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JASPER JOTTINGS Week 05 – 2012 February 03

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 05 – 2012 February 03

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2012/jj2012W05.html

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2012-01-27

POSITRACTION: Fighting poverty?

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=16790

Writing in The Washington Post, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento says that “Catholics must remind themselves and the world of the importance of fighting poverty.”

He begins:

Imagine the recent debate over the “fiscal cliff,” which found Democrats and Republicans alike obsessing over whose tax rates—people earning more than $250,000? $400,000?—might go up, and how different the debate might have been if the same attention had gone to the other end of the income spectrum. What if our leaders had focused on the lives of the millions who live in poverty and stand on the brink of despair? What if they had talked about the working poor and the tax credits that are vital to lifting millions out of poverty? What if keeping families together and saving mothers and children from the abortion cliff had been on the top of their agenda?

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I guess I’m really a fat old white guy injineer at heart, because to me “fighting poverty” means improving the lives of the poor by giving them effective ways out of poverty. Maybe it’s un-Christian or un-Catholic, but I want to succor those who have no options but not trap those capable of escaping poverty in the mire of de-motivating Gooferment “programs”. Those programs do nothing but create the modern day “slave plantation” for poor of all races. A woman who runs HomeFront in Mercer County NJ described the NJ Welfare program as “a trap to condemn poor women and their children to a life of perpetual poverty”. Her program, and it’s really “hers”, moves the needy from the grasp of the welfare bureaucrats by giving them the support need to pull themselves out. She’s a fighter and coach who puts the fight back into people that have been trained to be dependent.

I think that the irresponsible fiscal policy of the Gooferment is making us all poor. Giving the Government more money to do bad things is the wrong answer. Not only do they waste it and make war with it, they take it from the People who can use it for true charity.

Holy Mother Church has lost so many battles against the “King” (i.e., Secular Progressive Gooferment) I wonder if She, and we, can recover.

If I had to pick the battles — education, honest money, and the return of “charity” to Holy Mother Church and other such private organizations — that need to be fought and won to restore America and the American Spirit.

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2012-01-27

JOBIT: Duffy, John J. [MC1971 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=John-DUFFY&pid=162601149

John J. DUFFY
Obituary

DUFFY, John J.
May 19, 1939-Jan. 23, 2013

Born in The Bronx, New York, the son of Felix and Nora Duffy and the loving husband of Eileen (Heron), John has found his eternal rest after a long struggle with melanoma. In love with his life and his work, he was until recently still to be found at his office at DLA Piper LLP (US) where he specialized in commercial real estate leasing. Previous to DLA Piper, he was a partner at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro.

He is survived by his stepson, Morgan Alexander of Casa Grande, AZ; his brothers Edward (Barbara) of Wauwatosa, WI and Patrick (Brigid) of Peekskilll, NY; and his nephews and nieces: Lt. Col. Kevin Duffy, USMC of Carlsbad, CA, Jack of Somers, NY, Patrick of Mt. Kisco. NY, Joshua of West Allis, WI, Benjamin of Minneapolis, MN, Deirdre Benedict of San Leandro, CA, and Katherine and Nora of Wauwatosa, WI.

Immediately after receiving his law degree from N.Y.U., John moved to Los Angeles and began his forty-year career as an attorney. Previously, he had earned a Bachelor’s from St. Joseph’s in Yonkers, NY, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and from there he returned to the Bronx and earned a Master’s at Manhattan College.

John’s colleagues at DLA Piper expressed their sorrow at his passing with a heart-felt appreciation which read in part, “John earned a reputation of being one of the finest real estate lawyers in California.” His strong intellect and passion for the law was tempered by the street smarts and instincts he gained growing up in the Bronx.

As the son of an Irish bar and restaurant owner, he had a wonderful insight into the nature of people. Those who knew John could only smile thinking of him, as a young man, selling beer at Yankee Stadium. Living in the Bronx may also account for his great love of Hawaii, being in the sun and on the beach instead of the snow and slush of New York.

“Few lawyers in California could match John Duffy’s skills as a lawyer; all would agree that there was no better person than John.” He did not swear, was a devoted husband to Eileen (as John said, “the love of my life”), and could protect his clients without raising his voice, relying instead on logic and appealing to the other side’s sense of fairness. Each time a deal was concluded, John’s client, the other side’s lawyer, and the other side had very positive feelings toward John as he established a framework for the transaction to proceed on a win-win basis. Those of us who had the privilege of working with John cannot recall him ever speaking negatively of others. He was also a wonderful mentor of young lawyers, instilling intellectual and ethical rigor through his own dedication to the law. “Simply put, John was an elegant and decent human being with a generous spirit who was, and will remain, cherished by his clients and adored by his partners and co-workers. He, and the twinkle in his eye, will be missed by all.”

A scrappy guard on the basketball court, a genial bon vivant and a disciplined runner of a New York City Marathon, John became an avid Lakers fan but in baseball never lost his love for the Yankees and found his West Coast Rockaway in Manhattan Beach.

Viewing from 12PM to 4PM, with a Memorial Service dedicated for the final hour, will be held at the White & Day Mortuary, 3215 Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA., on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. A New York Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sacred Heart School, 1248 Nelson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452 or the John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2200 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA. 90404. Go to http://www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories and to obtain directions to the service. White and Day Mortuary – Manhattan Beach 310-792-7575

Published in the Los Angeles Times on January 25, 2013

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

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/latimes/guestbook.aspx?n=john-duffy&pid=162601149&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that John received his Masters in 1971.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Duffy, John J. [MC1971 RIP]

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2012-01-27

JOBIT: Heneghan, James J. [MC1966 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=James-HENEGHAN&pid=162695349#fbLoggedOut

HENEGHAN, James J.

James J. Heneghan, 69, of North Granby, CT and Cape Coral, FL, passed away on Sunday (January 20, 2013).

Born in New York City and raised in the Bronx, he later settled and lived for 41 years in North Granby. A graduate of Manhattan College, he worked as a mechanical engineer in the Aerospace, Manufacturing, Commercial Real Estate, and Farming industries. He was a man of many talents and interests; he worked on the Apollo space program, received multiple US patents, but found peace listening to music and engineering things in his garage.

His love of his family and dedication to his community was obvious in his readiness to always help. An accomplished rower and a national champion, he also channeled his passion for the sport as a high school, collegiate, and adult coach.

In retirement, he became an avid cyclist. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara; children, Kerry Heneghan Tharpe (Wink), James F. Heneghan (Christina), Tara Heneghan Law (Richard); siblings Ann Corbett, Margaret Scherder, Catherine Ballerini, Frank Heneghan; grandchildren, Margaret, Hollis, Colin, Katherine, Isabel, Annabelle, and Kyra.

Calling hours are at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville on Friday February 1 from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be at St. Patrick’s, 110 Main St., Farmington on Saturday February 2 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Cape Coral Rowing Club.

Published in The Hartford Courant on January 27, 2013

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Heneghan, James J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/hartfordcourant/guestbook.aspx?n=james-heneghan&pid=162695349&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1966.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Heneghan, James J. [MC1966 RIP]

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2012-01-27

JOBIT: McGowan, Andrew James Jr. [MC1953 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/providence/obituary.aspx?n=Andrew-McGowan&pid=162660049

Andrew James McGowan Jr.
Obituary

McGOWAN, ANDREW JAMES JR. passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in Newport Richey, Florida after a brief illness.

Born September 21, 1931 in Providence, Rhode Island to Andrew J. and Helen McGowan, Andrew attended La Salle Academy in Providence and in 1949, was awarded the Providence Journal Honor Roll Athlete award as the state’s finest scholar-athlete. Andrew grew up to be a well-respected educator and athlete who loved to read, golf, spend time by the ocean, be with his friends and family, and to give back to his community.

Andrew attended Manhattan College in New York City where he starred for both the basketball and baseball teams. He was drafted by professional teams in both sports, and then drafted by the U.S. Army where he served at Fort Dix from 1953-1955. Following the army, Andrew received his masters in Education from New York University and taught and coached basketball at Bishop Laughlin in Brooklyn, NY. In 1957, he moved his family back to Rhode Island to join the Warwick school system, where he continued to enrich the lives of the young people he taught and coached at Aldrich, Warwick Vets and Pilgrim High Schools. In 1968, Andrew became the Director of Athletics for the Warwick public school system where was awarded the first R.I. Athletic Director of the Year Award in 1973, and later became Director of Guidance at Bishop Hendricken High School.

Andrew is a member of the Manhattan College Hall of Fame, the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, the R.I. School Athletics Administrator’s Hall of Fame, and the Bishop Hendricken and La Salle Academy Halls of Fame. While his athletic abilities and dedication to his career brought awards and accolades,

Andrew’s most cherished vocation was his family, and in particular being “Poppy” to his seven grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean McGowan, his three children, Ann Marie Mehlert, Andrew McGowan and Thomas McGowan, and his seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother John McGowan, sisters Marita McGowan and Peggy Morrissroe. He was predeceased by his first child Kathleen Schusler and brother Joseph McGowan.

Andrew was also a longtime volunteer at McAuley Ministries in Providence, where in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made at http://www.mcauleyri.org. Funeral services will be held 9AM Saturday, February 2, 2013 at St. Mary’s Church, 12 William Street, Newport, RI.

Published in The Providence Journal on January 27, 2013

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McGowan, Andrew James Jr. [MC1953 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/providence/guestbook.aspx?n=andrew-mcgowan&pid=162660049&cid=full

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2012-01-27

PRAYERREQUEST: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) adds some details

Good Afternoon All,

A couple of evenings ago we added John Sullivan’s Brother Gene (please see below) to our prayer list and Gene has sent us, through Mike, a wonderful thank you for our prayers and gratitude for our continued support. With so much that Gene has going on, the fact that he took the trouble to get back to us is special, “Good Man, Himself.” Gene thought that we, the group, are a Mount Saint Michael’s Alumni Group, and that is OK, the important part is that we keep Gene and his family in our prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Good Evening Once Again,

John Sullivan ‘ 63, a friend and Mount Saint Michael Classmate of Mike McEneney asks that we pray for his Brother, Gene. Gene started Chemo Treatment this week. A large mass, too big to operate upon, was discovered in Gene’s chest. The MDs are trying to shrink the mass with Radiation and treat the Cancer with Chemo. Treatment may last up to 6 months. Please keep Gene, his Brother John and their family in your prayers as we pray for the complete success of the Treatment Regimen the MDs have set in motion. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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2012-01-27

JEMAIL: Apoldo, Lou (MC1963) comments on a great dental plan

Regarding your Endnote about how politicians make such “smart investments,” every critical American, like us fat old injuneers, knows that America has the best politicians that money can buy. A restaranteur near Pittsburg who regularly displays politically incorrect messages on the large sign in front of his restaurant, once displayed a sign to the effect that we regularly have two politicians who each spend about a billion dollars each on their campaigns to win a job that only paid $400,000. It must have one heck of a great dental plan!

Lou Apoldo
BCE ’63

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Apoldo, Lou (MC1963)

[JR: Amazing how the politicians become some much richer after “public service”. And, folks wonder why ½ the people don’t vote. Then are surprised that the other ½ that do, vote for free stuff?]

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2012-01-27

JHQ: Bocker, Andrea Giorgi [MC1980] heads the GWB construction

http://manhattan.edu/news/bridging-gap

ENGINEERING ALUMNA HEADS CONSTRUCTION ON WORLD’S BUSIEST BRIDGE
As caretaker of the iconic George Washington Bridge, Andrea Giorgi Bocker ’80 serves as a role model to women entering the civil engineering field.

For Andrea Giorgi Bocker ’80, the apple didn’t fall far from the bridge.

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2012-01-27

JLINKEDIN: DiGennaro, Joseph [MC1971] SVP Regional Security Manager – Protective Services – Florida Bank of America

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joseph-digennaro/47/594/813

DiGennaro, Joseph [MC????]
SVP Regional Security Manager – Protective Services – Florida |
Bank of America
West Palm Beach, Florida Area
Security and Investigations

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Dear John,

I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1971.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

DiGennaro, Joseph [MC1971]

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2012-01-28

JLINKEDIN: Montalto, Michael [MC2006] Associate, PE, LEED AP at Syska Hennessy Group

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-montalto/50/669/739

Montalto, Michael [MC2006]
Associate, PE, LEED AP at Syska Hennessy Group
New York, New York
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

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2012-01-29

JLINKEDIN: Gherardi, Douglas [MC1986] Software Engineer/Database Developer at Bank of New York

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-gherardi/7/b1/764

Gherardi, Douglas [MC????]
Software Engineer/Database Developer at Bank of New York
Information Technology and Services Professional
Greater New York City Area Information Technology and Services

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Dear John,

I believe that Douglas is a member of the Class of 1986.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gherardi, Douglas [MC1986]

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2012-01-29

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on McGowan, Andrew James Jr. [MC1953 RIP]

Good Evening,
Bob Mattis has shared some sad news with us regarding the death of Fellow Jasper, Andy McGowan. Andy was an early member of the Manhattan College Hall Of Fame and very proud of being a Jasper who certainly portrayed the LaSallian Spirit in the way he lived his life and the way he loved his family and friends. As Bob says, ” Please say a prayer for Andy, he is with the Angels.”
The following Obituary is a tribute to a good man. Please keep Andy and his family in your prayers as we pray for the repose of Andy’s soul as he has entered the Kingdom of Heaven.
Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Dear Phil and Bob,

Thanks for sending this around. Andy was a classmate of mine from that great Class of 1953 and will be missed by all. I believe that he was one of 7 members from that Class that are in the Manhattan College Athletic Hall Of Fame.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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JOBIT: McGowan, Andrew James Jr. [MC1953 RIP]

[JR: Was reported out already. Catching up on email. RIP, fellow alum. Where are the replacements of these great souls? ]

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2012-01-29

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) ask for his niece

Good Afternoon All,

An update on our Niece and God Child, Doreen, for whom we have been praying. I guess that Stage 4 Cancer can be almost as unpredictable as life but as Jim Smith says, Prayer Works. We visited with Doreen last week, which was very special. She has lost a lot of weight but as she said, that seems to be leveling off and she is more able to eat certain foods. Her MD Team, as she refers to them, continue to treat her with Hormones which seem to be having a positive effect. To us she looks good. The tumor in her brain has been shrunk away. The tumor behind her Eye has shrunk but her eyesight in the Eye is still non-existent and the prognosis at this time has the MDs non-committal but they are dealing with it. The spot on Doreen’s Liver is going to be frozen to prevent further growth (that is positive). At this point, we do not know where her Breast Cancer and Nodes stand. So all in all, some good things happening. Doreen’s Medical Coverage has ended but she was able to transfer part to her Husband’s plan and her Medical Team is working with her to try to keep her covered so we shall see how that goes. If you were to meet this Petite Dynamo, you would see how well she is handling all this, though she feels she could do better and keeps trying. Her attitude is positive, her spirit and courage are an example to all and she is so grateful for your prayers. Doreen’s Mom, Eileen, Doreen’s Brothers, Steven and Robert, her two Sons and Husband continue to be so supportive and of course her Daughter Katie (Downs Syndrome) is a joy. Please keep Doreen and her family in your prayers and keep that volume up. Thank you so much for your prayers. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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2012-01-30

JLINKEDIN: Torsell, Diane-Nicole [MC2010] Freelance Production Assistant at MKTG., INC.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/diane-nicole-torsell/1b/873/b24

Torsell, Diane-Nicole [MC2010]
Freelance Production Assistant at MKTG., INC.
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising

Summary

I have worked in multiple areas of the country and have a broad range of experience including agricultural and farming, customer service,sales and the food and hospitality industry. I hope to be able to combine my unique experience and expertise with my education and gain a job in the editorial or writing field.

Specialties

Excellent communicator, sales, customer service, writing, reading, editing, hard working, swift learner, able to perform under pressure, and self-motivated.

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2012-01-30

JNEWS: Quinn, Peter [MC1969] quote in St. Brigid’s story

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/nyregion/st-brigids-church-on-lower-east-side-celebrates-a-new-beginning.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

A New Beginning for a Church Where Demolition Once Started

By FRANCES ROBLES
Published: January 27, 2013

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On Sunday, worshipers, including descendants of some of the original Irish parishioners, gathered as Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan consecrated and dedicated the newly renovated building. After 12 years and nearly $15 million, the church, on Avenue B and Eighth Street, was once again a parish church.

“You don’t believe in miracles, and then something like that happens,” said Peter Quinn, an author whose grandparents were married at St. Brigid’s in 1899. “It seemed so hopeless.”

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Quinn, Peter [MC1969]

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2012-01-30

JHQ: Pile Driving to Start

http://studentcommonsblog.manhattan.edu/2013/01/pile-driving-to-start-shortly.html

Pile Driving to Start Shortly
Excavation begins on the student commons construction site. Excavation began on the eastern part of the construction site along with the start of the spring 2013 semester.

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2012-01-31

JLINKEDIN: McClellan, Tom [MC????] Manager Quality & Product Safety at Schindler Elevator Corp

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-mcclellan/12/372/5b9

McClellan, Tom [MC????]
Manager Quality & Product Safety at Schindler Elevator Corporation (U.S.)
Greater New York City Area
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing

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2013-Feb-01

JLINKEDIN: Marra, Daniel [MC2004] Media and Communications Specialist at Winchester Hospital

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-marra/15/b5/282

Marra, Daniel [MC2004]
Media and Communications Specialist at Winchester Hospital
Greater Boston Area
Writing and Editing

Specialties

Writing, Editing, Publishing, Sports, Journalism, Politics & Government, Multimedia Technology, Deadline Reporting, Blogging, History, WordPress, Mac, Quark, Teaching.

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2013-Feb-02

JOBIT: Robinson, William Burke [MC1951 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jdnews/obituary.aspx?n=William-Robinson&pid=162711737

William Robinson
Obituary

CAPE CARTERET – William Burke Robinson, 85, of Cape Carteret, died Jan. 27, 2013, at Carteret General Hospital.

No services are planned.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He graduated from Manhattan College and was a ship and cargo broker in New York City.

Survivors include his wife, Jan; three children, Laureen Spears, Sharon Palmer and Greg Robinson; brother, Matthew Robinson; three stepchildren and nine grandchildren.

Condolences may be left at brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Arrangements by Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City.

Published in Jacksonville Daily News from January 29 to February 1, 2013

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Robinson, William Burke [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com/guest.php?oid=933

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Dear John,

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

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Robinson, William Burke [MC1951 RIP]

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[JR: FOr some reason, the sparseness of the obit and no service lakes me sad. It would be inspiring if EVERY Jasper reading this put a comment on his page. Just an idea?  ]

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2013-Feb-02

JLINKEDIN: Shelley, Timothy [MC1982] Owner, Shelley Engineering, Inc.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/timothy-shelley/35/450/292

Shelley, Timothy [MC1982]
Owner, Shelley Engineering, Inc.
Portland, Maine Area
Civil Engineering

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2013-Feb-02

ENDNOTE: What the Babies Would Say

http://www.billoreilly.com/site/product?st=2&satype=1&said=502&pid=39721

What the Babies Would Say
By Bill O’Reilly
Thursday, January 31, 2013

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It is one of life’s great mysteries that so many liberal people are so callous when it comes to aborting fetuses. I mean, the Democratic Convention last summer was almost a pro-abortion pep rally, as a variety of pro-choice speakers, including the self-proclaimed “Catholic woman” Caroline Kennedy, knelt at the altar of “reproductive rights.”

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[JR: This article makes me so sad!  ]

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