JASPER JOTTINGS Week 49 - 2011 December 04     

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



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ADMINISTRIVIA: Google Reader fails to allow copy

I'm sure that you don't care about the technical problems I have form time to time. But today, a big one hit. From last week, Google made a change that prevents copy and paste of data from the RSSFEED. I tested in Chrome, FireFox, and Opera. Even installed two different RSS readers. NO go.

Hey, I'm a belt 'n' supenders type, so I had to fall back to the daily story email that goes out every day.

But, this means that the format has change. And that the stories might be slightly out of sync with anything that was updated. Like class years. Typos. Entry date prior to the title. Pictures. You may what to go to the daily blog for that story if you're interested. http://jasperjottings-daily.com/

I'm not sure what this means for next and future weeks.

Argh to the N-th power,

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POSITRACTION: No good deed goes unrecognized


Pope Pius XII personally saved Jews from Holocaust, researcher believes
November 04, 2011

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An American Jewish researcher has uncovered evidence that Pope Pius XII went under cover on personal missions to save Jews from the Holocaust.

Gary Krupp of the Pave the Way Foundation cites a letter from a Jewish man who escaped from the ghetto in Rome and was taken into the Vatican for safety. Much later, upon meeting Pope Pius XII, the man recognized the Pontiff as the man who had—dressed as a simple Franciscan friar—escorted him into the Vatican.

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[JR: I've read the diatribes in the "Secular Progressive" media that slams various Pope's. Those type of stories get huge headlines; this nothing. One has to imagine that the truth will come out eventually. One would like to believe that even if the Devil became Pope that the Office would change him into a saint. For my part, I keep reflecting "Judge not; lest ..." since I doubt I'd have that kind of courage. And, when I pray, I ask for small challenges in keeping with my modest abilities. However I know my fellow alums are up to the big ones. Donna Nobis Pacem ]

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Schuermann, Anthony [MC1955]


Manhattan College Swim Team
by Ken Schuermann

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Kerry Schuermann
Personal: Born February 23, 1993…daughter of Kenneth and Elaine…grandfather, Anthony, attended Manhattan…volunteers at her local CYO.

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Schuermann, Kerry [MC2015]

Schuermann, Anthony [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM
Subject: Schuermann, Anthony 1955

Dear John,

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


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Schuermann, Anthony [MC1955]

[JR: Something poetic about a familial return six decades later.]

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JNEWS: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Sweeney, Christopher [MC1951]


Sweeneys honored for commitment
Friday, November 25, 2011

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Christopher and Rita Sweeney of Sciota, former West End business owners, were recently recognized for their support and commitment to the Northeast Lions Eye Bank.

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Both Chris and Rita have been associated with the Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank since 1985. They were among those honored for their long history of service to their community and in particular as members of the Eye Bank board of directors. Chris has been the Board President for 17 years and has been instrumental in establishing the endowment fund responsible for providing 2,000 corneal transplants annually.

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM
Subject: Sweeney, Christopher 1951 has a hand in corneal transplants

Dear John,

I believe that Christopher is a member of the Class of 1951.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sweeney, Christopher [MC1951]

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JTWITTER: MC’s “cold calling” turn off


Manhattan College just called looking for money HAHAHA #ohhellzno

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Tweet by a known Jasper who will remain anonymous.

[JR: Demonstrating what results from MC's "cold calling" does. Instant turn off. Ignores the first principle of networking imho "First, seek to help; then, be helped." Argh! While this isn't strictly speaking "news", I think it is "report-able". Besides it looks like a quiet day "news-wise". At least no obits. That's a blessing.]

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[JR: Spoke too soon. Found one at an unusual source right after I posted this. Argh!]

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JOBIT: Byrne, Daniel M. [MC1960 RIP]


Daniel M. Byrne
Retired financial officer

SOUTHBURY Mr. Daniel M. Byrne, 76, of Heritage Village, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. He was the husband of Elizabeth M. (Costello) Byrne.

Mr. Byrne was born Sept. 19, 1935, in White Plains, NY, son of the late Thomas R. and Ruth (Eberhart) Byrne. He received his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and his master’s degree in business from Michigan University. He was a long-time financial executive, ending his career as financial officer for C&C Awards Inc. of Danbury. He had served as a mentor at Rochambeau Middle School, and was an active communicant of Sacred Heart Church, where he served as a Eucharistic minister. Formerly of Irvington, N.Y., he was a resident of Heritage Village for 14 years.

Besides his devoted wife of 41 years, he leaves his loving son, Richard Condon and his wife, Phyl, of New Canaan; two grandchildren, Tim and Abby Condon of New Canaan; two brothers, Thomas Byrne of Bethesda, Md., and David Byrne of Plano, Texas; and two sisters, Marie Byrne and Ann Byrne, both of White Plains, N.Y. He was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Sacred Heart Church, 910 Main Street South, Southbury. Burial in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, N.Y. Calling hours are 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, in the daily chapel of the church. Arrangements by Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main Street South, Southbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Home, Employees Activity Gift Fund, 990 Main Street North, Southbury 06488.


Byrne, Daniel M. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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MNEWS: cryptic News of the Day post


News of the Day: Manhattan College Jaspers.
Posted by: wielandheusler on: November 27, 2011
In: Manhattan College Jaspers Basketbal | News of the day | News. | Press Release



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[JR: I thought this was funny.]



[JR: It does link to the box score and a press release from MC on the loss. This just struck me as a new way to "mail it in". How many people would click on those strange links? "HN464" or "HO464". And what's 464?]

[JR: p.s., we lost!]

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JEMAIL: Boyle, Patrick (MC1975) ids the runners


from Patrick via yahoogroups.com
to jasperfjohn68
date Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM
subject Re: JASPER JOTTINGS Week 48 – 2011 November 27
signed-by yahoogroups.com

John – Believe the X-Country runners pictured are both members of the MC Athletic Hall of Fame. Mike Keough ’74 and Tony Colon ’75.

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[JR: Thanks, Patrick. Much appreciated.]

Boyle, Patrick (MC1975)

Keough, Mike [MC1974]

Colon, Tony [MC1975]

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MNEWS: Irish language instruction


Thousands learning the Irish language in the United States – VIDEO
Teaching the Gaelic tongue to Americans is very popular
Published Sunday, November 27, 2011, 11:17 AM
Updated Sunday, November 27, 2011, 11:21 AM

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Madeleine Ni Ghallcobhair, a Fulbright Scholar from an Irish-speaking area of Ireland called a Gaeltacht, set up the projector and faced a class of 12 undergraduate students at Manhattan College in the Bronx. Basic Irish language vocabulary studded the screen: “Is maith liom – I like.”

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[JR: As "nostalgic" as that is, perhaps Chinese would be a better choice?]

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JEMAIL: Menchise, Louis (MC1987) sad at scholastic grading

From: Menchise, Louis (MC1987)
Date: Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 48 – 2011 November 27

In regard to “MC scores mostly B’s”: I find it sad that a scholastic grading system was used to basically, measure the “fun” factor. What about education? The low student to teacher ratio was mentioned, but only as a matter of comfort for prospective students. What about the education one would receive at “MC”?

Louis Menchise

[JR: Hmmm! But who says that "education" shouldn't be "fun"? I doubt that "quality education" scores with either child or parent. I'd bet that "fun" might even lose out to "likelihood of future employment". A robust linkage between students and alumni as in the School of Biz mentor program should have been highlighted as a plus, imho. Great observation though.] 

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JEMAIL: Power, Pierce (MC1950) ids runners

From: Power, Pierce (MC1950)
Date: Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 4:38 PM
Subject: Cross country picture

The runners in the Xcountry meet are Mike Keogh and Tony Colon,two of Manhattan’s finest runners.

Pierce Power.`50A

[JR: Thanks, Pierce. Much appreciated. You're second one in. :-) Nice to know that some reads this stuff.]

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JOBIT: Fiederlein, Dennis Eugene Jr. [MC1953 RIP]

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 9:36 PM
Subject: Dennis E. Fiederlein,’53 RIP

Dear John,

I received word today that my Classmate from St. Barnabas, Elementary School, Mount St Michael Academy and Manhattan, passed away. I have not located an Obituary yet. I understand that his Mass will be at St. Columbas in Hopewell Junction.

May He Rest In Peace.


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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM
Subject: Dennis E. Fiederlein,’53 RIP

Dear John,

I found the Obituary for my Classmate, Dennis Fiederlein,’53, see below.


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Obituary for Dennis Fiederlein

FISHKILL – Dennis Eugene Fiederlein, Jr. , 80, a resident of Fishkill and Pawleys Island, SC, and formerly of Westchester County, died on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow.

Born in New York City on May 19, 1931, he was the son of the late Dennis Eugene and Florence Muller Fiederlein. On July 14, 1962 at Holy Cross Church in the Bronx, he married Grace Fogarty. Mrs. Fiederlein survives at home.

Dennis proudly served our country during the Korean War in the United States Army. He worked as a dedicated High School Teacher for the New York City Board of Education for 30 years until his retirement in 1990.

He was a parishioner at St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction, as well as Precious Blood of Christ in Pawleys Island, SC.

An avid golfer, Dennis also enjoyed playing the piano and was a devoted NY Giants fan. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who loved spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Dennis is survived by his daughter, Denise O’Shea of Hopewell Junction; his granddaughters, Christie and Danielle O’Shea; and many special cousins, nieces and nephews, and loving friends.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2-6pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 am at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne with military honors.

Memorial donations may be made to USO, P.O. Box 96322, Washington, DC 20090-6322 or the Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 320, New York, NY 10001.


Fiederlein, Dennis Eugene Jr. [MC1953 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/poughkeepsiejournal/guestbook.aspx?n=dennis-fiederlein&pid=154747470&cid=full


[JR: Mike, I'm truly sorry for your loss. I know from reporting the passing of my High School Classmates that it's a shock to the psyche. While intellectually we know everyone dies, it makes a feel the cold icy breath on one's neck. But, we must soldier on, secure in the knowledge of our place in The Plan."]

“And I’ve lost her … . I’m so sad that I don’t have … . But I’m so grateful that she was with me … . And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” — Chuck Noland ala Tom Hanks in Cast Away (2000) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162222/quotes

[JR: I need that "manhattan college" in the obit to find them autoomagically. Otherwise, this modest effort requires eyeballs. Sigh.]

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JFACEBOOK: Miscia, Dana (MC2009) completes the “IRONMAN”



Ironman Review
by Dana Miscia on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 10:15am

Thought I’d give you a summary of what went down yesterday.


1:10 out of water 1;11 clock time. Felt amazing, drafted off swimmers entire time, was never strong enough to do that before to the extent I did yesterday so proud of myself that I did that + met my goal time.


I was so xcited about the swim time that I had some cliff shot blocks + ran out without my bib # not realizing I had forgotten it until mile 5 on bike lol. Def rookie mistake!! Should of been a little faster in t1

Bike- 6:05

Started out more conservative + decided to progressively pick it up… Only now I’m left wondering if I ‘should have’ picked it up more the 1st loop. (Was 3 loops) the heat set in like crazy the last loop + was all out of fluids so I had to keep snatching the ice cold water bottles every 10miles they were handing out. Just missed my 6hr/sub 6 goal time was happy it was apx but would of been happier w 6 flat.


This is where it went down hill, as soon as I got off my bike I literally collapsed and they had to sit me down + pour water on me. It took me 15 mins to refuel, use bathroom etc to feel decent enough to run… I left t2 walking 1st few mins + then started my run. In tent I ate more shot blocks and salteen crackers.


If I didn’t have this dizzy spell, my legs + cardio endurance could of DEF brought me to a 350-4 hour marathon for sure, so it was the worst feeling to feel great 1 way, yet feel like ur gonna pass out if you pushed it. The entire 1st loop (8.5 miles apx) was brutal, I felt very sick/light headed… Not only that, the skys got real dark + when I left t2 there was a tropical downpour like u wouldn’t even believe, there were lakes in the street!!! However, I was thankful for that as I don’t know if I woulda made it through if the sun was pounded hot.

The 2nd loop I started drinking more gatorade but bc of the electrolytes had to use pj every few miles…+ the last loop was so-so as it was dark by then + just wanted to finish. Also tried to eat but all I could eat were bananas and gels as I was too natious to eat anything else. I sprinted into the finish and then fainted… I ended up in med tent w an iv… :/

Total time 12:10, 1 hour off predicted time, but considering the circumstances, happy I was a warrior that battled it out. :) I’m happy I finished, but I think I’m gonna stick to sprints + halfs… Idk if my body is meant for this! Lol However, after much thought, if I can race w a friend around same pace in an Iron man in future, +/or have a friend go w me to a wkd racing trip for support, I would so do it again as my friends mean the world and inspire me most. (opinions?)

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[JR: Suggest you go to her page on FACEBOOK and give her some applause. I can't imagine ever doing this. It takes a special person to do it. (Crazy?) But it's an impressive accomplishment.]

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JHQ: Track ‘n’ Field Opener 12/1 1100


Track & Field Manhattan College Opener
Invite-Only Event · By Official Manhattan Jaspers Athletics Page

Thursday 11:00am until 2:00pm

First meet on the new track! Come support Manhattan’s Track & Field team at their first meet of the season.

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Attempting “FANDEL” on wikipedia


[JR: Since I have no life and a huge ego, that and no one else "volunteered", I'm attempting to get a "FANDEL" page into Wikipedia. Help?]

[JR: For those not familiar with Wikipedia, it's the internet's version of the Encyclopedia. It's harder than doing a blog or an ezine. So, help?]

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Dear Potential Fans of “John Fandel”,

Please pardon this intrusion.

First, this is a one time email and I’ve not created a list, group, or some other SPAM-like thing. … Yet!

Second, I’m, for lack of better reason, having no life, have decided to attempt to get a “John Fandel” page into Wikipedia. (I’m a long-time Wikipedia contributor, but this will be the first time I attempt to fill out a stub from scratch. It’s a nerd accomplishment thing.)

(Wikipedia, for the internet neophytes, is the internet’s answer to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Everything is done by volunteers and consensus.)

Third, feel free to pass this along to anyone you think might be interested. Faculty, alumni, student, bystander. I’m not proud I’ll take help from anyone who’s interested in helping. Depending upon who and how many want to participate, I could create a group to coordinate and allow easy communication. If I have ANYONE who speaks up. You have to respond to let me know of your interest. If not interested, just ignore this message and I’ll just go it on my own.

Fourth, if you have anything that I can use to improve the article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reinkefj/John_Fandel, or any references that I could use, then I’d appreciate that as well. If you just want to pass something along, but don’t want to play along with a croup effort, just mention that.

At the risk of coming off as an “ego”, and well aware of my own limitations as a fat old white guy injineer, I assume since there is no Fandel page on Wikipedia now, it’s no one’s “turf” and it’s OK for me to put one there. If there’s someone better qualified, more interested, more appropriate, I’ll gladly become a “second banana” or uninvolved as appropriate.

Thanks for reading,

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JHQ: ‘The Art of FLIGHT’ 11/16 2000



Outdoors Club Presents ‘The Art of FLIGHT’ Manhattan College Screening

Public Event · By Red Bull

When Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Time 8:00pm until 10:00pm

Where Smith Auditorium, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY

FREE Admission!

FREE ‘Art of FLIGHT’ Gear Raffles! (Hoodies, Hats, Tees, DVDs)

First 150 Receive FREE ‘Art of FLIGHT’ Gift Bag With Mountain Creek Lift Ticket, Transworld Snowboarding Subscription, Stickers, And More!

Trailer- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh29_SERH0Y

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[JR: Hard to tell what's "JHQ" and what's not.]

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JOBIT: Murphy, James P. [MC1952 RIP]

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:59 PM
Subject: James P. Murphy,’52 RIP

Dear John,

Below is a notice of the passing of James P. Murphy,’52.

May He Rest In Peace.

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Good Afternoon All,

John Nason has informed me that James P. Murphy ’52 died yesterday, Sunday, 11/27/11, peacefully in his sleep. Jim was a close friend and classmate of John’s and others in our group. He had been bravely fighting multiple debilitating illnesses, in and out of hospitals for a number of years until his body just gave out. As much as his wife, Marge, and their 6 children will miss Jim, all agree that he is in a better place. may he rest in peace


Wake: Wednesday, 11/30/11, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
   Campbell Funeral Home
   81st Street & Madison Avenue, NYC

Mass: Thursday, 12/1/11 @ 10:30 AM

   St. Thomas More Church
   89th Street, between Park & Madison Aves, NYC

Jim was Chairman of the CUNY System for 12 years a short while back. At the same time, Fred Salerno ’65, was Chairman of SUNY, Jay Olivo ’55, was President of NYU and Rudy Giuliani ’65 was Mayor of New York. As John so aptly put it, ” An age of Glory for Manhattan Alumni.”

Jim was one of the best. He will be missed. Please keep Jim, Marge, their 6 children and families in your Prayers. Thank you God Bless.

Phil Colon


Murphy, James P. [MC1952 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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MURPHY–James P., 80. died, on November 27, 2011, peacefully at home.

He is survived by his beloved, wife of 55 years, Margaret. He is remembered with great love by his children and their spouses, Patricia, Jim and Linda, Michael, Matthew and Amy, Chris and Karen and Cathy and Juan and his grandchildren, James III, Andrew, Charlie, Julia, Lily, Billy, Ryan, Danny, Jack, James and Cate.

He graduated from LaSalle Academy, Manhattan College and Fordham Law School, where he was a member of the law review.

At his retirement, he was an Executive Vice President and Director of Public Policy for Fleet Financial Group. Previously he was the Executive Vice President of the New York State Bankers Association, was a Vice President at Chemical Bank, and was an associate at Shearman & Sterling. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York from 1980 to 1997. He was a member of the Board and a past Chairman of the Board of the Futures in Education Foundation of the Diocese Of Brooklyn and Queens.

His particular love was his work with the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, where he served as member of the Board and a past President.
Visitation will be at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, at 81st Street on Wednesday, November 30th from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 1st, at 10:30 at the Church of Saint Thomas More, 65 East 89th Street, New York, NY, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Association for the Help of Retarded Children, 8 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038.

Published in The New York Times on November 29, 2011

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Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/nytimes/guestbook.aspx?n=james-murphy&pid=154815451&cid=full

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JOBIT: DiFiore, Andrew V. [MC???? RIP]



DIFIORE, Andrew V.

Andrew V. DiFiore, 91, of Avon passed away peacefully on November 28, 2011.

He was a loving and dedicated husband and father, married to Louise (Stockwell) DiFiore for 58 years, with whom he had 5 children. He is survived by his wife, Louise, Bob and Donna (DiFiore) Dreier, Andrea DiFiore, Don and Colleen DiFiore, John DiFiore and Christopher DiFiore. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, plus one brother, Vincent DiFiore, 101, of Las Vegas. He was the personification of the devoted husband and father; his paramount concern for and pride in his family are a legacy he has left his children and grandchildren.

Andy was born at home in New York City on August 9, 1920, the youngest of 9 children of Cosimo DiFiore and Rosaria (Barone) DiFiore. He served his country during World War II as a Radio Operator, Sergeant, with the US Army Air Corp, serving in Japan and the Philippines as part of the Occupation Forces.

After the war, he completed his degree at Manhattan College; he continued as an active alumnus. He also completed graduate work at New York University.

He was a true New Yorker with cosmopolitan tastes and an extensive and informed knowledge of the food world. He also loved to shop for a bargain; his favorite 4-letter words were “free” and “sale”. In later years he liked to recount seeing Babe Ruth play at Yankee Stadium and was most often seen with his Yankees cap.

Andy was a communicant of Saint Ann’s Church in Avon and earlier at St. Rose of Lima Church in Massapequa Park, NY. As a lector and member of the choir, his strong resonant voice was enjoyed by many.

Andy was the son of a baker and his first job out of college was at a macaroni company; he worked setting up restaurants before transitioning into the business machine world. He was a successful sales and marketing executive in New York City and later in Hartford. At the age of 62, he had the courage and tenacity to start his own successful business, combining his love for food and his flair for sales, at the DiFiore Pasta Co. on Franklin Ave in Hartford.. If you were a regular at DiFiore Pasta, you’d find yourself walking through the door and looking quickly to your left to see if he was sitting in his chair.

The central interests of Andy’s life were love of family, a love of food, firm friendships, and service to the community, whether as a veteran, church member, or service through Avon UNICO.

His family will receive friends Wednesday, (Nov 30), from 6-8 pm at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, (Dec. 1), 10 am directly at the Church of Saint Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Masonicare Partners Hospice, PO Box 70 Wallingford, 06492 or to UNICO of Avon c/o the Carmon Funeral Home of Avon. For condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on November 29, 2011

DiFiore, Andrew V. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/hartfordcourant/guestbook.aspx?n=andrew-difiore&pid=154816843&cid=full

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JLINKEDIN: Sokolich, Fred [MC1973] Broker/Owner, SOKOLICH RE


Fred Sokolich
Greater New York City Area
Real Estate


#1 Rental Broker of Northern New Jersey!

With over 25 years of experience and 2 company owned office locations in northern N.J., Fred Sokolich is ranked the #1 Rental Broker in Bergen County according to the NJMLS – a membership of over 10,000 real estate professionals.

Specialties: Rentals and sales of residential and commercial properties, property management, investment properties, relocation, property marketing

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Sokolich, Fred [MC1973]

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JNEWS: Mangan, Thomas [MC1966] The Nutcracker vs. Occupy Wall Street


Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker vs. Occupy Wall Street

Thomas Mangan, Rochester Independent Examiner

November 28, 2011

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The Rochester City Ballet performed Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker this weekend, and their performance on Saturday night was truly superb.

You couldn’t ask for anything more. Short of living in New York City and watching the New York City Ballet’s performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, or living in Moscow and watching the Bolshoi Ballet, this is as good as it gets.

The music was incredible, as it always is. The sets and the costumes were magnificent. Timothy Draper’s choreography was fantastic, and the dancing was out of this world.

I had an ear-to-ear smile on my face for the entire ballet.

Back in 1966, I was introduced to ballet during my freshman in college. As a poor city kid who grew up in a five-story, walk-up tenement in upper Manhattan, I didn’t know anything about ballet and wasn’t really interested in learning about it.

But as a freshman at Manhattan College, I had to take a music appreciation course, and one of my homework assignments was to go to Lincoln Center and watch The Nutcracker.

But rather than moan about another lousy homework assignment, I decided to turn the assignment into a date. I used twofers to buy two tickets (for the price of one); then I asked a girl to go out to dinner and a ballet (instead of dinner and a movie or dinner and a Broadway play).

She said yes, and I knew I had it made. No matter how bad the ballet was, at least I’d get a kiss goodnight when I walked her home. What else can a teenage boy ask for?

No matter how hard I try, I can’t remember who the girl was, but I met the love of my life that night, when I saw my first ballet.

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As I was reading the program before the ballet started, I realized that The Nutcracker debuted on December 17, 1892; just twenty five years before the Russian Revolution.

It dawned on me, that if they had lived, Clara, and her brother Fritz, would have been victims of the Russian Revolution, in much the same way that Doctor Zhivago was; they ether would have been shot; or shipped off to a concentration camp in Siberia.

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At one time the sun never set on the great British Empire. Now the British Empire no longer exists. It is as extinct and irrelevant as the dinosaurs.

Our great American culture will go the same way, and if we don’t clean up our act, it will disappear sooner rather than later.

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a sign of discontent at the very foundations of our American society, and we’d better pay attention before our society implodes.

There is an entire generation of Americans in their twenties who have done exactly what we asked them to do, and they have nothing to show for it.

They studied hard. They got good grades. They took those college loans because we told them they would graduate and find good jobs. But when they graduated from college; there were no good jobs; no jobs that would pay them enough to live, and pay off their college loans.

We sold the next generation a bill of goods.

That’s why we have an Occupy Wall Street movement. That’s why our children may be in the same situation that Clara and her brother, Fritz, and Doctor Zhivago were in.

For them, and for Tchaikovsky, the Russian Revolution was right over the horizon, but there was no way they could see it coming.

For us, our society is coming apart at the seams, and if we don’t pay attention to the Occupy Wall Street movement, American society as we know it may cease to exist as fast as Tchaikovsky’s society disappeared in 1917.

Think about it.

It could happen tomorrow if we don’t do something to right the ship now.

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Mangan, Thomas [MC????]

[JR: Pretty astute!]

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JNEWS: Saulino, Louis [MC????] writes “Athlete For Hire”


A New Novel about Phenomenal Athlete Released
Louis Saulino’s ATHLETE FOR HIRE takes readers on an E-ticket ride in an attempt to sign a Three-Sport Superstar
Farmingville, N.Y. (PRWEB) November 29, 2011

“Sports is like war without the killing,” according to media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner. Praise and even outright worship of successful professional athletes, on the other hand, often exceeds our reverence for actual war heroes. If being exceedingly good at one sport makes a man a star, what if he is exceedingly good at three? Avid sports enthusiast and published author Louis Saulino has created an engaging first novel, Athlete For Hire, set in the backdrop of the professional sports industry.

“As an armchair quarter back, I envisioned a scenario where a professional sports team owner of three franchises (baseball, football, basketball) could ponder hiring an all-around athlete,” Saulino explained. “This fictional owner, Scott Thomas, meets with his general managers to discuss a highly acclaimed college athlete featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His proficiency is in the three sports intrigues Thomas who becomes disgruntled when all three of his general managers want the athlete for their respective sport. Thomas exclaims, ‘Why can’t we draft this kid for all three of my teams?’ Having time on my hands in the evening with my sons gone gave me the opportunity to try out a ‘what if’ scenario. It was a blast and I hope readers enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.”

As the college senior, Marc Stevens, competes in each sport, a “due diligence” plan is prepared by Scott’s general managers and key staff to have the athlete drafted by all three teams. Will Scott Thomas be successful in signing Marc Stevens to an unprecedented contract requiring him to be available on an as-needed basis for each sport? Will Marc, the three sport phenom, become an Athlete For Hire?

For additional media information, to set interviews, book signings, etc., contact Saulino’s publicist, Carole V. Bartholomeaux, 602.404.8018 or bprworks(at)cox(dot)net. Information is also available at http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author

Louis Saulino is a widower, father of two grown sons, and a sports enthusiast. A civil engineering graduate of Manhattan College, he also has his masters in Transportation Engineering and Planning and is a licensed professional engineer. He practiced engineering in the New York metropolitan area, in the private and public sectors, for forty years. In the fall of 2010, Louis Saulino decided to pursue his creative instincts and embarked in writing a television script for an idea he initially conceived in the 1970s. This was developed into a book, Athlete for Hire. He also authored a fictional baseball history book, “8” Center Field in New York © (1951-1957).

Athlete For Hire * by Louis Saulino
Publication Date: November 18, 2011
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For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit http://www.Xlibris.com. To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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JFOUND: Mariani, Paul [MC1962] inspired by Fandel, John [MCxfac RIP]


Writers on Writing (Bread Loaf Anthology)
by Robert Pack, Jay Parini
Publisher: Middlebury; 1st edition (August 15, 1991)
ISBN-13: 978-0874515602

Paul Mariani — Beginnings (Page 151)

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Mariani, Paul [MC1962]

[JR: In doing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Reinkefj/John_Fandel, I found this connection.]

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JNEWS: Finn, Msgr. Peter G. [MC1960] is in the NY Daily News

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Subject: Msgr PETER FINN ’60- in the NEWS

Dear John,

Below is a piece from the NY Daily News that quotes Msgr. Peter Finn,’60. I received this from his Classmate, Jim Smith,’60


——– Original Message ——–

Subject: FW: PETE FINN – in the NEWS
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:38:35 -0500
From: Smith, Jim (MC1960)
To: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Jim Smith

—– Original Message —–

Sent: 11/29/2011 1:41:08 PM
Subject: PETE FINN – in the NEWS

Christmas, Chanukah seasons keep priests and their parishes working overtime to help out the city’s needy
The holidays keep city’s priests busy with plenty of duties
Originally Published: Saturday, November 26 2011, 6:00 AM

Step aside, Santa.

While your busy season is marked mostly by one all-nighter, there are others working year-round to promote Christmas.

Priests across the city are preparing for what is their most active period since Lent and Easterlast spring. They’re putting in overtime to make sure the holiday’s true meaning doesn’t get lost among the mayhem.

Sunday begins Advent, which extends over the four Sundays before Christmas and celebrates the coming of Christ.

€œWe celebrate Jesus’ birth into the world at this time, which a lot of people apparently are forgetting, and we have to keep bringing people back to that,†says the Rev. Frank Black, pastor of St. Laurence Catholic Church in Brooklyn.

“€œWe thank God for his gift of his Son, and therefore we give gifts and celebrate His love by sharing our love with other people,†he adds. “So to do that, we celebrate Advent right up until Christmas.—

Msgr. Peter G. Finn, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Staten Island, can appreciate holiday decorations and displays, as long as they don’t stray too far from the spirit of Christmas.

“€œI’€™ve always been a Christmas person, and I love the tree at Rockefeller Center,” says Finn. “€œBut I especially love, promote and encourage keeping Christ in Christmas.”

That can be tough, especially during a week when we’re all bombarded with Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials.

“€œOne of the things, in terms of commercialism, that I do feel bad about and think is unfortunate is Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving evening,”€ says Finn, referring to the decision by many stores to start big sales even earlier this year.

He’s also puzzled by the holiday window displays at certain stores, namely one at Barneys New York, called “Gaga’€™s boudoir”,€ co-created by the eccentric singer.

“€œQuite frankly, I think Lady Gaga is kind of interesting, kooky in a certain sense, but not a bad person,” Finn says. “€œBut I don’€™t think her boudoir represents what the season of Christmas and Chanukah is all about.”

“€œIt might be wonderful thing to distract everyone on a cold belt of winter in February, but I don’€™t think it belongs in December,” he adds “€œI don’€™t think it in any way will bother Jesus, just us. We’€™d like to have everyone be a little bit more in tune of what Jesus really means.”

On Sunday, Blessed Sacrament will light one of the four candles on its Advent Candelabra, kicking off a number of activities that the church has planned.

“We establish a giving tree with lights on it and numerous tags,” Finn explains. “Those tags will include specific requests for children and adults who are in need.”

“€œDuring the course of the whole Advent season, our parishioners are asked to take the tags, bring them home and purchase whatever is indicated there, wrap it, tag it, bring it back and place it under the tree,”€ he adds.

The church is working with about six different charities.

Among dozens of other holiday duties, Finn is also helping to organize a Toys For Tots campaign, filling extra time slots to hear confessions from parishioners and leading the church’s various organizations as they plan Christmas concerts and gatherings.

At St. Laurence, parishioners, led by their pastor, are occupied packing Christmas baskets full of food and gifts. They’ll be handed out to families who may not have enough money for a holiday dinner or gifts.

The East New York church also has a giving tree, benefitting several organizations that help the needy.

“€œI sit down and meet with everyone to plan it and get different committees together,” Black explains. “Everybody has to check back with me. Then, of course, the whole parish has to be decorated, which is a pain in the neck.”€

“€œThere’€™s a volunteer appreciation party for various committees that’s getting bigger every year,”€ he adds. “We have a have a pageant with the kids for Christmas Eve Mass, which I help out planning the music for and playing the guitar during rehearsals.”

Because St. Laurence has a large Hispanic population, the church has two celebrations honoring Jesus’ mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary — the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“And we also throw a huge party for 300 to 400 special needs kids in the area from the public school system,”€ says Black. “And we have a big fund-raiser going on.”

He notices an increase in parishioners attending Masses and activities during the Christmas season, and says the phone never stops ringing.

“I don’™t buy gifts any more; it just became too crazy to fit it all in,”€ Black says of his personal shopping habits.

He plans to spend this Christmas with his college roommates’€™ families.

“I do that every year,”€ Black says. “And then I’ll come home and collapse.”€

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Finn, Msgr. Peter G. [MC1960]

[JR: Thanks, Mike, Jim, and all that had their hands in getting it in. Much appreciated. Amazes me that the NYDN does NOT allow Google to index their content. That's why eyeballs are the last line of defense.]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Another “best” on Yahoo Answers


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Congratulations, you’ve got a best answer and 10 extra points!

Your answer to the following question really hit the spot and has been chosen as the best answer:

What are some really good colleges in nyc or the boro’s?

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[JR: Guess what college I recommended? Be nice if we could convince MC that this is how you can but butts in the seats.]

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MVIDEO: Nutcracker Swing


Nutcracker Swing


Uploaded by MCPerformingArtsDept on Nov 29, 2011

Tchaikovsky arranged by Mike Story

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[JR: Two minutes of fun.]

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MFOUND: MC not perceived as a top tier college


Steve Nelson
Head of the Calhoun School in Manhattan

There Are No “Top Tier” Colleges, Schools (or Kids!)
Posted: 11/29/11 06:12 PM ET

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Last week I visited a school called the Young Women’s Leadership School (YWLS) in East Harlem. Founded in the 1990s, YWLS was the first single-sex school in the New York City public school system. Its mission, which it fulfills admirably, is to prepare girls for college. Its students are almost all girls of color from families with limited resources and little experience with college.

Despite my admiration for the school’s mission, a nearly ubiquitous underlying assumption about kids and educational institutions arose during a meeting with the YWLS college placement director. The two students “guiding” my small tour group were sitting nearby as he explained the college admission process.

“Well,” (I paraphrase) “we have many kinds of girls in the school but they all go to college. We have smart girls who go to top tier colleges, we have average girls who go to the typical places and we have girls who struggle, but we get them into college, too.” I cringed, as I had taken a few moments to talk to both student guides about their plans and knew that one was hoping to attend Long Island University and the other aspired to enroll at Manhattan College. I don’t know whether the college counselor thought of these girls as “average” or “struggling,” but the looks on their faces betrayed their certain sense that they were not the “smart” ones.

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[JR: If imho MC had an aggressive "social media" strategy, then MC would be in converstation with those young women to help them find the right school. Which may or may not be MC.]

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JHQ: MC Men’s Basketball 12/7 1700

Dear Ferdinand,

Manhattan College Men’s Basketball fans are invited to cheer on the Jaspers as they face their cross-Bronx rival, Fordham University in the 104th meeting of the two teams.  

The alumni relations office invites alumni and friends to come and enjoy dinner and drinks prior to the game in newly refurbished Café 1853 (formerly Plato’s Cave). Preregistration is required.  

Wednesday, Dec. 7
$35 per person
5:00 p.m. | Café 1853 (Thomas Hall, 2nd floor)
7:00 p.m. | Tip-off in Draddy Gymnasium

To register, click here.

Note: the cost of the event does not include a game ticket. For ticket information and to order online, visit Jasperstickets.com.  

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) cites “Cross of Gold”

From: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961)
Date: Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 7:19 PM
Subject: Hard Money

Dear Jasper John,

It is not surprising to see you backing hard money and opposing a United Nations takeover of the economy as proposed by Pope Benedict (http://takimag.com/article/truth_charity/print#axzz1bvz5cjBe) given that in the past you have admitted rooting for Ebenezer Scrooge while reading or viewing “A Christmas Carol”. I suppose that you are an Old Man Potter devotee as well after seeing “It’s a Wonderful Life” Actually there are those who argue that Bedford Falls was better off under Potter with a thriving economy based on gambling and alcohol- where I live the local Oneida County economy isn’t exactly thriving, but our largest employer is the Indian casino, which now serves alcohol.

If “hard money” benefits the poor so much why is it always the favorite policy of bankers and other plutocrats?

Do you think those fellows and gals have the interest of poor folk at heart? William Jennings Bryan certainly did not think so

Part of his “Cross of Gold” speech is quoted below from: http://www.academicamerican.com/recongildedage/topics/gildedagepolitics.html

The issue (of hard money) came into sharp focus during the 1896 Democratic national convention. William Jennings Bryan, a populist Democrat from Nebraska, gave a speech which became known as his “Cross of Gold Speech.” In that famous oration Bryan said of the gold backers:

“They tell us that the great cities are in favor of the gold standard; we reply that the great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.

“… Having behind us the producing masses of this nation and the world, supported by the commercial interests, the laboring interests, and the toilers everywhere, we will answer their demand for a gold standard by saying to them: You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”

Sincerely yours,
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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I am surprised that it took you until Wednesday to “fire back”.

With all deference to the Holy Father, taking over of “the economy” by the UN is an absolutely terrible idea. Unless I misunderstand the definition of “faith and morals”, the Pope is offering us a “personal opinion”. Look at ANYTHING the UN has done and tell me that this the path to peace, liberty, or even prosperity? This is the same UN where the Human Rights are preserved by tyrants, “oil for food” after looting is used to buy arms for dictators, or even the unpunished atrocities committed by UN “peacekeepers”!

You are misreading my support for old Eb. He pays his taxes for his Gooferment social programs and then he gets panhandled to support the poor. His rant about “workhouses” is more about having to pay twice.

And, Potter is a creation of the Gooferment. Where does he get an industry protected from competition? And when an upstart S&L starts to pinch, HE calls the regulators to shut them down.

Gambling and booze are “regulated”; no? I’d suggest that Bedford Falls would be better off without the Gooferment’s “help”.

You have to be joking? What “plutocrat” advocates for “hard money”? Central bankers (including Wall Street), and their corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, want Gooferment to escape the chains of “hard money”. Inflation is the Gooferment’s tax on dollars, and dollar denominated assets. It allows Gooferment spending without debt or taxation. This silent hidden tax has eroded the dollars purchasing power. Remember Ron Paul’s three silver dimes comparison? Three silver dimes in 1960 bought a gallon of gas; those same three silver dimes would buy about THREE gallons today! The gas “value” didn’t change; the value of the “dollar” did! And, don’t you see how the little guy is being cheated?

And, WJB, that you’re citing, wanted “cheap money” from the Gooferment to make the “Farmer” rich at the expense of the “City Dwellers”. Unfortunately, EVERYONE wants to control the Gooferment so they can FORCE others to do their will.

“Money is a matter of functions four, a medium, a measure, a standard, a store.” He repeated that four times like poetry. “Six Characters in Money: Portable – Durable – Divisible – Uniformity – Limited Supply – Acceptability.” — CHURCH 10●19●62 (Vol 1) 978-0-557-08387-9 page 110

Arguing against “hard money”, as opposed to “faith-based money”, is like arguing against the kilogram, meter, and the second. An ounce of something (i.e., copper, silver, gold, palladium, platinum) as money is merely that measure, standard, or store.

And under the Federal Reserve System of “funny money” and all the Gooferment help (i.e., the War on Poverty), how has “the poor” made out?

Four generations of “welfare farmers” is my proof of the “impoverishing” effect of Gooferment, enabled by the “funny money” that allows “guns and butter” spending.

Could we maybe try something else?

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We’re at the end of the year. Any suggestions for Jasper Jottings in the new year? What to add, drop, or change? Format.

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JLINKEDIN: Fabinski, Bob (MC1984) Manufacturing Photolitography Engineer


Fabinski, Bob (MC1984)
Manufacturing Photolitography Engineer
Rochester, New York Area
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing

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JNEWS: Emini, Emilio [MC1975] head of vaccine research at Pfizer


Pfizer germ warrior Emilio Emini; photograph by Nathaniel Welch / Redux for Forbes
Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff
11/30/2011 @ 6:00PM
This story appears in the Dec. 19, 2011, issue of Forbes Magazine.

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Emilio Emini’s battle with germs started early, when he was a working-class kid growing up on Sullivan Street in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and was one of the first kids to get the oral polio vaccine—administered on a sugar cube. If you ask him when the last outbreak of measles in the U.S. occurred he’ll instantly tell you it was 1964, because that’s when he caught it.

Fifty years later he’s finally got the upper hand on his longtime adversaries. Emini, 57, is head of vaccine research at Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company, where he’s pushing forward on a ­pneumonia vaccine called Prevnar 13.

With $3.7 billion in annual sales Prevnar is already the bestselling vaccine in the history of drug research and the biggest product that Pfizer got from its $68 billion purchase of Wyeth in 2009. Sales could grow 60% to $6 billion by 2015 based only on the use of the vaccine in children, according to investment bank Sanford C. Bernstein. If Emini can prove its effectiveness in adults—which he is close to doing—it will add another $700 million during that time period, Bernstein says. Pfizer thinks the adult market is even bigger: $2 billion.

As anyone in the drug business will tell you, the timing couldn’t be better for Pfizer, a $68 billion (sales) company with one of the worst track records for developing breakthrough products in the industry and a stable of top-selling drugs fast losing patent protection. After the legendary $11-billion-a-year cholesterol drug Lipitor goes generic at the end of November, Prevnar will become Pfizer’s top seller. Pneumococcus causes 175,000 cases of pneumonia that require hospitalization and 6,000 deaths every year in the U.S.

That makes Emini critical to the company’s fortunes, though you’d hardly know it from talking to him. “The rush comes from the fact that once you introduce a vaccine, if it’s a successful vaccine, within a very, very short period of time the disease that you are immunizing against goes away,” he says.

Tall, bearded and forceful, Emini is an unlikely corporate hero. As an undergraduate he rode the subway to Manhattan College in the Bronx and went to graduate school on a government fellowship. In 1983 he left academia to go to Merck because, he says, “I really liked viruses.” His first project involved the vaccine for hepatitis B, now the first shot given to children when they are born. Then AIDS hit, and starting in 1987 he developed HIV drugs such as Sustiva and Crixivan, among the first potent treatments for the disease. In 1996 he was made head of vaccine research at Merck.

It was a heady time. His group developed vaccines against chicken pox, shingles and human papilloma virus, which can cause cervical cancer, and they were working on an AIDS vaccine. “We were able to actually get a lot of stuff accomplished that, if the bureaucracy had had its way, wouldn’t have happened,” says Alan Shaw, the researcher who had the office next to Emini’s.

In 2004 Emini left Merck to try something new, he says. Others say Merck’s new research chief, Peter Kim, was considering another guy to run ­vaccine research. Either way, Emini departed, and Shaw and several other top vaccine researchers left, too.

Emini’s first stop was the Gates Foundation-funded International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. There he discovered that it was going to be “very, very, very difficult to develop an HIV vaccine,” even with Gates’ billions on his side.

So instead of solving the AIDS crisis, Emini went to Wyeth to work on something more mundane: pneumonia. Their Prevnar vaccine was based on technology Wyeth had purchased in 1994 that taught the immune system to recognize sugars on the outside of bacteria.

A first vaccine using this tech nearly eliminated the haemophilus influenzae B bacteria, once a leading cause of brain damage. Introduced in 2000, Prevnar was already a success, reducing not only pneumonia and meningitis in kids but also ear infections. It did such a good job getting rid of pneumococcus that adults got sick less, too.

Emini saw huge potential for a new version that could prevent 13 different strains, compared with the 7 covered by the original version. This Prevnar 13 would protect against a deadly, drug-resistant pneumococcus strain called 19A, which had been causing a rising number of infections in kids. Prevnar 13 might also reach a big new market: adults in hospitals undergoing procedures like open-heart surgery, where pneumonia is a common and deadly complication.

Wyeth executives wanted Prevnar 13 to reach the market in five years—an almost impossible task. Emini flew to San Francisco and showed up at the doorstep of another Merck expat, Kathrin Jansen, a German microbiologist who had developed Merck’s Gardasil, the vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer. She had left to work on anthrax vaccines. Emini put her in charge of the most difficult part of getting Prevnar 13 to market: running the tests on anonymous blood samples of patients in clinical trials to prove Prevnar was turning on an immune response to the pneumococcus bacteria.

Dozens of her researchers worked around the clock in 10- to 12-hour shifts. She held a party at her house to keep the group’s morale up. When Jansen apologized to one scientist’s wife for keeping her husband away from his small children, the woman responded that the vaccine work was too important to society for her to complain.

Now success is close. A panel of FDA experts just recommended approving Prevnar 13 for adults. And Emini has pushed forward on an 85,000-patient clinical trial in the Netherlands to prove to doctors its effectiveness. If the trial shows Prevnar 13 can prevent pneumonia, “the interest of physicians and providers would shift very strongly toward that vaccine,” says William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Emini is optimistic. “We emptied out the HIV wards when we introduced a new drug,” he says. “I’m begging to feel [that] again. That’s a head rush.”

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JOBIT: Byrne, Daniel M. [MC1960 RIP]


Daniel M. Byrne, 76, father of resident
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 15:26

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Mr. Daniel M. Byrne of Heritage Village in Southbury, died Friday, November 25, at the Lutheran Home. He was 76, and the husband of Elizabeth M. (Costello) Byrne.

Mr. Byrne was born September 19, 1935, in White Plains, N.Y., son of the late Thomas R. and Ruth (Eberhart) Byrne. He received his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and his master’s degree in business from the University of Michigan. He was a longtime financial executive, ending his career as financial officer for C & C Awards, Inc. of Danbury. He had served as a mentor at Rochambeau Middle School and was an active communicant of Sacred Heart Church, where he served as a Eucharistic minister. Formerly of Irvington, N.Y., he was a resident of Heritage Village for 14 years.

Besides his wife of 41 years, he leaves his son, Richard Condon, and his wife, Phyl, of New Canaan; two grandchildren, Tim and Abby Condon of New Canaan; two brothers, Thomas Byrne of Bethesda, Md., and David Byrne of Plano, Texas; and two sisters, Marie Byrne and Ann Byrne, both of White Plains, N.Y. He was pre-deceased by two brothers and three sisters.

A mass of Christian burial was held Monday, November 28, at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, 910 Main Street South, Southbury. Burial was in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown, N.Y. Arrangements were by Carpino Funeral Home, 750 Main Street South, Southbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Home, Employees Activity Gift Fund, 990 Main Street North, Southbury, CT 06488.

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Byrne, Daniel M. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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JNEWS: Enea, Anthony J. [MC1981] Somers eldercare atty ‘super lawyer’


Somers elder care attorney named ‘super lawyer’
Dec. 1, 2011
Written by Barbara Livingston Nackman

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SOMERS — Anthony J. Enea didn’t just happen to become an attorney focusing on elder law. Decades ago, he set out to build his career around helping older clients plan their financial futures and manage their needs.

And Enea, who has offices in White Plains and Somers, has received some recent professional recognition.

“Most of my adult life I wanted to be an attorney. I know that sounds dull and not too popular these days, but it’s true,” said Enea, 52, who was raised in White Plains and has lived in Somers for 20 years.” I took an interest in elder law immediately after law school. There is a real need to help seniors face important issues, like wills and long-term care.”

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After graduating from Archbishop Stepanic High School in White Plains, he went to Manhattan College in Riverdale section of the Bronx and Pace University School of Law in White Plains.

Law school and college classmate Carol L. Van Scoyoc, deputy corporation counsel for the City of White Plains, said the honors were well-deserved.

“Besides being a great guy, Anthony is a ‘super’ attorney. It is a very highly esteemed recognition,” Scoyoc said. “He works in such an important area of law. Sometimes people don’t want to recognize they need it until acrisis happens.”

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The father of a daughter and son, 20 and 17, said being a parent should force people to plan for themselves and their parents.

Enea is the treasurer of the Association for Mentally Ill Children of Westchester and serves on the Somers Board of Ethics.

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MNEWS: Andrew Ryan vice president for facilities


Manhattan College (N.Y.) has named Andrew Ryan vice president for facilities.

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JHQ: 2012 Manhattan College Baseball Schedule

[JR: I was interested in this and wanted to put it somewhere I'd know where it was.]

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JEMAIL: Zuccaro, Rich (MC1974) on cross country

From: Zuccaro, Rich (MC1974)
Date: Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Subject: MC X-Country Photos

I believe that the top photo shows Mike Keough and the second one is of Tony Colon. I ran with them (actually far behind them) when we were freshmen in 1970 on the cross country team. I quickly moved to the Fall Track team and a year later decided I was better off concentrating on my Engineering degree.

BEE 1974

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[JR: Thanks, much appreciated. Who knows remember Michael Jordan didn't make his high school team. And didn't bloom til much later. LOL. I think injineering pays better than running? ]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Wikipedia Capshaw, Frederick W. [MC????]


[JR: Wikipedia pages need editing. In "doing" the Fandel page, I see that there are many "manhattan college" pages that are at risk of deletion because they are in such "poor" shape. Hmmm.]

Frederick W. Capshaw – President of Community College of Philadelphia from December 15, 1993 [2] until his death at age 53 on June 23, 1998[3]

[JR: For example, I "fixed" this line, took 10 minutes, but there are 100's.]

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Capshaw, Frederick W. [MC????]

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MVIDEO: Jasper Dancers perform


Uploaded by MCPerformingArtsDept on Dec 1, 2011
The Manhattan College Jasper Dancers perform at a basketball game.

[JR: 48 seconds. Modesty was preserved by being shot at a distance and slightly out of focus. LOL!]

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JOBIT: Powers, John J. [MC???? RIP]


John J. Powers

November 30, 2011

John J. Powers, 88, of Marietta, passed peacefully November 30, with his family at his side.

Born on Staten Island, NY, John graduated from St. Peter’s High School. His education at Manhattan College was interrupted when his entire class enlisted in the armed forces during World War II. John served as a Navy pilot on an aircraft carrier and after his discharge graduated from Hobart College.

In 1950 John was recruited by the United States Secret Service and rejoined his country’s service as a commissioned USSS special agent. He had the honor of protecting U.S. presidents and the families of Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. John served as assistant to the special agent in charge of the New York office until his retirement.

John was predeceased by his three siblings, Alice Garrity, Katherine Smith and William Powers. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ellen Kathleen Powers; four children, John (Olga) of Marcellus, Edward of Chinatown, NYC, Michael (Sharon) of Dana Point, CA, and Mary (Robert) Kuzmeski of Hadley, MA; nine grandchildren, Mary and Julie Powers, Colin, Daniel, Dennis and Sarah Powers, and Kathleen, John and Kevin Kuzmeski; one brother, Richard of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at Ryan Funeral Home, 44 E. Main Street, Marcellus. Services will follow 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier Church, Marcellus. Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Contributions may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church Outreach Program, P.O. Box 177, Marcellus, NY 13108. Ryan Funeral Home Marcellus

Published in Syracuse Post Standard on December 2, 2011


Powers, John J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/syracuse/guestbook.aspx?n=john-powers&pid=154850674&cid=full

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM
Subject: Powers, John J. [MC???? RIP]

Dear John,

We have at least 4 John J. Powers as alum’s, but I do not believe any of them are this John J. From reading the Obit, I do not believe that he came back to Manhattan after the war.

    May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Interesting. We need a way of "counting noses". Maybe I SHOULD just go ahead and do that "Jasper_Pedia" aka "manhattan_college_alumni_wiki"?]

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JNEWS: Cromwell, Amanda [MC????] sparkplugging a mural



Amanda Cromwell invited us to help lead a project to create a mural beneath Founders Bridge. We agreed that the mural should be a project open to the entire campus community. With that in mind we discussed an idea about creating a giant tree composed of students’/faculty’s hands. She would like to get the project underway in April.

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Cromwell, Amanda [MC????]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Class year update in the RSS feed

>We’re at the end of the year. Any suggestions for Jasper Jottings in the new year? What to add, drop, or change? Format.

Dear John,

In response to your question I would not change anything that you do. The only question that I have is there any other address that I should use when I do find a class year so that you will have it before you put together a Feedbitz? Some times I am not sure that you have received the email.

Keep up the good work!


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No, the feed goes out automagically at the end of day.

Unless we figure out a better process, that’s what it is. I don’t know how many folks take the feed and / or how important the class year is to them.

I COULD, when I update the post, update the date of the post. That would trigger a reissue on the following day. It would just mean additional work when I compile the weekly issue. I’d have to take care not to duplicate the posting.

Let’s see if anyone cares?


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[JR: Does anyone care? Does anyone even know what were talking about? If this wasn't a zero budget operation, then I'd know if anyone reads this stuff.]

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Nov 28, 2011 (5 days ago)

Comment on POSITRACTION: No good deed goes unrecognized 

by Tom


[JR: Thanks, typo, argh! There goes the bonus.]

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Comment on JNEWS: Mangan, Thomas [MC1966] The Nutcracker vs. OWS

by jamesjbrown

if I remember my study of Russian history, Lenin said at a meeting ” The power is in the streets, let’s join them”. Well we all know what happened next.
Although I disagree what is going on in NYC and elsewhere, If someone does not listen something worse could happen.

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ENDNOTE: Marriage redefinition and abortion are contra-survival actions

Posted on December 3, 2011 by Jasper John 68


A ‘reality-based’ approach to children’s stake in marriage dispute By Benjamin Mann

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San Francisco, Calif., Oct 9, 2011 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- As California’s largest gay activist group Equality California launches its new “Breakthrough Conversation Project” to change public opinion on marriage, Catholics for the Common Good wants to talk about what society’s basic institution really is – and who loses out if it is redefined.

“We are taking an entirely fresh approach to communicating the reality of marriage in secular society,” said William B. May, founder and chairman of the San Francisco-based group that promotes Catholic social teaching on society’s common interest. “Marriage is the reality that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union.”

“We call it a ‘reality-based’ approach – reality, as an antidote to relativism,” May told CNA on Oct. 6. “We’re looking at the reality of marriage from the perspective of the child.”

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“Underlying the proposal to redefine marriage, is an assumption that marriage is merely the committed relationship between two loving people,” he said. “And a lot of us think of marriage in terms of the adult perspective, and the benefit for adults.”

“That’s a private interest – and that’s not what marriage really is.”

“Marriage is more than that. It’s a communion of persons. And when we look at it from the perspective of the child, it’s the heart’s desire of every person – without exception – to be united with, and to know, the man and woman that they came from. That’s part of who we are.”

“What’s happening now, with the redefinition of marriage in the minds of people, is that more and more children are becoming deprived of that experience – which is a human right – to be born into, and raised in, a family with a mother and a father united in marriage.”

Society and culture, May explained, have perennially defined marriage in this manner for the sake of binding men and women to fulfill this duty to their children.

Thus, any redefinition weakens the unique cultural and legal standing of the only institution that secures the integral bond between children and parents.

“The harm is this,” he said. “By redefining marriage as merely the public recognition of a relationship between adults, we essentially ban the promotion of marriage as the only institution that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union.”

“It creates a conflict with the human rights of the child, to know and be cared for by their mother and father in the union of a marriage.”

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I continue to assert that the Gooferment should have no role in “marriage”, its definition, or anything related to it.

Not everything requires the Gooferment’s “involvement”.

Some things are Constitutionally reserved to “The People” and to the individual States. (You must remember them. Before everything became a “federal case”.)

This author’s attempt to fight the battle on children’s rights fails to note that it’s possible to be “married” and not have any children.

I’d prefer to fight the battle on the “MYOB” basis.

“Marriage” is only the Gooferment’s business because of racism and the tax code. Further, redefining marriage is a contra-survival act of a nation on the decline. (Remember Rome’s excesses?) Along

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[JR: In addition to a Google Reader problem, the ENDNOTE was truncated. Argh! Some of my more outrageous ideas were lost.  ]

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