JASPER JOTTINGS Week 14 - 2010 April 04

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



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POSITRACTION: Helping folk, break through learning


February 25, 2010
Clearing the fog of vision:

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Neuroscientist Pawan Sinha gave an inspiring talk to TED India about his work on providing treatment for visual problems and how this is over-turning many of our long-standing assumptions about how the brain develops the ability to make sense of the visual world.

Sinha focuses on children and adults who have grown up with congenital cataracts – a clouding of the eye’s lens that prevents light from entering the eye.

In essence, it’s like growing up with a blindfold on or while wearing very clouded glasses. The condition is easy to treat with minor surgery but removing the cataract ‘blindfold’ after childhood doesn’t give the personal normal vision.

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This suggested to the research team that visual development can happen later in life and wasn’t fixed in the early years, as had been assumed from animal studies or from assessments of patients that had only happened shortly after surgery.

Sinha runs Project Prakash that provides cataract surgery to people in India but this has also allowed him the opportunity to study visual development in more detail and his TED talk is on how is combining both the humanitarian and scientific mission to expand our understanding of the visual brain and advance treatments for visual problems.

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[JR: Wow, there is so much we don’t know, don’t understand, and don’t do! It seems a shame on the human race that we can’t help our fellow humans overcome the congenital condition. Argh!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 28 2010 11:37 AM

JEMAIL: Lou Apoldo, Lou (MC1963) ids Galloway, James Thomas [MC1964 RIP]

RE: JOBIT for Galloway, James Thomas [MC???? RIP]
Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ydw3hfa



I believe the obit for James Galloway of Tenafly was a former engineering classmate of mine from the Class of 1963

Lou Apoldo
BCE ‘63


[JR: Thanks, Lou. Much appreciated. And, sorry about the loss of your classmate. Those always upset me.]

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Hi John,

The 1964 may be correct, because although he hung out with some of my friends, he may not have graduated with my class. I only have a vague memory of a very friendly thin kid with glasses. His birthday in the obit would make him about the right age. Mike is probably correct about the 1964.


Galloway, James Thomas [MC1964 RIP]

[JR: Thanks. Mike was beginning to get self-conscious about his eyesight! :-) But, with the wages that Jottings pays, you have to be willing to accept old eyes. Obits, from any year, make me morose!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 28 2010 1:37 PM
    * Updated: Mon, Mar 29 2010 11:34 PM

LINKEDIN: O’Neill, Don [MC1996] Accounting Mgr One Call Medical


O’Neill, Don [MC1996]
Accounting Manager at One Call Medical
Greater New York City Area

Summary: Experienced in Managing all aspects of the Month End Close Process, Accounts Payable, Expense Management and Analysis, Travel Management, Vendor Contracting, Audit Financial Statements.

Specialties: Expense Management, Month End Close Process

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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 28 2010 2:46 PM

JHQ: Jasper Open Golf 03 May 2010

[JR: Details available at the link below.]


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    * Posted on: Sun, Mar 28 2010 2:55 PM

JEMAIL: Kenny, Bob (MC1968) got a malware warning on the cheerleader picture

John – Just to let you know when I clicked on the cheerleader picture I got a malware warning from my virus protection software.


PENNINGTON, NJ 08534-5415


[JR: Argh! That's most disturbing. I got no warning on my primary machine. I went back and checked on my secondary; also no warning. Perhaps you're right. I'd urge everyone to use caution. Usually, malware is found in porn. (Or so I'm told. I don't go and play in traffic either. Or frequent the "wrong side of town" either. Common sense in my old age.) But, without a detailed autopsy, these pictures should be avoided. Thanks, Bob for the heads up.]

Kenny, Bob (MC1968)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 29 2010 3:26 AM

JNEWS: McGuire, Michael F. [MC1981] runs for Sullivan County Court Judge


McGuire Announces Run for Sullivan County Court Judge
March 28, 2010 by thecatskillchronicle
Story and photos by Ted Waddell

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MONTICELLO – On Wednesday, March 24, local attorney-at-law and former Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Michael F. McGuire officially tossed his hat into the political ring in a bid for the seat of Sullivan County Judge & Surrogate Hon. Burton Ledina, who is scheduled to retire at the end of the year.

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During his remarks at the press conference, the candidate said. “I’ve spent the last 30 years of my life preparing to be Sullivan County Court Judge…the collective experiences I’ve had in my personal and professional life have prepared me well to follow the fine tradition of jurisprudence this county has enjoyed, judges like Lawrence Cooke, a former Chief Judge of the highest court in the state, the Court of Appeals [and] more recently judges like Anthony Kane, retired Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, and most immediately Judge Burton Ledina … a man committed to fundamental fairness and even-handed justice…”

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If elected County Court Judge & Surrogate, McGuire pledged to insure that everyone who appears before his bench will be treated with respect and dignity, but issued this warning to defendants found guilty of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, “I’ll use all the tools which the law provides to protect this community from them.”

“Our streets are progressively being taken over by children turning to crime often to remedy the shortcomings in their own homes,” he said in addressing the complex issues related to juvenile delinquency and what drives kids to a life on the dark side of justice. He said he would work closely with community action groups and attorneys appearing before him who represent youthful offenders to “heal broken families and teach children that violence is never a path to success, and to teach mothers and fathers what it means to be a parent.”

“My only agenda will be the health and safety of our community, our senior citizens and our children,” said McGuire in closing.

Qualifications: Michael F. McGuire

   * Education – Bachelor of Science, Manhattan College, 1981 (graduated Magna Cum Laude); Master of Arts, University of Northern Iowa, 1983 (graduated Suma Cum Laude); Juris Doctor, Pace University, 2001 (graduated Magna Cum Laude).

* Family – The McGuires reside in Liberty and have three sons- Kevin, a senior at SUNY Cortland; William, an 11th grader at Liberty High School; and Carl, a 5th grader at Liberty Elementary School.

* Coaching Experience – Former athletic director and baseball coach at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, former athletic director at Sullivan County Community College (the men’s basketball team won three NJCAA Division III national championships); coaches youth baseball.

* Current Private Law Practice – Family Court, juvenile delinquency cases, child support, criminal defense, civil litigation, and real estate.

* Community Service – Vice President of the Liberty Central School Board of Education, Liberty Elks, Instructor with the Office of Court   Administration’s Judicial Training Institute, and counsel to the New York State Police Troopers PBA.


McGuire, Michael F. [MC1981]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 29 2010 9:07 AM

JNEWS: Deppisch, Ralph [MC1968] speaks at Real Estate Leaders Forum 4/22/10


Ralph Deppisch, Managing Member, Luminous Ventures, at GoldenNetworking.com’s Distressed Real Estate Conference

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Ralph Deppisch, Managing Member, Luminous Ventures, will participate at GoldenNetworking.com’s Real Estate Leaders Forum 2010, “Successfully Investing in Distressed Real Estate Assets” (www.RealEstateLeadersForum.com), April 22nd, 2010, New York City, forum where all industry practitioners, investors, developers, owners, bankers, alternative lenders, brokers, lawyers, restructuring experts and consultants, will obtain crucial insights to prosper in the current Distressed Real Estate environment.

Mr. Deppisch, an experienced Commercial Real Estate senior executive with an emphasis in all aspects of development, asset management and valuation, has served for the past twenty five years in the capacities of Vice President, Senior Vice President, Director, Founder and Managing Member. He has acquired an in depth knowledge in the underwriting, valuation and financing of a wide range of product types with strong affiliation relationships in all areas of the Real Estate Industry. Mr. Deppisch has built through his career strategic affiliations in the capital markets sector including equity raising and the formation of joint venture partnerships, debt financing and the negotiation of loan documents, as well managed the development and implementation of public/private and political outreach programs as well as public/private partnership structures. Mr. Deppisch holds a Bachelor in Sciences, Electrical Engineering, from Manhattan College, and a Master in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton.

GoldenNetworking.com’s Real Estate Leaders Forum 2010 is produced by GoldenNetworking.com (www.goldennetworking.com), the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs, investors and diplomats, founded by former McKinsey consultant Edgar Perez. Upcoming Leaders Forums and Business Networking receptions include:

• High-Frequency Trading Happy Hour, (www.HFTHappyHour.com), April 5th, New York City

• Venture Capital Leaders Forum 2010, “Setting the Stage for Transformational Change” (www.VentureCapitalLeadersForum.com), May 13t, Boston, MA

Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact GoldenNetworking.com by sending an email to info@goldennetworking.com. GoldenNetworking.com has been frequently featured in the press, including recent articles in The New York Times, “GoldenNetworking.com Helps Job Seekers Make Overseas Connections” (www.nytimes.com/2009/11/07/nyregion/07network.html) and Columbia Business School’s Hermes Alumni Magazine, “10 Under 10″ (www7.gsb.columbia.edu/alumni/news/ten-under-ten).


Deppisch, Ralph [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Deppisch, Ralph [MC1968]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 29 2010 9:21 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Mar 30 2010 8:50 PM

MNEWS: MC’s 1965 Bball team still remembered


Mary Haskins, wife of UTEP’s legendary coach, reflects during a familiar month
By Victor R. Martinez \ El Paso Times
Posted: 03/29/2010 12:00:00 AM MDT

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EL PASO — Mary Haskins is no stranger to the March madness that is the NCAA men’s basketball championship.

She was there during all 14 NCAA tournament berths her husband, Don Haskins, made, as head coach of Texas Western College, now known as the University of Texas at El Paso.

Mary Haskins remembers every one of those Selection Sundays as she watched attentively to see if UTEP would be invited to the big dance.

“March has always meant the NCAA tournament to me,” she said. “I would watch wondering if we were going to get into the big tournament, where we would be playing and how many games we were going to win. I was always thrilled to death when I would see our name on the board.”

When Coach Haskins died at home on Sept. 7, 2008, … …

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Q What do you think of next year’s team?

A In 1965, Texas Western was playing in Madison Square Garden in the first round of the NIT and we played Manhattan College and they beat us by 18 points. We had the nucleus of our 1966 team playing. This year, Butler beat us by 18 points in the NCAA. I hope this is a good omen for our team next season because we went on and won the national championship.

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 29 2010 9:27 AM

JFACEBOOK: “WRCM’s Battle of the Bands” on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00pm

Grzymala, Mandy (MC2012):

“WRCM’s Battle of the Bands” on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00pm.
Event: WRCM’s Battle of the Bands
What: Concert
Start Time: Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00pm
End Time: Wednesday, April 28 at 11:00pm
Where: Smith Auditorium

[JR: Now maybe if they had Judy Collins or the Beach Boys. (I can here them saying "Who?".)]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 29 2010 2:10 PM

JLINKEDIN: O’Grady, Liz [MC1994] Sr Assoc Porter Orlin


O’Grady, Liz [MC1994]
Senior Associate at Porter Orlin LLC
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 29 2010 2:56 PM

JEMAIL: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) makes “avatars”

John: Recently, whenever I’m drawing caricatures of people at parties, somebody always seems to comment “Hey, you should use that on your Facebook page!” I also noticed that some of my own Facebook friends, like me, were using my caricatures of them as their Facebook “avatar”. (It’s an ancient Hindu term for a god manifesting themselves in a form visible to us mortals, but it’s also computer newspeak for the picture that you put at the top of your Facebook page.) So it looks like this is a new field for caricature artists like me to explore. Here are a few sample avatars. Jaspers can check out my website at www.newbreen.com for more info on how they can get their own cartoon avatar. Thanks, Jerry Breen MC’71

[JR: Hopefully, you'll make as much as the movie!]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 29 2010 10:26 PM

JOY: Martin, Margaret Kelly (MC1998) delivers Anne Margaret Martin!!!

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Anne Margaret came into the world at 11:07 this morning. She weighed in at 8lbs 3ozs and was 20 1/2 inches long. Overall both Mommy and baby are doing well.

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Thanks to all of you for your continued support and I am sure Margaret will fill you in on the details I omitted when Anne and her come home on Wednesday.

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Martin, Margaret Kelly (MC1998)

[JR: I love a scoop! I love happy stuff. And, births for some reason are really joyous. Mozel Tov!]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Mar 29 2010 10:34 PM

JOBIT: Eckenfelder, William Wesley Jr. [MC1946 RIP]


An April 1 memorial service scheduled for professor and ‘godfather of industrial wastewater management’
3/29/2010 3:32 pm

William Wesley Eckenfelder Jr., deemed the ‘godfather’ of industrial wastewater management by many of his colleagues, former students and peers, died March 28 in Nashville. He was 83.

A memorial service will be held April 1 at the Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. followed by the service.

Eckenfelder was known internationally as a pioneer in the field of water treatment and a leading authority in industrial wastewater management. In addition to founding several companies, he was an environmental engineering professor at Manhattan College, the University of Texas-Austin and Vanderbilt University.

He came to Vanderbilt University in 1969 and retired as Distinguished Professor of Environment and Water Resources Engineering, Emeritus in 1989.

His primary research interest at retirement was advanced activated sludge technology. At his death, Eckenfelder was a technical director at AquAeTer, a Nashville-based engineering firm that focuses on projects related to energy, engineering, environmental, sustainability and risk analyses.

In 2008, he was an integral part of a three-day wastewater treatment workshop – Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment Technologies: Innovative Solutions to Difficult Problems – offered by the Vanderbilt School of Engineering and Siemens Water Technologies Corporation.

Eckenfelder was a prolific writer and he influenced countless numbers of engineers through his many textbooks, hundreds of journal articles, and courses. Among Eckenfelder’s more than 30 technical books, his second book, Industrial Water Pollution Control published by McGraw-Hill, is a classic text initially intended for the classroom. The most recent third edition is marketed and used by practicing professionals in the field.

Many students have said Eckenfelder instilled a sense of confidence in them and his door was always open to all. “As Wes Eckenfelder’s first Ph.D. student, and one whose life was professionally influenced by such a friend, mentor and icon, I am forever grateful that he came my way,” said Davis L. Ford, past president, American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

In a 2008 interview published in Industrial WaterWorld, Eckenfelder said over the span of his career he was most proud of being one of the primary developers of biological treatment technology. His first book, Biological Wastewater Treatment, published in 1960. In the 1950s, he designed the first activated sludge plant, which was a model for a pulp and paper plant, and for a pharmaceutical plant.

In October 2009, a memoir was released – Wwe: The life of an environmental pioneer – and a book signing reception was held at the School of Engineering. The following month, Eckenfelder spoke at the 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting in Nashville. His presentation was entitled “60 Years of Biological Wastewater Treatment.”

Eckenfelder was the founding principal of several companies, including AWARE, Inc. in Nashville, Tenn., which was later named Eckenfelder, Inc. in his honor. AWARE merged in 1998 with Brown and Caldwell, a California-based full-service environmental engineering firm. In recognition of Eckenfelder’s many contributions to the profession of environmental engineering, Brown and Caldwell established the Dr. W. Wesley Eckenfelder Scholarship.

He received 28 awards and accolades from professional societies. In December 1999, he was named one of three people named “20th Century Pollution Control Pioneers” by Environmental Protection magazine. The other two were Rachael Carson, author of Silent Spring, the 1962 book widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement in the United States, and British Nobel Laureate and biochemist Archer J. P. Martin who developed the method of gas-liquid chromatography.

One of the last awards he received was created in his honor by the Water Environment Federation. He received in 2007 the inaugural Dr. Wesley Eckenfelder Industrial Water Quality Lifetime Achievement Award at the revived Industrial Water Quality Conference in Providence, R.I.

Eckenfelder was born in New York City in 1926 and graduated from high school at age 16. He received bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in 1946. He earned a master’s degree in sanitary engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1948, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from New York University in 1954. He also pursued post-graduate studies at North Carolina State University.

Eckenfelder was preceded in death by his son, Lawrence. He is survived by his wife, Agnes Elliott Eckenfelder; his daughter, Janice Lariviere; his daughter-in-law, Dora Eckenfelder; and four grandchildren.


Eckenfelder, William Wesley Jr. [MC1946 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 30 2010 8:19 AM

JNEWS: Gresh, Sean [MC????] Ipswich School Committee candidate


Gresh announces School Committee candidacy
By Anonymous
Beverly Citizen
Posted Mar 29, 2010 @ 12:36 PM
Last update Mar 29, 2010 @ 04:21 PM

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Beverly, Mass. —

Dear editor,

I am running for a seat on the Ipswich School Committee and wish to briefly introduce myself to Ipswich residents. A former high school and college professor, the author of “Becoming a Father”(Bantam), and a parent and grandparent, I am a passionate supporter of education. For the past 10 years, I have been an executive speechwriter at I.B.M and have been involved in researching and writing about some of the most exciting and important issues of our times — areas involving education, government and healthcare.

I am running to represent Ipswich residents in support of our schools, our students and their parents and teachers. Educating students is one of the most important things we can all do to help our children gain the knowledge and skills they will need to compete in today’s rapidly changing job market and to contribute to society.

I have a doctorate in education from Columbia University-Teachers College, a master’s degree from Manhattan College, and a bachelor’s degree from La Salle University. I have taught at Emerson College (journalism and professional writing), have run educational programs (Vermont State Nurses Association) and have been a contributor to The Boston Globe, Glamour, Boston Magazine and other publications.

I am deeply grateful for the education my children have received in public schools.

I ask for your support and welcome the opportunity to give back and contribute to the Ipswich schools as a member of the School Committee.

Dr. Sean Gresh


Gresh, Sean [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 30 2010 8:24 AM

JEMAIL: FYI to all MC alum authors, and would be authors

Two things:

(1) Last night, I passed to the MC Library Director Ms. Duchon the two volume set of “CHURCH 10●19●62″. There’s a room in the library where they host / house all books written by alums. So, any alum author, who wants immortality, should donate a copy of their book to the MC Library. Next time I visit my books, I’ll post directions to the room and maybe a picture. (I left a message for any readers in those books.)

(2) My experience with self-publishing a book, with the web-based service Lulu, was paradigm shifting for me. For basically the cost of my time, I was able to produce a hardback and a two volume paperback of “CHURCH 10●19●62″. (It’s called “Print On Demand”. You never pay unless you order a copy. When someone buys a copy from your “storefront”, then they pay for the printing. It takes about a week or two for the copy to come from who knows where. Can’t believe I sold so many copies. Not that you’ll get rich unless your name is Patterson!) Wayne Dyer, the self-help guru, says something like “The Universe is One Song and we are all in the chorus”. Taking that metaphor, with Lulu, there is no reason for allowing your particular “song” to go unsung. If you can write or record your dikw (i.e., Data, Information, Wisdom, Knowledge), then there is no excuse not to publish your book. (It may be a mortal sin of selfishness to deprive humanity of your story?) No one should be allowed to leave the field of battle, aka “this vale of tears”, without leaving their message behind for other and future generations. Now we have the technology to make it relatively painless. When you donate a copy to the MC library, you inspire others and capture immortality. Well, at least the most immortality that I know other than having children. (Contact me if you want to know more about my experience. With the book. Ain’t got no kids! LOL, The Universe correcting its mistakes? )

Submitted for your consideration,

Jasper FJohn68 (MC1968)

P.S.: I’ll be happy to post anyone’s pictures taken in the Library with my books. Sort of like a “Where’s Waldo” scavenger hunt. (Not that I’m egotistical, but I am shameless about pandering for Jasper Jottings material.)


Reinke, F. John (MC1968)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 30 2010 12:37 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Apr 1 2010 11:35 AM

JLINKEDIN: McCarthy, Ray [MC1977] Prod Mgr Acct Svcs Citibank


McCarthy, Ray [MC1977] Product Manager Account Services at Citibank
Greater New York City Area

Summary: A senior project and Cash Management Operations manager with demonstrated revenue and cost reduction results from a number of global projects. I am known for being both detail-oriented as well as providing strategic vision. Being a people as well as business-focused manager provides the organization with a well-motivated and highly effective group of people. My strengths include strategic planning and execution, ability to work with a diverse skill set of people and delivering financial results in each situation.

Specialties: Innovative solutions, project management to completion & people manager

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 30 2010 3:41 PM

JFOUND: McGuire, Tony [MC1966]


McGuire, Tony [MC1966]
McGuire Engineers, Inc
300 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2302
Chicago, IL 60606

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    * Posted on: Tue, Mar 30 2010 6:19 PM

JBLOGGER: Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986) does Copyright Litigation Blog


Copyright Litigation Blog
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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New! Copyright Law for the General Practitioner Update – CLE on the Web Available on Lawlines
New copyright law update available through Lawlines here.

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Raymond Dowd, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP


Learn from experienced litigators about the basics of copyright law and practice, including assignments, licensing, recording security interests, dealing with the Copyright Office, pre-litigation due diligence and litigation.

Raymond Dowd is a member of DBM’s intellectual property, corporate, litigation and arbitration practice groups. He has broad commercial litigation experience in both federal and state courts, and has represented copyright, trademark and domain name owners, broadcasters, distributors and content providers in transactions and litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has conducted numerous bench and jury trials and arbitrations. He has obtained, enforced, and collected judgments including conducting seizures. In addition, he has provided corporate and transactional representation entrepreneurial companies from the incorporation and startup phase through significant growth. Mr. Dowd represents collectors and dealers of fine art and has litigated disputes involving authenticity, forgery, ownership and provenance. Mr. Dowd regularly speaks to trade associations on copyright, fine art, trademark and litigation issues, and participates in organizing continuing legal education programs.

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Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 31 2010 8:45 AM

JLINKEDIN: Grimaldi, Michael J. [MC1990] VP Shared Svcs Prgm Mgr Axis Capital


Grimaldi, Michael J. [MC1990] VP Corporate/Shared Services Program Manager at Axis Capital

Greater New York City Area

Information Technology and Services

Summary: A highly experienced IT Manager, Project Manager and Business Analyst who has demonstrated the ability to solve complex business problems by combining effective process and systems. Strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 18 years of hands-on experience in problem solving, project implementation and management, and, systems and process analysis and design. Proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s business requirements and identify cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, and/or improving user experience.

Specialties: • Business Process Off-shoring • Finance• Human Resources • Treasury • Accounts Payable• Corporate Legal and Compliance• IT Relationship Management • PeopleSoft • Project Management • Training and Teambuilding

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 31 2010 3:46 PM

JFACEBOOK: LePorisz, Stephen Nicholas [MC2005 RIP] by Ross, Erica [MC2000]


>Erica Ross Sales Engineer at Baltimore Aircoil Company

Steve LePorisz, Class of ‘05

It is with the deepest sadness that I inform you of the untimely passing of fellow Jasper, Steve LePorisz. Steve graduated in the Class of 2005 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Since his graduation, he worked for both Turner Construction and Collado Engineering, a small consulting engineering firm in Westchester County. Steve brought a vibrant spirit, leadership, and guidance to everyone he knew. Most importantly, Steve was also a dear friend to many of us. He will be missed by many, but forgotten by no one.

Steve’s family and closest friends will be hosting a fundraiser in his honor at Rory Dolan’s Restaurant (890 McLean Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704, Telephone 914-776-2946) this Saturday, April 3rd starting at 4 PM. All proceeds from the event will be used to establish an academic scholarship in Steve’s memory at Manhattan College. If you are unable to attend the fundraiser, and would still like to contribute you may mail your donations to P.O. Box 208, Yonkers, NY 10710. Please make personal checks payable to Steve’s dad, Steve LePorisz, Sr.



Ross, Erica [MC2000]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Mar 31 2010 3:53 PM

JNEWS: Reilly, James [MC1962?] Corporate Counsel California American Water


California American Water Appoints James Reilly to Corporate Counsel
By: PR Newswire
Mar. 31, 2010 05:41 PM

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CORONADO, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — California American Water appointed James Reilly, an experienced regulatory attorney, to its corporate counsel team.

Reilly will focus on regulatory and rate case matters, working closely with the company’s rates and business performance units. Reilly will be based out of the company’s San Francisco office where the California Public Utilities Commission is headquartered.

“We are pleased to have a person join our team with as much experience and knowledge in the industry as Jim does,” said Rob MacLean, president of California American Water. “His proven expertise in regulatory environments will be an invaluable asset as we proceed with our rates and business performance projects.”

Reilly has more than 15 years of regulatory and legal experience. His most recent position was at the Edgcomb Law Group in San Francisco, where his practice focused on complex litigation. Before that, Reilly was based in New Jersey, where he represented telecommunications and electric companies before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities through the firm Riker Danzig. Reilly was Associate General Counsel to the Majority Office of the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005 and served that state as Deputy Attorney General in 2004. Jim also served as Chief of Staff to a Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. He was a Legislative Aide to the United States Senate and has worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York.

Reilly earned his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government from Manhattan College. He is a member of both the New Jersey and California Bars.

California American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 600,000 people.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

SOURCE California American Water

Published Mar. 31, 2010


Reilly, James [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I have a James F. from the Class of 1962 in California, but I am not sure that he is the right James.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Your guess is as good as, scratch that, better than mine.]

Reilly, James [MC1962?]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 1 2010 1:33 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Apr 2 2010 8:18 PM

JLINKEDIN: Mangione, Michael [MC1991] VP WSP-SELLS


Mangione, Michael [MC1991]
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

Summary: Mr. Mangione has extensive professional experience in the inspection, analysis and design of large and small structures, especially in bridge and structure inspection and evaluation, load rating evaluation, structural analysis and design. He has specialized experience with urban, long span and cable supported structures. Mr. Mangione is responsible for all aspects of the firms’ bridge inspection program including business development, staffing, scheduling, budgeting, training and personnel. He has served in many responsible capacities on WSP  SELLS bridge inspection and design projects, performing project management and providing technical oversight. He has performed Quality Control and oversight for many of these projects and is thoroughly familiar with WSP  SELLS QA/QC program and manual. He is experienced with procedures management practices and familiar with the QA/QC procedures of many transit and transportation agencies.

Specialties: Project Management, Business Development, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Bridge Inspection, Bridge Design, Transporation, Rail

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 1 2010 4:01 PM

PRAYERREQUESTED: Gallaher, Peter (MC1965) payers for his granddaughter

From: Peter Gallaher (MC1965)
Date: April 1, 2010 6:18:30 PM EDT

Our granddaughter, Julia aged 16, was taken to the hospital by ambulance yesterday, Lowell General, and from there to Children’s Hospital in Boston.

She spent the day and night in intractable pain. Finally there has come some relief and our daughter, Jeanne, tells us that she is resting, and eating her first solid food in two days.

There have been issues with unfeeling and obstinate residents and such like, too.

Neurologists assigned to her have so far been puzzled. She is scheduled for a brain and spinal MRI tomorrow, and will undergo a series of examinations and tests by GI specialists.

Of your kindness please say a prayer that there will come some diagnosis and plan going forward.

It was brought home to me as I waited that there is that part of being a grandparent which is especially painful, waiting on the sidelines and praying and worrying about two generations of your loves ones.


[JR: Wish this was just an April Fool's joke. Suffering, any loved one's suffering, is gut wrenching. Especially when there's really nothing you can do about it. We, here on Jottings, have the best pray-ers. We had so much practice during exams in certain subjects. Good thoughts in her direction.]

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MNEWS: Mauriello, Thomas (MCstf-Advancement) and his son


Where Is Christopher Mauriello?
6:34PM | March 24, 2010
A Father’s Son is Spirited Out of the Country by his Ex-Wife and Disappears.

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Someone is missing from the Mauriello table tonight.

14 year old Christopher Mauriello is in Bosnia with his mother.

He was supposed to have returned home from Christmas vacation on January 3rd. But Christopher and his mother had other plans.

His father, Thomas Mauriello, who has physical custody of Christopher was at the end of his rope when he called Help Me Howard.

As he told Howard: “My reaction was one of shock! It was unimaginable that she could do something like this!”

Tom is the Vice President for college advancement at Manhattan College. His ex-wife Tara Bray Afanasiev works for the United Nations Development Programme, also known as UNDP.

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“We are aware of this particular case involving a staff member, Ms. Tara Bray, who is currently on leave without pay. It is a personal issue between Ms. Bray and her former husband regarding the custody of their child. We very much hope this case is resolved in the best interest of the child. According to our staff rules, all UNDP staff member have an obligation to abide by their private legal obligations. UNDP has reminded Ms. Bray of that requirement. UNDP has been in touch with the US authorities to ensure that they are fully appraised of the steps we have taken in this matter.”

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Mauriello, Thomas (MCstf-Advancement)

[JR: I'm always shocked when I hear these things. How can a parent survive such a loss? It seems that publicity can accomplish results. You have to build enough of a fire under politicians and bureaucrats. Then, they will make things happen. This Easter Sunday, when you're with your family, say a prayer for all the lost and exploited children. Then on Monday, light your own fire under your "favorite" target. What good are laws if they don't get obeyed? Pick your favorite congresscritter or bureaucrat; ask them "Where is Christopher Mauriello?"]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 2 2010 12:54 AM

MFOUND: former Pan Trinbago President and some “MC”?


Tobago’s Our Boys celebrates 56th. anniversary

By OPOKU WARE Thursday, April 1 2010

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OUR BOYS Steel Orchestra is the only steelband in the history of the pan movement to make it on the prestigious American Billboard music charts. The Tobago based steelband, which is based at Fort Street in Scarborough, achieved its Billboard ranking in 1989 with a Len “Boogsie” Sharpe arrangement of “Pan Night and Day”.

The band, whose most prominent member is former Pan Trinbago President Patrick Arnold, is currently celebrating its 56th anniversary. Arnold recently gave an account of how the steelband came into being.

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However, Arnold had a burning desire to pursue his academics, so he returned to the United States in 1965. In his absence, Bertille St Clair, who would later become the well-known football coach, was left in charge of Our Boys. St Clair kept the band as a tightly knit unit while Arnold was away.

In New York he recalled “I enrolled in Manhattan College and I met Clifford Alexis who introduced me to BWIA Sunjets steelband. They had no pan tuner, so I took on that responsibility. I sent a message to Bertille to send up my tenor pan and my involvement in pan in North America was well on the road.

“I met with Andy Narrel and he got me involved in pan tuning with Ellie Manette. I taught African American kids the art of pan playing, as a means to take them off the streets and that was very successful.”

Arnold later moved to Canada where he enrolled at the University of Toronto.

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[JR: Somehow, I doubt that this is OUR MC. But, I could be wrong, and it's a good read. Presented for your entertainment and opinion?]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 2 2010 10:30 AM

MFOUND: Sad tale with an uncertain MC connection


Friday, April 2, 2010
The greatest story ever told (about mental illness)

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An Unnecessary Death

The sad saga of a schizophrenic 51-year-old named Peter Fazio, a long-term patient at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, illustrates the consequences of the state’s relentless push to discharge. Before his schizophrenia hit, in the 1960’s, Fazio was an A student at Bergen Catholic in suburban New Jersey and won a full scholarship to Manhattan College. After the illness, he was wild. He was estranged from his family, at one point holding his mother hostage for five days before police arrested him. He lived in Bowery flophouses until he murdered another resident, suffocating the victim by shoving a sock into his mouth. At the time, the police were struck by how much other flophouse residents despised Fazio.

In jail, he stopped eating and was kept alive by a feeding tube. At Attica prison, he tried hanging himself in 1986. For the next two years, he later told a therapist, he planned how he would kill himself after his prison discharge. In May 1988, two days after that release, he slit his chest open with a scalpel, then stuck a boning knife into his heart. Miraculously, he lived, and was sent to Manhattan Psychiatric, where he spent the next 10 years. While still a troubled patient — records describe him as ‘’sadistic” and ”hostile” to fellow patients, as repeatedly pacing the halls, paranoid and arrogant — for the first time, he found a niche. He relished waking early to read the newspaper, sold bread from a little cart, got along with staff members and enjoyed grounds privileges.

When discharge was discussed, he commented, ”There’s nothing more to enjoy outside.” When pressed, he repeatedly threatened suicide. A social worker’s note describes a talk in January 1997 about discharge: ”I asked about suicide. He said, ‘Yeah, I’d basically go that route.”’

Hospital officials were well aware that Fazio had repeatedly threatened suicide if released. ”When discharge planning is discussed,” says a May 1997 note, ”Fazio retreats.” The note continues: ”I will hurt myself.’ Alert: He is a serious risk.”

In the months leading to his final night at the hospital, July 26, 1998, Fazio ”complained he and other patients are being pushed by the administrattion to be discharged whether they are ready or not,” according to records. During therapy he asked, ”Is the reason they’re pushing discharge now that they want to save money?”

For a few months, the record indicates, he was more positive about leaving, but by spring 1998, as the staff pressed, he is described as ”depressed” and ”not very happy or ready to talk about discharge.” He worried that people in the community would know he was a murderer. In May, he told a case manager that twice before at the hospital he had tried suicide but had mentioned it to no one. Still the staff pressed, and on June 3 a discharge team, sent to the hospital by the state to lower the census, indicated that Fazio was ready to go.

On July 6, he was taken to visit a community residence, though he refused a placement there. On July 12, an aide noted his ”regression” and ”isolation,” and a July 22 note mentioned his ambivalence and fear. On July 25, his next to last night at Manhattan Psychiatric, he stayed in his room at dinnertime, according to a hospital worker I interviewed: ”He says, ‘I’m being discharged, I really don’t want to leave.’ He was very depressed.”

The next evening, Fazio again did not go to dinner, but this time was found in the bathroom, ”in a pool of blood,” a final hospital note says. ”Body was cold to the touch.” Using a razor, he had cut a wedge out of his neck, piercing his jugular.

The story has an addendum. The state’s quality-care commission did a brief report on Fazio’s suicide, finding ”no deficiencies” by the hospital. The report said, ”We found no evidence that Mr. Fazio had threatened suicide since mid-1996” (though in Fazio’s hospital notes I count seven suicide threats in 1997 alone). The report found ”nothing significantly unusual in the life of Mr. Fazio in the weeks or days prior to his death” and concluded that Fazio’s death was ”unpredictable, thus not preventable.”

The report offered no theory as to why Fazio did kill himself. However, it did mention that two hospital workers who had talked to the media were disciplined for violating the confidentiality of the dead man.

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[JR: Unsure of the Jasper connection. Did he go? Is it even "our" MC? It reenforces my meme "gooferment sucks"! "No Deficiencies"? Are they <expletive deleted> kidding me? "barbara streisand"!]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 2 2010 12:54 PM

JLINKEDIN: Taylor, William W. [MC2002] Proj Eng Pfizer


Taylor, William W. [MC2002]
Project Engineer at Pfizer
Greater New York City Area

Summary: Project Engineer with demonstrated ability to work independently to initiate, develop, plan and evaluate multiple projects. Currently performing functions to provide engineering support, project management and execution of large projects, participating on project teams for projects up to $200M and leading project teams for projects up to $5M. Expertise in executing capital projects from the initial concept to final close-out. Experience contributing to long-term strategic development of a complex project or site capital plan. Proficient in the project management field, creating credibility within team members and expanding capabilities of the group.

Detailed experience in budgeting, project documentation, quality review & control, estimating, individual & team leadership, organizational skills, process engineering, safety training & inspections, program audits, inspection readiness, coaching & mentoring and developing customer relationships.

Specialties: OSHA Special Government Employee (SGE), LSS Green Belt trained, Completed OSHA 10 Hr Training, Chairperson for the Pearl River Environmental, Health & Safety Council, Certified Competent Person for Excavation and NFPA 70E regulations.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Apr 2 2010 4:06 PM

MFOUND: MC award on ebay



Sold For: US $9.99

[JR: Other side's image at link below.]


[JR: What price for glory? Selling off a Jasper's estate?]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 3 2010 6:00 AM

JYOUTUBE: Manhattan College LOVE Kenya


YouTube – Manhattan College LOVE Kenya

Manhattan College L.O.V.E. Kenya. cacalogero87 2 videos.
cacalogero87 — March 31, 2010 — …

[JR: No message text; just video]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 3 2010 6:06 AM

JFOUND: Ello, George [MC????] teaches Friday, 7 May 2010

2010 IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology Conference – LISAT2010* Friday, 7 May 2010 – Farmingdale State College
Electric Distribution Systems Part I*
Basic Power Engineering Concepts and Transmission/Distribution Topology
(Seminar Length: 2 Hours with Q & A: 0.2 CEUs; 2 PDHs)
Who should attend: Those interested in the design of utility distribution systems.

Speaker: Mr. George Ello, Division Manager, System Operations, National Grid Electric Services, LLC

Abstract: Electricity in a house moves along wires originating in a circuit breaker panel. A utility distribution system operates in a very similar manner. Electricity is distributed on circuits or feeders emanating from a substation. This seminar will discuss basic concepts such as power, transmission, distribution and substations. It will then move on to the concepts of distribution system design including grounding, step and touch potentials and types of distribution systems. It will conclude with a discussion of voltages including control at the substation (R and X calculations) and on the system (voltage regulators and capacitors).

Speaker’s Biography: Mr. Ello is Division Manager in the System Operations Department of National Grid Electric Services, LLC. He is responsible for the operation of the electric distribution system in real time in all normal and emergency situations. Mr. Ello has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and a Master of Science in Environmental Technology from New York Institute of Technology. Mr. Ello is a New York State Certified Fire Investigator, Level II, the highest certification attainable. He is an instructor in Electrical Cause and Origin, basic and advanced, at the New York State Academy of Fire Science. He has served as a consultant to and instructor in the Academy of Fire Science for the creation and development of the curriculum for an advanced electric fire cause and origin class. Mr. Ello is also an instructor in Electrical Systems, Electric Hazards and Tactics for Firefighters, Gas Systems and Hazard Tactics, Arson Awareness, and Fire Police Tactics at the Suffolk County Fire Academy.

In addition, he has presented courses for Fire Investigators, Insurance Special Investigations Units (“SIU”), Fire Chiefs and firefighters, Arson Squads and Fire Marshals on the topic of Electric Incident Cause and Origin, a curriculum which is certified by both New York State and Connecticut state governments for investigator continuing education units. He has also instructed in Electric Distribution Engineering, authored texts in both electric fire cause and origin and distribution engineering, and published electric distribution engineering articles in Fire Findings magazine, and has lectured on electrical safety practices to the Long Island Contractors Association

Coordinator for the classes: Theodore G. Pappas, P.E.

*Registration for the LISAT2010 Conference is $150 for IEEE Members and Registered PE’s. The registration fee for non-members who are not PEs is $200. All those wishing to have their CEUs recorded will be charged an additional $30. Go to www.ieee.li/lisat for registration and details.


Ello, George [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 3 2010 6:11 AM

LINKEDIN: O’Neill, Donald [MC1976] Clinical Pgm Mgr Centocor


O’Neill, Donald [MC1976]
Clinical Program Manager at Centocor
Greater Philadelphia Area

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 3 2010 8:51 AM

Comment on PRAYERREQUESTED by Gallaher, Peter (MC1965) 

By Patrice Athanasidy

Prayers on this most prayerful of weeks.


Athanasidy, Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 1 2010 7:00 PM

ENDNOTE: Reacting to the Irish church sex abuse scandals


Missionary nun Sister Mary Beth, a true hero of the Catholic Church
By MIKE FARRAGHER, Irish Voice Newspaper Columnist
Published Thursday, March 25, 2010, 6:56 AM
Updated Thursday, March 25, 2010, 11:04 AM

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As the Irish church sex abuse scandals tightened around the Vatican this past week, I couldn’t help but think how better communication could heal things. Once again, the old adage of the cover-up being worse than the crime was proven true.

I’d like to break with tradition of my journalistic colleagues and not bash the clergy for a moment in favor of sharing with you a story about communication of a different sort.

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The instructor, sharing our amusement, used a slightly patronizing inflection to ask, “Sister, what do you negotiate?”

“I negotiate for the welfare of children,” she replied, a small, content smile escaping her lips. “My mission work takes me down to the bus stations of Brazil.

“Parents bring their little children down to the terminal so that visitors can rent them for sexual purposes. Some of these poor boys and girls aren’t even 10 years old, yet working their children as prostitutes is the only means of support the family has.”

“A group of us nuns visit the bus terminal and outbid the travelers. We pay the parents what they would make for an afternoon of the little child’s time. We then take the boy or girl and play with them or buy them ice cream.

“So, I decided to take this course so that I can improve my negotiation skills and spend less money in my dealings so that I have more cash to reach more children.”

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You may be tempted to send a message calling for change in our broken church by withholding dialing down the Easter offering; I know I will.

Perhaps you may want to consider taking that money you saved in the first collection and giving it to a worthwhile cause funded by the second collection? While most women her age are dying Easter eggs with grandchildren, Sister Mary Beth Lloyd and her colleagues are probably spending Easter working miracles in a Brazilian transit terminal with little more than the price of a bus fare.

You can help by making checks payable to Religious Teachers of Filippini and mail to Sr. Mary Beth Lloyd, MPF at Villa Walsh, 455 Western Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey 07960.

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[JR: I'm speechless! As you know, I have strong opinions. Confusedly, I remember the Starfish story -- "you can't save them all; but I can this one!". "Was blind, but now I see."]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Apr 3 2010 6:37 PM

Happy Easter to all!

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"