JASPER JOTTINGS Week 14 - 2009 April 05

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



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POSITRACTION: Capt. Sullenberger, another “Amazing Man”


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Airbus 320 pilot Capt. Sullenberger talks about the final moments before U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made a dramatic landing in N.Y.’s Hudson River. What a pro - if you missed this, it’s a must see.

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[JR: If you haven’t seen it, endure the commercials! All I can say is “hope my challenges are a lot lot smaller.]

“I was sure I could do it.” — U.S. Airways Flight 1549 Capt. Sullenberger

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 29 2009 1:37 PM

JObit: Zdrodowski, Chester A. [MC????]


Chester A. Zdrodowski
(Home News Tribune)

Chester A. Zdrodowski died Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Elms of Cranbury, Cranbury. Born on October 9, 1918, Chester was the youngest son of the late John and Stefania Zdrodowski. He was a life long resident of South River. Chester was a teacher and principal in the South River School District from September 1946 until retiring in December 1982. He served as Principal of the Willet School from 1959-1982. Chester graduated from South River High School in 1939 and while a student, he was a member of the Honor Group, Junior and Senior Class President and Captain of the Track Team in his senior year. In 1938, he was selected Center on the Group III All-State Football Team and later awarded a football scholarship to Manhattan College where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education. He later earned a Master’s degree in School Administration at Rutgers University. While matriculating at Manhattan College, Chester was President of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, and a member of the band, Guard of Honor and the Pen and Sword Honor Group. In 1943, he began a three year hitch in the U.S. Navy where he was a member of Gene Tunney’s Physical Fitness Program.

He and Amelia Luithardt were married in 1943 and on September 25, 1993, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Amelia passed away on October 30, 1993. Chester dedicated most of most of his life to recreation programs for the youth of South River. He was appointed director of the South River Recreation Center and for seventeen years, he taught children to swim at Bissett’s and Daily’s ponds. He organized Easter Egg hunts, Youth Groups, Saturday Night Rec Dances, High School Night every Wednesday night and a variety of summer activities. During his days off, he served as “early morning crew supervisor” at Island Beach State Park, a position he held for 24 years. He served as Mayor of South River in 1964-65.

For the past 45 years, he was a football official on the high school and college levels. In 1976, he worked the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. In 1977, at the age of fifty-seven, he was required to come off the field so he served as a college football game clock operator in Rutgers University and all college level football games at the Meadowlands. In 1981, he was honored as the recipient of the Distinguished American Award by Bill Denny Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Chester was a member of many clubs and organizations as well, which included the National Association of Elementary School Principals, NJ Principals and Supervisors Association, Past President of South River Education Association, NJ Education Association, National Education Association, Middlesex County Education Association, Life Member of the NJ Congress of P.T.A., Past President of South River Lions Club, South River American Legion Post 214, South River Elks, Polish Union of the USA Group 155, Charter Member of the Bill Denny Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, NJ Football Officials Association, Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, National Federal -Interscholastic Officials Association, South River Public Library, South River Baseball Old Timer’s Group, and South River Historical & Preservation Society.

He was predeceased by his wife, who died October 30, 1993; his brothers, Frank and Sigmund, and his sisters, Ann Cislo and Sophie Groboski. He is survived by his brother, Adam, of Hackettstown, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services and interment will be private at the request of the family. Arrangements were under the care of Rezem Funeral Home, 457 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ, 08816. For online condolences to the family or directions to the funeral home, visit www.rezemfh.com

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Zdrodowski, Chester A. [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/d24ho2

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JEmail: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) self-published “CHURCH 10●19●62″

Reinke, F. John (MC1968) announces: “CHURCH 10●19●62″ is done and available at: http://www.lulu.com/content/6078286

[JR: Just call me "F. John 'james patterson' Reinke! ROFL!!]

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My Dear Fellow Jaspers:

Fjohn68 proudly announces that his magnus opus: “It Started In Church - October 19th, 1962″

or more simply “CHURCH 10●19●62″ is done and available at: http://www.lulu.com/content/6078286

It’s published. OK, self-published. A vanity job with Lulu, the Print On Demand site. (That’s why there is a delay in getting your copy after you order. This ain’t Amazon or Barnes and Nobel. This is “cheap”. But the quality of the output is what you’d expect of a “real book”.)

Finally! For April Fool’s Day. Any “fools” want one?

It’s either a foolish joke or a touching story that I’ve had in my heart and head since I was an Eight Grader at Good Shepherd School in 1960. It’s an example of TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) fiction that I summarize as:

“An alternative future history. What might have been? If Nikta hadn’t blinked. If children were allowed to “be all that they could be”. If adults didn’t waste their time and attention on memes and paradigms that are insanity. If I’d known. Shoulda, coulda, and woulda! The human race’s millstone — obsolete thinking. Here’s what I think might have been possible.”

Suitable as a door stop, bug killer, or fire starter, it is 750+ pages or just under a half a million words directly from the mind of a hormone ravaged fat little kid in Catholic School some fifty years ago.

Any way it’s a cheap download or “reasonable priced” hardback. (Depending upon how you define “reasonable”. It’s all about the definitions; ike the word “is”.)

I invite your to read the result of a year’s work every morning from 5Am to 6 before I went to work. Back when I had a job. Just call me “fjohn ‘james patterson’ reinke”. (I think mine is better. It has my heart in it.) With the temerity of a kindergartner bringing home a masterpiece for the stereotypical Mom’s refigerator, please accept a humble offer. I’m sure you’ve seen more valuable “first editions”. You may even have some. But here’s a real rarity. Not valuable; rare. Mine!

Now before you drag out that red pen, please bear in mind, I’m just an injineer with a low index. I hope, that should you decide to read it, you’ll laugh, cry, and ponder. I know some of the characters have been distiled from the people I knew and know in real life.

Thanks your attention,

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 29 2009 8:13 PM
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JEmail: Morris, Joseph (MC1995) Re Brett Van Zandt (1994)

Re Brett Van Zandt (1994)

Joseph Morris
Today at 9:51pm

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Hi John

In the last Jaspers Jottings you mention Brett Van Zandt

I believe Brett was class of 1994, if that helps any

I actually wrote a song (”Best friend”) for my old MC buddy Brett and posted it at Youtube some time ago. Odd that!

Here’s the link if youre interested:


Be well!

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“Best friend” lyrics:

Remember the times
You’d be there
You were my friend
You were the best friend all those times at Jasper

Thinking of Wedge
all the poetry
the poetry you read
over on Broadway, Wave Hill plain as day
I would never be the same

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[JR: Thanks, Joe. Much appreciated. Helps a lot. And, although, I'd never be courageous enough to sing on YouTube. At least, not without a lot of adult refreshment. Enjoyed it!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 29 2009 11:54 PM

JEmail: Gamboa, Victor “silmizuno” Jr. (MC????) remember names MC bars

is trying to remember names of bars around Manhattan College. Any Jaspers that can refresh my memory.about 3 hours ago from fb2twitter

Victor Gamboa Jr

[JR: During what epoch?]
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Gamboa, Victor “silmizuno” Jr. (MC????)
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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 30 2009 4:17 AM

JBlogger: An unknown Jasper blogger?


Pay Attention, Father
March 30, 2009
“From The Ghetto” blog

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Father Dwight Longenecker is a convert from Anglicanism who is a priest in the Charleston, S.C diocese. He writes a blog (among other things) called “Standing On My Head”, or something like that. I’m not clear on details, and haven’t the ability to do, what are they called?, hyperlinks. (Help, anyone?)

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Now, I think I heard of Bultmann while I was taking Theology courses at Manhattan College back in the early ’60’s.

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[JR: An unknown Jasper blogger?]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 31 2009 8:09 AM

JNews: Leary, Tim [MC1968] inducted into NY Basketball HOF


SFP’s Leary inducted into NY Basketball Hall of Fame


St. Francis Prep coach Tim Leary has won 566 game in his 39 years at the Fresh Meadows, Queens school. Photo by Damion Reid

By Joseph Staszewski March 30, 2009

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – One of the rewarding parts of coaching for Tim Leary is the thanks he receives from former players.

“Those are the kinds of things you’re going to get,” Leary said. “You’re not going to make a million dollars teaching and coaching.”

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Leary played at St. Francis Prep with Kent, Bob Leckie, the former St. Peter’s College and Bishop Loughlin coach, and former St. John’s University star Sonny Dove, under legendary coach Chick Keegan. He then played both basketball and baseball at Manhattan College.

“He played the game very smart,” said Kent, who nominated Leary for the Hall of Fame honor. “He played the game like a coach. He had a good feel for the game.”

After graduation, he passed the NYPD test and planned on becoming a cop like many of the members of his family, but was not called right away. He was planning on getting married to his now-wife Claudia and took a teaching and coaching job at St. Augustine HS in Brooklyn. In the spring of 1968, Leary became the varsity baseball coach at St. Francis Prep, when it was still on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and eventually began teaching in the New York City public schools. He has recently retired. From there, he became the JV basketball coach at St. Francis Prep under Jack Prenderville and soon after took the head job.

“Even at the time that I started I thought I only was going be temporary,” Leary said.

He still considered the police force an option.

“Once I got into it,” he said. “I enjoyed it and kind of stuck with it and that was 40 years ago and it’s been a lot of fun.”

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 31 2009 8:19 AM

MNews: A WW2 vet has a Jasper connection


Veterans: Bellville man’s war memories include rockets, castles
By RON SIMON • News Journal • March 30, 2009

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BELLVILLE — For Leonard “Gene” Leedy, 86, service during World War II was more like a European travel tour than a war.

A 1940 graduate of Bellville High School, Leedy prizes a photo of the school’s football team.

“That’s me,” he said, pointing to one of the young players in the picture. “We had a pretty darn good team that year. Now there are only three of us in that picture left.”

After graduation, Leedy, who was dating Geraldine Clever, Bellville’s 1939 homecoming queen, went to work at the Tappan plant in Mansfield.

All that changed when he was drafted in early 1943.

Not long after completing basic training, Pvt. Leedy was transferred to Manhattan College in New York City to take the Army’s specialist training program.

“I think I did pretty well in the tests the Army gave me,” he said.

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Within a few months he and Geraldine Clever were married. The couple, together now for more than 60 years, had two children, Steve of Bellville and Becky Leedy Szymansky of Medina. Both are retired school teachers. There are six grandchildren, Leedy said.

Leedy retired after putting in 44 years at Tappan. He and Geraldine live in the hills above Bellville.

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[JR: Here's a neat MC connection. I don't understand what was done in those days.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 31 2009 10:24 AM

JNews: Genovese, Matthew S. (MC1993) for Jackson NJ election


Three Jackson residents rally under “Taxpayers for Education” campaign slogan, but who are they?
March 31, 2009 by pstilton

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As you drive around Jackson today and yesterday, there’s something different. There’s red signs posted about that say “Taxpayers for Education”. Who are these taxpayers for education and what is their agenda?

The ticket is being led by John Morvay, the lone School Board member who voted for parents and against administrative pay increases for district executive, now being hailed as the “Chief Education Officer” for the district by other campaigns. But who are these people and why should we vote for them?  

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Matthew Genovese

Raised in Jackson Township, Matthew S. Genovese is truly local color and a civil servant to our community. Matt has four children attending public schools here, Patrick in the 6th grade at Goetz Middle School, Meaghan in the 4th grade, Lindsay in the 2nd grade, and Michael in Kindergarten, all at Johnson Elementary School.

Matt graduated from Manhattan College in 1993 with a B.S. in Business Administration and double major of Marketing and Finance. Having worked in the financial industry, Matt returned to his hometown and is now a Realtor here in Jackson.

Matt’s Service to the community of Jackson Township includes: Safety Officer & Past Chief of Cassville Volunteer Fire Company, Deputy Coordinator–Fire, Jackson Township Office of Emergency Management, Jackson Township Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, Knights of Columbus Council #6201 (Bartley Road) 3rd Degree Knight, Member Jackson Township Chamber of Commerce, Delegate and Past Vice President Jackson Township Fireman’s Relief Association.

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Genovese, Matthew S. (MC1993)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 31 2009 4:29 PM

MFound: Manhattan Students Strike Over Star Pitcher

Under the Heading of “Times Machine” and “Times Traveler”


April 1, 2009, 12:01 am

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Manhattan Students Strike Over Star Pitcher
By William S. Niederkorn
Thursday, April 1, 1909

The students of Manhattan College were on strike all day yesterday after making a bonfire of the college’s wooden fence on Tuesday night, because the school president, Brother Peter, has refused to reinstate John P. Nugent, a freshman and star baseball pitcher. Nugent was expelled because he violated curfew and, according to a story making the rounds, because he was “impertinent to Brother Peter when asked to explain his absence.” Standing on a soapbox in the baseball field before a majority of the college’s 500 students, the student body president, John Harrington, defied requests for students to disperse, saying: “It’s true that Nugent got back to the college at 1 A.M. instead of 11 P.M. one night last month. But he had Brother Alpheus’s permission to do so, and Brother Peter, in demanding his resignation, didn’t consider this. Besides, we have our baseball schedule for the season all arranged. We play St. John’s next Saturday. Then we play Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell and Yale. If Nugent pitches, we have a first-rate chance of beating Yale and all the rest of the colleges this season.”

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About the TimesTraveler

To read a newspaper day by day from 100 years ago is like traveling through time. The times were very different then. Aeroplanes were in their infancy. The North Pole had yet to be reached. Women were struggling for the right to vote. But the theater was in its heyday. Railroad companies were flying high on the stock market. And the Giants were playing at the Polo Grounds. The Times was very different then, too. Much of it functioned like a bulletin board for events of the day, with many very short reports on subjects that haven’t been considered newsworthy for decades. Much of the discourse has a quaint tone, and some of it a distinctly lower level of consciousness. But much of it is delightful and engaging, and even enlightening. The TimesTraveler aims to provide a daily summary of the century-old paper, while through links it also offers a variety of entrances to the TimesMachine, where a complete centennial issue of The Times is available to readers every day. Thanks to the TimesMachine, we can imagine that The New York Times of a century ago has landed on our doorstep, and we can become well-informed observers of the era as events unfold. For post alerts, follow timestraveler on Twitter.

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[JR: At first I thought this was an April's Fool. Now I'm just confused? What's next a story about Manhattan Prep closing?]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 1 2009 5:14 AM

JObit: Murphy, Bernard A. [MC????]


Bernard A. Murphy

MURPHY Mr. Bernard A. Murphy, age 73, of Milford, beloved husband of Tatiana Murphy, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Connecticut Hospice, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Son of the late Bernard A. and Philomena G. Romano Murphy, he was born on December 30, 1935 in Yonkers, N.Y. Bernard was a customer service manager at Sikorsky Aircraft until his retirement and graduated from Manhattan College with a B.S. degree. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. In addition to his beloved wife, survivors include his six devoted children, James Murphy and his wife, Lisa of Alabama, Doris Mortimer and her husband, Kurt of Bethel, Sherri Hottin and her husband, Glenn of Oxford, Cathy Willey and her husband, Scott, Brian Stevens and his wife, Wendy and Kim Geer and her husband, Frank all of Milford; 15 loving grandchildren, Ryan, Danielle, Brendan, Sarah, Matthew, Joseph, Joshua, Sarah, Nicholas, Jake, Tiffany and her husband Mark, Shannon, Morgan, Frank and Emily; two cherished great-grandchildren Avery and Cooper. He is also survived by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Franklin and Tatiana Jones; sisters-in-law, Eileen Jones of Milford and Cynthia Tomaszewicz of Vermont; his uncle and aunt, Graves and Cecil Simons of Florida; four cousins, six nieces and nephews. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 in the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street on the Green, Milford from 4 to 7 p.m., with a service to follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial Contributions may be made CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or the Father Michael J. Mc Givney Center for Cancer Care, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511. www. codywhitefuneralservice.com.

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Murphy, Bernard A. [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/dx4fbm

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 1 2009 5:37 AM

JFound: Joe Rende, Joe [MC1983] College of Staten Island Foundation Board


College of Staten Island
Rende Joins CSI Foundation Board
March 31st, 2009

The Foundation of the College of Staten Island has announced that Joe Rende, Vice President of Energy Solutions Services, Metro New York, for National Grid, is the newest member of its Board of Directors. Rende was voted in by the Board at its meeting last December.

In 1985 Rende joined Brooklyn Union as a Management Trainee. Since then, he has progressed up through Brooklyn Union and later KeySpan Energy, holding Director positions in Key Account Sales, Long Island Regional Sales, and Corporate Marketing. He was promoted to his current position of Vice President Energy Solutions Services in July of 2007.

Rende was the recipient of the “40 under 40” Award (one of Long Island’s 40 rising stars under the age of 40 in 2001) from Long Island Business News, as he was responsible for doubling natural gas sales in the Long Island region. Rende has also received the Brooklyn Union Alchemist Award for leading the commercial sales team to record results in 1997.

Rende graduated from Manhattan College with a BME Degree in Mechanical Engineering in1983. He received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Long Island University in1989. He also attended Executive Education Programs at Columbia University School of Business for Sales Management and Competitive Marketing Strategy in 2000-2001.

In addition to his duties at National Grid, an international energy company that purchased KeySpan Corporation in 2007 to create the second largest utility company in the United States and one of the largest in the world, Rende serves on the Board of Directors for ACIT (Advancement for Commerce, Industry and Technology); SIEDC (Staten Island Economic Development Council); and BCC (Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce). On a national level, he serves as Vice Chairman for the Energy Solutions Center, a national organization consisting of all of the major natural gas utilities in the United States and Canada.

The mission of the CSI Foundation is to secure philanthropic support for CSI to reach its highest level of academic excellence as one of CUNY’s senior colleges and the only institution of public higher education in the Borough.

The success of the CSI Foundation is rooted in the generosity of the College family and the Staten Island community at large. Each year, the CSI Foundation proudly acknowledges each and every individual, corporate, and foundation donor in the CSI Foundation Annual Report.

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Joe Rende, Joe [MC1983]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 1 2009 6:19 AM

JFound: Carosi, Victor [MC1988] Greenburgh Commissioner Public Works


Tuesday, March 31, 2009
posted by Paul Feiner @ 3:39 PM 

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The Greenburgh Town Board has appointed Victor Carosi as the new Commissioner of Public Works, replacing Al Regula who retired after over 34 years of service to the town.

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Mr. Carosi has served as Director of Public Works and Village Engineer for the Village of Rye Brook since 1997. He is a past President of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers Westchester/Putnam Chapter. Mr. Carosi will start his service with the town on May 4th. Please welcome our new Commissioner.

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Young Engineer of the Year 1998, New York State Society of Professional Engineers
Westchester/Putnam Chapter.

B.C.E., Civil Engineering, May 1988, Manhattan College
A.E.S., Engineering Science, May 1986, Westchester Community College

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Carosi, Victor [MC1988]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 1 2009 8:27 AM

JObit: Chagaris, Guster [MC1941]

[JR: Grace Feeney (MCstf) messaged me: "Guster Chagaris ’41 died on Feb 14."]

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Chagaris, Guster [MC1941]

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Guster C. Chagaris

Guster C. Chagaris Left us on Valentine’s Day - the perfect day to celebrate the big heart and spirit he shared with all who knew him. He was dad, papou, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend. Most of all he was the loving and adoring husband of Irene, his soul-mate for 64 years. Dad had a great sense of humor, a contagious smile, and a twinkle in his eye. He was a man of integrity and service and his deeds and words were always loving and warm. He loved golf, playing cards and occasionally a good Manhattan. He loved his FSS trips with his two sons - a cherished tradition for many years. A CPA for nearly 40 years he was a mathematical whiz with a love of numbers. Gus served his country, a veteran and first lieutenant in World War II and the Korean War. He served his community as president of the Board of Directors of Mills-Peninsula Hospital 1969-1980. He was also the president of the N. Cal Hospital District Association and past president of the Kiwanis Club. A man of many gifts, he remains our inspiration. He was a long-time resident of Millbrae, age 90. Family and friends may call after 4 PM on Wednesday, February 18, and attend the Trisagion at 7 PM at CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, 194 Millwood Drive at El Camino Real in Millbrae. Funeral Services will be at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, 900 Alameda de Las Pulgas in Belmont on Thursday, February 19 at 11 AM, with Entombment to follow at Greek Orthodox Memorial Park in Colma. The family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, Belmont, CA.

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Guestbook: None

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 1 2009 1:44 PM

MFound: SavvyAuntie (Melanie Notkin) talks to MC Comm club


from “manhattan college” -marymount -”marymount manhattan college” -”borough of manhattan college” - Twitter Search by SavvyAuntie (Melanie Notkin)

Off to speak to students at the Manhattan College Communication Club! Ill tell them about my company and social media since they asked…

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 1 2009 5:28 PM

JFound: Cassidy, Richard [MC????]


Celebration Honors Two ‘Lindt Unsung Heroes of Autism’ Alongside Larger-Than-Life Lindt Gold Bunny Statue at the New York Palace Hotel

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Stratham, N.H., April 1 /PRNewswire/ — Lindt & Sprungli, the world’s leading producer of premium chocolate, and Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism research and advocacy organization, today celebrated their partnership and kicked off Autism Awareness Month with an event at the New York Palace Hotel. The event included an unveiling of a 12-foot Lindt Gold Bunny statue and was focused around honoring and recognizing two “Lindt Unsung Heroes of Autism.”

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Additionally, Lindt unveiled a grand-scale, 12-foot Lindt Gold Bunny statue at the event. The statue, designed by Richard Cassidy, a graduate of Manhattan’s College of Engineering, with the help of Mario DePalma, Dan Hochstein and his father Jim Cassidy, is made using an intricate silhouette filled with nearly 1,000 premium chocolate Lindt Gold Bunnies. During the event, “Lindt’s Unsung Heroes of Autism,” joined by representatives from Lindt and Autism Speaks, ceremoniously completed the statue by placing the last Lindt Gold Bunny pieces on the structure. The statue is located in the Grand Courtyard of the New York Palace Hotel and will be on display through Easter Sunday, April 12.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 1 2009 7:34 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) aerts of an alumni job search resource

From: “McEneney, Mike (MC1953)”
Date: April 1, 2009 11:17:04 PM EDT
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Alumni Jobs

Dear John,

The Alumni Society, through the National Alumni Council, has partnered with the Manhattan College Alumni Relations Office and the Office of Career Development in creating “Jaspers Helping Jaspers” Briefly,the Career Office lists available job openings provided by Manhattan Alumni, and in this difficult economic downturn, provides help for our unemployed fellow Alumni. Since late December, we have seen a 36% increase in the number of Alumni using these services. We urgently need more job listings. We ask all Alums to check with their HR department regarding any job opportunities and ask that you send this information to; bernadette.blocker@manhattan.edu. This information will be added to our Nacelink postings available to all of our Alumni.

If you could include this announcement in the next edition of Jasper Jottings I am sure our readers will respond.


[JR: Done. Well done!]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 2 2009 6:27 AM

JFound: Mariani, Paul [MC1962] Discusses Gerard Manley Hopkins


Author Discusses Devoted Study of Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Paul Mariani, Ph.D., has penned several biographies of poets, but as he said on March 31 at Fordham, none has moved him more than the Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins.

“I fell in love with his work,” Mariani said, recalling how he discovered Hopkins after trading assignments with a Manhattan College classmate who wanted to research William Butler Yeats.

“It was like a bond right from the beginning,” he told the audience that packed Tognino Hall on the Rose Hill campus.

Mariani, an award-winning poet and professor of English at Boston College, spoke about his studies of Hopkins, an innovative poet who was largely unknown while he was alive, but critically acclaimed after his death.

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Paul Mariani

The oldest of seven children from a working-class background, Paul Mariani was born in New York City in 1940 and grew up there and on Long Island. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College, a Master’s from Colgate University, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. He is the author of six poetry collections: Deaths & Transfigurations (Paraclete Press, 2005), The Great Wheel (W. W. Norton, 1996), Salvage Operations: New & Selected Poems (1990), Prime Mover (1985), Crossing Cocytus (1982), and Timing Devices (1979).

He has published numerous books of prose, including—most recently—Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius (Viking, 2002), and God and the Imagination: On Poets, Poetry, and the Ineffable (University of Georgia Press, 2002). Other books include A Useable Past: Essays, 1973-1983 (1984), William Carlos Williams: The Poet and His Critics (1975), and A Commentary on the Complete Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1970), as well as four biographies: The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane (W. W. Norton, 1999); Lost Puritan: A Life of Robert Lowell (1994), both named New York Times Notable Books of the year; Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman (1990); and William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked (1981), which won the New Jersey Writers Award, was short-listed for an American Book Award, and was also named a New York Times Notable Book of the year. He is currently at work on a biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Viking).

His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught from 1968 until 2000, and currently holds a Chair in Poetry at Boston College. Mariani and his wife, Eileen, have three grown sons and live in western Massachusetts.

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Mariani, Paul [MC????]

Dear John,

   I believe that Paul is a member of the Class of 1962.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Mariani, Paul [MC1962]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 2 2009 2:41 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 3 2009 4:29 PM

CARTOON: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) hits the G-20 summit


John: Here’s my latest cartoon, on the subject of the G-20 summit. While British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Obama are urging all the other leaders to use government spending to boost all the economies simultaneously, others, led by Germany’s Angela Merkel, are disputing the whole government “stimulus” tactic. (Although, oddly, Merkel has already committed $70 million in government spending, while Brown has so far only committed only $28 billion.) ?!? Go figure. - Jerry Breen

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Breen, Jerry (MC1971)

[JR: Thanks, Jerry. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 2 2009 9:06 PM

JUpdate: Mainolfi, Sylvio (MC1968)

Mainolfi, Sylvio (MC1968)

1975 - Present

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 2 2009 11:00 PM

MNews: Manhattan College Players 4/24-4/26


   “The Hit Rock Musical”

What: Performance

Host: Manhattan College Players

Start Time: Friday, April 24 at 8:00pm

End Time: Sunday, April 26 at 10:30pm

Where: Smith Auditorium, Manhattan College

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 3 2009 8:09 AM

JObit: Gregg, William Gerard [MC1950]


William Gerard Gregg

GREGG, William Gerard, 82, died March 29, 2009. Better known as “Bill,” he was a familiar personality at the Silver Oaks Community in Zephyrhills. Bill was known for his good humor and positive outlook on life. He always extended a warm hello and gracious welcome to the people who entered his life. He demonstrated great inner strength and an unwavering faith in God as he faced death, using his sharp subtle humor to help family and caregivers through this difficult time. He provided an outstanding example of personal courage for his family and friends, who will remember him with love and happiness. Bill graduated from Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, N.Y. He then attended Manhattan College for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served his country in France and Germany at the end of World War II. After the war, he returned to Manhattan College and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. Bill then began a career with the Bendix Corporation as an aeronautical engineer. He married Joan Claire Toohey and they spent the next 46 years together. They enjoyed their love for each other while raising three sons. After the death of Joan in 1998, Bill moved to Zephyrhills, where he met and married the second love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Lusk Abernathy. During their 10 years of marriage, they shared their love, faith, families, friends and a passion for golf. Bill is survived by his wife, Betty; his sons and their wives, William and Lois, Steven and Paree; grandchildren, Linsey (David), Lauren, Spencer, and Miles; and great-granddaughter Paige. A son, David, and wife, Joan, preceded Bill in death. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. April 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zephyrhills. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 12107 Majestic Boulevard, Hudson, FL 34667-2460.

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Gregg, William Gerard [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/df783j

[JR: Interrupted by WW2, he still comes back to MC. 46 years of marriage and another 10. Sounds like he lived a good life. What more can one aspire to? Rest in peace, my fellow alum.]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Bill is a member of the Class of 1950.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Gregg, William Gerard [MC1950]  

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 3 2009 9:21 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 3 2009 4:29 PM

JEmail: Carolyn E. Predmore (MCfac) wants to study alumni. Volunteers?

From: “Carolyn E. Predmore (MCfac)”
Date: April 3, 2009 10:38:52 AM EDT
To: fjohn reinke
Subject: Research on Work environment perceptions by Gen Y

Hi John,

I am looking for help with a research project that I am doing with Dr. Abdulahad, Dr. Goma and Prof. Manduley. We want to collect some survey information on how employers and employees look at the work environment. We would like to have the opinions of alumni/alumnae who have been out 1 to 10 years and then 20 to 30 years. If you are interested, please let me know what year you graduated and whether you view yourself as a manager or not. I will be able to email to you the survey. I have been asked by Br. Robert to present the results to the Alumni meeting/reunion in May 2010. I will be happy to give you the results when I get them. So I am asking for help from our social networking sources. So if you can put out the word in addition to the posting I have on Linked in and the one going out on Face book, that would be great.

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[JR: Jasper Jottings is always available to reach out to the alumni!]

Please format your message: Name, Graduation date, manager or not, email address. I’ll collect and forward to Prof P.

If you don’t trust me with that sensitive info, you can go directly to cpredmor in care of yahoo dot com.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 3 2009 12:51 PM

PRAYERREQUEST: Little girl doing better; long way to go yet


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There is still something amiss from a GI perspective, but MUCH better than before.

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We started the oral chemos at home, and thankfully they are going over OK.

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please pray for continued remission!

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[JR: OK, Jaspers, we need some "GI" and "remission" prayers for one little girl.

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 4 2009 7:43 AM

MFound: Manhattan College Democrats


Time: 2 - 4 PM
Day & Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
163 W 125th Street | PLAZA
(125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard)
New York, NY 10027

Guest Speaker(s): include Congressman Rangel

Join us on the 41st Anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. for a rally in support of the efforts to achieve our right to comprehensive health care reform by President Obama and his allies in Congress!

Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. - MLK, Jr.


New Yorkers for Change


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   * Manhattan College Democrats

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[JR: Sorry, but while I report this, I have to editorialize. If you the taxpayer did what Rangel did, then you'd be in jail for taxes. If you want to see government health care in action, look at the VA. When they get that right, then I'll listen! Argh! Maybe it's NOT our MC?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 4 2009 8:12 AM

JNews: Catalfamo, Chuck [MC????] honored


Two older Briarcliff firefighters take top honors

By Danielle De Souza • drdesouz@LoHud.com • April 4, 2009

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BRIARCLIFF MANOR - Chuck Catalfamo, 77, and Dhirendra “DA” Ashar, 63, are good friends who have shared “a lot of good memories” while spending their later years as volunteer firefighters.

Now they also share something else.

Catalfamo and Ashar were both awarded the Henry J. Kaufman Firefighter of the Year Award by the the Briarcilff Fire Company.

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Catalfamo, a Yorktown resident now, after living in Briarcliff Manor for 21 years, studied electrical engineering at Manhattan College in the Bronx and worked as a lithographic pressman for 30 years. He joined the fire company 20 years ago, after his daughter’s boyfriend encouraged him.

“As a kid, we all wanted to be firefighters, but being my size, I did not think about it,” laughed Catalfamo, who is 5 foot 6. “You don’t have to be 6-4. I never left since.”

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“If people want to volunteer, it is needed,” said Catalfamo. “You get more out of it than those you help and much more respect and self-worth.”

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Catalfamo, Chuck [MC????]

[JR: It's unclear if he graduated or just attended. Clearly, we see some of what I'd like think is a Jasper value -- service to others.]
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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 4 2009 8:21 AM

Comment on JEmail: Conti, Bob (MC1977) joins the MCA Yahoo group 

By Bob Conti

Hi Bob,

I’m a Brooklyn boy tranferred out to sunny Southern California after High School in 1956.
Just wanted to be the first to say good luck.

Bob Conti

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 29 2009 10:44 AM

Comment on MFound: WRCM Manhattan College Radio is online 

By Jimmy Legend

Who is the new sports guy? Does he know what he is talking about? Hs a good sports voice but need to hear more.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 1 2009 5:25 PM

ENDNOTE: Shame on MickeyD’s


Sombody Deserves a Break Today

February 19, 2009 10:05 AM  

Be a hero on your own time (VIDEO) When McDonald’s employee Nigel Haskett interceded to stop a man who was beating a woman in the restaurant, the assailant went outside, retrieved a gun from his car and shot Haskett – “multiple times,” as the employee stood at the door to keep the assailant from re-entering the restaurant. $300,000 in medical bills later, McDonald’s insurance says no dice: “we have denied this claim in its entirety as it is our opinion that Mr. Haskett’s injuries did not arise out of or within the course and scope of his employment.”

[JR: Argh! One has to wonder about corporate America. I hope that the Universe is kinder to this hero that MickeyD's is. Maybe some one can soften their heart. Mybe some blogosphere buzz? Hope my challenges are smaller and my efforts better received.]
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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"