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Recently, the Town of Port Washington said goodbye to one of its most beloved citizens, Sergeant George Mahoney. Sarge, as he was known to generations of youngsters, was the man who built, shaped and led the PAL for many years. The PAL building that stands on lower Main Street is named after him, but it is just one small way we say thank you to him.

When the PAL began, it was with one purpose: to give the children of Port Washington a place to have group activities rather than hang out on street corners. Sarge, a Port police officer, set out and built baseball fields, basketball courts, boxing rings, pool tables and his beloved drum and bugle corps. Whatever the kids needed, Sarge provided. He always had a special place in his heart for children who were down on their luck or who began to show signs of making bad decisions. His huge frame housed an even larger heart.

The scope of what Sarge meant to this community ventures way beyond a building being named after him. The real tribute occurs each day as children with PAL uniforms play on those same fields that he helped create over 50 years ago. His dream still lives on because what George Mahoney really did was provide great youth programs for the youth of Port Washington, and those programs inspired us to do the same for our children and they will too for theirs. That is his true legacy, what he began has kept our community strong, passed the test of time and will continue to produce outstanding citizens for generations to come.

On behalf of the Port Washington PAL and all of its members, we salute Sgt. George Mahoney for his countless contributions to our town and to our lives.

Mike Leeolou


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