"With a submissive stroke of President Bush's pen, nearly
30,000 airport screeners gained lifetime public employment this week. President
Bush wanted a more limited government role, but he immediately gave in to
Democrats' insistence on mass federalization of the entire airport security
work force. In addition to this gargantuan government gobble-up, the law also
creates a new agency under the U.S. Transportation Department, headed by a new
undersecretary for airport security. When fully staffed, the agency payroll
could top 45,000 -- making it larger than State, Commerce, or the entire
federal court system. The law also mandates a new "enplanement"
tax of $2.50 every time a passenger boards a flight. Do you feel safer
No and I would suggest a "Modest Libertarian
Solution" (i.e., as a Libertarian, my solution would be) that the Federal
Government do nothing more than exit stage left. Yup, that's right. I would
have called the airline CEOs together and said, "Boys, we in the
Government haven't done so well at out mission of protecting the country. We admit
it. And, we have to get back to our knitting. Ruling airlines ain't what we are about. So, on the 31 of January, we are
exiting the problem. The FAA will close down. You want ATC then you figure it
out. By the way, we have some spare hardware for sale cheap. All those Federal
Security Screeners you've been reading about are going to be laid off the same
day. Oh, an' we ain't checking any maintenance
records. BTW just in case you were wondering, we will let people sue your ass
off for any losses incurred." To the eventual, "You can't do
that!" and "What we will do?" I'd say, "Oh now, it's advice you be wanting! Sure and dandy". Or however
you say that in goat-roper, Texican, or
Fundamentalist. "Well, I'd figure that you better figure out how to do all
the things we've been doing only better. You might want to buy El Al or at
least steal their best people. To help you out we'll stop imposing special
taxes for those services we provided you. Now, if I were you I get back in the
business of satisfying customers while flying them around keeping them safe and
you might want to think about what it means when one of your competitors fails.
So an industry association might be a good idea to keep your planes from
hitting theirs. And, while you’re at it, you might want to buy the airports
that your using because we are putting all government
entities at every level out of the air traffic business. If you don't buy them,
then you might find someone building a factory on your runway. You'll have lots
of opportunities in the new Libertarian America
and one problem won't be government intrusion into your business."
I will not fly voluntarily under these conditions.
Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in
any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.
Graduate of Manhattan College ·Board of Visitors of
Rockland Children Psychiatric Center, Past Charter Board Member ·Board of
Visitors of Rockland Psychiatric Center, Past Member ·Camp Venture, President
·Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, Director ·Joseph's Home, President ·Loeb
House, President ·St. Dominic's Home for Children, Past Board Member (first
Laic member in over 150 years) ·State of New York Commission on Quality of Care
for the Mentally Disabled Surrogate Decision-Making Committee, Member ·Rockland
County Board of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Addiction Services, past
Legislature, Legislator since 1971 ·Creator of the RocklandCountyYouth
Bureau ·United States
Marine Corps, Officer
Educated: Manhattan College and Villanova University (B.S.Chem., 1972); St. John's University (J.D., 1975)
Born: Brooklyn, New York, 1951
Admitted to Bar: New York, 1976; Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and
Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York
Intellectual Property Law Association; American Intellectual Property Law
Practice Area: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
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George Tang -LYNN HAVEN, FL - George
Tang, 46, of Lynn Haven, FL, died Thursday, February 7, 2002 in an Arlington, Virginia hospital. He was born January 8, 1956 in Tokyo, Japan. He was a graduate of ManhattanCollege in New York City, with a bachelor degree in electrical engineering. He had
been a resident of Panama City for the past 18 years. He was employed as an engineer at
the Coastal Systems Station in Panama CityBeach. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith Tang. He
is survived by his wife, Carol Herin Tang (the
daughter of the late Walter and Mildred Herin) of
Lynn Haven; father, Chiu F. Tang of Panama City; and a brother, Edward Tang of Peekskill, NY. -Funeral services will be held Monday at in the First Baptist Church of Panama City with Rev. Wes
Lawson officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from until Sunday. In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to the George Tang Engineering Scholarship in care of Gulf Coast
Community College Foundation, 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, FL32401. -Wilson Funeral Home, 214 Airport Road, Panama City, has charge of arrangements. (850)785-5272.
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Copyright 2002 TheWashington Post The Washington Post February 09, 2002, Saturday, Final Edition SECTION: METRO; Pg. B06 HEADLINE: John Grimberg Dies;
John Charles Grimberg,
89, who from 1951 to 1983 owned and operated John C. Grimberg
Co., a mechanical contracting firm in Rockville now run by his two sons, died
of a heart ailment Feb. 6 at Suburban Hospital.
a Bethesda resident, was born in London to a German-born U.S. citizen and a German mother. When World War I broke out
in 1914, he went with his mother to Germany while his father went to the United States, figuring that the fighting would soon end. His mother
died the next year from pneumonia, and Mr. Grimberg
spent six years living with relatives in Germany.
After the war, his father came to
pick him up -- and was presented with a bill for his son's care. The father and
son went to New York, where Mr. Grimberg spent his
He was a civil engineering graduate
of ManhattanCollege and received a master's degree in mechanical engineering
from GeorgeWashingtonUniversity. He was a naval architect in the Coast Guard during World
He was a former president of the Washington chapters of the Mechanical Contractors Association and
the Master Builders Association. His memberships included Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and Kenwood Golf and Country Club, all in Bethesda.
Survivors include his wife of 61
years, Anna Burns Grimberg of Bethesda; four
children, Mary Ann Rooney of Newton, Mass., Peter Grimberg
of Manassas and Joan Gorman and John M. Grimberg,
both of Rockville; 21 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
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People February 25, 2002
SECTION: COVER; Pg. 48
HEADLINE: Small Blessings Almost every one of them has a special memento. For
one young widow, it is a crushed wedding ring. For another, a brick from the
house she and her husband had just built. For still others, it is a cardboard
box of clippings that; recount the story they do not want to remember, but will
be unable to forget.
BYLINE: Written by Galina Espinoza, Thomas
Fields-Meyer, Susan Horsburgh, Richard Jerome, Mike
Neill, Joanna Powell, Susan Schindehette, Michelle Tauber, Alex Tresniowski Reported
by K.C. Baker, Vickie Bane, Sharon Cotliar, Samantha
Henry, Diane Herbst, Caroline Howard, Jennifer
Longley, Jane Sims Podesta, Debbie Seaman
These are precious artifacts to those who lost loved ones
on Sept. 11. But for at least 50 women, there are even more cherished reminders
of the husbands who died that day. They are wives who were pregnant when the
planes crashed into the WorldTradeCenter, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania--and
they have since become proud and loving mothers. Of 52 new babies born to the
young widows of 9/11, the first was 8-lb., 10.5-oz. FarqadChowdhury, born at on Sept. 13 in Queens. As of press
time, the most recent was 5-lb., 12-oz. Robin Ornedo,
born Jan. 31 in Los Angeles. The
children include firstborns, a pair of twins and some who arrived on parents'
birthdays or anniversaries. They are Irish, Italian, African-American, Latino,
Christian, Jewish and Muslim. And their parents hail not just from New
York and Washington
but also from Boston, Arizona,
Toronto and even Sligo, Ireland.
On Jan. 24, 31 of the mothers were brought together in New
York City by PEOPLE for this article and these photos,
and they quickly formed a confederacy of mourning and support. (Invitations
were extended to the entire group of new mothers, but for a variety of reasons
some were unable to attend.) "We're all asking God the same
questions," says Staten Island's Dawn Shay, 27, mother of Robert, 5, Ryan,
2, and Jonathan, who was born Oct. 22. Adds Holli
Silver, 38, of New Rochelle, N.Y.,
mother of Rachel, 3, and 5-month-old Danielle: "We don't have to ask 'How
are you?' because we all know how we're doing. We all know what we went
These wives and their husbands came together in different
ways. Some, like Mindy and Fredric Gabler of Manhattan,
were high school sweethearts; others met at work, as Holli
and David Silver did. BaraheenAshrafi
and Mohammad Chowdhury, both from Bangladesh,
had a traditional arranged marriage. The mothers themselves also share many
similarities. They are young women (the oldest is 40, the youngest, just 25).
And, it seems, each was married to the best guy in the world. "An angel on
earth," recalls Gigi Nelson, 40, of Huntington,
N.Y., who gave birth to Lyndsi
on Oct. 6. Their fondest memories are of vibrant men and the joys--and
challenges--of building a family. Most remember a sweet shared moment, perhaps
a goodbye kiss, before their husbands left for work.
As they confront the daunting task of raising children
without the partners they assumed would always be there, some are already
facing dilemmas--such as the one handed Courtney Acquaviva,
31, of Glen Rock, N.J., mother of a toddler, Sarah, and 8-week-old Paul:
"My daughter and I were eating breakfast the other day and she asked me,
'Is Daddy still dying?' How do you answer that? She's 3."
They are also learning to handle chores both tedious and torturous--applying for charity relief,
making mortgage payments, filling out insurance forms, seeking jobs and
arranging child care. And requesting death certificates.After losing her husband, Linda Dickinson, 35, of Marlboro,
N.J., mother of Erin, 8, and 3-month-old Patrick Joseph, found tackling the mountain of
paperwork "a completely overwhelming task." And as they get
back to living, some are even wondering when it will be permissible to laugh
again. "Sometimes I feel self-conscious," says Jane Terrenzi, 28, of Long Island, the
widow of Brian and mother of 3-month-old Elizabeth.
"I was at a party recently, and I felt like people were thinking, 'Why is
the young widow having such a good time?'" Jenna Jacobs, 27, mother of
5-month-old Gabriel, who lost her husband, Ari, 29,
has also felt that scrutiny, but says, "When I'm laughing, it doesn't mean
I'm not hurting." Overall, though, there has been untold sympathy from a
country doing its best to share the burden of sorrow. Dena Smagala,
31, of Holbrook, N.Y., who lost her firefighter husband, Stanley, and gave
birth to Alexa Faith on Jan. 9, treasures the
handmade Christmas ornaments sent to her by kids from all over the U.S., and
Jacobs is deeply grateful for each of the 2,000 cards and letters she's gotten.
Even those kindnesses cannot erase the fear of what one
young widow calls "the void, the empty chair." And so they sleep with
their husbands' well-worn pajamas, surrounded by pets and their babies.
Ultimately, the women know that these final gifts from their fine, lost men are
what will best sustain them. "How can such a tiny person do such a big
job?" wonders Taryn McHale, 32, of Long
Island, cradling baby Collin Thomas. "He's helping me to
laugh again, and to live. He's healing my heart."
The inspiring stories in the following pages capture the
challenges and hopes of 31 special young mothers who, despite devastating loss,
are beginning to rebuild their lives.
Jeannine McIntyre She deeply loved her kindhearted cop
He was the kind of Port Authority police officer who
would give homeless people bags of clothes, or help a female street vendor push
her cart--or even attempt to rescue people from a building about to collapse.
"Donald had a heart of gold," says his wife, Jeannine, 36, a nurse
who lives in New City, N.Y.,
and proudly wears a replica of his badge around her neck. Despite hospital
policy, she wore the memento on Nov. 27, during Lauren's C-section delivery.
McIntyre put a family portrait--dad, mom, sister Caitlyn, 5, and brother Donald Jr., 4--in her baby's bassinet. "She is
a little ray of sunshine that came into our lives after all the bad,"
McIntyre says. Lauren's enchanted brother and sister are eager to comfort her.
When she cries, McIntyre says, "Donald Jr. will ask, 'Do you miss your
daddy?' Then he'll tell her, 'I do. I cry too.'"
Gigi Nelson She felt her
husband's presence in the delivery room
During their three years together, Gigi
Nelson and her husband, Peter, endured the loss of a late-term, stillborn
daughter. They cremated the baby, whom they named Jasmine, but couldn't decide
where to place her ashes. Last Oct. 31 a small urn containing Jasmine's remains
was set inside her father's casket. Says Nelson, 40: "Now they are
Just three weeks earlier, at a memorial service for
Peter, who died while responding to the terrorist attacks, Nelson had gone into
labor but wouldn't leave. Finally, later that night, near the end of another
memorial service for Peter not far from her Long Island
home, she stood up and said, "Okay, guys, time to go to the
hospital." Three hours later, on Oct. 6, Lyndsi
was born. "Right before I gave birth, I looked up to the ceiling and, I
swear, I saw Peter," says Nelson. "We all felt his presence, even the
Nelson, a nursing student who plans to return to school to
complete her degree, won't exactly be raising Lyndsi
on her own. Peter's children from a prior marriage, daughter Jamie, 13, and son
Ryan, 10, have promised to teach their half sister everything their father
taught them--especially soccer. And friends, including Peter's faithful
firefighting brethren from FDNY Rescue 4, call regularly to check on the
family. "Peter always said, 'If anything happens to me, you'll be
fine,'" she recalls. "And he was right."
Paulina Cardona Childhood pals
they reunited 20 years later
The stars seemed to be crossed for Jose and Paulina Cardona. Growing up in Ecuador,
the pair were playmates--until their families parted
ways after Jose's grandfather left his wife for Paulina's
mother. Jose moved to the U.S.
at age 10, and the two lost touch for 20 years. They reconnected through
relatives soon after she arrived in 1996 and wed three years later. Still,
given the tension between their families, "it was very hard for us to love
each other," recalls Cardona, 33, a homemaker. "It was like Romeo and
Now a photo of Cardona's Romeo sits in their two-bedroom Bronx
apartment alongside the crib of Joshua, born Jan. 2. "He wanted this
moment so badly," she says of her husband, who also had a 12-year-old
daughter, Sasha, from a previous marriage. On Sept.
11 Jose was at work at the brokerage firm of Carr Futures in Tower 1 and
Cardona was undergoing a sonogram when a nurse burst into the room with news
that a plane had hit the second tower. To chase away that memory, Cardona
concentrates on a happier moment. Earlier that day, Jose,
using a Spanish term of endearment that means "little
chicken," told his wife, "Take care of my pollito."
Jane Terrenzi Adjusting to life
without her college sweetheart
Just 2 months old, Elizabeth Brian Terrenzi
isn't ready for baby steps. But her mom is. After the death of her husband,
Brian, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor of Tower 1, a
distraught Jane Terrenzi, 28, sold their Hicksville,
N.Y., home and moved in with her parents. For three months the kindergarten
teacher focused on happier times, like Brian's excitement about having a
daughter. "He drove through a red light on the way home from the doctor's
office," she says. He would have been thrilled too when Elizabeth
arrived on Dec. 9, sporting a cleft chin like his. Terrenzi,
who attends a support group, plans to find a house and get the Labrador Brian
wanted for Elizabeth. "I have
to make a life," she says. "I want to be a happy person for
Mindy Gabler For the sake of
her new daughter she tries to hide her sorrow
She'd had contractions the night before, and so on Nov. 9
Mindy Gabler went to her obstetrician. While waiting,
she opened The New York Times to its daily profiles of Sept. 11 victims. And there
he was: Fredric, her high school sweetheart and husband of three years, who
died in Tower 1. "I saw his picture looking back at me, and he was saying,
'I'm here with you,'" says Gabler, 30, a J.P.
Morgan researcher from Manhattan
who didn't know about the story.
Four hours later she gave birth to a daughter, Alexis.
Fred had picked out the name in memory of his grandfather, and he had thrown
himself into first-time fatherhood, even playing music to stimulate the child
inside her womb. Fittingly, his final conversation with his wife had been about
the day's doctor's visit. That was at
on Sept. 11. At Gabler's cell phone rang as she walked to work; it was
Fred, calling from his Cantor Fitzgerald office, but he was drowned out by
static. "He called me, and I wasn't there for him," she says, in
tears. Crying is something Gabler tries not to do for
Alexis's sake. "I never thought I would be in this situation, but I
am," she says. "But I don't want her to feel or see my sadness."
Susan Retik Life loses some
luster without her 'true gem'
For days her 4-year-old son Ben had been eagerly
anticipating Sept. 12, the day of his Needham, Mass.,
T-ball team's first practice. So when the big day arrived, Susan Retik, who also has a daughter, Molly, 2, and at the time
was seven months pregnant, put Ben in the car and drove to the practice as
planned. Though reeling from the death of her husband, David, an executive for
Alta Communications who was on the first plane to hit the WorldTradeCenter
the day before, Retik, 33, told herself,
"I can't shut down."
The events of Sept. 11 are still a blur to her. All that
matters is that the husband she calls a "true gem," and who phoned
her that morning from Logan Airport before boarding American Airlines Flight 11
for a business trip to California, is no longer in her life. "I don't feel
like a whole person anymore," she says.
Still, she wants her children to grasp the importance of
carrying on, as she was forced to do on Nov. 19, the day baby Dina was born.
"It was the first day of the rest of my life," Retik,
a full-time mom, says. "A new chapter."
Courtney Acquaviva Her
children's smiles make her feel less alone
There it was, printed on an official document she got in
the mail--"Courtney Acquaviva: Unmarried."
"That was like a punch in the stomach," she says. "Me,
single? No! Never! In my heart I'll always be married to him."
Sometimes her heart can fool her this way, sometimes it
cannot. For the months after Sept. 11, when her husband, Paul, perished in the
north tower of the WorldTradeCenter, Acquaviva,
31, kept her emotions in check. She had to be strong for their daughter Sarah,
3, and the son, Paul, she would give birth to on Dec.
20. But then, in the delivery room, she felt her husband's absence, and during
the holidays that followed she cried for three straight days. Now her grief,
instead of lessening, is often "just not tolerable," she says. When
Sarah asks about her father, she tells her, "Daddy couldn't come home. A
lot of daddies couldn't come home. But they love us still."
She met Paul at a New Jersey
high school party in 1988, and they married eight years later. On Sept. 11 Paul
was in his 103rd-floor Cantor Fitzgerald office when the first plane hit a few
floors below. "We're not going to make it," he told his wife in a
cell-phone call. "Do you know where all the paperwork is?" And then,
before the line went dead: "Court, I love you."
At home in Glen Rock, N.J., seeing her son and daughter
smile like their father used to, homemaker Acquaviva
feels less alone. "That is how Paul sends me love, when the children
smile," she says. "He's still here, I've still got him. And no
terrorist can take that away from me."
Tammy Perconti Joy in a new
baby who already resembles her father
Jon Perconti Jr. didn't settle
for a standard ceremony for his June 2000 marriage to Tammy, a former manager
for AT&T Wireless. They invited 50 guests, including 20 of his colleagues
from Cantor Fitzgerald, to the U.S. Virgin Islands for a week of activities Jon
had carefully orchestrated. "He made everything fun," says Perconti, 30.
After Perconti lost the man she
fell for in high school in Lodi, N.J.,
being pregnant gave her a reason to get up each day. And now, having to care
for Julia Amelia, born on Dec. 8, helps her move forward, and with much joy. Perconti, who is delighted that the baby's hand gestures
already resemble Jon's, says she hopes Julia will have her father's "wit,
strength, sense of humor and charismatic personality."
Dena Smagala An empty place at
the dinner table
Last spring, when Stanley Smagala
Jr. saw the dinner table set for three, he asked his wife, Dena, 31, "Who's coming?" She handed him a baby's bib inscribed
with the words "I Love Daddy." Now the empty place at the Smagala table in Holbrook, N.Y.,
is Stanley's. Nearly four months
before daughter Alexa Faith was born on Jan. 9, he
died when the TwinTowers
collapsed. The couple had struggled to conceive a child and weathered a
miscarriage in August 2000. Stanley
chose the name to celebrate "keeping the faith to have a baby," says Smagala, a teacher. She'll treasure his memory through
videotaped tributes his friends are preparing, plans to rename their
neighborhood block after him and talks she'll have with Alexa.
"I'll tell her all the little things," Smagala
says. "How he liked hot chocolate made from milk, not water."
Kimberly Statkevicus She's
saving up stories about their dad for her boys
Looking at her two sons--Tyler, 18 months, and Derek
Chase, born Jan. 2--Kimberly Young Statkevicus
imagines the romps they would have had with their playful dad, Derek, had he
not died on Sept. 11. "He loved dinosaurs and
trains and museums," she says. "He couldn't wait to share that with
the boys." As a way of preserving Derek's legacy for Tyler
and the baby, whom she calls Chase, Statkevicus, 31,
a freelance writer, is saving clippings about him as well as copies of his
research reports for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. She
believes the information will be especially meaningful to Chase. Tyler, who
likes kissing Derek's picture, got to spend nearly 13 months with his dad.
"For Chase," she says, "his father will always be just a
Jenna Jacobs Fearless in the face of catastrophe
One day in September 2000, Ari
and Jenna Jacobs stood in the shade of a weeping willow and exchanged wedding
vows. Less than a year later Ari, executive vice
president of Caplin Systems, died in the WorldTradeCenter.
Six days later Jacobs gave birth to their son Gabriel. "He came out
knowing Mom needs an easy baby," she says. "We do a lot of looking in
each other's eyes."
And a lot of talking. "I
say things like, 'Your daddy is so proud of you,'" she says. "'He
wishes he could see you.'" For Jacobs, 27, of Briarcliff
Manor, N.Y., caring for Gabriel
is the best solace--she doesn't attend counseling groups. "I'm a pretty
fearless woman," the homemaker says. "Ari
loved me for who I was; I don't want to be different."
Linda Dickinson A precious gift
arrived on her husband's birthday
On Dec. 4, when she headed to the hospital for the
delivery of her second child, Linda Dickinson brought along pictures of her
husband, Patrick. The snapshots were supposed to provide a comforting
distraction during labor. Instead, "I told my sister to take the pictures
down," Dickinson says.
"They upset me."
Still, it has been impossible for Dickinson,
35, to avoid memories of Patrick, who worked at brokerage firm Harvey, Young, Yurman Inc. and was attending a meeting at Windows on the
World restaurant the morning of Sept. 11. Not only was their son, Patrick
Joseph, born on the day his father would have turned 36, but daughter Erin, 8,
is struggling to accept his death, especially since his body has not been
found. "She's still hoping," Dickinson
says, "that Daddy will come home."
Meanwhile Dickinson--who remains in the Marlboro, N.J.,
house she and Patrick bought after their 1990 wedding--has a hope of her own:
to adjust to her new life and find happiness again. "It's different
now," says Dickinson, a full-time mother. "I miss my husband. I'm
emotionally and physically drained, and there isn't that other person to take
over. You do the best you can."
Jennifer Maerz A reminder of
the man she loved at first sight
To infuse his unborn child with athletic aptitude, NoellMaerz read SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED to his pregnant wife Jennifer's belly button every night. "He
was very active," Maerz, 28 and a homemaker,
says of her husband. "He did everything, like mountain biking and
whitewater rafting." Noell even insisted that
the couple, who married in November 2000 after meeting 11 years earlier on a
commuter train, live just three blocks from the ocean on Long Island
so he could surf. "Anything he had an interest in, he did," she says.
Noell usually arrived home to Long
Beach from work at , from Euro Brokers, Inc. That is now the hardest time of day
for Maerz. "I still expect him to walk through
the door," she says. Maerz's parents and sister
have been helping her care for daughter Noelle, born Oct. 31, but "when
I'm feeding her, I'm wondering whether he'd be feeding her then instead," Maerz says. "And every time I look at her, I imagine
what Noell would be thinking as he looked at
They climbed life's mountains together for 11 years
From the night they were introduced at a party in
September 1990, Rob and VyckiHigley
traveled through life as a couple. "We weren't apart any day after
that," Higley says. Last September they camped
on Vermont's MountSnow to celebrate the 11th
anniversary of their first meeting. Just over one week after they got back, Rob
died in the terrorist attacks. He was so devoted to Higley,
30, and their daughter Amanda, 4, that he had recently taken a job at Aon Corporation in Tower 2 that allowed him to spend more
time with his family. Higley says, "He would
make pancakes Saturday morning and take Amanda to McDonald's."
Rob was equally devoted to writing. He tapped out short
stories on his laptop computer during his 90-minute commute from Brewster,
N.Y., to Manhattan.
Sadly, his works of fiction were lost on Sept. 11, but Rob did leave behind a
final creation: daughter Robyn, his namesake, born Nov. 3. "He was a
wonderful guy, very outgoing," says Higley, who
has quit her job as a bank teller and moved back home with her parents in Danbury,
Conn. "She's going to have a lot to
live up to."
Lisa Reina Their love developed
in phone call after phone call
Since meeting six years ago while vacationing in Mexico,
Lisa and Joe Reina had a relationship that took flight
in an endless series of telephone calls--many between his office at Cantor
Fitzgerald and hers at Bear Stearns, where she was a bond purchaser. When her
maternity leave began in early September, the chats continued. "He'd call
me a million times a day," recalls Reina, 31,
"to make sure I was drinking my water and having my fruit and
The phone rang at their Staten Island
apartment at on Sept. 11,
but Reina heard only static when she picked up.
"I don't know if it was him," she says. For weeks afterward, she
clung to the hope that Joe had somehow survived. But by the time she was ready
to deliver Joseph Robert Reina III on Oct. 4, she had
accepted the worst. So at his birth she surrounded herself with photos of her
husband and even his boxer shorts. Now, though she doesn't have his wedding
ring or wallet, when she looks at little Joseph, she remembers what friends
have said: "The baby is the last kiss your husband gave you."
Jennifer Bowman Strong enough to do the work of both
On Sept. 10 Jennifer Bowman, 25, then pregnant with their
second son, was discussing baby names with her husband, Shawn. An avid reader,
his favorite name was Jack, after Jack Ryan, the hero of Tom Clancy's books.
Shawn was already a doting dad, taking son Liam, almost 2, to breakfast every
Saturday and rushing home each day from his job at Cantor Fitzgerald. "He
wanted to be a big part of the baby's life," says Bowman, a nursing-home
therapist. Since Sept. 11, she's done both her part and Shawn's for Liam and
baby Jack, born Jan. 18. She nixed plans for a four-bedroom New
Jersey house, buying a smaller one on Staten
Island instead, and took only 10 days off to grieve. "I can't
let myself get depressed," she says. "I have to go on."
Holli Silver Lost without him,
she clings to the sound of his voice
Five months after David Silver died in his Cantor
Fitzgerald office in Tower 1, his voice still delivers the greeting on the
answering machine at the New Rochelle, N.Y.,
home he shared with Holli, his wife of four years.
"I guess I still don't want him to be dead," says Silver,
38, a homemaker. She was eight months pregnant on Sept. 11, watching Barney
& Friends with Rachel, their 3-year-old, when she heard of the attacks.
David's body was found three days later, and rescuers retrieved his wedding
band. "It's all bent," she says, sobbing. "I can't even imagine
what happened to him." Having Danielle, born Oct. 9, join Rachel
brightened things somewhat, but life remains an emotional battleground. "I
don't have hopes for the future," says Silver, who now attends therapy and
a 9/11 widows support group. "I can't get beyond getting through the
Taryn McHale Finding ways to
live and laugh again
Tom McHale's wife dubbed him the Laugher because of the
high-pitched cackle he often let loose. "You heard him before you saw
him," Taryn McHale says of the man she married
in 1996. But Tom, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, took his impending
fatherhood so seriously he asked his wife not to breastfeed. "He said if I
bottle-fed, he could get up at night to be with the baby," McHale recalls.
Now McHale, 32, who is Kathie Lee Gifford's personal assistant, leans on her
boss when it comes to raising son Collin Thomas, born Oct. 18. "I was talking
to her one night, crying, 'How can he not be here to hold the baby?'"
McHale says. "And Kathie said, 'Of course he has held the baby--he had him
before he sent him to you.' That gave me peace."
Ronda Boyle Financial security, but at too high a price
For her husband's birthday on Oct. 3, Ronda Boyle made
his favorite--carrot cake. "The kids and I ate it," she says.
"It was a hard day, but not like Christmas or New Year's. They were
tough." Boyle, 27, a fiber optics technician who, unlike Allen, was
working in a safe part of the Pentagon on the day that American Flight 77
crashed into it, charts her recovery with unusual markers. Last month it was a
pot roast. At the grocery store, her brother asked why she hadn't bought any
meat. "I said, 'I don't have anybody to cook it for,'" she recalls.
"But then I bought a roast and put it in my Crock-Pot. That's a new
If there is a bright spot in her life, it is Nathan, who
joined older brothers Dylan, 3, and Allen, 2, on Nov. 21. "All babies are
precious, but this is a really good baby," she says. "The kids force
me to function." Also brighter is her financial situation. Boyle, who
lived in Fredericksburg, Va.,
says she and her husband had a tough time making ends meet. Allen was a
subcontractor to Radian Co. and delivered pizzas on weekends for extra cash.
Now, thanks in part to the Red Cross and a donation from Pizza Hut, "my
kids will never want for anything," says Boyle. In late September she also
moved to Mesa, Ariz.,
with them to be close to her parents, who manage the trailer park where she has
bought a mobile home.
But this newfound security came at a devastating cost.
"The money is there, but Allen's not here to appreciate it," she
says. "I feel like, in a way, even though he didn't do it consciously, my
husband sacrificed himself so we can have a better life."
Maria Ryan Loving letters remind her of the man who is
When Maria and Jonathan Ryan brought their first child, Autumn, home to Bayville, N.Y.,
in 1998, the proud papa buzzed around his daughter taking snapshots. Three
years later the homecoming for Colin Jonathan, born on Oct. 2--three weeks
after the death of his father, who worked at Euro Brokers on the 84th floor of
Tower 2--was memorable in the worst way. "That's when I really realized
that Jon was gone," says Ryan, 31, a homemaker.
He was, his wife says, "a guy's guy"--a Yankees
and Jets fan who enjoyed martinis and cigars. Ryan is compiling a book of
letters written about Jonathan by his friends. But it is Colin who helps her
get through each day: "It keeps me going just to look at him."
Nancy Taylor Out of tragedy, a fund for infertile
Out of the ashes of the Pentagon, where her husband, Kip,
died on Sept. 11, Nancy Taylor vowed to create hope and renewal. Two months later
the idea came to her. Fertility treatments at WalterReedArmyMedicalCenter had produced the Taylors' two sons, 2-year-old Dean
and then Luke, who was born on Oct. 25. So she started the Kip Taylor Memorial
Fund for infertile military couples, which has raised $ 40,000 from family,
friends and neighbors. "I'd like to either help renovate part of Walter
Reed's fertility clinic or somehow help the couples directly," says Taylor,
She still hasn't returned to her job as part-time editor
of a health-care newsletter. The boys distract her, but their McLean, Va.,
home feels empty. "At first the mornings were hard, waking up and
realizing Kip wasn't there," says Nancy.
"Now the evenings are tough." She has found comfort in the kindness
of strangers: The Minneapolis woman who made Luke a patriotic quilt. The Atlanta schoolchildren who made a blanket out of American flags.A military wife who sent a beaded purse necklace. "I
wore it to Kip's funeral," Nancy
says, "and put his wedding ring in it."
There will be another gift, originally intended for Dean, that both Taylor
sons will relish. In January 2001 his parents assembled a time capsule to be
opened on his 21st birthday. It includes a recorded message from Kip. "I
can't tell you how thankful I am that we did that," Taylor
Stacey Staub She missed her
husband's final phone calls
Stacey Staub last heard the
voice of her husband, Craig, an executive at Keefe, Bruyette
& Woods on the 89th floor of Tower 2, in two tense messages on her answering
machine. "The first one was, 'Stace, it's me.
Pick up!'" she recalls. It was
and she was in the shower. "The next one, at ,
he said the same thing, and you could hear a sigh. He was frustrated that I
Eleven days later, on what would have been his 31st
birthday, their first child, Juliette, was born. This
time Staub made sure that she was connected with her
husband. "I watched the birth through a mirror," recalls Staub, 31, a former art director. "And I had pictures
of Craig everywhere, so no matter where I looked, I saw his face."
But she is facing harsh truths as well. "The phone
calls get fewer and the help gets less," she says with an air of
resignation. "And the reality is that our husbands are never going to come
home." Still, she believes that in less tangible ways, her husband is
near. "I'll be holding Juliette," Staub says, "and she'll be looking off somewhere and
smiling and cooing, and there's nothing there but a white wall. It makes me
feel Craig's presence." Her husband's belongings fill the Basking Ridge,
N.J., house that the couple built last fall, and Staub
is planning to have a quilt made from his old clothes: "I want to wrap it
around me, look at the pieces and remember a story for each one."
Evelyn Rodriguez Now happiness is a few daily laughs with
When Morgan Antonette Rodriguez
was born on Sept. 14, her mother, Evelyn, hadn't eaten for three days--not
since Morgan's father, Anthony, had called at the end of his shift to say,
"The city is being attacked. I can't come home." Joined by her
parents and sister-in-law in the delivery room, Rodriguez, 25, cried for her
husband. "But I was happy Morgan was there," she says.
In Derek, 4, and her smiley infant (Anthony had two kids
previously), she sees reminders of the man she married 3 1/2 years ago--like
when her son does the Latin dance moves his dad taught him. "I don't think
my son understands the situation," she says, but the Staten
Island graphics manager hopes to help the healing this month with
a trip to Disney World. "Every time my kids laugh," she says,
"it makes me laugh."
Married by tradition, but their hearts soon followed
At first it seemed as though custom, not Cupid, had
united Mohammad SalahuddinChowdhury
and his wife, BaraheenAshrafi,
both of whom were born in Bangladesh.
"It was an arranged marriage," Ashrafi
explains. The pair, whose union was set up by their families, met for the first
time at their 1992 wedding in their homeland. "It took time to get to know
him," says Ashrafi, 28, but true love slowly
blossomed. "He was very understanding, very nice."
After joining her husband in New
York City nine years ago (he came to the city in the
late 1980s), Ashrafi, a homemaker, embraced her new
life while honoring her Muslim faith. They prayed together each morning,
including on Sept. 11, shortly before Chowdhury left
their apartment in Woodside, Queens, for his job at the
Windows on the World restaurant in the TradeCenter. Still reeling just two days
after the tragedy, Ashrafi gave birth to a son,
naming him Farqad, which means "star." In
the months since, she has struggled to regain her footing in the face of
occasionally derisive words and actions from strangers. One day a group of
teens spotted her in traditional Muslim dress and jeered, "Let's go for a
Hardest of all has been explaining Chowdhury's
death to their 6-year-old daughter Fahina. "He's
in the stars," Ashrafi told her. The little girl
responded by asking for binoculars. "I want to see my dad," she said.
Jacqueline Milam Carrying on with the help of sitcoms and
a baby boy
He wasn't ordinarily forgetful, but when Ronald D. Milam
walked out of his cubicle at the Pentagon for a meeting on Sept. 11, he left his wallet behind. Now he lies
buried in Arlington National Cemetery, and that wallet--"sitting on the
dresser like he's going to come back and get it," in the words of his best
friend, Col. Robert House--is one of the few things of his that his widow,
Jacqueline, 33, has left. That, and the couple's 20-month-old
daughter MyeJoi and infant son Ron Jr., born Jan. 6.
Milam, herself an Air Force captain, was working on the
opposite side of the Pentagon when American Flight 77 slammed into the
building. She escaped physical harm, but not emotional anguish. "I pray
for the strength to get through the day," she says. In between feedings,
laundry, vacuuming and other chores at her Brandywine, Md.,
home, she tries to "watch a little TV. The comedies make me laugh and take
my mind off things."
Something else cheers her too. While pregnant, says
Milam, "I kept rubbing my stomach and saying, 'I want him to be the
spitting image of his father.'" Her prayers, it seems, were answered.
"He's got his daddy's nose," she says, smiling at her newborn. "And his big feet."
Dawn Shay A weary mother of
three, but with grit to spare
Sports enthusiast Robert Shay liked to joke that he was
going to have enough sons to start his own basketball team. By September he was
halfway there, with Robert III, 5; Ryan, 2; and a third boy on the way. But
when baby Jonathan arrived on Oct. 22, there was no talk of sports. Six weeks
earlier Robert, of Cantor Fitzgerald, had died inside Tower 1. "People say
I'm strong, but it's hard," says Shay, 27, who met Robert at a St.
Patrick's Day parade seven years ago and married him three years later.
"The baby needs 24-hour care. And all the kids need to know I'll be there
for them." She is deeply grateful for the support of her family, who
"dropped their lives" to help. And although she is nervous about
their financial future, Shay, a full-time mom, is determined to keep Robert's
dreams alive--starting with buying a house to replace their cramped apartment
on Staten Island so each boy has his own room.
"He'd be so proud of me if I did that," she says.
Elaine Lyons Love was on the menu in the restaurant where
For two weeks rescuers searched for Michael Lyons in the TradeCenter rubble. For all that time
his wife, Elaine, believed he would be found. Then one night, after pals from
his South Bronx squad gently suggested holding a
memorial, his brother Brian told her things didn't look good. Lyons,
32, broke down. "Hearing it from him made it real," she says.
The couple had met as teens working in a Yonkers
restaurant. Love bloomed, Lyons
recalls, because "he had a great sense of humor." Years later Michael
became a real Good Humor man, working weekends near their Hawthorne,
N.Y., home. But his fun on the ice cream
truck couldn't match the joy he felt on the fire truck. He first tried
firefighting as a stopgap after earning a mechanical engineering degree from ManhattanCollege, then
turned down lucrative engineering jobs to stay with his squad mates. Since
Michael's death, his widow feels she has grown, assuming responsibilities, such
as paying bills, that he always handled. Lyons, a
homemaker, is filling a scrapbook on his life for daughters Mary Michael, born
Nov. 2 and named for her father, and 18-month-old Caitlyn. "I think,"
she says, "they'll be proud of him."
Jennifer Tarantino A calm baby and a pear tree offer
There is no grave site for Kenny Tarantino. But his
softball pals planted a pear tree in his memory at a ballpark in Bayonne,
N.J., where he lived. "This is our
special place," says his wife, Jennifer, 33, who takes sons Kenny, 4, and
2-month-old Jason Joseph there twice a week. "We go to talk to
Though her friends submitted the missing-person report
and placed signs all over the city, the sapling, says Tarantino, is the
greatest act of kindness she has received since the death of Kenny, who worked
for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of Tower 1--a possibility Tarantino
initially couldn't imagine. "I thought he was invincible," she recalls.
Marking her seventh wedding anniversary three months ago
was painful, but there was reason to celebrate her Dec. 7 birthday: Jason's
arrival at "He has
such a calm about him--like my husband," says
Tarantino, a homemaker. She, too, has found inner peace: "'Don't be such a
perfectionist,' Kenny used to say. And here I am doing it. I'm the person my
husband wanted me to be."
Kellie Lee In a search for solace, she returns to her
Dan Lee was supposed to go to Canada
with the rest of the Backstreet Boys' crew. Instead he boarded American Flight
11 from Boston to L.A.
to be with Kellie Lee during her Caesarean. On Sept. 13 Lee, 32, then a
contract administrator for a construction firm, delivered Allison, their second
child. Accepting Dan's death has been tough for Lee, who feels guilty. "He
wasn't on the plane except to be with me," she says. Less than a month
after Allison's birth, she packed up the baby, sister
Amanda, 3, and her sorrow and moved to her parents' home in Erie,
Pa. Since then, assistance from generous
strangers as well as Dan's coworkers and celebrities like Stevie
Nicks, the Backstreet Boys and Bette Midler has improved her finances.
"People have been wonderful," Lee says. This month she and her
daughters got their own home in Erie.
As soon as she can, says Lee, "I want to get back to real life."
Carolann Larsen A new arrival helps soothe his siblings' grief
Parked a few blocks from Ground Zero, a 1997 white Dodge
Ram gathers dust. Scott Larsen had driven the van to his fire station near the TradeCenter on Sept. 11. In the months
since, his homemaker wife, Carolann, has chosen to leave it there. "I don't want to get
rid of it," she says, "but I don't know if I want to drive it
A far easier decision was choosing the name for the baby
boy Larsen delivered less than 48 hours after Scott died in the attacks.
August--Larsen's father's name--had been Scott's pick all along. Making his
debut so soon after his father's death, August proved to be a welcome
distraction for his older siblings Marisa, 9, Brenda, 8, and Scott Brian, 4.
"My kids went from one day of being very sad," says Larsen, 35,
"to the next day having a baby brother."
Since Sept. 11, the Larsens
have been showered with kindnesses. Among them: Anne Beiler,
the owner of Auntie Anne's pretzel chain, donated Christmas gifts; former New
York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani stopped by on Christmas Eve ("My son kept
thinking he was the President," says Larsen); and a Utah couple in their
90s sent a handmade quilt. When August is older, Larsen will explain his
father's sacrifice: "I'll tell him that hopefully a lot of children were
able to have their parents come home because of his dad."
Andrea Russin Her husband lives
on through a book she wrote and one final videotape
Even before he became a dad, Steve Russin
loved children. "Steve got a set of Pokemon
cards and traded them with the kids on the block," says his wife, Andrea,
34. On Halloween three years ago, "he dressed up as Spider-Man and climbed
the trees and a lamppost. All the kids were laughing."
Yet even her upbeat husband was worried when the couple,
already parents of 2-year-old Alec, learned in January of last year that twins
were on the way. "It took about two months before he was comfortable that
we could handle three children," says Russin.
"Then he was so excited. He would say, 'We're not just having one baby,
we're having two!'"
Fraternal twins Olivia Sabrina Gail and Ariella Sarah Dayle were born
just four days after their father died in the Cantor Fitzgerald offices in
Tower 1. Steve had met Andrea, an occupational therapist, at Moran's, a bar in
the WorldFinancialCenter a few blocks from the TwinTowers, in 1994. They married two
years later and in 1998 moved to a four-bedroom home in Randolph,
N.J. After Alec was born, "Steve would
play like a child with him," recalls Russin, who
often shows her son the video Steve shot of them on Alec's first day at
preschool--five days before the attacks. Each time he sees his father's image, Russin reports, Alec runs to the screen, shouting,
"Daddy!" Russin says the tape "makes
After giving birth by Caesarean section, a grieving Russin put her feelings into writing. The result was
Where's Daddy?, a 21-page children's book Russin hopes to publish in honor of her husband. In the
meantime Steve is never far from her mind. "I would like," she says,
"to believe he is still with us, helping us out."
Written by Galina Espinoza,
Thomas Fields-Meyer, Susan Horsburgh, Richard Jerome,
Mike Neill, Joanna Powell, Susan Schindehette,
Michelle Tauber, Alex Tresniowski
Reported by K.C. Baker, Vickie Bane, Sharon Cotliar, Samantha Henry, Diane Herbst,
Caroline Howard, Jennifer Longley, Jane Sims Podesta,
GRAPHIC: COLOR PHOTO: COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY ERICA
BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE., COVER, NEW LIFE, NEW HOPE, Their husbands died on Sept.
11. Their babies were born afterward. Meet 31 brave women who are rebuilding
their lives; B/W ILLUSTRATION, COVER PHOTO: 1.Evelyn Rodriguez with Morgan 2. Stacey Staub with Juliette
3.Andrea Russin with Olivia
and Ariella 4.VyckiHigley
with Robyn 5.Jennifer Bowman with Jack 6.Linda Dickinson with Patrick 7.Lisa Reina with Joseph 8.Taryn McHale with Collin 9.Tammy Perconti with Julia 10.Elaine Lyons with Mary 11.Paulina Cardona with Joshua 12.Mindy Gabler with Alexis 13.Kellie Lee with Allison 14.BaraheenAshrafi
with Farqad 15.Kimberly Statkevicus with Chase 16.Susan Retik with Dina 17.Gigi Nelson with Lyndsi 18.Holli Silver with Danielle 19.Jeannine McIntyre
with Lauren 20.Courtney Acquaviva
with Paul 21.Jenna Jacobs with Gabriel 22.Dawn Shay with Jonathan 23.Dena Smagala with Alexa 24.Jacqueline Milam with Ron 25.Jennifer Maerz with Noelle 26.Maria Ryan
with Colin 27.Carolann Larsen with August 28.
Nancy Taylor with Luke 29.Jane Terrenzi with Elizabeth 30.Ronda Boyle with Nathan 31. Jennifer Tarantino with
Jason; COLOR PHOTO: INSIDE COVER: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK PETERSON/CORBIS, SABA,
Behind the Scenes What happened when 31 young mothers who share a tragic bond
got together for a photo session? They shed tears, changed diapers and made
friends with those who truly understand: each other As
time passes, "I notice a change," says BaraheenAshrafi (right, holding 5-month-old son Farqad as another widow, Jenna Jacobs, shares a smile).
"I feel stronger than before."; COLOR PHOTO: INSIDE COVER:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK PETERSON/CORBIS, SABA, [See caption above] Even napping,
fireman's son August Larsen makes a patriotic statement.; COLOR PHOTO: INSIDE
COVER: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK PETERSON/CORBIS, SABA, [See caption above]
"Having a baby forces you to be strong," says Mindy Gabler (left, with Alexis, and fellow mom Tammy Perconti, holding Julia).; COLOR PHOTO: INSIDE COVER:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK PETERSON/CORBIS, SABA, [See caption above] For Jeannine
McIntyre (far left) and Carolann Larsen even diaper
changing was a shared experience.; COLOR PHOTO: INSIDE COVER: PHOTOGRAPHS BY
MARK PETERSON/CORBIS, SABA, [See caption above] Baby Joshua "is like a
present for Miguel," says Paulina Cardona (with
her sons). "Joshua is filling an empty space.";
COLOR PHOTO: INSIDE COVER: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK PETERSON/CORBIS, SABA,
[See caption above] "I can't think about it," says Andrea Russin (far right, with other mothers, from left, Jennifer
Bowman, VyckiHigley and
Linda Dickinson) of juggling her twin girls and a toddler son. "I'm too
busy."; COLOR PHOTO: ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "He wanted this
moment so badly," Paulina Cardona (with baby
Joshua) says of her husband, Jose, who died on Sept. 11. [T of C]; COLOR PHOTO:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, Someday newborn Alexa
Faith Smagala will know all about her fireman father,
says his widow, Dena (see her story on page 56), who is pictured with his work
hats.; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "I don't
know what I'd do without them," says McIntyre of Caitlyn (left), Lauren,
and Donald Jr. (wearing his dad's police hat and medal of honor).; COLOR PHOTO:
ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Donald McIntyre Police Officer Age 39
Three Children; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Peter
Nelson Firefighter Age 42 Three Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA
BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "Peter was positive about everything," says
Nelson (with his work hats, and Lyndsi).; COLOR
PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "Jose taught me
everything," says Cardona (with Joshua and Miguel, 14, her son from her
first marriage).; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Jose Cardona
Financial Clerk Age 34 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA
BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "I was so happy to see her," Terrenzi says of Elizabeth. "It was overwhelming."; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES,
Brian Terrenzi Network Manager Age 28 One Child;
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "Fred would have
taught her so much," Gabler says of Alexis (with
her). "It's not fair."; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE
FAMILIES, Fredric Gabler Equities Trader Age 30 One
Child; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, When Retik (with Dina) heard that David's plane had crashed, she
thought, "This can't be."; B/W PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE
FAMILIES, David Retik Venture Capitalist Age 33 Three
Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, Along with
her dad's photo and cap, Sarah (with Acquaviva and
baby Paul) has a bracelet that says, "Da Loves
You."; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Paul Acquaviva Corporate V.P. Age 30 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, Perconti
worries that Julia won't get everything a child with two parents would have.;
COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Jon Perconti
Jr. Securities Trader Age 32 One Child; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA
BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, Smagala (with father Bill Germano) has Stan's hats and baby Alexa
to cherish.; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Stanley Smagala Jr. Firefighter Age 36 One Child; COLOR PHOTO:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, Statkevicus
(with Derek's Yankees cap and Chase) says the baby was a godsend.; COLOR PHOTO:
ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Derek Statkevicus
V.P. of Research Age 30 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY
THE FAMILIES, Ari Jacobs Technology Executive Age 29
One Child; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, Ari, says Jacobs, looked forward to teaching Gabriel to
dribble a basketball and play catch.; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA
BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, Dickinson is saving her husband's Reggie Jackson-signed
baseball for Patrick.; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES,
Patrick Dickinson Securities Trader Age 35 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "I was so thrilled that she
looked exactly like Noell," Maerz
says of their daughter Noelle.; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE
FAMILIES, NoellMaerz Bond
Trader Age 29 One Child; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS
OUTLINE, Higley (with Robyn) has a box of keepsakes
that includes articles and videos about Rob.; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS
COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Rob Higley Client Liaison Age
29 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE,
"If I didn't have him," Reina (with Joe's
Yankees gear) says of Joseph III, "I would have curled up in a ball and
died."; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Joseph Reina Jr. Operations Manager Age 32 One Child; COLOR PHOTO:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, It was Shawn who read parenting
books when Jennifer was expecting Jack.; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY
THE FAMILIES, Shawn Bowman Programmer Age 28 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "When I look at her, I see
beauty and love," says Silver of Danielle. "It's a calming
effect."; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, David
Silver Systems V.P. Age 35 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA
BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, McHale (with Collin) says Tom "cried for 45
minutes" at the news of her pregnancy.; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS
COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Tom McHale Securities Broker Age 33 One Child; COLOR
PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "I'm still trying to
get my bearings," says Boyle (with Dylan, left, Allen and baby Nathan).;
COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Allen Boyle Wiring
Installer Age 30 Three Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS
OUTLINE, "I have to learn to live again," says Ryan (with Colin and
Autumn). "I'm not the same Maria anymore.";
COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Jonathan Ryan Bond Broker
Age 32 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE,
"I'm dreading our anniversary, July 6," says Taylor
(with Luke, Kip's photo, medals and high school
baseball). "I dreaded Valentine's Day and I'm dreading Father's
Day."; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Kip Taylor Army
Lt. Colonel Age 38 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA
BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "I'm so glad I wasn't left alone," says Staub (with Juliette and a brick
from the house she and Craig built).; B/W PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE
FAMILIES, Craig Staub Senior V.P. Age 30 One Child;
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "She'll know that
both her parents loved her more than anything," says Rodriguez of daughter
Morgan.; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Anthony Rodriguez
Firefighter Age 36 Four Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA
BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "When I pray for Mohammad, I feel better,"
says Ashrafi (with Fahina,
right, and Farqad).; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS
COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Mohammad Chowdhury Waiter Age
38 Two children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE,
"I've been so busy I wonder if I've grieved yet," says Milam (with
Ron Jr.).; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Ronald Milam
Army Major Age 33 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS
OUTLINE, "I'll be their mother and father," says Shay of Robert III,
Ryan and Jonathan (left to right).; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE
FAMILIES, Robert Shay Bond Broker Age 27 Three Children; COLOR PHOTO:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "I'm a stronger woman
now," says Lyons (with Caitlyn and holding Mary Michael).; COLOR PHOTO:
ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Michael Lyons Firefighter Age 32 Two Children;
COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Kenneth Tarantino Currency
Trader Age 39 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS
OUTLINE, "Kenny loved simple things," says Tarantino (with Jason).
"The beach and the New York Yankees."; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS
COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Dan Lee Carpenter Age 34 Two Children; COLOR PHOTO:
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, Lee (with Allison and big sister
Amanda) has filled a baby journal with letters to Dan.; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS
BY ERICA BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, "I hope he'll be as good a person as his
father," Larsen (with Scott's hat) says of August.; COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET
PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Scott Larsen Firefighter Age 35 Four Children;
COLOR PHOTO: ALL INSET PHOTOS COURTESY THE FAMILIES, Steve Russin
Securities Trader Age 32 Three Children; COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERICA
BERGER/CORBIS OUTLINE, Even with Alec and twins Ariella,
left, and Olivia, "the house feels empty," says Russin
(with Steve's cap).
Copyright 2002 Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
TELEGRAM & GAZETTE February 13, 2002
Wednesday, ALL EDITIONS
SECTION: SPORTS; Colleges; Pg. D4
HEADLINE: Renkens feels Storm drain; St.
John's assistant gets bumped up in pecking order
BYLINE: Jennifer Toland
Brooke Renkens' first year as
an assistant coach at St. John'sUniversity
hasn't been exactly what she expected. In a season of flux, the Red Storm has
struggled to win just three games and the coaching staff has been revamped
following the Jan. 18 dismissal of head coach Darcel
Estep and assistant Joyce Jenkins.
took over as interim coach for the rest of the season, and the 22-year-old Renkens was thrust into the role of Stepps'
''It's been hectic and it's meant more
responsibilities,'' Renkens said this week in a
telephone interview from her Jamaica,
N.Y., office. ''You don't like to take an opportunity
at another's loss, but at the same time, you have to accept the extra
challenges that come with it.'' Renkens, a 1996
graduate of Holy Name, was a graduate assistant last year at Division 3 Kean University in Union, N.J.
She graduated from ManhattanCollege
in 2000 with the school record for 3-pointers (215), and was the Jaspers' 13th
She joined the St. John's
staff in July.
What hasn't surprised Renkens
is the intense competition in the Big East, obviously a huge jump from Division
3 and even from the Division 1 MAAC, Manhattan's
The biggest difference?
''You mean other than UConn and
Notre Dame?'' Renkens asked with a laugh, referring
to the conference's national powers. ''It's just better athletes. In the MAAC,
everyone worked hard and had talent, but here they're just flat-out talented. UConn makes it look so easy. I've never seen a team make it
look so easy.''
The No. 1 Huskies beat St. John's
by 41 points on Jan. 9. The Red Storm travels to No. 23 Notre Dame today. The
Irish have a 49-game home winning streak.
''Even though we've struggled, it's been a great
experience being in the Big East,'' said Renkens, one
of two Central Mass. products coaching in the league.
Carla Berube of Oxford
is an assistant at Providence.
''You can't ask for a better conference to be in.''
Coaching runs in the Renkens
family. Renkens' father is Jack Renkens,
who coached at Assumption for nine years. She said she has incorporated a lot
of his methods in her own coaching.
''I learned a lot from him during high school,'' Renkens said. ''When you get the chance to teach, I think
you flash back to what you learned from who taught you.''
Copyright 2002 The WichitaEagle
All Rights Reserved
The Wichita Eagle February 10, 2002 Sunday
SECTION: MAIN NEWS; Pg. 6A
HEADLINE: REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS
On Sept. 11, thousands of people were victims of the most
horrific act of terrorism ever in America.
But their lives, their promise and their stories are being told. Here are some
Michael J. Lyons
Even as a child, Michael J. Lyons hung out at a firehouse
in his South Yonkers neighborhood. He always thought
firefighting was the best job to have. At 32, he had grown up to be a
But Lyons was
good not only at putting out fires. A graduate of ManhattanCollege, he worked as an engineer
on the side to make extra money. His other jobs included fixing roofs, driving
a hot-dog truck and taking counter orders at the Yonkers
deli where he met his future wife, Elaine (a waitress there).
"He was always working," she said. "There
would be spans of two days when I wouldn't see him."
started slowing down about two years ago, though, after his daughter Caitlyn
was born on his birthday. He never had the chance to meet his second daughter,
Mary, who was born in November and named after his late mother. Elaine Lyons
gave the baby the middle name Michael.
Copyright 2002 Charleston Newspapers
The Charleston Gazette February 07, 2002, Thursday
SECTION: Metro East; Pg. P8
HEADLINE: Students aid Southern Appalachian Labor School
Twelve students from TuftsUniversity in Massachusetts
recently arrived to assist with housing projects of the Southern Appalachian
Labor School. According to Kristin Romandelti,
student coordinator, the Tufts students were to contribute a week of work
between college semesters. The students resided at the SALSCommunity Center in Beards Fork,
which has been renovated recently to accommodate workcamp
John P. David, director of SALS, noted that students from
the University of Michigan,
William and Mary, LasellCollege, ManhattanCollege, CabrinaCollege
are scheduled to assist the SALS housing projects in upcoming months.
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002
From: James Gannon
Subject: Re: Updated Resume
Sorry about that. I hope that it works this time. Thanks
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Analytically oriented financial professional experienced
in auditing operations of brokerage firms within the financial services sector.
Diversified background in accounting, fund/ cash flow
management, performance reporting, regulatory compliance, and financial
analysis. Combines strong decision making skills, budget development and
management with a comprehensive knowledge of cost improvement. Strong PC/
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capable of stepping into higher levels of responsibility. Effective
communicator and problem solver.Earned a Bachelor of
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- Conducted special projects which allowed the examination process to operate
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- Management - participated in Management weekend
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students to the administration of the college
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Computer Skills Expert in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Lotus
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- National Alumni Council - co-chairman of the Young
- Ancient Order of Hibernians - awarded the 1995 Irish
- Knights of Columbus - helped plan
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February 15, 2002 PORTER’S DUNK LIFTS RIDER TO 64-62 VICTORY OVER JASPERS
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Despite leading virtually the entire game, the Jaspers
were unable to hang on in the closing seconds as a slam dunk by Rider’s Mario
Porter gave the Broncs a narrow 64-62 victory over
the visiting Manhattan Jaspers in a MAAC contest Friday night.
Rider improves to 15-9 overall and
11-4 in the MAAC, while Manhattan falls to 18-7 and 10-6 in the MAAC.
Manhattan made its presence known in the opening minutes, racing to
a 9-1 lead at the mark. In
fact, Rider was held scoreless from the field until RJ Wicks converted a layup at the mark. Manhattan led by as many as 14 in the half, and took a 34-28 edge
into the lockerroom after hitting 11-26 (42.3%) shots
including 4-5 from behind the arc.
The Jaspers maintained their lead for
the majority of the second half, but Rider hung around and eventually closed to
within two (57-55) on a basket by Poter at the mark. The two teams traded baskets over the next few
possessions, before Rider rallied to tie the game at 61-61 on a three-pointer
by Jerry Johnson. After a Bronc timeout, a jumper by
Luis Flores (New York, NY) was off the mark and Rider’s Robert Reed came down with
the rebound. He was fouled by Jason Benton (New Haven, CT) and went to the line for two shots. Reed hit the first
to give Rider its lead of the game (62-61) with 43 seconds to play. But Reed
missed the second, and Dave Holmes (Washington, DC) came down with the rebound.
A layup by Mugsy Green (New York, NY) rimmed out but Holmes was there for the offensive board
and was fouled on the play, and went to the line for two shots. Holmes made the
first to tie the game at 62-62 with 26 seconds left. The second attempt by
Holmes was no good, and Porter hauled in the rebound. After Rider brought the
ball up the court, the Broncs burned their final
timeout to set up the game-winning shot. On the ensuing possession, Wicks got
the ball to Porter under the basket who went in for
the game-winning dunk with 11 seconds to play. A last-second layup by Green wouldn’t go, and Rider escaped with the
Holmes led all scorers with 19 points
and nine rebounds, making 7-10 shots from the floor including a pair of
three-pointers. Flores was the only other Jasper in double figures with 15
points and three steals. Johnson led the Broncs with
17 points including four three-pointers.
The Jaspers return to action on
Monday, February 18 when they take on the Loyola Greyhounds at the Bridgeport
Arena at .
February 14, 2002 WHO'S ON TOP THIS WEEK IN TRACK & FIELD
EDISON, NJ – The Manhattan College men’s and women's track and field
teams continue to dominate the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference weekly top
ten list. Setting new leads are MattSpring (Marcy, NY) in the 800m and Magnus Ahlen (Carlstad, Sweden) in the Long Jump at the Armory Collegiate Invitational
held last weekend. On the women's side, junior Stefani
Allen (Levittown, PA) ran a personal best and set a new lead in the 200m.
Rachel McGee (Bellport, NY) also ran a personal best and set a new lead in the 800m.
New to the MAAC top ten list is senior Chenelle Bruce (Boston, MA) for her performance in the 400m and Lauren Primerano (Trenton, NJ) set a new lead in the Weight Throw.
Men’s Top Leaders EVENT ATHLETEPERFORMANCEMEET AND DATE 55m Dash Magnus Ahlen (Carlstad,
Sweden)6.3Fordham 12-14-01 400m Eddie Potter (Monroe, NJ)48.15METS 2-3-02 200m Eddie Potter (Monroe, NJ)21.87METS 2-3-02 800m Gavin Cosgrove, (Kingston, Ontario)1:54.38METS 2-3-02 3000m Matt Spring (Marcy, NY)8:15.08Armory Inv. 2-9-02 DMR Jeff Clark, Gavin Cosgrove, Joe Van Dyke, Matt
Spring10:05.17Princeton Inv. 1-26-02 1600 Relay Manhattan3:17.03Princeton Inv. 1-26-02 Weight Jacob Freeman (Providence,RI)73’6” (22.40)Fordham Inv. 1-18-02 Shot Put Mike Pellet (Croton, NY)52’71/2" (16.04)Millrose Games
2-1-02 Pole Vault NilsPetterson (Carlstad, Sweden)14’7 ¼” (4.45)Princeton Inv. 1-26-02 Triple Jump Erik Rokeach
(14.79)METS 2-3-02 Long Jump Magnus Ahlen
(Carlstad, Sweden)23’10’’Armory Inv. 2-9-02
Women’s Top Leaders EVENT ATHLETEPERFORMANCEMEET AND DATE 55m H Stefani Allen (Levittown,
PA)8.36Princeton Inv. 12-7-01 55m Dash Samantha Griffin (Jersey City, NJ)7.1Fordham 12-14-01 Mile Run Kristen Cerasi (Eastchester,
NY)4:57.18Manhattan Inv. 1-12-02 400m Chenelle Bruce (Boston,
MA)58.42Armory Inv. 2-9-02 200m Stefani Allen (Levittown,
PA)24.61Armory Inv. 2-9-02 800m Rachel McGee (Bellport, NY)2:14.81Armory Inv. 2-9-02 DMR Kristen Cerasi, Marisa Rego, Rachel McGee, Chenelle
Bruce12:00.89Princeton Inv. 1-26-02 Weight Lauren Primerano
(Trenton, NJ)46’ 2¾’’ (14.09)Armory Inv. 2-9-02 Shot Put Karin Larsson (Garphyttan,
Sweden)42’11 ¾’’ (13.10)Manhattan 12-1-01 Triple Jump Michanne Campbell (
Mt Vernon,NY)38’1 ½”(11.62)Armory Inv. 2-9-02
High Jump Julie Wozniak (Jackson, NJ)5’3’’Princeton Inv. 12-7-01
February 14, 2002 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ROUTS FAIRFIELD 80-62 Sweep Stags for the First Time Since 1995-1996
BRIDGEPORT, CT – The Manhattan College women’s basketball team beat Fairfield 80-62 in a crucial Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
game on Thursday night at the Bridgeport Arena.
Manhattan improves to 15-10, 10-6 in the MAAC, while Fairfield drops to 11-14, 7-9 in the MAAC.Manhattan is now assured a winning overall and conference record
with the win, while finishing the season with the most conference wins since
the MAAC expanded to ten teams in 1997-98.Manhattan needs one win to tie the best conference record in
Fairfield led 6-4 early in the game but back-to back baskets by Rosalee Mason (London, England) and Christine Bach (Floral Park, NY) gave Manhattan its first lead of the game, and the only one it would
need.Manhattan then went on a 12-5 run over a span of three minutes to
give the Lady Jaspers a solid 11-point lead (32-21).Manhattan led by as many as 15 in the first half, but Megan Light
sparked a mini-run by the Stags to cut the lead to six with just 40 seconds
remaining in the half.Mary Kacic (Howard Beach, NY) hit a three pointer with 0:02
seconds remaining to give the Lady J’s a nine-point edge at halftime (35-26).
Manhattan led by 11 early in the
second period, but a lay-up by Ayanna Brown and
four-of-five free throws by Light gave the Stags an 8-0 run to cut the lead to
three with 16 minutes left to play.The
Lady J’s answered with a steal and a lay-up by Donnette
“Shorty” Reed (Syracuse, NY) and a three pointer by Tiffany Schettig
(Altoona, PA) to extend the lead to eight with little under 15 minutes
left on the clock.The game see-sawed
for just over five minutes, but Mason hit two free throws at the 10:21 mark to
spark the decisive 17-6 run over the next six minutes that put the Stags away
The defensive combination of Bach and
Siobhan Kilkenny (Castlebar, Ireland) held Fairfield’s SchreneIsidora,
the MAAC’s fourth leading scorer,to just four points. Light finished
with 22 points, while Brown finished with 20 to lead the Stags.
Mason led Manhattan with 21 points and finished with eight rebounds, while
Eve Walters (Pittsford, NY) was crucial in the win totaling a career-high 19 points,
with nine rebounds in just 28 minutes of action.Walters went 9-13 from the floor to lead the
Reed totaled ten points, four assists and five steals to round out Manhattan’s double-digit scoring effort.
Manhattan completed the regular season sweep of Fairfield today for the first time since 1995-1996 when the Lady
Jaspers finished 11-3 in the MAAC, won the conference tournament and earned an
automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Manhattan returns to action on Monday when they host conference-leading Siena for a game.
February 13, 2002 JASPERS TOP CANISIUS, 73-53 Flores Tallies First Double-Double With
15 Points and 10 Rebounds
RIVERDALE, NY – Guards Von Damien “Mugsy” Green (New York, NY) and Luis Flores (New York, NY)
combined for 34 points to power the Manhattan Jaspers to a decisive 73-53
victory over the visiting Canisius Golden Griffs Wednesday evening in Draddy
Manhattan improves to 18-6 overall and 10-5 in the MAAC, while Canisius drops to 8-16 overall and 5-10 in the MAAC. The
Jaspers avenged a heartbreaking loss to the Griffs
from last Friday in Buffalo, and improve to 10-1 at Draddy
Trailing 8-6 early in the first half,
Manhattan went on a 10-0 run to double up the Griffs
at 16-8 with remaining. Canisius responded and closed the gap to three on
back-to-back baskets by Chris Ravello and Andy Bush.
But Manhattan surged again to push the lead back up to 10 (29-19) with remaining in the half. Canisius
wouldn’t go away, though, and closed the half with a 17-3 spurt to take a 36-32
lead at halftime.
The second half was all Manhattan as the Jaspers outscored the Griffs
41-17 in the second period, holding Canisius to just
5-23 from the field in the second half. The Jaspers outrebounded the Griffs
47-30 for the game and forced 19 Canisius turnovers.
Green led all scorers with 19 points
and five assists while playing all 40 minutes, and Flores tallied his
first double-double as a Jasper, with 15 points and a
career-high 10 rebounds. Justin Jackette (Valhalla, NY) also had a solid night, with eight points, 10 rebounds
and three assists. Junior Darnell Tyler (Long Branch, NJ) chipped in eight points in 14 minutes of work, while
Jared Johnson (Bronx, NY) and Jason Benton (Wilbur Cross, CT) chipped in six pointsapeiece.
The Jaspers return to action on
Friday, February 15 when they travel to Lawrenceville, NJ to take on first-place Rider at .
February 12, 2002 LADY JASPERS KNOCK OFF IONA, 71-60 Rosalee Mason Scores Game-High 24 Points
RIVERDALE, NY – Sophomore Rosalee Mason (London, England) made 11-16 shots from the
floor for a game-high 24 points to lead the Manhattan Lady Jaspers to a 71-60
victory over the visiting Iona Gaels Tuesday evening in Draddy
The Lady Jaspers improve to 14-10
overall, 9-6 in the MAAC, while the Gaels fall to 6-17 overall, 4-10 in the
MAAC. Manhattan’s nine MAAC wins are the most since the 1995-96 season, when the Lady Jaspers finished 11-3 in the MAAC.
Manhattan led from the opening tip and never trailed, building a
15-5 lead in the opening minutes. Iona charged back
and cut the lead to just two, 19-17, on a jumper by Charlotte Rocker.
Back-to-back baskets by Eve Walters (Pittsford, NY) and Siobhan Kilkenny (Castlebar, Ireland) pushed the Jasper lead back
to six, but the Gaels rallied again to pull within one (25-24) with 2:04
remaining. Manhattan closed the half with a 7-1 run and took a 32-25 lead into
Manhattan, which led by as many as 17 in the second half, shot 59.3
percent in the second half, making 16-27 from the
floor. With the win, the Jaspers retain a hold on third place in the MAAC
Mason led all scorers with 24 points
and nine rebounds to lead three Lady Jaspers in double figures. Tiffany Schettig (Altoona, PA) drained four three-pointers for 12 points, and Walters
chipped in 10 points, blocked four shots and had three steals.
Manhattan returns to action on Thursday, February 14 when they
travel to Fairfield for a MAAC
February 12, 2002 FLORES NAMED TO NABC DISTRICT 2 SECOND TEAM
OVERLAND, PARK, KS – The National Association
of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the NABC/Pontiac Division I
All-District Teams recognizing the best men’s collegiate basketball
student-athletes in the country. Manhattan sophomore guard Luis Flores (New York, NY) was named to the NABC/Pontiac Division I District 2
Selected and voted on by member
coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball
players across the country. The 150 student-athletes, from 15 districts, are
now eligible for the NABC/Pontiac Division I All-American Team to be announced
at the conclusion of the 2001-02 NCAA men’s basketball season.
2002 NABC/Pontiac Division I
All-District Teams District 2 First Team Preston Shumpert, Syracuse Marcus Hatten, St. John’s J.R. Bremer, St. Bonaventure Dashawn Williams, Syracuse Sean Kennedy, Marist
Second Team Luis Flores, Manhattan Dwayne Archbold, Siena Anthony Glover, St. John’s Courtney Fields, Iona Smush Parker, Fordham
The Jaspers return to action on
Wednesday, February 13 when they host Canisius at in Draddy Gym.
February 10, 2002 JASPERS DROP 94-83 DECISION AT NIAGARA
BUFFALO, NY – Guards Daryl Greene and Tremell
Darden combined for 47 points to lead the Niagara University Purple Eagles to a
94-83 victory over the visiting Manhattan Jaspers Sunday afternoon at the GallagherCenter.
Manhattan, which lost back-to-back games for the first time this
season, falls to 17-6 overall and 9-5 in the MAAC. Niagara improves to 13-12 overall and 9-5 in the league.
Greene hit his first two shots of the
game to give the Eagles a quick 5-0 lead. But the Jaspers countered with a 9-0
run to go up 9-5 edge at the mark.
Manhattan led by as many as five before the Eagles’ Alvin Cruz converted a
three-point play to regain the lead for Niagara, 21-20 at the 11:04 mark. The
lead would flip-flop seven more times in the half before the Eagles took the
lead for good on Greene’s third three-pointer of the game at the mark. Greene made 9-11 shots in the first half for 22
points, as Niagara took a 44-41 lead into the lockerroom.
Niagara would hold the lead for the remainder of the half, as Manhattan was able to draw no closer than five.
Von Damien Green (New York, NY) and Jared Johnson (Bronx, NY) led the Jaspers with 15 points apiece. Justin Jackette (Valhalla, NY) tallied 13 points, including three three-pointers, while
Luis Flores (New York, NY) chipped in 11 points. Greene finished with a game-high
27 points including four three-pointers.
Manhattan returns to action on Wednesday February 13 when they host
Canisius at in Draddy Gym.
February 9, 2002 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO SIENA 71-53 Rosalee Mason Paces Lady Jaspers with 19 Points and 10 Rebounds
LOUDONVILLE, NY – The Manhattan College
women’s basketball team lost to conference-leading Siena, 71-53 in a Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference game at Alumni Recreation Center on Saturday
afternoon.The Lady Jaspers fell to
13-10, 8-6 in the MAAC, while Siena improved to 19-3, 14-0 in the MAAC.
Manhattan led by six points in the
early goings, but Siena went on a 7-0 run to take a 10-9 lead with just over 13
minutes left to play in the first half.The game see-sawed back and forth until the five minute mark when Siena
took the lead on a three-pointer by Nathalie Marchino
after the two teams went scoreless for almost three minutes.Siena led by seven, 32-25 at the break.
Siena jumped out to a ten-point lead
with 16 minutes left to play, but Manhattan came charging back on back-to-back
baskets by Rosalee Mason (London, England) and
three-of-four foul shooting by Christine Bach (Floral Park, NY) to cut the lead
to three (41-38) with 12 minutes left to play.The Saints hit a few shots and Manhattan answered to close the lead to three again (47-44) with
just over ten minutes on the clock.Finally Siena went on a 16-5 run over the course of five minutes to
pull away from the Lady Jaspers for good.
Mason finished with 19 points and 10
rebounds to lead the Lady J’s, while Eve Walters (Pittsford, NY) finished with nine points and seven rebounds.Bach totaled seven points with three rebounds
and two assists.
Manhattan returns to action on Tuesday, February 12, when they host
Iona in a MAAC
February 9, 2002 TRACK COMPETES IN NY ROAD RUNNERS COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL Weekend of Personal Best
NEW YORK, NY – The Manhattan College men’s and women’s track and field
teams competed Friday and Saturday in the New York Road Runners Collegiate
Invitational held at Draddy Gymnasium and the Armory.
Allen (Levittown, PA) ran a personal best in the 200m with a time of 24.60
seconds for a first place finish.Rachel
McGee (Bellport, NY) also ran a personal best today with a time of 2:14.81 in
On Friday, Jacob Freeman (Providence, RI) continued to entertain the crowds with a throw of 21.77m
and a first place victory in the Weight Throw.Jan Augustynowicz (Rutherford, NJ) leaped to fifth place with a personal best 15.47m in the
Triple Jump and Magnus Ahlen (Carlstad, Sweden) placed fourth in the Long Jump with a mark of 7.32m.
The men’s and women’s teams will try
to defend their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Indoor Championship crowns
on Saturday, February 16th when they host the MAAC Championships in Draddy Gymnasium beginning at .
February 8, 2002
CANISIUS EDGES MANHATTAN IN FINAL SECONDS, 62-61 Brian Dux Hits Game-Winning Shot for Griffs
BUFFALO, NY - Guard Brian Dux got the roll on an acrobatic layup with 14 seconds remaining to lift the Canisius Golden Griffs to a 62-61
MAAC victory over Manhattan Friday night at the KoesslerCenter.
Canisius improves to 7-15 overall and 4-9 in the MAAC, while
Manhattan saw its three-game win streak come to an end and falls to 17-5
overall and 9-4 in the MAAC.
The Jaspers actually held a one-point
edge with to go after
a fast-break layup by sophomore Luis Flores (New York, NY) put Manhattanahead 61-60. Dux then turned the
ball over at the other end and Manhattan regained possession. The Jaspers burned only 18 seconds
off the clock before senior Noah Coughlin (Middleboro, MA) put up a
three-pointer from the left side. The shot was off the mark and Dewitt Doss
hauled in the rebound for Canisius. The Griffs took a timeout to set up the game-winning shot.
After Dux hit the go-ahead bucket, the Jaspers had one last chance to win it,
but would have to do it with no timeouts. A shot by Flores rimmed out
but the rebound was knocked out of bounds by Canisius
and Manhattan had one last shot. Canisius
then used its final timeout to set its defense with just 2.4 seconds remaining.
Senior Von Damien "Mugsy" Green (New York, NY) tried to inbound the ball to senior Willie Haynes (Rochester, NY) but HodariMallor
tipped it up into the air and Canisius escaped with
Manhattan held a 33-28 advantage at halftime, but the Griffs outscored Manhattan 9-3 in the opening minutes to take a 37-36 lead. From
there the lead would change hands nine times in the half before Dux's heroics.
Flores led all scorers with 16 points, including 6-6 from the
foul line. Sophomore Dave Holmes (Washington, DC) recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 11
points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior Jared Johnson (Bronx, NY) came off the bench to contribute 12 points on 4-7
shooting. Dux was the high man for Canisius with 15
points, including 11 in the second half.
Manhattan returns to action on Sunday, February 10 when they travel
to NiagaraUniversity for a MAAC
contest. The game will be televised on MSG Network.
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The New York Times
February 9, 2002, Saturday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section D; Page 6; Column 1; Sports Desk
HEADLINE: TRACK AND FIELD;
Thrower Bulks Up Frame and Distance
BYLINE:By FRANK LITSKY
If Jacob Freeman, a 21-year-old ManhattanCollege junior, had been a better
football or basketball player in high school, his athletic future might have
been different. Instead, this 6-foot-5-inch, 330-pound comparative weakling has
turned into a track and field star of tomorrow, one of America's
most promising young hammer and weight throwers.
Yesterday, when the two-day New York Road Runners Armory
Invitational began, Freeman won the 35-pound weight throw at Manhattan's
Draddy Gymnasium with a meet record of 71 feet 5 1/4
inches. Three weeks ago, one throw after one that Coach Dan Mecca estimated at
75 feet had shattered a window at Draddy, Freeman set
a career best of 73-6. The weight throw is primarily an American event,
something for hammer throwers to do indoors in winter until they can get
outdoors. Freeman grew up in East Greenwich, R.I.,
where throwing events are popular, but he had other priorities in high school.
"My freshman year, after the football season,"
he said, "I tried out for basketball. I was the last cut. The football
coach said: 'You have no choice. You're coming out for track.' "
He did and quickly became a star. Now, with his massive
body, he looks like an N.F.L. offensive lineman in waiting, but he warned,
"I'm not very strong." His coach agreed.
"His upper body is weak," Mecca
said. "He lets the ball do the work. We saw a nutritionist who works with
the football Giants. He's been working not so much on losing weight, but at
shifting it around. Now he has less body fat, and that allows him to be faster
in the circle."
Freeman was fast enough yesterday to win by almost 2
"I didn't throw as well as I would have liked
to," he said, "but I still came up with one good throw. I had a great
time. I'm proud of the throw and the company I was in."
proud of his thrower.
"He can be as good as he wants to be," the coach
said. "He has the talent to be an Olympian. He's very young yet. Most
hammer throwers don't achieve their best until they're in their 30's."
The men's and women's weight throws were held at Draddy. The rest of the 50-college meet, the largest of its
kind, is at the Armory Track and FieldCenter in Manhattan
with its ultrafast 200-meter banked track.
The final eight-hour program today includes 12
championship-division finals for men and for women. The athletes come from such
national powers as Louisiana State, Texas,
Ohio State, South
Carolina, Villanova, Seton Hall and Georgetown.
Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company
The New York Times
February 9, 2002, Saturday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section D; Page 8; Column 1; Sports Desk
HEADLINE: BASKETBALL: COLLEGE ROUNDUP -- MEN; Manhattan Upset On Road by Canisius
BYLINE:By The Associated Press
Brian Dux scored 15 points, including the game-winning
basket to lead host Canisius to a 62-61 victory over Manhattan
in a Metro Athletic Atlantic Conference game last night.
After a missed 3-pointer by the Jaspers' Noah Coughlin,
Dux scored on a banked hook shot with 14 seconds left. Luis Flores, who led
Manhattan (17-5, 9-4) with 16 points, made a layup
with 1 minute 12 seconds left to give Manhattan a 61-60 lead. Jared Johnson
added 12 for Manhattan.
Hodari Mallory and Andy Bush
each had 10 points for Canisius (7-15, 4-9).
Copyright 2002 Associated Press
AP Online February 8, 2002 Friday
HEADLINE: Weight Throw Record Set at NYC Meet
DATELINE: NEW YORK
Jacob Freeman set a meet record in the weight throw with a toss of 71 feet,
51/4 inches on Friday in the championship division of the New York Road Runners
Club Collegiate Invitational at the ArmoryTrackCenter.
Freeman, a junior, easily topped the previous mark of
63-11, set last year by Princeton's Joshua McCaughey.
"I wasn't throwing as well as I would have liked,
but I did manage to get a real good one," Freeman said. McCaughey, a
sophomore, finished second Friday with a throw of 69-61/4 - far better than his
throw last year.
Date: Mon, 11
Feb 2002 -0600 From: "Kat Bergeron"
Organization: The Sun Herald
Subject: Re: A minor flaw in your recent story
Thanks. When I have a spare minute I'll try to check out
which is right and put a note in our files so future reporters will know.
That's the information that was given me and that's what was in our files. I
didn't see a year for the degree but it was probably in 1930s.Kat
"He received bachelor's and
master's degrees from LouisianaStateUniversity's School
of Music and earned a Ph.D. in
liturgical music from ManhattanCollege
in Manhattanville, N.Y.
He also studied at Julliard in New York City.”
Dear Ms. Bergeron,
Your story has a factual error. ManhattanCollege (www.manahattn.edu) is in
the Bronx, NY not Manhattanville.
I don't think it offers the degrees you mentioned. I believe you meant ManhattanvilleCollege
(http://www.mville.edu/). I collect articles for a ManhattanCollege alumni ezine
and my search for "my stuff" turned up your article.
Hope this helps,
Class of 1968
I am in California
and never go to the meetings that are described.The newsletter is not of interest to me as I
am in a different line of work and have no contact with anyone from ManhattanCollege. Thanks.Bette Snyder
Date: Wed, 13
Feb 2002 -0500
From: Dans, Peter
Subject: E-mail address change
Greetings and Good Health to all.
Please note that our home e-mail address is
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Date: Tue, 12
Feb 2002 -0500 From: Gerard M. Delaney
In the fullness of time, I have left the Blessed
Sacrament novitiate, and am looking for work. If you know of anybody looking
for a systems engineer with experience in imagery and geospatial things, my
resume is on-line at
Gerard M. Delaney BS '75
As Gaeilge: GearárdMícheálBreandánDubhshláine
Go mbeannaiDia a Mairh a Padraigthu
(God and Mary and Patrick bless you)
To: Gerard M. Delaney
Subject: Re: jj
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 19:40:47 +0000
1. I don't know how to respond. I guess I am glad that
you have found your way on the correct path. The religious life has its own set
of "opportunities". I hope that your departure from that path was
your choice and not one that was "forced" upon you by circumstance.
When one has to choose, sometimes other factors weigh in. For example, I'd love
to live in Las Vegas. But my
obligation to my mom causes me to choose to be nearby. I try not say
"forced" because that implies that I'd sacrifice my values for my
personal desires. So, I applaud your choice, whatever the reason. Anything I
can do, just ask.
"Look at Argentina.
A few years back, it seemed to be a thriving country. Income was up and the
political system was stable. Then the politicians and their allied interests
decided to take on economic law. They tied the peso to the dollar while making
the value of the peso decline by printing them. They increased spending with no
means of paying the bill. Economic law struck back, whacking the peso’s value
and humbling the entire political elite. The country flew into chaos. "
As readers know, I don't think much of government's
ability to do things for us. Here is a multi-year "lab experiment"
that the governments of Argentina
performed on their people.
There's a saying that "those that don't learn from
history are doomed to repeat it". That jibes with the Buddhist teaching
that "life presents lessons repeatedly until we learn them, (then we get
to proceed to the next lesson)". And, my particular
contribution to wisdom that "one does not have to pay tuition at every
school to learn a lesson". By that I mean,
I don't have to stick my finger in that electric socket to learn what will
happen. The socket is a "school" that gives personal tutoring about
how powerful electricity is. As an electrical engineer, I learned that lesson
and it only cost my mom about a hundred k. While sticking my finger in that
"school" socket would have been cheaper, I did accumulate some other
lessons from Manhattan. One was
that one could observe results, extrapolate a rule or principle, and then apply
it to other situations. Hence the expression, "the exception proves the
rule", which is a corruption of "the exception proofs (tests) the
rule". That contains a good deal of wisdom. If a rule has absolutely no
exceptions, it is not recognized as a rule or as anything else; it is then part
of the background of experience of which we tend to remain unconscious.
So thanks to the people of Argentina,
we know that the Federal Reserve's printing press money will causes problems
just as soon as the people of Japan
stop sending us Toyotas in exchange for pretty pieces of paper. Then the
heartache of Argentina
becomes ours. See people's life savings wiped out in one fell swoop. When all that paper comes flooding back to us to be exchanged for
goods and services, prices will skyrocket. Those on fixed income will be
devastated. And we will all be sadder but wiser, having finally learned Argentina's
lesson. There's no free lunch!