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Obituary: Robert J. Valli, 76

Robert “Bob” Valli died May 30, at his home in New Hyde Park, after a three-year battle with brain cancer. He was 76. Valli was the consummate gentlemen, an accomplished businessman and enthusiastic volunteer.  He will be remembered by family and friends as an avid golfer, fitness enthusiast, tri-athlete, sailor, and most of all a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.  

 

Bob was born in Brooklyn in 1937, and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1956.  He received his BA from City College and his MBA with Distinction from New York University.   He was a member of the DKE fraternity where he met many of his lifelong friends.  Bob was a veteran of the United States Army and received the Soldier of the Cycle Award. 

 

Starting his career at Chemical Bank in 1965, he moved to Standard & Poors, Inc. and eventually was promoted to assistant treasure of McGraw-Hill in 1970.  Switching career paths in 1975, Bob ran for, and was elected to the office of Receiver of Taxes for the Town of North Hempstead.  He held that office for 16 years, returning to the private sector in 1992 with State Bank of Long Island.  Subsequently he was Vice President at HSBC, from where he retired in November of 2012.

 

As a strong advocate for community service, Bob, for the past 33 years, along with elected officials, bank employees, family and friends organized and participated in sing-a-long programs for countless organizations.   With his trusty guitar, he entertained at various senior centers and veteran’s hospitals brightening the holiday season for those in need of a smile.  

 

Bob was a longtime performer of the Herricks Community Players.  He was also a member of the Cellini Lodge, Sons of Italy in America, New Hyde Park Council of the Knights of Columbus and the New Hyde Park Runners Club.  He served on the board of the Suffolk County Girl Scouts and Our Lady of Consolation Foundation in West Islip.  He initiated and funded the Valli Family Service Award which benefits a graduating senior at New Hyde Park Memorial High School.

 

If anyone needed help, whether he knew them or not, Bob was there.  He was a truly special man.  When they say they don’t make ‘em like they used to, they are talking about Bob.  He is survived by his wife Barbara of 50 years, his children Robert Jr. and his wife Jill, Jennifer and her husband Peter, Christopher and his wife Molly, his five grandchildren, Robert III, Sophia, Pete, Ronan and Finn, his brothers Victor and Arthur along with nieces and nephews.

News

The Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees held their 2014-15 tentative budget hearing on Monday, April 7, where a proposed budget of $6 million was presented.

 

The appropriation represents an increase of $160,512 from the 2013-14 budget and a tentative tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.8 percent increase from last year.

 

“Working on this year’s budget was one of the hardest we’ve ever done,” Village Mayor Robert Lofaro said.

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 

 

Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.

 

“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”


Sports

Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make. 

 

Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more. 

 

“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”

 

For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches. 

Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field. 

 

Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice. 

 

Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - April 16

Kids Eat Free At Applebees - April 20

School Board Meeting - April 22


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