JASPER JOTTINGS Week 01 - 2011 JAN 02

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




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Dec 26, 2010 12:38 PM

POSITRACTION: Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984] captures the “holiday spirit”


Monday, December 13, 2010

“A Crowd of People Turned Away…”
Fifth Avenue, New York City

[JR: This captures the "holiday spirit". Makes me want to be more generous to the less fortunate. Not just a handout, but a hand up. When I worked in "The City", I "wrestled" with panhandlers. Not literally, but emotionally. I felt good when I could be charitable. But, I'm a NuYawker and no one's sucker. So I'd carry with my business cards, cards for priest at the local Wall Street church I donated to. When I was asked for help, I write my name on the back of the card, and passed it out. Then at the next First Friday mass (Yeah, I was a "Holy Roller" in those days), I'd ask the pastor if I had any "redemptions". I'd average about six per year. Of course, I'd fork over if more funds were needed. That was the wager! (Hey, I was rolling in dough in those days. Spent like a drunken sailor. Now, I just have the hangover.) If asked for food, I'd offer to buy a meal. Only was taken up once on that in decades of offering. Maybe I should have done more. Been not so "busy" and cared more. I hope you find this picture a "positive" as I have. After being called out, about the Irish Kid's robbery, for being a "downer; rather than positive", I felt I had to explain this one.]

Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984]

[JR: I've asked Jasper Vincent84 for permission to use his work.]

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Please feel free to use my photo post. The more people I can touch with my photos, the happier I am. The photo especially hits home for me as it was taken on December 11, 2010 in the middle of 5th Avenue with all the holiday shoppers around. I was amazed at the image and hopefully this can be transmitted to the viewer of the photo as it was such a powerful and sad image. Happy Holidays to you and thank you for your interest in my work!

-Vincent Rodriguez

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[JR: Jasper Vincent84 is too modest to mention this, so I will. Fat old white guy injineers arent very sensitive. I was told once that I think 'tact' is something you hit with a hammer. So FYI, he "does" photography as a sideline. If you need some snaps taken (I'm sure he will shudder when he reads his "art" described as "snap"; like Jasper Breen, when I call his work "toons". Whadda ya want from a barbarian from down the hill?) then you should give him a call or email. In the interest of full disclosure, I get nothing for this "advertisement". Gooferment regulations about blogs; what don't they understand about the First Amendment?]

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Dec 26, 2010 1:37 PM

CARTOON: The folly of big spending

John: Here’s my latest cartoon, suggested by a friend of mine, Michael Sazhin, who’s a parrot trainer in New Jersey. I think it’s a great illustration of the folly of big spending. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Sincerely, Jerry Breen

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Dec 26, 2010 2:17 PM

JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) cites private charity helped Bob Cratchit

Note to Don Stebbins. At the end of the Christmas Carol movie what was the name of the government program that helped the Cratchits out? Oh wait, it was faith and private charity. Now I feel better and can continue fighting against the grow in government in 2011 with a clear conscience, promoting faith and charity. Render unto Caesar…

Bill O’Connell, 1976

[JR: LOL! Now don't tease the "Secular Progressive" big-Gooferment fellow alumni. Besides there are a lot clergy who have mixed up "economics" as well. Just a year or two ago, I was in a tift with with Brother President about "Social Justice" and the minimum wage. Of course, I felt that a minimum wage of zero was appropriate; he didn't. I just had to defer to his position and my usual ATDA ("agree to disagree agreeably"). His parting shot was "Can't believe that MC could graduate a Engineer without charity". Argh! So putting someone on the dole is "more charitable" than empowering them to solve their own problems. Imagine a world without theft by Gooferment (i.e., confiscatory taxes) and it's hard to imagine that we'd have "Starving Poverty". People might be "poor", but not hurting. Sigh! Maybe next year.]

O’Connell, Bill (MC1976)

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Dec 26, 2010 4:17 PM

JLINKEDIN: Blessing-Schlabach, Diane [MC1987] Co-Pres at To Di For, Inc.


Blessing-Schlabach, Diane [MC1987]
To Di For, Inc.
United States

Summary: Driven and persuasive yet highly likable sales/marketing professional with an in-depth finance, accounting and banking business background

- Assertive, competitive yet positive & upbeat; integral team player

- Highly customer service oriented; refined leadership abilities; delegate efficiently. Articulate & effective communicator; define complex/confusing issues easily to a wide range of positions able to partner with/listen closely to client[s] needs to determine requirements for selling products &/or services

- Excellent presentation skills; interact effortlessly with high-level decision-makers/senior customer executives

- Well-organized; superior time/project/information management skills; pay strict attention to detail. Skillfully multitask; handle concurrent projects and work well under pressure

- Goal-/results-oriented; macro manage/by objective, see requisite parts & sum of the big picture. Sensible planner; achieve both short-/long-term goals

- Fully understand finance & general business enables application of skills to a wide scope of industries


- Proficient in QuikBooks & Quicken

- Treasury Banking – Send domestic & international wires, maintain multiple domestic and international bank accounts

- Series 7 and Series 63 (not current)

- Creative Marketer

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Dec 26, 2010 11:06 PM

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) read Gospels during frosh year at MC


I have mixed feeling about your admission that you are an admirer of Ebenezer Scrooge and other hardhearted people. On the one hand my ability to analyze the source of attitudes is affirmed; on the other hand I am disappointed that people actually do have such attitudes. It seems the Gospels are not properly understood and/or absorbed in many cases. I have never found any part of the Gospel that says that the only people we should help are those who help themselves. I read the Gospels during my freshman year at Manhattan and soon later became a liberal Democrat greatly influenced by what I had read.

I do have to admit that your devotion to materialism and Scrooge goes beyond my expectations. I can only imagine what a horrible world we would live in if most people lived by your principles. Try following your ideas to their logical conclusion – every man and woman for themselves – would quickly lead to oblivion and the end of the human race

When I first viewed a version of “A Christmas Carol” in Sunday School at Holy Rosary Church in the Bronx Circa 1948 I never realized I was being subject to “gooferment” propaganda- I thought then as I do now that the movie was teaching the words and spirit of Christ.

Happy New Year-

I suggest you begin the year by reading the Gospels again with an open mind.

No fair looking at Limbaugh or FOX during breaks

Sincerely yours
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961)

[JR: <1> Sigh, I don't think, that calling "foul" on moochers and insisting that true charity is "voluntary", is being "hard hearted". (People think I'm usually a soft touch for a sob story.) What I do with MY wealth is my business; what the Gooferment robs from me to "do welfare" is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. <2> Where in the world did you get the idea that I'm for dog eat dog everyone for themselves? I just don't want to be TOLD by the gang in power, with fancy flags and costumes, that I will support multi-generational "welfare farmers" and a huge number of rich folks who have figured out how to game the system. If a "free society", "greed" will motivate people to cooperate. Review "I, Pencil" for a great exposition of how much better humans cooperate when they are free to seek their own self-interest. <3> Sorry, but what your "liberal Democrat" ilk have brought us, with the enthusiastic cooperation of the "conservative Republicans" ilk, (this supposed duopoly in itself is a fraud on the people) is to create a dysfunctional world where everyone tries to live at everyone else's expense. If this was a rowboat, we'd know we have too much dead weight. The incentives are all wrong. <4> Sure, you were being brainwashed by the good Nuns. You just couldn't see the bias. Now you've formed your world view based on ideas that could use some reexamining imho. Just start from the principal that you own you and no one has the right to FORCE you to do anything. The Gooferment crumbles under that lens. <5> ATDA!]

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Dec 27, 2010 

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) thinks his leg is being pulled.


Dear Jasper John,

You really admire and want us to emulate this guy?

You can not be serious and must be pulling my leg.

If I thought you were serious about boiling people who say “Merry Christmas”:

I’d report you to Bill O’Reilly

Don Stebbins

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Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961)

[JR: <1> Of course, I'm serious. <2> He's as free as the Gooferment will allow him to be. Pursuing that which makes him happy. Remember "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" or the alternate form "Life, Liberty, and Property". See it's all about "who owns you". Past, Present, and Future. If I own me, (and I have "free will" as some religions tell me I do), then how can I be forced to make choices that you or anyone thinks "are for my own good". <3> Good Old Eb was making his contribution to society; providing accounting services that people wanted and along the way providing employment to Dumb Old Bob. As others have pointed out, Eb must be paying Bob what he's worth since he's still working there. We can debate that Eb might be happier by sharing. But it should be voluntary; not under force or threat there of. <4> Unfortunately, Christmas has been taken over by Big Business and commercialism. It should be a time of "Good Samaritans"; not conspicuous consumption. I'll say Merry when it really means something. <5> BO'R, at least, is honest. Unfortunately, he's not very Libertarian. And, he has a "blind spot" with respect to Obama's birth certificate. I think he's wrong on some issues, but, unlike the "Lame Stream Media", he doesn't do "news" with a hidden bias, like Walter Cronkite.]

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Dec 27, 2010 

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) shares a sermon

Subject: Don’t we all want to be Ebenezer Scrooge? | Christ Church Philadelphia
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2010 22:47:45 -0500
From: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961)
To: jasperfjohn68


Don’t we all want to be Ebenezer Scrooge?

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We gather tonight to celebrate that when the baby Jesus was born in the barn in Bethlehem, the light of God’s love broke yet again into the world. At Christmas, we pray for God’s light to break specifically into our personal, spiritual darkness.

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[JR: Jasper Stebbins was nice enough to share a sermon from the Christmas season. (Too long for inclusion, but it's only a click away.) But everyone fails to "love the sinner". And, everyone is so worried about "fixing" him, they miss the "mote in their own eye". Instead of denigrating good old Eb, they should be seeking their own salvation.]

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Dec 27, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: Ayers, Bill [MC1980] Pres, SoReg Sales at Sallie Mae


Ayers, Bill [MC1980]
President, South Region Sales & Corporate Officer at Sallie Mae
Senior Level Marketing & Corporate Development Specialist
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Area Higher Education

Summary: A senior executive with broad-ranging experience in sales management, financial services, client marketing and project management and a successful track record in building and motivating sales teams, developing successful corporate strategies and accelerating positive results. Functional expertise includes staff selection and performance management, marketing campaign creation, contract negotiation, corporate and business development, and thought leadership.

Specialties: Leadership, Organizational Development, Project Management, Sales Personnel Management, Financial Services, Performance Management, Government Relations

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Dec 28, 2010 

JNEWS: Benefit given for Kranichfeld, Andrew “Chowder” [MC2008]


Chowder Cup to Raise Money for Former Garnets Hockey Player
A fundraiser will be held today at Playland Ice Casino for a former Garnets hockey player diagnosed with a brain tumor.
By Michael Iachetta | Email the author | December 27, 2010

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Even though he has been blind since August, former Rye High School hockey player Andrew (Chowder) Kranichfeld plans to be on hand today at Playland Ice Casino for the first of what promises to become an annual fundraising event called the Chowder Cup.

The Chowder Cup is the latest of several fundraisers thrown around Rye by Kranichfeld’s former high school classmates, fellow Garnets’ hockey players, and friends. The event will take place from 9:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

The hockey scrimmage and ice skating outing is designed to raise funds for Chowder’s ongoing medical expenses for treatments for a brain tumor. He has experienced a series of tragic events that began last December, shortly after the death of his mother from cancer.

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Chowder’s life took a turn earlier this year. He was working as a freelance production assistant on various films and TV shows, looking to land a full-time job after his graduation from Manhattan College and living in the Bronx.

In March, his mother, Karen, died of leukemia after a seven-year battle with the disease. Two days after her death, Chowder began having blurred vision and headaches, he said.

He immediately went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and cancer, he said. He was put on chemotherapy and steroids after doctors misdiagnosed his condition. The tumor still kept pressing on his optical nerve, causing him to lose his eyesight, he said.

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Chowder said he hopes the Chowder Cup becomes an annual tradition, one that will benefit him and others. But for now, he is steadily trying to move on with his life, looking forward to getting a guide dog and fine-tuning his computer skills. Urso said Chowder has taken all his struggles in stride.

“Nobody who knows him is really surprised with how well he is dealing with adversity.”

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Kranichfeld, Andrew “Chowder” [MC????]

[JR: There but for the Grace of God … … There’s no info on if a fund has been set up. I’ll message the author. But, I could use an “unpaid investigative reporter. Maybe we could fund a dog. Think he’d name him “Jasper” or “Alumni”? Wonder how much it would cost?]

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Dear Mr. Iachetta,

Thanks for a touching news item. I’m interested in Kranichfeld’s Class Year at Manhattan. And, more importantly, how his fellow alums may help or contribute. I’ve quoted your story, with links and credit, on my alumni news blog. And, I signed up for any follow up stories. Well done. It’s a hard subject to write a uplifting story about.


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[JR: Mr. Iachetta quickly responded and plans to do a follow up. He’s looking for “content” from anyone for his follow up. Feel free to send to me or directly to him.]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Andrew is a member of the Class of 2008.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kranichfeld, Andrew “Chowder” [MC2008]

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Dec 28, 2010 

JFOUND: Matthews, Jim [MC1970] still leading on the issue of “college drinking”


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College drinking remains one of the most serious health related issues facing college students today.

High school and college students as well as their parents will find helpful information to assist them in avoiding the problems associated with dangerous college drinking. Take advantage of the variety of resources available here.

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im Matthews is the Coordinator of Health Education at Merrimack college in Massachusetts. Prior to this position, he was the Assistant to the Vice President for Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at Keene State College in New Hampshire where the campus newspaper identified his courses as the “most popular courses” at Keene State. Jim has been recognized by the New Hampshire Legislature for his work in alcohol and other drug education and abuse program.

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Jim Mathews, M.Ed. provides students, faculty, staff and parents with critical information about college drinking in an entertaining and non-judgmental manner. In addition to a description of Jim’s presentations, workshops, and books – vital information about alcohol’s impact on college students and their friends and families is also available on this website. Jim is the Coordinator of Health Education at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Prior to this position, for 13 years he was the Assistant to the Vice President for Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at Keene State College in New Hampshire where the campus newspaper identified his courses as the “most popular courses” at Keene State.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and his masters in Education from Queens College both in New York City. Jim is a certified trainer for the Prevention Research Institute, has a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Therapy, was a participant in the Professional in Residence Program at the Betty Ford Center in California and is the author of “Beer, Booze and Books…a sober look at higher education,” “The ABCs of College Drinking…25 tips for navigating the collegiate party scene” and “The Parents Guide to College Drinking…facing the challenge together.”

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Matthews, Jim [MC1970]

[JR: Last reported in 2005, it seems that our fellow alum now has a (new?) website.]

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Dec 28, 2010 

MFOUND: FACEBOOK “Thomas More Law Society- MC” has been spammed


Thomas More Law Society- Manhattan College

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[JR: Unfortunately it reflects badly on MC since all three of the stories on it are spam. Or worse. Guess someone "vomited it up" on Christmas vacation. Probably too much time on their hands due to the snow. Without considering how to keep the site secure and the content clean. Maybe we can get whoever put it up to either "clean it up" or kill it. It certainly doesn't look good. We need to teach students to consider the implications of what they do and "socialize it" before they pull the trigger? This is a "train wreck" that was predictable.]

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Dec 28, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: Lavoie, Christopher [MC1982] PresCEO at C.M.Lavoie Inc.


Lavoie, Christopher [MC1982]
President CEO at C. M. Lavoie and Associates,Inc.
Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, Property Management
Greater Chicago Area
Civil Engineering


Mr. Lavoie has over twenty-nine (29) years experience in facilities engineering, civil engineering, commercial/residential land development and municipal projects. As a design and managing principal, Mr. Lavoie has directed numerous projects including Regional Stormwater Management Facilities, Disaster Preparedness Management Plans, FEMA 361 Shelters, Utility Capacity Analysis, Schools, Corporate/Commercial Facilities, Retail Centers, Municipal Projects, Gymnasiums, Medical and Parking Facilities.

Mr. Lavoie is also responsible for the technical quality of the consulting engineering services and oversees the techical staff to ensure the design work is accurate, cost effective and on time. He works closely with both the clients and governing authorities to obtain the best solutions to complex engineering issues. He has extensive experience in stormwater management analysis, project planning and budgeting, floodplain mitigation, municipal permitting and facilities engineering.

Mr. Lavoie is the proud father of two daughters and is currently an Assistant Governor in Rotary District 6450. Humanitarian accomplishments include a medical mission to Shenyang, China and several disaster relief projects.

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Dec 28, 2010 (5 days ago)

JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1959) prefers “Bill the Elder”


Providing “teachable moments” has been a hallmark of mine for years, so no thanks is necessary for providing you with one. I am always pleased to be of help. As to “presuming” to teach anyone anything, don’t let that bother you. I did it for thirty-seven years at William & Mary with no ill effects. I can’t speak for my students however.

In reference to changing email addresses, I did in fact formerly route everything to my home address via my “forever” email address at W&M, but despite a very large IT department they stopped the connection once without reason or notice. I noted a large drop off in incoming emails and when I contacted the IT people they had no explanation why I had been unceremoniously dropped. As to forever addresses, didn’t our alma mater once offer this service only to drop it without notice? One other reason not to use a forever address is that some of the chat rooms I belong to do not permit replies from other than the primary email address. This prevented me from replying at home so I dropped the forever address when I retired and was no longer emailing from W&M. As an older Liberal Arts man, I doubt that I could set up my own domain name, but thanks for the suggestion.

On a purely personal matter I hope you won’t object if I use “Bill the Elder” (with apologies to Pliny) instead of “Bill the older.” Thanks.

All the best.
Bill the Elder, ’59
Williamsburg, VA

[JR: <1> I guess the IT folks at W&M have a funny definition of "forever". <2> MC offered "@alum.manhattan.edu" with the debacle of Harris and the "Green Book". The old ones still work. They just didn't offer "new" ones. Not sure if you could change the destinations during the period after Harris but before Google. <3> I know there was an offering of ".alumni@manhattan.edu" "forever" addresses in conjunction with those who receive a postal issue on Manhattan Magazine. (I'm not sure what the status of others. I can ask if anyone's is interested.) <4> Domains are trivial. And, cheap. So, (imho), especially for alumni in the workforce or going into that workforce. The trick is to find a professional sounding name you can go a lifetime with. <5> You can call yourself "Bill the Exalted One" as long as you keep reading and participating in Jottings. LOL!]

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Dec 29, 2010 

JTWITTER: Osborne, Kyle [MC????] “does” Operation Helping Hands


Kyle Osborne

“I’m at Operation Helping Hands at St. Raymond’s (3738 Paris Ave, New Orleans) http://4sq.com/gDt1Sl

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Operation Helping Hands – a subdivision of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Operation Helping Hands brings volunteers from across the country together to help rebuild New Orleans by rebuilding homes of elderly, disabled or uninsured homeowners. The flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina severely damaged as many as 200,000 homes in the Greater New Orleans area.

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Osborne, Kyle [MC????]

[JR: Kudos to Jasper Kyle.]

[JR: Gooferment "charity" doesn't work!]

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Dec 29, 2010 

JHQ: Wishes You a Happy New Year!

Manhattan College
Wishes You a Happy New Year!

Dear Mr. Reinke,

Manhattan College remains grateful to all of its loyal alumni, parents and friends for their generous support. Your gifts to the annual fund, special events and various scholarships and financial aid programs make possible the many wonderful academic and co-curricular opportunities our students are blessed with today, helping us remain a competitive Lasallian Catholic higher educational choice.

If you have not yet made a gift and would like to do so before December 31, please visit our secure on-line giving link by clicking here. To find out more about other ways to give, visit our website here.

If you have already made a gift this year or this message has crossed with your annual gift, let me take this opportunity to thank you again for helping to make Manhattan the unique College it is.

Thank you for your support of alma mater. I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday and wish you all the best for a happy and healthy new year.


Thomas A. McCarthy ’06, M.A. ’10
Assistant Director of Annual Giving

[JR: It seems that the old "Alumni" "LISTSERVE" has been abandoned in favor of a "Constant Contact". That should make email more "manageable". It's unclear how one can get on to it at this time. But, I'm sure that will be corrected after the New Year.]

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Dec 29, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: Scirocco, John [MC1981] Pres + CEO at Scirocco Financial Group


Scirocco, John [MC1981]
President & CEO at Scirocco Financial Group
Greater New York City Area

Websites: http://www.sciroccogroup.com/

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Dec 30, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: Gaeta, Carla [MC1984] Designer at Carla M Designs


Gaeta, Carla [MC1984]
Designer at Carla M Designs
Greater New York City Area

Twitter: carlamdesigns


* I have over 15 years of experience in Kitchen and Bath design.
* With design experience in Europe, Brazil and the US, I am able to be very creative, which enhances the design.
* I work with my clients very closely to design to their needs and stay on budget.

Specialties: I speak a number of languages -

* Fluent English, Portuguese.
* Good Italian
* Some French, German and Spanish

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Dec 31, 2010 

JOBIT: Finn, Howard F. Jr. [MC???? RIP]


Howard F. Finn Jr. (1949 – 2010)

Howard F. Finn, Jr., 61, a Dutchess County resident since 1981, formerly of Westchester County, died suddenly on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Peekskill.

Born in Brooklyn on August 31, 1949, he was the son of the late Howard and Geraldine Hayden Finn. After graduating from High School, Howard enlisted in the U.S Navy where he spent time as a submariner aboard the USS Thomas Jefferson, a nuclear submarine. At the time of his honorable discharge, he was a Radioman 3rd Class.

He attended Manhattan College and later entered the New York State Police Academy. He served the New York State Police for 22 years, retiring as a Technical Sergeant in 1996. He was recently employed by Campbell Freightliner of Orange County, LLC in New Windsor, where he worked as a sales representative.

His community involvement included membership in the New York State Police PBA and SubVets of America.

Howard is survived by his son Sean and daughter Erin, both of Poughkeepsie; his brother Thomas of Red Bank, NJ; his sister Elizabeth McNally & her husband Patrick of Bellerose Village, Long Island; his sister-in-law, Deborah Finn of Westfield, NJ; his former wife, Renee Finn of Poughkeepsie; his aunt, Rosemary Butschere of Newburgh; his cousins, Melanie & Mike Fescoe of Newburgh and Anne & Brian Runkle of Charlotte, NC; and his niece and nephew, James & Stephanie Finn of Westfield, NJ.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Msgr. Joseph Martin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Fund, Inc., 120 State Street, Albany, NY 12207 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

For driving directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on December 31, 2010


Finn, Howard F. Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/poughkeepsiejournal/guestbook.aspx?n=howard-finn&pid=147495845&cid=full


Dec 31, 2010 

JTWITTER: TMLS on Facebook pushed on Twitter

by Jasper John 68


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[JR: Unfortunately, the Facebook page has two spam entries on it. Not a very auspicious start. And, it's been "picked up" and tweeted by a bot in Australia. Hopefully, no one will notice until it's cleaned up. Argh!]

[JR: Note to "creators". Don't leave your creations on "autopilot" and go away for the holidays. What was this on somebody's goals for 2010? Got it done just in time. Quality of security ... not so much! Argh!]

[JR: The virtual Jasper Jottings Newsroom is always manned and ready. Well, almost always. But at least once a day. LOL, HNY! Hoping for a personally better one next year. Argh!]

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Dec 31, 2010 

JFOUND: Mulroy, Leigh [MC2005] sells a house


Compliance deputy chief sells Bronx home by Carrie Reed, published Dec. 30, 2010

Robert Mulroy and Leigh Mulroy sold a home at 416 King Ave. in Bronx-Pelham Bay/Country Club/City Island to {Privacy Invoked} on Nov. 16.

{Extraneous Deleted}

Ms. Mulroy is the deputy chief of compliance at NYCDEP, BWS. Prior to this, she worked with Jacques Whitford Company, ENSR and Science Applications International Corporation.

She earned her civil engineering degree from Syracuse University and M.E. in environmental engineering from Manhattan College.

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Mulroy, Leigh [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Leigh received her Masters in 2005.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mulroy, Leigh [MC2005]

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Dec 31, 2010 

JNEWS: Marmbrandt, Malin [MC2011] 2010 VLT-prize winner



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And the winner is …

See the interview with the 2010 VLT-prize winners.

The girl who jumped further than ever and ended only when all competitors were beaten.

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… Marmbrandt, Malin [MC2011]

[JR: Bet you didn't know we had a "Swedish" Desk in the Virtual Jasper Jottings Newsroom? Jaah ve do!]

[JR: Now if Google Translate did video, we might know what she said to the TV reporter. ROFL!]

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Dec 31, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: Lopez, Anthony B. (1985) book “The Legacy Leader: 2nd Edition”


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Manhattan College Alumni Society

Colleagues: Happy New Year. Just a quick note to let you know of the recent release of my latest book “The Legacy Leader: 2nd Edition” now available on-line. Check out http://www.thelegacyleader.net or send me an e mail at ablopez85@yahoo.com for more information Tony Lopez, ’85

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Lopez, Anthony B. (1985)

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Dec 31, 2010 

JLINKEDIN: Bracchitta, Kristi [MC2000] Psychologist


Bracchitta, Kristi [MC2000]
Greater New York City Area
Individual & Family Services

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Dec 31, 2010 

JNEWS: Rizzotti, Matt [MC2007?] in off-season


Minor Jobs: How Prospects Spend Their Off-seasons
Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, December 30, 2010 07:29 PM | Comments: 3

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As many fans know, not every baseball player gets a huge signing bonus or a large salary. Many minor league players find themselves working in the Autumn and Winter months to supplement their income and to stay busy. A question often wondered by fans: What do prospects do during the off-season? The answer is simple…pretty much anything and everything.

Phillies first base prospect Matt Rizzotti is an individual who typically finds himself working during his time away from the baseball diamond. However, Rizzotti is not working this Winter as a result of having spent much of this off-season continuing to play baseball. Following the 2010 regular season, Rizzotti went to instructional ball in Clearwater for a month, then spent another five weeks playing for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .333 with an .865 OPS in 19 games.

Last year, however, Rizzotti, who was a physical education major at Manhattan College, went back to his roots and worked as a full-time teaching assistant at the high school which he graduated from in Floral Park, NY. Rizzotti, a 6th round pick in the 2007 amateur draft, has also held one position in previous off-seasons that he enjoyed quite a bit, while working for a friend’s family. “My best friend’s father owns a haunted house in New York City and I usually work there every year too, from September through the month of October. I don’t even have to dress up, I just naturally scare people,” Rizzotti said in an exclusive interview.

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Rizzotti, Matt [MC2007?]

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Dec 31, 2010 

JOBIT: Scott, James F. [MC???? RIP]


James Scott

James F. Scott, 86, of Madison, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

He was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Guston, Ky., the son of Walter Lee and Ruth Fontaine Scott. He was raised in Brandenburg, Ky., on the family farm. He was a 1941 graduate of Meade County High School. He served in the Army from Dec. 1, 1942, to April 12, 1946, rising to the rank of staff sergeant serving the 271st Infantry Division Company E, during World War II. He was a graduate of Manhattan College in New York City, N.Y., where he received a law degree. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he received an accounting degree. He began an apprenticeship with Louis Ackerson in Louisville, Ky., and moved to Madison at the age of 29 and began a career in accounting. He owned and operated the Scott & Callicotte Accounting Agency in Madison for 50 years. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of Save the Valley and was on the board of directors. He had served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, Madison City Council, the Madison-Jefferson County Library Board and the Historic Board. He donated a library to Ivy Tech Community College. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by one son, Brendan Scott of Indianapolis; two brothers, William Fontaine Scott of McLean, Va., and Jack Jeffers Scott of Elizabethtown, Ky.; one grandson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Erd Scott, whom he married Sept. 1, 1948, and who died Nov. 1, 2007; his parents; one brother, Walter Scott; and three sisters, Rena Parks, Mary Foote and Jessie Virginia Williams.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Ivy Tech Community College, Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.


Scott, James F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Citation incorrect


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Jan 1, 2011 

JOBIT: Grassi, Joseph A. [MC1943 RIP]


Joseph A. Grassi
Nov. 4, 1922-Dec. 9, 2010

Resident of Pacifica Son of the late Joseph and Marie DiNunzio Grassi, our beloved Joseph passed peacefully while his wife Carolyn was with him and is deeply mourned by her, sons Peter, Eddie & Alisa, grandchildren Madeline & Ethan, sister Emily Walsh, brother Peter Grassi and many relatives and friends. Professor emeritus of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, former Scripture teacher of Maryknoll seminarians, author of over 20 books, founder of Skip-A-Meal program for the hungry, member of Catholic Biblical Society ect., educated at Manhattan College, Maryknoll, the Pontifical Gregorian & Biblical Institutes in Rome, serving the poor in Guatemala for 3 years, a funeral Mass will be Jan. 15 at 1:30 pm in the Mission Church, SCU campus.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on January 2, 2011


Grassi, Joseph A. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/sfgate/guestbook.aspx?n=joseph-grassi&pid=147508016&cid=full


Dear John,

   I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1943.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Grassi, Joseph A. [MC1943 RIP]

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Jan 1, 2011 

JFOUND: Kuntz, Kathleen (MC2007)


Kuntz, Kathleen (MC2007)
Designer at Parent Media
Greater New York City Area


[JR: Wow! The website is a stunner. Wish she could do mine. Wish I had something to do!]

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Jan 1, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Vessecchia, Mary Jo [MC1991] ADir IT SecPM at Columbia 


Vessecchia, Mary Jo [MC1991]
Asst. Director IT Security and Project Management
Columbia University School of Business
Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services


* Technology leader with rich experience and the reputation for getting the job done while delivering Applications, Database Administration, Telecommunications, Networking, Help Desk and Desktop Support.
* Managed budgets up to $8MM and staff of up to 25 in multi-million dollar companies.
* Value lies in bringing process and best practices to bear in start-ups and organizations in dire need of structure and delivering key IT projects for organizations.
* Experience spans Sports and Entertainment, Mortgage Banking, Publishing, Manufacturing, Online Services and Medical Industries.
* Certified Project Management Professional since 2008


* Improving Client Satisfaction
* Building/Mentoring Highly Motivated Technical Teams
* Projects On Time and within Budget
* Streamlining Operations while Implementing Best Practices
* Aligning IT with Business Needs
* Fostering Cost Saving Vendor Partnerships
* Creating and Executing Software and Hardware Contracts
* Creating and Initiating RFIs, RFPs and SOWs

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ENDNOTE: Why do we fund “libraries” by force?


Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Let Trustees Do Their Job!

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Ruth Kowal of Boston Public Library called to ask me to help fight the Senate amendments to the State Budget that would deny State Aid and Library of Last Recourse funding if Boston closed or reduced staffing at any Branch. Ruth said a further amendment would make this proposal more “fair” by including any library with Branches. I told her I would spread the word to my SEMLS colleagues at the meeting, and Cindy Roach announced it from the podium. (We’ll miss you, Cindy!) I then wrote to Brockton’s State Senator Thomas Kennedy thanking him for proposing an amendment to increase the amount of State Aid, and asking him to help fight the Branch related amendments. Decisions on how to best utilize the limited resources are best made by local Boards of Library Trustees who are entrusted to serve the needs of local constituents!

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[JR: Guess it’s not politically correct to pick a fight with an alumni I just found, but I’m just an opinionated fat old white guy injineer with a Don Quixote complex. Doesn’t anyone see that this is EXACTLY what the politicians and bureaucrats want? Citizens coming with hat in hand to grovel for some more gruel! And, why should the taxpayers be robbed by the costumed thugs to pay for a library. Or, anything else? I willingly pay to go to a movie, McDonalds, or anyone of a number of other things. Why are libraries different? Wikipedia cites: “In 1731, Benjamin Franklin and his friends, sometimes called “the Junto”, operated the Library Company of Philadelphia partly as a means to settle arguments and partly as a means to advance themselves through sharing information. Franklin’s subscription library allowed members to buy “shares” and combined funds were used to buy more books; in return, members could borrow books and use the library.” What’s wrong with that model. Or, any other one. Any model but one where the effete elite tell us we must pay for something that is “good for us”. Like we are little children. Sorry, but if it was needed, it would NOT have to be funded by force. Argh! “We, The Sheeple” are stupid to allow this.]

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