JASPER JOTTINGS Week 27 - 2011 July 03   

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




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Jun 26, 2011

POSITRACTION: Swans form monogamous pair bonds; some for life


Eight Animals That Mate for Life
By: Care2

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Humans in many cultures like to think of themselves as a faithful species, but when it comes to true fidelity, many other animals offer better examples of how to keep a relationship together. Although monogamy and lifelong pair bonds are generally rare in the animal kingdom, eight animals pull it off.

1. Swans

Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years, and in some cases, these can last for life. Their loyalty to their mates is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a nearly universal symbol of true love.

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[JR: There’s almost something naive about the meme that Frau Reinke, I, and others were taught as children — i.e., no sex before marriage. And, find your soul mate and stick like glue. Bruce Springsteen lamented: “Catholic girls start much too late”. What does he know? In doing the Jasper obits, I’m continually amazed at the “scores” of my fellow alumni. Decades of marriage — not the other kind. Four, five, and even six. That’s amazing today in our “divorce at the drop of a hat” “Secular Progressive” culture. With a ton of excuses — money, sex, itch, excitement, found better, younger, thinner, smarter, or just bored. Personally, I’ve lived through and seen the damage of divorce on children. When I read this — and like most stuff on the inet, I have no idea if it’s true — I just smiled and thought. Yup, it’s the “plan”. And, what bliss. Hope everyone finds their “soul mate”. It’s beautiful when you do. And, it has little to do with sex. Guess those old Nuns and Brothers were onto something?]

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Jun 26, 2011 

MNEWS: Amanda Paxson will play for MC softball


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Amanda Paxson, Mount St. Dominic, 5-5, Senior

Second baseman scored 40 runs while hitting .500, with 49 hits. She drew 13 walks and slugged .786 while hitting two homers and driving in 28 runs from the leadoff spot. Will play at Manhattan College.

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[JR: Good press for MC.]

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Jun 26, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Cardel, Freddie [MC1989] Dir Cust Supt at RaySearch Americas


Cardel, Freddie [MC1989]
Director of Customer Support at RaySearch Americas
Greater New York City Area
Medical Devices

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Jun 27, 2011 

JNEWS: Salvatore, Sam [MC2011] gets MC some good press


College graduates on parade
Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 8:00 AM Updated: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 8:23 AM
By Staten Island Advance

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Sam Salvatore

Sam Salvatore of Silver Lake graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

Ms. Salvatore graduated magna cum laude and earned a cumulative 3.6 GPA overall.

Ms. Salvatore was a member of the international honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, where she served on the Executive Council as the Foundation Representative. She also was a member of Manhattan College’s highest scholastic honor society, Epsilon Sigma Pi.

Ms. Salvatore played on several intramural sports teams and volunteered in the Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience, where she devoted her time to disabled children in Meridian, Texas.

Ms. Salvatore plans to pursue her master’s degree in special education this summer.

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Salvatore, Sam [MC2011]

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Jun 27, 2011 

JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. [MC1957] mentions Reinke’s blood drive


My Life in Key West
MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

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I am a Manhattan College graduate. Manhattan men are known as Jaspers. After the founder of the College, Brother Jasper.

Jasper John R. is a loyal blog reader. He too is a Manhattan grad. Ergo, the Jasper name. He comments frequently to this blog.

Jasper lives some where in New Jersey. He is a bit younger than me, but not my much I suspect.

Jasper’s wife, Evelyn Reinke, died of cancer. Evelyn’s birthday is July 1. Her neice thought it would be nice to celebrate Evelyn’s memory and birthday by doing something more than just sitting around and talking of her. She came up with the idea of a blood drive. Apparently Evelyn had roughly 125 pints of blood and 75 of platlets in her attempts to survive.

So a blood drive in Evelyn’s honor has been planned for July 1. It will be at the Micro Waste facility , 5 Industrial Drive, New Brunswick, NJ. From noon to six in the evening.

Go! Give! Help replenish the gift of life!

Telephone 732-565-5880 to sign up. If you give elsewhere, remember to say it is honor of Evelyn Reinke.

Let me know how it goes, Jasper.

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[JR: It's nice that "Key West Lew" used his global blog to mention Frau Reinke. She'd be so embarrassed by any "fuss". In the grand scale of things, all we can do is try. Just put one foot in front of the other. That she'd insist on. Thanks to my fellow Jasper, Key West Lou.]

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Jun 27, 2011 

JEMAIL: Thieke, Stephen G. (MC1969) checks in

From: “Thieke, Stephen”
Date: June 27, 2011 11:46 AM
To: Reinke, F. John (MC1968)

Subject: JNEWS: Thieke, Stephen G. [MC????] Senior Adviser at Promontory Financial Group | Jasper Jottings

Thanks Class of 1969

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Thieke, Stephen G. (MC1969)

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Jun 27, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Schoen, Elizabeth C. [MC1982] Dir Corp Envir at First Solar


Schoen, Elizabeth C. Girardi [MC1982]
Director Corporate Environmental, EHS R&D at First Solar
Greater New York City Area
Renewables & Environment

Summary: Sustainability, Social Responsibility Executive – outstanding communicator uniquely combining engineering, global operations and deep environmental knowledge. Strong track record of business benefit through excellent environmental and socially responsible choices. Powerful strategist with ability to integrate sustainability into business vision and translate into executable plans. Persuasive style that draws others to a vision, enhances reputation by being excellent “face of the company”. Unique ability to translate complex ideas into plain understandable business benefit. Coalition builder who uses partnership to achieve great outcomes. Incredible ability to lead without authority, facilitator, negotiator. Innovator with rare combination of creativity and practical implementation experience

Specialties: responsible supply chain, strategic planning, communications, coalition building, negotiator, branding, reputation, stakeholder engagament, measurement and metrics, deep environmental knowledge, green chemistry, green buildings, energy conservation, water, climate change, reuse and recycling, responsible product design, life cycle assessment, product stewardship, integrating EHS into business decision-making, matrix management, outstanding public speaking, warm and approachable style

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Jun 28, 2011 

JOBIT: Joseph, Peter E. [MC1976 RIP]


Peter E. Joseph (1931 – 2011)  

Joseph, Peter E.

Peter Ephraim Joseph passed away Saturday, June 25th 2011 after a brief battle with pneumonia and cancer, with his wife of 53 years Bernice, daughter Nancy, son Michael, and their families by his side.

Peter was born at St Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers on March 20, 1931, and grew to attend St. Mary’s School and Saunders High School. Upon graduation, Peter attended Westchester Community College, prior to his military service. In 1952, Peter completed basic training, leadership school and electronics training, and was sent to Okinawa, where he was stationed with the Army’s 87th Ordinance Battalion, 16th Ordinance Company. Peter spent his tour as one of only five specialists repairing and maintaining the Army’s largest anti-aircraft equipment, destined for duty in the Korean conflict, was promoted to Private First Class, and was honorably discharged from the military in 1954.

On May 3rd 1958, Peter married Bernice Sheedy, also of Yonkers. Peter’s career path took him to Consolidated Edison, where he used his engineering skills over 4 decades at multiple power generation and transmission facilities, including “Big Alice” on the East River and Indian Point. Throughout his life, Peter was devoted to his wife, his family, and fellow veterans. Peter and Bernice became the proud parents of two children, Michael William and Nancy Marie. Peter returned to school and graduated in 1976 from Manhattan College, which subsequently was also his daughter’s alma mater.

He actively participated in the sports and activities of his children often from behind the scenes. Peter spent over 40 years supporting those who served in the military by investing his time and energy in the Catholic War Veterans (CWV), the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans Organizations (CCVO), and the American Legion. Peter was the chairman of the Annual Oratorical Competition of the Yonkers Memorial Day Committee for the past 28 years; a Dept. of NYS Vice Commander for the CWV, past Chairman of the CCVO, and volunteer for many veteran-focused event committees in Yonkers. Peter was also a planning board member of the “Color It Proud” program for the past 32 years, Chairman of the Americanism Award Committee for 2 score and 7 years, past Post Commander and Executive Committee member and Adjutant of the Bajart Post 1122, and member of the Executive Board of the Westchester American Legion. As recognition of his significant service and accomplishments within the community of war veterans, Peter was selected as a 2008 inductee into New York State’s Veterans Hall of Fame, and honored by the Proclamation of a Peter Ephraim Joseph Day on June 29th, 2008.

Peter is survived by his wife of 53 years Bernice (Sheedy) Joseph; daughter Nancy Parker and her family: Dean and daughters Olivia Skye and Sophia Noelle; son Michael and his family, Janet and son William Peter; sister-in-law Arleen (Sheedy) McLaughlin and her family: Roy and children Mitchell, Andrew John, Meredith, and Roy Douglas, and their spouses and 10 children; and brother-in-law Ronald Sheedy. Peter was pre-deceased by his brother-in-law John (Jack) Sheedy, sister Doris (Joseph) Reno, sister Agnes (Joseph) Parsons, and nephew Mark Parsons.

Calling hours will be at Whalen and Ball funeral home, 168 Park Ave., Yonkers, on Tuesday from 2-4pm and from 7-9 pm . The funeral mass will be at 10 am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church at 103 South Broadway in Yonkers, and will be immediately followed by the burial service at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Cemetery Rd in Yonkers. In lieu of flowers, the family asks any contributions be provided to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund in his name, at http://www.legion.org/donate/legacy_scholarship or (317) 630-1203.

Peter – We will miss you, your smile, and your friendship. Go with God – Your family and friends

Published in the The Journal News on June 28, 2011


Joseph, Peter E. [MC1976 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=peter-joseph&pid=152261963&cid=full


Jun 28, 2011 

JOBIT: Tierney, Justin Nestor [MC1952 RIP]


Justin Nestor TIERNEY

TIERNEY, Justin Nestor

Born August 14, 1924 in the Bronx, New York. Passed away peacefully in Sacramento on June 22, 2011. Served in the Philippines and China in the Navy during WW II. Graduated from Manhattan College and New York University with a jurist doctor degree.

Preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Jean Daly Tierney, his parents Frank & Margaret Tierney, brother, Francis Tierney and sister, Joan Courtney. Survived by his sons, Justin, Jr. (Joan) of Sacramento and Douglas (Elizabeth) of Pennsylvania. Loving grandfather to: Spencer, Johnathan, Allison and Patrick. Also survived by his sister, Margaret (Peggy) Byme and brother, Kevin Tierney.

Through 45 years with Fireman’s Fund Insurance, Justin went from a mail clerk and marine underwriter in New York, to branch manager in Washington D.C to executive vice president in San Francisco. Justin then became an insurance executive in L.A. then the Bahamas (for British American Insurance) and in 1985 back to San Francisco to become president of Norcal Insurance. In later years, he created a risk management firm in Davis and then taught insurance at CSUS.

Justin will be remembered for his intellect, wit and passion for life. The family thanks the Waterleaf for their compassionate care. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at 11:00 AM at Holy Spirit Church, 3159 Land Park Drive with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Brothers High School, Sacramento.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 28, 2011


Tierney, Justin Nestor [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/sacbee/guestbook.aspx?n=justin-tierney&pid=152267389&cid=full


Dear John,

   I believe that Justin is a member of the Class of 1952.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tierney, Justin Nestor [MC1952 RIP]

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Jun 28, 2011 

LINKEDIN: Le Roy, Dan [MC1990] Media Sales Operations Executive


Le Roy, Dan [MC1990]
Media Sales Operations Executive
Greater New York City Area
Broadcast Media


• I have been a commercial operations professional for over sixteen years, launched six cable networks and one digital sales effort. My experience building ad sales operation infrastructures has given me a uniquely broad and deep understanding of advertising sales. I’ve done it all, from systems evaluations and budgeting to sales strategy, pricing & planning, and commercial operations.

• I launched and managed operations for: A-NBC, Canal De Noticias NBC, NBC Asia, CNBC Asia, MSNBC, The Oxygen Network and The HUB.

• I oversaw Oxygen’s digital ad sales in 2006 and 2007. During that time I built the sales systems, pricing, inventory control and reporting for streaming video pre-roll ads, display ads, and cable-based “video on demand” ads.

• I have monetized media in all of its forms.


• Pricing & planning

• Sales strategy

• Systems analysis & procurement

• Commercial Operations

• Business process creation

• Sales Reporting

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Jun 29, 2011 

JNEWS: Lawler, Michael [MC????] Political Director for NY State GOP


Lawler, Of Rockland County, To Serve As Political Director for State GOP

Posted by: Joseph Spector – Posted in Uncategorized on Jun 28, 2011

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Michael Lawler, a lifelong resident of Rockland County, was named to as political director of the state Republican Party. He replaces Matt Masterson, who is leaving New York for a position in the private sector, state GOP chairman Ed Cox said today in a statement.

“Mike Lawler has been a key member of our team for over two years,” Cox stated. “He has moved through the ranks, gaining valuable experience and honing his political skills. We are pleased he has agreed to step into this key role.”

Lawler graduated from Manhattan College and worked as a college student on John McCain’s failed presidential bid in 2008. He joined the Republican State Committee in November 2009 and most recently served as deputy political director.

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Lawler, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I do not find anything in my “stuff” for Michael.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Jun 29, 2011 

JFOUND: Mellish, Mars [MC2001] doing a basketball clinic


Q&A with John Celestand
Posted on June 29, 2011 by Jerry Carino

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John Celestand is concerned about basketball’s disappearing fundamentals, and he’s decided to do something about it.

The former Piscataway High School star, who won an NBA Championship ring with the 2000 Los Angeles Lakers and is making a name for himself as a college hoops television analyst, is holding the inaugural All-State Basketball Clinic at New Brunswick High School next month.

Celestand is teaming with Mars Mellish, a former hardwood rival at St. Peter-New Brunswick who later played at Manhattan College and has been a personal instructor for the past four years. The clinic is for boys and girls ages 10-14 and will take place July 30-31. For more information or to register, visit www.all-statebasketball.com.

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Mellish, Mars [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Mars is a member of the Class of 2001.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mellish, Mars [MC2001]

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Jun 29, 2011 

JHQ: 3 MC news releases


College Receives DEP Grant To Fund Green Infrastructure Project

DEP recently recognized Manhattan College as one of the winners of the 2011 Green Infrastructure Grant program, which will enable the College to retrofit two parking lots with porous concrete and reduce the amount of stormwater and CSO being diverted into the Harlem River.


Serving the Underserved

In the early 1970s, Harold DeRienzo ’75 started volunteering with the College’s social action group, and today is still working to provide a better life for thousands of underprivileged New Yorkers. read more »


International Lecturer To Participate in Global Leadership Course

Sister Clare Fitzgerald, SSND, Ph.D., an international lecturer, will discuss education issues as part of Manhattan College’s Global Leadership course, July 18-22. read more »

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Jun 29, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Maksoud, James [MC1998] Handheld Dev at Pepsi Bottling Group


Maksoud, James [MC1998]
Handheld Development Lead at Pepsi Bottling Group
Greater New York City Area
Food & Beverages

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Jun 29, 2011 

JUPDATE: Bennett, Matt [MC2011] is in the USAF waiting for a date

Bennett, Matt [MC2011]

signed my contract and swore in to the air force finally :)…still no ship date lol but w/e atleast im in now

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[JR: My advice, when you show up to basic, would be "never volunteer" . And regardless if you do or don't volunteer, I wouldn't mention that you're a college graduate. No matter what the nice man in the funny hat encourages you to do. ROFL. I think every vet can corroborate that advice.]

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Jun 29, 2011 

JUPDATE: Two from class of 1984


Rufle, Eileen McGowan (MC1984)

Lodato, Ray  (MC1984)

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Ray Lodato posted via Manhattan College Alumni Facebook Page

Any Jaspers in Chicago looking to revive the alumni group?

[JR: Respond to Jasper Ray '84 on Facebook or c/o jasperjottings for a forward pass.]

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Jun 29, 2011 

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) reports on the NYS Bishops’ messsage

Dear John,

In case you haven’t seen this, I thought you might like to read it.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. I hadn't seen it, but I'm not surprised at the outcome. As a little L libertarian, I just wonder how the Gooferment got involved in marriage in the first place. And, why "We, The Sheeple" allowed it.] 


A Message to Catholic New Yorkers from the Bishops of New York State
Posted: 6/25/2011
A Message to Catholic New Yorkers
From the Bishops of New York State

We bishops share with so many of you deep disappointment in the presumption of our state’s elected officials in the radical redefinition of marriage. Yet we are heartened by the vigor with which so many faithful Catholic New Yorkers fought to preserve the true meaning of marriage.

[JR: No sense copying it all in here. Those, that are interested, can follow the link. Those, that aren't, can just continue on. This battle is just a symptom of a war, that was lost decades ago. ]

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Jun 29, 2011 

JUPDATE: Parriott, Don (MC1983) looking for ’83 Chem Jaspers


Don Parriott posted in Manhattan College Alumni

Looking for other Class of 1983 (+/- a couple years) chemistry majors/minors

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Parriott, Don (MC1983)

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Jun 30, 2011 

JNews: Flores, Luis [MC2004] playing for the Santo Domingo Lions


By: Victor Guilamo.

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Flores, 30, is a player’s position 6-2 guard tall and 195 pounds, graduated from Manhattan College with NBA experience with all the Golden State and Denver, was drafted by Houston Rockets with the No. 26 pick the second round in 2004 and traded to Dallas.

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In his last experience was in Ukraine, where he averaged 16.7 points per game, the second best scorer in the league, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 29 minutes. compiling a percentage of 54.3% in sets of field, 41.8% from the arch of 6.75 meters and a 85.3% from the free throw line.

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Flores, Luis [MC2004]

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Jun 30, 2011 

MNEWS: MC parking green


June 29, 2011
Two area parking lots get grant to go green
Manhattan College recently received $420,125 to go green.

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One of 15 winners of the 2011 Green Infrastructure Grant program run by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the college will use the money to retrofit two parking lots. A lot near Leo Hall on Corlear Avenue and another at West 238th and Tibbett Avenue will be resurfaced with porous concrete to reduce the amount of storm water and sewer overflow being diverted into the Harlem River.

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[JR: Parking lots? What parking lots! When I was an undergrad, I had to park my Conestoga Wagon where ever I could find room and then feed the meter between classes. Argh! Where's the biz school guys? Surely, that collected water can be sold to someone to reduce the tuition bills. And, don't call me Shirley.]

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Jun 30, 2011 (2 days ago)

JNews: Vitiello, Vincent G. [MC1979] EVP PG EAST


In furthering our commitment to providing agents the best in expert brokerage services, The Producers Group is planning a major expansion in the eastern half of the United States. We are pleased to announce that Vince Vitiello has joined us as Executive Vice President of The PG East and will lead this initiative. Vince will be headquartered in our new office in New York City, as well as work nationally with the company.

Vince brings over 25 years of experience in the life insurance industry. His extensive roles in marketing have included Senior Vice President of MetLife and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Allianz of America and most recently National Life Group.

A graduate of Manhattan College and of Pace University where he earned his MBA, Vince holds many prestigious accomplishments in the life insurance industry. He has been named “Man of the Year” for two separate organizations for leadership and community involvement. Vince was also instrumental in the initial entrance of MetLife into the United Kingdom market as well as authoring an award winning article for GAMA International publication entitled “Eight Essentials of Leadership.”

Throughout his career, Vince has been honored by the Chinese American Insurance Association and the Interfaith Nutrition Network, a New York-based charity for homeless women and children where he also serves as a member of the board of directors. He is involved with The Vermont Alzheimer’s Association and chaired their 2009 Montpelier “Forget Me Not” Memory Walk.

Established in 1997, The Producers Group has offices in four states, including the recently expanded East Coast division, and uses the power of People, Relationships and Products to continue to expand our locations and our Product Portfolio. Our team is experienced, distinguished and renowned in their various fields. Click here to find out more about how The Producers Group can help you enjoy the benefit of working with experts, side by side, in enhancing your business.

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Vitiello, Vincent G. [MC1979]

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Jun 30, 2011 

JBLOGGER: Rodriguez, Vincent (MC1984) warns about Stadium parking


Thursday, June 30, 2011
New York Yankees and Parking at the Stadium (a lesson learned)

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… … However, the parking around the stadium is $25 and up and in most cases it is $45. After driving around for a few minutes, I was also “lucky” to find a parking spot on Gerard Avenue, between 150th and 151st Street. The neighborhood was not too great, but I thought I would take a chance … …

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[JR: Bummer.]

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[JR: Yeah, I know shameless in driving traffic to VR84's blog, but a fellow has to eat. "All photos are for sale or to commission Vincent Rodriguez to photograph any event, location, portraits, pets, etc. call ... ...". Ask for the Jasper discount. :-) Remember Jumbo Shrimp, Honest Politicians? ]

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Jun 30, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Broderick, Elizabeth [MC2011] DB Maint at The Experience Corp


Broderick, Elizabeth [MC2011]
Database Maintenance / Marketing Intern at The Experience Corporation
Greater New York City Area
Public Relations and Communications

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Jun 30, 2011 

JHQ: June Manhattan College In The News


To: The Manhattan College Community,

Please enjoy these recent clips highlighting our programs, and the activities and accomplishments of our community from late May and June.

Liz Connolly
Assistant Director of Communications

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June Manhattan College In The News

June 2011, The Brothers of the Christian Schools, District of Eastern North America Living Lasallian newsletter, “Featured Ministry: Manhattan College”
Between 1853 and 1863, the school changed rapidly, adding college-level courses in 1859 and first using the name Manhattan College in 1861. 

June 1, 2011, The Riverdale Press, “Jaspers Win MAAC Championship”
The Manhattan College men’s baseball team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title on Saturday in Trenton, N.J., earning Riverdale’s Jaspers its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in the past 54 years. 

June 2, 2011, The Riverdale Press, “Manhattan College Honored”
Manhattan College was recently named on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, an annual, national list launched in 2006 that recognizes institutions’ commitment to and achievement in helping local communities and the nation as a whole. 

June 2, 2011, The Wall Street Journal, “Upset-minded Manhattan Ready for NCAAs, Florida”
Kevin Leighton took a look at his Manhattan College baseball team before the season and saw trouble ahead. 

June 3, 2011, New York Post, “St. John’s, Seton Hall, Manhattan Start CWS Quest”
A trio of local schools will begin their drive toward the College World Series today when Seton Hall, Manhattan College and St. John’s begin play in the double-elimination NCAA Regionals. 

June 17, 2011, New York Daily News, “Navy School Next Mission for Top Grad”
He came home and went almost directly to Manhattan College’s two-week Engineering Awareness Program. 

Faculty and Staff In The News

May 26, 2011, JWeekly.com, “New Book With Local Ties Examines Muslims, Jews — and Their Common Ground”
Others are more personal, such as a series of correspondence between religion professors Aysha Hidayatullah from the University of San Francisco and Judith Plaskow of Manhattan College, on the topic of incorporating feminism into their respective religions. 

June 14, 2011, The Jewish Week, “Muslim Woman To Lead College Holocaust Center”
Manhattan College is revamping its Holocaust Center to include the further study of other genocides, as well as interfaith activities that would include Islam alongside Judaism and Christianity — the two religions that until now have been mostly alone at the core of Holocaust interfaith issues. 

June 15, 2011, The Riverdale Press, “A Cultural Center for Generations”
As soon as boats docked, Irish immigrants headed straight for Gaelic Park, according to Robert Mahan, vice president for facilities management at Manhattan College. 

June 17, 2011, The New York Times, “The Banking Miracle”
Charles Geisst, a finance professor at Manhattan College and an expert on the law, says that the House and Senate didn’t even bother with a roll-call vote for final passage. 

June 22, 2011, Reuters.com, “Analysis: JPMorgan Unbowed by SEC, but May Show Wounds Later”
But the Magnetar case could mark a turning point in the bank’s reputation, said Charles Geisst, a Wall Street historian and professor at Manhattan College. 

June 23, 2011, Riverdale Review, “Around the Schools”
Manhattan College – Dr. Pamela Chasek, an associate professor of government and director of the college’s international studies program, was one of 35 representatives who met last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss preparation for next year’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janerio on the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit held there in 1992. 

Recent Graduates In the News

* Please see a few graduate announcements below. Unfortunately, the College cannot include every listing in the monthly In the News.

May 25, 2011, Orange County Post, “Korn Graduates Manhattan”
Rebekkah S. Korn has been graduated with Highest School Honors from Manhattan College. 

June 8, 2011, Poughkeepsie Journal, “On the Record”
Anthony Michael Dinelli and Megan M. Tice graduated from Manhattan College in Riverdale. 

June 9, 2011, The Observer, “Graduates”
Michael T. Wendolowski of Hasbrouck Heights received a B.S. in civil engineering from Manhattan College on May 22. 

June 10, 2011, The Express Times, “Other Graduates”
Shelly D. Berndt, of Easton, was among the recent graduates of Manhattan College. 

June 12, 2011, Fairfax County Times, “New College Grads”
Jacqueline Hargrove of Vienna and Sarah Young of Fairfax earned bachelor’s degrees from Manhattan College in Riverdale N.Y., on May 22. 

June 16, 2011, The Journal News, “Manhattan College Grads”
Manhattan College in the Riverdale section of the Bronx awarded nearly 700 degrees in some 40 major fields of study from its schools in arts, business, education, engineering and science at its 169th undergraduate commencement. 

June 19, 2011, Sunday Times, “Campus – Manhattan College”
Veronica Elezovic, of Haverford, received a M.S. in education (special education: elementary May 21 during spring Commencement at Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y. 

Alumni In the News

May 23, 2011, Publishers Weekly, “Read, Kiddo, Read”
Among them are Vanderbilt; Manhattan College (Patterson’s undergraduate alma mater, where he’s established roughly 20 undergrad need-based scholarships); schools of education and nursing in Wisconsin; Tulane; and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) charter schools in Washington, D.C., which were featured prominently in Davis Guggenheim’s award-winning documentary Waiting for “Superman.” 

May 26, 2011, The Riverdale Press, “From MC to TFA”
Manhattan College senior Erin LeRoy was recently accepted into Teach for America, a program that trains teachers and then sends them to low-income schools. 

June 2011, The Brothers of the Christian Schools, District of Eastern North America Living Lasallian newsletter, “Brittany Lee Ellis Graduate at Manhattan College Riverdale, New York”
Manhattan College student, Brittany Ellis, class of 2011 and a resident of West Islip, N.Y., has been accepted into Rostro De Cristo, a volunteer and retreat program whose mission is “to provide spiritual and educational opportunities for young people from the United States to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ together with the people of Ecuador.” 

June 1, 2011, Catholic New York, “School Notes”
A graduating senior at Manhattan College in Riverdale was accepted into the Rostro De Cristo, a volunteer and retreat program. Brittany Lee Ellis will travel to Ecuador in August for one year. 

June 2, 2011, Gasparilla Gazette, “Honored Boca Grande Engineer Encourages Manhattan Graduates”
George Tamaro of Boca Grande returned to Manhattan College 52 years after graduating from the Riverdale, N.Y., institution to collect his honorary doctorate of engineering. 

June 2, 2011, The New York Daily News – Bronx News, “Their Hard Work”
His favorite class may have been Saints of Yesterday and Today, but Michael Borger has come out of Manhattan College a successful student with management and finance degrees. 

June 4-10, 2011, The National Herald, “In the Spotlight: Konstantine Rountos, Diving”
In his case, it was an ecology class with Manhattan College Professor Michael L. Judge that pointed him away from his medical school plans to his true calling, ecology. 

June 10, 2011, Glen Rock Gazette, “Peers Pick Educators for Distinction”
After graduating from Manhattan College and beginning her teaching career in Wyckoff, Widowski came to the district seven years ago, and has served for several years as GRMS student council advisor. 

June 14, 2011, Silicon Republic, “BT Makes Dubliner Its Global Chief Sustainability Officer”
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York’s Manhattan College. 

June 17-19, 2011, Journal News USA Weekend, “Inspire Your Kids to Read”
“It wasn’t until his years at Manhattan College that he caught the reading bug.” 

Students In The News

May 22, 2011, Corpus Christi Caller Times, “Workforce Solutions”
Other speakers included motivational speakers Cora Coleman Dunham, author, motivational speaker and drummer for musicians Prince and Beyoncé; Chadwick Sapenter; and Kevin Laue, a Manhattan College Division I basketball player with one had. 

May 29, 2011, Observer-Dispatch, “Heath Named Student Body President”
Jordan Heath, Class of 2013, recently was elected as student body president at Manhattan College for the 2011-12 academic year. 

June 10, 2011, Newstimes.com, “Danbury Westerners Open NECBL Season With Win Over Mystic”
Luksis, a former standout at John Jay High School in nearby East Fishkill, N.Y. – it’s in Dutchess County, about a half-hour drive from Danbury — is coming off a fine sophomore season at Manhattan College. 

June 15, 2011, Times Herald-Record, “College Notebook: Local Stars Help Manhattan Make Noise”
The Manhattan College baseball team had a memorable season come to an end last weekend in the opening round of the NCAA Division I tournament, with four local graduates playing a large part in the Jaspers’ success. 

June 27, 2011, New York Real Estate Journal, “ACEC New York Awards 17 Scholarships to Engineering Students”
Mid Hudson Region Scholarships: Brian Paupst, Manhattan College 

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Jun 30, 2011 

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) gov responsibility — wide view

Dear Jasper John,

Is Gerard Nadal of Lifenews.com kidding when he says the it “one of the greatest lies and slurs” regarding pro-lifers is that they only care about the baby until it is born, The recent budgets proposed by supposedly pro-life Republicans and Tea Partiers demonstrate how little they care about children after they are born. The moral blindness of these men and women can not be exaggerated – under their policies our national treasure was given to the greediest people in the country, who then proceeded to gamble it away with stupid investments, start unwarranted wars and employ unwise social policies. Now they have the colossal gall to refuse to raise taxes on the wealthy and drastically cut the income and benefits of families trying to raise children in a very difficult economy.

He claims that “responsibility for raising the child resides with the parents, not society”. If this is true it is certainly also true that the parents should decide whether they should have the child or not. If parents know in advance they can not afford a child why should a government with no responsibility for the child have any say in the matter?

I do not accept this narrow view of governmental responsibility and I am willing to pay taxes to support any needy child via governmental programs. Every effort should be made to reduce the number of abortions by supplying medical care, nutrition and a decent place to live, Making life as miserable as possible for women and then using draconian laws to force them to carry babies to term seems a senseless policy.

Sincerely yours,
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

[JR: (1) Well I doubt any one involved in this discussion is kidding. I think that glumping all the things into the pot confuses the issue. Both the D's and the R's have really screwed up. Wars -- undeclared and unpaid for -- are a giant mistake. Spending is out of control. And, imho, "tax the rich" is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. Rich people are people; not targets of plunder. They aren't going to stand around and be robbed; they have options. (2) We have four generations of "welfare farmers". We have 52% takers with 48% earners. We have Gooferment taking over "charity" which should be the province of voluntary organizations. They will do it better, and at a lower overall cost. (3) Well, it's not about anyone's "acceptance". There is not enough wealth to pour into the Gooferment ratholes to sustain it. It's generally guesstimated that sending a dollar to the Gooferment results in less than 50¢ to a service. Direct charity to, for example, the Salvation Army, only has a dime of overhead. And, they are much more effective. A little L libertarian doesn't want to force anyone to do anything. We've demonstrated that Gooferment "charity" doesn't work. Just out of curiosity, so why can't we try something different?]

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Jul 1, 2011 

ADMINISTRIVIA: News is a little thin today. Thought I’d share this.


Thursday, June 30, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 30 JUN 2011 (VIS) – Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for July is: “That Christ may ease the physical and spiritual sufferings of those who are sick with AIDS, especially in the poorest countries”.

His mission intention is: “That religious women in mission territories may be witnesses of the joy of the Gospel and living signs of the love of Christ”.


Published by VIS – Holy See Press Office – Thursday, June 30, 2011

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[JR: Pretty interesting that we can get the scoop straight from the Old Man with near zero delay. Jasper news is thin during the summer. So, tell us your story. Rant. Or lament. My personal objective is two stories per day. Just wanted you to know there's still life on this end of the wire. How intelligent is left up to you. Today would have been Frau Reinke's 64th birthday. We're celebrating with a blood drive. Her neice in law had a great idea. Can't help Frau Reinke, so we'll help others. Hope you'll join us. If not in New Brunswick New Jersey, then where ever you are. Summer time holiday weekends are the worst for donations. And, if you need it, you're depending upon the kindness of strangers. As she did 175 times. It's truly the gift of life. Donna Nobis Pacem.]

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Jul 1, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Koch, Samantha [MC2011] Intern at UBS Wealth Management


Koch, Samantha [MC2011]
Intern at UBS Wealth Management
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

• Manhattan College
• Queen Mary, U. of London
• Loyola College in Maryland

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Jul 02, 2011

JOBIT: Furey, Keith William [MC1985 RIP]


Furey, Keith William

Keith William Furey, 48, of New City, NY, died on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Keith was a dedicated family man and pillar of the community. Keith attended and graduated from St. Augustine School in New City, Clarkstown South High School where he was Capt. of the Varsity swim team and played Lacrosse. He also attended The Air Force Academy then went on to and graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He worked for various companies throughout the years then settled into his own freelancing Engineering Co. K. W. FUREY ENGINEERING. He was also Engineer for the Village of Mamaroneck, NY for several years.

Keith was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and earned the rank of Eagle Scout and continued his love and dedication to the Boy Scouts of America by becoming Cubmaster of Pack 79, St. Augustine Church New City. Then he became Scoutmaster of Troop 79, St. Augustine Church New City.

He held many positions in the Hudson Valley Council and remained active throughout his illness until this past spring. His other great love was for volunteering to coach for the Condors swim team. Then coached the Clarkstown North & South High School boy’s varsity swim team. Through out his life, Keith has inspired many people especially those who were involved in Scouts and swimming.

He put his heart and passion into all he did. Keith lived life to its fullest and anyone who knew him was touched by his kindness and compassion. He was a dedicated and loving family man as well as a great friend to many. His skills, teaching abilities, and tireless volunteerism have enriched the community and touched many lives.

Keith was Pre-deceased by his father James M. Furey. He is survived by his mother Virginia A. Furey (D’Auria), wife Deanna D. Furey (Schepisi), stepchildren Dominique and Frank Carpenito. Children, James, Michael, and Marianne and Grandson Ayden Carpenito. Brother Thomas M. Furey and wife Karen Furey, niece and nephews, Megan, Nicholas and Liam Furey .

Visitation will be held at the Hannemann Funeral Home, Inc. in Nyack on Sunday, July 3rd from 6-9pm. Visitation will take place again on Mon. July 4th from 3-5pm & 7-9pm at St. Augusinte’s RC Church in New City, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tues. at 11am at St. Augustine’s RC Church. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS THE FAMILY PREFERS AND ENCOURAGES DONATIONS to Assistance in Health Care, c/o Cancer Treatment Centers of America 1331 East Wyoming Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19124, Attn. Brian McEvilly or United Hospice of Rockland 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956.

Hannemann Funeral Home, Inc. 88 South Broadway Nyack, NY (845) 358-0573

Published in the The Journal News on July 2, 2011


Furey, Keith William [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=keith-furey&pid=152308525&cid=full

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Dear John,

   I believe that Keith is a member of the Class of 1985.

   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Furey, Keith William [MC1985 RIP]

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Jul 02, 2011

JOY: McAuliffe, Jenna [MC09] and McAuliffe, Ryan [MC09] wedding video


Jenna & Ryan: The Fountain Head – New Rochelle, NY

Reception: The Fountain Head – New Rochelle, NY
Ceremony: Manhattan College Chapel – Bronx, NY

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… but for Jenna & Ryan’s wedding we went down to the Bronx & New Rochelle. This dynamic couple met & fell in Love at Manhattan College where they had their beautiful ceremony at the Chapel on Campus.

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[JR: OK. Posted supposedly on 7/1. Anyone know the names. It’s a fun video. So young and pretty. Both the gal and the guy. So much to learn on their journey. I wish them all the best and a “long road”. Savor the minutes. Mozel Tov. I’d guess 2011. But then I’m just a fat old white guy injineer and incurable romantic. Sigh!]

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Dear John:

FYI with no attribution

google “jenna ryan manhattan college” leads to the following:

ENGAGEMENTS-> Sunday, October 10, 2010
This week’s Announcements | List By Last Name

Tim and Debbie McAuliffe of Harrison, NY are proud to announce the engagement of their son Ryan McAuliffe to Jenna Thoele. Jenna is the daughter of Ken and Kathy Thoele of Chesterfield, MO. The happy couple became engaged on September 4, 2010.

Jenna and Ryan met at Manhattan College where they both graduated in May 2009. Jenna earned a B.A. in Philosophy and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Philosophy at Fordham University. Ryan earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Civil Engineering at Manhattan College.

The wedding date is set for June 2011.


and then a search for “Ryan McAuliffe Manhattan College” finds JasperJottings.

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I did not turn up any announcement of the wedding, nor did I find any further info on the former Ms. Thoele.

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[JR: And thanks to the un-attributed Jasper for some excellent detective work. Argh! That I didn't think of it myself. Must be getting olds-heimers. And, to miss the engagement announcement means yet another hole in Google's abilities. Argh! Squared.]

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McAuliffe, Jenna Thoele [MC2009]

McAuliffe, Ryan [MC2009]

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Jul 02, 2011

JNEWS: Curry, Thomas J. [MC1978] US Comptroller of the Currency


Obama Names FDIC’s Thomas Curry to Head OCC, Mary Miller to Treasury Post
By Lorraine Woellert – Jul 1, 2011 4:46 PM ET

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President Barack Obama has decided to nominate Thomas Curry as comptroller of the currency and Mary Miller to serve as undersecretary of domestic finance at the Treasury Department, according to a White House statement.

“I am proud to nominate such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this administration,” Obama said today in a statement announcing the selections of Curry and Miller among nominees for five posts.

Curry, a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. board member since 2004, would serve a five-year term as comptroller if confirmed by the Senate. He would continue to serve on the FDIC board as comptroller. Miller, assistant secretary for financial markets at Treasury since February 2010, also needs Senate approval.

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Massachusetts Regulator

Before joining the FDIC, where he is chairman of the assessment appeals and case review committees, Curry was Massachusetts commissioner of banks under five governors between 1990 and 2003, according to his biography on the FDIC Web site. A graduate of Manhattan College and New England College of Law, he joined Massachusetts government in 1982 as an attorney with the Secretary of State’s Office.

A former chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, he currently serves as chairman of the board for NeighborWorks America, a non-profit housing and community development group.

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Curry, Thomas J. [MC1978]

[JR: Sounds as if our fellow Jasper is stepping into an "active volcano". My prayers go out to him for a safe journey.]

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Jul 02, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Maiorana, Michael [MC1992] VP FX Trader at Bank Leumi


Maiorana, Michael [MC1992]
VP FX Trader at Bank Leumi
Greater New York City Area

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Jun 29, 2011 

Comment on JUPDATE: Two from class of 1984 

by rayspace

Thanks for keeping us all current on each other, John–Ray Lodato

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Jun 30, 2011

Comment on POSITRACTION: Swans form monogamous pair bonds

by Carolyn Predmore

Definitely an upbeat note. Thanks for passing it on.

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Jul 02, 2011

ENDNOTE: Governor Andrew Cuomo still identifies himself as a Catholic


Journalists reflect on Church role in New York’s vote for same-sex marriage
June 29, 2011

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Three different journalists offer interesting perspectives on the role that Catholicism played in the political battle over same-sex marriage in New York:

Columnist Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, rejoicing at the legislative victory for gay rights, focuses on the role played by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who still identifies himself as a Catholic despite flouting Church teaching on a number of issues, both personal and political. The governor’s own remarks on that subject are revealing:

“It’s troubling for me as a Catholic to be at odds with the church,” he began, before dissolving into a wry laugh. “Having said that, it seems that my entire political life, the tension with the church has come up again and again.”

Cuomo’s perception is accurate. He has always been at odds with the Church: on his support for legal abortion and same-sex marriage, on his open relationship with a woman who is not his wife. He claims to be troubled by this conflict, but he is evidently not too troubled to find it humorous—let alone to change his policies and amend his life. After all, the governor’s very odd version of Catholicism may earn occasional rebukes from bishops, but it wins kudos from Maureen Dowd and the New York Times.

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[JR: It would seem time for the Church to take a stand on CINO politicians. Now, I don't hold myself out as an exemplar. "Let he who is without sin". But, Jesus did drive the money changers from the Temple. How can allowing these CINOs give public scandal helping the bishops shepherd their flocks in these troubled times? Sorry, but if an organization can't control it's own trademark, what can it do? Argh]

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