JASPER JOTTINGS Week 34 - 2009 August 22

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



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POSITRACTION: Silver lining


Poor economy drives down New Jersey divorce rate
by Joseph R. Perone/The Star-Ledger
Sunday August 09, 2009, 8:55 PM

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Couples in New Jersey are divorcing at a lower rate this year as the recession takes its toll on family finances and raises the cost of splitting up.

The number of new divorce cases filed during the first six months of the year fell 9 percent — to 28,579 — compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest figures from the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

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A small gift. A chance to perhaps reflect on the decision. The possibility of avoiding the disaster?

One can only pray.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 16 2009 12:37 PM

JFound: Lynch, Charles Andrew [MC1956]


Charles Andrew Lynch

OCCUPATION: chemicals executive
BORN: Brooklyn, January 6, 1935

BS, Manhattan College, 1956
PhD, University Notre Dame, 1960


Research chemist Esso Research & Engineering Co., Linden, New Jersey, 1960-65; research supervisor organic chems. division Federal Maritime Commission Corp., Baltimore, 1965-72, research manager industrial chems. division Princeton, New Jersey, 1972-74; executive vice president Am. Oil & Supply Co., Newark, 1974-80; tech. director, director sales & marketing, director research & business devel., vice president tech. Hatco Corp., Fords, 1981-95; with Calivera Consultant, 1995-; account executive New Jersey Commerce, Economic Growth and Tourism Commission, 1997-2006; retired

Creative Works

Contributor articles to professional journals; patentee in field (U.S. and foreign).


Member Am. Chemical Society, Society Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (chairman New York section 1980-81, 97-98), Ind. Lubricant Manufacturers Association (board directors 1985-88).


Son of Charles Andrew and Mary Martina (McEvoy) L.; Married Marilyn Anne Monaco, July 30, 1960; children: Nancy Callan, Cara Martina.

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Lynch, Charles Andrew [MC1956]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 16 2009 1:37 PM

MFound: Disparaging tweets found


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# Students.. If you want an EASY course of study, in a school that is the “Walmart of Education,” DO enroll at Manhattan College, in Riverdale about 12 hours ago

# Vomiting with disgust at Mahattan College’s decision to become MEDICORE, and make professors bend over and teach shitabout 12 hours ago

#NOW HERE THIS…. Manhattan College, in New York City, is telling Professors to “teach easier” or lose their jobs. What is that about?about 12 hours ago

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[JR: Hopefully not true? Any evidence of such?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 16 2009 2:37 PM

MObit: O’Sullivan, Patrick F. [MCatnd]


Patrick F. O’Sullivan

O’SULLIVAN, Maj. Patrick “Pat” Major Patrick F. O’Sullivan was born to John and Jane O’Sullivan of Queens, New York City. He was the youngest of three children and the only American born member of his family, He attended Manhattan College and worked as a law clerk while preparing for a career in law. During the Korean conflict, he enlisted in the Air Force where he worked as a mechanic, a navigator, a pilot, and instructor pilot during his twenty year career. Too tall for fighters, he flew C123’s, C130’s and many other aircraft, He served his country proudly flying combat missions in the Vietnam War, He was stationed at Naha, Okinawa, Japan, and flew in and out of bases in Southeast Asia, Pakistan and Europe, Patrick retired from the Air Force and continued with his education earning a degree in economics from his beloved alma mater, Ohio State University. He earned a business degree from Central Michigan University and his MBA from Georgia State University. He worked in personnel in the civilian world and taught accounting classes at DeKalb College before starting his career as a civilian with the United States Army. Handling budget concerns and contracting for the U. S. Army, Pat spent the next twenty-one years traveling to Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and many other locations in the Middle East, He earned the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and was honored by General Tommy Franks who presided over his second retirement.

Patrick was a devoted husband and father. He passed away quietly at home August 14, with his beloved wife of 46 years at his side. He is survived by his wife, Emily, his daughter Patricia, his two sons, John and Michael, his granddaughter Zadie Elizabeth, his son-in-law Eddy, Maureen, Geoffrey, Kathleen, and Kevin, nieces and nephews of New York. In Ireland, he is survived by nieces and nephews, Mary, Deidre, Gay, William, Kieran, Brendan and many grand nieces and nephews, In addition to family,

Pat cherished the many loving and loyal friends he made around the world. Family and friends will honor Patrick’s life at a memorial to be announced at a later date, In lieu of flowers, the family requests Patrick’s memory to be honored with donations for a cancer research organization or contributions to a financial aid scholarship for a faculty student or student of military parents at Woodard Academy of College Park, Georgia. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 3705 Highway 78, Snellville, GA. 30078

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O’Sullivan, Patrick F. [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: http://tinyurl.com/oxpq4k

[JR: I wonder what MC's impact was? I see some characteristics: 46 year marriage, lifetime of national service, life long learner, and ends with a scholarship. Makes me wonder. Makes me humble.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 17 2009 7:59 AM

PrayersRequested: A Jasper’s child could use some relief

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She continues to get oral chemo every night with a second chemo on Wednesdays. She tolerates it well enough most of the time, but gets nauseous in the mornings about once a week. Her tummy issues aren’t obsolete and she often has pain, constipation and bloating, but are manageable enough with Miralax.

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[JR: OK, my fellow Jaspers, we need some prayers for “constipation”. While it may sound flip, this is a little child we are talking about. So, I think we should be willing to try anything. And, if it impacts one Jasper’s child, it must impact many children. So, I’m for trying anything. Besides, doesn’t MC have a specialty of “sanitary engineering”?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 17 2009 8:24 AM

JUpdate: Rohrssen, Mike (MC????) lands with IBM


Rohrssen, Mike (MC????)

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I got a new job at IBM up in Fishkill.

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[JR: Congrats. I'm still trying to decide if I am "unemployed" or "retired" (again). Or just annoying. Any Fishkill Jaspers available to celebrate with Jasper Mike? I'd go, but there's no Jasper Jottings expense account.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 17 2009 9:24 AM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) reports Dolan, Peter [MC1949 RIP]

Dear John,

Peter Dolan, Class of 1949, Accounting major in the School of Business died last Friday while in Rehab after hip surgery.

It was sudden and unexpected.

Peter served in both WW II (in Japan) and in Korea. He was a Partner with Ernst & Young for over 30 years and after he left he started his own successfull consulting practice.

Peter was always ready to help someone in need.

In later years Peter and my brother Ed ‘59 were partners in Algonquin Associates, and did consulting and assisted in drawing up Business Plans for medum and large sized companies.

Peter was a great Jasper who will be missed!

He is being waked today Sunday from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at Allen Funeral Home, 3270 Franklin Ave., Millbrook, NY 12545 (845) 677-9611

On August 19, 2009 , Wednesday his mass will be at 11:00AM in St. Bridget’s Church, 3 River Road, Cornwall Bridge, Ct 06754 (Sharon, CT)

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Sorry to hear such shocking news.]

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Peter J Dolan

MILLBROOK – Admired and respected as a national and international business man, a generous and loving husband, father and friend, Peter J. Dolan died suddenly on Friday, August 14, 2009. Raised in Harlem, New York by Irish immigrant parents, Peter’s steadfast work ethic and honest approach were his trademarks. Peter started his business career (as a young child) in his father fish store, understanding the importance of hard work and ethics in the marketplace. Graduating from Manhattan College’s Business School in 1949 and earning his MBA from Columbia University in 1954, Peter became a CPA and partner in Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst and Young Company) – the first Irish Catholic to be a partner. At EYC, he not only became one of the top Managing Partners for the New York Metropolitan Office, but he also became the National Director of Industry Programs, leading the firm on the management of information systems, finance and accounting systems, and strategic planning. Peter’s consulting work helped many domestic and international companies. After retiring from EYC, he started his own firm and among his major clients were Springer Verlag USA and Universal Matchbox Ltd. However, it is his tremendous volunteer effort (transcending the public eye), which will be one of his lasting legacies. Routinely, he helped organizations as well as individuals by providing them with insight, direction and purpose. Peter is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth Dolan, of 59 years, his seven children (Robert, Eileen, Kevin, James, Betsy, William, Mary), his eight grandchildren and his two great grandchildren. His generous spirit, indomitable conviction for justice and honesty, his drive to be the best and his unquestionable love are instilled in all who have come to know him. Calling hours are on Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 7:009:00pm and Sunday, August 16, 2009 from 1:00-4:00pm, at Allen Funeral Home, 3270 Franklin Ave., Millbrook, New York. Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 11:00am, at St. Bridget’s Church in Sharon, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable contribution to the United Student Aid Fund and/or the Manhattan College’s Dean Fitzgerald fund. If you would like to leave an online condolence or for directions please www.HudsonValleyFuneralHomes.com

Published on August 16, 2009.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Aug 18 2009 12:20 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Aug 18 2009 3:46 PM

JUpdate: McGowan, Kathleen [MC2002]


McGowan, Kathleen [MC2002]

Volunteer Coordinator and Institutional Advancement Associate at The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

    * Providence College
    * Manhattan College

As Volunteer Coordinator I oversee the entire volunteer process. I create volunteer opportunities in conjunction with program directors and outline specific procedures and guidelines for the volunteers.

As the Institutional Advancement Associate my major responsibility is to run The St. Nicholas Project – a year-round initiative that focuses its fundraising efforts during the Christmas Season. In addition, I also assist senior members of the department with special events. One unique opportunity that has developed over the past year is that I assist one of our major donors with his Foundation which helps support our food pantries throughout the City.

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[JR: I'd describe her as a "charity wrangler". Unsolicited suggestion! Never too early to start planning for a donation in lieu of meaningless Christmas presents. You know the 20$ "stuff" that fills the stocking but means zilch in the grand scheme of things. Seems like she could turn you on to something that counts at the Big Finals (i.e., the Final Judgement; not the ones at MC the final semester.)]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 19 2009 8:18 AM

JNews: Mundelein, George William [MC1889 RIP]


Mundelein left a legacy in the town that bears his name
  By Vincent Pierri | Daily Herald Staff

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According to an entry in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, it’s not surprising George William Mundelein had a town named in his honor. He accomplished much in his 67 years.

Born in 1872, he was the son of Francis and Mary Mundelein. They sent him to St. Nicholas School in Manhattan. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1889. After spending three years at St. Vincent’s Seminary in Pennsylvania, he moved to Rome and completed his studies at the Propaganda College. He was ordained in 1895 and said his first Mass at St. Peter’s tomb under St. Peter’s Basilica.

Returning to the states two years later, Mundelein was elevated to archbishop of Chicago in 1915. At 43 years old, he was the youngest archbishop in the United States.

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Mundelein, George William [MC1889 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 19 2009 10:31 AM

JFound: Waschenko, Don [MC1985]


Waschenko, Don [MC1985]

Advanced Technology Special Products
Cobham Sensor Systems

• Specializing in the development of low observable antenna systems, low RCS apertures/antennas and arrays from 20MHz through 100GHz for military applications

• Antenna design integration with stealth platforms including, F-16 Block 60, F/A 18 E/F, RAH-66 Comanche, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, F-117, Arsenal Ship, DD-x & Sea Raptor

* Experience taking antenna designs from blue sky concepts to production. Roles include; Principal investigator, technical design team lead, cost account management (programs ranging from $100k to over $10M). New business development, corporate strategic planning including IRAD definition and execution.

    * Polytechnic University
      MSEE, Antenna Design, Phased Arrays, & Microwave Electronics
    * Manhattan College
        BEE, Microwave & RF Systems

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 19 2009 6:37 PM

JObit: Bart, John J.”Jack” [MC1963 RIP]


John J. “Jack” Bart
Rome, NY

John J. “Jack” Bart, 67, Rome, passed away Tuesday at home with his family, after a short illness.

Born April 21, 1942, in Syracuse, he was a son of Charles J. and Marian Sawmiller Bart. On August 24, 1963, he was united in marriage to Christine L. Nann in St. John the Baptist Church, Syracuse. Theirs was a loving union of almost forty six years. Jack was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy Class of 1959 and was the director of the school orchestra “Senators of Swing.” He received his BS degree in Physics from Manhattan College in 1963 and his Masters in Physics from Syracuse U. in 1972.

Jack joined many fellow graduates of Manhattan College at Rome Air Development Center in 1963, where he received many outstanding performance awards. He became Chief Scientist, Reliability Sciences at the lab in 1991. At his retirement in 1998, he was acting deputy director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate and was presented with the Department of the Air Force Decoration for Exemplary Civilian Service. Jack was a member of the Government Microcircuit Applications Conference, where he was general chair of the 1984 Annual Conference. He was a member of the NATO Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development from 1987 to 1993.

Always active in community affairs, Jack was past president of Jervis Library Board of Trustees, past president of Mid York Library System Board of Trustees, past president of Rome College Foundation and served in many technical and professional society positions. He attended St. Peter’s Church in Rome, the Newman Community at Utica College, St. Mary of Mt. . Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church in Utica, and was also a Franciscan Associate.

He is survived by his loving wife, Christine; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Mark Pape, Utica; son, Johnathan Bart, Rome; step grandchildren, Stephen Pape and Kayla Pape; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, J. Richard and Maxine Nann, Kings Mountain, NC, Karl and Sally Nann, Houston, TX; godson, Christopher Burrows and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Special thanks to his “Hospice Angels”, Joyce, Navaz, Georgia, Mary and JoAnn. A memorial mass will be celebrated at a later date. His family will greet friends on Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at Strong and Burns Funeral Home, 401 N. George St. Contributions in Jack’s name may be made to Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, Spiritual Renewal Center, 1118 Court St., Syracuse, NY or Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413.

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Bart, John J.”Jack” [MC1963 RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/mn4s7v

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JNews: Raymond, Todd [MC????] a modest winner


Huge Turnout for Ellen’s Run
By Jack Graves

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  Befitting the giddiness of the day, Bob Teschak of Granite State Race Services, who oversees the Mount Washington Road Race, whose 50th anniversary is next year, was unable in the aftermath to come up with anything other than the winner’s name, Todd Raymond, who crossed the finish line in 17 minutes and 19 seconds.

Later, however, it was learned that Raymond, a 25-year-old New York City resident and Manhattan College graduate, who ran the 3K, 5K, and steeplechase there, waits tables at the Saint Ambroeus restaurant in Southampton Village.

   During a conversation Monday, he said he’d registered online, and that when he came to get his number on race day, there’d been a foul-up of some sort. Since it was his first race here, “I ran the first mile in five minutes, testing the waters, but nobody came with me, so I treated it as a tempo run after that. I could have pushed more, but it was hot. . . . I hung around for about a half-hour, and then I had to go to work.”

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Raymond, Todd [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 20 2009 4:00 PM

JEmail: Walsh, Joe (MC1958) prelim report John McKenna [MC???? RIP]

On Aug 20, 2009, at 11:18 AM, Joe Walsh wrote:

Hi John,

I received word that a friend, John McKenna, died three days ago, possibly Sunday or Monday. I know he was a Manhattan graduate and was interested in the track team, but I have no idea what year he graduated. I think he was in his late 70’s. He didn’t seem to have any close family, ergo I don’t know who was in a position to write an obituary. If you come across one let me know. I checked the NY Daily News and the NY Post but didn’t find anything.

Joe Walsh, 58A.

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From: reinke, fjohn68
To: Joe Walsh
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 12:48 PM
Subject: Re: RIP

Is this him?



John E. McKenna “Jack”


Of Upper St. Clair, age 81

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On Aug 20, 2009, at 1:10 PM, Joe Walsh wrote:

No, John lived in Manhattan and was a bachelor. Thanks for trying. There are probably a dozen John McKenna alumni. — Joe Walsh

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Sorry, I’ll get the professionals on the case.

Any one have any info or sources?


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[JR: Need those eyeballs and fingers to do some looking. The intertubes doesn't have everything. Sigh! Yet!]

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Dear John,

   I do not have anything. I have noticed that some families have not been publishing death notices for fear of some one breaking into the homes of the mourners during the wake or funeral. A sad commentary.


[JR: Sad commentary indeed!]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 20 2009 4:07 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Aug 21 2009 2:31 AM

JHQ: Manhattan College Career Development Alumni Networking group on LinkedIn


Dear Alumni,

In addition to receiving information via e-mails and JasperLink, please join the Manhattan College Career Development Alumni Networking group on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/2219244/. You need to have a LinkedIn profile to join. If you don’t have a profile, you can register at www.linkedin.com. The group is in its infant stage, but is expected to increase rather quickly.

This group will be used for networking, sharing information and job posting for Manhattan College Alumni. See you there!

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 20 2009 4:53 PM

JHQ: U.S. News & World Report Ranks MC’s Engineering


August 20, 2009

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Manhattan College’s School Of Engineering Among The Best In The Nation

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – U.S. News & World Report has ranked Manhattan College’s school of engineering among the best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation. The College’s ranking appears in the print and online versions of U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 Edition of America’s Best Colleges released this week.

Manhattan College’s school of engineering earned a peer review rating of 2.9 and was ranked tied-42nd among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s.

U.S. News ranks only undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The rankings are based solely on a peer survey that consists of deans and senior faculty who rate overall programs and best programs in various specialties. Thirty-eight percent of the individuals surveyed returned ratings.

In the Best Universities-Master’s (North Region) category, Manhattan College ranked 17th, up from tied-19th a year ago. The College received an overall score of 61 (on a scale of 100), an increase of three points.

The Best Universities-Master’s category includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, but offer few, if any, doctoral programs. The 572 universities in the category are ranked within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West – because they tend to draw students mostly from surrounding states.

The 2010 America’s Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance (national universities and liberal art colleges).

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 21 2009 2:23 AM

JUpdate: Reding, Thomas Joseph (MC2009)

Reding, Thomas Joseph (MC2009)
Supervising Engineer
Con Edison
White Plains, NY 10607

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 21 2009 8:25 AM

JUpdate: Flynn, Br. Greg (MC1966)

Flynn, Br. Greg (MC1966)
Addis Hope Street Children Program
P.O. Box 2454
Addis Ababa

Website: www.Addis-Hope.com

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 21 2009 8:37 AM

JNews: Tash, Becca [MC2013] comes to MC lacrosse


Tash shows moxie in leading Lady Wreckers to success
By Eliot Schickler
Posted: 08/21/2009 01:02:07 AM EDT

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Becca Tash shows a lot of determination on the lacrosse field. A senior tri-captain for the Staples High girls lacrosse team before graduating in June, she leaves the program as a two-time First Team All-FCIAC selection, a 100-plus career goal scorer and the first player in the program’s history (or at least in this decade) to sign a letter of intent for a Division I school. She was also a First Team All-Stater this year, a Second Team All-Stater and the Block S Team MVP junior year and Second Team All-FCIAC sophomore year.

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Next week, she will be leaving for Manhattan College and major in marketing there. She’s definitely going to play lacrosse for Manhattan and knows she’ll have to raise her game to the next level because she’ll face bigger, faster and stronger opponents. “I have to learn a lot,” says Tash. “It’s a different game with players and coaches. I hope to listen a lot and learn new things.”

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Tash, Becca [MC2013]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 21 2009 9:26 AM

Comment: “Key West Lou” (MC1957) remembers Petrera, Matteo [MC1957]

By pasuale petrera

thanks for the great memories of my dad. you were right on the mark in your description of him ,and his neverending knowledge of all things continued throughout his life. He and my mom raised a fine family of three–Tony, a pharmacist; Teri, a radiologic technologist; and myself, an orthopaedic surgeon. He instilled a great sense of family and tradion into his children and was most proud of all their achievements. But most of all he said his greatest accomplisment was that in 73 years of life he rarely missed church or receiving the eucharist. Clearly his Manhattan College education played a large part in his and our success. Thanks

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 20 2009 10:27 AM

ENDNOTE: Abortion expansion is in the healthcare bill


August 9, 2009
Dean on Palin’s health care claims: ‘She made that up’
Posted: August 9th, 2009 02:48 PM ET
From From CNN’s David deSola

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She discounted the administration’s view that the president’s plan would cut health care costs, saying the only path to lower costs was less treatment. “And who will suffer the most when they ration care?” she wrote. “The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”

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Sorry for the D’s. And even sorrier for the Catholics In Name Only in congress like Ted Kennedy who support abortion.

Talk about a culture of death, end of life counseling and expansion of abortion are both in the bill. I know I’ve read parts of what have been provided.

It’s hard to imagine that America has fallen this far into Socialism and the culture of the Secular Progressives.

When “they”, the supposed liberals, took over education, they won the war. They get to brainwash everyone.

Luckily Catholics, and those of us who went to Catholic school, may not have drunk their “Kool Aid”.

Murder is wrong.

It’s always wrong. And, must always be opposed.

When do we stand up for our beliefs? When they are loading us up into the railroad cars?

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 22 2009 6:37 PM

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"