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JASPER JOTTINGS Week 19 – 2008 MAY 11

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 19 – 2008 MAY 11

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2008/jasperjottings2008WEEK19.htm

Index

JEMAIL: This is Carmine Vaccarino, BEE 1957.
JOY: Rizzi, Stephen (MC1991) announces Jocelyn Rose Rizzi
MFound: Bernadette Dunne does teach at ‘our’ MC
JObit: Roth,William J. Jr. (MC????)
MObit: Lawrence “Larry” Schwartz (xMCfac)
JEMAIL: Gorman, Ken [MC1954] publishes
JNEWS: Breheny, Jim (MC1981) director of the Bronx Zoo.
Comment on JNEWS: Breheny, Jim (MC1981) director of the Bronx Zoo. by Mike McEneney (MC1953)
JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Kelly, Martin K. (MC1975
JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
JObit: Hagopian, Gregory Augustus (MC1949)
Comment on JObit: Hagopian, Gregory Augustus (MC1949) by Mike McEneney (MC1953)
JEMAIL: Pete McDermott ‘67 signs off because of the new format
JEMAIL: McEneney, Ed [MC1959] checks in
JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) has pictures
JEMAIL: Kaufmann, Rich (MC1968) ids Martin K. Kelly (MC1975)
JNEWS: Ward, James P. (MC????) seeks seats on Levittown Board
JFound: Wallace, Fr. William A. (MC1940) on his 90th birthday
JNEWS: Jasper Mike (MC????)

JEMAIL: This is Carmine Vaccarino, BEE 1957.

Still Here

Posted by: “Carmine Vaccarino”

Fri May 2, 2008 7:44 am (PDT)

Hi,

This is Carmine Vaccarino, BEE 1957.

Received your email seeking “intelligent life” at the other end of the keyboard. Pretty hard to find this in today’s society. I’ve become a cynic but I see remedial math and English courses for college freshmen, liberal thinking that says abortion and euthanasia is ok, 25% of high school female students having STDs, students in high school and college who believe they are entitled to a grade of A or B for just showing up, and other signs of entitlement and liberalism. You got me started!

However, at the ripe old age of 72, I am still enjoying life. I live in Queens New York with my wife Carole. I’m an active Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, an active member in my parish, and love traveling and visiting my grandchildren and the world.

I am an insurance agent with the Knights of Columbus and enjoy my work. My time is still basically my own. Incidently, if there is anyone out there who is interested in joining the Knights and becoming an agent, contact me.

Regards to all my classmates.

Carmine Vaccarino

Tel: 917-226-3339

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[JR: I’m only a 68BEEE, (paid extra for that Electronics E), and agree with your assessment. I believe that a Secular Progressive fascist / socialist movement captured our education system. Horace Mann led the adoption of the Prussian education system in Massachusetts in the 1850s. It spread like wildfire. Mann is often considered “the father of American public education”. Unfortunately for us, and know to many of the then elite, the Prussian education system, which is virtually unchanged from its roots, was designed to make cannon fodder and factory workers that could be easily led by the elite. What you are reporting is the result of that remarkable German Engineering. And it ain’t a BMW. IMHO the American Catholic Church, and others rolled over and played dead. They let their children be kidnapped by a runaway State. Look to the European history of the great tension between Church and King. When the King oppressed, the people used the Church to balance. Liberalism once meant moving from an autocrat to a laize faire human rights society. When the elite looked at post-revolutionary America free, energetic, and uncontrollable, they “knew better”. Since then it has been a parade down to perdition. Government is a parasite on humanity. I can’t find one redeeming aspect of it. Now we are supposed to worship the godless State who provides all things. I thought the Communists lost the Cold War? Unfortunately the chickens will come home to roost, with dire consequences, for all of us. Maybe we won’t see the ‘fun’. I hope I won’t. History teaches us that those periods are very bad experiences.]

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* Posted on: Sun, May 4 2008 11:44 AM

JOY: Rizzi, Stephen (MC1991) announces Jocelyn Rose Rizzi

Hi,

I love getting the newsletter!

Would like to announce the birth of my daughter

Jocelyn Rose Rizzi

May 2, 2008

6 lbs. 4 oz.

Proud Brother Dominick

Proud Brother Amelia

Proud Parents Stephen (Class of 1991) and Jennifer

Thanks

Steve

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Rizzi, Stephen (MC1991) announces Jocelyn Rose Rizzi

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[JR: Mozel Tov! ]

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* Posted on: Sun, May 4 2008 6:40 PM

MFound: Bernadette Dunne does teach at ‘our’ MC

FROM A RELIABLE CONFIDENTIAL SOURCE

RE: your recent Jasper Jottings posting,

this from the Supt. of Schools in Yonkers:

yes it is Our MC?

but see this from the Supt of Schools

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The recent piece in the Yonkers Tribune “Nothing Boring about Education in Yonkers” is yet another scurrilous attack besmirching the fine character and reputation of our Trustees, especially our Board President Bernadette Dunne.

After a short discussion with Mrs. Dunne on Tuesday, I became concerned and inquired why she sounded so displeased. She indicated that she was upset with the unfair characterization of her and her fellow trustees by the editor of the blog. [JR: This doesn’t refer to ours.]

I assured her that her fine work as a Trustee and her continued support of the Yonkers Public Schools partnership with Manhattan College were not only appropriate, but also innovative. I further indicated that the harassment and muckraking of the editor of this blog had no substance and was based on pure fantasy created by him, most likely fed by disgruntled employees.

As you know, Mrs. Dunne has always acted above reproach, with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity. She has never used her position to cull favors. In fact, she will go the extra mile to make sure that her actions are both appropriate and professional at all times. This I can speak to definitively, as both Mrs. Dunne and I have over a ten year relationship as colleagues, when we were high school principals in the City of Yonkers in the mid 90’s.

On a personal note, I am pursuing advice of legal counsel; in an attempt to finally stop the unfair characterization of myself and others by this blog [JR: This doesn’t refer to ours.] through the court system. The malicious and abusive personal assassination by the editor of this blog must be stopped once and for all.

Thank you for allowing me to clearly state my feelings concerning the mischaracterization of our colleague Bernadette Dunne.

Sincerely,

Bernard P. Pierorazio

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MFound: Our MC?

By Jasper John 68

teaching for Manhattan College

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* Posted on: Sun, May 4 2008 8:44 PM

JObit: Roth,William J. Jr. (MC????)

http://www.legacy.com/RecordOnline/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=109013166

William J. Roth Jr. South Blooming Grove, NY

William J. Roth, Jr. of South Blooming Grove, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at his residence. He was 69.

The son of the late William J. Roth, Sr. and Catherine O’Connor Roth, he was born in the Bronx on December 23, 1938.

William was a graduate of Manhattan College with a degree in Engineering as well as a graduate of CUNY with a Master’s degree in Mathematics. He was a retired Math Teacher, teaching in the Bronx and Manhattan since 1964 as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Bronx Community College. He was a parishioner of St. Anastasia Church in Harriman.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine M. Riccetti Roth, at home; son, John Roth and wife, Nicola of Port Jefferson; daughter, Jennifer Roth of South Blooming Grove; brother, Richard Roth of Jupiter, FL; sisters, Patricia Daly of Barry Lakes, NJ and Kathleen Roth of Belmar, NJ; several nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at St. Anastasia Shrine Church, N. Main St., Harriman. Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe, NY; http://www.ssqfuneralhome.com or 845-782-8185.

Published in the Times Herald-Record on 5/4/2008.

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Roth,William J. Jr. (MC????)

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* Posted on: Mon, May 5 2008 9:19 PM

MObit: Lawrence “Larry” Schwartz (xMCfac)

http://www.legacy.com/Tallahassee/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=109051783

Lawrence “Larry” Schwartz

Lawrence “Larry” Schwartz, 66, died Saturday, May 3rd, at his home in Tallahassee. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, May 6th, at MeadowWood Memorial Park, 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, (850-893-4177). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the March of Dimes, Big Bend Division, http://www.marchofdimes.com/florida/ , 850-422-3152.

Larry was a native of Bridgeport, Conn., graduated from Michigan State University, and received a Master of Public Administration degree from the City University of New York. New York City was also where he met and married Cynthia Alexander Schwartz, where their daughter Alexis Holly was born, and where Larry was the administrator of Gracie Square Hospital (1968-1985), Adjunct Assistant Professor at Manhattan College, and a co-owner of both Coogan’s Restaurant and a thoroughbred horse, King’s Wish. After moving to Tallahassee, Larry helped establish, and became the first administrator of the Roberts and Stevens Health Center of the Leon County Health Department. In 1996, he was appointed Bureau Chief of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, from which he retired in 2003.

He remained active in public life, most recently as a participant in the Leadership Tallahassee program. Throughout his life, Larry was an avid reader, sports fan (Mets, J-E-T-S, professional boxing), jazz musician, horseracing enthusiast, raconteur, and gourmand.

Larry is survived by his wife of 24 years, Cynthia Alexander Schwartz; daughter, Alexis Holly Schwartz; sister, Faye Schwartz Kronisch (and her husband Mark Kronisch) of Maryland; mother-in-law, Rochelle Alexander of Tallahassee; sisters-in-law, Muriel and Mijanou; brothers-in-law, Clarence, Jr. and Winfred; many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Larry was preceded in death by a son, Alexander Schwartz, brother-in-law Clemon Alexander, and father-in-law Clarence S. Alexander Sr.

Published in the Tallahassee Democrat on 5/5/2008.

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* Posted on: Mon, May 5 2008 9:26 PM

JEMAIL: Gorman, Ken [MC1954] publishes

Hi John,

After all these years, Professor Floan (Business School-1954-Humanities) has sparked my interest in literature and writing. Since retiring in 1997 as CEO of a NYC insurance company, I’ve had my third book published. THE ATKINSEN TICKET, a novel of political intrigue, addresses the polarization in DC with sub-plots about a dysfunctional United Nations and a North American Union conspiracy.

Love to hear from 1954 grads. Please visit  www.justiceonamission.com

Ken Gorman

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* Posted on: Tue, May 6 2008 11:23 AM

JNEWS: Breheny, Jim (MC1981) director of the Bronx Zoo.

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2008/05/06/2008-05-06_bronx_zoo_director_jim_breheny_has_anima.html

Bronx Zoo director Jim Breheny has ‘animal magnetism’

BY SONDRA WOLFER

Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 4:00 AM

Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo. Julie Larsen Maher

Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo.

When Jim Breheny talks about the 13-foot Nile crocodile in the exhibit on Madagascar opening next month at the Bronx Zoo, it’s easy to picture the teen who began working there 35 years ago.

“Can you imagine the kids? They’re going to flip!” Breheny exults, describing the 2-inch Plexiglas window that’ll bring the crocodiles nose-to-nose with visitors.

At age 14, Breheny took a summer job leading camel and pony rides at the zoo. Two years ago, he became vice president of the Wildlife Conservation Society and director of the Bronx Zoo.

“I keep waiting for the real guy to show up,” Breheny joked. “I never would have believed I’d be in this position. It’s just amazing.”

Though surprised to find himself in the top post, Breheny knew he wanted to make a career at the zoo from the moment he started working there.

“It’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do,” said Breheny, whose early love of animals was encouraged by parents who tolerated a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds and frogs in their home in Throgs Neck when he was a kid.

When choosing colleges, one of his requirements was that it be close enough so that he would be able to keep his part-time job at the zoo.

“No matter how long you do this, you’re just continually amazed at animals and how they evolve and how they relate,” Breheny said.

Now that his job keeps him inside offices at meetings instead of at exhibits and habitats much of the day, he makes special efforts to get outside and meet regularly with zookeepers and their wild charges.

“I just always feel better when I’m around animals,” Breheny said.

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VITAL STATS: JIM BREHENY

Best part of job: “Getting to work with animals.”

Worst part of job: “That I have to go to a lot of meetings.”

Bio bits: 49, attended St. Raymond High School for Boys; bachelor’s degree in biology from Manhattan College; master’s degree in biology from Fordham University. Lives in the Bronx with his wife, Kathleen LaMattina, who also works at the Bronx Zoo as the manager of animals used in education and outreach programs.

Last book read: “The Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv.

Favorite places in the Bronx: The Bronx Zoo, Throgs Neck, City Island

Favorite food: Italian

Favorite lesiure activity: Spending time with his wife at their house in upstate New York.

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Breheny, Jim (MC1981) director of the Bronx Zoo.

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* Posted on: Tue, May 6 2008 7:22 PM

* Updated: Sat, May 10 2008 7:27 AM

Comment on JNEWS: Breheny, Jim (MC1981) director of the Bronx Zoo. by Mike McEneney (MC1953)

Dear John,

I believe that Jim is a member of the Class of 1981.

Mike

* Posted on: Sat, May 10 2008 6:44 AM

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Kelly, Martin K. (MC1975

From: Mike McEneney [MC1953]

Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 11:25 PM

To: Jasperfjohn Reinke

Subject: Re: JNEWS: Kelly, Martin K. (MC????) U.S. RE Senior Actuary

Dear John,

I believe that Martin is a member of the Class of 1975.

Mike

— Original Message —

From: Jasper Jottings

Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2008 9:50 AM

Subject: JNEWS: Kelly, Martin K. (MC????) U.S. RE Senior Actuary

Market Wire

April 28, 2008 Monday 6:00 AM GMT

U.S. RE Names Kelly Senior Actuary

DATELINE: PEARL RIVER, NY; Apr 28, 2008

Martin K. Kelly, an insurance and reinsurance actuary with more than 30 years of experience, has been named Senior Actuary at U.S. RE Corporation, the reinsurance and consulting arm of U.S. RE Companies, Inc., Tal P. Pic-cione, Chairman and CEO, announced.

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* Posted on: Tue, May 6 2008 9:41 PM

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

From: Mike McEneney (MC1953)

Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 11:48 PM

To: Jasperfjohn Reinke

Subject: This weeks JJ

Dear John,

We were down in Alexandra for a few days without access to my computer. Here are a few classes that were missing from this weeks JJ:Charles Thornton ‘61, Andrew J Burke, ‘83 and Martin K Kelly, ‘75.

Best,

Mike

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* Posted on: Tue, May 6 2008 9:43 PM

JObit: Hagopian, Gregory Augustus (MC1949)

ACTIONABLE OBIT: Hagopian, Gregory Augustus (MC1949) Colorado Springs, CO EXPIRES 10MAY2008

http://www.legacy.com/Gazette/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=109236170

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Gregory Augustus Hagopian April 7, 1926 – May 4, 2008.

Gregory Hagopian passed away at his home on May 4, 2008 in Colorado Springs, CO. He was born in New York, New York on April 7, 1926 to Krikor and Anna Knable Hagopian. He was married to Jacqueline Reed Waite in 1948 and lived a happy 54 years together until her death in 2002. Their five children loved him immensely for his quick wit, sense of humor and generosity.

He enlisted in the Navy and attended Franklin and Marshall and graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Electrical Engineering. During his career he and his family had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and Europe. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies, spending time with his grandchildren and cheering on Notre Dame football.

The last few years he has enjoyed the company of his lady friend, Jean Cummings and her family. He is survived by his sister Anna Marie Rome, sister-in-law Patricia Ruger, son Gary (JoAnn) Hagopian, daughters; Jill (John) Wendt, Dale (Chuck) Van Fosson, Holly (Tony) Grantz, Heidi Bravo, grandchildren Matthew, Alissa, Peter, Sara, Mark, Emily, Jacqueline, Rachel, Alexandria, Nicole and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday May 10, 2008 at 10:30am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2021 West Pikes Peak Ave., CSC. 80904. In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Catholic Church 2021 West Pikes Peak Avenue, CSC. 80904 or First United Methodist Church, 420 North Nevada Ave., CSC. 80903

Published in The Gazette on 5/8/2008.

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Guestbook for your comments is at:

http://www.legacy.com/Gazette/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=109236170

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Hagopian, Gregory Augustus (MC1949)

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* Posted on: Thu, May 8 2008 9:56 AM

* Updated: Sat, May 10 2008 7:27 AM

Comment on JObit: Hagopian, Gregory Augustus (MC1949) by Mike McEneney (MC1953)

Dear John,

I believe that Gregory is a member of the Class of 1949.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

* Posted on: Sat, May 10 2008 6:44 AM

JEMAIL: Pete McDermott ‘67 signs off because of the new format

John,

I just can’t follow the new format.

Thanks

Pete McDermott ‘67

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[JR: Sorry, but it means I only spend an hour knocking it out as opposed to 10 to 15 hours. I can’t go back.]

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* Posted on: Sat, May 10 2008 2:05 PM

JEMAIL: McEneney, Ed [MC1959] checks in

John,

You do good work.

May God continue to bless your efforts.

Ed

Ed McEneney

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[JR: Thanks, but we both know you like it because it keeps Mike from ‘helping’ you? :-) Seriously, it is a hobby. When it becomes work, I’ll expect to get paid!]

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* Posted on: Sat, May 10 2008 2:12 PM

JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) has pictures

Dear John, aka CC,

Thanks as always for your good work.

A few weeks/months? ago we had some commentary on the “quad demonstrations” in 1970. I was a sophomore living in Chrysostom Hall at the time – a time of great foment on many college campuses. At Manhattan, as I recall, things boiled over regarding a proposed tuition increase. Students thought that they should have some input into this decision, perhaps even a representative on the Board of Trustees. So for a few days in the spring of 1970 – “Jasper Liberation City” emerged on the Quad. The chant was, “no say, no pay!” Attached are two photos of Jaspers on the Quad during that time.

mike toner

bee 72

buffalo, ny

JasperLibCity 1a

JasperLibCity 2a

http://jasperjottings-daily.com/2008/05/10/jemail-toner-mike-mc1972-has-pictures/

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{JR: Interesting! All white male. I was in Maryland defending the country form the Godless Communists Socialists. Looks like we lost!]

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* Posted on: Sat, May 10 2008 2:34 PM

JEMAIL: Kaufmann, Rich (MC1968) ids Martin K. Kelly (MC1975)

Hi John,

I show a Martin K. Kelly graduating from MC with a BS in 1975.

Regard,

Rich Kaufmann, MP’64, MC’68

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[JR: Thanks, Rich. Much appreciated. ]

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* Posted on: Sat, May 10 2008 2:47 PM

JNEWS: Ward, James P. (MC????) seeks seats on Levittown Board

http://www.antonnews.com/levittowntribune/2008/05/09/news

Eight Seek Election to Three Available

Seats on Levittown Board

Budget Vote, Trustee Election

Set for May 20

By Jaime L. Tomeo

There are two incumbents and six challengers running for three available trustee positions on the Levittown Board of Education. The incumbents, John Garvey and Diane Shapiro are vying against Roseanne Gullans, Richard Gutowitz, Michael Pappas, Peter Porrazzo, Kimberly Smith and James Ward.

Trustee Kenneth E. Auer, Sr. is not seeking re-election.

The positions are for a three-year term and are at large. The budget election and trustee vote will be held on Tuesday, May 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at several polling places in Levittown. Visit http://www.levittownschools.com to view your polling place.

All candidates were asked a series of questions. Their answers appear in alphabetical order.

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James P. Ward

James Ward lives in Wantagh and is a married father of five and grandfather of five. Retired from the Internal Revenue Service where he was a revenue officer/agent/program analyst/program manager and New York State Department of Economic Development where he was an economic development officer, Ward holds a BBA from Manhattan College and MBA from NYU. A former member of the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers and U.S. Army Reserves, 77th Infantry Division, Ward has been deeply involved in the community throughout the years.

He served as secretary, vice president and president of the Levittown Board of Education from 1977 to 1983, is a parishioner and parish council member at St. Bernard’s Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus St. Frances Council, Levittown Property Owners Association, Levittown Community Council and serves on the advisory board for the Green Levittown Community Council.

LT: Why are you seeking election to the board?

James Ward: I believe that local school board membership is one of the highest forms of community service and requires the election of candidates capable of building support for public education and demanding better educational opportunities for Levittown’s children. Unfortunately, our current school board lacks this sense of community service and has instead seriously violated its fiduciary and ethical obligations to the children and taxpayers of the Levittown School District.

LT: What is the most important issue currently facing your school district?

Ward: Fiscal integrity and selection of a new superintendent of schools to replace Dr. Herman A. Sirois, whose final contract expires June 30, 2011. The disgraceful financial problems confronting the Levittown School District can be attributed directly to his doorstep and those of an inept school board.

LT: If elected, what ideas/suggestions do you have on how to bring about any necessary changes to the district?

Ward: As a former Levittown School Board president, I see parallels between the economic turndown which occurred during the recession of the early 1980s and what is taking place today, as an aroused electorate, consisting of parents, teachers and students, demands change. Our superintendent of schools and school board have lost any community confidence they may have possessed as was evidenced by the massive turnout of irate citizens at the April 2008 regular school board meeting.

The education of our children is of paramount importance to any school district. However, in order to provide for their education we must address its cost. In this respect, I recommend the Levittown School District explore the possibility of adopting a program budget in lieu of a line-item budget in order to identity how tax dollars are being spent and the number of employees in specific program areas. The scope of the Levittown Citizens Advisory Committee for Budget (CAC), which failed to support this budget, be expanded to include yearround oversight.

LT: Do you have any suggestions/comments about the multi-million dollar budget gap issues the district is currently addressing?

Ward: I believe that my Opinion letter, Ward Addresses School District’s Finance Management, published in the Tribune on April 11, 2008 addresses this issue.

However, I would like to repeat a portion of that letter addressed to Sen. Kemp Hannon by re-stating: “…Our school board, for nearly two years, violated its fiduciary obligation to Levittown’s taxpayers by failing to adhere to the commissioner’s regulations pertaining to monthly approval of the district’s Budget Status and Cash Reconciliation Reports. Dr. Sirois’ claim that the school board constantly asked for these documents doesn’t pass “the smell test” as is evidenced by a review of the minutes of monthly meetings, as far back as January 2005. Nowhere is there any indication a single board member asked for these documents. In addition, an external audit of the districts’ 2006/07 financial performance, conducted by R.S. Abrams & Co. LLC, contains a ringing indictment of their gross incompetence…”

The proposed Levittown School Budget (2008/09) reflects projected state aid of $46,074,593 in meeting its $178,288,762 budgetary needs. However, the New York state legislature actually provided Levittown with state aid of $48,016,367 or an additional $1,941,774. I concur with our legislative leaders and demand that these additional funds be returned to our beleaguered residents in the form of property tax relief.

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* Posted on: Sat, May 10 2008 3:49 PM

JFound: Wallace, Fr. William A. (MC1940) on his 90th birthday

http://dominicanhistory.blogspot.com/2008/05/fr-william-wallace-op-dominican-priest.html

May 8, 2008

Fr. William A. Wallace, O.P., Ad Multos Annos

Fr.William Augustine Wallace, O.P. was born 90 years ago, in 1918, and was ordained to the Priesthood 55 years ago, in 1953. This Sunday he will be honored on the occasion of his 90th birthday with a small reception at the Dominican House of Studies. Ad multos annos!

The video interview with Fr. Wallace posted above was filmed in 1982 at the Dominican House of Studies.

CURRICULUM VITAE OF WILLIAM A. WALLACE, O.P.

Birth: May 11, 1918, in New York City, New York, of William A. Wallace and Louise C. Teufel; U.S. citizen

Degrees, Academic: Manhattan College, New York, B.E.E., 1940; The Catholic University of America, M.S. (Physics), 1952; Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C., S.T.B., 1952; S.T.L., 1954; University of Freiburg, Switzerland, Ph.D. (Philosophy), 1959; Th.D. (Theology), 1962. Honorary: Providence College, Providence, RI, D.Sc. 1973; Molloy College, New York, NY, D.Litt. 1974; Manhattan College, New York, NY, L.H.D. 1975; Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, L.H.D. 1986.

Military Service: U.S. Navy, Ensign to Lieutenant Commander, 1941-1946; research at Naval Ordnance Laboratory, 1941-1942; operations officer, Pacific Ocean Area, 1943-1945, staff of Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C., 1946; decorated Legion of Merit.

Dominican Order: Entered Novitiate of St. Joseph’s Province, Springfield, KY, July 1946; professed: simple vows, August 1947; solemn vows, August 1950; ordained to the priesthood, June 4, 1953; received faculties, 1954.

Lector of Sacred Theology (S.T.Lr.), 1954; Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), 1967.

Academic Appointments: Lector in Philosophy, Dominican Houses of Studies in Springfield, Ky., and Dover, Mass., 1954-1962; Lecturer in Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 1963-1965 and 1968-1970; Regent of Studies, Master of Theology, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C., 1967-1970; Professor of Philosophy and History of Science, The Catholic University of America, 1970-1988; Emeritus, 1988-date; Senior Fellow, Folger Institute, Washington, D.C., 1975-1976; Visiting Professor, West Virginia University, Spring 1980; Visiting Professor, University of Padua, 1983-1984; Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science (CHPS), 1988-present, Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty of Philosophy as of 10-31-91.

Research Appointments: Test Laboratories, Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, 1940-1941; Naval Ordnance Laboratory, Washington, 1941-1943; Research Associate, History of Science, Harvard University, 1965-1967; Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1976-1977; Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., 1984.

Publications: As of October 2000, author of 372 publications, of which 20 are books (13 authored, 7 edited) and 4 are separately printed monographs or addresses; 56 are chapters or essays in books edited by others; 73 are articles in journals or proceedings; 96 are entries in encyclopedias; 12 are research or other reports; 111 are book reviews, and 22 are translations, reprints, etc. In addition, forthcoming are 7 essays in books edited by others, and 12 entries in encyclopedias, which will bring the total to 391. Subjects treated are mostly related to science and religion, with the main focus being on the philosophy of science; medieval, Renaissance, and early modern philosophy; and systematic studies in logical methodology.

Editorial Activities: Editor for Philosophy and Science, Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, 6 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999; Staff Editor for Philosophy, New Catholic Encyclopedia, 15 vols. in preparation from 1961 to 1966, published by McGraw-Hill, 1967; consultant for three supplementary volumes, published in 1974, 1979, and 1989; Director General, Leonine Commission,1976-1987, during which time five folio volumes of critical Latin editions of Thomas Aquinas’s works were published.

Professional Societies and Activities: American Catholic Philosophical Association, Council 1962-1964, Vice President 1968-1969, President 1969-1970; History of Science Society, Council 1974-1977, 1988-1990; Philosophy of Science Association, Nominating Committee 1980-1982.

Honors and Distinctions: Sigma Xi; Phi Beta Kappa; Manhattan College Alumni Society Award for Achievement, 1967; Aquinas Medal of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1983; Catholic University Alumni Society Award for Achievement in Philosophy, 1986 [see also Honorary Degrees, above]

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* Posted on: Sat, May 10 2008 5:14 PM

JNEWS: Jasper Mike (MC????)

http://www.thespectrum.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080508/OPINION/805080307

One man’s journey displays courage, resolve of U.S. troops

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The first time I saw him, he was a pale and thin 12-year-old boy. Mike, of Irish-American heritage, was a product of a shattered home and faced an uncertain and bleak future. He had one miracle left before he was to step into a lifetime of down and out. A spirited Roman Catholic nun related to one side of the family took matters into her own hands and sought God’s help while sparing the fate of an innocent child from an almost certain earthly abyss.

The answer was my friend, Henry, who was a distant and much older cousin of the boy. Henry, or Hank as I call him, is a Vietnam-era veteran and, at that time, a New York City fireman. After several short, friendly meetings, young Mike joined Hank’s family.

I observed a quiet and reserved boy who resented being replanted, even if it was a vastly improved situation. His school work suffered, and he remained selective to whom and when he would speak. Then, somewhere in the middle of high school, this ugly duckling became a swan as he began to excel in all subjects and sports. It was like he had found some new confidence and inner peace as he graduated with honors. His terrific SAT scores made prestigious Manhattan College a reality.

Mike applied for a partial scholarship grant, which paid for much of his tuition. The remainder was made up by working at the campus book store and an education loan.

Four years later, he had his degree.

Hank has told me that Mike was always determined to do things his way and would never ask for help, or accept praise and compliments easily.

Mike returned home after graduation and informed everyone that he was entering the U.S. Marines Corp, not as a officer candidate, but as a regular recruit, determined again to do it the hard way.

The story about Mike’s life continues through boot camp and his first assignment in Japan for more than two years. He’s been home several times, and then dispatched for survival training in our desert to prepare him for his present duty station in Iraq. He is upbeat and confident and, like most of the men and women who are in our military around the world, proud of his uniform and country.

Mike’s story is one of hardship and hard work, of success coming by way of self reliance, ingenuity and from benevolence, too, as he becomes a fine and responsible man. His climb also parallels the history of this nation, defined by determination, stamina and willingness to sacrifice what little he was dealt in this life for the freedom of total strangers.

Lately, we exchange e-mails and satirical barbs, and I know he masks the danger and uncertainty of his everyday duties. Every time I see his latest one, I breathe a sigh of relief knowing he’s still with us.

So, from this writer, a salute to our men and women in uniform:

for all the Mikes who have ever stepped forward when our nation called;

for all the Mikes who continue with passion, unparalleled courage and honor;

for all the Mikes forever burdened with scars of war;

for all the Mikes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice;

for mine and every other Mike, I believe God can spare one more miracle.

Show your support for all who have served this Memorial Day – May 26 – by proudly displaying your American Flag.

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Rich Panessa is a St. George resident. He is a member of The Spectrum & Daily News Writers Group.

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Jasper Mike (MC????)

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“Bon courage a vous tous”

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