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Charitable Engineer

St. Paul’s alum to be honored

The De La Salle School recently announced that St. Paul’s School for Boys alum and long-time De La Salle School benefactor Douglas Valerio will be the honoree at the 12th Annual Spring Gala. The event will be held on Friday, May 16 at Chateau Briand in Carle Place and will run from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  

Douglas Valerio is vice president and partner at Mason Industries, Inc., a world-wide leader in noise, vibration and seismic control. He was born in Germany, and attended Garden City’s St. Paul’s School before going on to attend and graduate from Maritime College with a degree in ocean engineering and a Merchant Officer’s license in 1984. Valerio started working with Mason Industries, first in engineering, then sales, then as the New York representative, and now as vice president and partner. Mason Industries has worked on most of the acoustic and vibration-sensitive construction projects worldwide, including all of the world’s tallest buildings and most of the world’s performing arts centers.

Since 2009, Valerio has served as a member of the board of trustees of The De La Salle School. He has been a generous supporter of the school and its students, including his leadership as chair of the gala committee in 2012. The Munich native has been a multiple student sponsor for many years and is a key benefactor of the Graduate Support Program, including providing a $15,000 matching grant for the De La Salle’s Triple Your Impact initiative. This past year, Valerio has donated time, expertise and provided significant funding for the newly-renovated gym floor at the school.  

This munificent benefactor’s generosity, success and personal dedication makes him a unique role model for all De La Salle gentlemen and a fitting and distinguished gala honoree.

Donations derived from the 12th Annual Gala honoring Douglas Valerio help build The De La Salle School Scholarship Fund. Freeport’s De La Salle School is a scholarship middle school in the Lasallian tradition, serving young men from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. To purchase event tickets and/or sponsorships, please call Jeanne Mulry at 516-379-8660, or go online to www.DeLaSalleSchool.org

News

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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