Sunday 19 June 2005

Dear Jaspers,

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This month, we had 82 views on 6/17 and 5813 over the last month. A small drop in numbers.


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18 Jasper Cup - Yale, New Haven, Conn.

29 Capital District - Day at the Races

July 30-31 The Manahttan College Jasper Dancers will be performing as part of the NBA's Rhythm N' Rims Tour on in New York City at the South Street Seaport. There will be live bands as well as performances from the Knicks City Dancers and other area college dance teams and pep bands.


1 Construction Industry Golf Open

18 Jersey Shore Club Day at the Races


My list of Jaspers who are in harm's way:
- Afghanistan
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- - Sekhri, Sachin (2000)
- Unknown location
- - Lynch, Chris (1991)
- Uzbekistan
- - Brock (nee Klein-Smith), Lt Col Ruth (1979)

… … my thoughts are with you and all that I don't know about.


“I remember one archbishop telling me,'My feeling about this, Tom, is no one is ever going to sue the Catholic Church.'”

The Reverend Thomas Doyle, who warned church leaders 20 years ago that clergy abuse costs could eventually exceed $1 billion. The total is now $1.06 billion.

Published in the newspaper, the Las Vegas Review Journalist

[JR: Offered for the merits. Consider that it's just not good enough to be “right”. Once has to be able to be able to convince leadership that they need to act. As a popular management text is tiled, “Nothing happens until somebody moves”. ]



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Whether we live in the city or the country, the more comfortable and fluent we become with diversity the better off we will be. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood and predicted this phenomenon in his last book, written in 1967, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community:

"Some years ago a famous novelist died," he wrote to lead off the last chapter. "Among his papers was found a list of suggested plots for future stories, the most prominently underscored being this one: 'A widely separated family inherits a house in which they have to live together.' This is the great new problem of humankind."

"We have inherited a large house, a great 'world house' in which we have to live together -- black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu -- a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace."

"All inhabitants of the globe are now neighbors. This world-wide neighborhood has been brought into being largely as a result of the modern scientific and technological revolutions. The world today is vastly different from the world of just one hundred years ago. A century ago Thomas Edison had not yet invented the incandescent lamp ... the Wright brothers had not yet invented that fascinating mechanical bird that would spread its gigantic wings across the skies ... and Einstein had not yet posited the theory of relativity."

"Human beings, searching a century ago as now for better understanding, had no television, no radios, no telephones, and no motion pictures through which to communicate. Medical science had not yet discovered the wonder drugs to end many dread plagues and diseases. Military men had not yet developed the terrifying weapons of warfare that we know today. Engineers were not yet building skyscrapers to kiss the stars and gargantuan bridges to span the waters. Science had not yet peered into the unfathomable ranges of interstellar space, nor had it penetrated oceanic depths."

As if he knew the Internet was coming, King concludes, "The years ahead will see a continuation of the same dramatic developments."

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A high-speed Internet connection. Email, instant messages, and voice-over-Internet-protocol enable us to communicate as never before. I'm trying to clean up my side of the house. I'm trying to help people understand what the new tools are. I'm trying to make connections.

I hope we all are.

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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Email From Jaspers


Jaspers found web-wise


MC mentioned web-wise






Mazurki, Michael



Crowley, Frank



Blumette, Pete



Plumeau, Ed



McEneney, Mike

Obit1 (Reporter)


Burke, Bill



Lawrence, Richard A.



Bellew, John



Joseph, Dieuner



Curley, James T.



Manning, Kevin







Bellew, John



Blumette, Pete



Burke, Bill



Crowley, Frank



Curley, James T.



Joseph, Dieuner



Lawrence, Richard A.



Manning, Kevin



Mazurki, Michael



McEneney, Mike

Obit1 (Reporter)


Plumeau, Ed


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Good News - Other




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

Your assistance is requested in finding these. Please don’t assume that I will “catch” it via an automated search. Sometimes the data just doesn’t makes it’s way in.


From: Mike McEneney
Subject: Bill Burke, Esq
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 04:30:59 +0000


In the event that you have not heard, Bill Burke, Esq. '64, former President of the Manhattan College Alumni Society, passed away suddenly on his way to the office on Thursday. The Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, June 14, at 3 PM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1901 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, Long Island.

Bill was a very loyal Jasper, with a quick sense of humor and a willingness to help People. He was a good bright lawyer and had argued at least one case before the US Supreme Court. He will be missed.

Mike McEneney


[JR: I'm going to try a new section for "updates". These are changes that "pop" in from the various sources that are not really from the news. I thought it might be valuable to alert old friends seeking to reconnect or "youngsters" seeking a networking contact with someone who might have a unique viewpoint that they are interested in. This is a benefit of freeing up time trying to make email work by "outsourcing" the task to Yahoo.]

Moore, Robert K. (1991)
Electric Trader
Hicksville, NY 11801


[JR: I'm going to try a new section for "negative updates". These are changes that "pop" in from the various sources that are not really from the news. I thought it might be valuable to alert old friends or "youngsters" that someone they maybe interested in has “drifted off”. Yet another benefit of freeing up time trying to make email work by "outsourcing" the task to Yahoo.]




John Bellew's legacy



(Original Publication: June 10, 2005) Donations

To contribute to the John Bellew Scholarship Fund, call 201-327-0067 or visit

When Bill Voit started organizing a golf outing in honor of his brother-in-law, a New York City firefighter who died earlier this year when he was forced to jump out of a burning Bronx building, he didn't expect to be turning people away.

Voit had originally planned to hold an inaugural 18-hole fundraiser for the John Bellew Scholarship Fund at Blue Hill Golf Course in Pearl River Tuesday, but by mid-April 180 people had signed up and the calls would not stop. The Ramsey, N.J., man then set up a second outing at Emerson Golf Club in Emerson, N.J., for the same day, with spots filling up a few days later.

"I get calls every day," said Voit. "I think I've turned away nearly 100 people since then."

That, he said, was a testament to the Pearl River man, a New York City firefighter with Ladder 27 who died Jan. 23 when he and five other firefighters jumped to escape a fire in the Bronx apartment building. One other firefighter died, and the others, including Jeffery Cool of Garnerville, were critically injured.

"He was very loved in the community," said Voit. "The turnout is absolutely amazing."

In all, Voit said he expected 240 golfers to play.

The events are booked but donations are still being accepted for the fund, he said.

The scholarship fund was set up after he spoke with Bellew's wife, Eileen, as a way to "do something to honor his legacy and honor him on a regular basis."

The fund, which will only be eligible to children of FDNY members, will be used to give two $1,000 scholarships to graduating Pearl River High School seniors at the end of the year and next year will include scholarships to incoming freshmen at Archbishop Malloy High School, Bellew's alma mater.

"He was a very giving guy," said Voit. "The opportunity to give back to the community was taken away from him. So we figured this was a way to continue his legacy."

Voit said he and Bellew, a father of four who was posthumously promoted to lieutenant, would often golf together in Pearl River and in New Jersey. He said Bellew was more of a runner than an avid golfer, and he planned to hold a run in the early fall in Pearl River.

Following his graduation from Archbishop Malloy in 1985 and Manhattan College in 1989, Bellew worked on Wall Street until 1994 when he joined the FDNY.

John Sullivan, Bellew's battalion chief, said Bellew's love for his community convinced him to move his family to the hamlet from the Bronx in September. Sullivan, who remembered Bellew as a great "father, friend and family man," said he looked forward to the event, despite his lack of golfing ability.

"To call what I do golf would be an insult to the game," he joked.

Rather, he said, the outing would serve to "perpetuate John's legacy."

"This is a kind of way for them to see how many people loved their father," he said of Bellew's children. "People love to participate in anything that honors John."



Rutland Herald
Article published Jun 13, 2005
Wilkerson, Blake Crowley victors

The origin of the Crowley Brothers Memorial 10-K Road Race came when world class runners Frank Crowley of Rutland and Clarence de Mar challenged one another to a foot race from Proctor to Rutland.

But there was no challenge at all for the winners of Sunday's edition of the race. Eric Blake of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Middlebury's Nicole Wilkerson simply ran way from the field. Blake clocked 32:40, finishing well ahead of Berlin's Eric Morse (34:06) to become the first male to cross the finish line. Wilkerson's time of 38:52 placed her well ahead of Rutland's Erica Viger, who came in with a time of 41:22.

It was not an easy day. Even if other runners didn't challenge the winners, they were challenged by the three Hs: hills, heat and humidity.

The 34-year-old Wilkerson knows something about running in the heat. She came here from Texas, where she ran cross country and track for Rice University in Houston.

"The steam was coming right up off the ground," Wilkerson said.

"It was African hot," Bellows Falls' Larry Sayers said after finishing fifth.

Making Wilkerson's performance all the more impressive is that she delivered a baby seven months ago.

"I'm just getting back to (running)," she said.

Unlike Blake, who took the lead almost as soon as the field left the starting line in Proctor, Wilkerson had two women ahead of her until about the midpoint of the race.

"It's not an easy course," Wilkerson said. "But the spectators are nice along the way and I like that Rutland fully embraces the event. They do a good job with it."

Blake finished third in this race last year and went out slow.

"I didn't think that was very good strategy. This year I was going to go out hard from the beginning," said the former Central Connecticut State and Adams State runner.

The 26-year-old Blake opened up a lead of about 100 yards only a mile into the race and quickly exended it. He was at the two-mile mark just 10:12 into the race and by that time his closest pursuer was at least 300 yards behind.

Believe it or not, Blake said he kept something in the tank because he will be trying to qualify for the United States Mountain Running Team on June 25. Next on his race calendar is the Mount Washington Race next week.

Being a mountain runner, Blake said he feels he benefits from the rolling hills on this course.

Wilkerson expects her next event will be the Stowe 8-Miler in July.

Following Blake and Morse across the line in the men's competition was Josh Ferenc of Westmoreland, N.H. with a time of 34:36. Morrisville's Mark Churchill was fourth in 35:29 and Sayers' time was 35:46. Former Mount St. Joseph Academy principal Robert Lukaskiewicz, now employed by Norwich University, took sixth place in 35:50. Former Rutland High/Bentley College runner Derek Watulak, a past winner of the Crowley, claimed seventh in 36:28. Rounding out the top 10 were: Hydeville's Brian Fitzpatrick, 37:01; Burlington's Norm Larson, 37:38; and 57-year-old Stephen Reef of Wiscasset, Maine, 40:30.

Heidi Westerling of Acworth, N.H. was third behind Wilkerson and Viger in the women's race. The 24-year-old former University of Rhode Island runner clocked 42:28.

Williston's Meg Valentine's 42:50 was good for fourth place and Toni Diegoli of Arlington, Va., took fifth in 43:34.

Hydeville's Samantha Skeens of the United States Merchant Marine Academy was fifth in 44:40 and Nancy Nicolson of Queensbury, N.Y., seventh in 44:56.

Shrewsbury's Caeleigh Beerworth, a Cornell University ice hockey player, had a time of 46:43 to place eighth. Rounding out the top 10 were Stowe's Moira Durin in 46:47 and Stowe's Patty Foltz in 47:42.

The father-son relay team of Proctor's Mike and Kevin Canty took top honors.

There were also two relay units from the Rutland Middle School. Otis Gray and Tyler Flinn comprised one relay team from the school and Wesley Henderson and John McIntyre the other.

Flinn said the heat made it a difficult race.

"By the end, your legs are like Jell-o," he said.

Frank Crowley was an NCAA Division I champion at Manhattan College and also wore the United States colors in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. De Mar was a seven-time winner of the Boston Marathon.

The race is named for three Crowley brothers prominent on the Rutland sports landscape: Frank, Joe and Larry.

Notes: Morse, a high school phenom at Harwood Union, is now 40. He took first place in the 40-to-54 age group. … The 57-year-old Foltz won the female 55-and-over division and Reed the male 55-and-over division. ... The day also featured a Kids' Mile held downtown. Rutland's Nicholas Starinskas was the first to cross the finish line in that event.

Contact Tom Haley at




For The Record

Community news from around the region.

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MANHATTAN COLLEGE announces the following local residents were awarded bachelor's degrees at the College's 163rd Undergraduate Commencement May 22. James T. Curley of Troy; Kevin Manning of Troy.

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LOOKING BACK (June 12-18)

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70 Years Ago (1935)

Big Pete Blumette, the Manhattan College southpaw, joins the Plattsburgh Majors of the Northern League.


[MCdb: 1936 ]



Cost of admissions
(Original Publication: June 11, 2005) Should I hire a counselor?

The National Association for College Admission Counseling suggests asking the following questions to assess whether it's necessary to hire a college counselor. If you answer yes to the questions, the association says it may not be necessary to hire one.

• Does your school have counselors who spend a significant amount of time counseling students through the college admissions process?

• Have the school's counselors received special training through regional or national workshops for college counseling?

• Is there a college resource center in the school that provides books, computer programs and other resources?

Dayna Lammers was set to attend Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh when she graduated from John Jay High School in East Fishkill last spring. But it was her parents who learned a lesson after attending the school's orientation: It wasn't a financial option.

"I got all this paperwork, and basically it was Greek to me," Bryan Lammers, Dayna's father, says. "I was like a fish out of water. The tuition was $23,000 and the school said, 'We're going to give you $8,000. You have to come up with the rest of the money.' I was like, 'Where are we going to get that?'

"Dayna really wanted to go to college and I felt helpless."

Lammers sought help from My College Advisor, a Hartsdale-based independent college consulting company. The Lammers family is part of a growing number of people seeking help outside their high school guidance counselor, who is often able to offer only minimal support because of heavy case loads. Other families say they've turned to independent admissions counselors to ensure that in the increasingly competitive world of college admissions their student has the best shot at getting into the school of his or her choice.

Most consultants' fees range from $1,500 to $2,000 and provide students and families with one-on-one assistance with virtually every aspect of the college application process. Many consultants are former high school and college counselors, and have an intimate knowledge of the process. They begin by getting an in-depth understanding of the students' academic background and what the students' likes and dislikes are to determine to which schools they should apply. They use that information to build a list of preliminary schools.

"I knew I wanted a smaller school but I wasn't sure if I wanted a campus that was rural or more city-like," says Neeraj Hotchandani, a junior at the Millbrook School who used My College Advisor. "He helped me figure out that."

Advisers guide students on how to fill out the application, work with them on essay topics and then proofread them. They also do mock interviews and help parents complete the often-confusing financial aid forms.

The Lammers paid $1,800 and for the first month met weekly with their consultant at My College Advisor. Dayna says that she didn't spend much time on her college search the first time. Her high school guidance counselor urged her to look at SUNY schools, but she wasn't interested in them and didn't want to travel too far from home. When the guidance counselor mentioned Mount Saint Mary, she said it sounded fine.

"I didn't think I had very many options," Dayna says. "I didn't know of any other schools."

Her high school grades ranged between a C and B-, so her independent adviser recommended that she take an SAT prep class at My College Advisor and retake the test. Meanwhile, they suggested that she enroll in Dutchess Community College for the first year and then re-apply to college.

They worked on finding the right match by asking her a range of questions about what she was looking for. Questions ranged from what type of climate do you prefer, to what is your favorite class in school.

They came up with a list that included Iona College, Northeastern College and Manhattan College.

She earned a 4.0 grade-point average at Dutchess Community College and was accepted at Manhattan College where she received almost a full scholarship. Her family only has to contribute $5,000 — for the entire year.

"They probably made money by coming to us," says Anthony Guerra, founder of My College Advisor.

Some students come as early as eighth and ninth grade. Guerra and his staff help those students decide on classes to take in high school and extra curricular activities that will enhance their resume.

The most expensive package is $6,000, and it helps students with every aspect of the process for every school they apply to. With the $3,000 package, the consultant helps them devise the list of appropriate schools and then takes them through the process of applying to one school. (The $1,800 package the Lammers had was discontinued.)

"I always thought only rich people were able to do this stuff," Dayna said.

There are some services only the wealthy can afford. At about $25,000, Ivy Success is one of them.

"It's the cost of almost a year of school but it's definitely worth it to get into the college of your dreams," said Victoria Hsiao, a partner at the independent admissions company Ivy Success. "Every year we hear more and more stories with kids with perfect SATs and grades not getting into any of the top tier schools. I think that indicates that students need to plan early and prepare early."

Ivy Success, which helps students get into America's most competitive colleges, only accepts a select number of students. The consultants have all attended Ivy League schools and have worked in admissions offices at Ivy League schools.

"We understand what catches the eyes of admissions officers," Hsiao says. "We're able to build a profile that catches their attention."

They help decide which extracurricular activities to join, which Advanced Placement classes to take and what SAT IIs to take.

But at that cost, it begs the question: Do students whose families are able to afford this service have an unfair advantage?

"We're a very diverse school so we're always trying to find ways to level the playing fields," Enrique Cafaro, director of guidance and counseling at White Plains High School, says. "It's a struggle, especially when it comes to SAT prep."

At White Plains High School guidance counselors typically have about 200 students in their caseload, and that includes underclassmen in addition to the juniors working on college selection. (The New York State PTA recommends a caseload of 200 students per guidance counselor.) They have a resource room with materials on colleges and scholarships, but it mainly falls to the student to be proactive and make additional appointments with counselors in addition to the mandatory meeting. They get representatives from about 200 colleges who visit the school throughout the year.

The baby boomlet — when baby boomers' kids are of college age — is one reason that applying to colleges has become so competetive, says Judy Hingle, director of the Professional Development National Association for College Admission Counseling.

The number of students submitting three or more college applications has risen nearly 10 percentage points in the past six years, according to the higher education research institute.

"Their job is to help the student present themselves in the best possible light," Hingle says. "The danger is when students look packaged. There has been discussion within our group about colleges asking on their application about whether they received help or coaching on their essay. No one has come out with whether they should or shouldn't. Colleges are good at seeing what's authentically 18-year-old-work."

David Borus, the dean of admission and financial aid at Vassar College, says it's difficult to tell if a student has used an independent counselor unless "they have mediocre grades in English and suddenly (they're) writing Shakespearian."

Josh Friedman started working with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions during the summer before his senior year because he didn't have a good sense of the type of school he wanted to attend, and because he was overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork required.

Kaplan offers its clients packages based on hours and the Friedmans, of Riverdale, took the 15-hour package at $130 per hour.

"He works hard and he's active in student government," Roberta Friedman, Josh's mother, says. "I knew he had the qualifications to get into an excellent university. We wanted to do our part to make sure we were covering all the bases. It's a costly decision so you stop and think and think again. You just have to go with your gut feeling."

Roberta Friedman says the guidance counselors at Josh's school know his academic background the best, but they served as more of a starting point.

"We felt that we needed the backup," she says.

Borus, of Vassar College, says these counselors are most useful when it comes to honing the list of colleges students are applying to.

"It's harder to get into highly selective universities than it was," Borus says. "Anxiety is high. People feel they need to look for an edge. Especially here on the East Coast. I feel bad for the kids. The amount of attention people pay to the college application process is a little out of control. They give it all the importance of life and death."



Immaculate High School Class of 2005 awards

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Elizabeth Anne Frank, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Scholarship & Leadership Award, St. Joseph College Founders Scholarship & Ryan Scholarship , Manhattan College Presidential Scholarship, Iona College Scholarship, Lehigh University Dean's Scholarship, Boehringer Ingleheim Scientific Scholar Award, Fayette L. Overholt-Charitable Foundation Trust Scholarship, Science Horizons Scholarship, Key Club

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From: "Mike McEneney"
To: JasperJottingsEditorial
Subject: Re: [JasperJottingsEditorial] mnewsxx: Promising student going to MC?
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 02:55:20 +0000

Dear John,

This is a great young lady who I have known since she was a baby. On top of all these accomplishments, she also loves to fish and is pretty good at that as well.

Her father is William (Billy) Frank who is a member of the Class of '83, I think! I have known Billy's family for over 40 years here in Woodlawn. I believe that the offer that she received from Rensselaer Poly was just too good to turn down. It will be Manhattan's loss.


[MCdb: Frank, William (1981) ]

[JR: Mike, I'm surprised that with the lilt of Irish laughter, you couldn't convince the devil to give you just one more day or Miss Elizabeth Anne that MC is a far better choice. (I didn't apply to RPI 'cause I figured I wouldn't have gotten in. So perhaps, it's eny. Who knows if I did apply, get, and graduate – no small set of assumptions – I'd be writing RPIJottings and asking what's a Jasper.) Anyway, I'm sure you did your best. Besides we need 7 foot MEN who can play bball, run all day like the wind, and intelligence off the scale. On the other hand, I remember the LAW of unintended consequences and you have to be careful what you wish for. That guy would probably would be an axe murderer. Please wish the young lady the best of luck from us. You might want to remind her how much warmer it is in MC's summer climate. <grasping at straws>]


Danbury Westerners ready to play ball
By: Laura McCusker

Anyone wanting to see enjoyable, competitive, live baseball this summer won't need to travel far. There are many levels of ball available locally, featuring players of all ages.

Just south of New Milford, the Danbury Westerners kicked off their 11th season this week. The Westerners are pro-potential college players recruited from across the country. The team is part of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, which includes teams from not only Connecticut, but Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maine, as well. There are two other Connecticut teams, the Manchester Silkworms and Torrington Twisters.

The NECBL, which began play in 1993, was founded by former Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets All-Star and Major League home run leader George Foster, and Emmy Award-winning television producer/director Joseph Consentino.

The Westerners have featured some fine talent over the past decade. Five former players have gone on to play Major League Baseball: Mark Malaska and Matt White (Boston Red Sox), Earl Snyder (Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays), Pete Zoccolillo (Milwaukee Brewers), and Shawn Fagan (Toronto Blue Jays).

This year's team has players from 12 different states on the roster, including eight Connecticut natives. According to vice president and general manager Terry Whalen, there was hot competition for playing spots this season.

"This year we received player referrals by an unusually large number of pro scouts and college coaches. There were over 150 candidates we didn't have room for on the roster," he said. "We've added very talented and seasoned players to this year's line-up, and continue to to get more and better candidates every year.

"The Westerners play with heart and pride and always show their fans a good time."

There are two names those who follow local high school ball should recognize: Jeremy Shaw of New Milford, and Luke Calzone of Bethel.

Shaw just completed his sophomore year at Manhattan College. The pitcher threw eight innings this year, striking out seven batters along the way. He has his coach at Manhattan, Steve Trimber, to thank for this summer's experience with the Westerners.

"The league is by invitation only," said Shaw of the NECBL. "My coach asked me if I was going to be playing over the summer, and asked if I wanted him to recommend me for the Westerners."

Shaw, of course, was happy to get a chance to play in the prestigious NECBL, a Major League Baseball-sanctioned league. He was familiar with the Westerners, having seen several games last summer.

"I have a friend who played in the league, and I went to a few of his games," Shaw said. "I think it'll be great. I know a lot of the guys on the team already, so it should be a lot of fun."

Shaw grew up in New Milford, and played for the Green Wave varsity baseball team.

He's a life-long baseball fan, but despite his born and bred northeastern heritage, his favorite team is the Chicago White Sox.

"I visited Chicago when I was 10, and thought it was the best place in the world," he said. "I know it's unusual for someone who's always lived in Connecticut to be a White Sox fan."

The Westerners held their annual fund-raising breakfast to introduce the team to the community last Friday morning. The first speaker, Danbury mayor Mark D. Boughton, said the players had already guaranteed him an undefeated season. The prospect of that made Shaw smile.

"I don't know if we'll be undefeated, but I think we'll do pretty good," he said. "I definitely think the team looks sharp. Everyone works hard and has looked good in practice."

Calzone, who just finished his sophomore season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., is also a pitcher.

He's entering his second season with the Westerners and will be in the rotation as a reliever or a starter.

"Having the Westerners next door to me and having the young kids come and watch us play ball is a great experience," said Calzone. "It's also a great honor because you are playing against some of the elite players in the country and scouts come to watch the games."

Calzone doesn't know if he will be starting or coming out of the pen for the Westerners; that will all be determined before their first game.

"The coaches determine the players' positions based on where each played in college and with the practices," he said. "As of right now, I'm not sure where I'll be going, but I'll be ready wherever they put me."

The Westerners have held five practices since the roster was assembled, and played its first scrimmage last Friday. The team will play 22 home games this summer at Rogers Park in Danbury, and kicked off the season on Wednesday against Keene (N.H.). They're scheduled to play Torrington tonight, with gates opening at 6 p.m., and the game scheduled to start at 7. The cost is $3 for adults, with kids getting in free.

Shaw is anxious to get back out on the field.

"I think we'll do well," he said. "I know when the season starts we'll all be ready to play and show some people our skills."

[JR: It would be nice if our readers went out and supported a future alumni. Imagine this fellow walking to the plate and hearing a chorus of “go jasper”. So do a little research (reporting findings here), charge up the electric wheelchair, wear something green, take a ride, inhale a big gulp of O2, and yell “go jaspers” as loud as you can! And, of course, report results back here. ]

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Danbury Westerners ready to play ball

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... Shaw just completed his sophomore year at Manhattan College. The pitcher threw eight innings this year, striking out seven batters along the way. ...



Silkworms ready for running start
By: John F. Silver, Journal Inquirer June 09, 2005

MANCHESTER - It isn't a secret what kind of players the Manchester Silkworms went after for this year - quick and athletic.

The Silkworms kicked off the New England Collegiate Baseball season Wednesday night at Newport in an exhibition game. When their entire roster makes it to Manchester it figures to be the fastest and physically talented team they have had.

"We are much more athletic out there," Silkworms manager Anthony DeCicco said. "I am very excited about some of the athletes we have. We are going to get more stolen bases, more doubles and triples."

The home opener is tonight at Northwest Park against the Vermont Mountaineers. All games are at 7 p.m.

DeCicco is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Silkworms, who made their first postseason appearance last summer. The Silkworms fell to now-defunct Riverpoint in the playoffs.

The Silkworms return a handful of players from last season, including leading hitter Tim Binkoski of Quinnipiac and right fielder Greg Smith out of Fordham University.

Binkoski will see time in the outfield and at first base this year. He hit .310 last season with 20 RBIs. Smith will man right field with his powerful arm and bat. Smith hit .289 last year and was second on the team with 44 hits. He was flawless in the field in 41 games.

The outfield will be the strength of the Silkworms. In center, Tulane's Will Rice will return for his second year after the Green Wave's season comes to an end. Tulane has reached the Super Regionals in the NCAA Division I tournament. Rice is an excellent fielder with tremendous speed, but will have to improve on a .135 average he posted last season. He has seen limited action with Tulane, starting five games.

In left, speedster Ryan Hagerich of Delaware will take over for Jay Maule. Hagerich led the Blue Hens in hitting and slugging while stealing 15 bases.

Also in the outfield mix for the Silkworms is Vanderbilt's Ryan Davis, who saw action in seven games. Davis is a highly touted high school player out of Arizona, but needs to shake off some rust after seeing sparse playing time in the spring.

With Rice, Hagerich, and Smith in the outfield, DeCicco is confident the vast Northwest Park outfield will be well defended.

"We upgraded quite a bit in the outfield," DeCicco said. "I also like our versatility. Binkoski and Ryan Davis can play infield and outfield. So if someone isn't hitting, we can replace them."

Hitting is what LeMoyne's Keith Connors does best. Connors hurt the Silkworms in the playoffs as a member of Riverpoint, batting .462 in the series. When Riverpoint folded he had nowhere to go, but it didn't take too much convincing for the Silkworms to offer him a spot.

"He killed us last year," DeCicco said. "I think he is one of the best first basemen in the league and one of its top hitters."

Connors can play the infield and outfield and will team with Manhattan designated hitter John Fitzpatrick at first base for a potent 1-2 punch. Connors, Smith and Binkoski will be the heart of the lineup.

The rest of the infield will be a work in progress. Frank Cipolla, who led the Silkworms in 2004 in on-base percentage at .392, will return at second base for his third year. A pair of young infielders in LeMoyne's Andrew Parrino and Cal-Riverside's Drew Garcia will also vie for time. St. John's freshman Gilberto Zayas is an impressive physical specimen, but like Parrino and Garcia, his experience is limited.

Veterans Steve Malinowski and LeMoyne's Brian Hansen will return to play catcher, with help defensively from Eastern Connecticut's Matt Cooney.

DeCicco is also happy with the depth of the pitching staff. The Silkworms had one of the top starting rotations in the NECBL last year, but didn't have a deep bullpen. This year the front-line starters aren't the same caliber, but the bullpen will be improved.

Holdover Matt Reilly out of Pace University had a dominating spring, going 6-2 with a sub-2.00 ERA. He will be the No. 1 starter. LeMoyne's Bobby Blevins and either Mitch Heckert or Billy Harris, both out of Delaware, also will get a starting slot.

"We don't have four blow-you-away guys, but we are much deeper in the pen," DeCicco said. "That is a good thing. If you struggle at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, you have to have a good pen to make that up."

Also returning to the Silkworms is Quinnipiac righthander Pat Egan. The Rocky Hill native sat out last summer after suffering a serious chest injury and is still on the comeback trail. He was the Silkworms' closer in 2003, but will get a chance to start.

John Slusarz (UConn), Chris Legiadre (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Brian Hallberg (Pace), Jesse Darcy (Manhattan College), and Jake Friemel (Texas Christian) round out the pitching roster.

The Silkworms' roster is still in flux and the full contingent hasn't reported yet. But DeCicco can't wait to see some of the players in action.

Four Silkworms drafted

Four members of the Silkworms' 2004 team were selected on the first day of the Major League Baseball draft.

Eastern Connecticut State University lefty Ryan DiPietro, a Berlin native, was selected in the sixth round by the Kansas City Royals after a standout career with the Warriors. DiPietro played for two summers with the Silkworms. DiPietro was the NCAA Division III Pitcher of the Year in 2004 and was a second team All-America this season at Eastern after going 8-1 with a 1.66 ERA.

Ricky Brooks was the highest former Silkworm drafted, taken in the third round by the Chicago White Sox. Brooks, who played at East Carolina, pitched in five games with Silkworms in 2004, going 4-1.

Pittsburgh's Ben Copeland was taken in the fourth round by the San Francisco Giants. Copeland was the Silkworms' leading hitter in 2003.

St. John's P.J. Antoniato was taken in the 15th round by the Phillies. He set the Silkworms' single-season record for hits with 54 in 2004 and was one of the best middle infielders in the league.


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Saturday, June 11, 2005
Sports celebrities tee it up for cause
Dunham, Kacyvenski, Rice expected
BY KEVIN STEVENS Press & Sun-Bulletin

A high-profile collection of active and retired athletes and coaches, many with Broome County roots, will assemble for a golf outing, dinner and auction to benefit Broome County Catholic Schools on June 22 at Traditions at the Glen on Watson Boulevard.


The inaugural Don Hengel Memorial Sports Classic will bring together a group including Mike Dunham, Isaiah Kacyvenski, Johnny Logan, King Rice and Rudy Ruettiger -- whose inspiring story was chronicled in the 1993 hit movie Rudy.

Thirty teams are scheduled to participate in the golf tournament, a scramble scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start that is open to the public free of charge. Cocktail hour, silent auction and dinner are to follow.

Bobby Gonzalez, Binghamton native and coach of a Manhattan College basketball program that made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004, will speak at the dinner.

The event is the brainchild of John Dowd, a lawyer with the Binghamton firm of Hinman, Howard & Kattell.

"It's for the kids. I would like our community to have this resource (the Catholic School system) available to them," said Dowd, primary organizer of the event. "We believe in what they're doing here in the system.

"I realize what a valuable resource this is, and it's an endangered species."

The event is named in honor of the late Don Hengel, a native South Dakotan who played football and baseball at Notre Dame and who later relocated to Endicott.

Among the featured participants:

* Dunham, Johnson City native, University of Maine All-America hockey player, three-time Olympian and goaltender for the New York Rangers.

* Kacyvenski, Union-Endicott High graduate who has played linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks since being that organization's fourth-round draft choice in 2000.

* Logan, another Union-Endicott High graduate. "Yatcha" was a four-time National League all-star who played for the Milwaukee Braves' 1957 World Series champions.

* Rice, Binghamton High graduate who was point guard for a University of North Carolina basketball team that reached the 1991 NCAA Final Four. Rice went on to serve as an assistant coach at Oregon, Illinois State and Providence.

* Ruettiger, whose improbable rise as a Notre Dame football walk-on was detailed in the well-known motion picture.

Ruettiger will be the featured speaker at a 10 a.m. assembly June 22 at Binghamton University's West Gymnasium. Admission for the assembly is $1 per youth and $5 per adult.

"We'd like kids in the grammar schools to come out and hear his message," said Dowd, a member of Notre Dame's Class of 1976. "We want to make it so that it's a nice environment for the kids.

"It's a friend-raiser. We're not looking to get anything out of it, we're looking to do something for the community."

Tickets for dinner are available at a cost of $50 per person. For information: John Dowd, 231-6720.



Library Journal Reviews
June 15, 2005
SECTION: REVIEWS; Arts and Humanities; Pg. 76
HEADLINE: The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics, 1973–2003
BYLINE: Sheila Peiffer

Plaskow, Judith. The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics, 1973–2003. Beacon, dist. by Houghton. Jul. 2005. c.272p.

ISBN 0-8070-3623-4 . pap. $19. REL

"Can we learn to listen to each other in our complexity? Can we learn to value our differences instead of being threatened by them? Isn't this part of what it should mean to be a be a Jew?" In this essay collection, Plaskow raises such questions and offers readers many opportunities to explore the ramifications of complexity. Written during Plaskow's graduate student days at Yale through her present position as professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, the essays chronicle the last 30 years of feminist theology as well as issues pertaining to feminist Judaism. Plaskow demonstrates the magnitude of the process undertaken by herself and others in working for change while consistently facing difficult issues with the "courage, concern and creativity necessary for a feminist transformation." She also fearlessly confronts the most challenging questions of our time, charting both a method of inquiry and an ideal of egalitarianism that can apply to any community or situation. Theological language, hierarchy and authority, sexual ethics, textual exegesis, and oppression are among the many aspects of religious experience explored within the context of "the contradictory whole of reality." This intelligent collection is indispensable for all libraries with conscientious religious studies departments, but it will also be enjoyed by the larger public interested in the development of feminism.—Sheila Peiffer, Acad. of the Holy Names, Albany, NY

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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.

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If you do go support "our" teams, I'd appreciate any reports or photos. What else do us old alums have to do?

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Riverdale, NY (June 14, 2005)- Juniors Anders Constantin and Michael Freeman and freshmen Milan Jotanovic and Paul Peulich each earned a spot on the 2005 NCAA Division I All-East Region Team, it was announced by the USA Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association today.



14 members of the baseball team are playing in NCAA-sanctioned wooden bat leagues this summer, including three in the prestigious Cape Cod League. will be providing periodic updates on their summer seasons. All the collegiate summer leagues are just beginning their respective seasons.


Pitchers Chris Cody and Josh Santerre, as well as catcher Nick Derba are all playing for the Chatham A's.


Seven Jaspers are playing on three different teams in this league.

Pitcher Jesse Darcy and designated hitter John Fitzpatrick are playing for the Manchester Silkworms.

First baseman Matt Rizzotti, outfielder Eric Nieto, and pitcher Steve Bronder are playing for the Vermont Mountaineers.

Pitchers Kyle Wirtz and Jeremy Shaw are playing for the Danbury Westerners.


Third baseman Dom Lombardi and pitcher Brian Fulcher are playing for the Kutztown Rockies, while pitcher Matt Nevins and outfielder Marc Giordano are playing for the New York Generals.

In addition, two former Jaspers are currently playing for professional teams. Manhattan strikeout record holder Mike Parisi has won his last four outings for the Swing of the Quad Cities in the full season A Midwest League. The Swing is part of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Parisi, in his second professional season, is currently 5-4, with a 3.99 ERA, with a team-leading 63 strikeouts in a team-leading 79.0 innings for the 33-30 Swing.

Matt Cucurullo, who graduated Manhattan with the all-time hit and single season RBI records, is currently playing for the Brockton Rox of the Independent Can-Am League. Cucurullo is currently batting .329 with 10 RBI and six stolen bases for the 9-9 Rox.



Riverdale, NY (June 14, 2005)- Head Coach Dan Mecca recently announced the signing of 28 student-athletes to compete in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field at Manhattan, beginning in the 2005-06 academic year. The list includes several distance runners along with many multi-event performers. .



Riverdale, NY (June 13, 2005)- Manhattan freshman first baseman Matt Rizzotti has been named the District II Player of the Year, it was announced recently by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). District II represents Connecticut, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and District of Columbia.



Sacramento, CA (June 10, 2005)- Freshman Milan Jotanovic finished 12th in the finals of the NCAA shot put competition tonight in Sacramento. Jotanovic threw 17.71 meters before committing two fouls in his final two throws.


Sports from Other Sources

[JR: At the risk of losing some of my aura of omnipotence or at least omni-pia-presence, you can see Jasper Sports stories at: so for brevity’s sake I will not repeat them here. I will just report the ones that come to my attention and NOT widely reported. No sense wasting electrons!]

Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
June 14, 2005 Tuesday Broward Metro Edition

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Ryan Masters
Coral Springs Charter
Class: Senior
Position: Shortstop
Comment: Masters, who is headed to Manhattan College, provided plenty of extra-base offense for Charter, with 10 doubles. A six-year starter, he also had 19 RBI and a .320 average.

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GRAPHIC: PHOTO 13; Gluth Hosmer McCullen Masters Avila Arrojo Lipton Smith Davis Farquhar Pepe Castaldi Kiniry

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The Times Union (Albany, New York)
June 10, 2005 Friday
HEADLINE: From county's pool of athletes, swimmer emerges
BYLINE: By BILL ARSENAULT Special to the Times Union

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The junior right-hander from Ballston Lake (Shenendehowa) notched Manhattan College's first no-hitter in 18 years when he blanked Rider College 1-0 on April 24. He walked one and struck out two and faced the minimum amount of batters in the seven-inning game with the two runners (the walk and an error) erased on double plays.

Bronder finished with a 6-4 record and a 4.10 earned run average. In 68 innings, he gave up 61 hits and 40 runs, 31 earned. He walked 25 and struck out 50.

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To: "Richard A. Lawrence"
Subject: [JasperJottingsEditorial] Re: Yahoo
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 07:08:49 +0000


Looks ok from this end. You must have reactivated or the Yahoo "gods" are looking favorable on your offering. My experience is that if the email bounces for any reason, Yahoo puts your email into a "bouncing" state. It then periodically sends probes like the one you received to restart. I'm not so sure it is a very accurate method. You have to keep your eyes out for your weekly issue. When I have some time, I'm gonna figure out an RSS feed.


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Hi John,

Looks like Yahoo groups turned off message delivery to my IEEE alias address; I hope I did not get deleted from your distribution list.




From: Ed Plumeau (1952)
Subject: Re: Handgun vs. Bear
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 00:49:45 +0000

For your information, Florida has just broadened its statute on carrying handguns. We have a fairly liberal policy now, but it included a "duty to retreat" clause -- in essence, it meant that you must use every effort to avoid the conflict by retreating into an area from which you had no reasonable expectations of escaping e.g. your bedroom. The law has now been changed and that clause has been stricken -- you are now permitted to defend yourself anywhere. On your property, in your car and even on a public sidewalk or other public area. The "Brady Bunch" is again predicting rivers of blood -- but I think the bad guys will really have to think more than twice this time. Ed Plumeau '52 A

[JR: Yup, I'm sure that really tears it. I expect to see shoot outs at the OK corral, or whatever the FL equivalent. WalMart? Yes, I can see the headlines now. WalMart shopper gunned down as fight erupts over the last shopping cart. NOT! I have faith that our fellow citizens can use a tool like a gun just as badly as a car, chainsaw, of hammer. I think that John Lott is correct. His statement about the benefit of the Concealed Carry was something like “ALL citizens are protected even if only a FEW carry concealed. The bad guys can't tell which ones are armed. Hence they will seek other behaviors because being cowards they don't like the odds.” We have some evidence of that because burglars prefer empty houses. I can envision a mugger picking on granny who instructs him in the error of his ways with a .380 in the gut. And this from a Libertarian, who believes in the Non-Aggression Principle. Defense is always allowed. Wasn't there something in the Bible about “let he who doesn't have sword, go buy one”? Peaceful doesn't mean patsy.]


From: "Gerald McCarthy"
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner
Subject: RE: follow-up
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 14:50:04 +0000

In January you published a story about the Manhattan grad who was a firefighter killed in action in a blaze in the Bronx. You also published a contact name and address to send money for a scholarship fund to support his children. Have you any idea how that turned out? My check was cashed, but not acknowledged, and I just wonder if it got to the intended beneficiary.

[JR: Don't have any specific info but let see what we can dig up. ]

Jaspers found web-wise


Source: AuthorHouse

Trust God's True Servants to Lead the People -- Author Seeks to Restore Honor to Organized Religions Tarnished by Deviant Leadership

COLONIA, N.J., June 9, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Unscrupulous evangelists and predatory priests have shamed Protestant and Catholic leadership and promoted mistrust among their faithful. Restoring Honor to an Honorable Vocation (now available through AuthorHouse) by Dieuner Joseph critically addresses the churches' guilt while encouraging members of the religious community to maintain strong spirituality.

"This is a book about promoting and safeguarding the integrity of the many faithful and committed priests and pastors whose prophetic voices are drowned out by the boisterous and vulgar pandemonium of the priestly charlatans and the Ecclesial imposters that have hijacked many of our churches," Joseph writes.

Restoring Honor to an Honorable Vocation offers readers an honest look at the problem of sexual abuse by priests and pastors and challenges Catholic and Protestant churches to be more proactive in dealing with the issue. From a pastor's point-of-view, Joseph maintains that congregational trust and support must be regained. Religious leaders who display "holier-than-thou" attitudes while shuffling the guilty in and out of parishes to conceal embarrassing truths must hold pedophile priests accountable. As well, he calls to task those Protestant pastors who have used their vocation as a ticket to fame and fortune.

In this concise and powerful book, Joseph raises an important challenge for members of all denominations to unite in an effort to protect the sanctity and legitimacy of their church as an advocate for peace, justice and spiritual transformation. On a more technical and theological level, Restoring Honor to an Honorable Vocation carefully examines the responsibilities and duties of pastoral ministry and calls for restitution for abuse victims.

An open challenge to priests and pastors to honor their vocation by living with integrity and ministering with "spiritual excellence and professionalism," Restoring Honor to an Honorable Vocation advocates the goodness and worth of all religious communities.

Joseph is the founder and senior pastor of Imani Temple Baptist Church in Elizabeth, N.J. He earned a bachelor's degree in religious study from Manhattan College, and Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. A licensed teacher and an ordained Baptist pastor with more than 10 years of experience in pastoral ministry, Joseph is a member of the National Religion Honor Society (Theta Kappa Alpha) and the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society (Alpha Mu Gamma). He is married with two children.


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[MCdb: 1990 ]


David Matthews Jun 9, 4:05 pm show options

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From: "David Matthews" <> - Find messages by this author

Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2005 20:05:21 GMT

Local: Thurs,Jun 9 2005 4:05 pm

Subject: Re: most memorable big dumb strong guy in movie?

nanwynnfan <> wrote in article

> I agree with FRAJM's choice of Mike Mazurki, a talented character actor
> with a long career and impressive resume.
> Mazurki ["they call me Moose on account of i'm large"] had one of the
> highest academic averages achieved at Manhattan College. During the
> early days of World War II, Mazurki, an accomplished college wrestler,
> barnstormed im wrestling exhibitions and raised over $2million in War
> Bond sales.

He also had a Bachelor of Arts degree. I saw him in person once. While filming "Night in the City" on location in London he used to drop into the Twentieth Century Fox offices during breaks in the filming and flirt with the girls there. A very nice man.

Dave in Toronto

[JR: Flirt with the girls. A Jasper! Hard to believe. Seriously, we have no idea how our “good works” are remembered. It doesn't matter if the recollections are accurate, I have no idea if they are. Perception is reality. Here's a Jasper's influence long after he's gone to his reward. Seems like good works are timeless. ]

[MCdb: 1930 ]

MC mentioned web-wise


Seventh Consecutive Year of Support; The Hartford Awards $362,000 in Scholarships to City High School Seniors

Summer Employment, Mentoring Part of Four-year Financial Package

HARTFORD, Conn., June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hard work, determination, and good grades have paid off for 19 city of Hartford high school seniors. Their dreams of a college education will soon come true, due in part to $362,000 in four-year scholarships from The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG)

Recipients of the company's two annual college scholarship programs – the Alliance for Academic Achievement Scholarship and the STAG Leadership Scholarship -- are being honored today at a ceremony at The Hartford's world headquarters. The scholarship winners typically rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

"These scholarships are designed to provide exceptional students with the financial, academic and emotional support they need to thrive at a world-class college and then start a professional career," said The Hartford's Chairman and CEO Ramani Ayer. "We at The Hartford are proud to help these students make their dream of a college degree a reality."

Fifteen college-bound seniors were awarded the Alliance scholarship, which offers $5,000 in financial aid annually. Three seniors have received the STAG Leadership scholarship, which provides $3,500 in financial aid annually. Both scholarship programs provide four years of financial aid, summer employment, mentoring and life skills courses.

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The 2005 STAG Leadership Scholarship winners are <<extraneous deleted>> and Onika Quinn, a student at Weaver High School who matriculates to Manhattan College.

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The Alliance for Academic Achievement and STAG Leadership scholarships are among the many components of The Hartford's long-term commitment to help thecity of Hartford develop a world-class education system for its residents. As part of its focus on public K-12 education, The Hartford has partnerships with the schools in its Asylum Hill neighborhood -- West Middle Elementary School, Quirk Middle School and Hartford Public High School -- with the strategic goal of helping ensure that by the year 2010 all city high school graduates are academically prepared for college. In 2004 The Hartford contributed more than $2 million to programs that support local public education.

The Hartford is one of the nation's largest financial services and insurance companies, with 2004 revenues of $22.7 billion. The company is a leading provider of investment products, life insurance and group benefits; automobile and homeowners products; and business property-casualty insurance.

The Hartford's Internet address is

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SOURCE The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Web Site:



Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

Charity, Aid, Development and 'Disaster Capitalism'

by Charles H. Featherstone

June 11, 2005

Charles H. Featherstone [send him mail] is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist specializing in energy, the Middle East, and Islam. He lives with his wife Jennifer in Alexandria, Virginia.

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"Privatization," especially as it is practiced by Western aid agencies and governments when they "help" in the Third World, is not the same thing as creating private property. It's not even close, and we should never, ever be misled by the language. Near as I can tell, it would be fair to call much of it the international equivalent of using eminent domain to condemn property for "highest, best use," and then hand it over to someone who can generate the most "tax revenue." Klein notes that in the wake of the Sumatra tsunami, the Indonesian government passed laws preventing people from rebuilding their oceanfront homes. People are, instead, being forcibly relocated to military cantonment-like villages inland. "The coast is not being rebuilt as it was – dotted with fishing villages and beaches strewn with handmade nets," Klein writes. "Instead, governments, corporations and foreign donors are teaming up to rebuild it as they would like it to be: the beaches as playgrounds for tourists, the oceans as watery mines for corporate fishing fleets, both services by privatized airports and highways built on borrowed money."

So of course these projects and their managers aren't involving the locals – the people they supposedly are out to help – in this process. Because the locals are simply in the way of the plan. Those small farmers, fisherman, merchants, traders – real capitalists all, as opposed to the phony capitalism of the businessman with the government contract – are the somewhere that needs to be demolished in order to create the perfect nowhere.

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But what we can remember is that government aid is a bad thing all of the time and should never be encouraged, supported or endorsed. To put things in religious terms (which some of you may appreciate and others may not), Caesar is not capable, under any circumstances or in any conditions, of performing an act mercy or an act of charity. And we should never ask Caesar, on our behalf, to do anything we consider merciful or charitable. We abdicate our moral responsibility when we do so. We must remember what government is, the power to compel with impunity, and that it is never charity to compel one person to give to another. It does not matter how rich the person who's getting their pockets picked is, in either absolute or relative terms, where there is theft – and taxation is theft – there can be no charity. And there can be no mercy.

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Men and women do not need to be managed in order to survive and prosper. If there is a bad idea that plagues our civilization, it is this one. Men will work without the threat of the lash at their backs and will fashion their livelihoods with their own hands without someone else cruelly dangling the carrot before their eyes. The Timorese knew how to rebuild their country, but the UN wouldn't let them. Iraqis could teach most of us a thing or two about trade and commerce, yet arrogant and cruel US Army officers demolish "illegal" businesses, close unlicensed shops and insist that somehow commerce can't take place unless it has a chamber to first organize it. The coast-dwellers of Sumatra and Sri Lanka could quickly and cheaply rebuild their homes and get back to work fishing and farming, to providing for themselves, but their own government – backed by the weight of the entire world – won't let them, ostensibly for "their own good."

So many of those former coast dwellers will sit in new "homes" and will be hard-pressed to find or make work. They will fester, government-mandated injustice heaped upon a brutal act of nature. There will be trouble in the future from all this, you just watch.

Finally, we need to remember that most human beings want to live somewhere – a town, a village, a great big city of districts and neighborhoods, all bustling with chaotic life. Few people I have ever met, not even paper-writing, computer-tapping, overeducated planners, want to live nowhere. No matter how beautiful.

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It is interesting to see the politicians fall all over themselves to give away our money. Why they are so charitable, they tell us we should be proud. We should be ashamed of what is done to our fellow humans in our name's, with our stolen money, when we have other things that we should be fixing. When we allow the government to be “charitable” for us, we ensure several things: waste, corruption, inefficiency, and (IMHO the worst consequence) unintended consequences. I don't give voluntarily to “charities” that behave this way. That's one reason why I dislike the government in the charity business(i.e., US taxpayers are robbed), the United Way extortion at work (i.e., employees are forced to subsidized their employer's pride and pay United Way execs big bucks in the process), and most of the organized “Big Charity” rip offs like the March of Dimes (i.e., ever seen a “Big Charity” go out of business other than when the donations stop coming in like when we cured polio?).

No, we are stupid to permit this to go on. The famous story about Davy Crockett and the Congress giving charity should be required reading.

It's my fervent belief that all these chockens will come home to roost one day and the feathers and guano all over us will not be pleasant.

And that’s the last word.