JASPER JOTTINGS Week 12 - 2010 March 21

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



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POSITRACTION: A pastor takes a “politically incorrect” stand.


March 06, 2010
Moses and the Burning Bush

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This past week we implemented a policy that has been the most difficult decision of my life. The choice could have been made to do nothing and allow a lesbian couple to enroll their child in our Kindergarten. But that choice would have been against Archdiocesan policy; and when a priest is ordained he promises obedience to his bishop; and I cannot violate that vow; and I will not.

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Our school is a Catholic school. The issue is not about our not accepting “sinners.” It is not about punishing the child for the sins of his or her parents. It is simply that the lesbian couple is saying that their relationship is a good one that should be accepted by everyone; and the Church cannot agree to that. People who are divorced do not say divorce is good. There are no pro-divorce parades. Divorce is a tragedy for everybody. So there’s no comparing other issues to the issue of gay marriage. Actually, by this decision we really want to protect the child and his or her parents from the necessary conflict that their relationship would bring to a clear-seeing and committed Catholic community.

The policy of the Catholic school system is also to protect the teachers from being forced – in our own schools – to face huge conflicts within the classroom, so they can teach clearly, and also support the family life of the children they are teaching. According to our Archbishop this policy is good for the lesbian parents, for their child and also for our teachers and our school. If people are living other conflicts with our faith and publicly defend that conflict (for example someone publicly encouraging divorce) we would have the same problem.

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[JR: Dear Father B: I understand, as a blogger, how much trash you must be wading through. You have my sympathy. Luckily, I don't have the responsibility you have a guiding a flock through the minefield. May I suggest a better example of the issue you were saying you would also have a problem with? For "divorce" substitute "CINO politician". I would suggest that you use "Catholic In Name Only" politicians as an example worthy of condemnation. They publicly proclaim to be "Catholic" and yet advocate for abortion. Some Like House Speaker Pelosi, even after being privately admonished by her Bishop and later publicly when she misquoted him, still advocate for (probably imho) a cause that is even worse than unrepentant homosexuality. Bad enough to sin, but worse to lead others astray. Us sinners may be making mistakes, but we don't drag others along with us. CINO Politicians drag us along into sin, even though they may not "do" it personally. Keep up the good fight. And know there's one blogger who is supportive. I plan to point out your post to my fellow Jaspers. Dona Nobis Pacem.]

[JR: Hopefully, my fellow alums can understand that we have to stand for principles while we love our neighbor. I don't claim to be the arbiter of saints and sinners. I have enough trouble with my own (small) challenges. Small to you; huge to me. But, I do think the good Father can use understanding comments on his blog.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 14 2010 2:37 AM

JEmail: Delaney, Gerard (MC1975) ids Pereira, Segundo [MC1977]


Segundo Pereira
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Diversity Management and EEO

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I believe Segundo is a member of the class of 1977.

Gerard M. Delaney ‘75

[JR: Thanks, GMD75. Much appreciated.]

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Pereira, Segundo [MC1977]

Delaney, Gerard (MC1975)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 14 2010 2:37 PM

JFound: Thornton, Jim [MC1974] CEO Botanical Laboratories in WA


Jim Thornton, President & CEO

Jim Thornton has over 25 years of successful operating and investing experience within the software, consumer healthcare and internet sectors on the west coast of the U.S. He was General Manager for the Latin America Division of Newsweek Magazine from 1978-1980 and then Vice President of Finance and Operations for Aldus Corporation (sold to Adobe Systems) through the mid and late 1980’s. During the early 1990’s, Jim played a key role as interim CEO for a number of top tier venture capital portfolio companies. Jim,as general partner of several Seattle based venture funds, directed investments into a number of successful realizations such as Virtual Relocation (Monster.com), TechTracker (CNET), Capella (NASDAQ – CPLA), ShareBuilder (sold to ING) and Big Fish Games. Jim is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science from Manhattan College and a MBA in International Finance from Rutgers University.

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Thornton, Jim [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Jim is a member of the Class of 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Thornton, Jim [MC1974]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 14 2010 8:39 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Mar 16 2010 5:53 PM

JObit: Jones, Br. Christian [MC1959 RIP]



Brother Christian Jones, F.S.C., 84, of Lincroft died Saturday, March 13, 2010 at De La Salle Hall, Lincroft. Brother Christian was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and received the Holy Habitat of the Christian Brothers on September 7, 1943. He was a graduate of Manhattan College, New York City in 1959 and earned his Master of Art Degree from there in 1956. He received the 1995 Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Math Teaching and was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Math, Mathematical Association of America, New York and New Jersey State Associations of Math Teachers, and was a past president of the Catholic High School Math League. His teaching assignments included Sacred Heart School and Holy Name School, both of New York City, Lincoln Hall, Lincolndale, N.Y., La Salle School, Albany, N.Y. where he served as principal, Bishop Loughlin High School, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft. Brother Christian had been in residence at De La Salle Hall since 2008.

The viewing will be held at De La Salle Hall on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Christian Brothers Academy Residence Chapel on Tuesday from 2:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at the Brother’s Residence Chapel on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment at the Christian Brothers section of St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Marlboro. Memorial donations to De La Salle Nursing Development, 810 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 would be appreciated. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Asbury Park Press on March 15, 2010

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Jones, Br. Christian [MC1959 RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ykhu7qe

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 15 2010 3:16 AM

JLinkedin: Brett, Deirdre [MC2009] AcctExec FI Compliance Solutions in Philly


Brett, Deirdre [MC2009]
Account Executive at FI Compliance Solutions, Inc.
Greater Philadelphia Area
Computer Software

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 15 2010 8:47 AM

JFound: Goodman, Stephen [MC1968] Dir Lower Manhattan Recovery Office NYC


Stephen Goodman: Director Lower Manhattan Recovery Office

Stephen Goodman is the Director of the Federal Transit Administration’s New York Lower Manhattan Recovery Office (LMRO). As the LMRO Director, Mr. Goodman is responsible for project development and oversight of construction projects leading to the transportation recovery and economic revitalization in Lower Manhattan, necessary because of the terrorist attacks on New York City in September 2001.

Prior to joining the FTA, Mr. Goodman spent 20 years at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managing high-profile programs and projects. Most recently, he served as the Terminal Construction Center Manager, overseeing large-scale projects for the Eastern Region. Mr. Goodman served as the FAA Headquarters’ point of contact responsible for defining requirements for Facility and Equipment investments at some of the nation’s largest airports. Prior to that, he spent five years in FAA HQ as the National Program Manager for standby power equipment.

Mr. Goodman began his civil service career in 1988 as a civil engineer for the FAA. Over the course of his FAA career, he gained significant experience leading teams on complex, mission-critical projects. Mr. Goodman oversaw projects from conception to commissioning of numerous Terminal Facilities, including some of the country’s busiest airport traffic control towers.

Mr. Goodman is a register Professional Engineer, with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College; he also is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Goodman, Stephen [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Stephen is a member of the Class of 1968.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Goodman, Stephen [MC1968]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 16 2010 8:52 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Mar 19 2010 9:52 PM

JBlogger: Jasper “Islander505″ [MC????] was a loud mouth in ‘76


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Why a picture of Jim Valvano you ask?

Simple, we have too much in common. Which gives me the right to feign some expertise on the upcoming NCAA Playoffs.

How so?

Jimmy V. was raised in Seaford, Long Island. I was raised 1 zip code away in North Massapequa, Long Island.

Jimmy V. learned his basketball in the schoolyards and parks of the South Shore of Long Island. I learned my basketball in those same schoolyards and parks.

Jimmy V. was a point guard at Rutgers University in 1967. I was a loudmouthed lout at Manhattan College in 1976 who was thrown out of the Rutgers gymnasium for questioning Rutgers All-American Phil Seller’s lineage while my beloved Jaspers were trying to prematurely end Rutgers 31 game winning streak. (They failed).

Jimmy V’s greatest claim to fame was winning the NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque in 1983. My greatest claim to fame was winning a Blackjack Tournament in Albuquerque in 2007.

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   * Age: 54
   * Gender: Male
   * Astrological Sign: Cancer
   * Zodiac Year: Sheep
   * Industry: Tourism
   * Occupation: Chief Bottle Washer
   * Location: Albuquerque : New Mexico

About Me

Self Anointed Road Scowler, Lifetime Bon Vivant, Believes that “Common Sense Is Uncommon”, A Hard Man to Like, An Easy Man To Love. What Others say: “A Trailer Park Dave Barry”, “The Bastard Love Child of Molly Ivins and George Will”, “Hunter S. Thompson on Methadone”, “A hitch-hiking Charles Kuralt- with a thumb up his arse”.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 16 2010 12:10 PM

JNews: Lawrence Tierney, Lawrence [MC1939 RIP] remembered “colorfully”


On This Day in History: March 15
Old-Time Tough-Guy from Brooklyn
by Vernon Parker03-15-2010

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From the New York Post in January 1973: “DILLINGER” STAR IS STABBED. In a street row outside a bar on Ninth Avenue near the second-rate hotel where he had a room, the actor Lawrence Tierney required surgery for a ‘serious stab wound’ in the abdomen.” The following June there was this stark news report: “Former movie actor Lawrence Tierney was questioned and then released by police in connection with the apparent suicide leap of a 24-year-old woman from the fourth floor window of a midtown apartment.” Tierney told police that he had come to visit the woman, Bonnie Jones, and “had just gotten there, and she just went out the window.”

Publicity stunts? Far from it. Escapades of Lawrence Tierney such as these were constantly in the newspapers and tabloids during his days as a Hollywood actor, beginning with his starring role in Dillinger (1945). He was often good copy for newspapers on a light news day.

Lawrence Tierney Jr., was born in Brooklyn on March 15, 1919. His father was chief of New York’s aqueduct police force. (After he retired from that office he decided to go into show business himself, making his theatrical debut in the road company of A Streetcar Named Desire.) Tierney Sr. passed away on Feb. 13, 1964, four years after his wife Maria’s death.

At first it seemed Lawrence was headed for a career in mathematics when, after graduation from Brooklyn Boys High School, he won a scholarship in that subject from Manhattan College. In sports he was a runner for Boys High, winning a lot of awards.

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Lawrence Tierney, Lawrence [MC1939 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 16 2010 8:21 PM

JObit: Pelka, Robert F. [MC1950 RIP]



Robert F. Pelka passed away on March 14, 2010, in Wichita after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Mr. Pelka was born to Emil and Mildred Pelka on April 20, 1928, in Wharton. He attended school in Wharton and graduated from Wharton High School in 1945 where he was an outstanding athlete in several sports. He graduated from Manhattan College in NYC in 1950 where he also excelled in all sports. After college he played briefly in the minor leagues with the NY Giants. He also played football with the East Dover Field Club for several seasons.

He worked for the government at Picatinny Arsenal and then transferred to the Veteran’s Administration in Newark as Personnel Officer. Robert joined the NJ National Guard and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the 50th Armored Division as Battalion Tank Commander. He retired from the Guard in 1975 after 25 years, when his government job took him to Manila in the Philippines as Assistant Director of the only VA Hospital on foreign soil. He and his wife, Doris, spent three years there and returned to the US where he was assigned to the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Regional Office in Wichita, Kansas as Director, until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Pelka is survived by his wife, Doris of 46 years; his daughter, Debra Gorog of Wharton; two stepsons, Darrell Bourque of Kansas and Dennis Bourque of Georgia; his sister, Mrs. Mary Schiffner of Rockaway; nephews, Robert and Randy Schiffner; and three grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday 7-9 PM at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St., Wharton. Funeral service will be held Friday, 10:30 AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park, E. Hanover.

Offer condolences at www.BerminghamFH.com.

Published in Daily Record on March 16, 2010

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Pelka, Robert F. [MC1950 RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/yfvdbbp

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 16 2010 10:49 PM

JLinkedin: Jara, Jose [MC1992] ERISA PM in NYC


Jara, Jose [MC1992]
ERISA Project Manager at Seyfarth Shaw
Greater New York City Area
Legal Services

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 17 2010 4:45 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Mar 18 2010 10:05 AM

JUpdate: Gallaher, Peter (MC1965)

Gallaher, Peter (MC1965)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 17 2010 8:42 AM

JFacebook: Mawn, Joe (MC1963) is marching with MC in The Parade today


“Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! My schedule is Mass, marching in the parade with Manhattan College and corned beef and cabbage with a pint of Guinness at an Irish Pub. Don’t forget to wear a bit of green!”

– Mawn, Joe (MC1963)

[JR: Like a game, who be the first to find Joe? "Where in the world is Waldo?" Hope everyone has a fun day.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 17 2010 9:06 AM

JLinkedin: Barbara, Michael [MC1974] Environmental Management Consultant NYC


Barbara, Michael [MC1974]
Independent Environmental Management Consultant
Greater New York City Area
Environmental Services


Michael Barbara is an independent consultant with over 30 years of experience providing strategic environmental consulting services for a wide spectrum of clients across all business and industry sectors.

Since 1980, Mr. Barbara has had a specialized practice in CERCLA compliance and has worked on over 150 Superfund sites. He has served as technical consultant to dozens of PRP Committees, with an emphasis on regulatory negotiations and expert representation. His regulatory agency experience encompasses USEPA Regions I, II, III, V, and VII, and has made many presentations to state agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

As one of the pioneers of multi-party site CERCLA compliance, Mr. Barbara has had experience in all aspects of Superfund Site management including ROD modification, compliance with federal and state Orders, remedy implementation, mixed funding, expert representation on consistency with the NCP, natural resource damages, and insurance litigation.

Mr. Barbara’s project management experience ranges from on-site supervision of multi-million dollar remediation projects, wastewater treatment plant design and operation, solid waste management, and solid and hazardous waste permitting. He has managed the preparation of over 20 RCRA Part B permits for a variety of facilities. He has also provided training courses in hazardous waste management and CERCLA compliance, and is a frequent speaker on the topics of remedy modification and regulatory negotiation.

Currently, Mr. Barbara is serving as the Chairman of three PRP Committees in Delaware, responsible for the general operations, oversight, and monitoring of the Remedial Actions currently underway at these sites. He had also been retained to provide strategic and technical consulting to a group of private parties currently undertaking a multi-year RI/FS on a highly urbanized river system in the eastern United States.


Site investigation, selection of remedial technologies, regulatory negotiations, legacy site management, probabalistic cost analysis.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 18 2010 4:54 AM

JObit: Flaherty, Thomas J. Jr. [MC1948 RIP]



Thomas J. Flaherty Jr., 85, of both Spring Lake, and Vero Beach, Fla., died Monday, March 15, 2010, in Vero Beach, Fla.

Born and raised in Bayonne, he lived in Phoenix, Ariz., Manhattan, N.Y. before residing permanently in Spring Lake, and Vero Beach, Fla. Mr. Flaherty was known for his world travels and amazing scope of knowledge. He was the consummate story teller who captivated his friends and family throughout his life. One of Tom’s passions was his philanthropic work with multiple charities, especially Holy Family Academy in Bayonne. His philanthropy extended to New York Hospital, Manhattan College, Indian River Medical Center, Boys and Girls Club of Vero Beach, Christian Brothers Academy in NJ, Jersey Shore Medical Center in NJ, VNA of Vero Beach, Fla. and St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland.

Mr. Flaherty was a graduate of Manhattan College in the Bronx with a BS in Theology and a grade point average of 4.0. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II from 1943-1946. After the war, Tom was based in Fort Ord, Monterey, Calif., where he forged a lifelong love and passion for Carmel, Calif.

Mr. Flaherty had a distinguished career. He started as a salesman at Gimbel Brothers in NYC. From his experiences there, he learned he was a born salesman. He went to Arizona and started his own insurance company- selling door to door- and became an overnight success.

Tom was proud to be involved with the Jaycees in Arizona. Before leaving AZ, he kicked off his philanthropic work by funding and building “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” a Roman Catholic Church in Scottsdale. He also started and ran the “Valley of the Sun” a school for handicapped children. From there, he moved back east to Manhattan and taught himself to sell stocks and bonds. He was asked to join the firm of Fahnestock & Company in 1957 and requested to take over sales and management of the Philadelphia Fund. While at Fahnestock, Mr. Flaherty was the financial advisor to the Vatican in Rome from 1961 to 1975. He was responsible for creating, launching and managing the Eagle Growth Shares Mutual Fund and became a partner of the firm in 1966. He went on to create Universal Programs, which encompassed all of his mutual funds and investment responsibilities. Mr. Flaherty retired in 1985 as President of Universal Programs and Partner of Fahnestock & Company.

He was a past governor of the Metropolitan Club in NYC, past president of the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club and the president of the Johns Island CCSI Association. He was listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Business in America for many years. He loved horse back riding, playing tennis and playing cards with his boys and grandson Liam.

He was a communicant of St. Catharine’s RC Church in Spring Lake and Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Vero Beach, Fla. Mr. Flaherty was also a member of The John’s Island Club, Vero Beach, Fla, and the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club in Spring Lake. Aside from all his achievements, Mr. Flaherty was better known as a wonderful provider to his family and friends. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be sorely missed.

Mr. Flaherty is predeceased by his parents, T. Joseph Flaherty Sr. and Teresa Carroll Flaherty and his sister, Audrey Schachinger. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Patricia Ix Flaherty; his son, Thomas J. Flaherty III of Vero Beach; his son, Sean C. Flaherty and daughter-in-law Katie Flaherty; and two grandsons, Liam and Shayne Flaherty of Spring Lake.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 19 at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, Wall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20 at St. Catharine’s R.C. Church, Spring Lake. Entombment and military honors will be at St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Sea Girt. In addition to flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the “Thomas J. Flaherty Jr. Cardiovascular Educational Fund”. Donations can be mailed to his son, Sean Flaherty, Merrill Lynch, 2504 Highway 35, Manasquan, NJ 08736. For further info or to send condolences, please visit obrienfuneralhome.com.

Published in Asbury Park Press on March 18, 2010

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Flaherty, Thomas J. Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ygc8mtj

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Dear John,

   I believe that Tom is a member of the Class of 1948.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Flaherty, Thomas J. Jr. [MC1948 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 18 2010 7:03 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Mar 19 2010 5:52 AM

MFound: Manhattan College was just wrapping up


Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 05:24 PM
Sun shines on New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade

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Manhattan College was just wrapping up when I arrived. How these men and women of all ages walked from 44th all the way up to 88th under the blaring sun in Aran sweaters is beyond me.

I’d be drowning in sweat. They braved it all with a smile, but you can imagine the relief of getting that fabric, which can sometimes itch sensitive skin, off the body.

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[JR: About two miles? But, the HUGE questions are "Did 'we' get on TV?" and "Did 'we' increase MC's mind share of potential students and parents?".]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 18 2010 7:14 AM

MFound: MC bagpipe band


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This is the bagpipe band from Manhattan College, a Catholic school in the Bronx.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Mar 18 2010 7:36 AM

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Phil [MC1962] death in Tom McNeil’s (’04) family

Dear John,

   Phil Colon, ‘62 sent this e-mail this evening. I do not have the McNeil’s girls first name, but will get it in the morning.

   May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike, Phil, and Mike. Much appreciated. Sad news.]

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Good Evening All,

Mike Brady,’05 has shared some tragic news with us this evening. Tom McNeil’s (’04) Sister was killed last night when a taxi hit she and her brother sometime after the Parade. Tom’s Sister was a junior at Manhattan College and very proud to be a Jasper. Tom’s older Brother is in hospital in critical condition. St. Patrick’s Day has always been an important day to Tom’s family. They marched in the parade each year and organized an after the Parade party for the New York Court Officers. This is a terrible thing to mark what was always a joyous day in their lives. Please keep Tom, His Sister and Brother, and their family in your prayers. We pray for the repose of the soul of Tom’s Sister and for the full and quick recovery of Tom’s Brother.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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[JR: Will pass along more info as received. A terrible result to a happy day.]

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Patrice Liquori Athanasidy (MC1988) repiled on FACEBOOK:

“Her first name is Kate.”

[JR: Thanks, PLA88. Much appreciated.]

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BALDWIN, N.Y. (WPIX) – A 20-year-old woman is dead and two other people, including her brother, from Baldwin, Long Island were hurt when a car struck them Wednesday night on Sunrise Highway, Nassau Police said.

According to detectives cab driver Allen Sinetar, 55, of Wading River, was traveling eastbound in his 2000 Chevy when, just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, he struck three pedestrians crossing the intersection of Central Avenue.

Kate McNeil was transported to South Nassau Hospital where she was pronounced dead by staff, said police.

Bryan McNeil, 25, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

Samantha Koch, 20, suffered head, neck and back injuries and was listed in stable condition.

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[JR: From the initial reports, it just sounds like a terrible traffic accident. As some one who HAS accidentally hit some one that wasn't hurt, I feel terrible for all involved including the driver. Truly worth a "prayer request" to all Jaspers.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 19 2010 4:35 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Mar 19 2010 3:36 PM

JLinkedin: Lillo, Pete [MC1984] Principal at Insight Consulting


Lillo, Pete [MC1984]
Principal at Insight Consulting Services, LLC
Trenton, NJ
Government Relations

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 19 2010 5:02 AM

JEmail: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) remembers Fess Parker

To one and all: Like many of you of a certain age (“Baby Boomers” born in the generation after World War II) I know all the words to the “Ballad of Davy Crockett” and I wanted a coonskin cap for Christmas. (I never got the coonskin cap, but I did buy myself one at Disney World after I grew up.)

Fess Parker, who so eloquently acted the part of that authentic American hero, died yesterday at age 85.

My favorite story about Fess Parker was an obscure news item from about 40 years ago, in the dark days of the Vietnam War. An American G.I., whose tour of duty in Vietnam was up, told the story. The soldier was waiting to board a helicopter for the first leg of his journey back home to America. Before he could get on board, he had to wait for the arriving passengers to disembark, most of them G.I.s just arriving for their tour of duty in the combat zone. Among them was a tall man in a coonskin cap and fringed buckskin jacket and pants – Fess Parker, in his full Davy Crockett outfit. A surreal moment. But it showed what kind of a man Fess Parker was. There was no press coverage. Nobody else ever would have known about it if that soldier hadn’t told the story. Most of the soldiers in that war were “Davy Crockett” fans when they were little boys. Fess Parker just wanted those boys in the combat zone to know that he cared about them.

A nice man.

- Jerry Breen

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Breen, Jerry (MC1971)


[JR: I "snopesed" the story but found nothing. Never heard that. But, I too was a fan. A quiet gentleman.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 19 2010 9:20 AM

JObit: LePorisz, Stephen Nicholas [MC2006 RIP]


Stephen Nicholas LePorisz
    * BORN: March 6, 1983
    * DIED: March 15, 2010
    * LOCATION: Hastings On Hudson, NY

Stephen was born on March 6, 1983 and passed away on Monday, March 15, 2010.

Stephen was last known to be living in Hastings On Hudson, New York.

Stephen attended St. Pauls grammer school in Yonkers, was a graduate of Fordham Prep in the Bronx and received his Engineering degree fron Manhattan College in Riverdale.

Viewing Information Viewing Type: Visitation Viewing Location: At Funeral Home Viewing Date: Sunday, March 21, 2010 2-4 and Service Information Service Type: Mass Service Date: Monday, March 22, 2010 10:00AM Service Location: Holy Rosary Church, Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY Final Disposition Burial Type: Mausoleum Entombment Burial Date: Monday, March 22, 2010 11:30AM Cemetery: Ferncliff Cemetery.

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LePorisz, Stephen Nicholas [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/88094285


Dear John,

   I believe that Stephen is a member of the Class of 2006.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

LePorisz, Stephen Nicholas [MC2006 RIP]

[JR: 2006! That's another tragedy.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 19 2010 2:58 PM
    * Updated: Sat, Mar 20 2010 6:04 PM

MFound: Manhattan College Alumni Society on LinkedIn


Manhattan College Alumni Society on LinkedIn

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ASCE Air Transportation Group: Thirteenth Annual One-Day Conference – Thursday, April 15, 2010 – JFK International Airport

For additional info, please contact:
William A. Fife, P.E.
Aviation Council Chair
ASCE Transportation & Development Institute
Tel: 516 223-3280

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 19 2010 7:59 PM

JLinkedin: Rueckel ‘61 and Mathern ‘72 networking in Charlotte NC


Jack Rueckel
Facilitator – St Matthew CICT Job Support Gp; ret. Exec Consultant & VP/CIO

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I wish Manhattan had an Alumni Chapter in the Greater Charlotte NC area. It’s not convenient or practical to go 600+ miles to NYC for an event such as this. Perhaps a video web meeting could be arranged inexpensively so those of us “in far away lands” could check in, resister and view / chat. Best Wishes for the Alumni Networking Reception on the 25th.

Jack Rueckel, A&S ‘61 ret. CIO / Exec Consultant

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Tom Mathern
Broker / Principal at Silver Fox Properties, LLC

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We can always start one. Class of ‘72 here in Charlotte.

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[JR: Any other Jaspers in the Charlotte NC area willing to put their heads together?]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 19 2010 8:06 PM

JEmail: Report on funeral for Jones, Br. Christian [MC1959 RIP]

From: “Bob Abate”
Date: March 17, 2010 2:32:33 PM EDT
To: “fjohn reinke (mc1968)”
Subject: Brother Christian

John, I read your condolence message and just wanted to let you know that it was a very nice funeral service. Regards … Bob Abate

[JR: Thanks, glad to know.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Mar 19 2010 8:10 PM

JLinkedin: Battistin, Louis [MC1986] Sales Semiconductors NYC


Battistin, Louis [MC1986]
Sales Development Consultant
Greater New York City Area

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 20 2010 5:13 AM

JHQ: McNeil, Kate Anne [MC2010 RIP]

To the Manhattan College Community;

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden death of one of our students and injury to another. Kate Anne McNeil, a junior in the school of business, was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing the intersection of Central Avenue and Sunrise Highway in Baldwin NY, on Wednesday evening, March 17. She was pronounced dead at South Nassau Hospital. Also injured in the McNeil family was her brother Bryan, 25, who is in serious but stable condition at Nassau University Medical Center.

Samantha Koch, a junior in the school of business, was also injured in the same accident and is reported in stable condition at South Nassau Hospital.

Students, faculty, and friends are invited to come together at Mass on Sunday, March 21 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. Following Mass the counseling and campus ministry staff welcome all to gather in Smith Auditorium for support and discussion.

In addition, on Monday, March 22, campus ministry will host a reflection at 5 pm and again on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 pm in Cornerstone, Miguel Hall, main floor. All are welcome.

As some of you may know, Kate McNeil¹s father, Thomas, class of ‘74 and brother, Thomas ¹04 are both graduates of the College. Samantha Koch¹s sister, Danielle is a graduate of the class of ‘08.

Manhattan College extends its deepest condolences to the McNeil family and keeps Kate, Samantha, and Bryan in our thoughts and prayers.

As funeral arrangements become available they will be announced to the community via Jaspernet.

Dr. Brennan O’Donnell

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McNeil, Kate Anne [MC2010 RIP]

McNeil, Thomas [MC1974]

McNeil, Thomas [MC2004]

Koch, Samantha [MC2010]

Koch, Danielle [MC2008]

[JR: This is a tragedy. Worse than I was originally led to believe. With the most Jaspers impacted since 9/11. Sadly reported.]

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McEneney, Mike (MC1953) forwards this:

Dear John,

   FYI May She Rest In Peace.


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Funeral Arrangements for Kate Anne McNeil:

Wake: Sunday, March 21, 2010
    2-4 pm and 7 – 9 pm
    Cecere Family Funeral Home
    2283 Grant Ave.
    Baldwin, NY 11510

Funeral: Monday, March 22, 2010
    9:45 am
    St. Christopher’s Church
    11 Gale Ave.
    Baldwin, NY 11510

Bus will depart on Monday morning at 7:30 am at the guard booth for any member of the community needing transportation to the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Kate Anne McNeil Memorial Scholarship Fund at Manhattan College. For more information, please call the office of college advancement at 718-862-7548.

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 20 2010 7:36 AM

JEmail: Crispino, Jerry L. [MC1952 RIP] is in 3/19/10 NY Law Journal

Dear John,

   The 3/19/10 NY Law Journal on page 2 has a very heartfelt tribute to Judge Crispino, ‘52 by his daughter on the first anniversary of his death. He was a great Jasper.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Have to take your word for it. It's behind a paywall and not indexed by Google. (That's a way to get hidden content.) And, that's why the old media is dying.]

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Crispino, Jerry L. [MC1952 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 20 2010 7:49 AM

Comment on PRAYERSREQUESTED: tragic death in Tom McNeil’s (’04) family

By Carolyn Predmore

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Kate Anne McNeil
Memorial Scholarship Fund at Manhattan College. For more information, please
call the office of college advancement at 718-862-7548.

Her father, Thomas O’Neil is class of 1974

[JR: Thanks, Professor P. Much appreciated.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 20 2010 1:13 PM

ENDNOTE: Protestants can fire their bishops


Don’t Blame the Pope!
by Christopher Manion
… … is a columnist for The Wanderer, America’s oldest independent Catholic newspaper, founded in 1868.

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“When our bishops misbehave, we can fire them,” a Protestant friend wryly observes. He has in mind, of course, the concerted effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to nationalize health care. Yes, Catholic bishops serve for life. The people in the pews can’t fire them, and it’s a good thing. After all, the Church is not a democracy.

But the Catholic Church isn’t a theocracy, either. So when our bishops beat the drum for socialized medicine – and they have, for years – they unnecessarily alienate many people, and not only Catholics. After all, the church has always taught that the laity, not the clergy, should take lead in practical political matters. So why do our bishops ignore Catholic experts, as well as common sense? Why do they give aid and comfort to Speaker Pelosi and her disastrous bill, demanding only that it be “abortion neutral”?

When bishops play politics, they enter a hog wallow for which they are ill-equipped. But there they are, and the damage that their “reform” would cause demands a candid appraisal. After all, if the bishops insist on playing politics, they invite political analysis. As a Catholic layman, in the Christian spirit of charity and truth, I offer this brief survey of some key aspects of the bishops’ political involvement that are often overlooked.

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And last, just in case, there’s Congress. Specifically, Catholic Senator Patrick Leahy, sent a shot across the bow of any bishop who might be thinking of barring Leahy from receiving the Eucharist (as Canon Law requires). The mere prospect of a subpoena from the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee is enough to chill the spine of any bishop who still has one.

ObamaCare would be dead as a doornail if the bishops stopped supporting it. But they persist, heatedly rejecting (but not addressing) complaints detailing their leftist bias. All believers should pray for our spiritual leaders, to be sure. And, in this season of Lent, we are often reminded that this world is indeed the Vale of Tears. Nonetheless, the sad truth remains: if our Catholic bishops are successful in their campaign for national health care, there will be a lot more tears.

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[JR: Any long-time reader of my stuff will know that I think that Big Gooferment “neutered” the American Church with the sex scandal. For their part of this supposed (or suspected) Devil’s Bargain, the Bishops can NOT turn against the “King”. Hence, their muted response to Abortion, Healthcare, and CINO politicians. And we are all worse off for it. The “Social Justice” mantra, that the Liberal / Progressive / Socialist / Marxists have “popularized”, has been picked up by the American Church. To it’s own detriment. The American Catholic Church is a shadow of its former self and has failed to fight for the Oppressed. The Catholic Schools, the Catholic Hospitals, the Catholic Charities, and most sadly the once great Catholic Universities are GONE. Fallen to the “King”! Sorry, until The American Church stands for it’s core beliefs, it’s never going to be taken seriously. Once “Roman Catholic” was a brand; today it’s a joke. Sorry, but we need a new Martin Luther to restore the Church’s ethical basis. Until then, the attendance and collections will be off. Why support a charade? Maybe the Protestants have the right organizational model!]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Mar 20 2010 6:37 PM

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