Sunday 15 August 2004

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Mo Sep 20, '04 -- The 4th Annual James Keating O'Neill Memorial Golf Classic
--- Hamlet Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge, Long Island.
--- More info on this year's event will be posted online .
--- Online registration available.

Wkend  October 8 - 10, 2004
      AAS Alumni Reunion 2004
      Hampton Inn White Plains
      Elmsford, NY
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We Nov 3 Treasure Coast FL Alumni Holiday Inn
--- on US 1 in Stuart, Florida at noon
--- contact Ed Plumeau '52A c/o Jasper Jottings

Sa Nov 6, '04 MC Gulf Coast Alumni golf tournament
--- Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club, Venice, Fl
--- George Brew '50 Co-Chairman

We Dec 15 Treasure Coast FL Alumni Holiday Inn
--- on US 1 in Stuart, Florida at noon
--- contact Ed Plumeau '52A c/o Jasper Jottings

We Jan 26 Treasure Coast FL Alumni Holiday Inn
--- on US 1 in Stuart, Florida at noon
--- contact Ed Plumeau '52A c/o Jasper Jottings

We Mar 16 Treasure Coast FL Alumni Holiday Inn
--- on US 1 in Stuart, Florida at noon
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My list of Jaspers who are in harms way:
- Afghanistan
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- - Mortillo, Steven F., son of Mortillo, Steve (1980)
… … my thoughts are with you and all that I don't know about.

Two different ways that Americans are helping to heal the wounds of war.

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Books for Baghdad University pour in

JACKSONVILLE, Alabama (AP) -- Biology professor Safaa Al-Hamdani wasn't expecting an avalanche of books when he asked colleagues at Jacksonville State University to help his alma mater in Baghdad restock its libraries.

But donations have been pouring in from around the country.

"I never thought it would get this big," Al-Hamandi said Friday.

It all began when JSU professors Bill Hug, Kelly Gregg and others joined the effort, collecting spare books off professors' shelves to ship to Baghdad University, which has been drained by decades of brutal dictatorship, war, and international sanctions.

A story about the book drive last month in The Anniston Star was picked up by other media outlets, and books started arriving from universities all over the country.

Two chemistry professors from the University of Alabama drove from Tuscaloosa, their cars loaded with 1,000 back issues -- or 40 years' worth -- of the Journal of the American Chemistry Society.

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It's operation Afghan youth
The Orange County Register

Aug. 2 - Abdullah Akbar is on a mission to turn around the anti-American sentiment in his homeland of Afghanistan.

At the same time, he wants to fulfill what he believes is the most important attribute of Islam, his religion - charity.

The businessman from Laguna Niguel leaves for his native country today to give children there school supplies, and to sow seeds of friendship between American and Afghan youths through an exchange of notes and photos.

"When you reach my age, and you know you're going to leave sooner or later, you want to leave a positive mark," said Akbar, 55. "That carries you and gives you passion."

Akbar flaunts his love for America.

"This is the best society can offer," he said. "Nothing even comes close."

The Fourth of July is his second-favorite holiday, after Thanksgiving, he said.

He buys $200 worth of fireworks every year for the Fourth.

"We're not perfect (as a country), but what we have is worth a celebration 10 times more than what we do," he said.

The U.S. military ousted the Taliban, a totalitarian regime based on radical Islam whose leaders refused to surrender Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But negative feelings toward America didn't necessarily change because many Afghans have doubts about Washington's motives, Akbar said.

"Conspiracy theories go far in Afghanistan because people are not educated, and they don't have access to the media," he said.

In late 2002, Akbar and friend Patrick Erlandson of Los Angeles created Education for Afghan Children (EACH). The nonreligious, nonprofit organization was inspired by President George W. Bush's request that every American child donate one dollar toward Afghan students' educations.

Erlandson, who has visited the Middle East several times, said that while people there don't like government officials in general and despise American policies regarding Israel, they are quite fond of regular Americans. Erlandson will also travel to Afghanistan for the mission, as will Akbar's older brother Assadullah.

The group previously shipped 400 backpacks full of school supplies, donated by Costa Mesa High School and Orange Crescent School students, overseas with another nonprofit organization. Akbar said that by traveling to Afghanistan, the crew will identify needs firsthand, help the country's economy by buying the supplies there, and stretch funds by avoiding shipping costs and taking advantage of the dollar's strength.

The group plans on spending $20,000 there.

"We can buy a backpack for 50 or 60 cents, and a child will keep it for five or six years," Akbar said. "He'll treasure it for years, and every time he puts it on, he will think: This is a gift from America."

About 250 American children, teens and young adults filled out "Bonds of Friendship" forms that include their photos.

"I like to draw, play tennis, and play recorder," wrote Jennifer P. of Los Alamitos Elementary School. "I hope you are safe. Write back!!"

The trip will be filmed so American schoolchildren can see what they've accomplished.

Akbar's wife and three children raised $5,500 to help with his current EACH project. Orange Coast College art history professor Irini Vallera-Rickerson lectured for a May event that raised $8,000. This will be Akbar's first trip to Afghanistan in about 35 years.

The practicing Muslim was born in Kabul to an educated and influential family. At age 11, his father died, and he was raised by his grandfather, Ghuzi Mohammed Abdul Zaher Sami - an Afghan educator and poet.

He moved to the United States in 1970 under a State Department student-exchange program. Here he met and married his Afghan wife, Laila.

In 1979, the Soviet military invaded his homeland.

Shortly after, his brother and three cousins were executed, Akbar said. Eighteen family members escaped to Pakistan, and he traveled there to assist in securing them passports so they could travel to America. While at the U.S. Embassy, he said, an acquaintance asked him to help the United States military get weapons and equipment to the "mujahadeen" freedom fighters who were resisting the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan, he said.

What he saw at an Afghan refugee camp helped him decide.

"When you go back, and see devastation - your own people, dusty, without homes, their belongings on their backs, children crying because they lost their fathers, people missing limbs - there is no way you can go back to the comfort of the U.S. without your conscience bothering you," he said.

At first, he believed the conflict was a holy war against the communist invaders, but he said he left the resistance after three years, disillusioned by the hypocrisy and corruption that he perceived had infiltrated the mujahadeen movement.

He worked as a business manager in the United States and later bought a gas station. In 1996, a former colleague told him about an International House of Pancakes for sale on 17th Street in Costa Mesa, and he bought it because he was bored with retirement.

"Just like that, I had an IHOP," he said.

Akbar hopes others will organize projects like EACH or support his efforts by volunteering time and talent.

"Schoolchildren in Afghanistan draw pictures of tanks, dead people, machine guns, and helicopter gunships because that's all they know," he said. "Now that the smoke of war has cleared, there is a window of opportunity for us to let the true spirit of our generous nation shine upon Afghanistan."


Donations to Education for Afghan Children may be deposited into Wells Fargo bank account # 6000135332 or mailed to EACH, P.O. Box 6274, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-6274. Information: (714) 219-3224.


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Great country America. When we look at what immigrants accomplish, it certainly puts us to shame. When I hear politicians talk about what they will do for us, I shudder. Look what we could be doing for ourselves. When I listen to talk radio talk about securing the border (a good idea), I think about all the people patiently waiting in line to come through the front door legally. It is an embarrassment to the natives. I hope I can use these stories to energize myself. What you do with them is your business. I am personally ashamed about "our" performance as the resident natives and custodians of the American Dream. The dead old white guys were geniuses. I hope we all get out own "IHOP"!

Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.

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Houlihan, William A.



Maietta, Joseph A.



Parisi, Michael



Salomone, William



Venter, Bruce M.



Worthy, Lisa



Volpi, Raymond J.



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Alline, Vince



Lutz, Peter



Hecht, Michael



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Bernstein, Lindsay



Comer, John T.



Coyne, James



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Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
August 11, 2004 Wednesday Broward Metro Edition

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Volpi Volpi, Raymond J., of Waterford, CT, passed away on August 8, 2004. He was born in NYC on March 19, 1915, the son of Aline and Robed Volpi. He came to Pleasure Beach in the 1920's where he remained a summer resident. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1938 where he played 4 varsity sports, but excelled as a right handed pitcher compiling a won-loss record of 38-4 with 11 shutouts in 4 years. His record still stands. In June of 1938 he signed a bonus baseball contract with the New York Yankees where he developed into a leading prospect with Yankee AAA farm clubs. He pitched 5 shut outs in one season, a record which still stands but tied by Whity Ford. His career was interrupted by WW II and the loss of 5 ensuing baseball seasons while serving in the US Navy from 1942 - 1946. He received an MBA from NYU in 1954. He was owner & President of Wellesley Insurance in Wellesley, MA & Davie Insurance of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Florence of 62 years in 2002 and his beloved daughter, Florence (Liz) in 2003. He is survived by his daughters Patricia Norton of Waterford, CT and Christine Small & her husband Donald of Pensacola, FL & son-in-law William Wolters of Holliston, MA; also his grandchildren Craig Norton & his wife Trudy & Mark Norton of Ft. Lauderdale, Kristen Mahoney & Katie Wolters of Holliston, MA, Ray Wolters & his wife Michelle & Kara Wolters of Windsor, CT, Andy Small and his wife Eileen of Sarasota, FL, Nanci Small of Framingham, MA; 7 great grandchildren and his beloved cousins Bob and Karen Castelpoggi. And loving niece Tricia Daikeler and her husband Carl, of Malibu, CA. The funeral procession will assemble on Thursday at 9:15 AM at The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London ( and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. Joseph Church, 17 Squire St, New London. Entombment will be in St. Mary Mausoleum, Jefferson Avenue, New London. Calling hours are Wednesday 6 - 8 PM.

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The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
August 10, 2004 Tuesday
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JOSEPH A. MAIETTA, 57, of Hackensack died Sunday. He was an estimator for D & M Sheet Metal Co., East Rutherford. He was a graduate of Manhattan College. He was an Air Force veteran. Arrangements: Riewerts Memorial Home, Bergenfield.

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Daily Press (Newport News, VA)
August 5, 2004 Thursday SOUTH OF THE JAMES EDITION


* Isle of Wight County Schools made these appointments:

Bruce M. Venter has been named Assistant Superintendent for Administrative/Educational Services. Venter, who has served as assistant superintendent in Alexandria City Public Schools, will assume his new role in mid-August. His duties will include directing the school system's operational programs in the areas of facilities planning, construction and maintenance, food service, transportation and other business operations. He will also provide supervision and oversight of student services and assist with certain assigned curriculum areas. Venter holds a bachelor's degree in history from Manhattan College and earned a master's degree in public administration and a doctorate degree in education administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

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JASPER_in_the_NEWS: Haggerty, Kevin (MC????) has a regular column gig on a website

KEVIN Haggerty, Views from the Trading Desk
Trading Markets (subscription) - Los Angeles,CA,USA
... company's convertible/equity trading. Haggerty received his Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College. From 1965 to 1969 ...

From 1990 to 1997, Kevin Haggerty served as Senior Vice President for Equity Trading at Fidelity Capital Markets, Boston, a division of Fidelity Investments. He was responsible for all U.S. institutional and broker/dealer equity trading. He was also responsible for Option, Agency over-the-counter and all of the various exchanges' floor operations and execution, including the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), American Stock Exchange, Pacific Stock Exchange, and Boston Stock Exchange.

While at Fidelity Capital Markets, Haggerty was involved in many different aspects of the securities industry, including technology developments. He also served as a member of the managing director's committee of the CBOE; as a member of the NYSE Stock Allocation Committee; as a member of the board of governors of the Chicago Stock Exchange; as a member of U.T.A.C., the NYSE upstairs trading advisory committee; as a member of the S.I.A. Committee to advise the Securities and Exchange Commission on various aspects of the securities industry; and as a member of N.O.I.P., the National Organization of Investment Professionals.

From 1981 to 1990, he served as a general partner at Walsh Greenwood in charge of convertible/equity trading. He was responsible for the sales and marketing of the "SHARK" system, the first personal computer-based equity/option trading system.

From 1976 to 1981, he was a vice president at Dean Witter-Reynolds, where he managed the company's convertible/equity trading.

Haggerty received his Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College. From 1965 to 1969 he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a decorated Marine Corps Infantry Officer for his service in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968.





JASPER_in_the_NEWS: Bernstein, Lindsay (MC????) two goals and two assists in Hudson Valley's 5-2 win over Long Island in the open women's soccer division opener

EMPIRE State Games: Hudson Valley defeats Long Island 5-2
The Journal - Westchester,NY,USA
... And that's nothing new. Bernstein, a recent Manhattan College graduate, always figures it all out a little earlier than everyone else. ...
(Original publication: July 30, 2004)

BINGHAMTON - Lindsay Bernstein put herself in position to receive the pass before her defender looked up. She corralled the feed from teammate Kara Green before her opponent could reach her.

She juked right and shot low-left before the goalie even attempted a save.

It was her second goal, and the Hudson Valley midfielder converted it by staying one step ahead of - or one step past - the players trying to stop her. And that's nothing new.

Bernstein, a recent Manhattan College graduate, always figures it all out a little earlier than everyone else. She demonstrated that yesterday with two goals and two assists in Hudson Valley's 5-2 win over Long Island in the open women's soccer division opener at Binghamton University.

"My whole life, I've been able to see the play before it even happens," she said.

Bernstein, a John Jay-East Fishkill graduate, does it all better than ever. A forward for most of her career, she was the MAAC's leading scorer her junior year. A move to midfield for her senior season led to a drop in her scoring totals.

No matter. Her teammates love it. A forward usually finds herself leading an attack, which is what she was used to.

Now, Bernstein can hang back and use her instincts and her voice to help teammates attack. She uses her sight to help their sight.

"I'm very vocal, and I like to let people know that I'm there," said Bernstein, who has participated in the Empire States Games since her scholastic years. "Playing forward helped me recognize everything, and now in the middle of the field, I can distribute."

With Hudson Valley down 2-0 just 15 minutes into the game, Bernstein went to work. At 20:28, Bernstein beat goalie Lea Brady one-on-one. Then, Green fed her off an indirect kick, and Bernstein tied it at 40:42.

She settled into her role as playmaker after that, winning a fight for the ball in front of the goal, then dropping it neatly to teammate Melissa Witkiewicz for a goal 3:18 later. Just 50 seconds later, Bernstein lofted a corner kick off the hip of Panas graduate Leslie Morales for a goal.

In a span of just over 24 minutes, Bernstein had turned the game.

"When she's on, you can't stop her," said coach Jason Weisberg, a New Rochelle resident. "She always seizes an opportunity to get things going controlling the middle."

Hudson Valley added another goal in the second half, but the game was essentially over anyway. The team had used the first 20 minutes to get used to the heat and get used to finding each other on the field.

Many of the women have played together on club teams or on Empire State teams previously, so the familiarity came quickly.

Then it unloaded on its unsuspecting opponent, out-shooting Long Island 19-6.

"We woke up," said Morales, a Sacred Heart sophomore-to-be who is playing in her third Games. "We started clicking and figured out how each other played."

Hudson Valley plays Western at 1 p.m. at Binghamton University today.





JASPER_in_the_NEWS: Parisi, Michael (MC????) will start tonight for the Peoria Chiefs.

CHIEFS 15, Kernels 5

Peoria Journal Star - Peoria,IL,USA

... Chiefs. He was a ninth-round draft pick in June out of Manhattan College. At New Jersey, Parisi was 4-2 with a 4.42 ERA. ... After ...

Chiefs 15, Kernels 5 August 5, 2004 at O'Brien Field

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... Right-hander Michael Parisi, who was promoted from short-season New Jersey, will start tonight for the Chiefs. He was a ninth-round draft pick in June out of Manhattan College. At New Jersey, Parisi was 4-2 with a 4.42 ERA. ... After the game, Chiefs right fielder Terry Evans was promoted to high-Class A Palm Beach.

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Cedar Rapids (LHP John Gragg 2-9, 4.42) at Peoria (RHP Parisi 0-0, 0.00), 7p.m., O'Brien Field, Peoria.

Promotion - Beers are $1.50 on Thirsty Thursday.
Tickets - $10 club box, $9 box, $6 lawn
Radio - WOAM-AM 1350
Internet -


[JR: Now if I could just know what Thirsty Thursday he was pitching it might be worth the drive to Peroria! That a Jasper promotion. ]


JASPER_in_the_NEWS: Parisi, Michael (MC????) pitches Peoria's 4-0 victory over Burlington

MAKING a name for himself right away
Peoria Journal Star - Peoria,IL,USA
... "I expected if I made a mistake, he was going to hit it.". The high fastball was one of the few miscues from the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder out of Manhattan College. ...
August 6, 2004 By RYAN ORI of the Journal Star

PEORIA - Michael Parisi was still learning names when he took the mound Thursday at O'Brien Field.

After , Chiefs teammates certainly know his name.

"There's a lot of new guys to meet," said Parisi, who pitched on his second day in Peoria since being promoted from short-season New Jersey. "I couldn't tell you half the guys on this team's names, yet. All I know is that they're here because they're good players."

The right-hander was the most effective player on the field in his Midwest League debut.

Parisi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Kansas City Royals' top-ranked minor-leaguer, center fielder Chris Lubanski, ripped a leadoff triple to right-center field.

"That kid's a good hitter," Parisi said. "I expected if I made a mistake, he was going to hit it."

The high fastball was one of the few miscues from the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder out of Manhattan College.

After the disappointment of losing a chance at history, Parisi showed no emotion and retired the next three hitters to preserve the team's ninth shutout.

"Awesome job by him," Chiefs catcher Matt Pagnozzi said. "It just shows you what he's made of right there. He gives up a hit in the seventh inning to break up a no-hitter and it doesn't faze him."

Parisi, the St. Louis Cardinals' ninth-round draft pick in June, gave a lift to an injury-riddled pitching staff. He allowed one hit, plunked a batter and walked two while striking out 10 in 71/3 innings.

Parisi's gem happened on the same date the Bees' Jonah Bayliss no-hit the Chiefs in Burlington last year.

"Is that right? That's weird," Bees manager Jim Gabella said. "You've got to give that kid credit. He did a helluva job."

Burlington took walks from Parisi and relievers Brantley Jordan and Jason Burch to load the bases in the eighth, but Burch got Lubanski to ground out to preserve a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Chiefs added RBI singles by John-Paul Davis and Brendan Ryan for the final margin.

The Bees managed a second hit, a two-out single in the ninth, before Burch picked up his 21st save.

Chiefs manager Joe Cunningham liked the way Parisi kept hitters off-balance with his fastball, slider and changeup, as well as Parisi's 61 strikes in 92 pitches. Especially since he didn't know what to expect.

"I knew his name was Mike Parisi," Cunningham said. "That's what I knew.

"He showed me a lot of guts."



JASPER_in_the_NEWS: Parisi (MC????), a righty from Manhattan College

OUTFIELDER missed five games with rib cage injury - USA
... Burlington. The player of the day was Parisi, a righty from Manhattan College who was the Cards' eighth-round pick this season. ...
08/06/2004 9:34 PM ET
By Matthew Leach /

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The player of the day was Parisi, a righty from Manhattan College who was the Cards' eighth-round pick this season. After beginning his pro career at New Jersey, he was promoted to Peoria, and he didn't disappoint. Parisi allowed one hit and two walks and struck out 10 for the Chiefs.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





JASPER_in_the_NEWS: Houlihan, William A. (MC????) will join Metris as Executive Vice President and CFO effective August 9

METRIS Companies Announces Change at CFO Position
Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
... A Certified Public Accountant, Houlihan holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Manhattan College and an MBA in finance from the New York University ...
August 05, 2004 05:30 PM US Eastern Timezone

MINNETONKA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 5, 2004--Metris Companies Inc. (NYSE:MXT) announced today the resignation of Chief Financial Officer John Witham.

"We thank John for his service and contributions to Metris over the last two years and wish him well in all his future endeavors," said Metris Chairman and CEO David Wesselink.

Metris also announced that William A. Houlihan, Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group of JPMorgan Chase, and former CFO of Hudson United Bancorp, will join Metris as Executive Vice President and CFO effective August 9.

Houlihan has more than 27 years of diversified financial services and management experience. Before joining JPMorgan Chase in November 2003, he spent three years as Executive Vice President and CFO at Hudson United Bancorp in Mahwah, N.J., where he was responsible for all finance and treasury areas of the bank.

Prior to that, Houlihan served as a Managing Director of the investment banking firm of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. He also has held investment banking positions at Bear, Stearns & Co. and Goldman Sachs, where he interfaced with a variety of clients in the financial services area.

A Certified Public Accountant, Houlihan holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. in finance from the New York University Graduate School of Business.

"We are pleased to welcome Bill to the Metris team," Wesselink said. "He brings a wealth of experience that will be extremely helpful as we continue to restore the company to acceptable levels of profitability."

Metris Companies Inc., based in Minnetonka, Minn., is one of the largest bankcard issuers in the United States. The company issues credit cards through Direct Merchants Credit Card Bank, N.A., a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, visit or

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Contacts         Metris Companies Inc., Minnetonka Investor Relations: Paul Major, 952-417-5752 Fax: 952-417-5613   





JASPER_in_the_NEWS: Coyne, James (MC????) New Farifield Warde High principal

NEW Farifield Warde High principal settling in
Fairfield Minuteman - Fairfield,CT,USA
... A graduate of Manhattan College, he had met with the school's principal, who was a friend of a friend, with the intention of discussing how he might get ...
By: Chris Ciarmiello , Staff Reporter  08/05/2004

As principal of Daniel Hand High School in Madison, James Coyne presided over one of the highest-performing schools in the state, its Connecticut Academic Performance Test scores having outdistanced those of almost every other school in Connecticut over the past few years. A decade-long school improvement initiative that he helped implement met with strong reviews, and a $50-plus million renovation project left him with a brand-new office in a state-of-the-art facility.

So as Fairfield Warde High School's new headmaster sat, surrounded by piles of boxes, in a temporary office at Roger Ludlowe High last Thursday, exiled from Warde because of ongoing construction, one question loomed: Why leave a gleaming, highly-successful school, one where he had established strong ties and a strong reputation, for one in the throes of major transition?

"I've heard that question a lot, actually," Coyne said, a wide grin spreading across his face.

For Coyne, who took over for retiring headmaster John Dodig on July 1, the decision to come to Fairfield Warde was actually in large part due to the school's state of transition. After 17 years as Fairfield High School, the building has now officially become Fairfield Warde, with Fairfield Ludlowe opening as the town's second high school.  "It presented to me a professional opportunity and challenge that was appealing," Coyne said "It was appealing to me to see if my professional skills could make a difference in that."

Coyne also said he had accomplished much of what he wanted to accomplish at Hand. "Reflecting on it professionally, if there is a good time to leave, it's when you feel you've done what you set out to do," he said, explaining that the long-term school improvement plan had been established, and the building's reconstruction completed. Now, after 17 years in Madison middle and high schools, the New York state native is moving on to a new construction project, and a new set of challenges.

Unexpected start

Coyne began his teaching career over 30 years ago at the Transfiguration School in Chinatown in New York City, after earning a job he didn't even expect. A graduate of Manhattan College, he had met with the school's principal, who was a friend of a friend, with the intention of discussing how he might get started in education. The principal set Coyne up in a fourth-grade classroom, leaving him to interact with the students to presumably get a taste of what it might be like in a classroom environment. What the principal didn't tell Coyne, however, was that the school had a teaching vacancy that he was looking to fill. "I didn't realize it, but this was [his] way of interviewing me," Coyne recalled.

The principal was impressed with the way Coyne interacted with the youngsters, and when he learned that Coyne had spent the previous two summers working as a Good Humor ice cream truck driver, in large part because he enjoyed working with children, the deal was sealed; anyone who spent 80 hours a week driving an ice cream truck must have had a way with kids, he told Coyne.

Coyne spent four years teaching English at the Transfiguration School, where the student body was about 70 percent Chinese children and about 30 percent Italian kids from nearby Little Italy. Working with the staff and children, not all of whom spoke English, was a life-changing job.

"The school had such a positive spirit," Coyne said, adding that he still keeps in touch with some of the educators, and students, that he met on that first job.

Still about kids

Thirty-two years later, after spending time as a teacher in Greenwich and Stamford and as an administrator in Brookfield, Durham, and Madison, Coyne says he still loves working with children as much as he did when he drove his Good Humor truck through New York neighborhoods. He tries to stay as visible as he can as a headmaster, he said, dropping in on classrooms and the cafeteria and attending as many after-school events as possible. "The everyday demands of school administration in the year 2004 work against staying in touch with kids," he said. "[But] not only is it the most enjoyable part ... I think it's critical to stay in touch with them if the school's going to meet their needs."

Working directly with students may be his favorite part of the job, but Coyne has also had administrative successes in his career as a principal. Hand's "Raising the Bar" school improvement plan, a project that included increasing minimum passing grades, increasing opportunities for students to take the most rigorous courses, and recognizing students for high achievement, met with much success while he was in Madison. Barbara Britton, who worked with Coyne for 14 years as an assistant principal before taking over his post this year, said that program, like many others Coyne was involved in, was a group effort. "Working with Jim is great," Britton said. "Jim is a very easy-going person who is a collaborative leader. " Britton said Coyne also involves the school community in decision-making processes. He believes that that the more people involved, the better the program will be.

One of Hand School's most tangible achievements during Coyne's tenure was the school's CAPT scores. In 1994 and 1995, the percentage of Hand students who met state goals on all four CAPT sections was within one percentage point of the average of Educational Reference Group B, the category into which the state puts Madison, and Fairfield, based on socioeconomics. By 2003, 72.8 percent of Hand students had reached all four state goals, putting Hand ahead of all state schools. In contrast, in 2002 only 31.7 of Fairfield High's students met the state goal on all four sections. Madison's scores, Coyne noted, were a byproduct of program enhancements not an end-goal in themselves.

At Fairfield Warde, Coyne says he has no major changes planned, and has made getting to know as many students and staff as possible his top priority. With the district' s major efforts to improve student achievement, his new building in the middle of a major overhaul, and the town splitting to two high schools, it appears he will have no shortage of work.

"The important thing for me is to get to know the people in the school, not necessarily the bricks and the lockers."





JASPER_in_the_NEWS: Salomone, William (MC????) running for the 12th Circuit Court bench

Charlotte Sun-Herald - Charlotte,FL,USA
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Sat, August 07, 2004 
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Bringing scholarship to the bench

William Salomone says he became an attorney to help people solve their problems and he sees becoming a circuit judge as an extension of that mind set.

Salomone, 56, is one of four candidates running for a position on the 12th Circuit Court bench. The position is currently held by Judge Harry Rapkin, who announced his plans to retire earlier this year.

A former civil engineer, he has maintained a practice in Sarasota for the past 18 years, with 16 of those years spent in service as an arbitrator and special master.

"I am running to serve the community and to give the people a choice of an honest, dignified, courteous judicial candidate," Salomone said. "I see things from all perspectives and would make informed decisions based on sound reasoning."

Salomone sees the ability to make informed decisions as his top priority if elected circuit judge.

"I want a complete record of the facts and history," he said. "I'm detailed and thorough and that's what I'll work for."

Salomone attended Manhattan College in New York where he received a bachelor's degree in engineering. He also earned a masters and doctorate degrees in engineering from the University of California, and Purdue University, respectively. After completing his doctorate studies, Salomone earned his law degree from the University of Florida.

Among his professional criteria, Salomone served as a director of the Sarasota County Bar Association, an adjunct professor of criminal and civil law, and four years as a mediator for the Florida Department of Education.

He said he is the author of over 50 professional articles and selected reports and four books.

For eight years, he served on the Dreams Are Free advisory board for disabled children.

Although he lacks trial experience, Salomone said that as an arbitrator and special master he has made evidentiary rulings and considered legal briefs, exactly the same tasks as a circuit judge.

As for having court records available on the Internet, Salomone said the issue was too complex for a simple yes or no answer, because each case was different and had to be determined on its own merits.

The presence of cameras in the courtroom also presented the same complexity with a decision resting on a balance between the public's right to know and the possible prejudice to the parties.

Salomone said he would welcome an assignment to the South County courtroom and felt the facility made it easier for people to get their cases heard.

"The strength of our nation lies in the judiciary," said Salomone.

You can e-mail Warren Richardson at

 By WARREN RICHARDSON Sarasota County Editor






Birmingham Evening Mail
August 6, 2004, Friday
SECTION: First Edition; ROP; Pg. 10
BYLINE: TONY COLLINS DREAM TRIP: Sutton schoolboy Sukhpreet Dubb. Picture: Trevor Roberts

A SPEECH at the UN, a debate with Pentagon officials on terrorism and a tour of the White House - all part of a Birmingham lad's work experience.

Sukhpreet Dubb has just returned from an amazing 12-day assignment at the heart of America's, and the world's, decision-making capital.


The 17-year-old sixth-former from Bishop Vesey's Grammar, in Sutton Coldfield, was chosen to represent the UK at the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York.

He was joined by 20 other youth delegates from around the world. Sukhpreet, who hopes to study medicine at university, said: 'It was just fantastic. They were treating us as if we were diplomats and giving us five star treatment.'

Security was high for his visit, which saw him staying at the top-notch Hilton Hotel, in Washington, and Manhattan College, New York.

The schoolboy, who lives in Perry Barr, visited a dozen embassies as well as the Pentagon, the White House and the Capitol during his time in Washington. Sukhpreet was also able to see for himself why the Oval Office is labelled the most powerful seat on earth.

'Sadly, we weren't able to meet the President himself, but we did get messages from him as well as Secretary of State Colin Powell and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.'


The youngster, who also visited New York's Shea Stadium and the Statue of Liberty, added: 'The highlight was probably sitting in the UN in the same place as Kofi Annan.'

He was presented with a Youth Leadership Award and chosen to give the farewell speech.

LOAD-DATE: August 7, 2004




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The only reason for putting this here is to give us a chance to attend one of these games and support "our" team.

Date Day Sport Opponent Location Time/Result
8/27/04 Friday W. Soccer Binghamton North Rockland, NY 4:00 PM
9/1/04 Wednesday M. Soccer Fordham HOME 3:30 PM
9/1/04 Wednesday Volleyball St. Francis (NY) Brooklyn Heights, NY 7:00 PM
9/3/04 Friday W. Soccer Army West Point, NY 7:00 PM
9/3/04 Friday Volleyball American# HOME 7:30 PM
9/4/04 Saturday Volleyball Michigan# HOME 11:00 AM
9/4/04 Saturday Volleyball Maryland-Eastern Shore# HOME 2:00 PM
9/5/04 Sunday W. Soccer Yale New Haven, CT 1:00 PM
9/6/04 Monday M. Soccer Seton Hall South Orange, NJ 3:00 PM
9/10/04 Friday Cross Country Boston University Invitational Boston, MA TBA
9/10/04 Friday Volleyball Syracuse$ Syracuse, NY 7:00 PM
9/11/04 Saturday Cross Country Princeton Battlefield Princeton, NJ TBA
9/11/04 Saturday Volleyball Cleveland State$ Syracuse, NY 10:00 AM
9/11/04 Saturday Volleyball New Hampshire$ Syracuse, NY 2:00 PM
9/11/04 Saturday M. Soccer Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA 4:00 PM
9/12/04 Sunday W. Soccer Quinnipiac Hamden, CT 1:00 PM
9/15/04 Wednesday Volleyball St. John's Jamaica, NY 7:00 PM
9/17/04 Friday Volleyball Fordham% Bronx, NY 7:00 PM
9/17/04 Friday W. Soccer Hartford Hartford, CT 7:00 PM
9/18/04 Saturday Volleyball Canisius% Bronx, NY 9:00 AM
9/18/04 Saturday Volleyball Wagner% Bronx, NY 2:00 PM
9/19/04 Sunday M. Soccer Maine HOME 10:00 AM
9/19/04 Sunday W. Soccer Fordham Bronx, NY 1:00 PM
9/21/04 Tuesday M. Soccer Virginia Charlottesville, VA 7:00 PM
9/22/04 Wednesday Volleyball Columbia New York, NY 7:00 PM
9/24/04 Friday Volleyball vs. Wagner& New Haven, CT TBA
9/24/04 Friday W. Soccer Robert Morris Pittsburgh, PA TBA
9/25/04 Saturday Cross Country Paul Short Invitational Bethlehem, PA TBA
9/25/04 Saturday Volleyball vs. Sacred Heart& New Haven, CT 12:00 PM
9/25/04 Saturday Volleyball at Yale& New Haven, CT 6:00 PM
9/26/04 Sunday W. Soccer St. Francis Loretto, PA 2:00 PM
9/27/04 Monday M. Soccer St. Francis Brooklyn, NY 7:00 PM
9/28/04 Tuesday Volleyball Fordham HOME
6:00 PM



[Sports from College]


Edison, NJ (August 11, 2004)- The Manhattan College men's soccer team was selected to finish tenth in the MAAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll. Loyola was picked to finish first, in voting done by the conference's head coaches.

The Jaspers received 18 points, while Loyola totalled 95 points. Manhattan, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Billy Walsh, return 15 letterwinners and eight starters from a team that compiled a 4-11-3 overall record and a 3-4-2 MAAC record in 2003.

Headlining the returning players for the Jaspers is sophomore goalkeeper Collin Leaver, who tallied four shutouts and a .833 save percentage during a rookie campaign that saw him lead the nation in saves per game (8.33 saves per game).

Manhattan opens up the 2004 campaign at home on Wednesday, September 1, when the Jaspers take on Bronx-rival Fordham at Gaelic park in a game slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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Riverdale, NY (August 10, 2004)- Manhattan head baseball coach Steve Trimper announced recently his signees for the 2005 Jasper baseball season. The five players signed by Trimper to begin play in the fall are Matt Rizzotti (Floral Park, NY/Archbishop Molloy), Pat Reynolds (Avon, NJ/St. Rose of Belmar), Eric Nieto (Miami, FL/Christopher Columbus), Nunzio Franzese (Brooklyn, NY/St. Edmund Prep), and Joe Franzese (Brooklyn, NY/Bloomfield College).  Rizzotti, a first baseman, was a Louisville Slugger High School All-American following his senior season playing for coach Jack Curran at Archbishop Molloy. He batted .512 during his senior campaign and belted 16 homeruns, breaking a 33-year school record. He was named to the Sports Writers Association of NY First Team, Newsday All-Boro First Team, CHSAA First Team, and was the Newsday Queens Player of the Year as well as the Times Ledger CHSAA Player of the Year following his senior season. Also, Rizzotti was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 46th Round of the MLB First Year Player Draft.

"Matt brings not only a huge offensive threat to the team, but will also help us as a left handed pitcher," commented Trimper. "He is one of the best amateur power hitters I have seen in my 13 years recruiting."

Reynolds, an outfielder, was named MVP of his St. Rose team following his senior season, and was also named the St. Rose Male Athlete of the Year. He was named to the All-Shore First team and Parochial All-State Second Team as a senior after setting the school record for RBI and runs scored in a season.

"Pat will be an offensive threat for us," noted Trimper. "He has some power, and will compete for playing time in the outfield."

Nieto, an outfielder, was named Third Team All-Dade County and won the Marist Award his senior season, after batting .430 with five homers. He was a team captain as a senior, and was part of a state championship his junior season.

"Eric played for Joe Weber at Christopher Columbus, which is one of the top high school programs in the country, and he will bring us tremendous speed for us at the top of the lineup," stated Trimper. "He is a true leadoff hitter that will also help us in the outfield."

Nunzio Franzese, an outfielder, was named to the All-City First Team, All-Boro First Team, and All-CHSAA First Team following his senior season playing for Mike Amirati at St. Edmund Prep. He graduated holding 16 school records encompassing almost every offensive category. He as named a Second Team High School All-American by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.

"Nunzio is a five tool player," noted Trimper. "I believe he can make an immediate impact on both our team and in the MAAC."

Joe Franzese, a utility infielder, is a transfer from Bloomfield College, where he led the team in batting average the past two seasons. He was a three-year starter at St. Edmund Prep, where he led the team in batting average for two seasons.

"Joe is a great pickup for us," commented Trimper. "He is a big, strong player that will help us out at several positions and bring a veteran presence."

Manhattan posted a 25-27-1 record last season, and advanced to the Championship Round of the MAAC Tournament for the first time in program history.

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Riverdale, NY (August 12, 2004)- The Empire State Games ended earlier this month and several current and former members of the Manhattan women's basketball team competed in the event.  Rosalee Mason, who graduated in May, joined senior guard Donnette Reed and senior forward Serra Sangar on the New York City team that advanced to the gold medal game in Binghamton, falling to the Western region team, 69-66. Reed, Sangar and Mason were featured in a New York Newsday article on the game.



Falling short of it

NYC women, trying to win gold for first time since 1991, lose to Western despite Reed's tireless work     BY MICHAEL WEINREB


August 2, 2004

BINGHAMTON - Even when it was over, Donnette Reed couldn't stop throwing her body into things. She tore off her jersey and kicked over a chair, and spun around and around until she came to a halt like a wind-up top. Only then did the smallest player on the floor at yesterday's Empire State Games women's open basketball gold-medal game - the player they call Shorty - stop moving.

"I was really tired," she said. You never would have known it, even though she'd just played four games in four days against Division I-caliber competition, even though her New York City team had just finished an exhausting 69-66 loss to the Western region in which Reed spent nearly 40 minutes sliding and diving and reaching and falling.

Oh, the falls. There were plenty, including one hard on her back and one hard on her ankle, but this is nothing new.

At Manhattan College, where Reed (listed at 5-1 in the ESG program, and a more generous 5-2 on the school's Web site) will be a senior point guard, 10 falls a game is her average. She came in to these games with a bruised knee, but she's quick to inform you that she's bruised all the time. This will happen when you're worming your way into the lane against players who are a foot taller and a good bit wider, or when you're chasing opposing guards 60 feet down the floor and knocking the ball away from behind them.

"Shorty doesn't really give up on anything," said forward Rosalee Mason, who played with Reed at Manhattan and played with her on the NYC team this week. (They each scored a game-high 19 points yesterday.) "I was telling people that I just started standing around at one end of the floor and watching Shorty go."

This is Reed's way. Even when she's exhausted, you'd never know it.

"You've got to play hard if you're behind her," said NYC coach Marguerite Gualtieri. "She's on the floor for anything loose."

And in a week like this, a week where no one has any legs left by Sunday, a player like Reed can make a difference. That's what worried Western region coach Bill Agronin yesterday. He's the head coach at Niagara, and his team faces Manhattan in MAAC play twice a year. He knows all about Donnette Reed.

"I know she'll play four or five days at the same speed," Agronin said. "She also plays under control now. And we used to say she can't shoot, so we'd play her to drive, but she hit some big shots this week."

One of those shots yesterday, a three-pointer with 1:25 left, cut Western's lead to 67-66. And NYC tried to get the ball to Reed once more down the stretch, on a possession that would have given NYC the lead, but a Western defender managed to knock the ball out of bounds.

Another of Reed's Manhattan teammates, Serra Sangar, missed a three-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the score. It wasn't the ending "Shorty" wanted. Reed, a native of Syracuse, switched allegiances this year, playing for NYC instead of the Central region, hoping to lead the city to its first gold in the division since 1991.

But there are some things even a hard fall can't make up for.

"I fall too much," she said.

And then she lapsed into a wide grin.

"Can't keep my balance on these floors," she said.

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WOMEN'S SOCCER RANKED SEVENTH IN MAAC PRESEASON POLL   Riverdale, NY (August 12, 2004)- The women's soccer team was voted seventh in the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll announced today by MAAC officials. The coaches picked Loyola (MD) to finish first this season.  Manhattan earned 41 points in the voting, while Loyola grabbed 98 points. Manhattan has seven starters returning and added nine newcomers to the mix. In 2003, the Lady Jaspers finished fifth missing the MAAC playoffs by two wins finishing the season with a 5-4 MAAC conference record and a 5-13 overall record.

Manhattan's top returning player is sophomore forward Jess Garcia. Last year she led the team in goals (7) and points (15) and tallied one assist. She was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team last year for her fine play.

The Lady Jaspers open their season on Friday, August 27, when they host Binghamton at North Rockland High School in North Rockland, NY at 4 pm.

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Riverdale, NY (August 11, 2004)- Manhattan head softball coach Jennifer Fisher announced recently her signees for the 2005 Jasper softball season. The two players signed by Fisher to begin play in the fall are Jaclyn Churilla (Nesconset, NY/Smithtown) and Gail Fitzsimmons (Piedmont, CA/Piedmont).  Churilla, a shortstop, was named to the All-County team following both her junior and senior seasons, and was an All-American as a junior. A three-year varsity starter, she received All-Division and All-Tournament recognition as a sophomore.

"Jaclyn brings an excellent glove to our infield, and will also help us out offensively," stated Fisher.

Fitzsimmons, a pitcher/outfielder, was a three year varsity starter at Piedmont, compiling an impressive 0.70 ERA over two seasons. This summer, she helped her summer league team qualify for the Western Nationals with three wins in consecutive games. She has hurled three no-hitters over the course of her high school career.

"Gail will add depth to our pitching staff," commented Fisher. "Her pitching style produces a lot of groundouts, which will play to our strengths."

The Lady Jaspers completed their season with a 16-33 overall record, and a 9-7 MAAC slate, advancing to the MAAC Championships for the first time since 1999. The nine MAAC wins were the most since the 1994 season and the team's first winning conference record since 1995.

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Edison, NJ (August 11, 2004)- The Manhattan College men's soccer team was selected to finish tenth in the MAAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll. Loyola was picked to finish first, in voting done by the conference's head coaches.  The Jaspers received 18 points, while Loyola totalled 95 points. Manhattan, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Billy Walsh, return 15 letterwinners and eight starters from a team that compiled a 4-11-3 overall record and a 3-4-2 MAAC record in 2003.

Headlining the returning players for the Jaspers is sophomore goalkeeper Collin Leaver, who tallied four shutouts and a .833 save percentage during a rookie campaign that saw him lead the nation in saves per game (8.33 saves per game).

Manhattan opens up the 2004 campaign at home on Wednesday, September 1, when the Jaspers take on Bronx-rival Fordham at Gaelic park in a game slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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From: Bill Guarini [1997]
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 5:51 PM
Subject: Re: Welcome to the "Distribution" Beta Group

Hi all,

Bill Guarini Class of 1997...hope to be able to help out.




From: Jarrett. L. Jacobsen [2003]
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 5:49 PM
To: John Reinke (1968)
Subject: Recent Graduate looking to join "Jasper Jottings"

Dear John,

I graduated from Manhattan College this past spring. I just read your email from Nov. '03 regarding this community and would like to receive your weekly email.

I am a little concerned about whether or not I will actually receive it at this email address. I'm not sure how long I will have access to this email address now that I have graduated, so any info would be appreciated.



From: Jasper John '68 @ Jasper
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 6:35 PM
To: 'Jarrett. L. Jacobsen'
Cc: Melino, Janice
Subject: RE: Recent Graduate looking to join "Jasper Jottings"

Hi Jarrett,

Congrats. I am jealous. You have a great things ahead of you.

It's my understanding that the powers that be in the College, leave these "student" emails active "for a while" after graduation. (I think it is less than a year, but more than three months.) In any event, you probably want to get your own email address.

I have had my first one "reinke att net" for decades. When you sign up with an Internet Service Provider, you usually get one. I advise people to have their OWN, even if they have email and web access at work. When you use your employer's stuff, they have "rights".

Just like you might take your cell phone to work so you can have a private conversation, you should have your own internet so you can get private messages. WalMart inet is $9.94 per month. PeoplePC  is 10.50 per month. So you can't be penny-wise and pound foolish.

You can control your subscription directly with Yahoo. I'll send you an invite directly from Distribute. You can accept it for now. And, should you change your id, you can change the address with yahoo yourself. If you need help, yell.

One note. If you do get an ISP account, then choose your user id name wisely. You will probably want to give it to networking contacts, headhunters, and potential employers. Then Jacobsen_Jarrett @ walmart is more "business-like" than kooldudefromthebronx! No joke. I have seen some doozys. For fun, who cares. For business, be dull. Since you are usually stuck with what you pick, to quote from Raiders of the Lost Ark, choose wisely.

Enjoy jottings, and advise if you need anything,


From: Jarrett. L. Jacobsen
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 12:09 PM
Subject: RE: Recent Graduate looking to join "Jasper Jottings"


Thanks for getting back to me. I appreciate the info on the email address. I do actually have an aol account so i have been provided with an email address through them. But i did not know about Manhattan college's  procedure regarding student email.



From: Jasper John '68 @ Jasper
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 1:09 PM
To: 'Jarrett. L. Jacobsen'
Subject: RE: Recent Graduate looking to join "Jasper Jottings"

Anytime. You're welcome. I am not sure that they have a "formal" policy. If you read Jottings for a while , you'll know my thoughts on AOL. Even though the CFO of AOLTW or TWAOL is a Jasper. ;-) John'68

[JR: Another one lost to the “dark side” (i.e., AOL)! Well, I’ll still be here when the “problems”. Like Microsoft, AOL has a knack for taking an inet service and making it slightly “non-standard”, Sigh.  ]




From: Vince Alline [1968]
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 11:15 PM
Subject: 4th ID Statue from Tikrit


I realize that this is the address for emails not for publication, but I'll leave it to your discretion what if any parts of this message will be shared with the larger audience.

Whenever I see an email where the story just seems a little too cozy not to have received mainstream publicity, I immediately become suspicious. For instance, I am constantly bombarded with ultraconsertative slander against people like Kerry, his wife, Clinton, his wife, Gore, etc., by my brother and a former coworker. While I have next to no respect for any of the above individuals, I take all the allegations with a grain of salt, then consult with or, both of which sites are dedicated to exposing hoaxes and unmasking urban legends. After punching in a keyword or two from the email, I am invariably confronted with the truth. This was what I did with the story about the statue. Following are the URL's dealing with it:



Just for good measure, here's another link:

Unfortunately, this is how urban legends are born - someone either creates or embellishes a story that everyone wants to believe or no one dares to disbelieve. Throw in the well-worn phrase, "Pass this on to everyone you know", and soon the internet is clogged with emails headed in every conceivable direction.

While I fully support and admire our troops in Iraq, I don't believe they need anyone to fabricate a story. Their sacrifices speak for themselves.

[JR: Well, it certainly seems that this is another inet legend. Probably Army rear echelon  <anyone who was in the military knows to what I refer> doing CYA or enhancing the truth. Vince, I appreciate the "investigative reporting". The troop's efforts and sacrifice don't need "enhancing" by anyone.  ]




From: Michael Hecht ['88]
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 1:14 AM
Subject: RE: ASB Alumni

Hi John

Please add this to the next publication

"Alpha Sigma Beta will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2006.  All past members who have not done so already should forward their current contact information to Mike Hecht.  Mike is compiling an ASB member directory.  He can be reached at c/o jasper jottings."

[JR: Sure. Done. But, since I post Jottings to, I wouldn't put anyone's email address at risk. People I respect report that a public email address posted on ht eeb in the clear gets spammed within minutes of publishing. So, I'll pass along anyone that wanders in. ]




From: Peter Lutz [1981]
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 9:33 AM
To: Jasper John Reinke
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] This issue is at:


How could Jasper Jottings enrage anyone ?

FYI...I was watching John Stossel of ABC News 20/20 last nite on a public TV program...I think it was on C-Span and he was giving a speech to a group of conservative college students discussing his book aptly called "Give Me a Break", titled after his trademark segment on 20/20. Anyway, I did not know that he was a Libertarian and I was really persuaded by many of his well articulated arguments against federal programs and trial lawyers...basically saying let the free market dictate how American business and discourse should take place. I thought he gave an excellent speech...I may even go out and buy his book...

I thought you'd like to know.

How's the job search going ? Are you consulting again ? I started a permanent position 2 weeks ago but am still networking and looking. I am a Senior Business Analyst working for Navisys, a privately held company in Edison (near MetroPark RR station). Navisys markets enterprise software solutions for life insurance and annuity companies. We have most of the large insurance companies as clients including Met Life, AIG, to name a few. I will be working on 2 clients for starters and am excited about it...right now, I'm lost. trying to learn as much about the product as possible. I still want to look for a position with more growth potential and as I said, I am trying to keep up my networking and job search activities here and there.

Best regards and keep in touch !


[JR: Some people get "real upset" with their fellow Jaspers, including me. I guess as the "collector in chief" they think I should be the "thought police", lest a not "politically correct" idea leak in. Give me a break! If the exposure to an idea can change your opinion, then more power to it. I think that we – as a country and as a society – are making some very bad blunders that the dead old white guys would (and have) warned us against. Stossel is a "gentle Libertarian" in my mind. He doesn't hit the big issues, but erodes around the edges. I am glad he was able to show you how bad some of these federal programs are. I especially like where we pay the government to increase prices to us by farm subsidies that go to "poor farmers" like Sam Donaldson. We have a bunch of bozos in Washington that should be in an insane asylum. Or, we should be! Glad to hear you've landed. I am chasing my next gig. One thing in this day and age is that no job is "secure". Luckily I have a parsimonious wife who has always kept the purse strings tightly drawn. :-) So, it is more a matter of the right slot. Rather than just any slot. In the meantime, consulting is fun.]



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Lisa Worthy, Director of Internal Audits, joined the Retirement Fund in 1992. She monitors the internal procedures of the Fund and ensures that YMCAs comply with Fund and federal regulations. Prior to joining the Fund, she was Senior Supervising Auditor with KPMG LLP. Lisa is a CPA and member of the NY State Society of Public Accountants. She also volunteers with the Industrial Areas Foundation, Manhattan College Alumni Committee and Queens Citizens Organization. A YMCA Senior Director, she also holds a BA in accounting.





Chief Brehon - John T. Comer

The Chief Brehon or principal leader of the fair is an honorary title given each year to an outstanding citizen Irish heritage. This year the Chief Brehon role will be awarded to Mr. John T. Comer.

A fifth generation Irishman, John T. Comer is a member of Division 19, Ancient Order of Hibernians and is beginning his fortieth year of dedicated service to the Board of Education and children of New York City. Mr. Comer has been a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, graduated from St. Augustine’s high school, obtained a degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Manhattan College, received his Master’s Degree from Brooklyn College and his sixth year professional certificate from Richmond College.

After serving in the United States Army, Mr. Comer began a distinguished career in elementary education. He was selected Teacher of the Year in District 20, Brooklyn in 1966. As principal of P.S. 229 in 1972 and later as principal of PS 163 in 1975, he elevated the academic standing of both schools, and in 1986 during his tenure as Superintendent of District 22 he kept the district among the top five achieving school districts in New York City.

Among his many innovative programs to meet the needs of all students and families in District 22 are: the Bright Beginnings Programs for parents of newly born infants; the Second Chance Scholarship Program for at-risk intermediate school students; and the Extended School Day, which is now being replicated nationally. In addition, he has been coaching a girls and boys basketball team, boys baseball team and girls softball team at Our Lady Help of Christians for eighteen consecutive years. Mr. Comer stated that every child he has met in his forty years has possessed at least one gift or talent.

Mr. Comer is president of the New York City Superintendents’ Association, a member of the Superintendents’ Leadership Council of The Education Alliance at Brown University, and a member of the Manhattan College Alumni Focus Group for the School of Arts, Science and Education.

He and his wife of 35 years, Patricia, have three children, Eileen, Elaine and John.




JASPERontheWEB: Procario, Rudolph F. (MP1941 MC1948) is in great site on the web

Pre-War: The Early Years

Rudolph F. Procario was born on June 6th, 1924, twenty years before the date June 6th would be forever known as D-Day, the day of the Normandy Invasion. He lived in Riverdale, NYC from the time he was five months old until he entered the Service during World War II.

He graduated from Manhattan College High School on June 22, 1941 and went on to attend Manhattan College in September 1941. Several months later the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The United States was now at war with Germany and Japan.

Rudy joined the Army Enlisted Reserve on December 2, 1942 and was called to active duty on March 9, 1943. He put his days at Manhattan College on hold and reported for active duty at Camp Upton in Yaphank, Long Island on March 30, 1943.

Post-War: Medical School

Upon being discharged from Fort Dix, New Jersey on January 27, 1946, Rudy Procario returned to Manhattan College as a Pre-Medical Student in February 1946.

It was in Biology Lab at Manhattan that he met his life-long friend, Al Sheridan, who was also a veteran of the war and later married Rudy's younger sister, Elaine Procario.

After graduating from Manhattan College in June of 1948, he went to Philadelphia Medical College and graduated in 1952. He became House Physician at Westchester Square Hospital from 1952-1955 and later practiced Medicine and Surgery from 1956-1970.








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The Export-Import Bank appears not to cost the taxpayers anything on a cash basis, but that is not true. It only appears that way since past loans are being repaid while new monies are being funneled to politically favored exporters. Whacking this turkey would eventually save $600 million a year, although it may take time to abolish it. Why the U.S. needs to subsidize exports is never a question that is given an honest answer by Ex-Im’s defenders.


Denny Hassert, R House leader, is hinting at nuking the IRS and income tax. His primary argument that our exports embed the income tax in our products is true. The real reason is that the income tax is nothing more than theft under the cover of “legal-ese”. I can no more force your employer to subscribe you to jottings and send me the money, which you can do to me. If it si illegal for me to do, how can my servant “government” do what I am not allowed to do?

And that’s the last word.