JASPER JOTTINGS Week 13 - 2009 March 29

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Everything is on the inet


Yiddish Literature Goes Online

From the Internet Archive Post by Brewster Kahle:

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   Over ten thousand Yiddish texts, estimated as over 1/2 of all the published works in Yiddish, are now online based on the work of the National Yiddish Book Center, volunteers, and the Internet Archive. We are excited that a literature of a people is being made available.

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Is the internet the Library at Alexandria of modern times? Or the Tower of Babble.

Jottings wouldn’t be possible without it.

Positives and Negatives?

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 22 2009 1:37 PM

JFound: Baxley, Charles E. (MC1952)


Home » Communications and Media » Hart, Baxley, Daniels & Holton Entertainment Law

Hart, Baxley, Daniels & Holton Entertainment Law

   * Saturday, March 21, 2009, 9:12

   * Communications and Media

Law Firm in New York, New York

Contact Information

Phone: 212-791-7200

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Location: 90 John Street, Suite 309, New York, New York 10038, (New York Co.)

Hart, Baxley, Daniels & Holton practices in the following areas of law:

Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law, Computer Software, Entertainment Law, Civil Litigation, Patent Infringement, Unfair Competition, Appellate Practice, Contracts, Intellectual Property, Restrictive Covenants, Breach of Contract, Privacy Law.

Firm Size: 2

Charles E. Baxley (Member) born Brooklyn, New York, October 3, 1930; admitted to bar, 1958, New York, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1972, U.S. Supreme Court; registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Education: Manhattan College (B.S. in C.E., 1952); Columbia University (M.S., 1954); St. John’s University (J.D., 1958). Phi Alpha Delta. Member: American Bar Association; New York County Lawyers’ Association; New York Intellectual Property Law Association; International Trademark Association; New York Professional Engineers Society; American Professional Engineers Society. Languages: French, Spanish, and Hebrew. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Patent, Trademark, Entertainment and Copyright Law; Patent Infringement; Unfair Competition; Appellate Practice; Contracts.

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Baxley, Charles E. (MC1952)

[JR: Interesting. For some reason, Google thinks this is "new". And Jasper Baxley is 79 years old. Still lawyering? Interesting: net, Google, and what's "new".]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 22 2009 2:37 PM

JNews: Van Zandt, Brett [MC????] wants a botanical gardern?


Gardens of delight need study
First published in print: Sunday, March 22, 2009

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This column is a bald-faced attempt to work up a little interest in what struck me when I first heard it as a fabulous idea for a major new attraction for our region.

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I just love this idea, which at the moment is being cautiously peddled to important people who might be able to do something about it by its originator, Brett Van Zandt. He’s a local, 37-year-old grant writer and Manhattan College graduate who fell in love with the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Not surprisingly, he is getting polite encouragement, but little else. He has no money. So far, he has no access to any, either.

Last week, Van Zandt brought the idea to Carol Ashe, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and to Tom Alworth, the agency’s deputy commissioner for natural resources. A master plan for the future of the Saratoga State Park is being created, and one of the ideas under consideration after Van Zandt’s urging is the botanical garden. It’s unrealistic for Parks to tackle anything like this without Van Zandt bringing substantial funding to the table. Still, Alworth called it “an intriguing idea.”

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Van Zandt isn’t discouraged. He gets it. And he has the burning zeal of youth. He speaks of providing the sort of attraction that would supplement and rival our best, like SPAC and the flat track, and help keep fleeing college graduates closer to home.

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But as I belabored already, this is only an idea for now. The next step for Van Zandt is to raise about $150,000 for a formal feasibility study. Then we’ll watch the seed and see what happens. Unquestionably, this will take time, but good ideas like good seeds are hard to come by, and worth nurturing.

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Van Zandt, Brett [MC????]

[JR: Not really sure if he's a Jasper. And, getting government money to do it? Better to go private. If it's a good idea, why not get 15,000 to each pony up $100 for the study. Bet it could be done cheaper. I don't like forcing taxpayers to pay for his dream. He doesn't need them. imho!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 22 2009 3:37 PM

JUpdate: Giamelli, Joseph L. (MC1997)

Joseph L. Giamelli

Networks:   North Shore Long Island Jewish HS   New York, NYSex:    MaleHometown:   Irvington, NYRelationship Status:   Married

Grad School:
    * New York Medical College ‘02
    * M.D.
    * Manhattan College ‘97
High School:
    * Iona Prep ‘93

Employer:   North Shore Long Island Jewish HS
Position:   Pediatric Cardiology Fellow
Time Period:    July 2006 - Present
Location:    New Hyde Park, NY

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 22 2009 4:37 PM

JObit: Crispino, Jerry L. [MC1952]

From: “McEneney, Mike (MC1953)”
Date: March 21, 2009 8:25:02 PM EDT
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Obit

Dear John,

   Today’s NY Daily News has an Obituary for Judge Crispino, ‘52.

   Also at pages 32& 33 there is a 2 page spread on The Riverdale Dinner. In describing where they are located, the story reads:

“. . . one block from Van Cortlandt Park and Manhattan College.” We are now a Land Mark!


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Sat. 3/21 Death Notices

Saturday, March 21st 2009, 4:00 AM

CRISPINO-Jerry L., N.Y.S. Supreme Court Justice of Pelham Manor, N.Y. passed away on March 20, 2009 after a long and distinguished life as a Public Servant. He is survived by his beloved wife for 57 years Marguerite, children, Nina Crispino-Messina and Louis Paul Crispino and granddaughter Felicia Marie Messina. Family will receive friends at the YANNANTUONO FUNERAL HOME, 584 Gramatan Ave., Mt. Vernon, N.Y. on Sunday & Monday, 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. Mass of Christian burial Tuesday, 10:30 A.M. Blessed Sacrament Church, New Rochelle, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Center.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 22 2009 5:37 PM

JEmail: Tighe, Don (MC1954) remembers the Basketball Scandal

From: “McEneney, Mike (MC1953)”
Date: March 22, 2009 5:43:13 PM EDT
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Fw: Basketball scandal

Dear John,

   Bill grew up just around the corner from me and we drove buses at Riverdale together. He has a great memory.


—– Original Message —–

From: D.W.Tighe
To: McEneney, Michael F.
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2009 5:38 PM
Subject: Basketball scandal

Mike, I cannot find an email address to send this to “Jasper John”, so I would appreciate your passing this on.


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I’ll add an anecdote to the Basketball Scandal story:

I was a junior or senior at the time, and lived in a 2-family house in Woodlawn with my Mother. The owner of the house lived upstairs, and he was an NYPD detective.

At about 6a.m., I was pulling out of the driveway to go start my “schoolbus driver route” for Riverdale Country Day School, and my neighbor was just coming home from “work”. He waved to me to roll down the window, and he said he had story for me. He showed me his fist, and said that his fist had just decked the main gambler who had tried to “buy” Junius Kellogg - Kellogg went to a meeting with the gambler in a bar in midtown, and as he “took” the payment envelope, he gave a pre-arranged signal - my neighbor had been watching for that signal, and as the gambler came out of the bar, my neighbor, who had a cigarette hanging from his mouth, asked him for a match - when one hand went into his pocket to get the match, my neighbor laid him flat!! That was his story, from his lips to my ears - I can still hear it! I have to believe it was a true story, and happened as he said it. In those days, the rules were different.

Bill (Don) Tighe, 54B

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 22 2009 8:15 PM

JFound: Ryan, Burton T. Jr. (MC1971) speaks 3/24 7PM at MC

Subject: Life as a Prosectur: A Career in Public Service TONIGHT!!!

Life as a Prosecutor: A Career in Public Service

Burton T. Ryan, Jr. ‘71

Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Capalbo Room – DLS 300

Mr. Ryan received a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law (1975) and a B.S. in Economics from Manhattan College (1971). He has been a prosecutor on the local, state and federal level for over thirty years and an adjunct professor at St. John’s University Law School for six years where he teaches trial advocacy. Mr. Ryan’s areas of specialties include: long-term complex multi-agency investigations involving both corporate and criminal enterprises; international and domestic anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, anti-kickback compliance; corporate compliance in tax and government contracting.

Refreshments will be served

Sponsored by the Thomas More Law Society

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 23 2009 10:54 AM

JFound: McCord, Marjorie Cote (MC1997) has a 3/17 part


Confessions of a party crasher

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I’m not usually much of a party crasher, but I made an exception this weekend. While visiting my friend Liz and her husband Kent in Connecticut, I tagged along with them to a party they’d been invited to back over the border in New York.

The party was an annual one, hosted by Marjorie and Greg McCord in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Despite the fact that Jorie and I went to college together, shared a shore house for a few summers in those post-college years and even played supporting roles in Liz and Kent’s wedding, I’ve never before managed to wangle an invitation to the much anticipated yearly event. But with Liz and Kent on the guest list, I saw my chance.

And now that I’ve been once, wild Irish horses (if there are such a thing) won’t keep me from crashing it again next year. (Jorie and Greg: Consider yourselves forewarned!)

Now, don’t be misled by my Italian surname. I trace more than half my heritage to the lush green isle from which St. Patrick chased all those pesky snakes centuries ago. And between my family, friends and four years at Manhattan College (the fact that the school’s colors are kelly green and white should tell you something), I’ve celebrated the occasion with the best of them. Or so I thought. Nothing I have ever experienced has compared with the holiday celebrated McCord style. It was truly the (Irish) creme de la creme of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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McCord, Marjorie [MC????]

[JR: I can’t id the author. Help?]

MMcC writes: “Marjorie Cote - Class of 1997″

McCord, Marjorie Cote (MC1997)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 23 2009 10:20 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Mar 27 2009 2:52 AM

JObit: Conway, Joseph P. [MC1951]


Joseph P. Conway

EAST ORLEANS — Joseph P. Conway, of East Orleans, died on March 22, 2009.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Louise; loving father of son, John Conway, and daughters, Elizabeth West, Anne Gamble and Ellen Macleish; and grandfather of Abigail, William and Thomas Conway, Angus and Camilla West, John, Alex and Lucy Gamble, Ramsey, Cameron and Sionna Macleish.

Mr. Conway was a law partner at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and played an integral role in the expansion in the 1980s of Cahill’s corporate and securities practice. He graduated from Manhattan College and Columbia Law School and served as an officer in the Navy, with tours of duty on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.

Relatives and friends may call on Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, Conn., and are then invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, Conn., at noon.

Contributions in his name may be made to the Robert J. Christen History Lecture Fund at Manhattan College.

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Conway, Joseph P. [MC????]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/cjjmyd

[JR: Grace Feeney (MCstf) messaged me: " Conway, Joseph P. [MC1951] "]

[JR: Thanks, Grace. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 24 2009 7:38 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Mar 24 2009 1:14 PM

MFound: Two Jaspers Get Red Hats in 1924


McNamara’s Blog
Musings of a Church Historian from Queens, New York

Tuesday, March 24, 2009Jaspers Get Red Hats

Today in 1924 marks the day that two members of Manhattan College’s Class of 1889 were elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals, Archbishops George W. Mundelein of Chicago (1872-1939) and Patrick J. Hayes (1867-1938) of New York. Both were born in Manhattan but studied for different dioceses: Mundelein for Brooklyn and Hayes for New York. Both became Chancellors, Auxiliary Bishops, and first president of their diocese’s preparatory seminary (in both cases they were named Cathedral College). In 1915 Mundelein left Brooklyn for Chicago, where he served for 24 years and built some 600 churches, schools, hospitals, convents and orphnages. In 1919 Hayes became Archbishop of New York, where he made New York Catholic Charities the first in the nation. Mundelein started an international incident in 1937 when he referred to Adolf Hitler as a “cheap paperhanger.” After his death, Hayes had a high school named after him, Cardinal Hayes in the Bronx. Mundelein didn’t get a school, but he did have a college and a town named after him north of Chicago: Mundelein, Illinois.

Posted by Pat McNamara at 5:57 AM

A Queens native, Pat wears several different hats: historian, archivist, professor, author and lecturer. Since 2000 he has been an Archivist for the Brooklyn Diocese. In 2003 he received his doctorate in Church History from Catholic University. He teaches history at St. Francis College, Brooklyn. He has also taught Church History at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, and at Immaculate Conception, Huntington. He has authored, co-authored and contributed to five books on American Catholic History.

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Dear John,

   I was over at the College today for open house for prospective students and their parents

   While standing in the Rotunda speaking with Brother Thomas, some one asked about the portraits of the two Cardinals. Brother related that, outside of Italy, Manhattan is the only College that has had two Cardinals named at the same time!



[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. It's hard to find fact like that. MC is unique in so many ways.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 24 2009 10:04 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Mar 26 2009 4:33 AM

JFound: Lenihan, Phil [MC1957] looking for parade coverage

bobdunsire.com » Forums » General Discussion » Beer Tent » St Patrick’s Day Parade Simulcast

Phil Lenihan
Holy smoking keyboard!
Loc: Cupertino, CA

Each year I search for a way to see the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade, without going back to NYC. That’s my home town and I have marched in it during high school, Power Memorial Academy, and College, Manhattan College.

I found that the Philadelphia parade will be simulcast:



CBS 3 (KYW-TV) is proud to broadcast the 239th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the second oldest parade in the country, live, Sunday, March 15th, 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. on CBS 3 and streamed live for viewers across the country and around the world on www.cbs3.com. The Parade will rebroadcast on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17th, 11:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m. on The CW Philly 57 (WPSG-TV).

I know the Travel Channel carried it live a few years ago. If anybody comes across any listings for simulcast or live national TV please let me and the forum know. I’m sure the Philly Parade will be fun to watch.

I did go to TV Guide for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, and found the only full parade coverage in my area is on WNBC-DT, Channel 392 on Direct TV, which is not part of my package.

Cheers! Phil


Phil Lenihan - Piper

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Lenihan, Phil [MC????]

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Dear John,

  I find a Phil Lenihan in the class of 1957.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Lenihan, Phil [MC1957]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 24 2009 11:09 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Mar 26 2009 4:33 AM

QUADRANGLE: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Quadrangle Email Edition
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Riverdale Weather: HI 47 / LO 29 Sunny

Relay for Life Celebrates, Remembers and Fights Back

Relay for Life will kick off its all-night fundraising festivities April 4th in Draddy Gym. Participants will band together in hopes of raising $50,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS) during this battle of the sexes themed event. Relay for Life promotes fundraising and awareness of cancer.

In This Issue:


Communications Students Attend Magazine Conference

On March 6th, 17 students accompanied by Dr. Kim Trager-Bohley, ventured downtown to the Time & Life Building on 50th and 6th Avenue to attend the third annual “Find Yourself in Magazines” Insight Conference. The conference was thought as quite successful amongst those who attended from MC. 

    * Kicking it Old School
    * MC Professor Publishes New Book
    * The Future of Iraq


Domestic Abuse is Okay for Celebrities?

I’m nowhere near a die-hard fan of Chris Brown, but I’ll admit it, ‘Forever’ was the soundtrack of my summer. Presently, whenever I hear that particularly catchy tune, I not only change the song, I feel guilty knowing the fact that my 99 cents were given to a wife-beater.

    * Point/Counterpoint

St. Patrick’s Day at MC

March is here and that means St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. With this day of fun returns the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So grab a green sweater, bake some Irish soda bread and join MC as they march down 5th Ave. The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the oldest and longest running parades in the world.

    * Lending a Helping Hand Across the Street


City Watch

The drama heats up once the crew returns from Miami. This was an exceptionally tough week for Whitney, and viewers are sure that she would much rather be lounging in the sun than stuck in the cold New York weather. Whitney learned this week that not only is the temperature cold in New York, but so are the people. 

    * Souther Hospitality: Fried Fun


Jaspers Fall in MAAC Quarterfinal

Last Saturday, the Jaspers basketball team headed upstate to Albany’s Times Union Center to compete in the 2009 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championships. Unable to connect in end, the Jaspers were sent home following their quarterfinal game against the Fairfield Stags (17-15, 9-9 MAAC) where they went down 68-61.

    * Sports Briefs
    * Lady Jaspers on Fire, Defeat LIU

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 24 2009 8:43 PM

JObit: Felock, Joseph William Jr. [MC1955]


Joseph Felock Jr.

Colonel Joseph William Felock, Jr., 76, of Midwest City, OK, passed away March 23, 2009 at his home. Joe was born January 25, 1933 in Troy, NY to Joseph W. Felock, Sr. and Anna Hylwa. He grew up with three sisters in Watervliet, NY. He received his Bachelor’s in Accounting at Manhattan College and attained his Master’s in Management from the University of Arkansas. Joseph’s highly decorated career in the U.S. Air Force transported him all over the U.S. and further abroad. He served as a combat pilot in Vietnam and later as commander of an air traffic control operation. Following his military retirement, Joe was employed as an accountant by the city/county health department. He was an avid Oklahoma State Cowboy’s fan. Most importantly, Joseph’s family and grandchildren were the light of his life. He leaves behind 3 children, Joseph W. Felock, III, Debra Guthrie and Cindy Olsen grandchildren, Matt- hew, Gregory, Jennifer, McKenna, Christopher and Sarah 2 great-grandchildren, Kiara and Monroe his sisters, Bernie, Gerry and Donna and many dear friends including, George Hargett and Ivory Rose, his special caregiver. Services for Colonel Joseph William Felock, Jr. will be 10:00 am, Thursday, March 26, 2009 at T.A.F.B. Chapel.

Published in The Oklahoman on 3/25/2009

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Felock, Joseph William Jr. [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/dk6puo

[GraceFeeney: He graduated in 1955.]

[JR: Thanks, Grace. Much appreciated. ]

Felock, Joseph William Jr. [MC1955]  

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 25 2009 7:44 AM

JHQ: Dr. Salwa Ammar As Next Dean Of Business


March 23, 2009

Manhattan College Names Dr. Salwa Ammar As Next Dean Of Business

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Dr. Salwa Ammar has been named the next dean of Manhattan College’s school of business, effective July 1. Ammar will replace Dr. James Suarez, who will step down from his position after 18 years.

Since 2006, Ammar has served as dean of LeMoyne College’s school of management. During that time, she successfully led the school’s initial accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Ammar has been a highly regarded teacher at LeMoyne, where she earned tenure and promotions to associate and full professor. She served as director of the management science program, and associate director and director of the M.B.A. program.

As a business consultant, Ammar has evaluated the financial management of large cities and New York State school districts. She is the author of numerous academic papers, including articles applying to “Monte Carlo Simulation” and “Fuzzy-Rule-Based Systems.” In addition to her standing on many LeMoyne College committees, she is a member of several Syracuse, N.Y., organizations, including the Management Council, Syracuse Community-Campus Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Northside Assets Development Initiative and the Northside Collaboratory.

Ammar received her bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom. She earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in decision and information services from the University of Florida. She has taught a variety of courses in management science and operation management since 1986, both at the undergraduate and M.B.A. levels.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 25 2009 12:57 PM

JHQ: The Hudson River The Key to America Revolution 4/7 PM


March 23, 2009

Manhattan College’s Robert J. Christen Program Welcomes Col. James Johnson, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Hudson River Valley Institute to lecture in full Revolutionary War uniform.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Col. James Johnson, Ph.D., executive director of the Hudson River Valley Institute, will speak at Manhattan College on Tuesday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Presented by the College’s Robert J. Christen Program in Early American History and Culture, the event is free and open to the public.

Johnson will deliver the lecture The Hudson River: The Key to America in the American Revolution dressed in full Revolutionary War uniform. The event also commemorates the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson, an English sea navigator who explored the New York City region and the river that would later bear his name in 1609.

As the military historian of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Johnson is responsible for the institute’s American Revolutionary interpretive theme. Author of Militia, Rangers, and Redcoats, Johnson received his Ph.D. from Duke University and teaches courses at Marist College. A retired Army colonel, he is an expert on the War for Independence in the Hudson River Valley and has written numerous essays and articles on the subject.

Johnson served for 30 years in the U.S. Army before retiring in 1999. In his career, he completed two tours overseas in the Federal Republic of Germany and one in the Republic of Korea. During the second tour in Germany, he served as a staff officer at Headquarters, United States Army, Europe and as a battalion operations officer. He was a speechwriter for the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in the Pentagon and also taught for 15 years in two tours in the department of history at West Point.

More information about The Hudson River Valley Institute can be found on its Web site at www.hudsonrivervalley.org.

The Christen Program is named in honor of the late Robert J. Christen, a Manhattan College faculty member who served for many years on the Board of Education of the City of New York. For his many contributions to education, the Riverdale Public School 81 is named in his honor.

For more information about this event, please contact Julie Leininger Pycior, professor of history, at (718) 862-7126 or e-mail julie.pycior@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 25 2009 2:59 PM

JHQ: Vincent Desimone ’59 Keynote At MC’s Spring


March 24, 2009

Vincent Desimone ’59, Founder And Chairman Of Desimone Consulting Engineers, To Deliver Keynote Address At Manhattan College’s Spring (Graduate) Commencement

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College will award master’s degrees to students in the graduate programs of education and engineering, as well as bachelor’s degrees in organization management to students in the adult degree completion program, at its Spring (Graduate) Commencement on Wednesday, May 20. The ceremony will be held in the College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at 4:30 p.m.

During the ceremony, an honorary Doctor of Engineering will be presented to Vincent DeSimone ’59, founder and chairman of DeSimone Consulting Engineers.

Noted for his solutions to special structural problems, DeSimone has been cited on a number of occasions for his outstanding buildings in the United States and abroad. Among the domestic projects he has headed for his firm are: Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.; Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas; Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; Sofitel Hotel in New York; and Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.

DeSimone received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College and founded DeSimone Consulting Engineers in 1969. In addition to his significant professional accomplishments, he continues to serve as an industry leader. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member and past president of the Concrete Industry Board of New York City. He served as chairman of the Chapter on Optimization of Tall Buildings and was a professor of structures at Princeton University’s school of architecture.

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JHQ: NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly ’63 to deliver keynote


March 24, 2009

Manhattan College To Award Undergraduate Degrees At 167th Commencement

College to honor Br. Thomas Scanlan; NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly ’63 to deliver keynote address.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College will award close to 700 degrees in some 40 major fields of study from its five schools in arts, business, education, engineering and science at its 167th Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 17. Students who completed their studies in September 2008, February 2009 and May 2009 will participate in the ceremony in the College’s Draddy Gymnasium.

During the ceremony, Br. Thomas Scanlan, F.S.C., who will step down as president of Manhattan College later this year, will receive an honorary Doctor of Education. Ray Kelly ’63, commissioner of the New York City Police Department, will deliver the keynote address.

Scanlan, the College’s 18th and longest-tenured president, was inaugurated on October 29, 1987. Under his leadership, Manhattan College has undergone a transformation that has it currently recognized as one of the premier Catholic institutions of higher education in the nation. His presidency has allowed Manhattan to meet the increasing demands of education in the 21st century.

During his time in office, the College has seen a 120 percent increase in applications and a 100-point increase in SAT scores while achieving accreditations by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Five-year programs have been added in education and engineering, and a new major in computer engineering has been included in the curriculum.

Manhattan College has raised more than $225 million in two capital campaigns during the past two decades, and the endowment has increased tenfold. A second new residence hall will be completed later this year, with Horan and its new twin, East Hill Residence Hall, housing 1,250 students.

Kelly is the first person to hold the post of NYC police commissioner twice in his career. He was formerly senior managing director, global corporate security, at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Before that, he served as commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, where he managed the agency’s 20,000 employees and $20 billion in annual revenue.

From 1996-98, Kelly was Under Secretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department, where he supervised the department’s enforcement bureaus, including the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 25 2009 4:01 PM

MFound: Possible Jasper; Stagnaro, Melissa (MC1997) self-identified


Are you sure this is high school theater?

I had to ask myself that question last night as I sat in the darkened auditorium at Greene High School watching a dress rehearsal for the school’s spring musical, Beauty and the Beast.

I’m no novice to high school theatrical productions. While I’ve never starred in one of these shows, trust me when I tell you that I’ve attended more than my fair share. My mother, a true lover of musical theater, has been dragging me to productions up and down the Chenango Valley for much of my life. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve seen My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific (my personal fav) and the host of other shows which typically make the rounds on the high school stage.

While my years at Manhattan College afforded me the opportunity to take in a host of college productions and even a few Broadway and off-Broadway shows, local high school theater will always have a special place in my heart. And not just because it’s become something of a mother/daughter tradition.

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[JR: Who is this? And, is she a Jasper?]

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Stagnaro, Melissa (MC1997)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 25 2009 8:56 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Mar 26 2009 1:05 PM

JObit: Dunne, James F. [MC1974] reported?

From: “McEneney, Mike (MC1953)”
Date: March 25, 2009 10:10:36 PM EDT
To: “reinke, fjohn68″
Subject: Re: Is Jim Dunne a Jasper?

Dear John,

   I have a James F. Dunne in the Class of 1974.

   This could be him. He worked in Rochester.


—– Original Message —– From: “reinke, fjohn68″ <jasper@reinke.cc>

To: “McEneney, Mike (MC1953)”
Cc: “Grace Feeney (MCstf)”
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:35 PM
Subject: Is Jim Dunne a Jasper?


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

May he rest in peace

Uncle Jimmy’s dearest friend from Manhattan College, Jim Dunne,

died yesterday.

You may remember him from Mary and Ryan’s wedding.

He was such a good man.

Though I believe that Jim and Jimmy are together again,

please pray for his soul.

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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Dunne, James F. [MC1974]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 26 2009 12:47 AM

MObit: Spouse of Castiglione, Lorenzo [MC????]


The Evening Tribune
Wed Mar 25, 2009, 10:27 AM EDT
Colorado Springs, Colo. -

Donata (Dina) Castiglione, 87, died Sunday (March 22, 2009) at Namesta Alsheimer’s Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was born and raised in New York City where she met her husband, Lorenzo, who was attending Manhattan College. They were married in 1941 and lived in Hornell from 1947-2004. Her life centered around the love, care and support of her family.

She is survived by her husband, Lorenzo; two daughters, Donna (Patrick) Kopach and Carol (Joseph) Rallo of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sons, Lawrence (Colleen) of Wharton, N.J., and John (Marsha) of Corning; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will take place in Colorado Springs, Colo. Donations may be directed in her name to Namesta Alsheimer’s Center, 2 Penrose Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

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Castiglione, Lorenzo [MC????]

[JR: My condolences to our fellow alum, Lorenzo. I can't imagine what it must be like to be "un-mated" after 70 years. I notice that Jaspers tend to have long marriages. Wonder if that's an effect of MC?]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 26 2009 9:17 AM

MNews: MC missed a meeting


Schools’ leaders learn how to share
By Kate Pastor

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Virtually everyone invited came to the meeting; principals and parent leaders from public schools IN-Tech Academy, MS/HS 368; The David A. Stein Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy, MS/HS 141; PS 24, PS 81 and PS/MS 37; heads of The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Horace Mann and Riverdale Country School and The College of Mount Saint Vincent. Manhattan College was invited but was unable to attend.

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[JR: Too bad! Missed opportunity.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 26 2009 11:01 AM

MFound: Dinowitz is being honored tonight at MC?


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Good Day for Dinowitz

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Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is being honored tonight at Manhattan College for his work in passing legislation to combat human trafficking. The Norwood News wrote an editorial about Dinowitz’s role in 2007.

Also, according to the Daily News, Dinowitz will soon be introducing legislation that would put Community Education Councils under the jurisdiction of borough presidents rather than the Department of Education and the Bloomberg administration (the story is not on-line yet but we’ll post it when it is). The idea is to give the Councils more independence from the DOE so they can better hold the school system accountable.

Also, according to the Daily News, Dinowitz will soon be introducing legislation that would put Community Education Councils under the jurisdiction of borough presidents rather than the Department of Education and the Bloomberg administration (the story is not on-line yet but we’ll post it when it is). The idea is to give the Councils more independence from the DOE so they can better hold the school system accountable.

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[JR: Never heard anything about it?]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 26 2009 5:59 PM

JFound: Greco, Sr. Rosemarie [MC????] leads a walk on 6/7


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sunrise Labyrinth Walk at Wisdom House on June 7

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center will sponsor a sunrise labyrinth walk on Sunday June 7th beginning at 5:15 am.

Participants will greet the morning sun and walk the seven-circuit labyrinth to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Wisdom. There will be coffee and cake for participants following the walk. Rosemarie Greco, DW, Administrator of Wisdom House, will lead the program. Sr. Rosemarie holds an MA in Theology from Manhattan College and a Licentiate from the University of Dayton and Pontifical University.

There is no fee for the program but donations will be accepted. For further information, call Wisdom House at 860.567.3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Posted by At Wisdom’s Table at 1:21 PM

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Greco, Sr. Rosemarie [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 26 2009 10:17 PM

JNews: Downes, Thomas B. [MC1986] Hudson County HOF

From: “McEneney, Mike (MC1953)”
Date: March 26, 2009 11:17:35 PM EDT
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Thomas B. Downes, ‘86

Dear John,

   Today’s NY Daily News (3/26/09), at page 65, has a piece by Mighty Quinn, reporting that, among others, Tom Downes is being inducted into the Hudson County Hall of Fame tonight.

   The piece reads:

“Tom Downes; Class of ‘78 at Hoboken Catholic. Manhattan College broke 30K national record (1:35:56); Finished 22nd in NYC Marathon; New Jersey Golden Gloves Champion.”

   I believe that Tom is a member of the Class of 1986 at Manhattan.


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[JR: Great catch, Mike.]

Downes, Thomas B. [MC1986]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 27 2009 7:57 AM

MObit: Leroy “Lee” Layton MC Business Advisory Council


Leroy “Lee” Layton

LAYTON Leroy “Lee,” 94, a resident of Longwood FL, passed away on March 22. He was formally from Lansdowne, PA, Drexel Hill, PA, Franklin Lakes, NJ and New Smyrna Beach, FL. Upon graduation from Drexel University in 1937 he began his CPA career with Main and Company. He became partner in 1944 and was named managing partner in 1964. The company eventually became a large international CPA firm. Mr. Layton retired as a senior partner of McClintock, Main LaFrentz-International (now part of KPMG).Lee Layton served as President of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and member and chairman of the Accounting Principles Board. He earned the AICPA’s Gold Metal Award for Distinguished Service in 1975 and the John J. McCloy Award for outstanding contributions to audit excellence in 1990. He was a member of the board of directors of CIT Financial Corp 1976-1982. In addition to his career responsibilities, he took leadership roles in his church and community. He was an active member of Drexel University’s Board of Trustees1964-86, including terms as Chairman of its Executive Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Lee was a member of the Drexel 100 honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also a recipient of the A.J. Drexel Award for service and dedication to the University. He served as an advisory associate to the Division of Public Accounting at Rutgers University and as a member of the Manhattan College School of Business Advisory Council. Lee Layton was on the Board of Directors for the Accountants for Public Interest, Washington DC 1975-88, serving as President 1983-86. He was also on the Board of Directors of Accountants for Public Interest in NJ 1982-1988 and Spaulding for Children, Westfield, NJ 1983-1988. An Eagle Scout himself, Lee was also active as an adult in the Boy Scouts serving on troop, district and council levels. He was also involved in financial affairs for the Methodist Churches in Drexel Hill, Wyckoff and New Smyrna Beach. He also volunteered his assistance with the financial records for two condominiums.He is survived by his four children, Nancy McBryde of Longwood, FL, Marian Lloyd of Somerset, NJ, Carol Caffery of Woolwich Twp, NJ, Roy Layton of Mahwah, NJ, ten grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and a sister Anne L Berlinghof of Gwynedd, PA. He was predeceased by his wife Marian Hall Layton.A memorial service will be held in April at the Grace United Methodist Church in Wyckoff, NJ. To share a memory with the Layton family go to www.BaldwinBros.net. Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Service, One North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169.www.BaldwinBros.net

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 27 2009 8:16 AM

JNews: Moore, William “Bill” [MC????] school principal leaving in June


Holmes principal leaving in June
Moore had been at school since ’05
By Rebecca Bunch
The Chowan Herald
Friday, March 27, 2009

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EDENTON — The principal at John A. Holmes High School will be leaving at the end of June.

William “Bill” Moore, Holmes principal the past four years, tendered his letter of resignation on March 23. His last day of work for the Edenton-Chowan Schools will be Tuesday, June 30.

In the letter, Moore didn’t give any reason for his resignation.

He said he was “proud of the accomplishments of my team during the last four years.”

“I remain committed to always providing the best education for high school students so that they are successful in the work force and/or higher education programs,” he added.

In an e-mail to The Chowan Herald, Edenton-Chowan Schools Superintendent Allan Smith said Moore “has been an asset to the Edenton-Chowan Schools and has accomplished a great deal in his four years with us. We wish him all the best in the future.”

Moore outlined some of those accomplishments in a farewell letter to Holmes staff.

He said he was proud of the expansion of the advanced placement courses program that currently offers eight classes. Three others — AP Spanish, AP Music Theory and AP World History — are scheduled to begin in the fall.

He also praised Holmes staff for their efforts to increase community involvement in the school system, and for their dedication to their profession.

“Our staff has become recognized for the quality of education we offer daily,” Moore wrote. “We have had staff recognized as Chowan County Teachers of the Year for the past two years.”

One of those teachers went on to be honored as Regional Teacher of the Year, making it to the final nine teachers considered for N.C. Teacher of the Year. The other teacher was named N.C. JROTC Instructor of the Year and will compete for the national title this year.

According to Kerri Albertson, school/community relations director for the Edenton-Chowan Schools, Moore retired from the U.S. Army, where his highest rank was lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.

An educator since 1986, Moore worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal before coming to Holmes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Fordham University and two masters’ degrees — a master of science in social studies from Iona College and a master of science in school administration from Manhattan College.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 27 2009 6:40 PM

MNews: MC Fashion Student Association Friday 4/3 7PM in Smith


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THE MANHATTAN College Fashion Student Association will present “Sugar & Spice,” a special public fashion show, on Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., in Smith Auditorium. This event, which will help raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society, features student designers and models joining together for a fashion extravaganza. Ticket sales are currently underway and seats cost $5 per person. Manhattan College is located at West 242nd Street, just off Broadway. For directions, ticket reservations and more information, send an e-mail to mcfsa.directors@gmail.com.

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[JR: Who knew MC had a "Fashion Student Association"? And, who does their "marketing"? I'd have given them coverage if they'd sent it in.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 28 2009 11:02 AM

JFound: Bortolussi, Gina [MC????] is communicating


SOAP Notes
By Gina Bortolussi

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Perhaps one of the most important jobs for a Chiropractor is not to adjust a sore back, but to make sure that they record the most in depth SOAP notes as possible; SOAP being an acronym for Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan. Proper SOAP notes should contain a narrative that describes the patient, any findings from tests or examinations of the patient, a diagnosis of the patient and finally, a plan for treating the patient. Doctors are under an immense amount of pressure to make proper documentation, because if they don’t, insurance companies can investigate. However, there are billing services that can lessen that pressure.

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Gina Bortolussi is a graduate of Manhattan College and has her B.A. in Communications. She is currently focusing on research of modern Internet-based chiropractic office management solutions, such as Billing Precision (http://www.billingprecision.com).

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Bortolussi, Gina [MC????]

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Her work has been featured in Beyond Race Magazine and on its website, as well as cosmosgaming.com.


[JR: Hopefully, we'll see more from Jasper Bortolussi.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 28 2009 1:37 PM

JFound: Kraska, Jan [MC????] has two articles


Jan Kraska

Nerac Analyst Jan Kraska finds solutions related to electrochemical power sources as well as general technical processes and material applications for clients in various industries. Mr. Kraska offers experience as a hands-on troubleshooter and development engineer to help clients in process development, product design and manufacturing systems. Before joining Nerac, Mr. Kraska worked in technical documentation and as a product engineer at Duracell during the startup of the company’s consumer lithium battery manufacturing. At the facility, he helped implement the processes to document and manage the operation from startup to full production. At Kodak-backed Ultra Technologies, Mr. Kraska identified the product development problem and the solution for the flagship lithium 9-Volt product. Returning to Duracell, Mr. Kraska then served in a number of roles that included product, process and materials development. He also served as cathode pilot operations manager, technical project coordinator, firefighter, and supplier liaison. He played a significant role in a number of corporate initiatives including cathode process upgrade implementation, plant capacity expansions, new material supplier qualification, Ultra product implementation, performance improvement for large cell sizes and zinc powder facility expansion. Mr. Kraska holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College.

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Kraska, Jan [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 28 2009 3:37 PM

JEmail: Conti, Bob (MC1977) joins the MCAlumni Yahoo group

The following person would like to join the ManhattanCollegeAlumni group:

Comment from user:

My name is Bob Conti, and I graduated from MC in 1977. I’m interested in keeping in touch with alumni.

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Conti, Bob (MC1977)

[JR: Welcome. I'm interested in keeping in touch with alums as well. Hope you're more successful at it than I am.

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 28 2009 5:24 PM

JEmail: Mawn, Joseph (MC1963) pictures from the pilgrimage


Joe Mawn’s Photos - holy land pilgrimage

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[JR: And some young lady seems to be in a lot of the pics. Looks like a trip of a lifetime.]


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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 28 2009 5:45 PM

Comment on MFound: Manhattan College Featured in Nike Commercial

By Richard Lawrence

Good shot of Mike Konovelchick, 2006 and Jason Benton, 2004 on the sidelines. Clip is from the Mar 20, 2004 NCAA second round game at Raleigh.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 22 2009 9:02 AM

Comment on MFound: marching with Manhattan College 

By Richard Lawrence

I believe this was a very uncharitable reference to Ronnie Weintraub.

[JR: Oh, sorry, I didn't realize that. I'd have skipped reporting it. Not very newsworthy or charitable.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 22 2009 11:14 AM

Comment on JFound: Connor, James [MC1957] still leading 

By Bill Steponkus (MC1957)

Jim Connors, who led the Jasper contingent in the Naples,
Florida St. Pat’s parade, is a member of the Class of ‘57.
He also hosted a reunion party the night before at his house
which I attended.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 22 2009 5:21 PM
    * Updated: Sun, Mar 22 2009 9:19 PM

Comment on MFound: Possible Jasper; Stagnaro, Melissa (MC1997)

By Melissa Stagnaro

I am, indeed, a Jasper. Class of 1997.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 26 2009 11:15 AM

Comment on JFound: McCord, Marjorie Cote (MC1997) has a 3/17 party 

By Marjorie McCord

I am a Jasper (Marjorie Cote - Class of 1997)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 26 2009 10:46 PM

ENDNOTE: San Francisco Archdiocese gets “a taxed”


Assessor: Catholic Archdiocese owes millions
Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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(01-13) 20:49 PST — San Francisco will try to collect up to $15 million in taxes from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which is refusing to pay certain taxes on properties the church is transferring from one Catholic nonprofit organization to another.

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The archdiocese is not being taxed to make up for a budget deficit, Ting said. But he noted that since he took office three years ago, he has made a concerted effort to collect all applicable transfer taxes, especially those owed by corporations.

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Ahh, yes, secular progressives attack Holy Mother on Yet Another Front. FMPOV, it was allowing them to ge tin the “game” in the first place. IMHO the proper response is to attack every level of Gooferment with its own First Amendment. I’d use the Amish as the model. Make the Gooferment fight for every inch.

How else does Holy Mother Church retain her position to succor the People from the Tyrannical King?

Oh, this is “different”, it’s just about “paying one’s fair share”; right! Oh, you don’t think that’s its role? Or you don’t think we have “kings” here in the People’s Democratic Republic of the USA? Or, we don’t need any “succor”?

Sigh. Sheeple.

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