Sunday 17 Febuary 2002


Dear Jaspers,


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              Details to follow based on playoff schedule


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Sunday April 21 from 12 - 6 -WEA Earth Day Quad Fest is on the Quad




ALL BOILER PLATE is at the end.


Here comes the news after this comment.


This starts tomorrow!


"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 now?"


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.


"Collector-in-chief" John






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[Collector's prayer: And, may perpetual light shine on our fellow departed Jaspers, and all the souls of the faithful departed.]




Copyright 2002 The Macon Telegraph 
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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 Manhattan College 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 City Beach. 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 1P.M. in the First Baptist Church of Panama City with Rev. Wes Lawson officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00 until 5:00P.M. 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, FL 32401. -Wilson Funeral Home, 214 Airport Road, Panama City, has charge of arrangements. (850)785-5272.


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Copyright 2002 The Washington Post  
Washington Post
February 09, 2002, Saturday, Final Edition
HEADLINE: John Grimberg Dies; Mechanical Engineer


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.


Mr. Grimberg, 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 teenage years.


He was a civil engineering graduate of Manhattan College and received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University. He was a naval architect in the Coast Guard during World War II.


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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Copyright 2002 Time Inc.  
February 25, 2002
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 World Trade Center, 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. Farqad Chowdhury, born at 9:13 a.m. EST 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 through."


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. Baraheen Ashrafi 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 together."


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 doctor."


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 in Ecuador, 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 Juliet."


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 her."


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 8:20 a.m. on Sept. 11. At 8:54 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 World Trade Center 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 World Trade Center, 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 Twin Towers 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 picture."


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 World Trade Center. 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, Noell Maerz 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 6:45 p.m., 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 her."


Vycki Higley They climbed life's mountains together for 11 years


From the night they were introduced at a party in September 1990, Rob and Vycki Higley traveled through life as a couple. "We weren't apart any day after that," Higley says. Last September they camped on Vermont's Mount Snow 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 vegetables."


The phone rang at their Staten Island apartment at 9:01 a.m. 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 parents


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 day."


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 thing."


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 gone


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 military couples


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 Walter Reed Army Medical Center 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, 37.


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 says.


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 8:49 a.m. and she was in the shower. "The next one, at 8:54, he said the same thing, and you could hear a sigh. He was frustrated that I wasn't there."


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 her kids


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."


Baraheen Ashrafi Married by tradition, but their hearts soon followed


At first it seemed as though custom, not Cupid, had united Mohammad Salahuddin Chowdhury and his wife, Baraheen Ashrafi, 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 Trade Center. 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 jihad."


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 9:30 a.m. 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 they worked


For two weeks rescuers searched for Michael Lyons in the Trade Center 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 Manhattan College, 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 respite


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 Kenny."


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 5:25 p.m. "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 roots


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 Trade Center 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 either."


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 World Financial Center a few blocks from the Twin Towers, 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 Steve alive."


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, Debbie Seaman


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. Vycki Higley 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. Baraheen Ashrafi 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 Baraheen Ashrafi (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, Vycki Higley 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, Noell Maerz 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).


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Copyright 2002 Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Inc.  
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's University 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.


Pechone Stepps took over as interim coach for the rest of the season, and the 22-year-old Renkens was thrust into the role of Stepps' first assistant.


''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 Manhattan College in 2000 with the school record for 3-pointers (215), and was the Jaspers' 13th 1,000-point scorer.


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 league.


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.''


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The Wichita Eagle
February 10, 2002 Sunday MAIN EDITION


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 of them:


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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 firefighter himself.


But Lyons was good not only at putting out fires. A graduate of Manhattan College, 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."


Lyons had 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.


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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 Tufts University 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 SALS Community Center in Beards Fork, which has been renovated recently to accommodate workcamp groups.


John P. David, director of SALS, noted that students from the University of Michigan, William and Mary, Lasell College, Manhattan College, Cabrina College and Bard College are scheduled to assist the SALS housing projects in upcoming months.


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- Acted as liaison to the customer regarding the ongoing progress of the construction project
- Coordinated the various construction matters amongst the staff
- Made decisions in order to finish tasks in a timely manner






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- Finance - managed an operating budget of $350,000
- Management - participated in Management weekend
- Student Body President - elected from peers to communicate the voice of the students to the administration of the college
- Pen & Sword Honor Society


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- Ancient Order of Hibernians - awarded the 1995 Irish Way Scholarship
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February 15, 2002


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 16:18 mark. In fact, Rider was held scoreless from the field until RJ Wicks converted a layup at the 15:08 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 5:19 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 victory.


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 6:00 PM.




February 14, 2002


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 Matt Spring (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
55m Dash Magnus Ahlen (Carlstad, Sweden)  6.3  Fordham 12-14-01
400m Eddie Potter (Monroe, NJ)  48.15  METS 2-3-02
200m Eddie Potter (Monroe, NJ)  21.87  METS 2-3-02
800m Gavin Cosgrove, (Kingston, Ontario)  1:54.38  METS 2-3-02
3000m Matt Spring (Marcy, NY)  8:15.08  Armory Inv. 2-9-02
DMR Jeff Clark, Gavin Cosgrove, Joe Van Dyke, Matt Spring   10:05.17  Princeton Inv. 1-26-02
1600 Relay Manhattan  3:17.03  Princeton 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 Nils Petterson (Carlstad, Sweden)  14’7 ¼” (4.45)  Princeton Inv. 1-26-02
Triple Jump Erik Rokeach (Middletown, NY)   48’7" (14.79)  METS 2-3-02
Long Jump Magnus Ahlen (Carlstad, Sweden)  23’10’’  Armory Inv. 2-9-02


Women’s Top Leaders
55m H Stefani Allen (Levittown, PA)  8.36  Princeton Inv. 12-7-01
55m Dash Samantha Griffin (Jersey City, NJ)  7.1  Fordham 12-14-01
Mile Run Kristen Cerasi (Eastchester, NY)  4:57.18  Manhattan Inv. 1-12-02
400m Chenelle Bruce (Boston, MA)  58.42  Armory Inv. 2-9-02
200m Stefani Allen (Levittown, PA)  24.61  Armory Inv. 2-9-02
800m Rachel McGee (Bellport, NY)  2:14.81  Armory Inv. 2-9-02
DMR Kristen Cerasi, Marisa Rego, Rachel McGee, Chenelle Bruce   12:00.89  Princeton 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
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 College history.


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 DonnetteShorty” 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 for good.


The defensive combination of Bach and Siobhan Kilkenny (Castlebar, Ireland) held Fairfield’s Schrene Isidora, 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 Lady J’s.  Shorty 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 7:00 PM game.




February 13, 2002
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 Gym.


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 Gym.


Trailing 8-6 early in the first half, Manhattan went on a 10-0 run to double up the Griffs at 16-8 with 12:49 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 6:13 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 points apeiece.


The Jaspers return to action on Friday, February 15 when they travel to Lawrenceville, NJ to take on first-place Rider at 7:30 PM.




February 12, 2002
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 Gym.


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 the lockerroom.


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 standings.


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 5:30 MAAC contest.




February 12, 2002


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 Second Team.


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 7:00 in Draddy Gym.




February 10, 2002


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 Gallagher Center.


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 17:40 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 6:03 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 7:00 in Draddy Gym.




February 9, 2002
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 7:00 PM MAAC contest.




February 9, 2002
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.


Junior Stefani 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 the 800m.


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 9am.




February 8, 2002




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 Koessler Center.


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 1:13 to go after a fast-break layup by sophomore Luis Flores (New York, NY) put Manhattan ahead 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 Hodari Mallor tipped it up into the air and Canisius escaped with the victory.


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 Niagara University for a 4:00 MAAC contest. The game will be televised on MSG Network.






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Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company  
The New York Times
February 9, 2002, Saturday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section D; Page 6; Column 1; Sports Desk 
Thrower Bulks Up Frame and Distance


If Jacob Freeman, a 21-year-old Manhattan College 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 feet.


"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."


Mecca is 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 Field Center 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, Tennessee, Stanford, Ohio State, South Carolina, Villanova, Seton Hall and Georgetown.


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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).


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Copyright 2002 Associated Press  
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February 8, 2002 Friday
HEADLINE: Weight Throw Record Set at NYC Meet


Manhattan College's 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 Armory Track Center.


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.


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Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 17:57:58 -0500
From: Bob Prince , 1965
Subject: email address change


John, please change my email address thusly:


Thanks, and keep the faith!


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Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 09:30:41 -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


"ferdinand john reinke (@ home office)" wrote:


"He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Louisiana State University's School of Music and earned a Ph.D. in liturgical music from Manhattan College in Manhattanville, N.Y. He also studied at Julliard in New York City.”


Dear Ms. Bergeron,


Your story has a factual error. Manhattan College ( is in the Bronx, NY not Manhattanville. I don't think it offers the degrees you mentioned. I believe you meant Manhattanville College ( I collect articles for a Manhattan College alumni ezine and my search for "my stuff" turned up your article.


Hope this helps,
John Reinke
Manhattan College
Class of 1968






[Email 3]


From: "Bette Snyder
Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings 2002-02-03 (from home)
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 08:50:11 -0800


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 Manhattan College. Thanks.  Bette Snyder


[JR:  Sad!]






[Email 4]


From: "Mulios, Chris"
Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings 2002-02-10 (from home)
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 12:05:00 -0500




Please add the following info to the Jasper news


Chris Mulios BEEE 89


Chris Mulios married to Donna Cardona-Speedling November 9th 2001


New title: Network Manager for The Ethical Culture Fieldston School NY


Moved to Carmel NY December 26th 2001


Baby due February 28th 2002


New Home address and  telephone number


44 Leeside Drive


Carmel NY 10512


<privacy invoked>


[JR: Congrats and Good Luck with the future Jasper.]






[Email 5]


From: melissa morrone
Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings 2002-02-10 (from home)
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 09:14:54 -0500


I know its short notice, but can you please mention the MC WEA (Water Environment Assoc.) Career Fair on Wednesday 2/27 from 3:30 - 5:30 in the library in the engineering building?


Also, WEA Earth Day Quad Fest is Sunday April 21 from 12 - 6 on the Quad.






[JR:  Done]






[Email 6]


Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 14:04:23 -0500
From: Dans, Peter
Subject: E-mail address change


Greetings and Good Health to all.


Please note that our home e-mail address is changing.  You may send all future e-mail to the new address <privacy invoked>   This address is now active.  The old address <privacy invoked>  will no longer be accessible after February 28, 2002.


Best wishes,


Peter and Colette Dans




[Email 7]


Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 13:27:10 -0500
From: Gerard M. Delaney
Subject: jj




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: Gearárd Mícheál Breandán Dubhshláine
Go mbeannai Dia a Mairh a Padraig thu
(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.








[Email 8]


Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 14:18:37 -0500
Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings 2002-02-10 (from home)
From: Schweigardt, Fr


Dear John,


   Effective immediately please change my e-mail address from this one to-----<privacy invoked>


Thank you and I enjoy your jottings.


Rev. Erwin H. Schweigardt '61A


[JR: Done. Thanks for sharing your enjoyment, it makes the Sunday night craziness worthwhile.]










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A Final Thought


"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!


And, that’s the last words for this week.