JASPER JOTTINGS Week 44 - 2011 October 30     

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



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Oct 23, 2011 

POSITRACTION: “second-highest cause of blindness”, $2 plastic, and a phone


Do It Yourself Healthcare
Posted on October 9, 2011 by Donna Sturgess

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This new system, called NETRA (Near-Eye Tool for Refractive Assessment), is a project of the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture research group. A small plastic device—which currently can be produced for less than $2 (US)—is easily clipped onto a mobile phone screen. To use it, simply hold the device up to the eye, look into it, and use the phone’s keypad until two patterns overlap. This is repeated several times per eye, with the patterns at different angles. The whole process takes about two minutes, during which time software loaded onto the phone computes and provides the data needed to create a prescription.

The small size and low cost of the device makes it especially well-suited for use in the developing world. As many as two billion people worldwide have refractive errors of the eye, and according to the World Health Organization, these errors, left uncorrected, are the world’s second-highest cause of blindness. This is just the beginning of the many ways technology innovation will fill in the gaps in health service, placing our health literally in our hands.

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Wow, “second-highest cause of blindness”!

Detectible by $2 piece of plastic and a cell phone.

This is an impressive gift to humanity.

What is “society” waiting for?

I’m continually stunned at how smart some folks are.

That’s ingineering!

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Oct 23, 2011 

JUPDATE: Mallanda, John J. [MC1967] changes email providers

John J Mallanda, Class of 1967, Electrical Engineering

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Insert rant about having your own domain for email so that you never have to change, never give your ISP control over your email identifier, and present a unique image.


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Mallanda, John J. [MC1967]

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Oct 23, 2011 

JOBIT: Duffy, John F. [MC1955 RIP]


John Duffy (1933 – 2011)

John F. Duffy passed away peacefully on October 21, 2011. He was born in New York, New York on August 21, 1933. He was a resident of Rockland County for over 45 years and was an active member of the community. John was a graduate of Manhattan College and St. John’s Law School. He worked as a senior counsel for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York Power Authority and was known for his integrity. He served on the Orangetown Zoning Board, including as chairman, and was particularity active at the Blauvelt Free Library. John was proud of his service in the United States Marines Corps.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia (Scarry) Duffy, and his children Justin Duffy and Elizabeth Duffy. He also is survived by his three siblings (Gerard Duffy, Audrey Bauer and Deborah Duffy) and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may visit Sunday 1-5 PM and Monday 4-8 PM at Moritz Funeral Home, 98 Route 303 South, Tappan, NY. John’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 AM at St. Catharine’s Church, Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY. Burial will follow in Rockland Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to People to People, 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY 10954.

Published in the The Journal News on October 23, 2011


Duffy, John F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=john-duffy&pid=154234838&cid=full

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 1:54 PM
Subject: JOBIT: Duffy, John F. 1955 RIP]

Dear John,  

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1955.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Duffy, John F. [MC1955 RIP]

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Oct 23, 2011 

JOBIT: Thomas, Raymond John [MC1952 RIP]


Raymond Thomas  

Raymond John Thomas, 81, of Blakeslee Avenue, North Haven, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Masonic Health Care Center, Wallingford.

He was the husband of 52 years to Sonia Kocur Thomas. Born in Yonkers, New York on June 25, 1930; son of the late John and Eleanor Ockasi Thomas.

Raymond received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Manhattan College in 1952 and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in 1959 and had worked as an Analytical Chemist for the Olin Corporation for over 30 years until his retirement in 1992.

Raymond had served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army Military Police during the Korean War; was an avid golfer and bowler; enjoyed playing bridge; was a parishioner of St. Frances Cabrini Church where he was a former member of the Religious Education Board and Usher.

Father of Barbara J. Thomas and her husband William M. Clem of Bethesda, Md., Raymond M. Thomas and his wife Beth of Canandaigua, NY, Patricia Sedaille and her husband Brian of Wallingford. Grandfather of Kathryn, Rebecca and Ross Clem, Grace and Grant Thomas, Samantha and Jennifer Stewart.

Predeceased by a brother Michael Thomas.

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Monday morning at 9:30. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Frances Cabrini Church at 10:00 am. Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Sunday from 3 to 5 pm. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 27 Allendale Dr., North Haven, CT 06473. www.northhavenfuneral.com

Published in the New Haven Register on October 23, 2011


Thomas, Raymond John [MC1952 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/nhregister/guestbook.aspx?n=raymond-thomas&pid=154236172&cid=full

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Oct 23, 2011 

JBLOGGER: Williams, Harry Roger III [MC1970] does a PSA for 10/30 concert


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A new psa by Harry

Here is the copy for my 60-second ad for this Sunday’s “Nature” concert by the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. You can click on the player below to hear it, with music from two of the pieces they’ll be playing.

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[JR: A great radio voice. Considering this is mostly a silent medium. Other than the clack of keys being punched! Thought it was interesting even if there's no going for me. Maybe you will.]

[JR: Interesting from a technical pov, you can't link directly to the PSA. It's embedded Flash. Interesting since everything on the net tries to be as "linkable" as possible so you can get "buzz". Hmm, why would someone do this or why did Google's Blogger software permit it. Interesting?]

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Oct 23, 2011 

MFOUND: Turkish Cultural Center Friendship Dinner 11/17 1800


TCC Westchester 5th Annual Friendship Dinner at Manhattan College – Thursday, November 17th, 2011

You are cordially invited you to the Turkish Cultural Center of Westchester’s: 5th Annual Friendship Dinner At Manhattan College

Venue: Manhattan College – Smith Auditorium 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471

Free Parking is available at the college parking garage.

Please RSVP by November 15th to rsvp@tccwestchester.org

Featuring speakers: from the Turkish Cultural Center and Manhattan College discussing the topic:

“Ending Poverty & Hunger in the World”

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[JR: Ending poverty? Only if you get rid of the corrupt Gooferment who rob the people. It's like parasites.]

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Oct 23, 2011 

MFOUND: MC origins of a far away school


Old boy Gan pledges to help school with RM1.2m arrears
By R.S.N. MURALI  murali@thestar.com.my

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MALACCA: Century-old St Francis Institution (SFI) was served with a notice to settle RM1.2mil in quit rent arrears.

State education committee chairman Datuk Gan Tian Loo rushed to the school yesterday after principal Lee Bun Chuan and SFI’s director Rev Bro Ambrose Loke appealed for his help

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The136-year-old mission school is located within the Unesco World Heritage site.

It was founded in 1872 and presently has 1,165 students.

Gan said the state government shelved a proposal to relocate SFI to Pulau Melaka last year following a Facebook campaign by former students.

SFI, located along Jalan Parameswara here, was founded by Rev Fr Maximilsian de Souza in 1872.

In 1902 the school was taken over by the La Salle Brothers and Rev Bro Maurice Josephus from Manhattan College, New York, was named its director.

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[JR: Interesting MC connection. And a million of anythings sounds like real money. Another Catholic School on the brink. Argh! ]

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Oct 23, 2011 

JVIDEO: Rodriguez, Vincent (MC1984) offers a touching montage


“Reach Out”

by Vincent Rodriguez

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Rodriguez, Vincent (MC1984)

[JR: Very touching. I don't travel in the city much any more. But the panhandlers present an interesting challenge. Who's a freeloader and who really needs help. I know the Gooferment can't figure that out or effectively help people. But maybe it could issue "id cards" verifying that an individual is truly indigent. Hate to use the word "poor". Folks in Third World Countries are "POOR"! I didn't worry about freeloaders until I was panhandled by a legless man on the Number 1 Subway and then wound up standing next to him in PATH train. After that, I sought better solutions. Take a peek at Jasper Vincent's five minute video. He captures the feeling. Nice to have talent.]

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Oct 23, 2011 

JFOUND: Santini, Anthony M. [MC1982] North America General Counsel


Anthony M. Santini
Avon Products, Inc.
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York

Responsibilities: North America General Counsel; Litigation; Global Intellectual Property; Global Marketing; Global Sales; Global Supply Chain; Global Information Technology

University: Manhattan College, B.Ch.E.
Law School: Pace University, J.D.
Admitted 1986
ISLN 904044759

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Santini, Anthony M. [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM
Subject: Santini, Anthony M. 1982 North America General Counsel

Dear John,

I believe that Anthony is a member of the Class of 1982.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Santini, Anthony M. [MC1982]

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Oct 24, 2011 

JEMAIL: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) has a paperback out

From: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)
Date: Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 5:26 PM
Subject: Checking in
To: “John Reinke (1968)”

Hi John:

I think you have my new email address but just in case it’s {Privacy Invoked}.

Two items from the latest JJ especially caught my interest in a positive way. One in a happy and one in a sad vein: reading the note about the award to Chris Powers who spent 22 years on the police force, much of it in the narcotics division, and being proudest of his being a first responder at the WTC bombing and now a teacher, administrator, and coach as well as having a great family. The other was the obit for Retired Major John Denis Flynn Jr. who won the Distinguished Flying Cross, with the end note “So that others may live.” May he rest in peace. It’s alums like this that make me proud of being a Manhattan grad.

As for my news, I may have told you that my book Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners which looks at Hollywood’s treatment of Christians in 200 films from 1905 through 2008, sold out the hardcover edition and now is available at a more accessible half-price of $24.95 in paperback. I’m hoping it will reach Church and high school libraries as well as the homes of Christian movie lovers.

My book about my wife, Colette’s Story, is now at the binder. I decided to self-publish it and gift it to friends and family and wait to explore if it can gain a wider audience in its current or modified form.

Keep up the good work.


Peter E. Dans ’57

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(1) Yup; got it.

(2) Being against the "(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs", I was sad that my fellow alum spent some much of his life trying to enforce this failed policy. Like King Canute.

(3) Whenever I record the alumni obits, I am in awe of what many folks accomplish. Wish I had some "claims to fame". Other than a decade of "copying" for JJ. LOL! I'm a good copier. Learned that in high school from "homework".

(4) Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners (Hey, you always have to provide a link for the folks to find and buy.) Hardback, paperback, and used are all available right now. But no Kindle. That's the future.

(5) You're a few months ahead of me. "Sharp Elbows; Warm Heart" has been outlined and certain chapters have written themselves. I'm targeting similarly gifting it to family members on the anniversary in late February. Because Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing is free, I'll make it available there. She'd be at the movies for "Mighty Macs"; her HS coach played for Rush. And, saw that coach's impact on women that she never met. It was infectious.

(6) Amazon is imho making it trivial to share wisdom. CHURCH 10●19●62 is two bucks on the Kindle. I get $1.40. It's not about making money. It's about availability. There's no reason that anyone can't write their stories or share their wisdom. I think this is as earthshaking as the Gutenberg printing press and later Project Gutenberg. Maybe it's the Tower of Babel version 2.0.

(7) Thanks for a great email. Nice to know that some one reads this modest effort. Gets lonely here in the Virtual Jasper Jottings Newsroom. Ask Mike. LOL!


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[JR: No good way to format a reply. When I finished, it looked like a glob of words. So I went back and reformatted.]

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Oct 24, 2011 

JHQ: “Immigration Policy Under Obama” 11/10 1600


Dante Seminar
Thursday, November 10, 2011 4.00pm

Dr. Margaret Groarke, “Still Hoping for Change: Immigration Policy Under Obama” in O’Malley Library/Alumni Room.

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Oct 24, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Strauss, Matthew [MC2002] Proj Eng at CDW Consultants


Strauss, Matthew [MC2002]
Project Engineer at CDW Consultants
Greater Boston Area
Civil Engineering

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Oct 24, 2011 

JHQ: 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame

Dear Ferdinand,  

The Alumni Society of Manhattan College invites you to attend the 2011 Induction Ceremony of the Athletic Hall of Fame.  

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Mass | 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers
Cocktail Reception | 5:00 p.m. in Dante’s Den, Thomas Hall
Dinner & Ceremony | 6:00 p.m. in Smith Auditorium

2011 Class of Inductees
Robert T. Baker – football coach, 1973-1982
Mark P. Connor ’72 – baseball
Rev. John F. Cullinane ’51 – chaplain
James A. Gillcrist ’51 – track & field
Lori A. Graham ’99 – lacrosse
Thomas J. Leder ’61 – baseball & men’s basketball
Kathleen McCarrick-Weiden ’79 – women’s basketball
Manny Silverio ’80 – track & field

Along with special recognition of the 1986 Women’s Cross Country Team

Come out and support these outstanding contributors to the College’s athletics programs!

Advance reservations are required by Nov. 1. Please RS.V.P. online at manhattan.edu/alumnievents or download the registration form here. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to support this great event, you may make your gift using the aforementioned registration form or online here.

Fans interested in the Men’s Basketball home opener vs. NJIT can watch the game in Draddy Gymnasium at 2:00 p.m. For more information about Manhattan College Athletics, visit www.gojaspers.com.

For more information about the Athletic Hall of Fame e-mail alumni@manhattan.edu or call (718) 862-7432.  

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Oct 25, 2011 

JOBIT: Commette, Albert Sheehan [MC1931 RIP]


In Memory of
Albert S Commette
April 21, 1911 – October 21, 2011

Albert Sheehan Commette of Port St. Lucie West, Florida and Mantoloking, New Jersey, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the age of 100.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Family Church, Port St. Lucie on Friday, October 28 at 1000 AM. A celebration of life service is planned for the spring at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bay Head, New Jersey.

Al was a well known Maritime Lawyer and the last survivor of six children.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 75 years, Nikki; his five children, Gail McShane, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; son, Denis Commette, and wife, Carol, of Mantoloking, New Jersey; daughter, Susan Berry, and husband, Cal, of Port St. Lucie West, Florida; daughter, Nina Corby, of Georgetown, Washington, DC; and son, Peter Commette, Esq., and wife, Connie, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; 15 grandchildren and 24 great grand children.

Born in 1911 in Newport, Rhode Island, Al attended De La Salle High School in Newport, lettering in four sports and was captain of the debating team. He graduated at 16 in 1927, receiving his school’s highest honors, gold medals for English, Religion, Latin, Science, Mathematics, and Overall Excellence, as well as a Knights of Columbus scholarship for college. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1931, with honors, and from Fordham Law School in 1934.

Mr. Commette was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1934, and began his career as in house defense counsel for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, New York City. After 20 years, he left to become a partner for almost 30 years in the New York City law firm of Budd, Quencer, Brown and Commette, eventually becoming Commette, Quencer and Annunziato. He retired from over 50 years of practice as of counsel to Heidell, Pittoni and Moran, a firm headed by one of his former partners.

During the course of his career, Mr. Commette was one of the first inductees into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1960. He was a member of the Maritime Lawyers’ Association, and was the founding Chair for The Committee on Stevedoring and Terminal Operations. He was a Proctor in Admiralty, the highest rating for a member of the Maritime Law Association, and was an AV rated attorney in the Martindale-Hubbell directory for attorneys, its highest ranking.

Mr. Commette was a litigator in many of the major maritime incidents, such as the 25 July 1956 crash between the MS Stockholm and the Italian liner Andrea Doria. The Andrea Doria was approaching the coast of Nantucket, bound for New York City, and collided with the east-bound MS Stockholm in what became one of history’s most infamous maritime disasters.

Mr. Commette was lead attorney for the Universal Terminal & Stevedoring Corporation in the Bernard Screen case, one of the seminal cases that extended the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act’s $500 per package limitation to stevedores under the Bill of Lading.

He was a principal litigant in negotiating multiple settlements in a major oil refinery explosion in Texas and was particularly proud that, even though he worked for the defense, he was able to secure immediate, significant payments to those injured and the families of those killed, without prejudice to their rights to be compensated for more at a later date.

While law was his day job, Al was passionate about sailing and tennis, which he learned at an early age growing up in Newport. He spent many years cruising on his sailboat with his beloved Nikki and extended family. He started the tennis program in the early fifties at the Mantoloking Yacht Club, Mantoloking, New Jersey. Al loved to teach young children the basics of tennis, a vocation he continued until the age of 93. A trophy is presented each year in his honor at the Mantoloking Yacht Club to the child who best demonstrates the love and sportsmanship of the game.

Al will be missed by all who knew him

In lieu of flowers, donations in Al’s memory may be made to Save Barnegat Bay at www.savebarnegatbay.org

An on-line memorial to Mr. Commette may be found at www.aycockportstlucie.com


Commette, Albert Sheehan [MC1931 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=albert-commette&pid=154251006

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Oct 25, 2011 

JOBIT: Dooley, John Anthony Sr. [MC1965 RIP]


John Anthony Dooley Sr.

John Anthony Dooley, Sr., 68, entered eternal life Saturday, October 22, 2011, at his home in Fairfax, VA, after a long battle with cancer. Born August 14, 1943, in Richmond, VA, to John W. and Mary W. Dooley, he was raised in Manhattan. He graduated from Regis High School and Manhattan College and received a PhD in History from Columbia University. He served with the U.S. Department of State for 38 years, including a post as Vice Consul in Edinburgh and an assignment to the Vatican Desk in Washington. Later he became an expert in nuclear energy policy, traveling extensively as a senior U.S. negotiator on numerous international agreements. He was a lifelong student of philosophy and a classical music enthusiast, but most of all he treasured spending time with his family, especially at their second home in Hilton Head, SC.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 38 years, Melanie I.; four adoring children: John A., Jr. (Danielle), Noel D. Adams (Christopher), Ann Marie (Andrew), and Daniel C. (Alison); four grandchildren: John A. III and Catherine E. Dooley, and Eleanor M. and Claire E. Adams; and three brothers and two sisters.

Family will receive visitors between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 28, at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Ave. W., Vienna, VA. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 29, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, the family’s parish of more than 30 years.

Published in The Washington Post on October 25, 2011


Dooley, John Anthony Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/washingtonpost/guestbook.aspx?n=john-dooley&pid=154257223&cid=full

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:55 PM
Subject: Dooley, John Anthony Sr. 1965 RIP]

Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1965.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Dooley, John Anthony Sr. [MC1965 RIP]

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Oct 25, 2011 

JOBIT: Magnini, Sr. Sandra [MC???? RIP]


Sister Sandra Magnini

Sister Sandra Magnini, OP, of Dominican Convent, Sparkill, New York, died on October 23, 2011 in Siena Hall Infirmary, Sparkill, NY. Born in Florence, Italy on November 8, 1919, Alexandra Magnini was the daughter of Giuseppe Tullio and Teresa Alice Bassani Magnini. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1942 and became known as Sister Mary Anthony, professing her first vows in 1943 and her final vows in 1948. Sister Sandra earned a BA in French from Manhattan College, NY and a MA in Home Economics from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. During her professional life, Sister Sandra was a teacher in elementary and high school. She served in the Archdioceses of New York and St. Louis, and in the Diocese of Syracuse at St. James School, St. Louis, MO (1943-46); St. Mary School, Fulton, NY (1946-50); St. Catherine of Siena School, New York, NY (1950-54); St. Columba School, Chester, NY (1954-60); St. Helena/Monsignor Scanlan High School, Bronx, NY (1960-72); Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, NY (1972-78 & 1996-2002). From 1979-1983, Sister Sandra worked in Botswana, Africa as a member of the Peace Corps and then remained working for the Catholic Missions teaching sewing skills to the women in the village of Muan, Africa until 1988. Upon her return from Africa she was a staff member at Villa St. Joseph in Saugerties, NY and then taught in St. Michael’s, AZ from 1990-1994. From 1995-96 she taught English to children in Vilnius, Lithuania. Upon her retirement she continued to remain active until she became a resident in Siena Hall Infirmary in 2007.

Sister Sandra is predeceased by her brother, Theobald Magnini and nephew, Joseph Magnini. She is survived by her nephews, Paul Magnini (JoAnne) of Blacksburg, VA and Robert Magnini (Mary) of Alexandria, VA; her niece, Ann Marie Frati (Fil); her cousin, Regina Temple of Boca Raton, FL and many grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins and friends.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY, on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10:30am. Visitation is on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 3:30 to 8:00pm at the Convent, 175 Rte. 340, Sparkill, NY. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Sparkill. Arrangements are by Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Dominican Sisters, at the above address, attention-Sister Mary Murray, President.

Published in the The Journal News on October 25, 2011


Magnini, Sr. Sandra [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=sandra-magnini&pid=154252501&cid=full

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Subject: OBIT: Magnini, Sr. Sandra [MC???? RIP]

Dear John,

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

May She Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Oct 25, 2011 

JVIDEO: Women’s Lacrosse “Walk to end Alzheimer’s”


The Manhattan College Women’s Lacrosse team participated in the “Walk to end Alzheimer’s at Riverside Park on Sunday October 23, 2011.

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Oct 25, 2011 

JNEWS: Thornton, Charles [MC1961] mentors


Building Futures
An engineer uses his passion for architecture to mentor high school students
by: Connor Toomy | from: AARP | October 24, 2011

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Charles Thornton is renowned for his engineering achievements around the globe: The Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, Taipei 101 in Taiwan and Comiskey Park in Chicago are just some of the masterpieces created by Thornton Tomasetti, the company he and a college classmate founded in 1977.

But Thornton, 71, is less well known for another one of his pursuits: Mentoring young people through a program called ACE (Architects, Contractors and Engineers.) Here, Thornton talks about his life calling as a mentor.

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How did this all get started?

Back in 1994, engineering schools in the United States were hurting big time because the defense industry was hiring fewer engineers. The dean of engineering at my alma mater — Manhattan College, in New York — called me and some of other alumni and said he wanted to do something about declining enrollment in the engineering program. He felt confident the demand for engineers would return, so he asked us if we’d be willing to mentor students.

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Let’s talk about your early years. How did you get into the field?

My family have been brick masons since the 1800s. My father was always building something. I worked with him. We built a brick two-car garage on the lot next to us in the Bronx. In my teenage years I completely renovated an abandoned house in the Catskills, building the chimneys and fireplaces. I took a house that had been unoccupied for 40 years — it had no windows, no heat, no water and no sewer. I basically rebuilt it and made it habitable. That’s how my interest in structural engineering started, and it just grew from there.

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Thornton, Charles [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Subject: JNEWS: Thornton, Charles 1961 mentors

Dear John,

I believe that Charles is a member of the Class of 1961.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Thornton, Charles [MC1961]

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Oct 25, 2011 

JNEWS: Zugibe, Tom [MC1975] stands unopposed for District Attorney


Patch 2011 Elections: District Attorney Tom Zugibe
Zugibe is on all party lines
By Kim Tran
October 24, 2011

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Patch has asked your candidates a set of questions. Check back each day for their answers. This week, we’re looking at county candidates and next week we’ll look at town candidates. Today’s candidate is incumbent Tom Zugibe who is running uncontested for District Attorney on the following party lines: Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Working Parties and Independence.

What community do you live in?

I was born in Rockland County and live in West Haverstraw where I served as Village Justice for 18 years before being elected as District Attorney in 2007.

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I have been married to Peggy (Striletz) Zugibe for 36 years. Peggy and I graduated from North Rockland High School in 1971. She is Vice President of the North Rockland School Board having served twice as its President during her 20 year tenure on the Board. She is also on the BOCES School Board, Rockland County School Board and she is the Area 10 Director for the New York State School Boards Association representing Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.

We have 4 children (Tara 31, Kristen 28, Thomas 25 and Mary 23) Tara is married to Scott Munson and we have a one-year-old grandson Scott Jr. My father, Dr. Frederick T. Zugibe served as Rockland’s first Chief Medical Examiner from 1969 to 2003.

What is your education background?

I obtained a bachelors degree from Manhattan College in 1975 and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1979. I am admitted to practice law in the State of New York as well as the Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

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Election website?



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Zugibe, Tom [MC1975]

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Oct 25, 2011 

JHQ: Sunday October 30th is Open House

Hello Everyone,

This Sunday October 30th is Open House. As many of you know Marketing Club is assisting the School of Business in creating a scavenger hunt for prospective student to participate in. The goal of the activity if to get students to travel around the entire open house and to learn information that could be useful in making Manhattan College their college of choicel!

Last week a few members gathered to begin the project. We have a rough outline of the scavenger hunt but tomorrow we will be finishing it up to forward to Dean Ammar for review. We will be meeting at 2:30 in DLS 207, we would love for you to help in executing this fun project!

Also: We need volunteers this Sunday for help working the Open House!

Please contact the club email or Nathan Hunter: nhunter.student@manhattan.edu if interested.

We appreciate any help you may contribute. Have a great day!

– Nathan Hunter
Manhattan College Marketing Club
Marketing & Innovation at Work!

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Oct 26, 2011 

JHQ: NYC Alumni Meeting 11/17 1800

Dear Ferdinand,

Join us for a special reception of the New York City Alumni Club. Attendees are encouraged to invite alumni and colleagues for a social networking atmosphere.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

New York Life Insurance Company 51 Madison Avenue, 13th Floor Ben Feldman Memorial Auditorium

Register Now! $55 per person.

Reservations are required in advance by Monday, Nov. 14 (security mandates that all guest be pre-registered).

For more information e-mail us at alumni@manhattan.edu or call (718) 862-7432.

About the speaker…

Russell Schriefer ’80,

Principal, Stevens & Schriefer Group

For more than 20 years, Russell Schriefer has been a successful strategist and media consultant. He has worked on four of the last five presidential campaigns. Most recently, he served as the media consultant to Governor Chris Christie, the first Republican to be elected governor of New Jersey in more than a decade, and is currently advising GOP hopeful Mitt Romney. His specialties include overall campaign strategy, message development and advertising. Schriefer has provided direction to a wide range of corporate clients, including Fortune 500 companies and national associations, and has written, directed and edited hundreds of commercials. He earned a bachelor’s degree in government with a concentration in business from Manhattan College in 1980.

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Oct 26, 2011 

JHQ: Free play 11/3 1220 by those with early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease


“To Whom I May Concern” presented by the MC Diversity Committee

Thursday, November 3, 2011 12.20pm

A play performed by volunteers from the community in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. Through monologues based on letters, this powerful play harnesses and expresses the determination, fear, anger and frustration experienced by 5.4 million Americans with dementia.

Former Manhattan college professor or American and Comparative politics Lydia Panaro will be a member of the cast.

Location: Smith Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public

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Oct 26, 2011 

JHQ: MC gets a “GOOD NEIGHBOR ” award


October 21, 2011


RIVERDALE, N.Y. –– The Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation awarded Manhattan College with the good neighbor award at its 160th Anniversary Gala held at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx on Oct. 20. The College was recognized for enriching the lives of the Methodist Home’s residents by helping to develop a variety of programs throughout the years that coincide with academic courses.

“The College is committed to our long-standing partnership with the Methodist Home, and we are honored to accept this award,” said William Clyde, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost at Manhattan College, after accepting the award on behalf of the College. “This is a classic symbiotic relationship, giving our students wide-ranging opportunities to learn from experience and service, while helping the Methodist Home make a wonderful difference in our community.”

One such academic program is the College’s mechanical engineering senior design course, where in lieu of a traditional final exam, students create a product that will assist seniors who have limited mobility residing at the Methodist Home. The products, which are extremely variable in size, shape and function all adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, and their creation helps to teach students not only practical applications for their skills but also respect for the greater community.

Last year’s capstone projects included: an exercise band, a pump that enables residents to fill a glass of water from their bedside pitcher, an indoor gardening table specifically designed to grow resident’s beloved African Violets, a thera-band adjustable work frame and more.

“College faculty can take advantage of the Methodist Home partnership and integrate the Home’s resources and residents into student projects, assignments, service-learning and internships,” said Lawrence Hough, CNMT, RT(N), director for the College’s radiological and health professions department and a member of the Methodist Home’s board of directors.

S. Raymond Gambino, M.D., chief medical officer emeritus of Quest Diagnostics; Dan T. Domingo, associate director of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, veterinary medicine research and development at Pfizer Animal Health; and G. Oliver Koppel, the Methodist Home’s New York City council member representing Bronx District 11, were also acknowledged at the Anniversary Gala for their contributions to the Methodist Home.

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Oct 26, 2011 

JNEWS: Grech, Thomas J. [MC1993] BoD Nassau Land Trust


For Immediate Release: October 21, 2011

Thomas J. Grech Named To Board Of Directors At Nassau Land Trust

Long Island Press Releases —

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(Garden City Park, NY) — Thomas J. Grech, resident of Malverne, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Nassau Land Trust, a Garden City Park-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting open space in Nassau County.

Mr. Grech is a Managing Director at JJT Energy, a leading Rockville Centre, New York-based energy service company serving residential and commercial customers in the natural gas and electricity markets. Previously, he served with SONY DADC as a Supply Chain Executive. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton and earned his MBA in International Business from Manhattan College. In addition, Grech has been an Adjunct Professor of Business at SUNY Farmingdale, and is president-elect of the University of Scranton’s Alumni Board of Governors. Mr. Grech also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Malverne Public Library.

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Grech, Thomas J. [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Subject: Grech, Thomas J. 1993] BoD Nassau Land Trust

Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1993.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Grech, Thomas J. [MC1993]

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Oct 26, 2011 

JEMAIL: Scarlata, Richard (MC1964) on Dolan, Peter F. [MP60MC69 RIP]


Reporter : Richard Scarlata

Reporter’s email: {Privacy Invoked}

Website or source of news?:

What did you find?: Dolan, Peter Francis [MC1960 RIP]

should be MP 1960, MC 1969

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[JR: I'll check with the research desk, but I bet your correct. It's so hard to get good help these days. ROFL! Especially for what we pay. 0!]

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Oct 26, 2011 

JNEWS: Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986) published 


This review is from: Copyright Litigation Handbook, 2010 ed. (Paperback)

Raymond J. Dowd, an experienced trial lawyer and partner with Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP, has written a long-overdue work. His Copyright Litigation Handbook provides a straightforward overview and is chockablock with insightful and practical information. Mr. Dowd is liberal in his inclusion of excerpts from relevant statutes, including not only the Copyright Act, but also the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence, and his book provides numerous sample forms. Mr. Dowd’s Copyright Litigation Handbook will long be a valuable resource for copyright litigators; I am confident that it will be squeezed into trial bags for years to come. Joseph Petersen, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP

5.0 out of 5 stars Copyright Litigation Handbook, August 26, 2009

By Corey Field (Los Angeles, CA)

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[JR: Patterson better watch out; he may have some competition. Sound like a real page turner. Don't give away the ending.]

Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986)

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Oct 27, 2011 

MFOUND: Media Ecology Association at our MC


Extended Call for Papers for the Thirteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association 24oct11
Second Call for Papers
The Thirteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association
The Crossroads of the Word
June 7-10, 2012 – Manhattan College
Riverdale, New York
*Extended Deadline for Submissions:*
*December 15, 2011*

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Oct 27, 2011 

MOBIT: Moran, Joseph A. [xMC-BoD RIP]



MORAN–Joseph A. on October 26, 2011 in his 81st year, passed away at home surrounded by his family. Graduate of Fordham University, 1955. Veteran, U.S. Navy. Former Owner, President and CEO of Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferries, Inc. Former Chairman of the Board of Bishop Ford High School. He also served on the boards of Xavier High School, Manhattan College and Hamilton Federal Savings Bank. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Marge (nee Lennon), his five children; Joseph (Megan), Daniel (Mary Jane), Marguerite, William (Mary), Robert (Donna) and 12 grandchildren; William Jr., Marissa, Michele, Paul, Daniel, Joseph, Michael, Timothy, Matthew, Marguerite, Alexandria and Emma. Joe is predeceased by his brothers Daniel and William. Visiting Thursday and Friday 2-4 and 7-9pm at Clavin Funeral Home, 7722 4th Ave., Brooklyn. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday 9:30am at Our Lady of Angels R.C. Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to Holy Angels Academy, 337 74 St., Brooklyn, NY 11209 or Bishop Ford High School, bishopfordhs.org.

Published in The New York Times on October 27, 2011

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Moran, Joseph A. [xMC-BoD RIP]

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Oct 27, 2011 

JFACEBOOK: Riordan, Michael [MC2008] “Passed the Mass Bar!!!”


Riordan, Michael [MC2008] “Passed the Mass Bar!!!”

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Oct 27, 2011

JEMAIL: Picture of the old Terminal

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Note the Rheingold and Schmidt’s neon signs. That goes back a while.

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[JR: Rheingold! Argh, was that stuff terrible! Even my late in-laws would drink soda if only "Rhine Gold" was available. It was big with Jaspers and folks from Queens for some reason. The Terminal looks pretty good in this pic; it was pretty "seedy" when I was there. Some would say that the student population brought the place down even further. I don't remember that. Or much else, for that matter. I was an injineer so I was only here after Theology and Ekkynomics which was four days a week. A quick one or two and then off to work downtown.]

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Oct 28, 2011 

JOBIT: O’Brien, Jeanne Marie Dosso [MC???? RIP]


Jeanne O’Brien

O’Brien, Jeanne Marie Dosso

Jeanne Marie Dosso O’Brien passed away on October 24, 2011 at the age of 80. She was a long time resident of Yonkers, NY. She is survived by three children, James O’Brien, Thomas O’Brien and Jeanne Cappello. She was the proudest grandmother of seven children, Anthony, Alexandra and John Cappello, Megan and Joseph O’Brien, Patrick and Molly O’Brien. Jeanne O’Brien attended Roosevelt High School, received her bachelor degree from The College of Mt. St. Vincent and her Masters from Manhattan College. She taught for two decades at St. Phillip of Neri Elementary School in the Bronx and continued as a resource teacher in her parish school of St. Paul the Apostle in Yonkers for another ten years.

Visiting hours will be held at Hodder Funeral Home, located at 899 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY (914)237-5800 on Friday, November 28th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 29th at St. Paul the Apostle, 602 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY. In lieu of flowers, her family is requesting donations to be made in her name to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Toll Free- 877-272-6226.

Published in the The Journal News on October 28, 2011


O’Brien, Jeanne Marie Dosso [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=jeanne-obrien&pid=154285979&cid=full

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Oct 28, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Panicucci, Jessica [MC2012] Social Media Mgr at The DSM Group


Panicucci, Jessica [MC2012]
Social Media Manager at The DSM Group
Greater New York City Area Marketing and Advertising

Specialties: Broadcasting, Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing.

Skills: Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Adobe InDesign CS5 Adobe Illustrator CS5 Adobe Photoshop CS5 Avid Media Composer Final Cut Studio Mac OS X Mac OS Microsoft Office 2003 Microsoft Office 2007 Microsoft Office Xp Windows 7

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Oct 28, 2011 

JHQ: “Goodbye Lenin” German film 11/10 1700


Modern Languages and Literatures Dept. presents the German Film “Goodbye Lenin”
Thursday, November 10, 2011 5.00pm

This event will be held in the Rodriguez Room/Miguel 311.

For more information, please contact Dr. Marlene Gottlieb at ext. 7341 or e-mail at marlene.gottlieb@manhattan.edu This event is open to the public.

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[JR: No mention of popcorn or subtitles.]

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Oct 28, 2011 

JTWITTER: Tassey, Rob [MC2014] Jaspergers!



lauran o’neill

RT @MrBXTass: What condition do socially awkward Manhattan College students live with? Jaspergers! #HanifinJokes #JasperProblems

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[JR: Love it. Good thing I wasn't eating my morning Frosted Flakes; it'd a been milk through the nose onto the computer!]

[JR: I still have to take names.]

O’Neill, Lauren [Jasper status unknown?]

Tassey, Rob [MC2014]

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Oct 28, 2011 

JBLOGGER: Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) on “justice”


[JR: Worth a read, imho.]

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Oct 29, 2011

JNEWS: Carey, Chris [MC1984] runs for District 9 County Legislator


Patch 2011 Elections: District 9 County Legislators
By Kim Tran
October 28, 2011

It’s the battle of the Chris’s. Today’s District 9 candidates are Chris Carey and Chris Martone. District 9 which encompasses all of Bardonia, parts of Nanuet and New City, and small slivers of Pomona and West Nyack.

Party Lines:

Chris Martone: Democrat, Working Families Chris Carey: Republican, Conservative, Independence

1. What community do you live in?

2. How long have you lived there?

3. How old are you?

Martone: 31 Carey: 49

4. Provide family information

5. What is your education background?

Carey: I have a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. I have a Master of Science degree in Telecom & Computing Management from Polytechnic University (now NYU Poly). I have a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Long Island University.

6. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

Carey: I am a community minded business leader with twenty-seven years of business and management experience. As a manager, I am familiar with managing large budgets over many years, finding better and more efficient ways to do business. Further, I have extensive involvement in the community with various not- for-profits in leadership roles. This includes Board of Director positions with Camp Venture, the Rockland County Municipal Planning Federation and the Clarkstown Family Resource Center. Finally, I have almost three years of experience as a member of the Clarkstown Planning Board and of the Special Board for the Comprehensive Plan in Clarkstown. I understand how to work with business and juggle community interests.

7. Why are you running for this elected office?

Carey: Rockland County’s financial crisis is a business problem. You need a business leader to fix a business problem. I have extensive business leadership experience in private, not-for-profit and civic organizations that will enable me to make an immediate impact in the Legislature. With the retirement of Gerry Bierker after 12 years of service, the voters in Legislative District #9 have an important decision in November. You have two candidates vying for that open seat. The voters need to look closely at both candidates’ resumes and decide who is best qualified to represent them in the Legislature. I am confident that my extensive business leadership and community service clearly set me apart from my opponent. It is time for leadership – not politics.

8. What are the three issues that most concern you?

9. Explain your proposed approach to managing these issues

10. Have you held elected office before? Please provide details of what position and for how long.

11. What organizations do you belong to?


Bardonia Civic Association – Vice President Rockland Municipal Planning Federation – Board of Directors Clarkstown Family Resource Center – Board of Directors Camp Venture – Board of Directors Clarkstown Planning Board – Member Clarkstown Comprehensive Plan – Member of Special Board Clarkstown Architecture & Landscape Commission – Past Member Clarkstown Historical Review Board – Past Member Nanuet Civic Association – Member Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 3 – Member Highview Playground – Finance Committee Member St Francis of Assisi Church – Past Parish Trustee; Finance Committee Member; Building Committee Member; Head Usher, Children’s Mass Knights of Columbus – Chancellor of the McCloskey Council Clarkstown Recreation – Past Soccer & Softball Coach

12. Election website?

Carey: Citizensforcarey.com http://citizensforcarey.com/

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Carey, Chris [MC1984]

Carey, Maureen Taylor [MC????]

Carey, Tara [MC2016?}

[JR: Wasn't "District 9" a scifi horor movie? Hmmmm! ]

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Oct 29, 2011

JHQ: Fall Engineering Awareness Day 11/11


Fall Engineering Awareness Day
Friday, November 11, 2011

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[JR: Isn't that Armistice Day?]

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Oct 29, 2011

JOY: McGrath, Amy [MC2004] to wed


Amy McGrath to wed Carsten Klein

Rick and Kathy McGrath of Ridgewood announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy McGrath, to Carsten Klein, son of Monika Wendel of Westwood and Robin Phillips of Ridgewood.

The prospective bride is a 1998 graduate of Ridgewood High School. She graduated magna cum laude from Manhattan College in 2004 with a degree in accounting. She is currently employed as accounting supervisor for Ogilvy Common Health Worldwide.

The prospective groom is a 1991 graduate of Ridgewood High School and a 1995 graduate with the Culinary Institute of America.

He is currently a senior investment advisor with Pendulum Capital Markets.

A June 2012 wedding is planned.

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McGrath, Amy [MC2004]

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Oct 29, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Lindgren, Thomas (MC1978) Attorney at Poyner Spruil


Lindgren, Thomas (MC1978)
Attorney at Poyner Spruil
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
Law Practice

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Oct 29, 2011

JOBIT: O’Leary, James [MC???? RIP]


Daily News’ ‘go-to guy’ James O’Leary, manager in finance department, dies at 56
Newspaper’s advertisement and billing departments manager had rep for working long hours
Saturday, October 29 2011, 7:36 AM

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James O Leary, a manager in the finance department at the Daily News who was remembered for his tireless work ethic, amiable nature and humility, has died. He was 56.

O’Leary, the manager of the company’s advertisement and billing departments, died in his Yonkers home this week from what preliminary autopsy results showed was a cerebral abscess.

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His death left his family reeling – both because it was so unforeseen and because it followed by slightly less than a year that of his mother, Eileen O’Leary. “To say we are all devastated is putting it mildly,” O’Sullivan said.

O’Leary was raised in Yonkers, where he graduated from Sacred Heart High School. He attended Manhattan College and got an MBA from Iona. He worked at Barclay’s before taking a job with The News in 1982.

He loved traveling and horse racing, and was a New York Giants season-ticket holder.

“Everybody liked Jimmy,” said O’Sullivan. “No one has anything bad to say about him. He was just a good guy.”

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James O’Leary (1955 – 2011)  

OLeary, James

James O’Leary of Yonkers died on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at age 56. Born on May 14, 1955 to Cornelius and Eileen (Ryan) O’Leary in Yonkers where he was raised and graduated from Manhattan College and received his Masters from Iona College. Mr. O’Leary was the Advertising Billing Manager for the Daily News for over thirty years. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart, a member of the Southside Athletic Club in Hastings where he served as Treasurer. He also was a part owner of a race horse, who ran at Saratoga. James is survived by his brother Kevin (Linda) O’Leary of Darien, Ct. and three sisters; Eileen (Joseph) Greagor of Wappinger Falls, Joan (David) Muratore of Millwood, N.Y. and Patricia (Brian) O’Sullivan of Peekskill, his Cousin Elizabeth (Kenneth) Murphy of Colorado. He is also survived his seven nieces/nephews, Kristy, Kimberly and Joseph Greagor, Jane Muratore, Claire O’Leary and Aidan and Kiera O’Sullivan. Visiting hours will be at the Whalen and Ball Funeral Home on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be in Sacred Heart Church on Monday, October 31st at 9:30 a.m. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Avenue Yonkers, NY 10703 (914)965-5488 www.whalenandballfh.com

Published in the The Journal News from October 29 to October 30, 2011


O’Leary, James [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=james-oleary&pid=154298894&cid=full

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Oct 29, 2011

JNEWS: Murphy, John [MC????] runs for District 16 County Legislator


2011 Patch Elections: District 16 County Legislator

John Murphy, Eliot Tozer or Andrew Wiley. Wiley, who is on the Common Sense line after losing to Murphy in a Republican primary, did not respond to Patch’s questionnaire request.

By Ryan Buncher October 28, 2011

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Patch has asked your candidates a set of questions. Check back each day for their answers. This week, we’re looking at county candidates and next week we’ll look at town candidates. Today, we look at District 16 in the Rockland County Legislature, which includes parts of Pearl River, Orangeburg, Tappan and Blauvelt. The rest of Pearl River is in District 16, where Republican Patrick Moroney is running unopposed.

Party Lines

Murphy: Republican, Conservative, Independence
Tozer: Democratic
Wiley: Common Sense

What community do you live in?

Murphy: Orangeburg

How long have you lived there?

Murphy: Since 1961

How old are you?

Murphy: 76

Provide family information.

Murphy: Married to Eileen Murphy. Sons Christopher and Matthew. Daughter Jennifer. Five grandchildren.

What is your education background?

Murphy: B.E.E. from Manhattan College

Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

Murphy: It all ties together. My role in government, my view of government, is that it exists as a safety net for people who desperately need help. You don’t need government to govern the rich and the powerful. They can take care of themselves.

Why are you running for this elected office?

Murphy: What keeps me going I love what I do. It’s a love affair for me. I love the ability to help the helpless.

What are the three issues that most concern you?

Murphy: The first issue is the financial status of the county. The second issue is when we resolve of that, not to eliminate all of the programs that I built over the years. The third issue is to restructure county government. We have to restructure it.

Explain your proposed approach to managing these issues.

Murphy: I think we can save a lot of money by consolidating. We have already consolidated one third of our department. I believe we can consolidate another third. Then we can really trim the management, which is expensive.

We have to start sharing services with the other tax units in the county. We have to share services with towns and schools.

Have you held elected office before? Please provide details of what position and for how long.

Murphy: (Has held the District 16 seat in the county legislature for 40 years) I never wanted to be anthing else. I’ve turned down opportunities to run. I never wanted to leave. The county is the health provider and I’m a health guy.

What organizations do you belong to?

Murphy: President of Camp Venture, President of Homes for Heroes. President of Loeb House, President of the Rockland Psychiatric Center Board of Visitors, President of Petition For Paula, Member of the Rockland Detachment – United States Marine Corps League, Member of the New York Commission On Quality Of Care and Advocacy For Persons With Disabilities Surrogate Decision-Making Committee

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Murphy, John [MC????]

[JR: While I don't agree with Jasper Murphy on the role and scope of "government", I applaud, support, and endorse EVERY Jasper who runs for office. (But remember, I believe that we couldn't do worse picking "representative if we picked lotto losers, welfare recipients, jury duty prospects, or anyone who's unemployed. So I have "interesting" standards for public office.) ]

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Oct 29, 2011

JHQ: Dillon, Joseph [MC1962] and Hannon, William P. [MC1969] to MC BoT


Hannon and Dillon Elected to Board of Trustees

Manhattan College elected William P. Hannon ’69, chief risk and business conduct officer for The Travelers Companies, to the College’s board of trustees on Oct. 27.

Read more »

Joseph Dillon ‘62, president of the Manhattan College Alumni Society, an 11-year veteran of the College’s advancement staff, and a retired 23-year employee of the Panasonic Corporation of North America, was named to the College’s board of trustees on Oct. 27.

October 28, 2011 Featured News Item

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Hannon, William P. [MC1969]

Dillon, Joseph [MC1962]

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October 27, 2011


RIVERDALE, N.Y. ––Manhattan College named Joseph Dillon ‘62, an 11-year veteran of the College’s advancement staff and a retired 23-year employee of the Panasonic Corporation of North America, to the College’s board of trustees on Oct. 27.

Dillon, a resident of Scotch Plains, N.J., graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s of science in elementary education, and went on to receive his master’s in business administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1967. He soon started his career at Panasonic Corporation of North America, and during his career with Panasonic held many executive positions, including: general manager of electronic components, vice president of audio/video systems, president of Panasonic service and vice president of information systems.

After retiring from Panasonic in 1996 as corporate vice president, Dillon went back to his alma mater roots and accepted a position as vice president of college advancement. He remained in this position for five years, and also served as director of alumni relations until he retired in 2007.

Throughout his professional career, Dillon has remained involved in many organizations, such as being a member of the finance council at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Parish and the parade commission in Scotch Plains, N.J. Dillon is also the new president of the Manhattan College Alumni Society, and is committed to expanding the number of programs for young alumni and broadening the connection between the current students and the network of alumni.

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October 27, 2011


RIVERDALE, N.Y. –– Manhattan College elected William P. Hannon ’69, chief risk and business conduct officer for The Travelers Companies, and resident of Demarest, N.J., to the College’s board of trustees on Oct. 27.

After graduating from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Hannon worked for Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) for 27 years. From 1970 to 1972, Hannon ceased his work with the firm to serve in the U.S. Navy. Returning to KPMG after his service, Hannon was named partner in 1981 and also became deputy managing partner for the firm’s Financial Services Practice, and was a member of SEC Reviewing Partners Committee.

Hannon joined Travelers Insurance in 1996 as chief financial officer, a position he held for four years until Travelers merger with Citigroup. Shortly after, he was named the managing director and chief executive officer of the company’s business services group, and later controller and chief accounting officer of Citigroup, Inc.

In 2005, Hannon rejoined Travelers and, in February of 2007, was named executive vice president of enterprise risk management at the Travelers Companies, and he currently serves as chief risk and business conduct officer.

Despite a busy career, Hannon has remained an active member of the Manhattan College community, especially on the consulters committee for the school of business. His other involvements include: member of the board of directors and treasurer for the National Academy Foundation, which is a nonprofit that provides education in many urban school districts.

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[JR: Two excellent additions. Congrats. Now get to work! It's a challenging changing world out there. Start navigating.]

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Oct 23, 2011 

Comment on JLINKEDIN: LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Classmates  

by jamesjbrown


This should be interesting. 5000 jaspers in one place.

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Oct 23, 2011 

Comment on JLINKEDIN: Molina, Rosalyn [MC2008] 

by Jose Chavez

a little birdie did say you are now a project manager. congratulations and update your status.

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Oct 28, 2011 

Comment on JNEWS: Grech, Thomas J. [MC1993] BoD Nassau Land Trust 

by Tom Grech

Yes, MBA Class of ’93…thanks! Tom

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Oct 28, 2011 

Comment on JFACEBOOK: Riordan, Michael [MC2008] “Passed Mass Bar!!!” 

by Richard Kaufmann

Never passed a bar without stopping in!!

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Oct 29, 2011

ENDNOTE: Remember the Pioneer Pledge?


The Art of Mindful Drinking
What’s the right role for alcohol in your life? Experts offer suggestions for creating a healthier, more conscious relationship to drinking.
By Caren Osten Gerszberg / November 2011

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When I was growing up, my French-born mother sipped wine freely and daily. I can picture her in the kitchen, stirring a bubbly cassoulet in a dark blue enamel pot, preparing a plate of cheeses, churning the pepper mill — with a glass in hand or waiting close by. A habitual part of her cooking process, wine was also served at every evening meal. Long, narrow, green-tinted bottles with strangely spelled words were as much of a staple in our fridge as a container of milk.

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[JR: I’m not the poster boy for anything; let alone alcohol. In my magnus opus “CHURCH 10●19●62”, I wished for sobriety.]

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Third, she’d agonize on but demand a promise of future honesty. Second, was where she’d spend a lot of time? Drinking like her Uncle vin would be a sticking point. The decision would hinge there.

“That being said, I will accept your apology and forgive. But there are three conditions. (1) Your Irish enough. I want the Pioneer Pledge. You can never take another drink.”

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Pioneer Total Abstinence Association

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart (or PTAA) is an Irish organisation for Roman Catholic teetotallers. Its members are commonly called Pioneers. While the PTAA does not advocate prohibition, it does require complete abstinence from alcoholic drink from its members. It also encourages devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as an aid to resisting the temptation of alcohol. Pioneers wear a lapel pin called a Pioneer pin with an image of the Sacred Heart, both to advertise the organisation and to alert others not to offer them alcohol. The association publishes a monthly magazine, The Pioneer.

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Our mission is to address the problems in society caused by excess alcohol consumption and drug usage. We do this through:
* Faith and prayer
* Self denial
* Example
* Activities based on presenting alternatives to individuals, particularly the young
* Advocacy

Our vision – based on the love in the Heart of Christ, as expressed in The Gospels – is to help to build a society where people live to their full potential and alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation avoiding the ills that arise in society from excess in its use.

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[JR: Probably wouldn’t have hurt to hear these ideas back in grammar school. Wonder if this is … … ]

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