JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16 - 2009 April 19

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



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POSITRACTION: Blind high school runner


From the Los Angeles Times
Blind high school runner, and her team, are a sight to behold
Simi Valley Royal High senior Alyssa Rossi, blind since birth, is able to compete thanks to the help and sacrifices of teammates.
Bill Plaschke

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In Simi Valley, across a grassy field in the lengthening shadow of nearby hills, they ran together.

Two girls, side by side, stride for stride, connected by the stretched cotton of a gray belt and the giant arms of innocence.

One girl is blind.

The other girl is teaching the rest of us to see.

One girl, Alyssa Rossi, born without vision, is the newest senior runner on the Royal High track team.

The other girl, Nicole Todd, is the sophomore teammate making this possible.

Rossi runs a mile, Todd runs with her, gently guiding her with the gray belt that is connected to a thicker black belt around Rossi’s waist.

When Rossi slows, Todd forsakes her own training schedule and slows.

When Rossi speeds up, Todd runs even faster to watch for bumps and curves.

When Rossi grows breathless and has to stop, Todd stops too, even if the sophomore could use more work.

“At first I wondered if this was the best thing for me,” Todd said. “Then I realized, this is not about me.”

She smiled, and you want to wrap the sports world in this smile, one born of the basic instincts of teamwork, one that glitters with the very best of sport.

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[JR: It’s a great gift. Who gave and who received?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 12 2009 12:37 PM

MNews: Jasper (Golf) Open 5/4/9

More info: 718-862-7454

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 11 2009 4:11 PM

JEmail: Toner, Mike (MC1972) disagrees with my endnote

Re: JASPER JOTTINGS Week 15 - 2009 April 12 ENDNOTE

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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, considered by some to be one of the few pro-life Democrats in Congress, is defending his repeated votes for international abortion funding.

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Or pretend to be deciding for people in other countries. It’s “genocide on the quiet”!

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Dear John,

I believe the vote was a good one. However, I believe that people of good will can debate that point ON ITS MERITS and not by simply demonizing it as a vote to fund abortions - which it definitely was not. The vote allowed funding to go to organizations which offer abortion counseling among other services. Now you can certainly argue that this allows other money to be used for abortions etc - but you can’t make it sound like the vote was - up or down - shall we use taxpayer money to fund abortions in other countries. As our great Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan pointed out - everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own set of facts…

Thanks, as always for your much appreciated JJ work…

mike toner
buffalo, ny
bee ‘72

[JR: I took the liberty of pruning the endnote. And, I appreciate the response. Gets lonely here in the "VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM". That being said, I think we disagree. First, as a little L libertarian, I have to object to my money being used to fund anything overseas. Second, one can not segment services offered saying a little genocide is OK. Third, since the D's are now back in control, we are going to have more of the "sacrament of abortion", we have to start fighting now on every "trivial" vote. On the merits, funding overseas imperialism even if it's supposed to be charity and any taint of immorality poisons the whole "pool". Philosophically, even if Casey wants to donate his OWN money to such a charity it calls into question his "catholic" credentials. (That's the thrust of the endnote.) Voting to use MY money does even more, imho. That's the facts. The vote WAS to use my taxes to offer abortions overseas. I find it reprehensible on so many levels, it makes me sputter. As you can tell. We'll
have to agree to disagree agreeably on this one.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 12 2009 2:07 PM

JFound: Rose, Howard [MC????] candidates Teaneck BoE


Saturday, April 11, 2009
Profiles of the Other Three Board of Education Candidates

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The most recent issue of the Teaneck Suburbanite included an item providing profiles of the other three candidates for the Teaneck Board of Education. Voters will choose three candidates from the six running for office to fill three-year terms of office as well as voting on the budget for the 2009-10 school year. Click here for a consolidated article at the Suburbanite’s web site with profiles of all six candidates.

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Howard Rose

Howard Rose, of Northumberland Avenue, is a 29-year township resident. He is the owner of Brier Rose Books on Cedar Lane and for more than 25 years was an administrator at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Cardozo School of Law and other academic institutions. He has a bachelor’s degree from City College and a master’s in counseling from Manhattan College. Rose serves on the planning board and the financial advisory board and is a member of the board of directors of Teaneck Comes Together. Both of his children attended the district schools, K-12.

Rose believes that his background in academic administration, which includes fiscal management, will be an asset to the board.

He favors curriculum reform but prefers to build on existing programs rather than fashion new ones.

“Instead of trying to re-invent the wheel, we should be greasing the axle of the wheel we have already in order to facilitate student instruction,” he said.

The ACT Initiative is a step in the right direction, Rose said, but he seeks greater accountability, noting that for several years the board has informed residents that the results are not yet available. “Change unmeasured is change unconfirmed,” he notes.

Rose also seeks to improve communications between the district and parents. “We need to spark a sustained dialog by ongoing programs that teach parents the educational skills to engage their children.”

Posted by Alan Sohn at 10:12 PM 

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Rose, Howard [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Apr 12 2009 3:47 PM

MObit: Kane, Thomas Jr. [MCatnd] found


Ex-Grumman test pilot, executive Thomas Kane Jr. dies
BY REID J. EPSTEIN | reid.epstein@newsday.com
    10:23 PM EDT, April 12, 2009

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Tom Kane traveled around the world on Navy ships and selling military aircraft for Grumman Corp., but he was always a Long Islander at heart. Kane, 75, died Saturday after a brief battle with lung cancer at Christa House in West Babylon.

Born Aug. 13, 1933, in Hempstead, Thomas Joseph Kane Jr. graduated from Hempstead High School and briefly attended Manhattan College in the Bronx before moving to Bay Shore and starting work at his father’s import-export company on Wall Street.

While commuting to work on the 7:33 a.m. Long Island Rail Road train from Babylon, Kane met Jane McGinnis, who took the train to an uptown ad agency.

On Oct. 20, 1956, they married.

“That’s how we got to know each other, on the train,” Jane Kane said Sunday.

“We figured out that we were the same background, both Irish, and had the same interests. It just was meant to be.”

After the wedding in Babylon, Tom and Jane Kane drove his Buick from Long Island to Southern California, where for three years he served at Navy bases and aboard the USS Princeton, from which he flew Navy fighter jets.

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[JR: Attended but not graduated. The War Years? Did that play a role? Married for 43 years. Interesting. Obviously his time at MC was important to someone to mention. We'll never know.]

Kane, Thomas Jr. [MCatnd]  

[JR: Attendees recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers".]

Guestbook: None cited

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 13 2009 2:16 AM

PRAYERREQUESTED: Jasper’s child now needs to gain weight

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… … other worry is her weight – she really needs to put on a few pounds!

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Thank you for your continued support and prayers for Caitlin and our entire family. We cannot thank you enough and hope that you know just how appreciative we are for all your kindnesses and thoughtfulness. Happy Easter!

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[JR: While a long way from out of the woods, it appears that the requested "colon" prayers have been effective. (No need to give God's credit to the docs. They are His instruments.) Now we need some "gain weight" prayers. (Another problem I've never had!) Your kind attention please. Let's get the little girl the prayers that she needs. As requested.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 13 2009 2:49 AM

JUpdate: Shaw, Tom (MC1992)

Shaw, Tom (MC1992)

    North Jersey, NJ
    * Manhattan College ‘92
High School:
    * Bishop George Ahr / St Thomas Aquinas ‘88

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 13 2009 10:41 AM

JFound: O’Bannon, Deb [MC????] does Water Water Radio Show


Water Water Radio Show

Join Deb O’Bannon, a University of Missouri-Kansas City civil engineering professor, as she explores water issues with Kansas City-area policymakers, experts and community members. See how water issues are affecting our economy, health, roads, homes and environment. Tune in to or stream online “Water, Water Everywhere” at 9:30 a.m. CST Sunday mornings on KCMO Talk Radio 710.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Marlborough Stormwater Demonstration Project (USEPA) - April 5, 2009

Listen as Dr. Deb O’Bannon discusses the USEPA Marlborough Stormwater Demonstration Project with Dr. Scott Struck of Tetratech. The project, also known as Target Green, is focused on using Green Solutions in an urban area to reduce stormwater inflow to the combined sewer system. Please visit the projects website for more information and updated research results.

About the host of “Water, Water Everywhere”

Dr. Deb O’Bannon

   For 20 years, Deb O’Bannon has taught civil and mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from MIT, a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College in New York and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. She is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a fellow of the Society of Women Engineers. O’Bannon is involved in several Kansas City-area water projects, such as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-supported green solutions project and the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Wet Weather Solutions Program.

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 13 2009 6:29 PM

JFound: Fahey, John Michael Jr. [MC????] in a real estate listing


National Geographic CEO trades Georgetown 5BD for $4.85M
by Frank Lee, published Apr 13, 2009 · ShareThis

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John Michael Fahey, Jr., and his wife, Heidi, sold a five-bedroom, 5.5-bath home at 1513 30th St. N.W. in Georgetown to Abraham and Yudith Peled for $4.85 million on Feb. 17.

The Faheys bought the property for $3.95 million in Aug. 2005. The 3,852-square-foot house was built in 1900.

Mr. Fahey has been the president and chief executive officer of the National Geographic Society since 1998. He joined the organization in 1996 as president of the National Geographic Ventures, which includes the company’s television programming and Web site.

He previously was chairman, president and CEO of Time Line, Inc., a Time Warner subsidiary. He was named as one of the Top 100 Marketers by the Advertising Age and one of the 100 Top Irish Americans by American magazine.

He received his engineering degree from Manhattan College and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1975.

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Fahey, John Michael Jr. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Apr 13 2009 10:28 PM

JObit: Schmidt, George C. [MC????]


George C. Schmidt

SCHMIDT - George C., of Lindenhurst. Born November 6, 1934, entered into rest April 13th, 2009. Graduated from Manhattan College. Served in U.S. Army Reserves. Retired in 1996 as Plant Security for Grumman Aerospace. Proud Eagle Scout since 1949, member of K of C, OLPH Council 794, OLPH Holy Name Society and St. Vincent de Paul. Long time active member of B.P.O. Elks, Massapequa Lodge #2162. Survived by his wife of 50 years Lorraine. Cherished father of Christine and Rob Lee, Buddy, Jeanne Bayley, John and Cathy Schmidt, Mary and Michael King, William and Dawn Schmidt, and Diana and Lenny Scorcia. Beloved grand-father to Casandra, Samantha, Keith, Erin, Thomas, Allison, Suzanne, TJ, Matthew, Jeremy and Michelle. Viewing Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9pm at Johnstons’ Wellwood Funeral Home, 305 N. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst. Funeral Mass Thursday 10am at OLPH Church in Lindenhurst. Interment at St. John’s Cemetery.

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Schmidt, George C. [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/dhywcq

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 14 2009 8:48 AM

MObit: Famularo, Jack [MCxfac]


Dr. Jack Famularo

FAMULARO Dr. Jack, of Mahwah, NJ, formerly of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2009 at his home. He will forever be missed by his family. However his love will remain with them for the rest of their lives, for he was the cornerstone of the family and brought much joy into their lives. Jack married Jeanne in 1955, and together they raised three loving daughters who gave them four beautiful grandchildren. Jack’s greatest joy was seeing the success and happiness his children and their families achieved and spending many family vacations together. He received his Doctor of Engineering Science Degree from New York University, and served his country during the Korean War stationed at the Army Chemical Center in Maryland. He retired from teaching in 1996, after a distinguished career as a Professor of Chemical Engineering at N.Y.U. and Manhattan College, where he was voted “Teacher of the Year” by his students for several consecutive years. He also was a consultant for Exxon, Mobil Oil, and Hydroqual. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, his daughters Lisa Famularo of Red Bank, Donna Troop and her husband Michael of Ramsey, Gina Springer and her husband Chris of Mahwah, and four grandchildren; Jennifer and Melissa Troop and Kristen and Kyle Springer. Jack is also survived by his brother Richard and his wife Carol of Monroe, NY, and was pre-deceased by his parents Tony and Mary Famularo. Visiting, Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ www.vpfh.com. Funeral Service Friday, 10:30 AM at the Funeral Home. Private family burial will be held on Saturday. In memory of Jack Famularo, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, via the website: www.michaeljfox.org or mailed to Michael J. Fox Foundation, Attn: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, New York 10008-0780.

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Famularo, Jack [MCxfac]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/dbccc9

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Dear John,

   I believe that Jack was a Prof at Manhattan.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Apr 14 2009 8:54 AM
    * Updated: Wed, Apr 15 2009 6:58 PM

JEmail: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) produces a t-shirt

To one and all: My internationally acclaimed calligraphy portrait of President Obama, which has been featured in leading publications in Britain and Germany, is now available on a t-shirt! Just $19.99! (TV’s “magic price”.) Check it out at http://www.cafepress.com/newbreen.288379142. Thanks, Jerry Breen

[JR: Jerry, we'll statistically 52% might want one. But just as folks complain when you skewer the politicians, I'm sure 48% will complain too. Impressive result. I'm not for honoring any politician given my stance on gooferment. Even the Dead Old White Guys were wrong thinking they could keep the tyrants locked down with a piece of paper. Lysander Spooner. Hope you make a million anyway. And, as always, I'm a cheerleader for anything Jaspers do. No matter how misguided. :-) My book being my most notable stupidity. ROFL. Good luck with it.]

[JR: Note about format. I've decided, subject to the feedback of the readership, to stop copying the email headers in the message. A lot of work for little value. Comments?]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 15 2009 8:46 AM

JNews: Kosch, James [MC1977] Managing partner, LeClair Ryan, Newark


Erin Brockovich, take a step back
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Last updated: Wednesday April 15, 2009, 8:38 AM

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Attorney James Kosch of Allendale, a partner in LeClairRyan of Newark, was a young lawyer at McCarter English in Newark about 25 years ago when a senior member of that firm decided someone ought to “learn this environmental stuff.” Kosch was the youngest guy at the table, and the senior member pointed to him and said, “You!”

Since then he’s developed a specialty for cases related to environmental issues, including toxic-tort defense, “green” construction, alternative energy and nanotechnology.

Last year he joined the Newark office of national law firm LeClairRyan. It wasn’t the first time his path crossed that of LeClairRyan founder Gary LeClair. They had faced each other on the football field in high school, when LeClair played for Northern Valley-Old Tappan and Kosch played for Hawthorne.

Kosch, 53, has been involved in numerous community organizations in Bergen County, including serving as president of the Allendale Recreation Commission and vice president of the board of trustees of the John Harms Center for the Arts.

He spoke with The Record recently about his football connection, issues in environmental law, and his all-time favorite lawyer movies. (Interview edited and condensed for space.)

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Managing partner, LeClair Ryan, Newark

His business: Attorney specializing in complex environmental, toxic tort, product liability, construction and commercial litigation.

His background: Bachelor’s degree, Manhattan College, 1977; law degree, Seton Hall University, 1981; 28 years as a litigator in New Jersey at McCarter & English, Newark; Waters McPherson McNeil, Secaucus; and Reed Smith, Princeton. He joined LeClairRyan in 2008.

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Kosch, James [MC1977]

[JR: In the story, he alludes to a MC connection to the movie "My Cousin Vinnie".]

[JR: Networking note, he and the boss went to high school together. And, people snicker at my continued attempts to link Jaspers together. Schools are your best way to make connections that last a lifetime. imho!]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 15 2009 11:50 AM

MObit: Taylor, Mark [MCfac]


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[JR: From Twitter and Facebook, I've found that he was "favorite Manhattan College literature professor", who passed away suddenly.]

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UPDATE 20090416

Friends and Colleagues,

Here is the information regarding Mark’s wake. He will be cremated; the subsequent visitation at the funeral home is as follows for Friday 17 April, 4-8 PM:

Hannemann Funeral Home 88 South Broadway Nyack, NY 10960 845.358.0573

The family also plans a memorial on campus on a weekend in early May. In lieu of flowers, they are requesting donations to the Mark Taylor Fund at Manhattan College. Donations should be directed to the Office of College Relations.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Apr 15 2009 10:19 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Apr 16 2009 7:38 PM

JObit: Greene, Samuel J. [MC1958]

Grace Feeney (MCstf) messaged me.

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From: Joe Centofanti
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 3:55 PM
Subject: BG Sam Greene

I just received notification that BG USAF (Ret) Greene just passed away after a long bout with cancer. Sam graduated from Manhattan College in 1958. He also attended Cardinal Hayes High School.

I worked for Sam in the Pentagon from 1977-1979. Great guy!!

Joe Centofanti
Venice, FL

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Samuel J. Greene

GREENE SAMUEL J. GREENE Brigadier General USAF (Ret.) Of Springfield, VA on Monday, April 13, 2009 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. He leaves behind his loving wife Fran Gedra Greene and six children from previous marriages, Marguerite (Bill) Thompson of Hacienda Heights, CA Stephanie (Bernd) Bruenner of Ventura, CA Theresa Seeley of Ventura, CA Glenn Greene of Santa Monica, CA Kristin (Chris) Marshall of Sacramento, CA and Samuel E. Greene of Washington, DC a brother John from Rumford, NJ and six grandchildren, Thomas, Erik, Victoria, Zachary, Mariya and Liz. The family will receive friends at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032 on Friday, April 17 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 8800 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA 22003 on Saturday, April 18 at 11a.m. A Mass will be held at the Ft. Myer Chapel on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow in Arlington National Cemetery with Full military honors. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to The Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231 Washington, DC 20090-6231 or the Maryknoll Fathers, P.O. Box 301 Maryknoll, NY 10545-9989. Obituary and directions: www.fmfh.com .

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Greene, Samuel J. [MC1958]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/cdctqp

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 16 2009 10:37 AM

JNews: Ferrarese, Michael D. [MC1992]


Legal eagles
By: Melissa Stagnaro, Sun Staff Writer
Published: April 16th, 2009

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NORWICH – A few years after we graduated from college, one of my best friends went to Brooklyn Law. He used to call me late at night when he finished studying. (As I was two time zones away in Colorado, I think I was probably the only person he knew who was up as late with the exception of his classmates.) Every time we talked, he’d tell me that he thought I should go to law school, too. I’d laugh at him and tell him he was out of his mind. But secretly, the idea appealed to me. I just didn’t want to admit it.

As it turned out, it wasn’t John (who is now, incidentally, an assistant district attorney in the Bronx) who finally gave me a sneak peek at what it’s like to be a lawyer. That dubious honor went to another Manhattan College grad: Michael Ferrarese of Lee, Emerson and Ferrarese in Norwich.

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Michael D. Ferrarese
Lee, Emerson & Ferrarese, LLP
35 West Main Street, P.O. Box 711
Norwich, New York 13815


Practice Areas Real Estate; Trusts and Estates; Corporate Law; Business Law; Elder Law; General Practice
Education Albany Law School, J.D., 1999, Manhattan College, B.S., 1992
Admitted 2000, New York

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Ferrarese, Michael D. [MC1992]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 16 2009 3:48 PM

JEmail: Keenan, John F. (MC1951) speaks

FROM: Kelly Dantuono
Today at 4:23pm

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Hey everyone! I am sure you all are busy finishing up your semester but the law society has alot of good stuff coming up in the next week or two.

FIRST: Tuesday, April 21
Honorable Judge John F. Keenan ’51 Speaker
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Alumni Room – Library 1st floor

Trip to Brooklyn Law School!!!
Friday, April 24th
Meet at 242st Subway
Depart at 12:30pm
All expensives paid and pizza after!
Email, facebook, text, tell in person Kelly Dantuono
**You have to let me know soon bc brooklyn needs a headcount and list of names! A bunch of people are already signed up…it will be fun!!

April 29th time is t.b.a
Anyone who wants to run for a board position that is when elections will be held (and there will prob be pizza there too)!!

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 16 2009 9:56 PM

JFound: Jasper, “Meagan” [MC2009]




I will be graduating from Manhattan College this May with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, concentration in Global Issues.

My current GPA is a 3.2.

I have been the recipient of the Dean’s Award Scholarship during my studies at school.

I was a member of Manhattan College’s 2008 United Nations Delegation for which we won an Honorable Mention for our team and also placed with Best Position Papers.

I studied abroad during the Fall 2008 semester in Paris, France.

I am looking to work with women’s rights, especially in other countries where they are especially limited.

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Jasper, “Meagan” [MC2009]

[JR: Can anyone identify our fellow alumni?]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 17 2009 10:56 AM

MFound: Coffee anyone?

Event: Casa del Cafe
   “Coffee house with flavor”
What: Benefit
Host: L.O.V.E. Dominican Republic (II)
Start Time: Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00pm
End Time: Thursday, April 23 at 12:00am
Where: Jasper Lounge

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 17 2009 12:51 PM

JUpdate: Dombrowski, Paul (MC2001)

Dombrowski, Paul (MC2001)

* Manhattan College ‘01 
* Environmental Engineering
High School:
* Floral Park Memorial High School ‘97
    Project Engineer
Time Period:
    June 2004 - Present
    Wakefield, MA

I am a Project Engineer with experience in hazardous waste site investigation and remediation, including designing and overseeing various in-situ remediation technologies (chemical oxidation, enhanced bioremediation, thermal). I also have experience with design and build for water/wastewater projects and in performing wastewater process design calculations.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 17 2009 5:35 PM

REMEMBERANCE: Conway, Joseph P. [MC1951]

[JR: One of the corporal works of mercy, beaten into me by the good Nuns and Brothers of my youth, is "to bury the dead". Internet style that translates to the J & M Obits here. I put a little canned message in each guest book both to remind myself I've published it here, give some solace to the families, and connect with our fellow Jaspers who visit. From time to time I get appreciative feedback. As part of the process, I get told when the GuestBook is being taken down. I usually take a quick look just to see and say a quick prayer. Today, found a pearl.]

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You received this e-mail because you signed the Guest Book for Joseph P. Conway at CapeCodOnline.com. The Guest Book for Joseph P. Conway will go offline soon. The Legacy.com Guest Book for Joseph P. Conway will remain online until April 23, 2009, after which it will no longer be available to read or add an entry. The Legacy.com team wants you to be aware of this should you wish to visit, print, or sponsor the Guest Book to keep it online longer.

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Conway, Joseph P. [MC1951]

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March 30, 2009

Fellow Alum, St. Margaret’s of Riverdale, Manhattan Prep, Manhattan College: Have not seen Joe since our infamous summer of ‘53. During spring break, 4 of us…Joe, Paul Higgins, Tom Walsh & myself travelled to Spring Lake, NJ to scout job opportunities for the summer. Returning home to Riverdale empty handed, we met again one Fri. in early June to try our luck @ jobs in Cape Cod. Joe negotiated the purchase of a ‘32 Ford convertible, w/a rumble seat, for $50 (partnership) & we left the next morning for the Cape. Unsuccessful at finding jobs commensurate w/our experience & talents, we returned to Riverdale & immediately headed for another try at Spring Lake. Joe landed a waiters job @ the Warren Hotel, Paul as a bartender @ the “Sandpiper” in Sea Girt & T. Walsh & I as lifeguards on the beach. It was a grand & glorious summer, which is burned indelibly & favorably in my memory bank. Joe’s roots were deep in Riverdale & is now assured safe passage when welcomed by Mick O’Hagan at the Pearly Gates.

George P. Reilly
San Jose, California

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[JR: Submitted for your consideration as a joyous memory of our fellow alum.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 18 2009 9:20 AM

Comment on MObit: Taylor, Mark [MCfac] 

By MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick

My sincere condolences to Dr. Mark Taylor’s wife Anya, his sons, and his entire family.

I had communicated with him only recently so I am shocked and saddened at this news.

Does anyone know where he will be waked or where flowers/donations in his name may be sent?

I will remember him, and his brilliant words, forever.

MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick
(MC 1989)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 16 2009 11:26 AM

ENDNOTE: When will the Church protect the modern day serfs. 

April 18, 2009 · No Comments


Could St. Louis lose its Catholic hospitals under new federal abortion legislation?
By Tim Townsend

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A proposed bill promising major changes in the U.S. abortion landscape has Roman Catholic bishops threatening to close Catholic hospitals if the Democratic Congress and White House make it law.

The Freedom of Choice Act failed to get out of subcommittee in 2004, but its sponsor is poised to refile it now that former Senate co-sponsor Barack Obama occupies the Oval Office.

A spokesman for Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the legislation “is among the congressman’s priorities. We expect to reintroduce it sooner rather than later.”

FOCA, as the bill is known, would make federal law out of the abortion protections established in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling.

The legislation has some Roman Catholic bishops threatening to shutter the country’s 624 Catholic hospitals — including 11 in the Archdiocese of St. Louis — rather than comply.

Speaking in Baltimore in November at the bishops’ fall meeting, Bishop Thomas Paprocki, a Chicago auxiliary bishop, took up the issue of what to do with Catholic hospitals if FOCA became law. “It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to sell them to someone who would perform abortions,” he said. “That would be a morally unacceptable cooperation in evil.”
But even within the Catholic community, there is disagreement about the effects FOCA might have on hospitals, with some health care professionals and bishops saying a strategy of ignoring the law, if it passes, would be more effective than closing hospitals.

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[JR: When will the Church protect the modern day serfs. Not with “social justice”, that’s for sure.]

[JR: Sorry, but war is war. At some point in time, the “moral majority” has to put a stake in the ground. Didn’t do it with education. Didn’t do it with sex abuse. Didn’t do it with taxation. Didn’t do it with abortion. Didn’t do it with CINO politicians and communion. When do they fight the “tyranny of the King”? (Wrong century!) We need Holy Mother Church as an ally to us serfs!]

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