Sunday 18 November 2007

Sunday 18 November 2007

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Weekly Stats
The daily site had 793 views last week; weekly site had 5. (Weekly site can replace Distribute!)

754 Jaspers are active on the Distribute Yahoo site. (Serves no purpose!)

The site had 1,240 unique visits last week.

26 in LinkedInJaspers (
(A real wasted effort?!)

mcALUMdb is STILL off the air.

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FLASH! Important info received after the deadline
Last week’s issue went out with the wrong URL. I was able to fix the online copies, but not the Yahoo email distribution, or the Yahoo saved message. So, I just deleted the Yahoo copy. If I put it up again, it’ll send it out annoying every one. Argh! I’ll try to do better, but I warned you I was a lousy clerk!

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My list of Jaspers who are in harm’s way:
– Afghanistan
– – Feldman, Aaron (1997)
– Iraq
– – Angel Estrella (2002)
– Korea
— Stephanie (????)
– Unknown location
– – Lynch, Chris (1991)
– Uzbekistan
– – Brock (nee Klein-Smith), Lt Col Ruth (1979)
… … my thoughts are with you, and
… … with all of you that I don’t know about.
Dona Nobis Pacem

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“There are many things the government can’t do, many good purposes it must renounce. It must leave them to the enterprise of others. It cannot feed the people. It cannot enrich the people. It cannot teach the people. It cannot convert the people.”

~ Lord Acton (1834–1902)


October 15, 2007
The Man Who Chose To See
by Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

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The life of Franz Jägerstätter was the ordinary life of an Austrian farmer in the village of St. Radegund. He was a devout Catholic, a daily communicant who prayed the rosary while doing farm chores. Sexton of his parish church, he was married and had three children. But, on August 9, 1943 Franz Jägerstätter’s life became other than ordinary, when he was legally killed by the German Military for refusing to kill for the German Military.


However, before bishops, priests, ministers, pastors and Christians in general will be able to say that heroic, “No,” they will, like Franz Jägerstätter, have to first choose to see. They will have to choose to see with the eyes of their hearts, as well as with the eyes of their minds. They will have to choose to see that the death-dealing elephant of justified violence and enmity has entered the Church and has been elevated by Church leaders and Christians to an ethical status equal to or superior to Jesus and His Way. They will have to choose to see that this Christian equivalent of the Hebrews’ golden calf has ruined and is ruining almost everything that, the Father through Jesus, wants to do for all His infinitely loved sons and daughters – each and every one of whom He drew out of nothingness for the gift of Eternal Life with Him.

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Do we have the courage of a “Franz Jägerstätter” or the insight of a Pastor Martin Niemöller? I’d like to think of Blessed Franz and Pastor Martin as the spiritual icons of Jaspers. When we see the “Barbara Streisand” that passes for civil civic discourse about the welfare – warfare state, do we take a stand and just say “no”. Quietly, simply, unequivocally, “no”. Not rudely. Not confrontationally. Not with “a different violence” in our heart. But with the focus of a Gandhi, the stubbornness of a MLK, the internal grace of a Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa). Just “no”. Now I know my fellow alums will be much better at this than I am. But who knows which straw will break that old proverbial camel’s back?


Dona Nobis Pacem

Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.

“Collector-in-chief” John reinke—AT—

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3    Messages from Headquarters (i.e., MC Press Releases)
1    Good_News
4    Obits
1    Jaspers_in_the_News
1    Manhattan_in_the_News
3    Email From Jaspers
1    Jaspers found web-wise
0    MC mentioned web-wise
0    New Jasper Bloggers

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Class    Name    Locator
MCattn    Roche, William “Bill” A.     JObit3
1937    Traube, Clarence James     JObit1
1965    Kissane, James P.    JObit4
1968    Corrigan, Dorothy B.     JObit2
1969    Scudo, Bob     JEmail02
1970    Chandler, William     JEmail01 (cited)
1972    Ferrara, Richard     JEmail03
1975    Zugibe, Thomas     JNews1
1977    Leavey, Joseph G.     JFound1 (RIP)
1990    Hickey, Elizabeth     JEmail01 (cited)
2002    Hall, Michelle Lynn     JGood1
2006    McCarthy, Thomas     JEmail01
2008    O’Donnell, Christopher     Headquarters3

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Class    Name    Locator
1970    Chandler, William     JEmail01 (cited)
1968    Corrigan, Dorothy B.     JObit2
1972    Ferrara, Richard     JEmail03
2002    Hall, Michelle Lynn     JGood1
1990    Hickey, Elizabeth     JEmail01 (cited)
1965    Kissane, James P.    JObit4
1977    Leavey, Joseph G.     JFound1 (RIP)
2006    McCarthy, Thomas     JEmail01
2008    O’Donnell, Christopher     Headquarters3
MCattn    Roche, William “Bill” A.     JObit3
1969    Scudo, Bob     JEmail02
1937    Traube, Clarence James     JObit1
1975    Zugibe, Thomas     JNews1

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AND NOW THE “NEWS” if there is any


JASPER HEADQUARTERS: New November 2007 Newsletter

{JR: Interesting. Was there an October and I just missed it? :-) Sigh! Wonder if there’ll be a December? Sigh! }

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JASPER HEADQUARTERS: Manhattan College To Present A Candlelight Christmas Celebration

November 14, 2007

Manhattan College To Present A Candlelight Christmas Celebration

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Manhattan College Singers and Orchestra will host their holiday program “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The program is a unique and festive celebration that combines an eclectic selection of music, prayers and traditional Christmas carols.

The MC Singers will perform various pieces from baroque contemporary music and spirituals, while the MC Orchestra will perform selections from George F. Handel’s Eulenburg Concerto. The ensembles will combine to present the Gloria from Franz Schubert’s Mass in G and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

Immediately following the performance, the Singers will process by candlelight onto the Quad and light the College’s Christmas tree. A brass quartet will entertain guests during the lighting. The program will return indoors to Smith Auditorium for a reception, including a visit from Santa Claus and live jazz music.

For more information about this event, please call William Mulligan, Manhattan College’s director of performing arts, at 718-862-7254.

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JASPER HEADQUARTERS: Manhattan College Engineering Student Wins Scholarship From Prestigious Industry Group

November 14, 2007

Manhattan College Engineering Student Wins Scholarship From Prestigious Industry Group

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Maspeth, N.Y., resident Christopher O’Donnell ’08 has been awarded a scholarship from the Association of Old Crows (AOC), a nonprofit professional group that promotes careers in the defense industry.

Christopher, a senior computer engineering major, won a scholarship award for $3,750. This marks the 18th consecutive year a Manhattan engineering student has won scholarships in this academic competition, which is open to all computer or electrical engineering students who are residents of New York City or Westchester, Nassau or Suffolk counties.

A banquet to honor the winners was held on Nov. 9 at the Creek Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. Dating back to 1989, Manhattan College engineering students have won more than $40,000 in scholarships from AOC in competition with some of the finest engineering schools in the metro area.

AOC is an international organization with more than 14,000 members and more than100 corporate participants who are focused on the science and practice of electronic warfare and related disciplines.

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JOY: Michelle Lynn Hall (MC2002) weds

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Hall marries Carrara

ARLINGTON — Michelle Lynn Hall and Donald Louis Carrara were married on Oct. 6, 2007, during a nuptial mass at Christ the King Catholic Church in North Kingston, R.I.

The bride is the daughter of Henry and Kathy Hall of Arlington, Vt. The groom is the son of Louis and Judy Carrara of Warwick, R.I.

The bride was escorted by her father.

Kate McGowen, friend of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridal attendants were Gina Cora, friend of the bride, and Jamie Sisto, sister of the groom.

Justin Rozzero, friend of the groom, was best man. Ushers were Anthony Amaral, Joseph Bell and Philip LeBoeuf, friends of the groom; David Hall, brother of the bride, and Mike Sisto, brother-in-law of the groom.

A reception celebration was held at the Easton Beach Rotunda Ballroom in Newport, R.I.

The bride is a 1998 graduate of AMHS in Arlington, Vt., and a 2002 graduate of Manhattan College. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in college student personnel and international student advising at the University of Rhode Island.

The groom is a 1996 graduate of Toll Gate High School in Warwick, R.I, and a 2001 and 2005 graduate of Rhode Island College, with degrees in Theatre and English/Secondary Education. He is an English teacher at Portsmouth High School in Rhode Island.

Don and Michelle Carrara reside in Johnston, R.I.

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Hall, Michelle Lynn (MC2002)

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(Memento Mori)

JObit: ACTIONABLE OBIT: EXPIRES 09NOV07 Port Arthur TX Traube, Clarence James MC1937

http:// /BeaumontEnterprise/ Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory &PersonId=97521168

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Clarence James Traube

Clarence James Traube was born on October 29, 1915 in New York City to Clarence Harold and Elizabeth Josephine Cahill Traube. He graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering. He was hired by the Texas Company in New York and transferred to the Port Arthur plant in 1944 and retired from Texaco in 1980. He met Winona Miller Dyson while both were employed at the Texas Company. They married on October 19, 1945 at St. James Church in Port Arthur.

He served as president and member of the Board of Directors of the Texaco P. A. W. Employee Credit Union; he was a student advisor for the Lamar Student Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers; served as a member of Port Arthur Housing Finance Committee; and was an active member of St. James Catholic Church. He received the Service to Mankind award from the Evening Sertoma Club in 1993, was honored with a proclamation by the Mayor of Port Arthur declaring Tuesday, March 30, 1993 as Clarence J. Traube Day, and by the Senate of the State of Texas, 73rd Legislature. He coached little league baseball for over 30 years and a plaque was placed at Grado Field in his honor. He was affectionately known by his teams as Coach Paw Paw.

He is survived by his wife, of 62 years, Winona “Nonie” Traube, daughter, Joan Ann and husband, Albert J. Gray of Orange, Texas and son, Michael J. Traube and wife, Linda S. of Kingsville, Texas. He is also survived by his granddaughters, Nancy Ashworth and her husband, Chris, Kathy Jones and her husband, Perry, Sandra Lane, grandsons, David Gray and his wife, Alicia, James Traube and great grandchildren, Brittney Ashworth, Hunter Ashworth, Madelyn Jones, Barron Gray, Darien Mulligan and Michael R. Traube. Also surviving is his sister, Elizabeth M. Traube of Tinley Park, IL.

Visitation will be on Thursday, November 8, 2007 from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. with a Rosary to be recited at 7 P.M. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 9, 2007 at St. James Catholic Church in Port Arthur. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Serving as Pallbearers will be David Gray, Chris Ashworth, Perry Jones, Jimmy Miller, Wayne Quinn, Jay Braxton. Thomas Dunlop will be Honorary Pallbearer. A special thanks to Sincere Gardens Assisted Living for the care and love given to our father by Sophie and her dedicated staff. In Lieu of Flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on 11/8/2007.

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Guestbook for your comments is at:

http:// /BeaumontEnterprise/ GB/GuestbookView.aspx? PersonId=97521168

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Dear John,

I believe that Clarence is a member of the Class of 1937.

May He Rest In Peace.


(Thanks, Mike)

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Traube, Clarence James (MC1937)

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JObit: ACTIONABLE OBIT: EXPIRES 12NOV07 Rye, NY Corrigan, Dorothy B. (MC1968)

http:// /NYTimes/ DeathNotices.asp ?Page=LifeStory& PersonId=97711534

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Dorothy B. Corrigan

CORRIGAN–Dorothy B. (nee Bria) of Rye, formerly of Bronxville and White Plains, New York, died on November 10, 2007.

Daughter of the late Jenny Imbrogno and Emil P. Bria of Waterbury, Connecticut. Wife of the late Captain Richard Donald Corrigan of New Rochelle, New York. Mother of Patton Richard Corrigan of Connecticut. Sister of the late Elvira Bria Cacaci, Judith Bria, and Olga Bria. Grandmother of four and great-grandmother of seven. Mrs.

Corrigan attended the college of New Rochelle, and was awarded a BA Degree by Good Counsel College, White Plains, and MA Degree in English by Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York. Mrs. Corrigan was assistant to the Publicity Director at the College of New Rochelle; staff newspaper reporter of Bronxville Review Press and Westchester Newspapers. Inc. and Associate editor of Jewelers Pre-Views, New York City, before becoming a teacher. At Harrison High School, she taught junior and senior English, Journalism, Creative Writing, and Drama. She also taught Journalism to the gifted and talented of Harrison High School and Rye Neck High School.

During World War II, Mrs. Corrigan served in Civilian Defense as an Air Raid Warden and Civilian Military Intelligence for several years.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3-7pm at the Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road Rye, NY. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, 10am, at Resurrection Church in Rye, NY. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery beside the late Captain Richard Donald Corrigan, her husband.

Published in the New York Times on 11/11/2007.

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Guestbook for your comments is at:

http:// /NYTimes/ GB /GuestbookView.aspx? PersonId=97711534

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Dear John,

I believe that Dorothy received her Masters Degree in 1968.

May She Rest In Peace.


(Thanks, Mike)

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Corrigan, Dorothy B. (MC1968)

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JObit: Roche, William “Bill” A. (MCattendee ~1973)

http:// /TimesUnion-Albany/ Obituaries.asp? Page=LifeStory& PersonId=97948227

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William A. “Bill” Roche

Roche, William “Bill” A. HALFMOON, N.Y. William A. “Bill” Roche, 54, of Mohawk Terrace, Halfmoon, died on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami, Fla., while attending the Key West World Championship International Boat Race which he attended annually.

Born on August 31, 1953 in Troy, he was the son of the late Louis Yund and Marilyn Powers Roche. Bill was a graduate of Shaker High School and the Junior College of Albany and attended Manhattan College.

Bill was president and CEO of Roche Sales and Associates in Clifton Park. Bill was a fan of super power boat racing and NASCAR races. He loved outdoor sports, was an avid boater, and a world class skier. Bill was also an avid golfer and he enjoyed traveling with his family and friends.

He was a loving and caring father, grandfather, and brother and a true friend to all who were associated with him. Bill will be missed by his family and friends, he was loved by all who knew him. Devoted father of Lisa (David) Schroeder of Clifton Park, Heather (Randy) Space of Athens, N.Y. and Megan (Jeremy) Root of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; who are survived by their mother, Deborah Petrazzoulo Roche of Athens; brother of John (Diane) Roche of Saratoga Springs, Timothy Roche of Greensboro, N.C. and Mary Carol (Kurt) Edwards of Norwich, N.Y.; cherished grandfather of Bridget Schroeder, Makenzie Lampman and Nolan Space; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be held Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9 in Clifton Park, thence to St. Pius X Church, Crumitie Rd., Loudon-ville, where at 10:00 a.m. the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to the American Liver Foundation, 75 Maiden Lane Suite 603, NY, NY. 10038, to help find a cure for hemachromcrosis.

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[N.B.: In accordance with my liberal definition of what is a Jasper, I think if some one saw fit to mention his time at Manhattan College, then it must have been important to him. That makes him a Jasper to me. Besides isn’t once of the corporal works of mercy to bury the dead? I’ll commend him to our fellow alums for their prayers.]

http:// /TimesUnion-Albany/ GB /GuestbookView.aspx? PersonId=97948227

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Roche, William “Bill” A. (MCattendee ~1973)

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JObit: ACTIONABLE OBIT: EXPIRES 17NOV07 West Nyack, NY Kissane, James P.(MC1965)

http:// /NorthJersey/ DeathNotices.asp? Page=LifeStory &PersonId=98066793

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James Kissane

KISSANE James P. passed away on November 14, 2007. Born in the Bronx to John J. and Marie G. (nee Higgins) Kissane on January 22, 1937. He lived in Rockland for 39 years. He proudly served in the Army Reserves. He was a graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelors Degree and St. John’s College with a Masters Degree. James taught business in Elizabeth Seaton College Yonkers, Ny for 12 years, he was an electrician for Local #3 for 39 years and held positions as General Foreman and Social Director for Retirement, he also taught religion for St. Francis Church for 11 years and St. Anthony’s for 14 years. He was a member of the New City Seniors and Walking Club.

James loved his flowers, birds, wild life, cooking and parties. He showed us how to love by giving his love freely to all and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His greatest joy was his family, religion and friends. He will be remembered as his children’s best friend. James is survived by his son John and wife Vicky of Waldwick, NJ, daughters Susan Jakubowski and husband John of New City, Arlene Leyden and husband Bill of Washingtonville, NY, brothers Charles of Milford, NJ, John Basking Ridge, Nu and Joseph of Smithtown, NY and sister Ellen Murphy of New City and his special friend Betty Bosland of Midland Park, NJ. He is also survived by his eight loving grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Arlene of 32 years.

Family will receive friends on Thursday evening 7-9PM and Friday 2-4 and 7-9PM at Higgins Funeral Home, New City, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial Saturday 9:45AM St. Francis of Assisi Church, West Nyack, NY with burial to follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Nanuet, NY. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his Memory to MS Research Center of NY, 521 West 57th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019.

Published in The Record and Herald News on 11/16/2007.

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http:// /NorthJersey/GB/ GuestbookView.aspx? PersonId=98066793

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Dear John,

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

May He Rest In Peace.


(Thanks, Mike.)

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Kissane, James P. (MC1965)

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Reported by mcALUMdb as “lost”:
No, the mcALUMdb itself is lost. To some extent no surprise. And, it’s discouraging. And, it puts a bigger load on MikeMcE who is supplying the “class look up function” for me.

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Reported by me as “lost”:

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JNEWS: Thomas Zugibe (MC1975)

http:// /apps/pbcs.dll/ article?AID= /20071112/ NEWS03 /711120347

Tom Zugibe has plans for Rockland District Attorney’s Office


(Original publication: November 12, 2007)

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Thomas Zugibe thought long and hard about running for Rockland district attorney.

The Haverstraw Democrat and son of the former Rockland medical examiner said he had been thinking about becoming Rockland’s top prosecutor since 1995, when the job first opened without an incumbent.

In the proceeding 12 years, he said, the timing wasn’t right. He had family obligations that made a long campaign difficult or financially impossible.

Zugibe, a former prosecutor, spent two decades building a law practice with Arthur Ferraro and working for nonprofit groups. He also served as West Haverstraw village justice for 18 years.

“I had the passion to be district attorney for many years,” Zugibe said Wednesday, still exhausted from election night celebrating and a nearly yearlong campaign.

This year, the political and personal stars became aligned. Three of his four children are in college and life was easier.

“We saw light at the end of the tunnel this time,” Zugibe said. “I’m 54. The opportunities were diminishing. I believe I can make a difference as district attorney.”

He said he felt Republican Michael Bongiorno also was vulnerable after 12 years in office.

He saw Bongiorno as an accomplished lawyer without scandal, but felt the office could do better, including reducing crime before it occurred. Zugibe also knew Democratic voters outnumbered Republicans across the county.

The race was hard fought, with Zugibe pressing his programs and criticism. Bongiorno stuck to promoting that his record led to record-low crime in Rockland, saying Zugibe distorted the facts.

Zugibe beat Bongiorno by 1,223 votes. A last-minute bloc vote from New Square – 1,978 for Zugibe and 23 for Bongiorno – helped put him over the top.

Zugibe takes office in January. He doesn’t come without some first-hand knowledge of the job.

He worked as a county prosecutor, handling violent crime and drug cases from 1981 to 1987, and leaving as an executive assistant to then-District Attorney Kenneth Gribetz. He came to the office after two years as a prosecutor or the state Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Office.

“He was a very competent attorney,” said Jerry O’Leary, a retired state trooper and District Attorney’s Office investigator. “He was a professional and fun to work with. He will do well.”

Wilbur Aldridge, a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People official from Haverstraw, said Zugibe has principles and sticks to them, like his father, Frederick Zugibe, the former medical examiner who groomed his son in the fine art of autopsy and forensic pathology.

Aldridge said he knows Zugibe’s wife, Peggy, a member of the North Rockland Board of Education.

“He comes from a very prominent and well-respected family, a very civic-minded family,” Aldridge said. “He speaks his mind.”

Aldridge said he was impressed with Zugibe’s views that crime prevention should play a major role for prosecutors, along with convicting the criminals.

“He spoke about more than one method of crime fighting,” Aldridge said.

Zugibe has big plans for the office, aiming to change the culture while being strong on prosecuting violent criminals.

He said he hopes to develop a closer working relationship with the police departments, improving communication on pleas and cases. He ran with the support of the Rockland Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association leadership.

A cornerstone of Zugibe’s office will be community prosecution, during which prosecutors will work in the community. The prosecutors will work with the police, clergy, civic leaders and those people on the cusp of crime.

A team will visit counties that have community prosecution programs and a pilot unit will be established in Rockland.

He said he also has plans to create a special-victims unit, comprising two prosecutors and a detective. The unit would work with the police and public.

Zugibe said the unit would work closely with crime victims, such as children, the elderly, and people with developmentally and mental disabilities. The unit would help victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape.

“Special victims unit operate in D.A. offices across the nation,” Zugibe said. “Even before I take office, I want this unit to be started.”

Zugibe said he would name a transition team to evaluate the staff and how the office operates. He said he didn’t know what attorneys would be asked to stay.

“It is premature to say, but I expect there would be changes,” Zugibe said.

He said he wants Ferraro, his law partner of 20 years, to become his second in command, calling him a premier trial attorney.

Ferraro, a defense lawyer and former Bronx prosecutor, said he was considering the offer.

Family remains a focus of Zugibe’s life. The campaign became a family affair – with his wife, brothers, sister, father and mother appearing with him and representing him across the county.

One brother died nearly a year ago. Zugibe said he still hasn’t gotten over the death of Fred Zugibe, the eldest of the six siblings.

Tom Zugibe said his brother, a cardiologist, examined him, but never examined himself.

“He encouraged me to run,” Zugibe said. “The campaign came on and I never really had a chance to grieve his death. Family is the most important thing in life for me.”

Karyl Caplan, the executive director of ARC, which helps people with disabilities, said Zugibe wears his heart on this sleeve. Zugibe has been an ARC board member for 20 years.

“Tom is a very genuine and caring person and he’s very family oriented,” Caplan said. “He’s precise in the way he explains things and he doesn’t shoot from the hip. He has a good sense of humor.”

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Thomas Zugibe

Born: Feb. 13, 1953

Personal: Married with four children

Career: Attorney

Political: West Haverstraw village justice, 1989-2007; elected Rockland district attorney in November.

Community: Served on the board of directors of ARC of Rockland since 1988; Rockland County Drug Court; Rockland Community Foundation and Hudson Valley Make-A-Wish Foundation; North Rockland Rotary Club; Italian-American Social Club; Just-for-Fun Recreational Baseball; Haverstraw Little League; Clarkstown Gridirons; North Rockland Soccer Association, and North Rockland Youth Hockey Association.

Education: Graduated from North Rockland High School in 1971; Manhattan College in 1975 and St. John’s University School of Law with a juris doctor degree in May 1979.

Work Experience: A special assistant general for Medicaid fraud control for two years before joining the Rockland District Attorney’s Office in 1981. He served as Rockland prosecutor for six years, leaving the office in 1987 as an executive assistant district attorney and having prosecuted drug and murder cases, among others.

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MNEWS: Jimmy Jones maybe an MCfac; doing good work /site/ news.cfm? newsid=19009922 &BRD=1281 &PAG=461 &dept_id=7576 &rfi=6

New Haven mosque celebrating 20 years?
By Mary E. O’Leary, Register Topics Editor

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NEW HAVEN – Members of Masjid Al-Islam, the eyes and ears of the George-Greenwood street block, are celebrating an anniversary.

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Jimmy Jones, president of the board of directors of Masjid Al-Islam, said contributing to the welfare of the immediate West River neighborhood has always been an important goal for members.

“Our goal is to make wherever we live a safer, peaceful, family-supporting place for ourselves and everybody who lives with us,” said Jones, chair and associate professor of world religions at Manhattan College in New York, who moved to the immediate neighborhood a decade ago.

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(Disclaimer emails may be edited for form, but never substance.)

From: Reinke, John [1968]
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 8:04 AM
To: Jaspers at Comcast
Subject: 20071108 MC NYC Program

Jasper Colleagues:

Just a quick report about last night’s get together. Peter Quinn ’69 was a hoot. He was charming, self-deprecating, and quite insightful (imho). He was quite frank about the Good, Bad and Ugly of Jaspers, Manhattan College, and the Christian Brother’s education.

I’m going to try to get the text of his remarks so I can pull out all the gems. Such as when he faked a book report and the good Brother AQ told him “Mister Quinn, you’re full of shit”. His life lesson from that was “you have to do the work”. And “I wish that Brother AQ was in many of the political meetings with me so he could have dispensed his wisdom to blow hards with fancy degrees.” And, “I never felt at a disadvantage with my Manhattan College education.”

He had the crowd in stitches as he described his “career of unsuccess”.

All in all, to me, it was worth the attention, time and cost.

Of special note, Jaspers are getting much better looking than when I was there.


p.s.: The next NYC meeting is April 10th. If the Intelligent Designer permits, I’m planning to go. Yell, if you want a lift.

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Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 12:20 PM
To: Chandler, William [MC1970] [MCNYC]; Hickey, Elizabeth [MC1990] [MCNYC]
Cc: Mauriello, Thomas [MCstf]; McCarthy, Thomas [MC2006] [MCstf]
Subject: FW: 20071108 MC NYC Program

Congrats on a great event. Did someone capture Jasper Quinn’s speech? I didn’t think to bring my audio recorder. If not, can some ask him for his remarks. I can scan them even if they are handwritten. Thanks, fjohn68

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From: Thomas McCarthy [2006]
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 12:24 PM
To: ‘Chandler, William [MC1970] [MCNYC]’; ‘Hickey, Elizabeth [MC1990] [MCNYC]’
Cc: ‘Mauriello, Thomas [MCstf]’;
Subject: RE: 20071108 MC NYC Program


Thanks for the nice words and I’m glad you enjoyed the evening.  I asked Peter last night to send them to me (they were typed) and reminded him this morning.  I’ll be happy to pass them along when received.  Best,

Thomas A. McCarthy

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Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 1:31 PM
To: ‘Thomas McCarthy’
Cc: ‘Mauriello, Thomas [MCstf]’; ‘Chandler, William [MC1970] [MCNYC]’; ‘Hickey, Elizabeth [MC1990] [MCNYC]’
Subject: RE: 20071108 MC NYC Program

(No one ever said I wasn’t fair. Just a loon. Give credit where credit is due. Last night was a winner. And, I’ll be saying that to the ~1500 Jaspers that read Jottings this week. Just like when I beat up on you all, I’ll praise you when you exceed my unreasonable expectations.)

Unless you are claiming credit for all the “better looking than I” Jaspers, I give you all the credit. I’ll have to give the nod to the Intelligent Designer for the “new and improved” model of Jaspers that the College is turning out. But, then the College has to work with what comes in the front door.

10-4 on the notes; looking forward to them.


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From: Bob Scudo (1969)
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 11:46 AM
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] jasperjottings20071104

Please see the URL in your message.  It should be
2007/jasperjottings20071111.htm !

— “Ferdinand J. Reinke” wrote:

> Sunday 11 November 2007
> Housekeeping
> This issue is at:

{JR:  Jasper Bob was the first of many in with the report. I’ll try and do better in the future! }

—–Original Message—–

From: Richard Ferrara [1972]
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 1:11 PM
Subject: MC instructor Maria Disavino


Since I am an MC grad who majored in chemistry, your “Manhattan_in_the_News” article “MNEWS: the ‘big chilli’ is Maria Disavino, a professor of chemistry at Manhattan College” this week caught my attention.

It appears that Prof. Disavino is a chem lab instructor.  See the following link.

Richard P. Ferrara [1972]

—–Responding Message—–

From: Reinke’s Jasper (mc68alum) Persona
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 5:40 PM
To: ‘Richard Ferrara’
Subject: RE: MC instructor Maria Disavino

Yup, the hunt is on for her pic. I could pin the usage meters if I had it.

Apparently no one does. Which makes it more mysterious how she won?


{JR: Guess I’ll have to take a day off, grab my camera, and go hunt down the illusion?  }

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JFound: Remembering FDNY Lieutenant Joseph G. Leavey (MC1977)

‘Our Memorials to … Nothing’ and no one
Posted by Tim Sumner under WTC 9/11 memorial, 9/11, World Trade Center

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Six years ago today we laid Joe Leavey to rest on what would have been his 46th birthday. He was a loving husband and father, a loyal son, and the younger brother of three sisters who admired the fine man they had watched him grow to be. I first met Joe in 1977 soon after he graduated with a degree in engineering from Manhattan College; Patty, my wife of 29 years, is the youngest of those three sisters.

FDNY Lieutenant Joseph G. Leavey is also a 9/11 hero who led four Ladder 15 firefighters to the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, fought fire, struggled to reach those trapped above, and died so that others might live.

While my family will long remember, the national memorial that is to bear his name will depict nothing of his sacrifice. It will be surrounded by trees and running water will flow beneath where 3,000 names are etched into metal. Yet not one ounce of the millions of tons of the World Trade Center’s steel will be used to create the memorial and there are no plans to display the artifacts close by.

Nothing depicting the heroism or carnage of 9/11 will be above ground at Ground Zero — and no American flag will fly over where American heroes fell. Not far away, they will bury a museum and a turning point in history.

It is with that knowledge that I must agree with Duncan Maxwell Anderson’s assessment of our memorials.

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{JR: Reporting it sadly.}

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MC mentioned web-wise


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My list of previously reported Jasper Bloggers here:

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Sports from College


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Control your own subscription:

(1) Send a message from your old email account to saying that you’re switching.

(2) Send a message from your new email account to with your name and class year.

To keep me from spamming you, Yahoo only permits me to invite and delete people. I can NOT just ADD your email address.

AND you’re done. With zero extra work for the CIC! :-)

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Curmudgeon’s Final Words This Week

Man Gets 5 Months for Killing Ostrich
Oct 5, 9:37 PM (ET)

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) – A man has been sentenced to five months in jail and three years probation for killing an ostrich in San Mateo County.

Timothy McKevitt will also have to pay $5,000 in restitution for killing Gaylord the ostrich.

Authorities say McKevitt and his friend Jonathan Porter and a few others were drinking on Halloween last year and decided to trespass on a ranch.

Gaylord the ostrich apparently grew incensed and attacked and injured both men.

Porter and McKevitt later returned to the ranch with a rifle and shotgun and killed Gaylord.

Porter has already served a sentence of five months.

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Too bad, Gaylord, didn’t kick their butts. Five months! Rifle AND a shotgun. Drinking!

How did they get to the farm with their weapons?

Drunk driving and packin in a car – both have to be against the law in the Pepuls Republik of Kalleyforney

Poor Gaylord.

I just shake my head and wonder what kind of humans we are growin these days.
What’s the penalty for killing an unborn baby?

And that’s the last word.


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“Bon courage a vous tous”



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