JASPER JOTTINGS Week 35 - 2009 August 30

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



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POSITRACTION: Some have a tougher road to travel and do it with style


Lady Vol recovering from brain surgery
By TERRY KINNEY Associated Press Writer

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CINCINNATI(AP)—Amber Gray walks with a limp. Her left eyelid droops almost shut, the lingering effect of a stroke. Her left arm is in a sling.

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It wasn’t until after the 6-foot-1 forward had shoulder surgery in July that doctors found a brain aneurysm, later repaired in a 12 1/2-hour procedure that may have saved her life.

“I think I took life, in general, for granted,” said Gray, 19. “You don’t know what it (a life-threatening situation) is like until you go through it. I’m a lot stronger mentally, which is where I struggled last year.”

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Goddard said Gray had successful rotator cuff surgery on July 2 in Knoxville, and the aneurysm was unrelated. But within hours of that surgery, Gray’s lungs filled with fluid and doctors performed more tests as her mother prayed.

“We went from celebrating to not knowing if my daughter would ever wake up again,” said her mother, Tonya Carter.

It was days before the broken blood vessel that caused the stroke showed up. Meanwhile, Gray had been transferred to University Hospital in Cincinnati for neurosurgery, and then to the rehabilitation center on July 23.

Goddard called Gray’s progress “meteoric,” and said it’s been inspirational to other patients.

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[JR: Nineteen years old with a stroke. That’s for us old folks to deal with. I’d have probably said a few bad words. Never mind being inspirational. I read this and thought not every positive has to come from a Jasper. We have to recognize that other schools occasionally have heros and heroines. We too should remember Amber in our prayers. And be always aware of the fragile thread of life that binds us together. And, give thanks for all the talented people who will make this turn out OK.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 12:37 PM

JObit: McCartney, Dr. John J. [MC1938 RIP]


McCARTNEY-Dr. John J. 93, of Garden City, NY, formerly of Manhasset on August 22, 2009. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy. Loving father of Dorothy and the Rev. John J. McCartney. Devoted brother of George (dec.), William (dec.), James (dec.), Patrick, Mary (dec.), Joseph (dec.), Daniel, Michael, Edward and Francis. Graduate of Manhattan College (1938) and Georgetown Medical School (1942). Dedicated doctor who practiced family medicine in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for 45 years. Reposing at FAIRCHILD FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset on Monday & Tuesday 3-5 & 7-9PM. Funeral Mass at 10:00AM Wednesday at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Manhasset. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Life, St. Paul’s Convent, 586 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY 10705.

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McCartney, Dr. John J. [MC1938 RIP]  

Guestbook: None identified

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 1:37 PM

JEmail: Vaccarino, Carmine (MC1957) reacts to “railroad cars”

Dear John,

I just finished reading your closing remarks on the “culture of death” embedded in Obamacare. And your closing statement “When do we stand up for our beliefs? When they are loading us up into the railroad cars?”

Don’t bother wondering what is happening in this country. The left has squelched prayer in school but promotes all kind of “sex education’ of our children (____ has two Mommys), distribution of condoms, etc. We are abandoning the teaching of the Bible and the churches. Look at the Evangelical Lutheran Church and their acceptance into the clergy of openly gay (I remember when gay meant happy) monogamous same sex relationship clergy. Is God going to rain His judgment on us as in Sodam and Gomorrah?


Let’s pray the Rosay and ask Mary for her help and intervention.

Regards and God Bless,
Carmine Vaccarino, BEE ‘57

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[JR: One does what one can to "fix" the problem. If Obamacare passes, I hope that the Church's leadership closes the Catholic Hospitals. Shuts them down tight. Don't sell the buildings. Just put a sign out front: "Closed due to Obama's Health Care. We have to obey God's Law". They should have closed the Catholic schools when the Government stuck its nose in education. It should have been litigated without end on "freedom of religion" grounds. Here we have a classic example of "government option" driving out the competing private service. Time to put a stake in the ground. What "hill" will we die on? Because they are killing us. I can't speak for the Lutherans. It's just another step towards who know what. As a little L libertarian, they are free to make the rules for their social circle. I wish we were accorded the same liberty. There's no conscience exception in Obamacare.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 2:37 PM

MNews: MC the target of one scholar with his ship


Jandon Scholars Announced
15 students from 10 high schools chosen for college scholarships
Apr. 29, 2008

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They are driven, study hard and work outside school to help support their families, all while participating in church, community and after school activities. They are the latest crop of Jandon Scholars.

Today these 15 high school seniors from public high schools across the county were rewarded for their efforts when they received scholarships worth $10,000 over four years of college from the Jandon Foundation. The scholarships were announced today at the County Office Building in White Plains.

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• Lawrence Mesh, 17, Harrison High School. Lawrence wants to attend Manhattan College and become a chemist. Since elementary school he has volunteered at a veterinary office in North White Plains.

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[JR: Hope we get him. Sounds like a fellow who knows what he wants. Anyone in Admissions reaching out?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 3:37 PM

JOY: The Brewers announce Alexandra Nicole (Class of 2031)

Hi John,

I hope you are doing well.

I wanted to inform you that my wife recently gave birth to a new future Jasper.

On August 8th, Alexandra Nicole was born, weighing 7 lb 11 oz, measuring 19 in.

My wife, Adrienne (Zeh) Brewer, was Chemical Engineering class ‘91, while i was Mechanical Enginering ‘91.

Please feel free to include in the next Jasper Jottings.

Thank you!

Howie Brewer

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[JR: Great news. Bravo Zulu to Jasper Adrienne. We know she's done all the "heavy lifting" and will for some time to come. I guess the big question is will AN be a Chem E or Mech E. Double major maybe? With genes like that, I can see the Admissions Office penciling it in now. Class of 2031! Hope I'm here to report it. Hope some one is doing Jottings for me. I probably won't be able to hit the keyboard. That's for the scoop.]

Brewer, Howie (MC1991)

Zeh Brewer, Adrienne [MC1991]

[JR: Births are so much fun. Maybe not so much for Mom. But I love 'em. Mozel Tov!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 4:37 PM

JEmail: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) disagrees

Dear Jasper John

Your comments on the pending health care legislation are based on widely spread misinformation.

I also note that the US Catholics Bishops are strongly behind heath reform of the kind proposed by President Obama. from below: The cardinal affirmed that the conference views health care “as a basic right belonging to all human beings, from conception to natural death” and therefore supports “universal health care reform.”

There are no “death panels” proposed under the bill nor is there any mention of rationing. It is the intention of the writers of the bill to make it “abortion neutral” People on both sides of the issue agree that it should be neutral regarding abortion and the exact wording is being negotiated.

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

[JR: Dear Jasper Stebbins: With all due respect, once again we have to agree to disagree agreeable. The esteemed cardinal is wrong there is no basic "right" to health care. A "right" implies that some one is OBLIGATED to provide it. And subsequently, when provided, I am OBLIGATED to pay for it. I may choose to contribute to the health care of the indigent as with Catholic Charities, or other such VOLUNTARY contributions. But I have no OBLIGATION! As far as "death panels", the UK and Oregon have demonstrated that effectively that this is what results when "boards" decide what they will and will not pay for. The bills are definitely NOT NEUTRAL with respect to abortion -- check out Oregon, Massachusetts, Canada, and the UK. Sorry, but I don't make deals with the devil. AND these "details" are morally offensive. You may choose to accept these folks at face value believing what they say is so, but I do not. Politicians' lips! My injineering classes always stressed measurement. And these don't measure up!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 5:46 PM

JObit: James, William Benjamin II [MC1969 RIP]



WILLIAM BENJAMIN JAMES II, 62, beloved husband of Carol R. James, and devoted father of William Benjamin and Elizabeth Kelly, passed away Friday, August 21, 2009 at Greenwich Hospital.

He was the loving son of the late Dr. Theodore E. and Faith Sabella James. A 1969 graduate of Manhattan College, he served in the United States Coast Guard until 1975 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of radio man second class. He earned an MBA in finance from The Wharton School in 1975, and joined General Reinsurance in New York City as an assistant vice president and a portfolio manager in the municipal finance department. He left to establish a career in investment banking, stating at Salomon Brothers, Inc. as a vice president, Investment Banking Municipal Finance. In September, 1982 Bill received his designation as a chartered financial analyst and in 1983, he successfully ran the New York City Marathon. After five years at Solomon, he joined the Public Finance Department at Prudential Securities as managing director. He continued his career in public finance at O’Brien Partner, Inc. and Banc One Capital Corporation. Until his retirement, he was vice president, marketing and sales with Gabelli Asset Management.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his four brothers, Theodore E. James, Jr., Nicholas D. James, Francis James, and John Peter James, and his sister, Faith S. Waters. He was a member of the Finance Council, Diocese of Bridgeport; a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Knight of the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Knight of Columbus, the past and founding president, Legatus of Fairfield County, a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, NYC.

Friends may call at the Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home Monday, August 24th, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at St. Michael the Arch Angel Church, 469 North Street at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in his name to the American Heart Association or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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James, William Benjamin II [MC1969 RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ldb83r

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    * Posted on: Mon, Aug 24 2009 7:54 AM

JNews: Cody, Chris [MC2006] Triple-A Nashville Sounds


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Chris Cody

A former Oneonta Tigers pitcher whose parents graduated from Davenport, Cody is 6-7 with a 4.69 ERA for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, the top farm team for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Before his promotion to Nashville, Cody went 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA for the Double-A Huntsville Stars, who are owned by E. Miles Prentice III, also the owner of the O-Tigers.

For Nashville, Cody has allowed 43 runs _ 41 earned _ on 89 hits over 78 2/3 innings.

The left-hander has struck out 46 and walked 24. He has one complete game in 13 starts.

In 2006, Cody went 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 11 starts with the O-Tigers. He struck out 50 and walked nine over 53 innings.

Cody, 25, was drafted in the eighth round by the Tigers in 2006 out of Manhattan College. The Tigers traded Cody to Milwaukee in 2007.

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Cody, Chris [MC2006]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Aug 25 2009 8:15 AM

JFound: Maffia, Gennaro J. Jerry [MC????] teaches Clean Coal


The Center for Professional Advancement, 90 Minute Accredited Online Training

September 30, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (ET)


Clean coal technology is being developed to reduce the environmental impact of utilizing coal in energy generation. Approximately 25% of the electricity generated worldwide is coal based. The required technologies include removing impurities from coal, followed by gasification, flue gas clean-up and carbon capture. There are technical, economic, social and political issues regarding the application of these technologies. This 90- minute accredited online training will address these issues and provide the attendees with a scientific, process and economic understanding of the current and potential utilization of clean coal technology.

Gennaro J. (Jerry) Maffia, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Process Engineering Manager, Petrochemicals Industry

After twenty years as a principal process engineer and manager in the petrochemicals industry, mostly with Atlantic Richfield, Inc., Jerry Maffia joined Widener University in the fall of 1992 as Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He retired in 2006 and is now Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Widener University and Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Drexel University. Prof. Maffia is an active consultant in chemical and bio-based processes, and is an associate of several consulting firms. He has offered short courses and training seminars on process engineering and related topics at industrial and academic sites around the world. Prof. Maffia has degrees from Dartmouth College (DE), NYU (MBA), and Manhattan College (BE, ME). He is the holder of six patents with another pending and has supervised forty graduate theses.

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Maffia, Gennaro J. Jerry [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 26 2009 9:11 AM

JFound: Otto, Justin [MC????]


International, NLL, The Life, U.S. Indoor Lacrosse
Adam Culbertson’s U.S. Developmental Indoor Lacrosse Team Blog: Training Camp
August 25th, 2009 by Adam Culbertson

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This weeks Bio is on a crafty leftie that hails from Merrick, N.Y.. Justin Otto is a great guy who truly lives the “Lax or Die Lifestyle” Check out Topside Lacrosse. A few weeks back he was sidelined with a dislocated elbow; now with that being said a lot of players would pack it in and just let the summer go by and enjoy it. Otto on the other hand is not that kind of person. He worked back to getting on the floor and sniping goals with the best of them.

Otto played his high school lacrosse at Chaminade and then moved on the DI ranks of Manhattan College, where he was one of the leading goal-scorers for all four years. While beasting it on the lax field Otto majored in Civil Engineering and also minored in Mathematics. One really great thing I like about Otto is he is really pushing to get indoor lacrosse in the New York scene. Don’t be surprised to find a league or two pop up, then you will know who to thank. Until next time boys and girls, Cheers.

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Otto, Justin [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 26 2009 9:19 AM

JHQ: Special MC Men’s Retreat Weekend

A Special Men’s Retreat Weekend
for alumni and friends of Manhattan College
September 25 – 27, 2009
(Friday 6:00 PM – Sunday 12 Noon)

Passionist Spiritual Center of Riverdale
5801 Palisade Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471

Register on-line at www.passionists.org
(718) 549-6500

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 26 2009 4:43 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) recommends the Annual Retreat

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: August 26, 2009 3:25:25 PM EDT
To: Jasperfjohn68
Subject: A Special Men’s Retreat Weekend

Dear John,

   It is hard to believe that another year has gone by, and it is time for the Annual Retreat in Riverdale! I know that you are usually committed on weekends, but if that should change we would be delighted to have you join with us on the Weekend. The attached email is being sent to all men alumni in the tri-state area. This promises to be not only a great time for spiritual renewal, but also a good networking opportunity. It would be helpful if you could include the notice in the next edition of Jasper Jottings.

   Thanks for all you help as usual.


[JR: You're correct one whole day on the weekend belongs to my Mom. That's her week in a single day. Of course, I've already pushed it on the blog and it'll be in next week.]

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For the past 18 years, a group of dedicated Manhattan College alumni have sponsored a men’s retreat at the Passionist Center in the Bronx. Our goal has been to provide a retreat sanctuary for Catholic Christian men of faith to help reflect and prepare for the work and mission God has in store for each of us. This year’s retreat theme is Dignity. The present challenges in our society make this a timely topic. We have arranged a compelling slate of speakers who will share their thoughts and wisdom on dignity. Attendees can expect to hear and learn many wonderful lessons on how dignity can help navigate the difficult challenges of life. You will come away refreshed, inspired, and with a clarity of purpose for your role as a Christian man. This retreat will provide you with a wonderful 36 hours sacred reflection. At the same time, you will meet many other fabulous men looking for special motivation in preparation for “Monday morning” and the challenges of life. We provide private rooms for each retreatant, delicious meals (we can accommodate special dietary requirements), and the placid environment on the beautiful grounds overlooking the Hudson River that lends itself to discussion and personal renewal.

We invite you to come and experience this wonderful retreat. Contact the following retreat team members for more information:
Owen McKeon ‘60
Ed McEneney ‘59
Kevin Muller ‘82

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    * Posted on: Wed, Aug 26 2009 4:59 PM

JEmail: Docteroff, Michael (MC1987) shaves; volunteers?

From: Docteroff, Michael (MC1987)
Subject: St. Baldrick’s Foundation to Cure Childhood Cancer

Fjohn any chance of getting this out to the Jasper Community…. It is a great organization and cause. Below is the link to my personal SHAVEE website. I was hoping to get some support from fellow Jaspers. Let me know if it’s possible to get something out there for me….

Greatly appreciated if anything can be done..

I am shaving my head for the St. Baldricks Foundation to cure childhood cancer. I am looking for some support from all my friends and family. The following link is my SHAVEE web site. Please check it out and donate!!!!


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[JR: You just did! I'm interested in anything that my fellow Jaspers are interested. Hopefully, our fellow Jaspers will let the moth escape from their wallet for your effort.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 27 2009 9:37 AM

JHQ: Manhattan College Athletic Department on Twitter. Follow @GoJaspers

The Manhattan College Athletic Department is now on Twitter. Follow @GoJaspers to stay up to date on the Jaspers 19 Division I sports teams!

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 27 2009 9:28 PM

JNews: Daughter of Sheehan, George [MC1940 RIP] seeks Neidnig, Andy [MC????]


Tufts Runner Wins ‘Strides’
By Jack Graves

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Sarah Adams of Quogue and Valley Stream, whose late father, Dr. George Sheehan, did much to popularize long-distance running in this country, said she had gone in search of her father’s Manhattan College teammate, Andy Neidnig, in Sag Harbor around the time of his 90th birthday last month, but had missed him at the Blue Sky restaurant and bar to which he is said to repair daily at 4.

She was glad to hear that, following Ellen’s Run, Neidnig had said his legs seemed to want to run again.

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Sheehan, George [MC1940 RIP]

Neidnig, Andy [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 27 2009 11:13 PM

JNews: Colantonio, Tracey [MC2010] plays with her high school team


Cheshire Soccer Players Near End Of College Careers
August 20, 2009 by Greg Lederer

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The class of 2006 made a lasting impact on the Cheshire High School girls’ soccer program. Cheshire had never won a Housatonic Division, Southern Connecticut Conference, or Class LL championship until the deep group of 12 players came into their own as sophomores. They earned multiple all-star selections en route to becoming the first class to graduate with two state titles.

“That was awesome,” said mid-fielder Tracey Colantonio, a 2005 captain with Lauren Olsen and Jackie Fede. “Our class had that friendship on and off the field. It was amazing to change the program as a group.”

Their chemistry was evident when five classmates came back together this summer. Colantonio (Manhattan College-Riverdale, New York), along with Fede (University of Rhode Island-Kingston), Olsen (Trinity College), Erin Conrod (Southern Connecticut State University), and Kelly Murnane (Western New England-Springfield, Mass.) rejoined 2007 graduate Lauren Nowakowski (Fordham University-Bronx, New York) on the South Central Premier League U-23 team.

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Colantonio, Tracey [MC2010]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Aug 27 2009 11:18 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Aug 28 2009 2:55 PM

JBlogger: Spano, Philip [MC2012] at pgatour dot com



Philip Spano has been a participant at The First Tee of Metropolitan New York for six years and has progressed through the Life Skills Experience, achieving Eagle-level certification. He is currently entering his sophomore year at Manhattan College’s School of Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering. Due to his enjoyment of golf, he is currently a camp counselor for a summer golf program at Mosholu Golf Course in The Bronx, N.Y. He says The First Tee has been a great influence on his life, and the life skills incorporated in the program have made him realize that he has an obligation to give to society. That is why he volunteers at the New York Botanical Gardens Children’s Gardening Program as well as the Reading Excellence and Discovery (READ) Program. He has always had an interest in many other sports in addition to golf. An avid Yankee fan and New York Giants fan, Philip loves going to these games and enjoys watching them on TV with his two brothers and his father, who share the same enthusiasm for sports. Aside from sports, he enjoys music and loves to attend concerts as well as play the piano.

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Spano, Philip [MC2012]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Aug 28 2009 7:04 AM

JFound: Jones, Lou [MC1950] achievment remembered


purplewave at NRHS

Olympians From New Rochelle HS

Lou Jones class of 1950 (Manhattan College) Gold medalist 4 x 400m.

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Jones, Lou [MC1950]

[JR: Interesting, marks are always remembered. And, serve to inspire?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 29 2009 7:45 AM

JFound: Sanchez, Evita [MC????] Program Director at CRG in Tarrytown, NY


The addition of Evita Sanchez as Program Director at CRG

The Curry Rockefeller Group of Companies announces the addition of Evita Sanchez as Program Director.

Tarrytown, NY—August 28, 2009. The Curry Rockefeller Group LLC (CRG) is pleased to announce the addition of Evita Sanchez as Program Director reporting to Patti Troy-Ott, Director of Program Management.

Ms. Sanchez brings more than 9 years of experience in the medical education including event planning, client services, and project management. Most recently she was Associate Brand Manager/Associate Speakers Bureau Manager with The Scienomics Group in Stamford, CT.

Evita is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree having majored in Marketing and International Business.

The Curry Rockefeller Group of Companies is dedicated to thought-leader-focused medical education® and is a primary source of innovative educational and training for influential health care practitioners. CRG Publishing manages strategic publication plans and works with thought leaders to produce clinical and scientific abstracts, manuscripts, and monographs. CRG Digital Scientific Solutions, recent recipients of the Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award, The Gold Excellence Communicator Award, and the Bronze Telly award, provides innovative interactive programs that translate complex scientific and clinical ideas into effective communications tools. CRG Connect provides thought-leader-focused teleconferences and dinner meetings.

For more information, please contact Michael Curry or Charles Rockefeller by phone at (914) 631-0019 or by e-mail at info@curryrockefellergroup.com

The Curry Rockefeller Group of Companies is located at: 660 White Plains Road, Suite 410, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Visit us at www.CurryRockefellerGroup.com

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Sanchez, Evita [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 29 2009 7:49 AM

REMEMBERANCE: Austin, Brian [MC????] of Finnerty, John J. [MC1979 RIP]



RE: JObit: Finnerty, John J. [MC1979 RIP]

August 06, 2009

Dear Jean & Jacqueline,

We are deeply saddened by your loss. Jack was a great person and will be missed. We will always remember the friendship we developed at Manhattan College – 3rd floor Jasper. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Brian, Patty & Brendan


Brian Austin, Levittown, New York

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Austin, Brian [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 29 2009 7:57 AM

JObit: Milone, Placido Pat A. [MC1958 RIP]


Placido A. MILONE “Pat”

MILONE Placido “Pat” A., 73, of Paramus, formerly of Bronx, NY passed away Thursday, August 27, 2009.Pat was educated as an electrical engineer with a B.S. from Manhattan College and M.S. from Adelphi University, LI, NY. Before retiring in 2000, he was President of Marine Electric in Brooklyn, NY. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Visitation R.C. Church in Paramus and member of White Beeches Country Club in Haworth.

Beloved husband of Violet (nee Aiello). Devoted father of April Banach and her husband Paul of Waldwick and David Milone of Paramus. Loving grandfather of Frank, Paul, Kendra and Olivia. Dear brother of Anthony, David and Louis Milone. Pat was the cornerstone of the family and brought much joy into their lives. He will forever be missed by all.

Funeral Mass at 11 AM on Monday at Our Lady of Visitation R.C. Church, Paramus. Interment Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY. Visiting hours Saturday 6-9 PM and Sunday 4-8 PM at Vander Plaat Memorial Home, S113 Farview Avenue, Paramus.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to American Cancer Society ,20 Mercer Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. For further information www.vanderplaat.com

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Milone, Placido Pat A. [MC????]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/mblz3w

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Dear John,

   I believe that Pat is a member of the Class of 1958.

   May He Rest in Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Milone, Placido Pat A. [MC1958 RIP]  

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 29 2009 8:20 AM
    * Updated: Sat, Aug 29 2009 9:24 PM

JHQ: Jobs MC has heard about

Dear Alumni,

Below is a listing of job opportunities which include: Career Center- Asistant Director (2); Internship and Outreach Coordinator; Financial Controller (2), IT Professionals – Consulting; Non Profit – Account Manager/Recruitment Specialist; Case Manager; GED Teacher; Intake Specialist/Outreach Worker. I’ve attached a schedule for NYC Civil Service Exams and a job posting for Civil and Mechanical Engineers.

Have a great weekend!

Bernadette Blocker

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[JR: Ms. Blocker is one of the "jobs" ladies at the College. She has an email list of the jobs they list.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 29 2009 8:37 AM

JOY: Stevens, Shannon [MC????] weds Rinelli, Richard [MC????]


Richard Rinelli, Shannon Stevens are married
by Staten Island Advance
Saturday August 29, 2009, 3:17 AM

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Nuptial vows were exchanged Aug. 22 in Holy Family R.C. Church, Westerleigh, by Willowbrook residents, Shannon Bernadette Stevens and Richard John Rinelli. The Rev. Austin Titus celebrated the afternoon nuptial mass. A reception followed in Ariana’s Grand Hall, Rahway, N.J.

After a honeymoon cruise to Bermuda, the newlyweds will live in Willowbrook.

The bride is a daughter of Lisa and William Stevens of Gansevoort, N.Y. The bridegroom is a son of Celeste and John Rinelli of Willowbrook.

Escorted by her father and grandfather, Norman Morey, the bride chose Theresa Wilson and Amy Gufert as the matron and maid of honor, respectively. The bridesmaids were Kiley Stevens, Dina Farriella, Lisa Pettito, Vanessa Pettito, Christina Nugent and Alexandra Glendis. The flower girl was Makena Ward.

Christopher Rinelli was the best man for his brother. The ushers were Robert Peck, Phillip Furia, Kevin McCue, John Marinacci, Sean Nugent, Daniel Sullivan and William DeFazio. The ringbearer was Brian Wilson.

Mrs. Rinelli is a graduate of Saratoga Central Catholic High School, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary and special education and a master of arts degree in special education, both from Manhattan College in the Bronx, where she was a member of the crew team. She is a fifth-grade special education teacher with PS 11, Dongan Hills, and a part-time dog trainer.

Mr. Rinelli is a graduate of Michael J. Petrides High School in Sunnyside and earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Manhattan College, where he was a member of the crew team. He is an analyst with Goldman Sachs & Co., Jersey City, N.J., and an assistant coach of varsity basketball at Michael J. Petrides School.

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Stevens, Shannon Bernadette [MC????] 

Rinelli, Richard John [MC????]

[JR: Mazel Tov! I love weddings. Right behind announcing little future Jaspers. I'm now humming "if I was a rich man" despite knowing that I didn't win the mega millions.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Aug 29 2009 9:28 AM

Comment on JEmail: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) disagrees 

By Rich Kaufmann


It’s about time that the Catholic Church and it hierarchy start reading the words of Christ.

No abortion, no euthansia and no ‘death with dignity”.

We fought a war to stop the Nazis from doing the exact same thing. When and where did we stop seeing the teachings of Christ and start to belive in the beliefs of Hitler?

We, as Catholics, have to stand up before we are loaded on the trains.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 6:48 PM

Comment on JEmail: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) disagrees

By Lou Apoldo

Hi John,

You said it all in your response to the dissenting Jasper on healthcare. As for the cardinal, if he wants to play in the political arena like the rest of us, then maybe he should give up his tax free status like the rest of us. He seems to be fairly liberal on how the government should spend my (not the Church’s) tax money. Finally, leaving the language loose and ambiguous leaves the pols loopholes big enough to drive trucks through to interpret the law in the worst way possible. I always follow the principal of law that voids something that is vague, because the real intent of the lawmakers cannot be clearly understood or interpreted. Thank goodness that you and I were awake in our Jasper theology classes where we were taught to think about moral issues instead of just following the party line like they taught the kids in the local parochial elementary schools.

Lou Apoldo
BCE ‘63

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 8:25 PM

Comment on JEmail: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) disagrees

By reinkefj

Now, Jasper Lou63, I have been accused of many things in my life, but being awake in Father Ritter’s Theology class is CERTAINLY not one of them. I do remember that the answer to all his test questions was “Danny Lou and ‘God and the ways of loving’”; never knew the question, just that one answer. And I have solid set of D’s to prove I was a “barbarian on the hill”. :-) fjohn68

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 10:34 PM

Comment on JEmail: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) disagrees

By Lou Apoldo

Jasper John,

Sorry if I inferred you stayed awake in theology, but I distinctly remember that my Jasper theology classes relied on reasoning more than dogma. I was one of the few in my class who came from a public high school so I was not intimidated by people wearing black coats like the rest of the class, and thus I often raised some questions in class that my classmates thought were impudent and for which I might risk having my knuckles rapped with a ruler. Actually the reverse was true and the teachers tried to encourage questioning and reasoning to the answers, as opposed to a Baltimore Catechism memorized answer. I remember once the late Brother Luke asked a question which one of my parochial school comrades answered with the standard dogmatic answer. Brother Luke told him “I’ll bet the nuns told you that in high school. Well they don’t know what the Hell they are talking about. In this class we will use reason not dogma to develop our answers.” I really liked the reason and logic used in my theology classes, because it seemed to be a logical way to look at the world for an injuneer like me.

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[JR: Thanks, I have an image to maintain with my fellow injineers! ROFL!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Aug 23 2009 11:41 PM

ENDNOTE: Conflict of interest in “medical care”


August 11, 2009
‘Death Panels’ in Oregon?
Ethel C. Fenig

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But a 1998 study from Georgetown University’s Center for Clinical Bioethics found a strong link between cost-cutting pressures on physicians and their willingness to prescribe lethal drugs to patients — were it legal to do so.

The study warns that there must be “a sobering degree of caution in legalizing [assisted death] in a medical care environment that is characterized by increasing pressure on physicians to control the cost of care.”

Cancer drugs can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000 a month. The cost of lethal medication, on the other hand, is about $35 to $50.

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[JR: The Pope has warned us about the culture of death”. This supposed “healthcare reform”, “health insurance reform”, “health reform”, or whatever the media is trying to call it this week is a full scale reengineering of 20% of the economy. And, we are going to be stuck with the mess they leave behind. We are going to have to pay abortions and euthanasia. And, pay through the nose.]


[JR: Your Life - Your Choice" dealing with end of life decisions for Veterans from the caring and compassionate Veterans Administration. Vets joke that the VA is trying to kill them. We can expect the same from Obamacare!]

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