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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

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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