JASPER JOTTINGS Week 03 - 2011 JAN 16 

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




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Jan 9, 2011 

POSITRACTION: An anonymous donor … little girl’s life saving treatment


Sick Irish child will get lifesaving U.S. treatment after all
Anoymous Donor pays for $400,000 chemotherapy treatment in New York
By CATHY HAYES , IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Saturday, December 11, 2010, 7:12 AMUpdated Saturday, December 11, 2010, 7:17 AM

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An anonymous donor is paying for little Cork girl Megan Malone’s life saving treatment in New York.

Megan, aged 3, was diagnosed with an extremely rare and malignant brain tumor, medulloblastoma. The treatment alone costs $400,000 and there were fears she would die without it.

But now all their financial worries are over.

A family spokesperson told the Examiner newspaper, “We have just received confirmation that the treatment costs for Megan, in the USA, will be covered by a third-party donor.

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[JR: It's a beautiful thing for someone could do. Wish I was in a position to do it. People can do great things.]

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Jan 9, 2011 

JBLOGGER: Stagnaro, Melissa (MC1997) likes to be cited


07 Jan 2011 11:10
Full disclosure

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25. I’ve got the neediest little ego and am still secretly thrilled whenever someone, anyone makes mention of something I’ve written.

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Stagnaro, Melissa (MC1997)

[JR: Seemed obvious for inclusion in JJ; anything to make a fellow alum happy.]

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Jan 9, 2011 

JNEWS: Merrill, Sr. Anne Cecile (MC19??) turns 100


Sister Anne Cecile at 100

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The approach of Christmas has always been extra-special for Sister Anne Cecile Merrill.

The holiday marking the birth of Christ came with an added reason for celebration — particularly this past Christmas.

Sister Anne Cecile, who celebrated 80 years as a member of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt last year, was born on Christmas Eve.

And on Dec. 24, she marked her 100th birthday, sharing a celebration with other members of the Dominican order at their convent in Blauvelt.

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Sister Anne Cecile holds a degree in English from Manhattan College, a master’s in library science from St. John’s University, and a professional certificate in curriculum and teaching from the Teachers College of Columbia University.

Throughout her long life, Sister Anne Cecile has enjoyed reading, crocheting and music when out of the classroom. She frequently traveled to New York City for preview showings of films so she could discuss their value — or lack thereof — with her students and friends.

She also enjoys staying on the cutting edge of technology, always learning new skills and using new tools to aid in her ministry.

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Merrill, Sr. Anne Cecile (MC19??)

Baird, Bob (MC1969)

[JR: A Jasper reporter does the story on a fellow Jasper. Imagine what the two of them could tell us about what MC was, is, and meant? Hope that song gets sung!]

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Jan 9, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Magnotta, Brian [MC1982] CTO at Ziff Davis Enterprise


Magnotta, Brian [MC1982]
Chief Technology Officer at Ziff Davis Enterprise
Greater New York City Area

Summary: Energetic and results-oriented CTO/CIO with global business experience helping leading companies effectively manage and capitalize on information technology. Exceptional leader with demonstrated ability to build high-performing teams and achieve cross-functional business objectives. Change agent with talent to develop technology strategies to drive business opportunities as well as execute and implement tactical solutions.

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Jan 9, 2011 

JTWITTER: O’Connor, Chance [MC1973] — “pareidolia”; do you see it too?


ocibbir (aka O’Connor, Chance [MC1973]) tweets:

“Reading: http://twitthis.com/g6rrge

[JR: The words, "pareidolia" and "eschatology", are far beyond this fat old white guy injineer. Nice to know that our younger follow alums have such "erudite" vocabularies. See I'd just call the bird drop and fish kills "strange". Maybe even "<synonym for preforming the act of procreation> unbelievable", but then I'm just a "crude barbarian from down the hill". Have to live up to Father Ritter's description. Yeah, I empathize with the Norseman in the Capital One Bank commercial too.]

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Jan 9, 2011 

JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] urges more hard work

Re Administerativia….

I’ve got one to add John:

Keep on doing what you’re doing! I think it’s great!


Michael J. McFadden,
Peace Studies ’73

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[JR: Thanks, but you're clearly delusional. I see a lot of warts. Patterson would do it better. LOL!]

McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]

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Jan 9, 2011

JFOUND: “nchausse” is Chausse, Nathaniel [MC2012]

* Jan 2, 2011
* MFOUND: Interesting blog; not Jasper
* http://natesadventurebook.blogspot.com/2011/01/song-from-american-movie.html
* Nate’s Adventure Book
* “nchausse”

He’s a jasper, studying Urban Affairs—named Nathaniel Chausse. He did a semester abroad in London, it seems on a program sponsored by NYU. He’s from Connecticut and graduated high school in 2008, which means he’s a 2nd semester Junior at MC.

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Chausse, Nathaniel [MC2012]

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Jan 10, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Pham, Lylynn (MC2010) Editor at Wordsearch Magazine


Pham, Lylynn (MC2010) 
Editor at Wordsearch Magazine
Greater New York City Area

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Jan 11, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Abad-Foti, Tammi [MC????] Math Specialist at CSH


Abad-Foti, Tammi [MC????]
Math Specialist at CSH
Greater New York City Area
Education Management

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Jan 11, 2011 

JNEWS: Amlung, Brandon M. [MC2010?] appointed police officer City of Rye


Sound Shore
New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Port Chester, Pelham and Harrison

Rye hires two police officers
Posted by: Leslie Korngold – Posted in Police & Fire, Rye on Jan 10, 2011

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Brandon M. Amlung and Jonathan Klein were appointed police officers in the City of Rye Police Department effective January 10, 2011. They were sworn in at Rye City Hall on Friday, January 7, 2011.

Police Officer Amlung, 22, a native of Pearl River, is a graduate of Manhattan College and the New York City Police Academy. He served as a New York City Police Cadet. His father, Glen Amlung, is a retired New York City police officer. Officer Amalung is to the near right in the adjacent photo.

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Officer Amlung will be assigned to Rye police department’s field training program, a structured curriculum designed to familiarize newly hired officers with the community and departmental procedures under the guidance of experienced officers.

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Amlung, Brandon M. [MC2010?]

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Jan 11, 2011 

MNEWS: NLRB finds against MC


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Jan 11, 2011 

JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) thinks in absolutes

RE: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 02 – 2010 JAN 09 Prolife absolutism or not

I am very pro life and believe that it is one of the absolutes. Despite that, I agree that there should always be provision for exceptions. Two true stories tell the tale.

1) Back when men had to wait outside during baby deliveries, a young man was in the waiting room. A nurse came out and told him that the delivery was going badly. There were severe complications and the doctor did not think that he could save both the mother and child. He asked the young man to choose whom to save. The young man chose his wife. Im the end, the doctor was able to save both, but this highlights the difficult situations that can occur.

2) Another time, a pregnant woman found that she was very ill. The treatment would kill the baby. The couple had to decide whether to abort the baby to allow treatment of the mother. After consideration, the mother decided to forego treatment. Six months after the baby was born, the mother died. She had said that she made the decision on the basis that she was living for the next life, which was more important than this life. She was Catholic. I believe she was correct, but would the decision be the same if she was of a different religion or atheist. Actually, I have known atheists who would make the same decision based on motherly instinct.

I believe that these women made the right decision and that prolife is an absolute, but in cases this extreme, the mother needs to come to that conclusion herself. Note that these are the examples of ethical dilemmas, not the cases of inconvenience that are often the current cause of most abortions.

Mark Mangone 1977
Senior Environmental Engineer

[JR: Very tough arguments. I'm still against "absolute-ism", because as you point out there are ALWAYS exceptions. Clearly, we are in a genocide of "abortion as convenience". And, we're killing "our future" with our collective stupidity!]

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Jan 12, 2011 

JOBIT: Wilkinson, John A. [MC1951 RIP]

John A. Wilkinson


John A. Wilkinson, P.E., of Fairfield, beloved husband for over 60 years of Rosemarie Schlenk Wilkinson, passed away suddenly Sunday, January 9, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Born in New York City to Thomas A. and Marcella Wilkinson, he had been a Fairfield resident for over 60 years. Mr. Wilkinson served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during WW II in the Pacific Theater. He received his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College in 1951 and was employed for most of his career by SNET, retiring as Manager of the Conduit Division. He also taught engineering classes at night school at Bullard Haven Technical School for over 30 years.

Very active in scouting, he was the proud father and grandfather of a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award and five Eagle Scouts.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife Rosemarie, include three children, Joseph A. Wilkinson, MD and his wife, Eileen Wilkinson, PhD of Greenwich, John J. Wilkinson, Sr and his wife, Tammie of Branford and Diane W. Foley and her husband, Daniel of Farmington; five grandchildren, Christopher and Elise Wilkinson, John J. Wilkinson, Jr. and Rosie and Danny Foley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford. Friends may call Friday from 3-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Wilkinson may be made to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606 or the Boy Scouts of America, CT Yankee Council, P.O. Box 32, 60 Wellington Rd., Milford, CT 06460 (www.ctyankee.org/support/fos) For information or to sign an online guest register please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com

Published in the New Haven Register on January 12, 2011


Wilkinson, John A. [MC1951 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/nhregister/guestbook.aspx?n=john-a-wilkinson&pid=147751435&cid=full


Jan 12, 2011

JOBIT: Crane, William Murphy [MC1942 RIP]



CRANE—William Murphy, Sr. JD, born in Woodlawn, New York on July 19, 1920, resident of Harwichport, Massachusetts, formerly of Yonkers, New York, died at his home on January 11, 2011 at the age of 90. William, known by his friends and family as Murph, was beloved husband to the late Dorothea Anne Kelsh of Bronxville, New York and is survived by his children William Murphy Crane, Jr., Dorothea Kelly, Thomas Crane and his wife Susan, and Marguerite McCormack and her husband Robert and his beloved grandchildren Kimberly, Stephen, Irina, Noelle, William Robert, Paige, Yana, Erin, Liza, William and Promyse. Following Murph’s graduation from Manhattan College in 1942, he served in the United States Army Air Force. Murph attended Fordham School of Law where he earned the degree of Doctor of Juris Prudence. Murph pursued a career in banking at Citibank where he served until his retirement in 1979. Calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, Bronxville, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s church, Bronxville on Friday January 14 at 10 am. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.

Published in The New York Times on January 12, 2011


Crane, William Murphy [MC1942 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/nytimes/guestbook.aspx?n=william-crane&pid=147763583&cid=full


Dear John,

   Today’s (1/12/11) NY Times has an obituary for William Murphy Crane, Jr.,Esq ’42.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Jan 12, 2011 

JEMAIL: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) observes the assault on MC continues


The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) Blog
Fed’s Tell College: You’re Not Catholic

Cardinal Newman Society press release:

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Immediately following today’s ruling that a New York Catholic college is not “religious” under federal law, The Cardinal Newman Society published an analysis from a top legal expert advising Catholic college leaders on ways to protect their religious freedoms by maintaining a strong Catholic identity.

“Federal and state laws are increasingly being used to coerce religious institutions into actions and commitments that violate deeply held religious convictions and moral principles,” warns Kevin Theriot, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, in the analysis entitled “Protecting Catholic Colleges from External Threats to Their Religious Liberty,” which is posted at CatholicHigherEd.org.

Theriot suggests ways Catholic educators can defend against laws that require health insurance coverage for contraception or employee benefits for same-sex couples.

“It must be noted, however, that any available exemptions for religious institutions will not apply if a college that was founded as a religious institution has become largely secular,” Theriot cautions. “It is therefore vital that Catholic colleges and universities maintain their Catholic identity in all of their programs in order to best protect their religious character and mission.”

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“Catholic colleges and universities have an advantage over other religious institutions in that the Catholic Church’s Canon Law and the Apostolic Constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae lay out the requirements for a college to be considered Catholic. While Church law is beyond the purview of this paper, it should be noted that a college that does not faithfully adhere to and apply the Catholic Church’s own law might find it difficult if not impossible to convince a secular court that it is a Catholic institution deserving protection.”

Read the 10 recommended strategies for defending against secular attacks on religious liberty here.


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[JR: Argh! We're sliding down that slippery slope. And, we KNOW what's at the end of that: Genocide. Can't happen here? Please tell that to the American Indians, the inner city poor, the David Koresh cult members, and on and on. When did the Jew in Europe realize that they hadn't stood up for their rights? Yeah, I know -- my tin foil hat is on too tight. Hope I'm wrong, but I think not.]

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Jan 12, 2011 

JFOUND: Adams, Jamil A. [MC????]


Memories Never Fade: Michael Gilchrist Sr
January 9, 2011 by MessGirl  

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May have been an average cold winter day for everyone else, but for boxofmess.com it was a great day! Earlier today I was fortunate to attend the St. Patricks vs. St. Benedicts game with my grandfather Jamil A. Adams, former Camden HS basketball player, and fellow Jasper/Manhattan College Alumnus. We got to watch Michael Gilchrist Jr., Austin Colbert, Tyler Harris, and the other St Pats and St Benedicts players do their thing on the basketball court. To see their great skill and abilities live in action was awe-inspiring. Not only did we get to see some awesome b-ball, but we also were very lucky to meet an assortment of people ranging from University of Kentucky’s Assistant Coach Orlando Antigua to Virginia Tech’s Assistant Coach Adrian Autry; but of course that is part of the draw when you get the opportunity to watch great players, like Michael Gilchrist Jr, play. I must say though that the highlight of the night was when I personally met Michael’s mother, Cindy Richardson, after the game. During our conversation Ms. Richardson gave me very encouraging words of wisdom & support about the work I am doing on www.boxofmess.com. From observations, I could discern that not only is Ms. Richardson a kind, affable and lively woman, but she is also a great mother. She is an avid and spirited supporter of her son and his teammates. It was a pleasure to meet Ms. Richardson and her family.

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Adams, Jamil A. [MC????]

[JR: I found it hard to follow; who's fellow alum?]

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Jan 12, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: D’Anna, Tom [MC1996] Supv, NVH + Driveline Sys at FEV, Inc.


D’Anna, Tom [MC1996]
Supervisor, NVH & Driveline Systems at FEV, Inc.
Greater Detroit Area

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Jan 12, 2011

JFOUND: A few folks on FACEBOOK


Carboni, Dominick (MP68MC72) http://goo.gl/5nLsI

Curran, David (MP67MC71) http://goo.gl/NYPy1

Farrelly, Jim (MP56MC61) http://goo.gl/bpx6C

Maniscalco, George (MP??MC??) http://goo.gl/HXQI7

Martin, Bill (MP61MC65) http://goo.gl/aTDLC

Nohilly, William (MP60MC64) http://goo.gl/zrOIB

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Jan 12, 2011 

JFACEBOOK: Dowd, Mike (MP1966MC1970)


Dowd, Mike (MP1966MC1970) http://goo.gl/JNqgD

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Jan 13, 2011 

JOBIT: Kissee, Keith Eugene [MC1975 RIP]


Kissee, Keith Eugene

ALBANY Keith Eugene Kissee, 55, departed this life in the arms of Jesus Christ on January 10, 2011. He was born on January 12, 1955 to Elmo and Floscelia Kissee in Danville, Va.

Keith grew up in N.Y.C and attended Epiphany Church where he served as an altar boy while attending Epiphany Elementary School. While attending Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., he became the first African-American president of the student body. Keith attended Manhattan College on a partial academic and track & field scholarship in which received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in theology in 1977.

He was the founder of the KK Track Club in Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration. He married Adrienne Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 30, 1975 and began his career as a minority specialist with the NYS Department of Civil Service. He served as an advocate for minorities and protected class employees. Later, he was appointed Director of Affirmative Action programs by Patrick Bulgaro in 1979 under Commissioner Chu for NYS Taxation and Finance.

Keith is predeceased by his son, Mark Anthony Kissee; and is survived by his mother, Floscelia Jordan; wife Adrienne; children, Duane Thomas, Damien Kissee, Vanessa Kissee and Davone Kissee; as well as his goddaughter, Tamara Norman. He is also mourned by his siblings, James, Myra (Gail), Charles, David, Anthony, and Bernard Kissee; and best friend, Irving Fannel; as well as his grandchildren, Duane Jr, Hakeem, Starrester, Nasheema, Laniya, Dominique; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Home going services will be Saturday morning at 10:00 at Wilborn Temple COGIC, 121 Jay Street, Albany. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Church. Interment, Graceland Cemetery. To leave a special message for the family online, visit NewcomerAlbany.com

Published in Albany Times Union on January 13, 2011


Kissee, Keith Eugene [MC1975 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/timesunion-albany/guestbook.aspx?n=keith-kissee&pid=147777555&cid=full


Jan 13, 2011 

JEMAIL: Brady, Mike [MC2005] quote on Catholic schools closing in NYC

Dear John,

   Today’s (1/12/11) NY Daily News has an article on page 18 relating to the closing of 27 Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. Mike Brady,’05 is quoted as a Board Member St. Augustine’s School in the Bronx that is slated to close in June.

   I have the Article if you need it.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. I retrieved it from the web.]

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Archdiocese to close 27 Catholic schools, including 6 in the Bronx, 3 in Manhattan, 4 in S.I.
Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 4:00 AM

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In a move teachers and parents called heartless, the Archdiocese of New York announced Tuesday that it will close 13 city Catholic schools at the end of the year.

“It’s a very cold announcement from the archdiocese,” said Michael Brady, a board member at St. Augustine, a storied elementary school in the Bronx that will graduate its final class in June.

“They’re calling it the ‘Pathways to Excellence’ plan, but it really undermines the mission of the archdiocese,” Brady added.

The city schools are among 27 in the area that the archdiocese has slated for closure. The affected schools include three in Manhattan, six in the Bronx, four in Staten Island, nine in Westchester County and five farther upstate.

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Four schools that had been deemed “at-risk” late last year – including Good Shepherd in Manhattan – will remain open. Officials have not yet made a decision about the future of Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Manhattan, also on the endangered list.

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Brady, Mike [MC2005]

[JR: Thanks to Mike's sharp eyes, this story is reported here. I read about the closings yesterday, but don't remember if he was quoted and wouldn't have known his pedigree even if he was. I was interested that "my" school Good Shepherd survived. (It's a focal point in my novel. I'd be heartbroken if it survived Nuclear War in my dream, but failed financially in "real life".) But, it's only a matter of time until it does.]

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[JR: More importantly, this is yet another example of the unannounced war on Catholic institutions by the Gooferment. Economically, how can "Catholic Education" complete with the Gooferment's "free education"? We know it is surely not "free" and I'd assert that it's not "education". (Where does the US rank in the world's academic standings?) Wake Up, Sheeple. We're under attack from outside (i.e., Catholics are murdered for their religion around the world), from inside by "Secular Progressives", by the "leaders" who won't face facts head on, and probably worst of all by our own paradigms and memes. Our own thinking! We don't recognize the handwriting on the wall! Neither did the German Jews in the 1930s. Remember! Just yesterday, our own MC was effectively told that is "wasn't Catholic enough"! If you don't think this is so, how would you describe it? I call it Gooferment Suppression of Religion!]

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Jan 13, 2011 

JEMAIL: Grech, Thomas (MC1993)

From: Grech, Thomas (MC1993)
Subject: News from SONY Pitman….
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:58:33 -0500

After fifty remarkable years, the former Columbia/CBS Records and now SONY DADC manufacturing facility has today announced its’ closure.

I have spent the better part of the past eighteen months on location working to improve the operation, its performance and output. The dedication of the 400+ people who have turned the operation around in nearly every measure has been an inspiration.

To that end, I wanted you to be aware in the event you are in need of some truly remarkable and fine people. Engineers, injection molding experts, packaging supervisors and operators, facilities managers, print operators are among some of the skilled positions affected.

While the plant will continue to operate until the end of the first quarter, Pitman will close its’ doors by March 31st.

Please keep these folks in mind for any hiring you, your colleagues or business colleagues may be planning.


[JR: Unfortunately, it's sad day when "landmarks" close. It's a shame we ever left the Constitutional way of funding a small government -- tariffs and excise taxes. Between empowering global corporations to work against the people's interest, allowing politicians to run wild, and failing to keep our collective eye on the store, we are left with "the rubble". Argh! It's sad for all those people.]

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Jan 13, 2011 

JOBIT: Beston, Richard F. [MC1956 RIP] by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

   We heard last night that Dick Beston,’56 passed away yesterday. I do not have an obit, but will try and get you some details.

   May He Rest In Peace.


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Richard F. Beston

(May 16, 1934 – January 12, 2011)

Richard F. Beston, age 76 of Newtown, CT and Sanibel Island,FL, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at his home in Newtown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Bethel, CT Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00.

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Beston, Richard F. [MC1956 RIP]

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Richard F. Beston (May 16, 1934 – January 12, 2011)

Richard F. Beston, Sr.

Richard F. Beston Sr., age 76, passed away on January 12th at home in Connecticut with his family present. He was born on May 16, 1934 in New York City, the only son of Daniel J. and Elizabeth F. Beston. His beloved sister, Annette, pre-deceased him in 1992.

He was a graduate of All Hallows High School in the Bronx, where he was an accomplished pitcher on the school’s baseball team. His two proudest athletic moments were pitching a no-hitter as a youngster in summer league and later being approached by a scout for the Detroit Tigers and offered a contract with their farm team. But Dick declined the offer to pursue a college education. He received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Manhattan College in 1956 and his Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University in 1957.

He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1957-1960 as a Navigator and Weapons Officer and Navigational Instructor, and concluded his military career in the Reserves as a Captain. After completing his service, he briefly worked for Sperry Rand Corporation before joining the IBM Corporation, where he remained for 28 years—starting as a college recruiter and subsequently becoming the Senior V.P. for Operations in SRA, an IBM Chicago subsidiary. After holding many other executive positions, he retired from IBM Headquarters in Armonk as Director of Personnel Planning. He then joined the outplacement consulting firm of Drake, Beam, Morin (DBM), where he served as a Senior V.P. for 3 years. During his long professional career in personnel he was recognized for his strong leadership, “people skills,” and natural problem-solving ability. His wisdom helped many professionals chart new career paths.

After retiring in 1993, he left his home in New Canaan, Ct., and moved to Sanibel Island, Fl., where he was involved in church activities at St. Isabel and served as a Eucharistic Minister. He also served as President of his Home Association for many years. In addition, he helped run the City Recreation Department tennis program for several years and participated in Team Tennis at the DUNES Golf and Tennis Club. On a lighter note, he enjoyed playing bridge with good friends and following the exploits of the New York Yankees and New York Giants.

Dick was a devoted husband, father, and friend. He was a man admired for his clear thinking, wise advice, and range of knowledge on many subjects, and loved for his legendary sense of humor and inherent kindness. His greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his family. He was “a boy from the Bronx, who never forgot from whence he came.” He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Edna Mae, and his five children with their spouses: Veronica and Joseph, Rick and Emerald, Peter and Paddy, Paul and Emma, and David and Kim. In addition, he leaves behind nine wonderful grandchildren—Emily, Matthew, Jack, Joseph, Natasia, Grace, Audrey, Annette, and Katianna; a sister-in-law, Lois Ann Fetherston; a niece, Lisa; and five nephews, Peter, Paul, Vincent, Frank, and Andrew. Although the family has suffered a heavy loss, happy memories of Dick will sustain his presence in their lives forever.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution to the National Parkinson Foundation (http://www.parkinson.org/) or the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org/index.asp) is suggested.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Bethel, CT Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00.

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Jan 13, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Schloat, Benjamin [MC2007] Spanish Teacher / Coach at Avon Old Farms School


Schloat, Benjamin [MC2007]
Spanish Teacher/ Coach at Avon Old Farms School
Utica, New York Area
Primary/Secondary Education

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Jan 13, 2011 

MEMAIL: Obit with a Jasper and a Jasper connection


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I have request for 2 friends of mime who recently lost their a parent after a wonderful long life on earth. Both have connections to Manhattan College.

1) Tom Welby’s Mother : Tom is a classmate (’71) , crew teamate of mine and was /is a part time professor/lecturer in Civil Engineering at Manhattan College.

Dorothy Mary Theresa Welby (nee Fitzsimmons) of Briarcliff Manor, New York, died on January 9, 2011 at the age of 89. Dorothy was devoted to her family and her faith, traversing the joys and tribulations of her life in a graceful and dignified manner. Website for rest of Obituary and information: http://www.nyjnews.com/obits/Obit1.php?pid=3132814

2) Bill Crane, Jr, A friend of my family for many years. His Dad was a Manhattan Class of 1942. Here is some info from his obituary:

William Murphy Crane, Sr. JD, born in Woodlawn, New York on July 19, 1920, resident of Harwichport, Massachusetts, formerly of Yonkers, New York, died at his home on January 11, 2011 at the age of 90. William, known by his friends and family as Murph, was beloved husband to the late Dorothea Anne Kelsh of Bronxville.

Following Murph’s graduation from Manhattan College in 1942, he served in the United States Army Air Force. Murph attended Fordham School of Law where he earned the degree of Doctor of Juris Prudence.

Website for Obituary: http://www.nyjnews.com/obits/Obit1.php?pid=3132768

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[JR: Jottings reported the second one. Sorry about the losings. And, I'll try to avoid "lifts" in the future.]

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Jan 13, 2011 

JFOUND: DeVito, Daniel A. (MC1982) Partner IP and Tech at Skadden


Daniel A. DeVito
Intellectual Property and Technology

Daniel A. DeVito has considerable experience litigating intellectual property cases, including complex high-technology patent cases, at both the trial and appellate level. He also has extensive experience in proceedings before the International Trade Commission.

Mr. DeVito has litigated matters involving digital electronics, computer software, online technologies, intelligent information systems, advanced telecommunications systems, semiconductor design, fiber optic transmission systems, cellular network systems, mobile telephone application programs, complex wavelength division multiplexing technology and aircraft engines.

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DeVito, Daniel A. (MC1982)

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Jan 14, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Jordan, Catherine [MC1987] Head of Internal Communications, Home Healthcare Solutions at Philips Healthcare


Jordan, Catherine [MC1987]
Head of Internal Communications, Home Healthcare Solutions at Philips Healthcare
Greater Pittsburgh Area

Summary: Creative professional with 12 years of experience in internal and executive communication and a master’s degree. Excellent writer, editor and speaker with talent for strategic planning and implementation and strong interpersonal skills. Able to leverage skills to impact employee engagement, company culture and business results.

Specialties: Internal communication, change communication, executive communication, marketing communication, culture change, HR and benefits, strategy communication, research and analysis, financial services, pharmaceuticals, health care, retail.

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Jan 14, 2011 

JNEWS: Buch, Edward [MC1976] VP of Somerset MedCtr’s Med / Dental Staff


The Messenger Gazette > Local News
Doctors elected to represent medical and dental staff at Somerville’s Somerset Medical Center
Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 2:32 PM Updated: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 2:46 PM

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SOMERVILLE — Internist Betty Sanchez-Catanese, MD, of Lebanon, has been elected as President of Somerset Medical Center’s Medical and Dental Staff. Surgeon Edward Buch, MD, of Somerville, was elected vice president and internist Shehzana Ashraf, MD, of Hillsborough, was elected secretary/treasurer.

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Dr. Edward Buch is a graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., and received his medical degree from the State University of New York’s Downstate School of Medicine in Brooklyn. He completed his surgical training at Downstate Medical Center and a vascular fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Dr. Buch is board-certified in general surgery, vascular surgery, vascular technology and wound care. He is chief of the vascular laboratory at Somerset Medical Center and previously served as chief of surgery and chief of vascular surgery at the medical center. He is also director of the Raritan Valley Vascular Center and maintains a private practice in Hillsborough. He is also a member of numerous general surgery and vascular societies.

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Buch, Edward [MC????]

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I believe Edward D. Buch M.D. is a member of the class of 1976.


McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Buch, Edward [MC1976]

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Jan 15, 2011

MFOUND: MC Prez cites MC’s Catholic and Lasallian heritage


Manhattan College defends Catholic identity from labor board’s exemption denial
By Kevin J. Jones
New York City, N.Y., Jan 15, 2011 / 08:12 am (EWTN News)

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In a Jan. 13 letter to faculty, Manhattan College president Brendan O’Donnell said the ruling was “disappointing and deeply disturbing” but “not surprising.” He charged that the labor board has “consistently failed” to follow federal courts’ instructions on the constitutional protections of religiously-affiliated entities.

“Manhattan College does not need NLRB approval of its Catholic identity. We are openly and unapologetically a Catholic institution of higher learning, with a vibrant educational climate inspired by our Catholic and Lasallian heritage.”

He suggested the decision mistook the college’s “intellectual openness and welcoming spiritual environment” as weaknesses in Catholic identity. It seemed to presume that an authentic Catholic college engages in exclusionary hiring, has a “proselytizing atmosphere” and a “dogmatic inflexibility” in its curriculum.”

O’Donnell added it was “offensive” for backers of adjunct faculty unionization to portray Catholic identity as a “cynical device to avoid unionization.”

“(N)either the government nor the union has the constitutional right to decide whether or not Manhattan is to be measured by their definition of ‘Catholic’ rather than according to the standards formulated by the college itself, in collaboration with the Institute (of the Brothers of the Christian Schools), the broader Catholic community, and in faithful dialogue with the Church,” he continued.

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[JR: Nice to see some push back. No one needs the NLRB passing on "how much religion is enough". Stamford is a "religious school", but MC ain't! I was stunned to read that. Sorry to interject politics into news, but the war with "Secular Progressive" Big Gooferment is on. And, "We, The Sheeple" are losing.]

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Jan 15, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Bardy, CJ [MC2004] VP Equity Finance at BMO Capital Markets


Bardy, CJ [MC2004]
Vice President Equity Finance at BMO Capital Markets
Greater New York City Area
Investment Management

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Jan 10, 2011 

Comment on JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] urges more hard work

by Carolyn Predmore (MCfac)

I agree. Please keep this up.

[JR: Thanks. But I'm just labor. And, there is so much that could be done better.]

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Jan 12, 2011 

Comment on JNEWS: Amlung, Brandon M. [MC????] appointed 

by Anonymous


[JR: Thanks, who ever you are?]

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Jan 15, 2011

Comment on MFOUND: MC Prez cites MC’s Catholic and Lasallian heritage 

by Kaufmann, Rich (MP1964MC1968)


Do you really believe that Alma Mater is a “Catholic” institution?

The minute they started taking money from the “gooferment”, they sold their soul.

This is not the same Catholic institution you and I graduated from.

My daughter attended MC from 2002-2007, and when we visited her on campus, there were few signs that this was a truly a Catholic school.

It is just like the many politicians – CINO!

Rich Kaufmann MC’68

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Comment on MFOUND: MC Prez cites MC’s Catholic and Lasallian heritage 

by Reinke, F. John (MC1968)

> Do you really believe that Alma Mater is a “Catholic” institution?

Yes. I’m not sure how one defines anything any more. But a Gooferment agency sure doesn’t get to decide.

> The minute they started taking money from the “gooferment”, they sold their soul.

True. BUTT (there’s always a big but) it was survive or die. If they tried “Hinsdale”, then I doubt they’d have survived. As it was, it was touch and go. Try competing with essentially the offer of “free” education from Gooferment schools.

We’ve got the benefit of hindsight. But, I would have thought that real smart people, with a solid foundation in economics and religious liberty, could have foreseen where this was going to wind up. To this day, some of our fellow alums don’t see we are on the road to the death camps, one liberty at a time.

I’m reminded of that quote of Churchill’s that is oft forgotten.

Churchill quote! “…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.

The time to fight this battle with a good chance of winning was when the first intrusion of Gooferment into any one of number of areas: education, healthcare, charity, etc. etc.

I remember in the Fifties when the “threat” to the Catholic Grammar School system was “recognized”. My memory was real fuzzy. But I remember conversations that the Cardinal Archbishop should have closed the schools, the hospitals, and Catholic Charities. The Gooferment wanted it; fine, take it. Now! In one fell swoop. Not allow them to inflict the death of a thousand cuts.

Personally, I believe — have no proof — that pedophilia scandal was held over the leaderships’ head to get them to go along.

After that the “war” was lost, and “We, The Sheeple” were the last to know.


> This is not the same Catholic institution you and I graduated from.

It was sliding even then. Just from the Prep to the College, we had an eight year perspective in the decline.

> My daughter attended MC from 2002-2007, and when we visited her on campus, there were few signs that this was a truly a Catholic school.

What is a “Catholic” school any more? What is a “Catholic”? Not sure if I even qualify. I’m just cranky and tired of being robbed blind and told to smile ‘n’ shut up.

> It is just like the many politicians – CINO!

As you know, I think the Kennedy’s were allowed to slide and now politicians know the Church hierarchy won't call them to account. The Laity is just a subset of “We, The Sheeple”. So there’s no one to uphold anything resembling a standard.

Thanks for the grouse; now what happens?!


Jan 15, 2011

ENDNOTE: “Planned Parenthood” is really a misnomer


Oregon Catholic Group Stops Using United Way Over Planned Parenthood
by Steven Ertelt | Eugene, Oregon | LifeNews.com | 12/30/10 1:48 PM

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The Catholic Community Services Board in Eugene, Oregon has stopped using the United Way as a charity partner through which it can receive donations because of ties to Planned Parenthood.

The Lane County United Way gives funds to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business that does more than one-quarter of all of the abortions done annually in the United States.

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[JR: The emphasis is mine. The quote is stunning. Don't know about you, but I always thought that "abortions" were "a sideline". That Planned Parenthood spent most of its time "planning parenthood" with services other than abortion. Sounds like I was wrong. If we want to end killing potential and not-so-potential human beings, seems like we need a "Truth In Labeling" applied to organizations. Rush always identifies the NAACP as the "NAA-L-CP" because of their liberal bias. Same with NAW, denigratingly called NAGS, but should be NA(L)W. SO to, we need to hang the tag "the nation's largest abortion business" on Planned Parenthood. Doesn't jibe with the liberal politicians' stated desire to make abortion "rare". This deception is grating on me. Hopefully on you as well.]

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