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JASPER JOTTINGS Week 28 – 2009 July 12

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 28 – 2009 July 12

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2009/jasperjottings2009W28.html

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POSITRACTION: “Odd Day” to stimulate math awareness

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090705/od_afp/britainoffbeat

“Mathemagician” excited by odd date
Sun Jul 5, 4:54 am ET

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LONDON (AFP) – Notice anything exceptional about today’s date? It’s July 5, 2009 (05/07/09) — and three consecutive odd numbers make up the date only five times in a century.

This nugget is pointed out by Californian high school maths teacher Ron Gordon, a self-confessed “mathemagician”.

“That’s what my kids call me, because I make something out of nothing from maths,” the 64-year-old told AFP in a phone interview from his home in Redwood City.

“This really is a day to celebrate. OK, it’s true there will be another one in two years’ time on September 7, 2011 (07/09/11), and one on November 9, 2013 (09/11/13) but then it won’t happen again for 92 years. And I sure won’t be around to see it.”

So what does Gordon suggest you do on “Odd Day”? It’s a great day to do your odds ‘n ends, give a friend a high-five or root for the odds-on-favourite, he says.

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I think it’s a positive when anyone uses whatever facts available to make math “interesting”.

Now, I’m not a numerologist. But us injineers have a fondness for numbers.

And, I hope we’re all around in 92 years. Who’ll be doing Jottings then? Volunteers.

Make the most of your “odd day”. Make the most of every day!

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* Posted on: Sun, Jul 5 2009 12:37 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Keelan, James [MC1987]

>JNews: Keelan, James [MC1987] Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service

http://tritown.gmnews.com/news/2009/0702/front_page/026.html

>Keelan is a graduate of Manhattan College, New York, and is a native of Harriman, N.Y. He presently resides in Freehold Borough with his family.

Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1987.

Mike

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Keelan, James [MC1987]

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* Posted on: Sun, Jul 5 2009 1:37 PM

JNews: Jurkowski, Megan [MC????] advanced degree and a job

http://www.acorn-online.com/joomla15/index.php?option=com_content&view=article
&id=31429:school-briefs&catid=159:valley-community&Itemid=1888&FORM=ZZNR5

School Briefs
Wednesday, 01 July 2009
The Valley Gazette
Shelton, CT 06484

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Sacred Heart University graduate

Dr. Megan Jurkowski, daughter of Jack and Donna Jurkowski of Seymour, received a doctor of physical therapy degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. She is a graduate of St. Joseph High School and Manhattan College, where she was a member of the softball teams and also performed in musical productions. She has accepted a position at Griffin Hospital in Derby on the physical therapy staff.

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Jurkowski, Megan [MC????]

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* Posted on: Sun, Jul 5 2009 2:37 PM

JEmail: Kaufmann, Rich (MC1968) remembers MC Security Guard demonstration

From: “Dick Kaufmann”
Date: July 5, 2009 11:59:16 AM EDT
Subject: Jasper Jottings Week of 7/5/09

Hi john

Regarding the story about MC Security. Don’t you remember Sam Katz, the security guard that got fired in our senior year at the college? There was a big protest rally on the Quad demanding that Sam be re-hired. Then it was off to the Pinewood!! Ah, the memories.

Rich Kaufmann, MP’64, MC’68

[JR: No really, I don’t remember that. Too much Pinewood and not enough hanging around the campus? Guess I’m getting Olds-heimers.]

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* Posted on: Sun, Jul 5 2009 3:37 PM

CARTOON: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) has a Shaka Zulu in his collection

To one and all: Like all Ravens fans (and all football fans) I was shocked and saddened at the untimely and tragic death of the great quarterback Steve McNair. As I looked at the photos of McNair in the news, I noticed something curious. He bore a striking resemblance to my portrait painting of Shaka Zulu, which hangs in the Alberta Cason Room at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore. Unlike other purported “portraits” of Shaka, I based my portrait on the only drawing of Shaka made in his lifetime, at the height of his power in 1824. So it is actually the best color likeness of Shaka Zulu in existence. Both McNair and Shaka were murdered, McNair at the age of 36 and Shaka at about the age of 40 (his exact birthdate is unknown). Here are a couple of views of my portrait of Shaka Zulu, which can be seen at the Museum at 1601 E. North Avenue in Baltimore, and on my website at http://www.newbreen.com/portraitart.html . Sincerely, Jerry Breen

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[JR: Jerry is surely the most talented artist that I know.]

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* Posted on: Sun, Jul 5 2009 5:21 PM

JUpdate: Young, Ralph (MC1968)

Young, Ralph (MC1968)

Marketing Strategist for Client Management, Branding, Customer Acquisition, Retention, Penetration of the Customer Base

Location   Greater Chicago Area

Industry   Financial Services

Ralph Young is taking vacation thru July 8 and wishes daughters Megan (7/4) and Catherine (7/8) Happy Birthday.

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* Posted on: Mon, Jul 6 2009 11:10 AM

JEmail: Carroll, Ray (MC1981) remembers Kenny Petrow

By reinkefj on MC1981

It was with great sadness that I read of the obit for Kenny Petrow. I was a friend of his during my 4 years at Manhattan but sad to say I never saw him since graduation day. During my first 2 years, I commuted to school and hung out with Kenny every day in the “commuter cafeteria” in Thomas Hall between classes (when we weren’t in the Green Leaf, Terminal or Pinewood.) I even remember driving him home a few times too, as I also lived in Queens. After I moved on campus, I saw less of him, but he was still a great friend. The obit had it right – Kenny was the coolest guy I ever knew and always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. I would love to read some of his writings. Kenny was indeed class of 1981, I still remember giving him a big hug on graduation day. Thanks to Mike for finding this.

Ray Carroll ‘81

Raymond Carroll
Director – Process Safety
Campbell Soup Company

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* Posted on: Mon, Jul 6 2009 6:27 PM

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Non-twitters just ignore the following.

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* Posted on: Mon, Jul 6 2009 8:37 PM

JObit: Comerford, Thomas M. [MC1950]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/myrtlebeachonline/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=129368170

Thomas M. Comerford

MURRELLS INLET | Thomas Matthew Comerford, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, formerly of Greenwich, Conn., died Sunday, July 5, 2009 in Murrells Inlet.

Tom was born June 3, 1928 in Richmond Hill, New York, son of the late James and Catherine Lynch Comerford.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dolores ”Dorsey” Dugan Comerford of Murrells Inlet; their six children, Thomas (Betteanne) of Edmond, Okla., Diane (Mike) McCormack of Hagerstown, Md., Kathleen (Bob) Jaeger of Norwalk, Conn., John (Michele) of Fairfield, Conn., James of Atlanta, and Jane (Joe) Gaffigan of Burr Ridge, Ill.; also his 12 grandchildren, Kara (Shawn) Jex, Katie and Aimee Comerford, Michael, Emily, Maura and Kevin McCormack, Kelly and Eddie Jaeger, Sarah Comerford, and J.P. and Caroline Gaffigan; one great-grandchild, Hayden Jex; and a dear family friend, Ed Belding.

He was predeceased by his brother, James; and two sisters, Mary Langton and Catherine Roslund.

Tom graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, New York, in 1946 and Manhattan College in 1950. Tom was a champion runner in both high school and college. Tom was inducted to the Bishop Loughlin High School Hall of Fame in 2001 and to Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Tom was also an avid golfer and skier. He was a founding member of Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn. He spent many wonderful days on the golf course and on the ski slopes of Stratton Mountain, Vt. When he retired to South Carolina, 15 years ago, he continued working on his golf game at Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet.

After serving in the Korean War, Tom went into the advertising and broadcast fields, working for Young & Rubicam, AVCO Radio and Television Sales and Corinthian Broadcasting. Tom was executive vice president when he retired from Harrington, Righter & Parsons in New York in 1994.

A guest book is available at http://www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com and TheSunNews.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Tom’s name to Fr. Pat’s Kitchen, Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

Published in The Sun News on 7/7/2009

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Comerford, Thomas M. [MC1950]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/mvz4ou

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* Posted on: Tue, Jul 7 2009 7:20 AM

JFound: Story mentions Power, Pierce (MC1952) and two other Jaspers

http://mb.trackandfieldnews.com/discussion/viewtopic.php?p=560330&sid=30d0283e044bfba14d6c432fa90c4983

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Walt Murphy
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:50 pm
From my “This Day in T&F” series:

(you can scroll down for the report on Yashchenko)

July `3 1977–I didn’t attend the school, but I’m a big fan of Manhattan College, where my cousin Tom had starred in the late 1950s. So, when Jasper freshman Sam Summerville qualified for the U.S. Junior team that would face a squad from the Soviet Union, I joined Manhattan alum Pierce Power on the drive from New York down to Richmond, Virginia, the site of the dual meet. Since it was going to be a warm weekend, we brought a cooler into the stadium, filled with various forms of liquid refreshment. Before we could quench our thirst for the first time, we were instructed by a local State Trooper that we had to remove the cooler from the stadium. We protested meekly, but, since the trooper didn’t seem to have a sense of humor, we removed the offensive cooler.

Not a good start, but we quickly turned our attention to the action on the track. On the first day of competition(July 2), we saw Renaldo Nehemiah, a recent graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood H.S.(NJ), win the 110-meter hurdles in 13.5, a National prep record over the 42” barriers.(The auto-timing system malfunctioned). On the second day, another prep record fell as Paul Lankford (Farmingdale,NY) won the 400-hurdles in 50.52 to break his own mark of 50.87, which was set the previous month when he won the U.S. Junior title. And Sam Summerville made our trip worthwhile by winning the men’s 800 in 1:48.1.

There were also a number of athletes who did well who would later become familiar names in the sport. Oregon freshman Alberto Salazar won the men’s 10,000-meters(29:14.8), with Jim Stintzi, now the head women’s coach at Wisconsin, finishing 2nd; Billy Olson won the men’s pole vault; Syracuse coach Chris Fox was 3rd in the men’s 5000; and 17-year old high school junior Lynn Jennings was 2nd in the women’s 1500-meters.

If nothing else had happened, most in attendance would have gone away thinking they had seen a pretty good meet, but the best was yet to come. Ukrainian Vladimir Yashchenko, a straddler, was already the World Junior Record holder, but no one was prepared for what they were about to witness. Yashchenko needed two jumps to clear 7-3(2.21m) and a new Junior mark of 7-5 3/4(2.28m), but then cleared 7-7(2.31m), a European Record, cleanly on his first attempt. The bar was then raised to 7-7 3/4(2.33m), one centimeter above Dwight Stones’s World Record of 7-7 1/4(2.32m). He cleared on his first attempt with room to spare, setting off a celebration by his Soviet teammates, who ran onto the infield to congratulate him.

When I yelled to Bob Hersh, who was covering the meet for T&F News, “Have you ever heard of this guy?”, he quickly replied, “Heard of him, he’s on my team!”. Hersh, always a step ahead of most game players, had already drafted the 18-year old for his international “Fantasy” team.

Yaschenko’s moment in the sun was a brief one. In 1978, he would set a Word Indoor Record of 7-8 1/2(2.35m) and raise his outdoor mark to 7-8(2.34m), but a serious knee injury forced him into early retirement in 1979, before he reached his 20th birthday. Tragically, he died at the young age of 40.

Related Links:

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Summerville, Sam [MC????]

Writer’s cousin Tom [MC????]

Power, Pierce (MC1952)

[JR: The internet eventually reports everything. Even decades old news.]

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* Posted on: Wed, Jul 8 2009 7:06 AM

JFound: Powers, James [MC1965] Neuropathology Achievement Award

http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=1542

Rochester Brain Expert Recognized For Lifetime Contributions

June 11, 2007

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An internationally known expert on what is perhaps the most amazing structure in the universe – the human brain – has been recognized by his peers for his contributions to our knowledge about the brain and the diseases that affect it.

James Powers, M.D., professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and of Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Meritorious Contributions to Neuropathology at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuropathologists recently in Washington. The group is the largest and most prestigious neuropathology association, with members around the world.

Powers has focused on neuropathology – the intense study of the brain and conditions that affect it – since becoming a doctor in 1969. He has performed tens of thousands of procedures called “brain autopsies,” taking an incredibly detailed look at the brain of a person who has died, to learn more about that person’s life and the conditions that affected him or her. Powers is able to translate the slightest nuances of shape, color or texture that for most people signify little, and weave together a person’s health history – perhaps affected by stroke, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases, or multiple sclerosis.

Powers is an expert on diseases known as peroxisomal disorders, where the cellular structures that break down toxic substances in the brain and other organs are defective or absent because of a genetic defect. Oftentimes these substances end up damaging the myelin, the fatty coating that insulates nerves, and so Powers is widely known for his work on myelin diseases as well.

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“It’s an uplifting experience, to do what you can for these families,” said Powers. “When their loved one has been afflicted by such an awful disease, it’s something we can give to them – some understanding of what is happening, what to expect, and reasons to be hopeful.”

Powers is currently on the trail of an extremely rare brain disease that has not been identified previously. The findings on the new disease, discussed at the recent neuropathology meeting, come from slides of three patients that Powers collected over a span of 14 years. Such cases are sent to him regularly from pathologists seeking solutions to tough-to-crack puzzles about the brain.

Not all of Powers’s work focuses on people who have passed away. When a surgeon needs a piece of brain tissue analyzed, for instance, when investigating how far a brain tumor may have spread in a patient fighting brain cancer, they turn to doctors like Powers to help them analyze the results.

Beyond his work with patients and families and his research in the laboratory, Powers has been a very effective teacher. Since coming to Rochester in 1992, he has been commended for his outstanding teaching four times, and this year he was selected by the graduating medical students to give the faculty address to graduating students.

Powers received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Manhattan College and his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Before coming to Rochester, Powers worked at the Medical University of South Carolina and at Columbia University. He has also served as every officer of the American Association of Neuropathologists, including president and secretary-treasurer.

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Powers, James [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that the Doctor is a member of tye Class of 1965.

Mike

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Powers, James [MC1965]

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* Posted on: Wed, Jul 8 2009 8:17 AM
* Updated: Fri, Jul 10 2009 9:05 AM

ADMINISTRIVIA: Ski Trip?

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Linkedin Groups    July 8, 2009
Manhattan College Alumni Society

Activity:1 discussion
Discussions (1)
Interested in a Manhattan College Alumni Ski Trip?    0 comments »

Started by Ellen Kiernan, Director of Alumni Relations at Manhattan College

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* Posted on: Wed, Jul 8 2009 9:18 PM

JFound: Walters, Eve [MC????] Section V Basketball HOF

http://sectionv.talksback.com/showthread.php?s=67eda11a8eb32c1fa3a4d0c6db12742c&p=147592#post147592

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Official Press Release
Tenth Annual Hall of Fame Induction Will Honor 9

The Tenth Induction Class of the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame will be inducted Saturday evening, November 14 at the Radisson Riverside Hotel, 120 East Main Street, Rochester, New York. The evening will begin with a social gathering from 6:15 – 7:00pm followed by dinner and the presentation of inductees.

Tickets for the event are available at $30 each, or tables of 10 for $270. Tickets can be reserved by calling Jeff Gifford or Allison Pinneo @ 315-536-3311 or via email @ SectionVbball@gmail.com

The class features 9 people who have earned distinction through playing, coaching, officiating and leadership during the past 88 years of scholastic competition in Section V Basketball.

This year’s inductees are:

Inductee School or Organization Category

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Eve Walters Pittsford Mendon High School Player

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Eve Walters: Led Pittsford Mendon to the 1998 Section V Championship and a berth in NYSPHSAA title game. Scored 1,474 points and grabbed 1057 rebounds in her career. A two-time Monroe County Player of the Year (1997 and 1998) Eve was named All Greater Rochester Player of the Year in 1998. Upon graduation she attended Division I Manhattan College leading the Jaspers to a berth in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. She spent 5 years playing professionally in Germany.

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Walters, Eve [MC????]

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* Posted on: Thu, Jul 9 2009 8:29 AM

JHQ: CARITAS IN VERITATE

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20090629_caritas-in-veritate_en.html

[JR: OK, it’s not from MC. But it’s from the Boss. The Big Boss. You know, one step short of the Burning Bush. LOL! If we make it to Saint Pete, at least we can say we got the notice. I’m just as sure that all the experts will be telling us how this supports their pet cause (e.g., global warming, global kooling, social justice, higher taxes, lower taxes, the UN). I like to read it for myself. I know I’m just an injineer, but I can google all the “big wurds”. As one of those “good will” people to whom it’s addressed, I’m interested in His Holiness’ insight. Thought any Jasper who suffered through Theology might be interested in the original as well. Probably will take me a year to read it. It does have some big words, Latin, and assumes an education in the Early Fathers. No calculus to make it easy. But no exam either.]

ENCYCLICAL LETTER
CARITAS IN VERITATE
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
BENEDICT XVI
TO THE BISHOPS
PRIESTS AND DEACONS
MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS
THE LAY FAITHFUL
AND ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL
ON INTEGRAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
IN CHARITY AND TRUTH

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* Posted on: Thu, Jul 9 2009 12:05 PM

JEmail: Conigliaro, Joseph (MC1977)

Have you read my Independence Day poem. Thought you might like it.

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http://politicalfirestorm.blogspot.com/2009/07/i-am-united-states-of-america.html

Saturday, July 4, 2009

I am the United States of America

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Conigliaro, Joseph (MC1977)

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[JR: Read it. Understand it. But, not so sure that I agree with all the sentiments expressed. As I think I said somewhere, “I don’t think we’ve earned a holiday. 11T$ in debt, deficits as far as the eyes see, and the congresscritters & bureaucrats running amok like we lost the Revolutionary War.” Hate to be a pooper, but we have to act fast or our best days will be behind us. It may well be too late.]

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* Posted on: Thu, Jul 9 2009 7:50 PM

JNews: McHugh, Brendan [MC2010] gets to write for a real paper

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=818558&category=OPINION

College lessons, learned in grade school
By BRENDAN MCHUGH
First published in print: Friday, July 10, 2009

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When I walked into my first college class in 2006 with just a laptop, I felt foolish when everyone else took out notebooks and pens. My heart raced at the thought of awkwardly standing out, until the sophomore in front of me handed me a piece of paper and a pen, and told me she had the same misconception the year before.

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The parallels to third grade are becoming more apparent as I head into my senior year in college. Last week, I gave someone advice on how to handle himself at Manhattan College’s freshman orientation. Next month, I’ll sit at a desk and watch wide-eyed kids walk through the door, stumbling through the classroom to find a place to sit. Inevitably, one will sit next to me, and I’ll do my best to bring him up to speed. Third-grade was much more than math, science and spelling. It was hands-on leadership training as I matured throughout the year.

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That same feeling still comes over me. I’m no longer a freshman without a clue. I’m heading into my senior year as president of an honor society and sports editor for the college newspaper. It will be a responsibility, not just an opportunity, to teach younger students the ins and outs of the school. It’s a responsibility I learned 14 years ago as part of a mixed-grade class.

Brendan McHugh is a student at Manhattan College and an intern at the Times Union.

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McHugh, Brendan [MC2010]

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* Posted on: Fri, Jul 10 2009 7:29 AM

JObit: Ospina-Griffiths, William J. [MCatnd]

http://www.legacy.com/DailyRecord/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=129456415

William J. Ospina-Griffiths

WILLIAM J. OSPINA – GRIFFITHS AGE: 21 GREEN TWP. William J. Ospina-Griffiths, 21, died on Sunday, July 5, 2009. Born in Dover, he was a life resident of Green Twp. He attended Manhattan College in Bronx, NY and was currently attending Centenary College in Hackettstown. He was employed as a sales associate with Out Door Entertainment in Hackettstown. He is survived by his mother, Priscilla Griffiths; his step-father, Gustavo Valverde; his brother, Frank at home and his maternal grandfather and grandmother, Wesley G. and Carmella H. Griffiths of Green Twp. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 10 a.m. at Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., 31-33 Main St. Netcong.

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Ospina-Griffiths, William J. [MCatnd]

[JR: Attendees recognized on the theory “if it’s important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers”.]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/mg4sjo

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* Posted on: Fri, Jul 10 2009 7:37 AM

JNews: Neidnig, Andy [MC1941] MC HOFer still going at 90

http://www.easthamptonstar.com/dnn/Sports/AndyNeidnig/tabid/9371/Default.aspx

Andy Neidnig’s Ninetieth Birthday
A medal he won when 11 is still on the wall
By Jack Graves

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(07/08/2009) On Friday morning, just as he always does, Andy Neidnig walked down Sag Harbor’s Main Street to the rear entrance of Tony Venesina’s Conca D’Oro pizzeria.

When he entered the kitchen through the back hallway at around 10:15, just as he always does, this writer stepped forward, grabbed his hand, and wished him a happy 90th birthday.

“Don’t squeeze! Don’t squeeze!” said the two-time New York Road Runners Club’s golden age award winner and Manhattan College Hall of Famer, who has been plagued lately by arthritis. “Everybody’s been saying, ‘Happy birthday,’ but I don’t know.”

“Well, it was nice of you to remember,” he said, after he’d drawn his usual glass of red wine and lowered himself gingerly into one of the chairs in the narrow raised dining area.

“It’s a big effort for me to walk now. I’m very disintegrated. The trouble is,” he said, pointing to his head, “the mind is better than the body.”

“You can kill two birds with one stone — you can write up an article on my birthday and then run it as my obituary,” he said with a laugh.

Aside from a brief period in his mid-40s, before masters (over-40) divisions came into being, Neidnig, who has competed in 30 marathons, beginning with a ninth-place finish at Boston in 1938 and setting an over-70 record with a 2:57 at New York in 1992, has run pretty much his entire life.

“Even in the war,” he said, “when I wasn’t fighting. . . . I’ve always taken running very seriously. . . . People used to think I was crazy when I ran through the streets — we lived in Queens, near Aqueduct — every day after work” as a steamfitter.

“The first medal in running I ever won was when I was 11. I still have it on the wall. It was from home plate straight to second base.”

Upon graduating from college in 1941, he volunteered for the prewar draft, figuring he’d be out in a year, “but after Pearl Harbor everything changed.”

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“Well,” he said, “I’ve got to go to the post office, and at 3:30 I’ll go to the Blue Skies for two or three beers. I go there to socialize, though maybe this afternoon there’ll be something more.”

At the door, on learning that this writer was still playing tennis, he said, “Good, don’t stop. Nature takes care of that — it will slow you. Meanwhile, don’t think about it.”

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Neidnig, Andy [MC1941]

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[JR: A beautiful story, some good advice, and a true Jasper going for some beers after 3PM. How civilized. Hope he’s with us for another 90! Read the whole article. “Fair use” for us. But, it contains two or three interesting facets.]

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* Posted on: Fri, Jul 10 2009 9:37 AM

JBlogger: Stagnaro, Melissa [MC1997?] Cancer runner. Donate? (Update)

http://blog.evesun.com/author/mstagnaro/

Evening Sun Staffers need your help!
Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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In this day and age, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’s life has not been touched by cancer. Whether it is you yourself who has battled the disease or a friend, family member or co-worker, I think we all understand how important it is to fund cancer research not to mention programs for patients and families and educational and advocacy efforts.

By participating in the American Cancer Society’s Chenango County Relay for Life next weekend, my coworkers and I are trying to do just that.

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Jessica, Melissa and I are appealing to you, our readers, to help us reach our goal. We hope you will please consider making a donation, no matter how small, to support this very worthy cause.

To make a donation online, visit http://www.relayforlife.org/chenangocountyny and click on donate. You can then search for us by name or by team. (Jessica and Melissa are on Snyders Striders; I’m on Snyders Striders 2.) If you would prefer to make your donation by cash or check, call 334-3276 to make arrangements.

Thank you so much for helping us help this important fundraising effort. Together we can make a difference.

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Stagnaro, Melissa [MC1997?]

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[JR: Something “ate” the story I posted yesterday. Argh! Not the first time this has happened. But, I’m watching now for it! I had a real witty comment for this but now I’ll have to recreate it. Argh!]

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[JR: I hope our fellow Jaspers will “let the moth out of their purse for a little exercise. When I think of “cancer”, I think of Lisa Marie Muccilo ‘92 cut down in her prime. That makes me sad and mad. Hope it does you as well.]

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* Posted on: Fri, Jul 10 2009 1:37 PM
* Updated: Sat, Jul 11 2009 9:14 AM

JBlogger: Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984]

http://vrod62.blogspot.com/

Vincent Rodriguez

Attended Manhattan College and graduated in 1984. In 2002 accepted as a Member of the Mamaroneck Artists Guild recognized for his work in Photography. Taking pictures of strangers in natural environments, doing things they normally do, is the epitome of capturing the “real moment.”

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Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984]

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[JR: A video blogger. Means he uses pictures; not words. Since I presume his work is copyrighted and I have no permission from him. Like what I have from jerry Breen. And no email address to ask him. You’ll have to go visit on your own.]

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* Posted on: Fri, Jul 10 2009 3:37 PM

MFound: Stella D’oro Factory to Close in October

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July 6, 2009, 5:03 pm
Stella D’oro Factory to Close in October
By Jennifer 8. Lee

The Stella D’oro biscuit factory in the Bronx will close in October, its owners announced on Monday.

Last week, a federal judge ordered Stella D’oro to reinstate 134 workers after a protracted 10-month strike. This week, the company invited the workers back. It also announced that it would close the factory in October.

The decision to close Stella D’oro’s only factory, which is based in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, was made by Brynwood Partners, the private equity company based in Greenwich, Conn., which bought the company in 2006.

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333386Getbig V*****
Re: Stella D’oro Factory to Close in Bronx, N.Y. due to Union $$$ demands.« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2009, 04:47:49 AM » I went to Manhattan College which is two blocks away.

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* Posted on: Fri, Jul 10 2009 5:37 PM

JNews: Curran, Br. Jack (MC????) speaks in Albany on Monday

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=818839&category=REGION

Christian Brother, a Troy native, sows hope in Palestine
First published in print: Saturday, July 11, 2009

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Brother Jack Curran: Vice president for development of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land.

Background: 51 years old. Oldest of seven children, born in South Troy, moved to Colonie in third grade and graduated from LaSalle Institute in Troy. His three brothers, three sisters and 15 nieces and nephews all live in the Capital Region. Earned bachelor’s degree in physics and religious studies at Manhattan College, where he joined the Christian Brothers in 1979 and took vows in 1981. Taught troubled youths at LaSalle and St. Anne institutes in Albany. Earned a master’s of social work in 1987 and Ph.D. in social work in 1997 at the University at Albany. Has held administrative posts at Manhattan College, St. Mary’s College of California and, since 2003, at Bethlehem University.

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Are you hopeful about the prospect of a lasting peace?

Justice will have to come first and peace will follow. It is inevitable. It’s a matter of when and how. I feel great that we’ve created a well-educated, creative group of Palestinians, more than 11,000 alumni, who can help create peace and help Palestine prosper. The problem is that most of our students say they’ll come back after they graduate, but they go away to Europe or the U.S. for their doctorate degrees and very few of them return.”

– Paul Grondahl

“Education Under Occupation”
What: A talk by Brother Jack Curran
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave.
Information: Call the library at 427-4300 or e-mail {Privacy Shield Invoked} .

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Curran, Br. Jack (MC????)

[JR: Hope all the Albany Jaspers get out to see Brother Jack. Agree with one side or the other matters not. Let’s fill up the room for him. Besides there’s no Monday night football until the fall. It would be interesting to hear from an unbiased set of “boots on the ground”.]

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* Posted on: Sat, Jul 11 2009 7:46 AM

JObit: Golinski, Gary J. [MC1964]

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20090711-PUBLICRECORDS-907110307

Gary J. Golinski
July 11, 2009 6:00 AM

SOMERSWORTH — Gerald J. “Gary” Golinski, 66, of Somersworth, formerly of Hampton, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 5:42 p.m. at Dover Rehabilitation Facility.

He was born April 5, 1943, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of the late John and Rita (Jurewicz) Golinski.

Gary was raised in Buffalo. He graduated from Manhattan College in New York City in 1964 with a degree in electrical engineering.

Family members include his son, Gregory Golinski and his wife, Anita, of Ossining, N.Y., and their children Margaret, Brian and Elizabeth Golinski; his daughter, Tara Viscuso and her husband, Sal, of Manassas, Va., and their children, Nicholas, Thomas and Matthew Viscuso; his daughter, Patricia Golinski of Charlestown, Mass.; his brother, Christopher Golinski and his wife, Mary, of Williamsville, N.Y.; his sister, Brigid Valenti and her husband, Dennis, of Maryville, Tenn; and nieces and nephews.

WE REMEMBER: He and his family moved to Hampton in 1978, and he eventually settled in Somersworth. Gary loved his family and was a devoted father, grandfather, uncle and friend.

SERVICES: Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 289 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH. Burial will follow in the High Street Cemetery in Hampton. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gary’s name to Beacon Hospice, 529 Main St., Suite 101, Charlestown, MA 02129. An online guestbook may be signed at http://www.RemickGendron.com.

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Golinski, Gary J. [MC1964]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/nl5fju

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* Posted on: Sat, Jul 11 2009 9:16 AM

ENDNOTE: Shrinking completes the loss

http://www.courant.com/community/hc-community-articleresults,0,5942637,results.formprofile?Query=13655HC

Enfield
Felician Sisters Complete Historic Election
Religious Life
Submitted by Sister Mary Francis Lewandowski on 2009-05-26.

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The eight provinces of the Felician Sisters of North America recently completed one of the final steps to merger with the election of a Provincial Minister and Council to lead the new single province. The election culminates a decade of planning by Felician Sisters throughout the US and Canada.

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[JR: Sad how far the Church has fallen. The religious orders are graying and shrinking before our eyes. Soon, it will be time to close the doors. End a Chapter of Church history in America. And write of a failed legacy. I blame it on the failure of Church leadership. Failing to fight on many fronts: failing to fight for the Catholic schools against free government education, by failing to fight pedophilia with honest admission and contrition, by failing to hold CINO politicians to account for their public scandal, and by failing to fight secular progressive values in every day life. They basically conceded defeat and slunk silently away. Of all the battles lost, the Catholic schools were the central breeding ground of Catholic life. By failing to fight for the Faith in this pivotal venue, the battle was lost. And, hence the war for mankind’s soul. These shrinking religious orders are the end results. Sad. Sad. Irreversibly gone. Like the American virtue in general. Sadly gone.]

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“Bon courage a vous tous”

“Dona Nobis Pacem”

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