JASPER JOTTINGS Week 11 - 2012 March 18     

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



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POSITRACTION: Broken necklace on live UK TV 


The most funniest moments are those that you are not allowed to laugh!

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[JR: I find these "bloopers" funny. You really have to develop the ability to laugh at yourself. Whatever minimal capacity I have to do that, I developed from my "ego reducing" partner. She had that ability to laugh at herself. And, me. Of course, as she would save, I gave her so much material to work with. I got even; I wrote a book about her for the family and told all her secrets. Almost all. Have a few left for the next version. But back to the video, and it went viral on the inet. She got through the script before she got the giggles. I'm sure that she became the "butt" of a lot of jokes. But it was funny. I'm sure my fellow alums partake of a much higher level of humor. But then I'm just a fat old white guy injineer and have a lower standard. Have a laff at me, with me, or for me.]

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JFOUND: Mazurki, Mike [MC1930 RIP] founded the “Cauliflower Alley Club”


Friday, March 9, 2012
MURDER, MY SWEET: Tough Guys Don’t Sing

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Every performance is perfect, for my money. Mike Mazurki was one of film noir’s most memorable tough guys, and he and Powell play off against each other well. Ironically, the filmmakers made the already-tall Mazurki look even more intimidating Mike Mazurki as Moose Malloy, thanks to the magic of forced perspective. But don’t let Mazurki’s fearsome looks fool you; he was a Manhattan College grad and a witty conversationalist. Compassionate, too: in the 1960s, Mazurki founded the “Cauliflower Alley Club,” a non-profit organization that awarded scholarships and financial assistance to retired or injured wrestlers and their families.

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Mazurki, Mike [MC1930 RIP]

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JNEWS: Mesquida, Sergi [MC????] iSOCO Innovation and Technology Manager


Sergi Mesquida, the new iSOCO Innovation and Technology Manager
Posted on March 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM 

iSOCO has appointed Sergi Mesquida as its Innovation and Technology Manager. A telecommunications and IT systems engineer, Mesquida has taken over the coordination of the development of new products for the semantic technology and artificial intelligence company.

Barcelona- Sergi Mesquida, a graduate in telecommunications and IT systems engineering of the Ramon Llull University, has taken charge of the iSOCO Innovation and Technology Division to oversee the creation and implementation of new lines of business.

Mesquida has extensive management experience in both the private and public sector and he is a specialist in the field of Open Innovation, which maximises the use of internal and external ideas to make progress in the development of a company's products and taps into internal and external channels for making these developments reach the market. With a MBA from the Ramon Llull University and New York's Manhattan College, Sergi Mesquida is an expert in technology and knowledge transfer at international level.

His professional activity began in 1995 as senior auditor and consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2000 he joined Mediapark as a project manager and subsequently he was appointed as technology transfer manager at the Catalan Government's Business Innovation and Development Centre (CIDEM). In 2007 Mesquida was appointed as energy, transport and public administration manager for GTD Sistemas de Información and, before joining iSOCO, he was director of the Knowledge Innovation Market Barcelona Foundation (KIMbcn).

Sergi Mesquida's appointment is part of the semantic technology and artificial intelligence company's international strategy adopted last year, envisaging an ambitious expansion plan for the 2011-2014 period and its listing on the MAB stock exchange in the second half of 2012.

About iSOCO

iSOCO is Spain's foremost ICT company with a clear commitment to internationalisation as a leading technology provider to help companies develop and position themselves in the Network Economy. It has its own R&D centre, iLAB, and it stands as an international leader in semantic technology and artificial intelligence. Its main differentiating factor resides in the combination of a range of services based on proprietary technology.

It was founded in 1999 as a spin-off of the CSIC (the Spanish High Council for Scientific Research) and has a clear global outlook and local presence in the main markets. It is the only Spanish company to appear in the WCM Marketshare2010 and the instigator of the Spanish LinkedData Association (AELID).

With blue-chip clients like Almirall, AstraZéneca, Bankinter, BT, Colt, Grupo Leche Pascual, La Caixa, Repsol YPF and Zurich, among others, iSOCO is internationally renowned and possesses one of the most comprehensive semantic engines in the world: Semanti-K ®

Contact :
Elena Castells
Marketing & Communication
Av. Torre Blanca, 57
Edificio ESADE CREAPOLIS, Oficina 3C 15
08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès, BCN
(t) +34 93 567 72 24

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Mesquida, Sergi [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my "stuff" for Sergi.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: Albert, William Mott [MC1954 RIP]


William Mott Albert
Albert, William Mott

William Mott Albert, of Pearl River, passed away peacefully at his home on March 10, 2012, at the age of 79. Bill was born September 1, 1932, at Nyack Hospital to Charles and Frances (Molt) Albert. Bill grew up in Haverstraw graduating Haverstraw High School In 1950. After High School he attended Manhattan College graduating in 1954 with a bachelor of arts in business administration and was a proud alumni association member until his passing. Bill served his country from 1954 to 1956 as a member of the Army during the Korean War. After military service he joined the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. before being named chief auditor of First Westchester National Bank in 1964. The last thirty years Bill worked as a tax accountant and financial adviser. He was a member of The Haverstraw Knights of Columbus Council #581, a parishioner of St. Aedan's Church for which he served as treasurer for many years. Bill was also a former coach and manager for the Pearl River Senior Babe Ruth League.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 49 years Gloria (Antonelli) of Pearl River. He is also survived by his son Mark and his wife Linda along with his most cherished granddaughter Stephanie of Tappan. He also leaves behind a sister Helene O'Dowd of New City, his brother-in-law Joseph Antonelli of Sarasota Florida, and their families all of whom will miss him dearly. Bill's family would like to thank their many friends whose love, support and generosity have been greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten. A special thank you to Colleen, Melanie, Marsha, Karold and the members of Rockland Hospice who have made the last few months full of comfort and peace for Bill.

The wake will be held at the Assumma-Shankey Funeral Home from 7-9 PM Tuesday, March 13th and 4-9 PM Wednesday March 14th. A mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 AM Thursday March 1 5" at the Church of St. Aedan, 23 Reld Dr., Pearl River, N.Y., followed by burial at St. Peter's Cemetery in Haverstraw. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to United Hospice of Rockland or St. Aedan's Church.

Assumma-Shankey Funeral Home 34 N. Summit St. Pearl River NY 10965 (845) 735-4849

Published in the The Journal News from March 11 to March 12, 2012


Albert, William Mott [MC1954 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=william-albert&pid=156398594&cid=full

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JOBIT: Iwanowski, Paul Joseph [MC???? RIP]


Paul Iwanowski 


Paul Joseph Iwanowski, age 53, of Monroe, after a valiant battle with cancer, passed away peacefully March 10, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born in Yonkers, NY. He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and Manhattan College, Riverdale. He was an electrical engineer by training and a global facilities and real estate manager for several international corporations.

He is survived by his wife Lisa Wackerman Iwanowski , two daughters, Claire age 23 and Sarah age 19, parents Carolyn and Joseph Iwanowski of Stratford, CT and two sisters and their husbands Lynne and Michael Costantini of Fairfield and Beth and Michael Fisher of Purdys NY. Paul is also survived by his parents-in-law Diane and Lawrence Wackerman of Hicksville, NY as well as his sister-in-law Karen Myers and brother-in-law Chris Myers. Paul was a loving uncle to Michael, Lauren, Robert, Lizzie and Jeff.

Paul was a devoted son, husband, father, brother and uncle who loved to cook Sunday dinners for extended family. He was a beloved friend to many, many people. An avid golfer, he had his first hole-in-one in summer of 2011. His beautiful gardens are testament to his green thumb. In the past year, he became an accomplished watercolorist and baker of artisan breads.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Neal Fischbach and his entire staff at Oncology Associates of Bridgeport.

Friends and family are invited to attend his funeral services on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Directly at St. Jude's Church 707 Monroe Tpke. Monroe. Interment will be private. Friends may call on Monday and Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to caringbridge.org or The Cholangiocarcenoma Foundation in his memory. For online condolences please visit mullinsfh.com

Published in Connecticut Post on March 11, 2012


Iwanowski, Paul Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/ctpost/guestbook.aspx?n=paul-iwanowski&pid=156439631&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Paul is a member of he Class of 1981..

May He Rest In Peace,


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Way too young.]

Iwanowski, Paul Joseph [MC1981 RIP]

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MOBIT: Lawrence, Kenneth B. [MCxfaculty RIP]


Kenneth Lawrence

Kenneth B. Lawrence, 93, retired professor of Mechanical Engineering at Manhattan College in New York City. British, antique and sports car aficionado, and master bridge player, he passed gracefully Sunday, March 4, 2012. Ken, always witty, enjoyed singing, dancing and playing the piano up until his death.

He served in the United States Army Air Corp, 407th Bomb Squad during World War II. Ken will always be remembered with love by his sister Ruth in Pennsylvania and her family, by his son Peter and daughter Mary in Colorado and their families and all his friends' world wide.

Contributions; can be made to your local Hospice.

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on March 11, 2012


Lawrence, Kenneth B. [MCxfaculty RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lcsun-news/guestbook.aspx?n=kenneth-lawrence&pid=156387028&cid=full

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JOBIT: O'Rourke, Rev. Matthew [MC1940 RIP]


The Rev. Matthew O'Rourke, S.S.J., founding principal and president of St. Augustine High School, dies at 94
Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 9:32 PM     Updated: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 9:32 PM
By The Times-Picayune

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The Rev. Matthew O'Rourke, who as founding principal and president of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans won the admiration of students and graduates, died Friday in Baltimore. He was 94.

Father O'Rourke, a native of New York, became the head of the 7th Ward high school for African-American youth through his role as a Josephite priest.

He received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College and his master's degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. He entered the Josephite Fathers in 1944 and was ordained in 1947.

In 1951, the religious order was able to start the high school with the support of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, which helped through a building program that also produced schools like De La Salle High School. The Josephites named Father O'Rourke to lead the new high school.

Father O'Rourke helped make the school into a premier college-preparatory school for young black men at a time when segregation laws were still in effect. Alumni remember how the school helped inculcate self-respect and discipline.

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He was elected acting superior of the Josephites in 1971 and was re-elected in 1975.

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Services will be Tuesday and Wednesday in Baltimore.


O'Rourke, Rev. Matthew [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I believe that Father is a member of the Class of 1940.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O'Rourke, Rev. Matthew [MC1940 RIP]

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MTWITTER: MC had a wedding 3/10


Beautiful wedding (@ Manhattan College) http://t.co/CjmJM7Ckby tu1angel (Ang Lem)

[JR: Not a lot to go on. Replied to her tweet. We'll see if there's an "answer".]

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JVIDEO: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) marching for Irish pride


St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Peekskill, NY.  10th March 2012.

MaryAnn, Conor, and Brendan at  6:04.

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McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

[JR: Amazing to see that there's still Irish parading. Thought it too would be virtualized. Cute. Nuns! And, don't miss the "Hello, Jesus". Shocking.]

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JEMAIL: Antenucci, John (MC1959) reports about Alpha Phi Delta


I just came back from a meeting in Tampa, Fl where he met with other brothers from his Fraternity Alpha Phi Delta.  The Fraternity is still active At Manhattan College.  It is preparing for its 100th anniversary in 2014.  Groups are meeting throughout the country to gather momentum for the 2014 festivities.

John Antenucci '59

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Antenucci, John (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks for the report. I never was in a fraternity, but I'm sure it must have been fun.]

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JEMAIL: Coyne, Matt (MC2011) gives the rss feed

RE: JNEWS: Coyne, Matt [MC2011] new education reporter
Home » MiscellaneousAn Introduction
Matt Coyne 9 March 2012

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I graduated in May 2011.

Here's the RSS for the blog: http://blogs.thehour.com/schoolclips/?feed=rss2


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[JR: Your most welcome. Looking forward to reading your posts.]

Coyne, Matt (MC2011)

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JEMAIL: Doran, Mike [MC1963] Grand Marshal Yonkers St P's parade

Dear John,

Last Saturday night, former Yonkers Chief City Court Judge, Mike Doran,'63 was installed as the Grand Marshal of the First Annual St Patrick's Parade on McLean Avenue in Yonkers. The parade will be held on March 24th and is expected to draw large crowds from both Yonkers and Woodlawn.

The Judge's late father Arthur,'25, also an Attorney, was a former President of the Manhattan College Alumni Society, and his grandson is a Freshman at Manhattan. The tradition continues!

The attached pictures are of the Judge and his wife Carol and the Judge and your truly!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Doran, Mike [MC1963]

Doran, Arthur [MC1925 RIP]

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JEMAIL: Comiskey, William J. (MC1974) joins Hodgson Russ’s State & Local Tax

Dear John,

In looking for something else, I came across the announcement of William J. Comiskey, Esq. '74 new endeavor. I worked with Bill's late father, Richard Comiskey, Esq. for many years. He too was a great attorney and a wonderful person.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
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State & Local Tax

William J. Comiskey, Former NYS Deputy Commissioner for Tax Enforcement, Joins Hodgson Russ

William J. Comiskey, the immediate past deputy commissioner of tax enforcement for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, has joined Hodgson Russ’s State & Local Tax; Business Crimes, Regulatory Offenses & Corporate Investigations; New York Tax Investigations & Defense; Health Law; and False Claims Act Practice Groups.

Gary M. Schober, president and CEO of Hodgson Russ, said, “As our lawyers got to know Bill in his role as deputy tax commissioner, we were exceptionally impressed with the range and depth of his knowledge of New York tax compliance issues. The wealth of experience he has gained through top-level government positions with the state agencies responsible for tax enforcement and for investigating and prosecuting health care fraud, physician misconduct, complex financial fraud, and official misconduct will complement the strength of several of the firm’s multidisciplinary practice areas and will provide a distinct advantage to our firm’s clients, especially as they face ever-increasing governmental efforts to enforce tax and health care compliance. We are delighted to have Bill become part of our team.”

As the deputy commissioner for tax enforcement at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Mr. Comiskey served as New York’s top tax enforcement officer and was in charge of approximately 2,500 auditors, collectors, and criminal investigators. Mr. Comiskey also held two key positions in the health care area. He served as the deputy attorney general in charge of New York’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the largest state law enforcement unit in the nation dedicated to fighting Medicaid fraud and patient abuse, and he served as the director of the Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct in New York’s Department of Health, where he was counsel and chief prosecutor for New York’s physician disciplinary board. Mr. Comiskey also held leadership positions as a prosecutor in the attorney general’s criminal division, prosecuting fraud, corruption, and organized crime cases, and he served as chief assistant district attorney in Rensselaer County and as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

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William J. Comiskey
* Partner
* State & Local Tax Practice Group   
* Business Crimes, Regulatory Offenses & Corporate Investigations Practice Group   
* New York Tax Investigations & Defense Practice Group  
* Health Law Practice Group 
* False Claims Act Practice Group  
* Albany and New York Offices

Professional Experience: Mr. Comiskey has held top-level government positions with New York State agencies responsible for tax enforcement and for investigating and prosecuting health care fraud, physician misconduct, complex financial fraud, and official misconduct. Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Mr. Comiskey was the deputy commissioner for tax enforcement at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, where he served as New York's top tax enforcement officer in charge of approximately 2,500 auditors, collectors, and criminal investigators. In the health care area, Mr. Comiskey served as the deputy attorney general in charge of New York's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the largest state law enforcement unit in the nation dedicated to fighting Medicaid fraud and patient abuse, and, in a prior appointment, as director of the Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct in New York's Department of Health, where he was counsel and chief prosecutor for New York's physician disciplinary board. As a prosecutor, Mr. Comiskey held leadership positions in the attorney general's Criminal Division prosecuting fraud, corruption, and organized crime cases. He also served as chief assistant district attorney in Rensselaer County and as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan district attorney's office. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on appellate advocacy and legal writing and at Brooklyn Law School on corporate criminal prosecutions. He began his legal career at the New York Court of Appeals, where he clerked for Associate Judge Hugh R. Jones.

Honors/Awards: At Fordham University School of Law, Mr. Comiskey received the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in New York Practice. He was a commentary editor of the Fordham Law Review.

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[JR: Great find, Mike. Find a replacement for the Research Desk and you can have my job. :-) Then, for sure you'll have no life.]

Comiskey, William J. (MC1974)

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JHQ: March on Saint Pat's in NYC

Manhattan College welcomes you to join hundredsof Jaspers, their families and friends marching in the     251st New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade   led by the Manhattan College Pipes & Drums

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Lineup at 11:30 a.m.On West 45th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

To march with Manhattan, buy a sash from theGaelic Society for $5 available at the line of march. 

The alumni relations office will be hosting a breakfast reception atClub Quarters Hotel (40 W. 45th St.) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at a costof $30 per alumnus/friend and $15 for students. Space is limited.

Preregistration is required for the reception. To register, click here. http://goo.gl/DvhRt

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MNEWS: MC refinances

Manhattan College | Build NYC | Economic Development Corp.
By newsA
Catholic university in the Bronx is the first non-profit to utilize a new funding vehicle offered by the Economic Development Corporation.
The Real Deal New York

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Catholic university in the Bronx first to use EDC’s Build NYC program
March 13, 2012 01:00PM
Manhattan College's campus, in Riverdale

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A Catholic university in the Bronx is the first non-profit to utilize a new funding vehicle offered by the Economic Development Corporation, the New York Observer reported.

The loan facility is called Build NYC, and the school, called Manhattan College despite its location in Riverdale, will refinance a loan for new facilities construction it incurred in 2000 with $26 million from the program.

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“Their current rate is 5.5 percent and the Build NYC facility will allow [the school] to refinance for rates between 2.5 percent and 2.9 percent,” an EDC spokesperson told the Observer.

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[JR: Smart move. But, I hate any involvement with Caesar. Interesting to note for this story, MC is now "Catholic". Tell that to the NLRB!]

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JOBIT: Byrne, Sr. Esther [MC1953 RIP]


August 27, 1927 - March 12, 2012
New Windsor, NY

Sr. Esther Byrne, of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, entered into rest on Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Mount St. Joseph Convent in New Windsor, NY. She was 84.

The daughter of the late Edward S. and Esther V. Walsh Byrne, she was born on August 27, 1927 in New York City.
Sr. Byrne entered religious life on September 8, 1945 at Mount St. Joseph in New Windsor. She made her first vows on April 26, 1948 and her final vows on April 26, 1951.

Sr. Byrne graduated from St. Michael High School in Manhattan, received her Bachelor's of Arts in History at Manhattan College in 1953, and her RN degree from St. Vincent Nursing School in 1972.

Sr. Byrne taught at St. John's School, Goshen from 1948-53, St. Mary's, Kingston from 1953-58, Holy Rosary School, Bronx from 1958-1960, St. Lucy School, Houma, LA, from 1960-66, and St. Michael High School, Manhattan from 1966-70. She then worked as a Registered Nurse at Mount St. Joseph Infirmary from 1972-74, Union Hospital, Bronx from 1974-77, as a Home Nurse to the elderly, at St. Frances of Rome Parish, Bronx from 1977-81, an RN at Mount St. Joseph Infirmary from 1981-83, a teacher at John S. Burke High School, Goshen from 1983-85, a Home Care Nurse in Carmel, NY, from 1985-88, a Pastoral Associate at St. Bartholomew Parish, Yonkers from 1988-98, a receptionist at Romano Funeral Home from 1998-2001, and a receptionist at Immaculate Conception Parish Rectory from 2001-05.

She is survived by her nieces, Susan Dugan of Old Bridge, NJ, and Mary Egan of Parlin, NJ; nephews, Gerard and Donald Mimnaugh of New City, and several other nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at Mount St. Joseph, 64 Presentation Way, New Windsor, NY, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 15 at Mount St. Joseph.
Burial will follow in Mount St. Joseph Cemetery, New Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Sisters of the Presentation, 84 Presentation Way, New Windsor, NY 12553.

To send a personal condolence or for directions, please visit BrooksFH.com or call 845-561-8300.


Byrne, Sr. Esther [MC1953 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120313/NEWS0301/303139985/-1/SITEMAP#respond

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JLINKEDIN: Beram, Glen [MC1993] Math Teacher at Westchester Public Schools


Beram, Glen [MC????]
Math Teacher at Westchester Public Schools
Malone, Florida (Dothan, Alabama Area)    
Education Management


A longtime martial arts practitioner and former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champion, Glen Beram has worked as High School Math Teacher with the Westchester Public School District in New York for more than two decades. Mr. Beram earned his Master’s degree in Math and Business at Manhattan College in New York City, subsequently taking a position at Mount Vernon High School.

Mr. Beram served as Martial Arts Instructor with Oyama Karate from 1987 to 1993, teaching black belt students advanced full-contact sparring techniques. During this time, he also participated as an MMA Full Contact Fighter, earning National MMA Champion ranking in 1990 and achieving Pride Full Contact finalist status in 1991. Glen Beram’s achievements occurred at a time of rapid expansion of the sport, with professional MMA events initiated in 1989 in Japan. Today’s major MMA promoting body, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was founded the year after Mr. Beram officially left competition.

With a core belief in translating fitness goals into academic achievement, Mr. Beram co-founded the Work 2 Workout program with a Mount Vernon High School colleague in 2008. The program offers eligible at-risk students the opportunity to earn junior gym memberships through sustained academic, attendance, and behavior achievements. Glen Beram’s program additionally offers students career orientation in the fields of physical training and health services. The program has gained recognition for its effective approach to turning around student performance and has received a multi-year grant from the Marianthi Foundation. Mr. Beram continues to maintain a focus on fitness in his personal life, practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, martial arts, and wrestling.

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Dear John,

I believe that Glen is a member of the class of 1993.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Beram, Glen [MC1993]

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JLINKEDIN: Shaw, Gregory Jr. [MC1998] Project Manager for DSDC at URS Corporation


Shaw, Gregory Jr. [MC1998]
Project Manager for DSDC at URS Corporation
Greater New York City Area    
Civil Engineering

Summary: New York licensed Professional Engineer experienced in planning, design, design services during construction and construction management of wastewater treatment, pumping stations and combined sewer overflow facilities. Not only for the NYC wastewater treatment plants but for the protection of the NYC watershed via the WWTP's in upstate New York.

Specialties: Planning, design, scheduling, cost estimation, project management, construction management, permitting and change orders.

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JFOUND: Marren, John [MC1971 RIP] and "Pat's Dad Charlie" [MC???? RIP]


What the Hell's a Jasper?
February 25, 2012 2:07 am ET by Raymond Curren
Game #8-616: Canisius Golden Griffins at Manhattan Jaspers
February 24, 2012 7:00 pm
Draddy Gymnasium

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"What the hell's a Jasper?"

Actually, to do that justice you have to say it in chant form: "What - the - hell's - a - Jas - perrrr?"

When I was eight years old, that was the funniest thing of all time. It never got old, especially the "hell" part of it.

My friends Tim and Pat's dad, Charlie, happened to be a Manhattan graduate, they of one of the strangest monikers in college sports, the Jasper. He would regale us with stories of the glory days of New York City basketball and how his friend John Marren would lead the Jaspers against all these great teams and their opponents' only comeback would be chanting, "What the hell's a Jasper?"

Every once in a while, John would come visit. Man, was he tall; surely he must have been good at basketball. John and Charlie never got tired of the joke, either, to their credit.

When you look back at my life and how my love for sports developed, it starts with Tim and Pat. We played wiffle ball together, football, street hockey against the older kids. When Nintendo came out, we battled in video games. Anything to keep the competitive juices flowing.

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We went our separate ways after high school, and tragically Tim was taken from us soon after, killed in an accident on Memorial Day weekend of 1999 while at college.

They say time heals all wounds, but that doesn't mean things are the same, that those scars don't show when you look at yourself in the mirror.

Kyle (via Chris Owen) masterfully wrote in this season's Prologue, "death has the final word over narcissism", and that's true for the departed, but for the ones left behind it's not so easy. Nearly 13 years have passed since Tim's death, and there are still days -- or more accurately portions of days -- that make me say, "What the hell, man?"

Life marches on, seasons come, seasons go. Sometimes I wonder why I waste my time on sports at all. Shouldn't I be trying to help

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And the same sensation I get when I walk into a college basketball game, whether I have a rooting interest or not.

And so Friday night I made my first-ever visit to Draddy Gym on the campus of Manhattan College not to answer the question, "What the hell?", but "What the hell is a Jasper?"

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Sadly, John is also no longer with us; he died three years ago.

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"Pat's Dad Charlie" [MC???? RIP]

Marren, John [MC1971 RIP]

[JR: Worth the full read. Brought a smile and a tear. Wish I could write like that. But then, I'm just a fat old white guy injineer that spel so gud!]

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JTWITTER: Krakauer, Eric [MC2004] tweeting as @bigsoccerhead



Krakauer, Eric [MC????] tweeting as @bigsoccerhead:

As a Manhattan College #Jasper, I hate to say this, but #Iona is that good. #Marchmadness

11:20 PM - 13 Mar 12 via Twitter for iPad

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Dear John,

I believe that Eric is a member of the Class of 2004.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Krakauer, Eric [MC2004]

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MOBIT: Lakomski, Michael [MCattendee? RIP]


Michael Lakomski

Michael Lakomski, 88, of Hanover Township, formerly of Palmer Township, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Blough Healthcare Center.

Born: December 6, 1923 in New York, NY, he was a son of the late Gabriel and Anna Dowa Lakomski. Personal: He and his wife, the former Jeanne Sidlar, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 6, 2011.

Michael retired from Ricwel Corporation. Prior to that, he was employed by ITT. He attended Manhattan College. He served in the Navy during World War II, as an aviation electronic technician's mate third class where he received the American Theater Medal and Victory Medal.

Michael was active in sports, having coached little league, played softball and was an avid bowler and golfer.

Thank you to the caregivers that took care of Michael during his final days, especially Care Alternatives, his nurse's aide Donna Comstock, and the nursing staff at Blough.

Memberships: He was an active member of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, Order of Fleas, West Easton Athletic Association and Safety First Volunteer Fire Co.

Survivors: in addition to his wife, Jeanne, he is survived by a daughter, Alice J. Stone-Winkelblech, of Hanover Twp.; another daughter , Chris Frederick, of West Easton; a brother, Paul Lakomski, of Vance, SC; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Edward M. Lakomski and a sister, Stella Chipok.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., 2101 Northampton St., Wilson Borough, followed by a Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. in Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, 301 Fourth St., West Easton. Call Saturday 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with Panahyda at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Ghost Cemetery. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the <JR: apparently missing text>, 212 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018 or Care Alternatives, 501 Office Center Dr., Suite 285, Ft. Washington, PA 19034.

Published in The Express Times on March 15, 2012


Lakomski, Michael [MCattendee? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/etpa/guestbook.aspx?n=michael-lakomski&pid=156494552&cid=full

[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers". Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

[JR: Sixty Third anniversary, coach, and vet. Seems like maybe MC rubbed off. Dona Nobis Pacem.]

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JEMAIL: Krakauer, Eric (MC2004) further interesting details by J. Anon

RE: Krakauer, Eric (MC2004)
Hi John:

He teaches 11th and 12th grade at a school in the Bronx (within walking distance of where I grew up). I hope you're having a fruitful Lent.

(A Jasper who wishes to remain anonymous.)

[JR: Thanks for the material. Wonder why it doesn't pop on Google? Sigh, Google has gaps.

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Eric Krakauer

Theatre Arts Production Company
School (TAPCo)
Ph: {Privacy Invoked}
Office Hours:appointment only
Grades Taught:11, 12
Biography: Mr. Krakauer is in his sixth year at TAPCo, and teaches 12th grade English. Having grown up in Portugal and England, Mr. Krakauer moved to New York in 1999 in order to attend Manhattan College where he attained his BA in English and Philosophy. He completed his Masters in Science of Education at Lehman College in 2006.


About the school: http://insideschools.org/high/browse/school/439

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JHQ: MC dining dispute settled


March 14, 2012Manhattan College dining dispute has been resolved
By Nikki Dowling

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A dispute between Manhattan College’s new dining service, Gourmet Dining, and former dining hall workers employed by Sodexo was resolved on March 6.

In the settlement, longtime employees of Sodexo — who were replaced when Gourmet Dining took over as the food service company at Manhattan College — were reinstated and the incumbent union representing them, Unite Here, was recognized, according to Nancy Cleeland of the National Labor Relations Board.

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MNEWS: Armed robbery of Jasper near MC


Robbery at gunpoint
The Riverdale Press

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A 24-year-old man told police he was robbed while walking home from Manhattan College at around 9:40 pm on March 8 near the northwest corner of Greystone Avenue and Manhattan College Parkway. According to a Manhattan College Security Advisory e-mail, ...

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[JR: That's what happens in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Yuk. You get "VD". VICTIM DISARMAMENT! Need some "sheepdogs" in the flock. Add a little risk to the criminal's lives. Guess wrong and your criminal career is over. Perhaps, sadly, permanently.]

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JFOUND: Jasper Valerie [MC????] inspires a future scientist


Friday, March 16, 2012
snippits of the week

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Yesterday we took what has to have been the coolest field trip of the year, spending the afternoon with my friend Valerie at her microbiology lab at Manhattan College. Briton had a fantastic time learning about bacteria and cells and how to heat set them onto slides. Now, of course, he's begging for a microscope. And a lab coat. He really really wants a lab coat. He also got to meet a real paleontologist, which is basically nine year old boy heaven.

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[JR: Kudos to our fellow Jasper Valerie. Well done. Maybe this child will be the one who cures cancer? We will never know, but that doesn't matter. You performed  mitzvah and you might not even realize it.]

[JR: Bonus points for the reader who can id her?]

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JFOUND: Ferrucci, David [MC1983] behind IBM's Watson


David Ferrucci on Singularity 1 on 1: Pursue the Big Challenges
by Socrates on March 14, 2012

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This Monday I interviewed Dr. David Ferrucci on Singularity 1 on 1.

David is the IBM team leader behind Watson – the computer that succeeded in dethroning humanity’s greatest ever jeopardy champion – Ken Jennings.

I met both Dr. Ferrucci and Ken Jennings during last year’s Singularity Summit where both of them spoke about Watson and the opportunities and challenges associated with it. It was then and there that I hatched my plan to get David (and Ken) on Singularity 1 on 1.

I have to say that I learned a lot from and enjoyed talking to David very much. My favorite quote that I will take away from him is this:

“Pursue the big challenges and do the big things that inspire people and make them scratch their heads.”

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Dr. Ferrucci has been the Principal Investigator (PI) on several government-funded research programs on automatic question answering, intelligent systems and saleable text analytics. His team at IBM consists of 32 researchers and software engineers specializing in the areas of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Software Architecture, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning and Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR&R).

Dr. Ferrucci graduated from Manhattan College with a BS in Biology and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1994 with a PhD in Computer Science specializing in knowledge representation and reasoning. He is published in the areas of AI, KR&R, NLP and automatic question-answering.

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Ferrucci, David [MC????]

[JR: Wow, I didn't know that Watson had a jasper connection. Nerd-vana! Serendipity.]

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Dear John,

I believe that David is a member of the Class of 1983.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ferrucci, David [MC1983]

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JNEWS: Connors, James [MC????] marching in FL


Irish Pride runs deep in Southwest Florida
Posted March 16, 2012 at 8 p.m.

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Bonita Springs resident James Connors said he's particularly proud of the public service record of Irish-Americans.

"The wonderful heritage we have is a great legacy, the literature and the music," he said. "The Irish have made great public service contributions to every country they've migrated to. They staff religious communities, and they win more distinguished service awards and Medals of Honor than any other group."

Of 3,459 Medals of Honor awarded in the nation's history, 258 were awarded to Americans who listed Ireland as their place of birth.
Connors marches in the Naples parade each year with fellow members of the Manhattan College Alumni Group. This year he also is hosting a corned beef and cabbage dinner for 90 of them.

"I was raised in Manhattan, and coming to Naples it was wonderful to see what the community has generated for St. Patrick's Day," he said. "To see the enormous energy and enthusiasm of the crowds, you're really touched."

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Connors, James [MC????]

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JEMAIL: Obit Grogan, Jack [MC1953 RIP] by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I report that my very close friend, classmate, Army Mate and travel mate, Jack Grogan,'53 passed away suddenly on Friday Morning outside his home in New Rochelle.

The wake will be Monday and Tuesday at McGrath's Funeral Home in Bronxville from 2 to 4, 7 to 9. The Funeral Mass will be at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle on Wednesday morning.

I expect that an Obituary will be published shortly.

May He Rest In Peace,


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Even worse, than a Jasper from your class, is a friend. Unimaginable. Sadly, Dona Nobis Pacem.]

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Grogan, Jack [MC1953 RIP]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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JHQ: Composers Collaborate on Wednesday 3/21 @ 1600


College To Host Open Rehearsal and Vocal Study
Posted on March 15, 2012

Manhattan College will host Composers Collaborate on Wednesday, March 21 from 4-5 p.m., an open rehearsal that highlights the process through which composers and singers collaborate to create effective vocal music.

Composer Justine F. Chen will coach participating singers in an open rehearsal demonstration, in her own works and those of other composers. The singers will demonstrate traditional technique in a set including Con que la lavare? by Joaquín Rodrigo, performed in Spanish by soprano Lauren Alfano; Mozart’s Torna di Tito a lato from La Clemenza di Tito, performed by mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire; and Recondita Armonia from Puccini’s Tosca, performed by tenor Gregory Armstrong. Elizabeth Rodgers will play piano.

The contemporary set will include two original works — an a cappella vocalise from Chen’s opera Jeanne based on the life of Joan of Arc, performed by Alfano, and the role of Philomel from Chen’s 11-minute chamber opera Voice for a Future Nightingale, performed by McGuire. Armstrong will sing R&R by Ben Yarmolinsky with text by poet Samuel Menashe.

The rehearsal will examine how the singers’ vocal and interpretive instincts differ from the composer’s vision, as demonstrated through Chen’s pieces. An open dialogue with the audience will follow the rehearsal.

Composers Collaborate is funded in part through New Music USA’s MetLife Creative Connections program and the department of fine arts at Manhattan College.

The free event is open to the public and will take place in the Manhattan College choir room, Thomas Hall 517.

For more information, please contact Mark Pottinger, Ph.D., chair of the Manhattan College fine arts department, at (718) 862-7372 or email mark.pottinger@manhattan.edu.

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Comment: "... miss nothing ..."

Author    McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)
E-mail     {Privacy Invoked}
URL     http://www.facebook.com/MaryAnnMcCarraFitzpatrick
Comment     Many thanks!! You miss nothing, it seems!! all best (and an early Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!!), MaryAnn ( MC 1989 )

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[JR: ROFL, it's an illusion. You have to remember that I have no life! HSPD to you and yours.]

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ENDNOTE: What if?


What if American Catholic hospitals close?
March 02, 2012

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If Catholic hospitals close their doors because of the Obama contraception mandate, could the public sector absorb the cost of substituting for those medical services? The Fiscal Times examines that question.

The Catholic Church administers roughly one-eighth of all American hospitals and serve roughly one-sixth of the patients, running up total expenses close to $100 billion. The Catholic institutions serve a disproportionate number of needy patients.

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These sobering statistics, the Fiscal Times analysis notes, do not account for Catholic institutions other than hospitals: nursing homes, clinics, infirmaries, and other facilities that provide health care.

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Sorry to say, but if Holy Mother Church is going to be force to perjure its beliefs, then She has no choice but to withdraw.

To do less will allow the gutting of the First Amendment.

Once again The Church has to protect the peasants.

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