JASPER JOTTINGS Week 11 – 2014 Mar 16

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 11 – 2014 Mar 16

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2014/jj2014W11.html

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POSITRACTION: 12-Year-Old Invents

2014-Mar-09

http://www.livescience.com/43455-lego-braille-printer.html

12-Year-Old Invents Braille Printer Using Lego Set | LiveScience

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[JR: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? A 12 year old make a breakthrough with some LEGOs? Argh! I am stunned! More than I’ve ever done!]

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JFOUND: Duthie, Daniel P. [MC1970] Expert witness

2014-Mar-09

http://goo.gl/DDMEsV

Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning
Audio CD + Course Book
Copyright Date: March, 2014

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DANIEL P. DUTHIE is qualified and testified as an expert witness on law and regulation before the New York State Public Service Commission, and provides legal advice and assistance to AalonBay Communities, Inc. and Cappelli Enterprises on various electric, gas and water utility issues associated with large scale residential and commercial real estate developments.

In addition, Mr. Duthie advises several major investment funds on utility mergers and acquisitions and has extensive experience in the development and prosecution of rate applications of water, sewer, gas, electric and telecommunications utilities before federal and state public service commissions. This experience includes first chair responsibility for all aspects of administrative hearings, motion practice, brief writing, appellate advocacy and settlement procedures in multi-party proceedings.

In addition, Mr. Duthie was awarded the Pro-bono award from the New York State Bar Association for work with Nassau/Suffolk Law Service Committee, Inc. He also founded Strategic Power Management, Inc. and participated in the development of the first retail access pilot program in New York State.

Mr. Duthie’s publications include “Electricity Transmission” Chapter 81, “Energy Law and Transactions” and “Environmental Impact Analysis and Governmental Agency Liaison” Chapter 19, Industrial Pollution Control Handbook, 2nd Ed.

He was an adjunct professor in environmental law, graduate division, at Manhattan College and is a lecturer for CLE programs for the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Duthie earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Manhattan College, his M.B.A; degree in finance from Baruch College; and his J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law.

He is admitted to practice in New York (Eastern and Southern districts) and in New Jersey (New Jersey District). Mr. Duthie is a member of the American Bar Association (Public Utility and Administrative Law committees), the New York State Bar Association (Public Utility Committee), the Energy Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of City of New York (Energy Committee), the New Jersey State Bar Association (Public Utility Section), the Edison Electric Institute (Legal Committee) and the Long Island Association (Energy Committee).

He is chairman of the Conservation Board of the Town of Warwick and is a member of the Town of Warwick Comprehensive Plan Review Board.

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Dear John,

I believe that Daniel is a member of the Class of 1970.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Duthie, Daniel P. [MC1970]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports good results

2014-Mar-09

Good Evening All,

It has been a Banner week for me, I spoke with John Nason and know that he is doing better and that Jeanne and he are doing OK. I have shared prayers with all of you for John and Jim and I just heard from Jim Smith which made my day. He is back home and undergoing heavy Therapy. Even in an email, Jim sounds good. Jim sends his love to all with thanks for all your prayers. He asks that you re-direct your thoughtful and heartfelt prayers to John and Jeanne. As Jim says….Prayer Works…. he knows. Thank you and please keep the volume up and let us not forget a little prayer of thanks. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JNEWS: Frederick, Elizabeth [MC2011] The Chasen Companies

2014-Mar-09

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/business/20140309/mid-hudson-business-people-on-the-move-march-10-2014

Mid-Hudson business people ‘On the Move’: March 10, 2014
Posted: 03/09/14, 11:55 AM EDT |

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Elizabeth Frederick has joined the municipal engineering group at The Chasen Companies at the firm headquarters in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Prior to joining Chazen, Frederick worked for Malcom Pirnie Inc. in White Plains, N.Y., where she was involved in the design of municipal water/wastewater treatment plant upgrades. She has experience in process mechanical design, process engineering and the operational assessment of municipally owned utilities. Frederick also has worked on projects for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, including the development of design packages from concept to bid-ready documents.

She her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2005 and her master of science degree in in environmental engineering from Manhattan College in 2011.

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Frederick, Elizabeth [MC2011]

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) reports in from Addis Hope

2014-Mar-09

Dear Friends of Addis Hope,

Greetings from Addis Ababa!!! My apologies for this form letter. I am very fortunate in having so many relatives and friends that for now this is my only option. I promise to be more personal in the future.
It’s only now after dealing with telecommunications to pay for internet and phone service and going for a week without electricity and water that I’m able to be up and running, at least until the next blackout.

It’s been approximately two weeks since my arrival back to Ethiopia after sixteen hours travel. For a few dollars more my United flight to Frankfurt provided extra leg room but they forgot to pad the seats. The Lufthansa flight to Addis had wonderfully padded seats but anyone over five feet tall was in trouble. I used my pillow as a pad to brace my knees. No one dared put their seats in a reclining position. In the stopover in Jedda, Saudi Arabia we were told to hide any liquor but, unlike previously, no liquor police came through the cabin. Upon arrival, I was happy to be met by my good friend, Brother Kassu Fantaye. Kassu had lived with our Irish brothers in South Africa, took a great liking to them and now insists on being called McFantaye. I can’t yet bring myself to accept his wanting to be black Irish. He is the headmaster of De La Salle primary/ secondary school of 1,000 students. Others in my community are Betre Fessehay, headmaster of Nazareth Girls School, 1500 students, Belayneh Medhanit, headmaster of St. Joseph’s Boys School, 1300 students, Tsegaye Worku, Sector Coordinator, Peter de Groot, Dutch American religion teacher in two schools, Daniel Carlin, Irish Community Director and English teacher in St. Joseph. My room reminds me of the joke that the flies have to file a flight plan- a big change from CBA, Lincroft NJ.

As always moving from the first world to the third/fourth is very disconcerting no matter how often it’s done – and for me that’s quite often over the past forty years. At 11 PM on a damp cold night on the way to our residence a young barefoot woman carrying a baby begged for money which she received. One of her other children could well have been one of our students in Addis Hope since begging is a way of life for a good number of our parents.

Needless to say, I’m happy to be back with my confreres and Addis Hope colleague, Ruth Girmay. Ruth continues to be my chauffeur to save on fuel. She is a very good driver and loves outmaneuvering other drivers – the rule here is whoever gets to the spot first owns it. I’ll have more to say about our work with Addis Hope and the disabled in another note.

God bless,
Greg

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957)

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The Literate Chef
theliteratechef.wordpress.com
50.154.90.79
Submitted on 2014/03/10 at 9:04 am

Great letter. Thanks for posting.

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports “Prayer Works”

2014-Mar-10

Good Morning All,

A thank you to Fellow Jasper Matt Donohue of our Prayer Group and Retreat and his Mom. While in Florida visiting with his Mom they visited with John Nason in Rehab and shared an update that I shared with you. Thank you Matt for your (and Mom’s) kindness and thoughtfulness. It is nice to be able to say that is the Jasper way. Thank you also to all of you for your prayers and thoughts for John and Jim. Prayer Works. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JHQ: Alma Mater highlights some West Coast students

2014-Mar-10

http://manhattan.edu/news/eastward-bound-west-coast-natives-make-their-mark-manhattan

Eastward Bound: West Coast Natives Make their Mark on Manhattan

Jaspers from the west coast discover that New York City is the ideal backdrop to an exceptional education.

New York City: There’s no place like it. That’s why many westerners brave the cultural divide between U.S. coasts, moving more than 3,000 miles away from the comforts of hometown faces and places for the promise of the Big Apple.

Jaspers define and distinguish that promise for themselves: from discovering independence and big city opportunities to continuing a family tradition, they find that a close campus community with easy access to New York City is the ideal backdrop to the transformation that begins in the classroom.

Best of Both Worlds

Just a short subway ride from one of the most diverse cities in the world, Manhattan was the ideal choice for the varied interests and goals of lifelong friends and L.A. natives Clarisse Aoanan ’15 and Nicole Peltier ’15 who wanted to experience NYC in tandem.

Aoanan, a self-starting business major who’s also pre-med, can usually be found in the middle of O’Malley Library stacks as she juggles six to seven courses per semester. Peltier, a communication major, divides her time and attention between the classroom and developing her professional experience downtown.

As a rule, weekends are a time for the duo to slow down and explore everything the city has to offer, from the newest wine bar in SoHo to the Museum of Moving Art in Astoria. Together, they’ve mastered the subway system and the art of layering during frigid winter months.

“There’s nothing like being in NYC while you’re young,” Aoanan says. “We’ve had so many crazy adventures. We’ve gotten lost, we’ve discovered new places, and I love that.”

During summers, both Aoanan and Peltier prioritize their own professional development in very different ways. Aoanan, on the fast track to medical school, returns to California and takes general science courses at the nearby community college. Peltier stays at Manhattan to develop her professional resume.

In addition to finding her footing as a freelance photographer, Peltier interned with Gluttony, an ad agency in Chelsea during summer 2013. Since May, she’s served as a guest services and production assistant at EDC New York at MetLife Stadium, a position she secured by simply volunteering at several events.

“Living here is exciting because you’re pushed out of your comfort zone,” Peltier says. “I’ve met a lot of people and made a ton of connections by doing that, and none of that would have happened if I didn’t live in New York City.”

Continuing a Tradition

Tyler Mulvaney ’16 is a fourth generation Jasper who grew up in the laid back surfing culture of Santa Monica, Calif. There was never a doubt in his mind that Manhattan was his college of choice, as he planned to follow in the tried and true footsteps of his father, grandfather and great uncle.

Although Mulvaney immediately felt at home on campus, all the family anecdotes couldn’t prepare him for the fundamental adjustments as he traded his flip-flops for boots and surfboard for a MetroCard.

He remembers his snow-covered debut as the Jaspers pitcher during a game against Seton Hall, joking, “I had never been so cold in my life.”

The different climate and culture pushed Mulvaney to explore new hobbies. This year, he decided to trade in his baseball glove to explore other opportunities on campus. He’s currently a member of the St. Thomas More Law Society and regularly participates in mock trials.

The history major hopes to attend law school and eventually become an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A Perfect Fit

Las Vegas native Mickayla Romero ’15 discovered her passion for education and service during her junior year of high school when she took a course in adaptive physical education. Hoping to find a good education program at a college that offered D1 athletics, she says it felt like an act of providence when Manhattan’s head coach Tom Pardalis contacted her to play softball for the Jaspers.

Making the 3,000-plus-mile trek and learning about Manhattan’s Lasallian heritage, she says, “It was perfect. Manhattan was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Although it’s far from home, she maintains a position she acquired in high school and returns home for winter and summer breaks to work at Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities to enhance their lives and the lives of their families.

Currently, Romero is halfway through Manhattan’s five-year childhood and special education B.S./M.S.Ed. program, and is an integral part of the softball team, named to the MAAC All-Academic Team in 2012. Additionally, she serves as an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the national honor society for education, and helps with campus and community-wide events.
Confidence to Conquer

“Go far; go find yourself; go see the world,” was the parental advice Ivy Enneking ’14, a chemical engineering major, was given when she began her college search.

Heeding this advice, the Tacoma, W.A. native explains, “When you have to leave your family and home, you have to create your own family there, especially in an urban setting,” Enneking says. “The moment I set foot on campus, I felt a family atmosphere.”

Enneking quickly became a campus leader, serving as a resident assistant and eventually a member of the Model United Nations team. In fact, her participation in a Society of Women Engineers event in Manhattan led to a paid summer internship with Unilever’s Lipton Tea manufacturing plant in Suffolk, Va.

As a part of the quality control department, Enneking was given the responsibility to review the company’s processes and make assessments and recommendations. To her surprise, many of these were accepted and implemented under her supervision. She quickly realized that on the job, age and experience weren’t of utmost importance; she already had the life skills and confidence to get the job done.

“Moving to the East Cost was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the best,” Enneking says. “With that experience, when you have that much responsibility put onto you at a job or an internship, you’re not afraid of it. It feels normal because you’re used to being self-sufficient and make rational, responsible, independent decisions.”

“Manhattan has given me confidence to do what I want to do,” Enneking adds. “It’s great to be leaving college with that peace of mind.”

Discover more about the world’s greatest classroom. http://manhattan.edu/about/our-campus/new-york-city-location

Posted on March 10, 2014

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MNEWS: New York City College Team, Manhattan College

2014-Mar-10

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/03/10/manhattan-jaspers-basketball-new-york-citys-team/

Manhattan Jaspers Basketball: New York City’s Team
March 10, 2014 12:21 PM
By Andrew Kahn

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Syracuse University advertises itself as “New York’s College Team.” St. John’s boasts, “We Are New York’s Team.” If we’re talking about New York City, Manhattan College may have the best case. The Jaspers, unlike Syracuse, play in NYC; while both Syracuse and St. John’s fill their rosters with national talent, Manhattan has eight players from the five boroughs and another from Long Island. As Manhattan’s program rises—tonight it will play in its second straight MAAC championship—its case strengthens.

Manhattan’s third-year head coach Steve Masiello, who is from White Plains, NY, just outside of the city, believes his program, at the very least, belongs in the conversation for the unofficial title of New York City’s team. “We pride ourselves on being Manhattan,” he says. “No other team can say that with the name on their chest. When we go play in Texas or South Carolina, we’re representing New York.” He acknowledged that, like an argument over the king of New York rappers, there could be more than one reasonable answer.

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Masiello says New York City kids can be difficult to coach at times because they’ve been told how good they are from a young age. “You have to break them down,” he says. But he also praised their passion. “New York City kids have so much pride about their game. Their identity is basketball unlike other players in country.” He believes a player like senior Emmy Andujar has played so well against local rival Iona because he doesn’t want to hear trash talk on the playgrounds all summer.

Manhattan doesn’t limit its recruiting to New York—the roster includes players from Illinois and Kentucky as well—but if a local player fits the school’s needs and is interested, Masiello wants him. St. John’s, on the other hand, has just one player from the state of New York. Says Masiello: “New York basketball is down across the board. Us New Yorkers need to bring it back.”

Andrew Kahn is a contributor to CBS Local Sports who also writes for Newsday and The Wall Street Journal. He writes about college basketball and other sports at AndrewJKahn.com. Email him at andrewjkahn@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewKahn

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[JR: I believe that the championship game will be on ESPN2 at 7PM.]

[JR: Everyone loves a winner. This strikes me as faint praise from a “Sunshine Fan”. Here in the good times; gone in the bad.]

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JLINKEDIN: Roman, Larry [MC1984] Project Manager NY Presbyterian Hospital

2014-Mar-10

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/larry-roman/b/557/254

Roman, Larry [MC1984]
Project Manager – Engineering at New York Presbyterian Hospital
Greater New York City Area
Construction

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JOBIT: Tomanelli, Rose T. [MC???? RIP]

2014-Mar-10

http://www.unionfuneralhome.com/obituary?id=1352534

Rose T Tomanelli

September 20, 1936 – March 9, 2014
Resided in Kenilworth, NJ

Rose T. Tomanelli, 77, of Kenilworth passed away peacefully at Villa Marie Claire in Saddle River on March 9, 2014.

Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation at Good Shepherd Church, Nesbit Terr, Irvington from 8:45 until 10:45 on Friday, March 14. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.

Rose, the 5th of 6 children born to Angela and Nicolas Tomanelli was raised in Orange, NJ. She attended and graduated from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School and Orange High School. She obtained a B.A. Elem Ed. from Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY; a M.A. Elem. Ed from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ; a Post Graduate Diploma in Administrative/Supervision from Manhattan College, NY.

Rose’s career as an educator spanned 51 years. She taught at St Patrick School, Woodbury, NJ, St Mary School, Nutley, NJ and Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Maplewood, NJ. She served as principal at St Frances Cabrini School, Piscataway, NJ, Our Lady of Mt Carmel School, Orange, NJ and as vice-principal at St Thomas the Apostle School, Bloomfield, NJ. In addition to teaching, Rose served on various committees for the Archdiocese of Newark as well as for the Middle States Commission, visiting schools in New York and New Jersey for accreditation evaluation.

While Rose belonged to various professional organizations, the membership she valued most was that of Who’s Who among America’s teachers, having been nominated by several of her students.

Rose was a long time member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, where she served as a lector and as a member of the Folk Group Music Ministry. She also was active on the Parish Council, servig on the Education Committee and the Liturgy Committee, as well as being the Corresponding/Recording Secretary. When Immaculate Heart of Mary merged with St. Paul Parish, Irvington, Rose continued as a member of the newly formed parish, Good Shepherd Parish, Irvington.

Outside of teaching and parish activities, Rose was a reader for the blind (EIES of NJ) for several years as well as a member of the South Orange/Maplewood Women’s Chorus until it disbanded. Upon retiring, Rose became a volunteer at St. Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, working three days a week in the pediatric unit.

Besides spending time with her family and friends, Rose enjoyed reading, baking, playing Scrabble and Rummicube with her sister, and watching the Yankees, the Cowboys, and college football and basketball games.

Rose was predeceased by her parents, Angela and Nicolas Tomanelli, her sisters Camilla and Angela and her brother Michael. She is survived by her sister Louise T. Wood, her sister AntionetteT. Valdati and her husband Anthony, as well as 36 nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. One nephew predeceased her.

Memorial contributions to Good Shepherd Pairsh in Irvington or Villa Marie Claire of Saddle River would be appreciated.

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Tomanelli, Rose T. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: At bottom of page.

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Rose.

May She rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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MFOUND: Evelyn Infante [MC????] on the A train

2014-Mar-11

http://tothenextstop.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/from-poverty-to-wealth-on-the-mta/

From Poverty to Wealth on the MTA
Posted on March 9, 2014 by Natalie E. Sullivan

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Evelyn Infante, international studies major at Manhattan College, is a daily commuter and claims that the income inequality on the subway is impossible to ignore.

“There is no doubt in my mind that NYC has a problem with income equality and ridinf the subway proves it, “Infante said. “If I get on the A train at 42nd Street and I really want a seat, I would go stand next to the people who seem wealthy. A majority of the time, the wealthy looking people get off before the train approaches Utica Avenue, a part of Brooklyn that has not been gentrified.”

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[JR: Maybe a Jasper; not likely if she’s on the A train.]

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Dear John,

I do not have anything in my ‘stuff’ for Evelyn, but she may be a student.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: Stropnicky, Stephen F. [MC1974 RIP]

2014-Mar-11

http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2448857&fh_id=12119

Stephen F. Stropnicky
(March 8, 1952 – March 6, 2014)

Stephen F. Stropnicky of Lincoln Park, passed away on March 6, 2014. He was 61.

Born in Ridgewood to Joseph and Lillian, Stephen was a graduate of Manhattan College and was employed for 33 years at Prudential as a Vice President for Information Systems.

Stephen is survived by his loving wife, Kim, his son Christopher Stropnicky and wife Kristin, his daughter Jessica Geanoules and husband Marc and daughter Jennifer Potelunas and grandson Elijah. He was predeceased by both of his parents.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 216 Comly Road, Lincoln Park. Arrangements are by the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Stephen’s memory be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by clicking on the following link:

http://pages.teamintraining.org/nyc/halfnyc14/kathyscrusaders

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Stropnicky, Stephen F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/Batesville/guestbook.aspx?n=stephen-stropnicky&pid=170106265

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Dear John,

I believe that Stephen is a member of the Class of 1974.

May He Rest In Peace

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Stropnicky, Stephen F. [MC1974 RIP]

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JEMAIL: Kivlehan, James (MC1987) and Solicito, Michael (MC1987) “collected” by O’Sullivan, Neil T. (MC1990)

2014-Mar-11

I ran into two friends of mine watching the Jaspers beat the Gaels last night and I mentioned Jasper Jottings to them. They would like to receive them.

They are both from the Class of 1987. James Kivlehan and Michael Solicito. Their e-mails are attached.

Thanks again for all the work you do.

Regards,
Neil T. O’Sullivan
Neil O’Sullivan CPA/PLLC
38 South Main Street
Pearl River, NY 10965

[JR: agh two more victims for my spam machine. invites extended. thanks.]

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Kivlehan, James (MC1987)

Solicito, Michael (MC1987)

O’Sullivan, Neil T. (MC1990)

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[JR: Both of who accepted the invite. One much faster than the other, but who’s watching?]

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JNEWS: Racanelli, Cristina Farenga [MC2003] owner of Wipe Your Paws Inc.

2014-Mar-12

http://news.hamlethub.com/chappaqua/neighbors/83-meet-our-doggy-expert

Meet our Doggy Expert

inShare

Published on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:10
Written by Wipe Your Paws Inc.

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Cristina (Farenga) Racanelli, owner of Wipe Your Paws Inc., happily opened the doors of the ultimate dog center in September of 2010. Cristina has always been an animal lover and one of her fondest memories was going to the Bronx Zoo day camp as a child. Though she always dreamed of working with animals she found a “real” job in advertising after graduating from Manhattan College with a degree in Communications and a minor in Marketing.

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Racanelli, Cristina Farenga [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Cristina is a member of the Class of 2003.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Racanelli, Cristina Farenga [MC2003]

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JNEWS: Paluszek, Mike [MC1980] gets the game ball stolen

2014-Mar-13

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/basketball.html

Whose ball is it, anyway? Manhattan College basketball fan forced to give up game-winning ball at MAAC championship game at MassMutual Center
By Conor Berry | cberry@repub.com
on March 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM, updated March 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Mike Paluszek, a diehard Manhattan College basketball fan from New York, made the drive up I-91 for Monday night’s MAAC championship game at Springfield’s MassMutual Center.

Everything was going great for Paluszek, whose beloved Jaspers defeated the No. 1 Iona Gales in a final clash pitting the Catholic college rivals – one in the Lasallian Brother tradition, the other in the Christian Brother tradition – against each other.

Not only did Paluszek’s team defeat the Gales, 71-68, but he managed to score the game-winning ball after Jaspers guard George Beamon hurled it high into the stands, sending Manhattan fans scrambling for a game keepsake.

A guy in the row behind Paluszek caught the ball, much to Paluszek’s dismay.

“The ball has great value and significance to me as an alum,” said Paluszek, a 1980 graduate of the Bronx college who’s had season tickets to the Jaspers for more than a decade.

The New Yorker, incapable of accepting defeat, began negotiating with the local man, who was with his two sons.

Paluszek first offered $100 for the ball, but the man who caught the ball didn’t budge. “He wavered, talked to his kids, and decided that they wanted to keep the ball,” Paluszek said.

The Jaspers fan waited a few more minutes before upping his offer to $200, piquing the father’s interest. The man conferred with his sons and, eventually, a deal was struck.

Alas, the ball was Paluszek’s – or so he thought.

“With the celebration still going on on the court, and me in my state of exhilaration, excitement and happiness with our big win, I turned toward the court where the players and coaching staff were pointing to and thanking us, the fans in the stands, who had come to support them,” Paluszek said.

He said he raised the winning ball up over his head, and made the No. 1 sign with his other hand. A couple of minutes later, Paluszek said he was approached by MassMutual Center staff, who told him to return the ball.

Paluszek explained that he had just given the man who caught the ball $200, but the officials were apparently unmoved by his story. A security guard and a city police officer were now on the scene, telling Paluszek to either give up the ball or go to jail.

“I told the officer my story and said I was willing to get arrested if I could take the ball with me to the police station,” Paluszek said.

At that point, he said, the ball was punched out of his hands, ending the brief standoff.

Paluszek wasn’t criminally charged, but he did leave the MassMutual Center with mixed feelings – elation for the Jaspers’ big win, but disappointment over losing the ball.

And, for losing 200 bucks.

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Paluszek, Mike [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael IS a member of the Class of 1980.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Paluszek, Mike [MC1980]

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JHQ: 40 Years of Coeducation

2014-Mar-13

http://youtu.be/Px4eXoGfSzU

Manhattan College Celebrates 40 Years of Coeducation

2013-14 marks 40 years of coeducation at Manhattan College. This academic year, we take the time to celebrate Jasper women and the impact they’ve had on the College — from the first women to run for Student Government to the development of the women’s basketball program. We thank our trailblazers for taking the time to share their stories with the College community.

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JOBIT: Hannafin, Richard M. [MC1967 RIP]

2014-Mar-13

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Richard-Hannafin&lc=7210&pid=170149545&mid=5891829

In Memory of
Richard Hannafin
March 5, 1941 – March 12, 2014
Obituary

Richard M. Hannafin, 73, of South Orleans, passed away March 12, 2014.

Dick was born to the late Maurice Hannafin and Mary Cahill Hannafin, on March 3, 1941 in New York, NY. He graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1959, and Manhattan College in 1967. He married his wife Claire Schoeppler Hannafin in 1992.

Dick was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Marine Brigade, India Battery 1/12 from 1963 to 1966. He served his Country in Viet Nam from 1964 to 1966, where he was assigned as a forward observer for a Force Recon unit.

Dick worked for over 40 years in the financial services industry as an officer for banking institutions including Chase Manhattan Bank and Citibank. He later established RMH Associates, Inc., a marketing and consulting firm based in New York, NY and Newport, RI.

As a child and teenager, Dick and his family spent summers in Orleans at their home on Skaket Beach where he enjoyed sailing and racing his Beetle Cat, The Sea Flirt, at the Orleans Yacht Club.

In 1994, Dick and Claire permanently settled on Cape Cod, making Orleans their home.

Upon retirement he earned his license as a US Merchant Marine Officer. Dick loved being on his boat, The Recon, taking out fishing charters, tuna fishing, and showing friends and family the beauty of Cape Cod waters. In his younger days, Dick raced Austin Healey’s on New York tracks and recently spent several years building a Shelby Cobra 429 replica.

Dick is survived by his wife, Claire; his daughter and son in-law, Meghan and Damon Kovelsky, and his granddaughter, Renee Kovelsky; and his sister in-law Linda Schoeppler. He is also survived by many loving nieces, a nephew, and cousins. He is predeceased by his sister, Maura Ott.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Cape Cod VNA/Hospice, Wounded Warriors, or a charity of choice.

Visitation will be held on Sunday March 16, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. Graveside service and burial are private.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

For online condolences and directions please visit http://www.nickersonfunerals.com

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Hannafin, Richard M. [MC1967 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=richard-hannafin&pid=170149545

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JNEWS: Dunne, Niall (MC1998) cited a repeated drop out

2014-Mar-13

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/niall-dunne/post_7088_b_4956456.html?utm\_hp\_ref=sports&ir=Sports

Niall Dunne Become a fan

Chief Sustainability Officer, BT Group plc

How Sport Saved Me
Posted: 03/13/2014 10:13 am EDT Updated: 03/13/2014 10:59 am EDT

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The first time I dropped out of college was somewhere in the winter months of 1994. I can’t remember the exact date. There was no Damascus moment where I woke up and decided college wasn’t for me, it just kind of happened over a period of weeks, until the point where my mother would have a series of conversations with me, usually while I was watching Countdown or some other day time TV; her voice over my shoulder said something like, if I didn’t want to go to college that was fine, but I needed to at least get a decent job.

The second time I dropped out of college I remember precisely. It was January 2000, I was on scholarship on the MBA program at Colorado State University. I had completed my undergraduate degree at Manhattan College in New York and still had a year of eligibility to use under NCAA guidelines. I had carefully evaluated the top athletic programs in the US and decided Colorado was the place for me to try and pursue what by then had developed into a dream of Olympic greatness.

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Dunne, Niall (MC1998)

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MFOUND: Ross, Victoria [MCstudent] may be distracted

2014-Mar-13

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/prayers-to-a-speedy-recovery-for-belleville-s-jerry-ross-1.739302

Prayers to a speedy recovery for Belleville ‘s Jerry Ross
MARCH 13, 2014, 1:52 AM BY LAMBERTI, MIKE BELLEVILLE TIMES

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It sounds like a cliche, but I’ll say it anyway. It seems like yesterday when I was watching Jerry Ross play high school football and baseball for the Belleville Bucs.

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Jerry and his wife, the former Chrissie Layne. herself a Belleville High grad and the love of Jerry’s love in high school, would welcome three beautiful daughters into their lives, all of whom are doing well. Eldest daughter Layne has already graduated college, Alexandra is thriving in college while Victoria is preparing to attend college on a softball scholarship at Manhattan College this fall.

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Ross, Victoria [MCstudent]

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JFOUND: Grant, Mayor (?name?) [MC???? RIP] youngest Mayor of New York

2014-Mar-14

http://newrytimes.com/2014/03/13/newry-a-look-back-in-time-local-link-to-youngest-ever-mayor-of-new-york-city/

Newry: A look back in time – Local link to youngest ever Mayor of New York City
Posted by Seán Ó Sirideán sean-osiridean@newrytimes.com
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 Community, Old Newry

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In our new column Newry Times columnist Sean O’Siridean takes a look back through the Newry of old. He takes a step back in time and looks at how history reported on Newry and the surrounding areas through past decades. Today Sean looks at the local link to the youngest ever Mayor of New York City, Mayor Grant.

I was surprised to discover that the youngest ever mayor of New York city could trace his lineage directly to Mayobridge and was a frequent visitor to Newry to visit his aunt, a Mrs Dempsey, who resided on Sugar Island. We have obtained a short excerpt from the Irish News dated 26th February 1892 which documents his last visit to Ireland, where he took in a trip to Bessbrook Linen Mill and Lisummon for the Newry Harriers hunt.

Early life & Politics: Born to Irish immigrants who left Mayobridge for New York in 1856 Mayor Grant unfortunately became orphaned at an early age but overcame those early obstacles to become a successful real estate entrepreneur. He was educated at Manhattan College then spent a year in Berlin.

Back in New York, he studied at St. Francis Xavier College, then Columbia Law School, after which he went into private practice. In 1882 he entered public service and was elected to two terms as Alderman, then one term as Sheriff of New York County. With the backing of Tammany Hall, he was elected Mayor of New York at the age of 31, the youngest in the city’s history.

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Grant, Mayor (?name?) [MC???? RIP]

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JNEWS: McKenna, Kevin [MC1975] for Re-election to Shrewsbury Library Board of Trustees

2014-Mar-14

http://shrewsbury.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/kevin-mckenna-to-run-for-reelection-to-library-board-of-trustees

Board | Town Square
Kevin McKenna to Run for Re-election to Library Board of Trustees
Posted by beth casavant , March 13, 2014 at 02:30 PM

I have been a resident of Shrewsbury since 1984 and a trustee of the Shrewsbury Public Library for over 20 years. This year, I’m running for re-election and would like to ask for your vote. This is a particularly exciting time for the library as we finally begin the process of renovating and expanding the existing structure. We all agree that the library is far more than a physical structure. It is the intellectual heart of our community.

A visit to the library on any day will underscore how vital a service this institution is to Shrewsbury. From children excitedly engaged in exploring the wonders of reading, to teens participating in SPLAT activities, to students getting help researching material for research papers, to adults selecting a book to read or a DVD to watch, the library is daily a center of activity. In my time as trustee, I have served as chair of the search committee that selected Ellen Dolan as our director. I am a member of the Personal Committee. I want to continue to offer my service to the library as we enter this next phase of its development.

I am currently Senior Associate Dean at Clark University. I hold a Doctor of Education degree from Columbia University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Manhattan College. Thank you for considering my candidacy for re-election to the library Board of Trustees.

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McKenna, Kevin [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Kevin received his Masters in 1975.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McKenna, Kevin [MC1975]

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JFOUND: Hyland, Jose J. [MC2011] an ACSM certified personal trainer

2014-Mar-14

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/lss/4373107940.html

Certified Personal Trainer. Burn Fat, Get Lean Muscle in 4-6 wk (Harlem / Morningside)
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Going to the gym can be a difficult and tedious process. I will provide you with an all-inclusive periodization program, which covers everything from your workout program creation to nutritional program development. I will help you burn calories, tone, lengthen your muscles, and reach the body of your dreams, while increasing your self-esteem as your physique is sculpted into the best shape it’s ever been.

I deliver the highest-quality personalized exercise programs in New York City. The best dreams happen when you’re awake; wake up and live. Experience and immerse yourself into your goals.

Jose J. Hyland an ACSM certified personal trainer.
Education: Manhattan College 11′, Bachelors in Kinesiology & Exercise Science

Credentials: CPR, AED and First Aid Certification and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Experience:
6 years as a trainer in leading New York City gyms
6 years as a Personal Trainer in homes of a variety of clients

Availability: Flexible hours and trains all levels of fitness

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Hyland, Jose J. [MC2011]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) gets two requests from JJs

2014-Mar-14

Good Evening All,

We have a couple of other prayer requests. From information shared by Jasper Jottings, we share in prayers for the speedy recovery of Jerry Ross of Belleville, N.J. jerry is the father of Fellow Jasper to be, Victoria Ross, who will be entering Manhattan this Fall on a Softball Scholarship. Please pray for Victoria’s Dad Jerry, her Mom, Chrissie, and their family.

John Reinke, Jasper Jottings, asks for our prayers for his oldest friend Pete. Pete is experiencing the return of some adverse health issues and needs our prayers once again. On top of that John tells us that Pete has been laid off as his job with his Wall Street Employer has been moved to Poland. Please Keep Pete in your prayers.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JHQ: MC President To Receive Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award

2014-Mar-14

http://manhattan.edu/news/president-receive-robert-fitzgerald-prosody-award

President To Receive Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award

Brennan O’Donnell to receive prestigious literary award on June 4.

Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College and a scholar of 19th-century British literature, will receive the 2014 Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award on June 4 at West Chester University’s Poetry Conference, the largest poetry-only conference in the country. The award is presented to recognize scholars who have made a lasting contribution to the art and science of versification, and is the only prosody prize in the world.

Unique among literary and academic prizes, the Fitzgerald Award was established at West Chester University in 1999 in honor of the poet and critic Robert Stuart Fitzgerald, best known for his poetic translations of ancient Greek and Latin, in addition to several books of his own poetry.

O’Donnell is the 19th president of Manhattan College and began the role on July 1, 2009. He is the author of two studies of the poetic technique of William Wordsworth, entitled Numerous Verse and The Passion of Meter: A Study of Wordsworth’s Metrical Art.

“His highly original scholarship has expanded our understanding of the English Romantics,” said Dana Gioia, a former Fitzgerald student, past chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, and a member of the selection committee since the inception of the Prosody Award.

Co-editor of The Work of Andre Dubus, O’Donnell has written and lectured widely on poetry, religion and literature, and on issues in higher education. From 1993 to 2000, he was a member of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education and for six years, edited the national magazine Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

“I am honored and humbled to have my work acknowledged in the ranks of so many great scholars in this field,” said O’Donnell. “I’ve learned a great deal from them through the years, and it is gratifying to think that I may have contributed with them to our understanding.”

Prior to working at Manhattan College, he was dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham University’s oldest and largest school. O’Donnell also spent 17 years at Loyola University Maryland, where he was a professor of English and, from 1999-2004, director of the university-wide honors program.

A graduate with the highest distinction and honors in English from Penn State in 1981, he earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in English and American Literature and Language.

Past recipients of the Robert Fitzgerald Award include Derek Attridge, T. V. F. Brogan, Edward Weismiller, Paul Fussell, George T. Wright, Timothy Steele, Marina Tarlinskaya, John Hollander, Robert B. Shaw, Lewis Turco, Annie Finch, Thomas Cable and Charles Hartman.
Posted on March 13, 2014

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JOBIT: Woods, William Francis Sr. [MC1949 RIP]

2014-Mar-14

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/northjersey/obituary.aspx?n=William-Woods&pid=170156888

William Woods
Obituary

WOODS
William Francis, Sr., passed peacefully in his sleep on February 27th at the age of 88 after a long illness.
‘Bill’ was born in 1925 in West New York, NJ to Joseph and Mary Woods.

He attended St. Peters Prep, Jersey City, NJ where he won outstanding athletic honors. His athletic prowess won him a scholarship to Manhattan College, New York for football. Woods graduated from Aviation Ordnance School during WWII at the Naval Air Technical training center in Memphis, TN as an aviation ordnance-man and served time in Astoria, OR and Bayonne, NJ. After serving his country in the Navy from 1943-1946, he returned to Manhattan College on a basketball scholarship.

In 1986, he retired from his field of Education from the Ramapo-Indian Hills Regional District in Northern NJ. Woods received his B.A. in Education from Manhattan College, his Masters in Education Administration from NYU, where he also received all the credits towards his Ph.D with the exception of his final dissertation.

The Woods family moved from West New York to Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ in 1952 and resided there until 2013 when he and his wife of 64 years, Margaret (Peggy) (nee Loughran) moved to an independent living complex in Wakefield, RI to be near family.

While teaching and coaching at Ramapo, he also managed the Wyckoff Recreation Program and coached Little League Football in Ho-Ho-Kus, which allowed many young boys of all skill levels to enjoy various sports throughout the years. He believed that all players should play, and all players should receive equal recognition for their contributions.

An avid golfer, he was a long time member at Old Tappan Golf Club, and for many decades a member of St. Luke’s R.C. Church in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ.

Woods is predeceased by his two brothers Joseph J. Woods of Virginia and John Woods of Dumont, NJ. He is survived by the aforementioned Peggy Woods as well as three sons, Bill Jr. of Charlestown, RI; Kenneth of Berthoud, CO; and Michael of West Bolton, VT. His eldest daughter, Catherine (Schneidenbach) also resides in Charlestown, RI. His daughter, Marybeth (nee Fredette) predeceased him in 1995. There are nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Saturday, March 29th, at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 437 Carolina Back Road, (Rt. 112), Richmond, RI with a family burial service sometime in the spring at the family plot, Marycrest (Mahwah, NJ).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Home and Hospice Care Center, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904-9826. For guest book and condolences, averystortifuneralhome.com.

Published in The Record/Herald News on Mar. 14, 2014

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Woods, William Francis, Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/northjersey/william-woods-condolences/170156888?cid=full#sthash.hS97fy1x.dpbs

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Dear John,

I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1949,

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Woods, William Francis Sr. [MC1949 RIP]

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JHQ: Jasper tickets to the big dance

2014-Mar-14

NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Ticket Information

After defeating Iona 71-68 on Monday, March 11 to earn the automatic bid from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Manhattan College’s men’s basketball team will begin play in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on either Thursday, March 20 or Friday, March 21.

Preliminary information on tickets is below. Please note that Manhattan College’s game site and opponent will be determined on Sunday, March 16 by 7 p.m. Updated ticket and tournament information will be posted on gojaspers.com on Sunday night.

Here are the eight potential sites and dates for the Jaspers’ first NCAA Tournament game:
Buffalo, N.Y. First Niagara Center March 20 & 22
Milwaukee, Wis. BMO Harris Bradley Center March 20 & 22
Orlando, Fla. Amway Center March 20 & 22
Spokane, Wash. Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena March 20 & 22
Raleigh, N.C. PNC Arena March 21 & 23
San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center March 21 & 23
San Diego, Calif. Viejas Arena March 21 & 23
St. Louis, Mo. Scottrade Center March 21 & 23

Single-session tickets for Manhattan’s game on Thursday or Friday are available for $85 and can be purchased in advanced through the Manhattan College ticket office. To purchase tickets through Manhattan College, email gojaspers@manhattan.edu with the number of tickets you are requesting. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available at the will call location of Manhattan’s future game site.

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MOBIT: Decker, Melvin L. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]

2014-Mar-15

Dear John,

I believe that he is an attendee as I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Melvin.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140314/NEWS0301/303149993/-1/SITEMAP

MELVIN L. DECKER, JR.
April 16, 1935 – March 11, 2014
Highland Mills, NY

Melvin L. Decker, Jr. of Highland Mills, NY passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Born on April 16, 1935, he grew up with his parents, Katherine M. and Melvin L. Decker, Sr. and his younger brother, Martin “Joe”, all of whom have predeceased him. He lived in East Elmhurst, NY and Cedar Grove, NJ and spent many summers in Lake Placid, NY. Indeed, some of his favorite memories originated from his working at the “North Pole”. A graduate of Brooklyn Prep, he attended Manhattan College, and eventually began working at Sage Instruments, which was where he developed his desire to be an entrepreneur.

In 1962 he married MaryAnn Lawrence. Shortly thereafter, they built their home in Highland Mills, where they raised their five children. There they opened OPTI-QUIP, Inc. in 1970, specializing in bulbs and equipment for research microscopes, and employing many local residents over the years. Mel loved to talk and had an uncanny ability to find a solution to any problem, making friends all along the way. Mel’s favorite singer was Frank Sinatra. Befittingly, in his song “My Way”, Frank Sinatra infamously sings ‘I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and ev’ry highway, and more, much more than this, I did it my way.’ Mel truly embodied those words in every aspect of his own life to the very end.

In addition to MaryAnn, Mel leaves behind two sons: Larry with wife, Jennifer, Timothy with wife, Ellen; three daughters: Kim with Jeff Abrams, Bonnie with husband, Larry Hart, and Nancy with husband, Doug Monroe; six grandchildren: C.J. Marshall with wife, Samantha, Ashley, Brandon and Quinlan Hart; and Sydney and Martin Decker; and one great-granddaughter: Amelia Marshall.

A Funeral Mass in honor of Mel will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15th at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Cornwall, NY, with burial in the spring at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid, NY. As he wished, a celebration of Mel’s life will be held later.

Donations in Mel’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Abbey, Attn: Brother Thomas, Treasurer, 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA 01562 or the Woodbury Fire Department, PO Box 643, Highland Mills, NY 10930.

Funeral arrangements made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 845-782-8185 or http://www.ssqfuneralhome.com

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Decker, Melvin L. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory “if it’s important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers”. Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities. With a 50+ year marriage, that’s a characteristic I see in a lot of Jaspers.]

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ENDNOTE: The past is prolog?

2014-Mar-08

FROM FACEBOOK

Phelps, Stephen E. Jr. (MC1968)

Stephen E. Phelps Jr. shared Isabel Wilkerson’s photo.

Lest we forget.

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Hattie McDaniel’s controversial role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind” made her, on Feb. 29, 1940, the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She had not been permitted to attend the film’s premiere in Atlanta due to segregation in the South. And she had not been permitted even in L.A. to sit with the rest of the cast or others in the film industry, due to custom in California, the day she won the Oscar for best supporting actress.

That day, she was relegated to a table in the back of the banquet hall. It took her so long to get to the podium that the dead air time is frequently cut from clips of that year’s ceremony, as she made her way, draped in gardenias, past people who had lost.

McDaniel was the 13th child of a minister and a gospel singer who had been enslaved but migrated to Denver when their daughter was five. She was bright, well-spoken and a skilled singer and songwriter, but found that, when she pursued acting, the only roles offered her were those of servants and maids.

For years, she worked as a maid in real life to make ends meet while taking bit parts as a maid onscreen. It was a measure of the limits on black actresses of the era that the competition for her role as Mammy was as intense as for the role of Scarlet O’Hara.

The NAACP criticized the role as stereotypical and demeaning, while white southerners criticized “Mammy” as acting overly familiar with the white characters and stepping out of her place. McDaniel would make a career of portraying black servants, who oddly enough did not speak or comport themselves as she did in real life. McDaniel defended her decision by pointing out the limited options for women like herself: “Why should I complain about making $700 a week playing a maid? If I didn’t, I’d be making $7 a week being one.”

Hattie McDaniel died in 1952 at age 57. Her dying wish had been to be buried at Hollywood Cemetery with other leading actors of her time. Even her final wish was not granted. The cemetery was segregated and did not accept black bodies. She was interred at another cemetery in Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale, where she remains apart from her peers.

Here’s a video of her acceptance speech at the 12th Academy Awards, Feb. 29, 1940. Watch and listen to see how she spoke in real life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7t4pTNZshA
— The Warmth of Other Suns

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[JR: Sadly, the past is prolog. Then, “we” wasted a lot of human talent; now they are aborted. How evil are humans? Image and likeness. I hope NOT! At least in this respect.]

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