others and myself too many times to mention. She will be missed dearly in Hicksville,” said Bob Koenig.