Sunday 18 September 2005

Dear Jaspers,

706  are active on the Distribute site.

This month, we had 182 views on 9/8 and 5,293 over the last month. I happened to check Google and Yahoo search and both are returning Jasper Jottings in the first page of results.


This issue is at:

Which is another way of saying


I have gmail invites for anyone who wants them. They have some interesting uses.




Monday, September 19th, 2005
5th Annual JKO Golf Classic


The weekend of September 23, 24 and 25
Manhattan College Businessmen's retreat
Cardinal Spellman Retreat House in Riverdale


Thursday, September 29, 2005, 7 - 10 pm
Latino Alumni Club Recognition Awards Celebration
Location: Thomas Hall/Faculty Dinning


October 10th - Columbus Day Golf Classic *New Venue*

October 12th - Career Fair October 13th & Philadelphia Club Networking Reception

October 21st - Manhattan Madness

October 26th - Westchester/Putnam Basketball Preview

October 27th - SW Florida Club Golf Outing

October 30th - Alumni Brunch at Open House


November 2nd - New York City Club Fall Networking Reception

November 5th - Broderick Scholarship Dinner

November 16th - Treasure Coast Club Luncheon

November 18th - Miami Club Luncheon


December 3rd - Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

December 10th - Gulf Coast Club Christmas Dinner




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.


Any Jaspers in NOLA, or any of the impacted areas?



“It is no wonder that an institution that has learned to thrive on its own crimes spends billions upon billions in taxpayer dollars but can't build a reliable space shuttle, educate its children, fend off a few extremists with an agenda, or maintain its levees.”

Lew Rockwell; Libertarian;




September 13, 2005
Evacuee got to Baton Rouge on his own 2 feet

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BATON ROUGE — While tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors were in New Orleans waiting for help, George Stewart, an ex-Marine, said he set out on his own.

Before Katrina slammed New Orleans, his wife, Joyce, 55, and her sister Jennifer Larche, 54, fled the storm. But Stewart, 57, who waited until he could wait no more, walked from New Orleans to Baton Rouge — approximately 85 miles — on La. Highway 61 South, better known as Airline Highway.

"I had rode out storms before, but you couldn't ride this boy out," he said. "I put left in front of right and thank God I made it," Stewart said. "I had to make it, it wasn't no option. My instinct kicked in from military experience. It told me when you're in enemy territory, you keep moving until you feel safe."

<extraneous deleted>

"I didn't feel safe there," Stewart said. "It had too many people to die out there. If it wasn't for my military experience, I wouldn't have made it."

He said he walked through knee-deep filthy water as he left his home in the 7th Ward. All he had was $15, the clothes on his back and a backpack with a similar ensemble of what he was wearing.

Along the way he said he picked up three rides, shaving off only about 20 miles of his journey. He said a good Samaritan gave him one ride and he received the other two from police officers.

Two days later, he was at Southern University.

More than 30 years later, Stewart is alone again. But he hopes not for long. He wants to find his wife and sister-in-law. As far as he knows, they could both be as close as Baton Rouge or as far as Atlanta.

<extraneous deleted>

Stewart does not want to make anything of his journey. He said, right now his biggest need is money.

"One hundred dollars can carry me for a month," he said. "I eat once a day, military style."

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Instead of everyone waiting around for a ride, how about the young able body individuals using “shanks mare” and get themselves out.  I think about my now deceased paternal grandmother, who as a 14 year old new bride just off the boat from Germany (married on the docks by her family), traveled the Oregon Trail with her “worldly” sixteen year old husband. She’d say “well, you have to do things yourself!”.

It seems like the Mayor, the Governor, the Government Employees let everyone down. But in actuality, we have let ourselves down. We have allowed decades of softening to sap us of our abilities. We were a pioneer people. Our forefathers would be ashamed of us.

I read one story where a kid, stole a school bus, and drove 40 or so refugees from NOLA to Houston. I saw pictures of a fleet of school buses underwater. I heard stories of FEMA rejecting private rescue boats for “insufficient number of “flotation devices”; thus letting people drown! I heard stories of people stepping over the old and the infirm to get themselves on a bus.

Now I’m sure that there are lots of people who could NOT make an 85 mile hike. Me included!  But I am just as sure that our forefathers would have been better in this situation. 

This fellow’s achievement just underscores what we as a society could do if we had our forefather’s grit.


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








Messages from Headquarters (like MC Press Releases)


















Email From Jaspers



Jaspers found web-wise



MC mentioned web-wise







Kiefer, George W.



Nason, John

Obit1  (class collector?)


Tunny, James C. jr.



McEneney, Mike

Obit1  (reporter)


Pratt, Charles



Lombardi, Richard J.



DiMartino, Joseph S.



Dugan, Tom



Troy, Denis



Britz, Robert G.



Bucci, George



Coppo, Joe



Fay, John



Pellettieri, Gina M.



Desalvo, Stephen









Britz, Robert G.



Bucci, George



Coppo, Joe



Desalvo, Stephen



DiMartino, Joseph S.



Dugan, Tom



Fay, John



Kiefer, George W.



Lombardi, Richard J.



McEneney, Mike

Obit1  (reporter)


Nason, John

Obit1  (class collector?)


Pellettieri, Gina M.



Pratt, Charles



Troy, Denis



Tunny, James C. jr.




[Messages from Headquarters

(Manhattan College Press Releases & Stuff)]

*** Headquarters1 ***

From: Manhattan College [Stephen.desalvo]
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 3:45 PM
Subject: Manhattan College - Fall Events Schedule

Manhattan College Alumni Society
Upcoming Fall Events

September 12th - Kevin J. Frawley Memorial Golf Outing
September 19th -  James K. O'Neill Memorial Golf Outing
September 23rd-25th - Alumni Businessmen's Retreat
September 29th -  Latino Alumni Club Recognition Awards Dinner
October 10th - Columbus Day Golf Classic *New Venue*
October 12th - Career Fair October 13th & Philadelphia Club Networking Reception
October 21st - Manhattan Madness
October 26th - Westchester/Putnam Basketball Preview
October 27th - SW Florida Club Golf Outing
October 30th - Alumni Brunch at Open House
November 2nd - New York City Club Fall Networking Reception
November 5th - Broderick Scholarship Dinner
November 16th - Treasure Coast Club Luncheon
November 18th - Miami Club Luncheon
December 3rd - Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner
December 10th - Gulf Coast Club Christmas Dinner

Check the Alumni E-Newsletter page for more information about some of these upcoming events in the near future!




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Palmyra Cares plans to honor local resident

By TODD MCHALE Burlington County Times

PALMYRA - In the 1950s, Charles Pratt put the borough on the national athletic stage.

Pratt won the national decathlon title in 1957, and that victory led to the American Athletic Union hosting its national championship at the Palmyra High School track a year later.

Back then, it was tradition for the national track meet to be held in the hometown of the previous year's champion.

"When I was in California in 1957 and I won (the championship), I didn't think they would have it in Palmyra," Pratt said. "It was such a big event. I didn't think they would be able to do it."

However, despite the school's small, four-lane cinder track, athletes from across the nation and one from China made their way to Palmyra in 1958 to compete in the championship.

"To me it was just a big party to see all these people come to Palmyra," Pratt said.

Tomorrow, nearly 50 years later, Palmyra Cares, a local community service organization, plans to honor Pratt during its second annual West End Information and Awareness Block Party.

"In keeping with the theme of last year's block party..., we wanted to honor one of the borough's most historical figures," said Vanessa Flournoy, vice president of the organization.

Organizers said tomorrow's block party will be held at Front and Arch streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pratt, 72, now lives in Evesham, but still has family and other strong ties to the borough.

Pratt won five state championships while he was a student at Palmyra High School, where he graduated in 1951. He then went on to win four titles at Manhattan College. In 1955, he won the NCAA championship in the low hurdles and also won two national (AAU) titles in the low hurdles.

The Palmyra Historical and Cultural Society plans to have memorabilia of Pratt's days in high school on display.

Proceeds from the food sales will benefit the Triboro Veterans Association. This year marks the 50th anniversary for the veterans group, which has members from Palmyra, Cinnaminson and Riverton.

The historical society also plans to kick off its oral history project at the party. Members will videotape some residents reminiscing about the "good old days."

In addition to honoring Pratt, organizers plan to recognize Marva Jones for her many years of community work on behalf of the town's youth and senior citizens. Both will be presented with proclamations.

Pratt said he's received many honors over the years, but there's nothing that compares to the recognition from his hometown.

"I always took great pride in coming from Palmyra," Pratt said. "The people there have always supported me..., and maybe this night might inspire someone else to (pursue their) dreams."

September 9, 2005 8:17 AM

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

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From: Mike McEneney [1953]
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:53 PM
To: John Reinke
Cc: John Nason
Subject: OBIT

Dear John,

          While in Albany yesterday I saw a obituary in the Times Union for James C. Tunny, Jr, Class of 1952. I have a copy if you need it.

                May he Rest In Peace,

[JR:  Thanks, Mike. ]


The Times Union (Albany, New York)
September 12, 2005 Monday

COLONIE -- James C. Red Tunny Jr., died suddenly Friday, September 9, 2005 at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Albany, he was the son of the late James C. and Irene Erwin Tunny. Mr. Tunny was a graduate of St. Patrick's Grammar School in Albany and Christian Brothers Academy, class of 1948. He earned his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College in 1952 and later a master's degree from Siena College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.

He retired from the NYS Department of Health as director of the Bureau of Health Care Standards for long term care. In the late 1950s, Mr. Tunny was chosen as an epidemiologist for Harvard University conducting auto accident research for the federal government. He most recently served as a private consultant for nursing home standards and volunteered as a mental health ombundsman. Jim was a gifted artist and avid bowler. In 1998, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Christian Brothers Academy. Among his many athletic accomplishments at CBA, he is most remembered for quarterbacking the 1947 varsity football game against Albany High School and tossing the game-ending touchdown pass to John Boice to win that contest 6-0!

He was the beloved husband of Anastasia (Tacy) Giftos Tunny; cherished father of Peter Tunny and his wife Kathleen of Colonie, Anne Koutsakis and her husband Stefan of Niskayuna, Megan Kelly and her husband Thom of Colonie and the late James C. Tunny III, who passed away in November of 1992; beloved Irish Papa of Declan Tunny; beloved Papa of Stefan II, Petros and Annaliese Koutsakis, Tommy and Caroline Kelly; brother of Rev. Kenneth Tunny of Schenectady, Gerald Tunny and his wife Barbara of Albany and the late Erwin Tunny; brother-in-law of Winifred Tunny of Albany; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany thence to Holy Family Parish, Albany (formerly St. Patrick's Church) at 10:30 where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Jim's brother, Fr. Kenneth Tunny. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Tuesday 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.

Those wishing to remember Jim and his family in a special way may send a contribution to American Red Cross for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205.


LOAD-DATE: September 12, 2005

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George W. Kiefer: former Hen Hud principal

George W. Kiefer, a long time teacher, coach and principal at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, died September 11 at Hudson Valley Hospital.

He was 91.

He was born January 2, 1914. He was a graduate of Manhattan College and played Minor League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Friedmann Kiefer.

Mr. Kiefer is survived by his daughter, Veronica Kiefer Viggiano, and her husband, Vincent; and his son, George Richard Kiefer, and his wife, Carole Buchner Kiefer, as well as seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He will be waked at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home at 170 Kings Ferry Road in Montrose on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the George W. Kiefer Scholarship Fund, 81 Sleepy Hollow Road, Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877, to benefit students at Hendrick Hudson High School. ast week.)

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[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.]





[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.]




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Newsday (New York)
September 11, 2005 Sunday

A family forever changed by loss;  Each year marks the milestones missed by 'the nicest guy you'll ever meet'



The storm-damaged dock is half-submerged, and the big pontoon party boat is moored offshore in forlorn disuse.

Weeds sprout through cracks in the concrete drive, and off to the side, a swing set rusts.

"This looks like a deserted house now. Sad. Really sad," said Pat Coppo, 53, standing on the long, sloping lawn that leads to the four-bedroom vacation home, white with black shutters.

She and her husband, Joe, bought it in 1987, and until four years ago, the family spent entire summers here, Joe flying up from New York on weekends, or driving up in his Porsche from New Canaan, Conn., to join Pat and the kids.

"Joe so loved it here," Pat said - the sumptuous family barbecues, the horsing around with his brothers-in-law, the tooling around in his riding lawn mower, gripping a beer, smoking a cigar, soaking up the sun in DayGlo fuchsia shorts.

"Truthfully, we haven't been out here much in the last three summers," Pat Coppo said. "It's one of the things that's been ruined the most."

And maybe she'll just have the house torn down (the plumbing is shot, anyway) and build something new, something that doesn't pulse with reminders of Joe, also known as Coach Coppo, Uncle Joe and Joe-the-Bod, a fiercely devoted family man who died on 9/11 and whose self-assured esprit and joie is sorely missed, and celebrated still.

It's been four years since the first hijacked jet slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, where Joseph J. Coppo Jr., 47, worked on the 104th floor as a vice president for municipal bonds at Cantor Fitzgerald. His is one of 2,973 unfinished lives that transfigured 2,973 families, all of whom have toughed their way through the usual familial rites without a spouse, sibling, parent or child.

What follows are glimpses of how the Coppo family has navigated post-9/11 life. John, 17, Matthew, 21, Joseph III, 23, and Kathleen, 26, have gone four years without a dad, Pat without a husband, Mary Anderson without a high-energy brother who, when he visited, "was like the wind coming in the door." Even now, Anderson, of West Islip, catches herself scanning a crowd, looking for Coppo's magnetic 6-foot presence, his playful "Gotcha!" grin. She knows better, of course, but "because they never found Joe, I always look," she said. "It's in my head: 'Maybe ... maybe.'"

Sept. 12, 2001: Matthew turns 18

The first family milestone after 9/11 was his son Matthew's 18th birthday. On Sept. 12.

Pat, suddenly "the parent," daughter Kathleen said, gamely insisted that the family mark the occasion as always, with dinner at a favorite Japanese steakhouse. "I didn't want to go," remembered Matthew, now a junior majoring in classics at Hamilton College in upstate Clinton. "It wasn't a birthday, really. ... It was one of the things we had to force ourselves into. If not, we would have been even more miserable." His family and a few friends took over a private room, crowding around a table arranged in a big square. Undaunted, Pat took pictures.

Remembered Kathleen: "About 20 people went. This whole time, we're all just sitting there. And somebody would say something like, 'Well, Dad's going to come home, and he's going to be so mad because he's not here!'

"And you're sitting there thinking ... 'Where is he? Is he somewhere we can find him?'"

In a way, marking the day was in keeping with the Coach Coppo sports philosophy, intended to carry through to daily life: No matter how bad things get, persevere. Be resilient. "Keep your head up, keep pushing through. ... Don't feel sorry for yourself, ever," Kathleen said. "Rise above it."

Pat evoked the image of her own strong mother, Ginny, who soldiered on when she lost a teenage daughter to leukemia: "You can't not do the things you used to do," Pat said. "My mother taught me that when my sister died, you just pick up and you go on. If you sit there and wallow in it, you're going to go crazy."

Sept. 13, 2001: Jean Coppo's 86th

Joe's mother turned 86 two days after he died.

"It wasn't pretty," recalled Anderson, her daughter. "She wanted nothing to do with anything. She was kind of, like, not a broken soul, but everything was sucked out of her. 'Happy Birthday' was not anything she wanted to hear."

Coppo had been a miracle baby because his mother, Eugenia "Jean" Coppo, spent much of the late 1940s in a tuberculosis sanitarium. Doctors said a second child was out of the question. Then, at 38, she gave birth to Joe. All his life, his sister said, "He was just special. Because he wasn't supposed to be."

On 9/11, her mother was at home in Baldwin, where Coppo grew up. She stared at the televised footage of the planes striking, flames efflorescing, towers imploding. Anderson said, "'Mom, I'm sure people are getting out.' She looked at me. She said, 'Mary, look at that building. Look where that plane hit. What floor was Joe on?'

"She was not a crier. Her thing was, you have to be strong for everybody else. She didn't want anyone to have to worry about her. But it took a major toll. It ate her heart away. She would not leave the house." She died May 26, 2003.

Sept. 22, 2001: Salutes from his children

Eleven days after the attacks, Joe Coppo's children paid tribute to their father, saying the kinds of things they might have said, years later, at a retirement dinner or anniversary party. Before a crowd of about 1,500, Joseph III cited his father's generosity. He said he'd had 19 years "with a man who didn't have many equals. ... I would rather have had my father for five years than another father for 70."

As his eldest child and only daughter, Kathleen had been especially close to Coppo, calling him, she swears, "10 times a day." He learned the rudiments of soccer just so he could coach her as a 6-year-old; he accompanied her on trips to colleges that had recruited her for field hockey. He was, she says, her best friend.

After her tribute, Kathleen played a tape of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," prefaced by the words "This one's for you, Dad." She explained that, sometime before, she had chosen that music for her future wedding, for a moment that now will never take place: her solo dance with her father.

"And right then and there, every man in the audience lost it," an aunt remembered.

At times, thoughts of previous nuptials - her own - invaded Pat's thoughts. That Oct. 9, she and Joe would have been married 25 years. "A big milestone," Pat, a little pensive, said as she sipped from a glass of red wine. She'd been thinking of the anniversary for two years. A big party had been in the works, but no big gifts. None that she knew of, anyway. "Joe's wedding ring didn't fit anymore, and I wanted gold rings. So I said that all I wanted for our 25th anniversary is new rings. Nothing else," Pat said.

When the day came, her kids remembered: "They went out and bought me the ring."

Christmas Eve: Kathleen's birthday

"I spent my entire birthday, that first birthday, crying," Kathleen said, fingering a gold necklace, a Celtic cross, that her father gave her one year. "That was a day we always spent together. I'd go to work with him. It was usually a half-day, and we'd do something after."

At Fairfield College, Kathleen majored in religious studies, though her father had urged her to study business. She'd just started teaching at a small girls school when he died. She finished the year, but that summer took a job with her father's partners, pre-Cantor. In June, she signed on with JP Morgan.

Coppo had been known for mentoring new hires in the subtleties and arcana of Wall Street. One told Kathleen that on his first day at work, her father called, introducing himself as a person who'd once had the same job.

"He said if there was anything he ever needed from my dad, advice, direction, just daily questions, he should never hesitate to call him," Kathleen said. She has since learned this: "It was a typical thing for my dad to do ..."

Autumn 2003: Return to Syracuse

"You can survive an incredible tragedy like this and still live a joyful life," Pat Coppo said. Much of that joy is rooted in her own large family. She is the eldest of 10, and in 2003, Pat moved back to Syracuse, where she grew up and where John, her youngest, is finishing high school.

In New Canaan, "It was like having 'World Trade Center' stamped on your forehead. I used to go grocery shopping out of town just to get away from it," said Pat, sitting at a picnic table at the Skaneateles Country Club. It's where her family's big weekly barbecues now take place.

Before 9/11, the family assembled at the lake house, which itself had been Joe's idea. "My parents always, always, always wanted a place on Skaneateles [Lake]," said Pat, whose late father, Paul, had been head of the department of civil engineering at Syracuse University. But supporting a wife, eight daughters and two sons on a professor's salary made that a distant and unattainable dream.

Enter Joe Coppo, a gifted trader of California bonds. After an especially lucrative year, Coppo told Pat, "'You know, it's making me sad, hearing your parents talk about this all the time.'" He personally scouted available properties, and the one he selected morphed into a family mecca.

There at the country club, Pat's sister Meg remembered:

"This was our routine every Saturday in summer: We'd go to the lake house, get on the party boat. We'd have bottles of wine. The men would have cigars." Sometimes, "We'd go down to the Glenhaven, a tavern that had a bowling machine, and we'd all compete. We'd come back on the boat." There was golf, two-on-two basketball tourneys, whiffleball, sunset cruises and nights of shooting stars. "We'd all go there for dinner."

But not after 9/11.

What will it take for the lake house to resume its status as a family mecca?

"Knocking it down," Pat said evenly. "Probably knocking it down."

2003: Joe Coppo Field

In New Canaan, where he coached dozens, a baseball diamond was renamed Joe Coppo Field. Manhattan College inducted Coppo, class of '75, into its Athletic Hall of Fame. (Though a pitcher, he batted .493). The New Canaan Basketball Association, which Coppo helped found, now features a Joe Coppo Kickoff Tournament.

Yet Pat's favorite salute came from the wife of a New Canaan school custodian. She wrote that her husband came home one day "and told me he had met 'the nicest guy you'll ever meet' during baseball signups." In subsequent encounters, Coppo "showed my husband a lot of respect, something he's not used to in the custodian position." Coppo, she said, "made quite an impression on many people you will never even know about."

"That really was true about Joe," Pat said. "He didn't care who you were or what you did. If you were a good person, you were his friend." With his you-first approach to life, coupled with his knack for making people feel good about themselves, people joked that he should run for Skaneateles mayor. He chatted up bag boys, bartenders, guys who washed golf carts.

Coppo, as the eldest son-in-law, was the undisputed "alpha male" at family gatherings, said brother-in-law Jerry Danaher, who grew up in Lindenhurst. "He didn't have to be the center of attention," another brother-in-law, Mark Zapisek, said, "but everyone gathered around him."

One of Pat's sisters said, wryly, that her husband "literally could not wait until Friday night to come home and come to Skaneateles to hang out with Joe. It was the highlight of the first couple years we were married." Pat Coppo jokes that she always suspected some men married her sisters "just so they could have Joe Coppo for a brother-in-law," the bunch of them anointing themselves "The Leisure Brothers." Typically, they stayed late into the night. "Nobody wanted to leave," Pat said.

February 2005: Matthew goes national

Coppo missed Pat's 50th birthday and son John meeting President George W. Bush and later throwing out the first pitch at a Mets game - and Joe was a serious Mets fan. He missed Matthew's college football debut. And Matthew missed him, remembering how Coppo always stood along the sidelines at high school games, a private coach committing to memory plays and performance for exhaustive post-game analysis.

"I remember thinking there was no chance that he would have not been right there, watching," Matthew said.

Matthew attained a small measure of national fame when he protested a speaking invitation that Hamilton had issued to Ward Churchill, an ethnic studies professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Earlier, Churchill equated what he called "technocrats of empire" working in the World Trade Center to "little Eichmanns," a reference to Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

As Matthew and others saw it, Churchill's presence dishonored his father and others like him. Matthew also objected to his tuition payments going toward Churchill's $3,500 fee. Wire services picked up the story, and Matthew was interviewed, twice, by Bill O'Reilly of Fox News. The invitation was withdrawn.

2005: Outstanding soldier

At a family picnic, there was disagreement about whether Joseph III, a history major at Boston College, would have enlisted in the U.S. Army had his father survived.

Not that it matters.

"He's going at it 150 percent," Pat said with quiet pride, with Joseph III now studying military intelligence analysis in Arizona. At Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he received a Commanding General's Award for Excellence, distinguishing himself as "the most outstanding soldier of Alpha Company" in leadership, physical fitness, warrior spirit and overall knowledge of military subjects.

His mother said, "He set his mind to it, and no matter what we said or did or cried or begged or pleaded, we had to just support him. Which is hard. The thought of losing him ... "

Joseph III himself won't discuss it. In an e-mail, he said, " ... I have decided to stay true to a decision I made four years ago, and decline to go on the record with anything regarding 9/11 ... "

He was able to obtain a pass for this weekend, which he is spending with his family in California at the wedding of a friend's son. It is in keeping with his mother's wish that she and her children spend 9/11 anniversaries together.

"It's been one of the few things that I've asked of them," Pat said. "It helps all of us, and the kids have gotten a lot of comfort out of it."

Missing Uncle Joe

Others may valorize him, but Joe Coppo had his exasperating side. "He remained a kid at heart," said his sister Mary. At Christmas, he'd bring her seven children "the biggest, loudest, most obnoxious toys, drums and gumball machines. We'd have gumballs rolling all over. And the kids loved it. 'Uncle Joe is coming!'"

His niece Marylee Ilchuk, 39, of Bay Shore, missed Coppo just the other day when she needed investment advice. Coppo had a Midas-like knack for picking investments that appreciated, whether it was cases of wine - he was an ardent oenophile - or real estate.

Ilchuk said, "If the Yankees were in the seventh game of the World Series and I wanted tickets, Joe would be the person I'd call. If somebody had a medical crisis, Joe would know somebody who knew the best doctor for that specific thing. It sounds so hokey, but he was the guy everyone wanted on his team, the go-to guy. Your problem was his problem. He made it his business to help."

Like his own father, who ran a small advertising agency, Coppo would hand over the occasional $100 bill or, for a wedding gift, a startlingly large check, along with a quiet admonition: "Don't tell your mother."

A family wedding, and more

In July 2004, Joe Coppo's nephew Bobby Anderson got married. Reading I Corinthians 13, "Love is patient and kind, never jealous or envious ... " had been the job of Coppo's own father, Joseph Sr. After he died in 1978, Coppo took over. For Bobby's nuptials, Coppo's niece Marylee did the reading.

"She prefaced it by talking about Joe, how much they missed Joe, how much he was part of the spirit of the day," Pat said.

Anderson sighed, recalling the moment. As families do, theirs has moved on, "but you never really heal," she said. "If I see a picture, I can't look. He's always there. We refer to him all the time. It's never going to get better in terms of feeling the loss."

Around Feb. 15, the family will celebrate another momentous family event: the birth of Bobby's first child.

If it's a girl, the list of potential names runs into the thousands, Anderson jokes. "Alyssa, Rachel, Nicole, Alexandra, Elizabeth, Natalie ... "

If it's a boy, the list has but a single name.


"There was never any question," Anderson said. "He'll be named after Joe."

Pat Coppo smiled, saying, "Joe would have loved that."

GRAPHIC: 1) PHOTO - On Sept. 7, 2001, the Coppos gathered for a family photo at the 50th anniversary celebration of Pat's parents. In front, John, Pat and Joseph. In back, Joseph III, Matthew and Kathleen. NEWSDAY PHOTOS / JULIA GAINES - 2) Pat Coppo near a memorial to her husband, Joe, and the two other Skaneateles residents who died in the attacks on the Twin Towers. 3) Pat Coppo, whose arm is in a cast because of a fall, with son Matthew earlier this summer. He opposed a speaker at his college because of what some called an insensitive post-9/11 essay. 4) An empty chaise facing Skaneateles Lake doesn't get much use by the Coppo family, nor does the house behind it since Joseph Coppo's death on 9/11. 5) NEWSDAY PHOTO / THOMAS A. FERRARA - Mary Anderson, pictured above holding a photo of her mother, Jean, and Joe Coppo, speaking about her mother's 86th birthday celebration two days after Sept. 11

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*** JNews2 ***

The Journal News (Westchester County, New York)
September 9, 2005 Friday
BYLINE: Gerald McKinstry

3 seek Republican nomination for 2 Town Board seats

Hanchar, Wiley, Troy stress fiscal, development issues

Brian Hanchar, Denis Troy and Andrew Wiley are vying for two Orangetown Town Board seats in the Republican primary Tuesday.

Troy, an incumbent, said his experience with development, recreation and controlling spending warrants voters' support.

Troy said Republican board members pushed for the acquisition of the Rockland Psychiatric Center property, 348 acres that the town purchased in 2002 for $7 million, adding that the project was good for the town because it would address recreation and senior housing needs and generate substantial tax revenue.

"You have to look at the big picture. The key here is that it's all working in parallel," Troy said yesterday. "When the whole thing comes together, we will have taken care of a $15 million environmental liability, a $7 million outlay and some senior citizen and recreational needs."

Troy, a Pearl River resident, said he continued to work on cutting expenses and keeping Orangetown affordable.

"I contend the only way to do that is to stop the double-digit increases in health and retirement contributions," he said. "The only way to do that is through labor negotiations."

Troy cited a plan to build a recreation facility in town as another way he and other board members balanced development with the town's recreation needs.

"They will be paying taxes," Troy said. "We have a private developer who is willing to take care of this expensive recreational need. That's key."

Troy also has said Wiley was unqualified for the position and would not run with him if the two won in the primary.

Wiley said the current board had neglected the town's infrastructure, borrowed too much money, ignored residents' concerns and raised taxes too much.

He said the $22.1 million sewer overhaul being discussed is a product of mismanagement and neglect.

"The problem is that we didn't do it for 10 years," he said. "And we saw tax increases every year."

Wiley said the town should put money away each year for long-term projects and focus on maintaining roads, highways, sewers and its infrastructure, rather than develop ball fields, pools or senior housing.

"If we take care of the basics, people are going to be happy," he said, adding that town goverment's role should be kept at a minimum.

The Pearl River resident has twice called for public votes on town projects and challenged the board's actions on borrowing, including $2.5 million slated for athletic fields and a $12.7 million bond for a pool and community center, which was eventually rejected by voters. His petition against the ball fields was later thrown out by the state Supreme Court on technical grounds.

Wiley took issue with plans to develop RPC because he said it would increase traffic and congestion and strain resources.

"It's definitely going to change the character of the town," Wiley said. "They're not looking at getting the best value for us. ... We have commercial properties that have been vacant for years. What are they doing for those properties?"

If he won the general election, Wiley said, he would require that developers pay more to the town to help repair its infrastructure.

Hanchar said he would like to market Orangetown better, assess the roles of non-police employees and secure more grants and revitalize the hamlets and downtown.

"We're 15 miles north of the George Washington Bridge, it's a great place for businesses from northern New Jersey and New York City to relocate to," he said.

Hanchar, an insurance executive, said his business experience would be an asset to the town by reducing expenses, increasing taxable property and attracting new businesses.

"We need to develop our budgets so that we're not surprised when our infrastructure fails," he said, citing the town's borrowing for sewer repairs and the purchase of maintenance equipment. "I would like to see them pay as they go."

The Tappan resident said he supported development at RPC and would work with local business groups and community boards to revitalize historic districts and downtowns.

"As a town council, we absolutely have to work with the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce to revitalize the downtown," he said. "We have to ensure development is done consistently with existing historic structures."

The two winners in the primary will go on to challenge Democrats Marie Manning and Kieran Quinn in the November election.

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The Troy File

Born: May 31, 1947

Home: 111 Grand Ave., Pearl River

Personal: Married, four children.

Occupation: project manager for major software-implementation project, currently consulting with the county.

Political career: Town Board member since 2000. Served on the county Legislature, 1996-99.

Education: bachelor's in mathematics from Manhattan College; master's of business administration in management information systems and post-master's certificate in finance from Iona College; master's certificate in project management from George Washington University.

Community Service: Member of the Pearl River Little League board since 1980 and served as umpire, coach and manager. Coach for St. Margaret's CYO Basketball program for 10 years Member of Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 3 since 1980.

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*** JNews3 ***

PR Newswire US
September 9, 2005 Friday 5:53 PM GMT
HEADLINE: Sunair Announces the Appointment of Joseph S. DiMartino as a New Independent Director

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sunair Electronics, Inc. (AMEX:SNR) today announced the appointment of a new independent director, Joseph S. DiMartino, to Sunair's Board of Directors, and the resignation of James Laurent from Sunair's Board of Directors, effective September 9, 2005. Sunair's Board of Directors consists of seven directors, three of whom are independent. Mr. Laurent will continue to serve as President of Sunair's wholly owned subsidiary, Sunair Communications, Inc., through which Sunair operates its high frequency single sideband communication business.

Mr. DiMartino, 61, brings substantial financial and operating expertise to Sunair's Board of Directors. Since 1995, Mr. DiMartino has been the Chairman of the Board and a Director of The Dreyfus Family of Mutual Funds in New York City. Mr. DiMartino served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of The Dreyfus Corporation from October 1982 until December 1994. Mr. DiMartino also has served since 1997 as a Director and Chairman of the compensation committee of Century Business Services, Inc., and also serves as a Director of Levcor International, Inc. (formerly Carlyle Industries, Inc.), The Newark Group and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Mr. DiMartino is a 1965 graduate of Manhattan College and attended New York University's Graduate School of Business.

"We are very pleased to welcome Joe to Sunair's Board of Directors," stated Richard C. Rochon, Chairman of Sunair. "His longstanding experience in corporate leadership roles will be invaluable to Sunair as the company continues its growth plan."

Sunair Electronics, Inc., a Florida corporation ("Sunair"), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Middleton Pest Control, Inc., with headquarters located in Orlando, Florida, provides pest control and lawn care services to both residential and commercial customers. Middleton provides essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects to homes and businesses. In addition, Middleton supplies lawn care services to homes and businesses, which includes fertilization treatments and protection against disease, weeds and insects for lawns and shrubs. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Sunair Communications, Inc., Sunair also is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of High Frequency (HF) systems utilized for long- range voice and data communications in fixed station, mobile and marine strategic applications. Since 1956, Sunair has maintained an established presence in domestic and international government and military markets, including the NATO community.

CONTACT: Synnott B. Durham, Treasurer and CFO of Sunair Electronics, +1-954-525-1505

Web site: 

SOURCE Sunair Electronics, Inc.

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*** JNews4 ***

NYSE President Robert G. Britz To Retire at Year End

 September 14, 2005 -  

New York Stock Exchange CEO John A. Thain announced that President and Co-COO Robert G. Britz will retire at year end after more than 33 years of distinguished service to the Exchange.

Mr. Thain, whom Mr. Britz informed several months ago of his intention to retire, said that Mr. Britz deeply deserves the Exchange's gratitude and appreciation for his contributions to the NYSE's success.

"Since I arrived here almost two years ago, Bob has been an invaluable colleague and resource to me as well as our entire management team," said Mr. Thain. "Bob's depth of experience, insight and judgment have helped position the Exchange to maintain its historical leadership position. His leadership and institutional knowledge will be sorely missed by our board, Bob's colleagues and staff, and me."

"It has been a privilege to spend my career with the most important and most successful securities market in the world," Mr. Britz said. "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to that success with my NYSE colleagues over the years. It's been a great 33 1/2 years, and that's enough."

Mr. Britz is a member of the Office of the Chairman as well as the co-chair of the NYSE's Management Committee. Prior to his current position, Mr. Britz was group executive vice president since June 1995.

Mr. Britz's current areas of focus at the NYSE include market operations, technology initiatives, as well as the Exchange's information business. From 1995 to 2005, average daily trading volume on the NYSE has grown from 291 million to 1.6 billion shares per day.

In addition to his duties at the NYSE, Mr. Britz is chairman of the Securities Industry Automation Corp. (SIAC), a technology company that is two-thirds owned by the NYSE, and of its subsidiary, SECTOR, Inc., a provider of managed data-processing services and telecommunications to the financial-services industry.

He joined the NYSE in 1972, and has held various management positions, including managing director of corporate business development, vice president of new listings and client service, and senior vice president and executive vice president of the same division. During his leadership of the listings business, the number of companies listed on the Exchange grew from 1,565 to 2,675.

Mr. Britz received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Manhattan College and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Stanley Works.


From: Google Alerts []
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 6:25 PM
Subject: Google Alert - "manhattan college" -"marymount manhattan college" -"borough of manhattan college"

NYSE President Robert G. Britz To Retire at Year End

Securities Industry News (subscription) - New York,NY,USA

... Mr. Britz received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Manhattan College and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. ...

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*** JNews5 ***

September 14, 2005 04:57 PM US Eastern Timezone

LCC International Adds New Independent Member to Its Board of Directors

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 2005--LCC International, Inc., (NASDAQ:LCCIE) a global leader in wireless voice and data turn-key technical consulting services, announced today that Richard J. Lombardi has joined its Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Lombardi, formerly president of AT&T Government Markets, has over 35 years experience in the telecommunications industry.

Julie A. Dobson, chairman of the LCC Board of Directors said, "We are very pleased to have Dick as a member of our Board of Directors. His extensive knowledge of the telecom sector and strong business background will be a very valuable asset for LCC. Additionally, we look forward to his service on both the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee of LCC."

In addition to having been president of AT&T Government Markets, Mr. Lombardi has been Vice President - AT&T Federal Systems and Vice President - AT&T Southern Region. Mr. Lombardi held other management positions at AT&T and New Jersey Bell and played a major role in the AT&T divestiture. Mr. Lombardi has previously served as a director at NetCom Solutions International, Inc. where he served as the chairman of the audit and operations committees. He served on the executive committee of the Computer & Communications Industry Association including serving one year as its chairman. He is a past member of the board of directors of AFCEA International (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association). Industry honors include having been named "Industry Executive of the Year" by Government Computer News and twice named to Federal Computer Week's "Fed 100". Mr. Lombardi received his BSEE from Manhattan College and his Executive MBA from Columbia University.

About LCC

LCC International, Inc. is a global leader in voice and data design, deployment and management services to the wireless telecommunications industry. Since 1983, LCC has performed technical services for the largest wireless operators in North and South America, Europe, The Middle East, Africa and Asia. The Company has worked with substantially all major access technologies and has participated in the success of some of the largest and most sophisticated wireless systems in the world. Through an integrated set of technical business consulting, training, design, deployment, operations and maintenance services, LCC is unique in its ability to provide comprehensive turnkey services to wireless operators around the world. News and additional information are available at

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LCC International, Inc.
Bob Waldron, 703-873-2266
bob_waldron   @


From: Google Alerts []
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 6:25 PM
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LCC International Adds New Independent Member to Its Board of ...

Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA

... 100". Mr. Lombardi received his BSEE from Manhattan College and his Executive MBA from Columbia University. LCC International, Inc. ...

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*** MNews1 ***

Daily News (New York)
September 11, 2005 Sunday

In response to Hurricane Katrina, Manhattan College in Riverdale is working with students from colleges and universities in the devastated region interested in enrolling on a temporary or permanent basis.

School officials said its admissions office is working with professional organizations to identify displaced students from the New York City metro area that are interested in continuing their studies at Manhattan College this fall.

The independent Catholic coed institution also has reached out to its contacts at Lasallian Catholic high schools in the New Orleans area, informing them that the college is prepared to make late emergency admission provisions for their former students attending institutions in the region.

Call the admissions office at (718) 862-7200.

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*** MNews2 ***

Herald News (Passaic County, NJ)
September 10, 2005 Saturday
All Bergen Editions

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Chris Storms, Prospect Park

Age: 23

Married: No

Children: None

What is your occupation and where do you work? Counselor at the Boys and Girls Club in Garfield; graduate student at Manhattan College

What is your favorite food? Pizza

What are your hobbies? Golf

What makes your town special? It's a diverse town.

What would you change about your town? I'd spread the houses out more.

What would you like your neighbors to know about you? I love working with kids. I work here (at the Boys and Girls Club) and at a teen institute for drug and alcohol prevention.

If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? Take care of my family and retire.

In what state or country were you born? Your parents? Your grandparents? New Jersey and New York

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Reported from The Quadrangle (

Thu, September 15, 2005 Search:   

Top Story 
 Sodexho, Student Activities to Change Rules on Campus Drinking 

 Manhattan College
Chemical Engineering Program Ranked Fifth in Nation 
 Dr. Mary Ann O'Donnell Leaves Dean's Office for the Classroom 

 Manhattan Welcomes New Professors 
 Experiences of a Semester at Sea 
 Freshman Class Upbeat About Manhattan 
 Activities Fair Arrives to Warm Reception 


Lady Jaspers Beat Wofford, Lose to American 





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
9/18/05 Sunday M. Soccer   Maine   Orone, ME   1:30 PM
9/20/05 Tuesday Golf   Saint Peter's, Monmouth, Wagner   West Orange, NJ   2:00 PM
9/21/05 Wednesday Volleyball   Wagner   Staten Island, NY   8:00 PM
9/23/05 Friday Volleyball   Santa Clara&   Providence, RI   1:00 PM
9/23/05 Friday Golf   Yeshiva   White Plains, NY   2:30 PM
9/23/05 Friday Volleyball   Stony Brook&   Providence, RI   4:00 PM
9/23/05 Friday W. Soccer   Marist*   Poughkeepsie, NY   7:00 PM
9/24/05 Saturday Cross Country   Iona Meet of Champions   HOME   10:00 AM
9/24/05 Saturday Volleyball   Brown&   Providence, RI   1:00 PM
9/24/05 Saturday M. Soccer   Quinnipiac   Hamden, CT   1:00 PM
9/25/05 Sunday W. Soccer   Siena*   Loudonville, NY   1:00 PM
9/27/05 Tuesday Volleyball   Army   West Point, NY   7:00 PM
9/28/05 Wednesday M. Soccer   Georgetown   Washington, DC   3:00 PM
9/30/05 Friday Volleyball   Maryland-Eastern Shore@   Princess Anne, MD   TBA 
9/30/05 Friday W. Soccer   Iona*   HOME   3:00 PM


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


Sports from College (

*** MCSports Summary ***


New Britain, Conn. (September 16, 2005)- Today's scheduled men's soccer game between Manhattan College and Central Connecticut has been postponed due to weather and poor field conditions on the Central Connecticut campus. The game will now be played on Tuesday, September 20 at 3:30 p.m. at CCSU. The Jaspers will return to action on Sunday, September 18, traveling to Orono, Maine to take on the University of Maine. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.



New York, N.Y. (September 14, 2005)- In a game that saw a 50 minute delay due to lightning in the area, Columbia's Meghan Hurlbut scored the game's first goal and added the assist on the game-winner, as the Lions defeated Manhattan, 2-1, tonight at Columbia Soccer Stadium. The loss snaps the Lady Jaspers' four game unbeaten streak, the program's longest since the 1999 season. Manhattan falls to 3-3-1, while Columbia improves to 2-2-1.



Riverdale, N.Y. (September 14, 2005)--Several current and former Manhattan College baseball players took to the field this past summer in collegiate summer leagues and professional baseball. In all, 13 current Jasper players, seven of which are pitchers, participated in collegiate summer leagues.



West Orange, N.J. (September 13, 2005)- Manhattan avenged its season opening dual match loss by besting Saint Peter's, but the Jaspers placed third behind FDU and LaSalle yesterday in a quad match at The Rock Spring Golf Club. Adam Minbiole paced the Jaspers, carding a round of 81 to place in a tie for fifth.



Riverdale, N.Y. (September 12, 2005)- Senior Suzanne Graham was named MAAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced today by the conference office. This marks the first time Graham has been honored by the conference with a weekly award.




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!]


*** OtherSports1 ***

Brown Daily Herald via U-Wire
September 13, 2005 Tuesday
HEADLINE: Brown volleyball squad improves at UConn
BYLINE: By Madeleine Marecki, Brown Daily Herald; SOURCE: Brown U.

The volleyball team opened its season with four losses in the University of Connecticut Tournament. Brown fell 3-0 to both the University of New Hampshire and UConn on Friday, and lost 3-1 to Manhattan College and 3-0 to Seton Hall University on Saturday. Despite the seemingly lopsided results, the Bears became stronger throughout the tournament, improving both their statistical performance and team cohesiveness.

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*** OtherSports2 ***

The Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
September 11, 2005 Sunday
All Editions


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At Smithfield

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At Storrs, Conn.

Manhattan College def. Brown, 27-30, 30-24, 30-21, 30-17. Records -- B 0-3; M 2-3.
Seton Hall University def. Brown, 30-23, 32-30, 30-26. Records -- SHU 4-4; B 0-4.

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*** OtherSports3 ***

Chicago Daily Herald
September 9, 2005 Friday
Lake Edition; Cook Edition
HEADLINE: Prospect's Baker picks EIU
BYLINE: John Leusch, Daily Herald Sports Writer

Senior Marie Baker, one of the most prolific rebounders in Prospect girls basketball history, has made a verbal commitment to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Baker, who ranks No. 2 on Prospect's all-time list with 631 rebounds, becomes the second player from the program to earn a Division I scholarship in three years.

Gabrielle Cottrell is currently a sophomore playing for Manhattan College. Cottrell and Baker have also played for coach Derril Kipp's Illinois Hustle during the high school off-season.

Baker got a chance to play on her future campus when the Knights participated in the Eastern Illinois girls basketball camp this past summer.

"I think playing there this summer gave Marie a chance to see the school and meet the coaches and that really helped sway her decision," said Prospect coach Mike Nocella. "I think Eastern Illinois, with the conference it plays in and the players it has, is a very good fit for Marie. I think she'll respond very well."

Baker ranks 12th on Prospect's all-time scoring list with 752. Last season, she scored 373 points.

She is a two-time all-conference selection in the Mid-Suburban League and was a Daily Herald all-area selection last winter.

"Marie has improved tremendously since her freshman year," Nocella said. "She came in with a lot of tools at 6-foot, and now she is a solid 6-2. Every year her stats have improved and I see no reason they can't again this season.

"I'm kind of glad she has her college decision out of the way and can just have fun and play basketball her senior year."

Baker had a handful of Division I schools to choose from.

"I think being as close to home as the school is was also a factor," Nocella said. "Eastern had been after Marie since last year. I'm just glad to see her going to an lllinois school, and seeing people from Illinois recruiting in our area."

Baker will become teammates at Eastern with Megan Edwards, a freshman currently on the squad and last year's Daily Herald All- Area honorary captain.

GRAPHIC: Marie Baker

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*** OtherSports4 ***

University Wire
September 8, 2005 Thursday
HEADLINE: BU women set to defend conference
BYLINE: By David Riggs, The Daily Free Press; SOURCE: Boston U.

It's nothing unusual, really. Plan for the weather to cool in mid-October. Plan for the Sox and Yankees to battle for the pennant. And plan for the Boston University women's cross country team to dominate another season.

America East Coach of the Year Bruce Lehane has a slew of talented runners returning from his 2004 defending America East and New England championship teams, including conference individual champion and team MVP Victoria Botticelli. The senior won the 5K run with a time of 17:22.50, almost 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Leonora Joy of Stony Brook University.

Botticelli's outstanding performance gave her the sixth-fastest time in America East Conference championship history, which dates back to 1988. Other notable finishes for the Terriers came from juniors Abbey Sadowski and Marisa Ryan at third (17:35.10) and fifth place (17:38.80), respectively.

Botticelli was the individual champion for the conference, but several other runners also won individual events last year. Sophomore Christine Laakso won the America East outdoor 5,000-meter run and Ryan took first place in the America East 3,000-meter indoor run. Ryan also set the BU record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:43.00 during the Duke Invitational this past spring season.

Sophomore Andrea Walkonen excelled last year as a freshman, placing second in the New England championship with a time of 17:23.00 to guide BU to victory. She finished just one second behind individual champion Lindsey Scherf of Harvard University. Walkonen is also among the best underclassmen in the outdoor 10K.

"She ran 33:56 for 10K outdoors, which was the second best time in the United States for a junior [defined as someone born in 1986 or later]," Lehane said.

Unfortunately for the Terriers, Walkonen will not be able to compete in BU's first meet of the season due to a shin injury, but should return for the team's next meet. The Terriers will host Harvard University, Northeastern University and the University of Rhode Island Friday in a Quad Meet held at noon at Boston's Franklin Park.

While Walkonen is out for the first meet of the season, senior captain Jessica Iannacci is returning after losing all of last season to an injury.

Iannacci was the team MVP in both 2002 and 2003 and is looking to return to form this season. In the 2003 New England Championships, she placed atop the Terrier team and finished No. 18 overall at 18:20. She was also one of three BU runners in the top 100 at the 2003 NCAA Regionals with a time of 22:20.

The Terriers' success last season gives them the chance to compete in a non-regional meet this year, and Lehane expects similar results this season from his women's team. They will travel to St. Paul, Minn., for the Griak Invitational later this month, and a strong performance could boost the team's national stature.

"We are looking to repeat as conference champions this year," Lehane said. "That is our first goal as a conference favorite. Our second goal is to try and get to the NCAAs."

While the women are looking for a trip to the NCAA Tournament, the men's team is trying to establish itself as a dominant force in the America East. The men finished in sixth place at the conference championships last season and are hoping to finish in the top three this year.

"The men have worked hard to improve this year," Lehane said. "I am looking at the season in terms of getting people to perform to their potential."

The men's best performance last season came in the opener, where they placed second, ahead of rival Northeastern and behind Manhattan College. Then-junior Mike Fisher came in fifth with a time of 26:51.00. Fisher is now a team captain, along with fellow senior Phil Putis.

At the conference championship, junior Phil Shaw led the Terriers with a 22nd-place finish at 25:40.10. Shaw returns as a key runner for the Terriers this season, along with fellow junior Dan Seickiewicz and sophomore Jacob Laroe. Laroe did well in his first year at the conference championship last season, finishing in 32nd place at 26:13.40.

Like the women, the men's first meet of the season is Friday's Quad Meet, where they will compete against Harvard and Northeastern. This meet will be first opportunity for freshmen Phil Griffin and Tom McLean, the only two freshmen in BU's cross country program this season.

"The first meet will give us a sense of where we are at for the men," Lehane said. "As an opener, we'll be trying to get as many of those guys near the low 26-minute mark as possible. We tend to focus on the back end of the season, however. This meet is to see the competition."

(C) 2005 The Daily Free Press via U-WIRE

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*** Email01 ***

Deleted, include due to CIC Reinke’s error.


*** Email02 ***

From: Tom Dugan '66
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:40 PM

Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] This issue is at: http://www.jasperjottings....

Glad to be back. I was knocked off last week and had to search Google to find you. Tom Dugan '66

[JR:  I’m glad you’re back. I’ve been “lazy” about recruiting. So I can’t afford any losses. If you do a “Jasper Jottings” search on Yahoo, the Distribute group comes up on the first page last time I checked.]


*** Email03 ***

From: Gina M. Pellettieri [1994]
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:41 AM
Subject: FW: Save the Date: Hurricane Katrina Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser

hi John,

Please help us spread the word about this event to the Manhattan College Alumni community.  Thanks.


Gina M. Pellettieri
Attorney at Law & Trained Mediator
Williston Park
, NY

Individual Development VP
Long Island Junior Chamber 

 [JR:  I tried! ]


From: "Gina M. Pellettieri"
Subject: Save the Date: Hurricane Katrina Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 08:30:58 -0700 (PDT)

This is a fundraising event, so please pass this along to every contact in your address book.  The more people who attend, the more money we raise for the victims of Katrina...

Join us at the

1st Annual
LIJC Chili Cook-Off
to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Help us determine who makes best chili on Long Island & raise money for a good cause!!!  Part of the money raised will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. 

Join us and our sponsor Coors for a day filled with fun, great food, and   

 - Free chili samples
 - Live Entertainment
 - Massages from our Sponsor Elizabeth Arden Red Door
 - Face Painting for the kids
 - "Mini" Speeddating events hosted by

       Sunday, September 25, 2005    2-6pm
       Elks Lodge 901 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park. 
       Admission: $5 Adults; $3 Children



*** Email04 ***

From: John Fay '86
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:57 AM
Subject: Katrina


Just read Curmudgeon's last word on this week's Jottings about Katrina and the government. Like most Americans I watched with horror as events unfolded in New Orleans. Government, at all levels, looked inept.

However, I think his (her?) third point is not quite accurate. Yes, they were searching people going into the Superdome, but they didn't leave them defenseless and alone. That's what happened at the Convention Center, where there was no searching. In the 'Dome, there were 100 police officers and more than 300 members of the National Guard. In the Convention Center - where there were, apparently, rapes and murders - there were 80 police officers, but they were overwhelmed and withdrew a few times.

I'm also not sure what he would have them do with the dogs when the people were being bused to the shelter. I'm not a huge fan of government either, but there are times when practical is practical. If I were going to such a place, the last thing I'd want on the bus or in the shelter was an animal. I am by no means a dog lover, I spent too many years delivering newspapers in the dark being chased by yelping mutts to have any affection for them. Comparing those who organized the buses and shelters with the Nazis and the concentration camps is over the top nonsense.

John Fay '86

[JR:  For the record, C is male. Graduating back in the dark ages when MC was a male only place, his current employment prevents his identification. I have been sworn to secrecy and am on “double secret probation” (Name that movie?) about the identity. Hey if the gong show can have the unknown comic, I can have the Curmudgeon!]

[JR:  Factually, there were reports of violent crimes at all three venues.  I didn’t keep the URLs as they were rolling thru. But, I’m sure google cached them all. ]

[JR:  Opinion-wise, government didn’t just look inept; it was inept.  Inept is when I try and run an alumni ezine. Or, juggle. Or, be a good fellow. I go equally crazy when people use the word “mistake”. A mistake is when I put ketchup on my hot dog. No big deal. Government’s conduct was inept exponentiated. No, I say the conduct of government was … … criminal. It promised people security and didn’t deliver. It said take shelter at the Superdome and then just ignored it. Worse than that, government employees, for reasons we can only speculate on, actively prevented these people from rescue, succor, or decent treatment.  (Private boats barred from the NOLA area as unsafe; WalMart’s trucks turned back and Budwiser’sBudwater” rejected; Red Cross denied access to the flood zone as “too dangerous”) Free Talk Live, my favorite podcast, speculates that the government’s motivation drives this behavior. They can’t let anyone else look good doing something that they could do, should be doing, or might want to do. It’s all about the credit. I happen to agree with Curmudgeon that the Superdome and the Astrodome looked and felt more like a concentration camp than a rescue shelter. Over the top? No, I don’t think so. Well maybe just a tad. The camps were INTENDED to kill people; the Super / Astro – dome just had a few deaths more as a side-effect. The treatment of our fellow citizens had a lot of similarity. I would hope that everyone is just OUTRAGED by the events, not Curmudgeon’s characterization. ]




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Issue date: 09.15.2005
Boone takes his game overseas
NIT all stars sweep European tour
by Steven Higashide
Sports Editor

Over the summer, junior men's basketball player Jason Boone traveled across the pond, but it wasn't your typical Euro trip. His memories include sightseeing, the London nightlife and dunking on European all-stars.

Boone traveled to England and Ireland as part of the National Invitation Tournament All-Stars, a touring team composed of college basketball players that played seven games against European professional and junior national teams.

Boone was named to the 10-player team on June 1. Other members of the team included Marquette University senior forward Steve Novak and St. John's University sophomore forward Lamont Hamilton.

As a member of the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association, which sponsors the NIT All-Star tour, NYU had the ability to nominate one of its own players for the team, according to Christopher Bledsoe, the director of athletics. Final roster decisions were made by MIBA Executive Director Jack Powers, Bledsoe said.

Boone was the only player on the team not from a Division-I school, but he didn't feel out of place.

"At first I thought I'd be heading in there with a chip on my shoulder or something to prove," Boone said, "but shortly into the first practice I realized ... that I could play with these guys and everything was fine."

The All-Stars were coached by George Bucci, who starred at Manhattan College and in the Italian professional league in the 1970s and '80s. Bucci worked to create an atmosphere of fairness, Boone said.

"He told us to check our egos at the door and just play ball," Boone said. "Coach subbed us in every five minutes - like a 'five in, five out' kind of thing - so everyone pretty much played the same amount."

In London, the All-Stars opened with a 98-78 win over the Reading Rockets, an English professional team. The team followed up by defeating the England University Games team 113-57 and 106-56. On June 27, the All-Stars ended their stay in England by defeating London United, another professional team, 100-76.

In Limerick, Ireland, the All-Stars defeated the Belgian under-20 national team 95-70 and 99-66. The team closed its trip by flattening the Irish under-20 national team 104-48.

"The overseas players seemed a bit intimidated by us," said Boone, who averaged 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds for the trip and shot 65.2 percent on field goals. "We quickly used that to our advantage."

Though many of the European teams were skilled, Boone said they were not physical enough to hold off the Americans.

"As a whole they need to hit the weight room," Boone said. "We were outrebounding them by huge margins every game."

The trip was Boone's first visit to Europe, he said. The team often went sightseeing during the day, then went out at night.

Several NIT All-Stars have gone on to play in the NBA. Notable team alumni include Richard Hamilton, who plays for the Detroit Pistons, and Ron Artest, who plays for the Indiana Pacers.

"I realize the select number of people that make it [to the NBA]," Boone said. "One thing this did do for me was open my eyes to a real possibility of playing overseas when I'm done if the NBA doesn't come calling."

For now, Boone is focused on NYU's upcoming basketball season. Both Boone and head men's basketball coach Joe Nesci have high expectations.

"We were expecting Jason to come back ready to extend a hand and step forward as an upperclassman," Nesci said. "We expected growth and certainly I know he's looking forward to the season."

Boone agreed.

"I know this experience will do wonders for my confidence," Boone said. "If I can score on Lamont Hamilton then I know no one in the [University Athletic Association] can stop me." •

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Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

Failure of an idea
... and a people

Pat Buchanan
Posted: September 14, 2005

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In his 1935 State of the Union Address, FDR spoke to a nation mired in the Depression, but still marinated in conservative values:

"[C]ontinued dependence" upon welfare, said FDR, "induces a spiritual disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole our relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."

Behind FDR's statement was the conviction that, while the government must step in in an emergency, in normal times, men provide the food, clothing and shelter for their families.

And we did, until the war pulled us out of the Depression and a postwar boom made us, in John K. Galbraith's phrase, "The Affluent Society." By the 1960s, America, the richest country on earth, was growing ever more prosperous. But with the 1964 landslide of LBJ, liberalism triumphed and began its great experiment.

Behind the Great Society was a great idea: to lift America's poor out of poverty, government should now take care of all their basic needs. By giving the poor welfare, subsidized food, public housing and free medical care, government will end poverty in America.

At the Superdome and New Orleans Convention Center, we saw the failure of 40 years of the Great Society. No sooner had Katrina passed by and the 17th Street levee broke than hundreds of young men who should have taken charge in helping the aged, the sick and the women with babies to safety took to the streets to shoot, loot and rape. The New Orleans police, their numbers cut by deserters who left their posts to look after their families, engaged in running gun battles all day long to stay alive and protect people.

It was the character and conduct of its people that makes the New Orleans disaster unique. After a hurricane, people's needs are simple: food, water, shelter, medical attention. But they can be hard to meet. People buried in rubble or hiding in attics of flooded homes are tough to get to. But, even with the incompetence of the mayor and governor, and the torpor of federal officials, this was possible.

Coast Guard helicopters were operating Tuesday. There were roads open into the city for SUVs, buses and trucks. While New Orleans was flooded, the water was stagnant. People walked through to the convention center and Superdome. The flimsiest boat could navigate.

Even if government dithered for days – what else is new – this does not explain the failure of the people themselves.

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In 1940, hundreds of British fishermen and yachtsmen sailed back and forth daily under fire across a turbulent 23-mile Channel to rescue 300,000 soldiers from Dunkirk. How do we explain to the world that a tenth that number of Americans could not be reached in four days from across a stagnant pond?

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Americans were once famous for taking the initiative, for having young leaders rise up to take command in a crisis. See any of that at the Superdome? Sri Lankans and Indonesians, far poorer than we, did not behave like this in a tsunami that took 400 times as many lives as Katrina has thus far.

We are the descendants of men and women who braved the North Atlantic in wooden boats to build a country in a strange land. Our ancestors traveled thousands of miles in covered wagons, fighting off Indians far braver than those cowards preying on New Orleans' poor.

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FDR was right. A "spiritual disintegration" has overtaken us. Government-as-first provider, the big idea of the Great Society, has proven to be "a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit."

Either we get off this narcotic, or it kills us.

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We as a people have failed ourselves.

We have to take some very bitter medicine. The realization that we aren’t as good as our ancestor. Not as smart. Not as vigorous. Not as … not as … not as!

As usual, the lessons are best learned when we are flat on our butt.

Will we learn?

I don’t think so.

But, I immediately arranged with a friend of my to be mutual out-of-state contact points distributing that info to every member of the family. I have created a “bug out” bag in the front closet of my house. I’ve depoted supplies at my summer home to serve us should we have to evac. I’m not sure we could walk there but we have a targeted rally point.

There’s still prep work to do. Training to be undertaken. And, drills to be scheduled.

But, complacency isn’t a problem.

P.S. I prepped for y2k as well. I know that John did too. We were no worse for wear and tear. In fact, I think it made us better people for it.

Now how do we save the American culture?


And that’s the last word.