JASPER JOTTINGS Week 28 - 2010 July 11  

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




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POSITRACTION: Simon Cowell is “mean”?


Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 03:52 PM

Simon Cowell grants 5-year old wish before she died

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“American Idol” judge Simon Cowell changed the life of five-year-old Bethany Fenton in England.

Bethany was unfortunately diagnosed with a tumor in the brain last year and surgeons said it was impossible to remove it as of the depth of it’s location in the brain.

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Bethany had one wish; to meet her idol Simon Cowell and this wish was granted on Saturday last.

Simon met Bethany backstage before “Britain’s Got Talent” finale and Bethany sang ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” then told a ‘Knock-Knock’ joke to the reality judge.

Interviewed at the show, Bethany was clearly loving her day;

“It was the most wonderful day of my life and I’m so happy. The hotel was awesome and all the people were so friendly. And the food was yummy.”

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Bethany died Tuesday morning.

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[JR: Touching. For a bloke portrayed in the press as “mean”? You couldn’t convince me of that. Now the great question of the ages is that of gift and giver. Who gave the gift? Who was the giver? Did Simon change her, or she him? So much potential to be called “home” early. Hopefully this motivates us all to have a little Simon in us. The nice part! After all TV can’t be all wrong. Can it?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 4 2010 12:37 PM

JFOUND: Formes, Chuck [MC1969] drumming


Chuck Formes
July 1, 2010

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If you have attended any recent jam nights in the area, you have probably seen Chuck Formes playing drums. He has a calm personality and is not flashy on stage, but his solid drumming is respected by local musicians.

Chuck has been drumming for quite some time. He grew up just north of New York City where his parents kept him involved in both sports and the arts. He was great at sports, but also worked hard to improve his drum skills. In the 60′s, there was a huge demand for local bands to play at clubs, school functions, and parties. As a high school drummer, he kept busy playing with many different bands.

He used a baseball scholarship to get a Physical Education degree from Manhattan College. During those summers, he played at many small clubs along the NE Connecticut border. At that time, the drinking age was 18 in NY and 21 in Connecticut. So, there were a lot of small clubs along the state line providing opportunities for young musicians.

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Experienced Drummer; for performance and studio. Looking for musicians Lead/Pedal Steel, Rhythm, Bass, Keyboards (organ & piano); to play in the styles of Clapton (post Cream), Little Feat, Grateful Dead,The Band, Stones, Commander Cody, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, and various other Country Rock, Blues, R&B genres.

I have played this kind of music from NY, LA, Austin, & Dallas. Every area it was played over the course of 30 years it was well received. As mentioned, this style draws from a lot of styles; blues, country, R&B, even some bluegrass. Some of the artists would include Clapton (Derek & the Dominoes, and after), Little Feat, Grateful Dead, The Band, Stones, Dire Straits, Buritto Brothers (and anything else that Chris Hillman has done), Commander Cody, New Riders, PPL, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne (his version of Take It Easy is superior to the Eagles’), Allman Brothers, etc.

This would not be a tribute band of any sort, but I do believe this music is a good blueprint for experienced musicians with similar interest to draw from, stretch out a bit, perform, have some fun, and of course make some money.

I believe it also sets an opportunity to develop a very tight rhythm section to back other artists that may need studio level players for commercials or live performance. I

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Formes, Chuck [MC????]

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I believe Charles (Chuck) M. Formes is a member of the class of 1969.


Edward J. McEneney 59

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Formes, Chuck [MC1969]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 4 2010 1:43 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jul 6 2010 5:36 PM

JNEWS: Hayes, Joseph A. [MC1936 RIP] into MC HOF


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Manhattan honors former Okemos resident

NEW YORK — Former Okemos resident Joseph A. Hayes has been elected to the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hayes, who died in 2008 at the age of 95, was born and raised in the Bronx. In his career at Manhattan College, Hayes led the Jaspers in scoring each year, set records in the 440 and 220-yard freestyle events, qualified for the league championship meet each year he was eligible, and was the Jaspers’ team captain in his senior year of 1936.

Hayes competed in the pool for Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx as well as at AAU and Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) events before attending Manhattan College.

As an employee of the New York’s parks department, police department, and fire department, he won many events at meets organized for city employees.

After working in Saudi Arabia for the Arab American Oil Company (ARAMCO), Hays and his family settled in Michigan. He finished his career with the State Police and Secretary of State, compiling statistical analysis of traffic accident data. He also served as a volunteer official at Michigan State swimming meets.

Hayes leads a class of eight who were elected and will be inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 13.

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Hayes, Joseph A. [MC1936 RIP]

[JR: Would be nice if they had gotten him in before he died.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 4 2010 2:54 PM

JLINKEDIN: Gettings, Michael [MC1971] CEO at RiskCentrix


Gettings, Michael [MC1971]
CEO at RiskCentrix
Washington D.C. Metro Area Management

Summary: Mr. Gettings has specialized in risk-related practices and strategies in the energy field. He introduced robust risk mitigation approaches in the utility and industrial markets; he consulted on risk-cognizant generation planning and strategy formulation; he has advised firms on the establishment of policies governing risk; and he initiated the development of information technology solutions to support risk-related business processes with web-based systems. Mr. Gettings serves as an ex officio member on the Executive Risk Management Committee for multiple utilities and has served on the boards of directors for numerous trading and consulting firms over the last 25 years.

Specialties: Commodity-price risk mitigation, integration of enterprise risk assessments with routine financial assessments; corporate utility and independent power strategies

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 4 2010 3:49 PM

JOBIT: Pintauro, Anthony [MC1949 RIP]


Anthony Pintauro

PINTAURO – Anthony, 83, of North Haven, Sag Harbor, N.Y., formerly of Garden City and Elmont, N.Y. died peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and brother on Friday, July 2nd. He was the devoted husband to his wife Dorothy for 61 years.

Beloved father and father-in-law to Francis and Kathy Pintauro, Barbara and Stephen Lobosco, Ritchard and Lynnette Pintauro, and Robert and Laura Pintauro. Beloved grandfather to Anthony, Danielle, David, Samanthe,Jaclyn, Daniel, Stephen, Melissa, Michael and Megan. Cherished son of the late Aniello and Carmela Pintauro and loving brother to Joseph Pintauro and the late Concetta Giglio and Mildred Salvaggio. He was a proud uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, Anthony was a 1949 graduate of Manhattan College, with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from NYU and a graduate of St. John’s Law School.

Visiting hours will be on Monday, July 5th 2-4 and -9 PM at the Yardley & Pino Funeral Home, 91 Hampton St. Sag Harbor. Funeral Mass Tuesday 10:30 AM at St. Andrew’s Church, Sag Harbor. Interment will be in St. Andrew’s Cemetery.

Published in Newsday on July 5, 2010


Pintauro, Anthony [MC1949 RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/wCkc

    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 5 2010 7:08 AM

JLINKEDIN: Natale, Mike [MC1981] Medical Devices Professional


Natale, Mike [MC1981]
Medical Devices Professional
Greater New York City Area
Medical Devices

Summary: Driven to excellence. A hard working individual who will do anything to be successful. To join a professional organization where I can utilize my dynamic sales skills and my health care background to grow business for my company while serving the needs of my customers

Specialties: Highly knowledgeable in Respiratory care industry including sleep apnea and cardiac critical care

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 5 2010 8:09 AM

JLINKEDIN: Narvaez, Edward [MC1998] Broadcast Media Professional


Narvaez, Edward [MC1998]
Broadcast Media Professional
Greater New York City Area

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 5 2010 3:31 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Jul 6 2010 8:32 AM

JOBIT: Keenan, Daniel J. [MC1951 RIP]


Daniel J. KEENAN

KEENAN Daniel J., age 82, of Waldwick, died July 4, 2010.

Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Gallagher). Loving father of Michael J. and Andrew P. Keenan. Adoring grandfather of Daniel J, Ingrid, Sophia, and Hannah.

A proud graduate of Cardinal Hayes H.S in the Bronx, he graduated Manhattan College and Fordham University. Daniel worked for Travelers Insurance in Cedar Grove for 20 years, retiring in 1996. He was a US Army Veteran, a parishioner of St. Luke’s R.C. Church, Ho-Ho-Kus, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #5257. Daniel was the proud manager of the 1978 Boswell Engineering Waldwick Baseball League Champions.

Funeral Services will commence Saturday 10:30 AM, at the Feeney Funeral Home, 232 Franklin Avenue, Ridgewood, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:30 AM, at St. Luke’s R.C. Church, with interment to follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery, both in Ho-Ho-Kus. Visiting hours Friday 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Luke’s R.C. Church, 340 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 would be appreciated.

Published in The Record and Herald News on July 6, 2010


Keenan, Daniel J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/nTmt



I believe that Daniel J. Keenan is a member of the class of 1951.


Edward J. McEneney 59

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Keenan, Daniel J. [MC1951 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 6 2010 8:26 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Jul 6 2010 5:36 PM

JLINKEDIN: Farley, Brian [MC1989] Financial Analyst at Pfizer


Farley, Brian [MC1989]
Financial Analyst at Pfizer Inc
Greater New York City Area


Professional Experience: Seasoned professional with twenty one years of knowledge and expertise in operational auditing, accounting, budgeting, forecasting and financial oversight. Combined industry experience in healthcare (12.5 years) and education (8.5 years).

Strengths: Attention to detail, clear and concise communication skills, problem solving skills and the ability to manage muliple priorities and meet key deadlines.

Goals: I hope to attain a management level position in the healthcare or education industries in the near future. I am open to attaining a position outside of these industries where I can apply my knowledge and skills.

Specialties: Auditing, accounting, budgeting and finance.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 6 2010 2:36 PM

JNEWS: Rennard, Michael P. [MC1970] NYC Infrastructure Div at ARCADIS


ARCADIS Adds Michael P. Rennard to New York Infrastructure Office

DENVER, July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the international design, consulting, engineering and management services company, has hired Michael P. Rennard, P.E., as Senior Vice President for the Infrastructure North Region Practice Operations Manager for Transportation. Rennard will be serving within ARCADIS’ U.S. Infrastructure Division out of New York City.

Rennard brings more than 35 years of experience in the transportation and operations industry to ARCADIS and extensive knowledge from his service with a nationally recognized engineering firm and from serving in key management roles in a number of positions with the City of New York. His expertise in the public and private sectors – across several areas of transportation and infrastructure – includes surface transportation, highways and roadways, rail and transit, bridges and water. In his new role with ARCADIS, Rennard will oversee and manage major projects in the North Region as well as develop and support the expansion of ARCADIS’ national transportation practice.

“It was critical to find the right leader for our team to capitalize on the growth and development currently occurring within the transportation industry,” said Gary Johnson, P.E., North Region Operations Manager, ARCADIS U.S. Infrastructure Division. “Mike’s extensive experience managing projects in all areas of transportation, as well as his familiarity with the New York region, will allow him to diversify our local operations in highway, roadway, transit and rail, while expanding our national presence with clients and industry partners.”

As a principal and operations manager at Jacobs Civil Consultants Inc., Rennard was responsible for consolidating the firm’s New York offices as well as overseeing major rail, expressway, bus transit, bridges and tunnel projects within New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Rennard is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. He has also served as both vice president and president of the Municipal Engineers and in 2002 was named the Municipal Engineer of the Year. Rennard received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College and additional certifications in engineering management through the American Management Association.

For more information, please contact Jeanna Blatt of ARCADIS at 303.471.3485 or e-mail Jeanna.Blatt@ARCADIS-US.com.


ARCADIS is an international company providing consultancy, design, engineering and management services in infrastructure, water, environment and buildings. We enhance mobility, sustainability and quality of life by creating balance in the built and natural environment. ARCADIS develops, designs, implements, maintains and operates projects for companies and governments. With 15,000 employees and over $2.4 billion in revenues, the company has an extensive international network supported by strong local market positions. ARCADIS supports UN-HABITAT with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. Visit us at: www.arcadis-us.com.

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Rennard, Michael P. [MC????]

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I believe Michael P. Rennard is a member of the class of 1970.


Edward J. McEneney 59

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Rennard, Michael P. [MC1970]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 7 2010 2:06 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Jul 8 2010 2:30 PM

JBLOGGER: Jasper Katekosior (MC????) Fredrickburg VA needs some helping hands


Tuesday, July 06, 2010
How Can I Help?

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I have been really touched by the number of people expressing their desire to help us out during my convalescence. We have been so appreciative!

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I am in a panic about next week, however!!! My dad is going home on the 11th or 12th and will not be back till the following Sunday or Monday. Right now, my list of can’t’s is quite long. I can’t drive. I can’t open jars and other containers. I can’t change diapers. I can’t lift Leah in and out of her bed or high chair or get her dressed. I can’t get myself dressed. Cooking takes forever.

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[JR: After an accident at home, a fellow Jasper is having some problems. Anyone in Fredricksburg VA that can lend her a hand?]

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Jasper Katekosior — Kate Kosior no record


Edward J. McEneney 59

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

[JR: Hopefully, someone can fill in the blanks.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 7 2010 10:26 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Jul 8 2010 2:30 PM

JLINKEDIN: Hessels, Cara [MC2010] Intern at Fleishman-Hillard


Hessels, Cara [MC2010]
Intern at Fleishman-Hillard
Greater New York City Area
Public Relations and Communications

Summary: To obtain a position in the field of public relations

Specialties: microsoft excel, microsoft office, microsoft outlook, microsoft powerpoint

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 7 2010 2:40 PM

JFOUND: Grasso, Kristina M. [MC1994]


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Kristina M. Grasso, Esq. PLLC

Protecting Innovation and Ingenuity

I started this law firm in order to provide one-on-one service to each of my clients without the high overhead costs, time and budget constraints found at larger law firms.

It is my goal to dedicate as much time as required to gain a complete understanding of my client’s intellectual property needs in order to provide the best possible protection, while still maintaining costs below that of the larger law firms.

I want my clients to be informed and have the answers they need to make the best choices concerning their intellectual property.

My Business

I have been working in the intellectual property field for over 16 years and have been a practicing attorney for over 7 1/2 years.

Prior to starting my own firm, I worked for intellectual property law firms in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Being a sole practitioner, I am able to provide personalized service to my clients and pride myself on being accessible and flexible. I can adjust my schedule and pricing to meet my clients’ timetable and budget requirements.

Who I Am

I received my Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law. I am currently licensed to practice law in the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Biology from College of Mount Saint Vincent, I have a Masters of Science in Biotechnology from Manhattan College.

I am also an adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire, where I am a section leader for the Patent Practice & Procedure course. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Bio/Medical Council.

In my leisure time, I enjoy playing guitar, cardio kickboxing, hiking, kayaking, camping, bowling, photography, reading, and studying Portuguese.

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Grasso, Kristina M. [MC1994]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 7 2010 10:50 PM

JNEWS: Hwang, Kyongah [MC????] Mgr RadSvcs Oceanside, NY

By Jasper John 68 on MC????


Radiation Therapist Named Manager of Radiation Oncology Services

Kyongah Hwang has been named manager of South Nassau’s Center for Comprehensive Radiation Services and Long Island Gamma Knife® Center. She previously served as a senior radiation therapist at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ.


PRLog (Press Release) – Jul 07, 2010 – South Nassau Communities Hospital recently named Kyongah Hwang manager of its Center for Comprehensive Radiation Services and Long Island Gamma Knife® Center. Ms. Hwang previously served as a senior radiation therapist at the prestigious Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ.

“South Nassau’s radiation oncology program continues to grow rapidly to meet the needs of the patients and the communities,” said Edward Mullen, MD, director of radiation oncology and co-medical director of Long Island Gamma Knife®. “Kyongah has the expertise and experience that will help us build on our high standards and improve on the services and care that we provide.”

Ms. Hwang’s responsibilities include initiating performance improvement strategies for patients, physician, and staff satisfaction; research and deployment of new radiation therapy technologies; updating technical policies and procedures; and spearheading the department’s accreditation process with organizations such as the American College of Radiology and The Joint Commission.

A certified radiation therapist by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, Ms. Hwang earned a Master of Business Administration specializing in health systems management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ, and a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy Technology from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY.

South Nassau’s Center for Comprehensive Radiation Services is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The prestigious ACR accreditation includes on-site surveys and evaluations conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in radiation oncology. The center recently introduced the Varian Novalis Tx, the medical industry’s most advanced radiosurgery system. The system delivers fast, precise, noninvasive radiosurgical treatments for the array of malignant cancers and benign lesions, including brain, prostate, lung, spine, and liver; previously irradiated sites and arteriovenous malformations.

In addition to South Nassau, the Novalis Tx is used by leading academic institutions and regional medical centers, including Duke University, UCLA, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,and the Henry Ford Health System. The system incorporates two complementary imaging systems: an in-room X-ray imaging system providing real-time imaging and fine-tuning that ensures that the targeted lesion is aligned with the treatment beam during treatment and a cone-beam CT imaging system that generates a 3-D image of the targeted lesion and surrounding tissues, so clinicians can see the precise location and shape of the tumor, fine-tune the patient’s position, and make sure that the internal anatomy has not shifted or changed prior to treatment.

As part of its advanced diagnostic and radiation oncology technologies and treatments, the center also includes the following services:

South Nassau Long Island Gamma Knife Center (Oceanside). The Gamma Knife is a powerful radiosurgery tool that is the treatment of choice for deep-seated brain abnormalities, including tumors that would otherwise be considered inoperable.

South Nassau’s Center for Prostate Health (Oceanside). In addition to prostate brachytherapy, radiosurgery using the Novalis Tx, external beam radiation, hormone therapy and watchful waiting, the program now offers minimally-invasive, robotic assisted prostate cancer surgery performed by skilled surgeons who use the revolutionary Da Vinci robot surgical system. The center also provides comprehensive education and counseling for patients and their primary physicians in prostate cancer treatment.

South Nassau is the only hospital on Long Island with a Gamma Knife and the new Varian Novalis Tx. To schedule a consultation or for more information about South Nassau’s Cancer Program, call 516-632-3350, or visit southnassau.org.

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South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 875 physicians and 2,800 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx and Gamma Knife radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.

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Hwang, Kyongah [MC????]

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Kgongah Hwang no record.


Edward J. McEneney 59

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated. We'll have to rely on the "research staff" out there.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 7 2010 11:05 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Jul 8 2010 2:30 PM

MFOUND: MC 1935 History


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Looking Back – July 2010 – Captured in Time

75 years ago…


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Historic New York District

Institute Articles for Manhattan College…in French

Interesting reading—with a caveat—can be found in the July 1935 issue of the Institute Bulletin (international magazine). This publication devoted six pages of coverage regarding the academic requirements and standards of Manhattan College. Unfortunately for many (possibly most) Lasallians in the U.S. today, the articles in the Bulletin in those days were written entirely in the French language. The article is entitled “Les Etudes des Freres dans le District de New York,” and includes two photographs, namely the façade of Manhattan’s oldest building and also De La Salle College in Washington, D.C.

(Bulletin des Ecoles Chretiennes, July 1935, pp. 267-272).

82nd Commencent at Manhattan College

Manhattan College conducted its 82nd Commencement in June. Brother Patrick (President) and Cardinal Hayes (Class of 1888) presided over the granting of 229 degrees. Three persons received Honorary Degrees, and Lieutenant Governor Robert Quinn of Rhode Island delivered the principal address.

(The St. De La Salle Auxiliary, Aurora, Ontario, September 1935, p. 63).

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[JR: Interesting, but links to the underlying material would have been something you could sink your teeth into. Noted for a lead to any "detectives" who are interested in pursuing.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 8 2010 6:15 AM

JFOUND: “Kratochwill?”, Alicia [MC2009?] is kicking it


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Long Island Lizards Dance Team | Ultimate Cheerleaders

By James

Alicia is an accountant. She graduated from Manhattan College and was on the school dance team.

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[JR: After extensive study of the photographs -- not recommended for older Jaspers with heart or imagination problems -- I've come to a scientific conclusion -- OK a swag -- as to the identity. Confirmation by the "research team" is requested.]

“Kratochwill?”, Alicia [MC2009?]

[JR: Sometimes being "collector" is more fun than just doing obits. Good clean fun!]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 8 2010 6:37 AM

JLINKEDIN: Perricelli, Frank [MC1994] Senior Scheduler at AECOM


Perricelli, Frank [MC1994]
Senior Scheduler at AECOM
Adjunct Professor at Manhattan College
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

Summary: Example Project Experience:

• Alexander Hamilton Bridge and Highbridge Interchange Ramps Rehabilitation, New York State Department of Transportation, New York: Senior Scheduler

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Specialties: Experience in scheduling and delay analysis, and other project control practices. Responsible for providing scheduling and claims avoidance services for a number of large-scale projects, ranging from highway and bridge projects to railroad, tunnel and facility projects. Experience ranges from planning and design to construction scheduling. User of Primavera P3/P6 scheduling software on a daily basis. Professional Engineer, NY & NJ.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 8 2010 3:48 PM

MFOUND: A unidentified blogging Jasper has some thoughts on the ROI of education


What’s Better – College or Short Sales?
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 2:22 PM

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Before I begin, I need to give you full disclosure. I attended college and received a Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College. It certainly had a positive impact on my life, but I also realize there are many among us that don’t necessary need to attend college. Now onto my thoughts…

Once upon a time, in an economy far- far away, a young person would study hard, go to college and earn a good living with excellent benefits and a big fat retirement account. Like most fairy tales, the reality doesn’t quite live up to the modern day expectation. Research conducted by PayScale.com has turned the conventional wisdom of saving up for a college degree on its head. Not only is college time consuming, expensive and somewhat exhausting…it’s also not the investment it used to be; in fact, the majority of colleges have a very low ROI or return on investment when compared to those that only obtained a high school diploma.

As dismal as this sounds, the research is actually supported by Bloomberg Businessweek who found that an ever decreasing number of colleges will produce graduates capable of earning back the cost of their college degree. There are several reasons for the decline of value associated with obtaining a college degree:

1. Declining earnings. Plain and simple, a college degree is no longer as valuable due to the devaluation of labor in general. In the past, obtaining a degree all but guaranteed a good job…those days are long gone. It’s not unusual to see college educated persons in part-time, temporary or otherwise unskilled positions.

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[JR: Not enough to go on to id the Jasper involved. If it is a Jasper? Interesting analysis. Something that I've blogged about on my own blogged. Any "good job" that can be off shored to ANY land of cheaper wages has been or will be. Sigh, all because we let the Gooferment get out of control. Argh!]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jul 9 2010 12:15 PM

JLINKEDIN: Amato, Christine [MC1999] Mgr, Prod+Ops at Victoria’s Secret


Amato, Christine [MC1999]
Manager, Production & Operations at Victoria’s Secret
Greater New York City Area
Logistics and Supply Chain

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jul 9 2010 3:08 PM

MFOUND: Some one seeking Fernandez, Andrea Elinor [MC1986?]


“Freddy Lopez”

Question: “trying to find :andrea elinor fernandez..manhattan college RIVERDALE,NY..class 1987? also graduated from: SACRED HEART H.S (YONKERS,NY)..CLASS 1983″

Reinkefj’s Answer:

There’s no such person on LinkedIn. I did a quick scan of my alumni news files; no luck. Perhaps she’s married?

I’d suggest that you contact the alumni office: c/o Thomas Mauriello, Vice President for College Advancement, {Privacy Invoked} @ manhattan.edu, (718) 862-7241. And request that they determine if they have a record for her. If they do, then ask if they would be so kind to forward an email to her.

Good luck.

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Fernandez, Andrea Elinor [MC1986?]

[JR: May not be a Jasper, may not have the year right, may not have the name, and she may not want to be found. A lot of "may knots" in there, but I'm a hopeless romantic. Sigh! Turning it over to the "detective squad".]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 10 2010 5:45 AM

JOBIT: Leonard, Lawrence F. [MC1949 RIP]


Lawrence Leonard

Lawrence F. Leonard, 82, died Thursday, July 8, 2010 after a short illness.

Born on January 7, 1928 in New York, NY, he was the son of the late Lawrence F. and Marguerite Kelly Leonard.

He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School, Class of 1945 and Manhattan College, Class of 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He retired from New York State DOT in 1991 after 42 dedicated years of building and designing roads and bridges in NY State. He was an active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

Mr. Leonard is survived by his wife of 56 years, Fran of Longs, SC; two sons, Larry Leonard (Jo-Anne), Peter Leonard (Nancy); two daughters, Jan Hanson (Dave), Sandy Brown (Kevin); 11 grandchildren, Tamara, Jennifer, Dani, Andrew, Patrick, Joshua, Kelsey, Brian, John, Karen, Shannon, and one great grandson, Will.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 pm, followed by a prayer service, on Monday, July 12, 2010 at Lee Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Tuesday at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Burial will be at a later date in New York.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 37105 or Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 8th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.leefhc.com.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

Published in The Sun News on July 10, 2010


Leonard, Lawrence F. [MC1949 RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/q0tG

    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 10 2010 7:34 AM

JOBIT: Burke, John J. Jack [MC1951 RIP]




John J. Burke (Jack) of Yonkers died on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at age 84.

Born on May 10, 1926 to Michael and Catherine (Robinson) Burke in the Bronx where he attended local schools and graduated from LaSalle Academy and Manhattan College.

Mr. Burke worked for the City of Yonkers as the Director of Purchasing for over fifteen years; retiring in 2000. Prior to that he worked for Standard Register Business Machine Co., in their sales dept.

On August 2, 1952, he married Margaret (Peggy) Whelan in St. Joseph’s Church. She survives. Jack was a parishioner of Christ the King Church, where he helped coach basketball. He was also a member of the Amackassin Club with his love for Tennis. He served his country proudly during World War II by serving in the Army. He was a member of the Alan F. Waite Post in Yonkers.

Besides his wife Margaret, he is survived by three children; Paul Joseph (Lindsey) Burke of Marietta, Ga., Catherine Burke (Raymond Curio) of Bronxville and Patricia (Michael) Comiskey of Somers, also four grandchildren, Casey, Molly, Shannon and Kaitlyn and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Martin and William Burke and a nephew Capt. William F. Burke (FDNY) who died during the terror attacks of 9/11.

Visiting hours will be at the Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be in Christ the King Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Donations may be made to Christ the King Grade School. WHALEN & BALL F.H. 168 Park Avenue Yonkers, N.Y. 10703 914-965-5488

~ The New York Journal News, 9 July 2010.


Burke, John J. Jack [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/QG6M


I believe John J. Burke is a member of the class of 1951.

McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Burke, John J. Jack [MC1951 RIP]

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Comment on JObit: MC???? Sparkman, John C. 

By Truett Sparkman

While checking infomation on my name on the internet I found Truett Sparkman of Ol Lyme. Most unusual with first name spelled the same way. I am 78 and live in Los Angeles.

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Comment on JObit: MC???? Sparkman, John C. 

Yes, the internet allows us to reach across time and space and find all sorts of interesting “stuff”. It’s easy to lose yourself, like in a museum of the Great Masters, wandering the strange places that people put up. It’s like a bizarre bazaar. Best of luck in your future “travels”. fjohn68

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ENDNOTE: A “right” to medicine; who’s duty?



Holy See: Children, poor in developing world have right to medicine
June 22, 2010

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Speaking at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, lamented “the lack of access to affordable medicines and diagnostic tools that can be administered and utilized in low-income, low-technology settings.”

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With all due deference to the Powers that be in the Church, I (again) accuse them of fuzzy thinking.

Where ever there is a “right” to some thing by some one, then there must be a corresponding “duty” for some one else to provide it.

Am I wrong about this?

That’s why John Locke’s formation of the concept of “negative rights” is so essential to human understanding. Your “rights” are defined by mutual agreement and a sense of fair play. It’s a survival mechanism. Members of the same species don’t kill each other (usually) but cooperate so that both individuals thrive.

(Capitalism is an amazing “cooperation” meme. That produces and allocates goods and services cooperatively. No slave overseer can drive someone as hard as they can themselves. Greed IS good! Only by satisfying the wants and needs of our fellow man do we accumulate “certificates of appreciation” <i.e., money> that we can then use to satisfy our own personal wants and needs. The “invisible hand” of the marketplace distributes “stuff” to those who have the biggest claim to it. The Fisherman, who is supplying fish to the market, gets “claim tickets”  <i.e., money> that can be used for the Baker’s bread. In a complex calculus, that varies in real time, to men’s perceptions, the market determines how many fish equate to how much bread. I am stunned by Freedman’s Pencil. Maybe I should have been an economist.)

Negative rights are often some type of a right to non-interference. They impose duties on others to leave you alone! Positive rights differ substantially from negative rights. Negative rights are usually based on mutual respect and forbearance. Positive rights give you something. But do not answer the question of “who pays”? Economics rears its ugly head. The law! Everything is scarce. Otherwise we wouldn’t be “enshrining” it as a “right”. No one talks about the “right” to the air you breathe. Because it’s virtually unlimited. (Discussions about cleanliness aside.)

So the questions to the padres is: “If it’s a right, then who pays for it?”

Who? I’d rather have them say: “Isn’t it a shame that children in Africa die for the lack of a cheap drug? What should we do about it?” Rather than the Communist / Socialist / Progressive answer: Steal it! Or as they politely put it “Social Justice”. Note that the bad behavior of African politicians stealing everything in sight, and the immoral behavior of the people wontedly screwing around, create the problems that we are supposed to solve. Sorry! TANSTAFL.

Bottom line: It should be phrased as an appeal to our sense of charity; not guilt us into theft.

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