Sunday 11 December 2005

Dear Jaspers,

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In Late December, I am going to rehost to a different (cheaper) service provider. It SHOULD, emphasize should, be transparent to everyone. That being said, I point out that the email distribution via the Yahoo Group Distribute will continue to send out email. If you have subscribed to that group, regardless of your email setting, you can also use your browser to read the various weekly issues. I would appreciate that when I pinpoint the date for the change, if you have any problems, then please send me an email. Fasten your seat belts, change happens.




Friday, December 16th - Young Alumni Club - NYC Bar Night 


January 18, 2006 - Treasure Coast Club Luncheon


March 15, 2006 - Treasure Coast Club Luncheon




My list of Jaspers who are in harm's way:
- Afghanistan
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- - Lara, Angel (2002)
- - - 1st Recon BN, H&S Co, S-6
- - - Unit 40535
- - - FPO, AP 96426-0535
- - 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.




Col. John Boyd, his biographer Robert Coram reports in his well-written book, had a speech he often gave to those who, like the fighter pilot himself, found that doing right did not always mean doing well. Known as the "To Be or To Do" speech, Boyd used it to rally flagging spirits of apprentices who, until they became involved as one of his Acolytes, had appeared fated to climb the highest rungs of conventional success. The tenets of this speech reflected both his spirit and values:

"One day you will come to a fork in the road. And you're going to have to make a decision about what direction you want to go." [Boyd] raised his hand and pointed. "If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments." Then Boyd raised the other hand and pointed another direction. "Or you can go that way and you can do something - something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself. If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won't have to compromise yourself. You will be true to your friends and to yourself. And your work might make a difference." He paused and stared. "To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do? Which way will you go?"



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Afghan Girl Gets Chance for Healthy Life

Nov 23, 7:16 AM (ET)


(AP) Ghulam Ghaus, left, smiles as he holds his daughter, Basira Jan, 6 , as they sit in the lounge at...

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The frail girl arrived at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan weighing scarcely 35 pounds, sluggish and prone to alarming episodes of bluish skin if she so much as walked briskly.

Basira Jan, born with a malformed heart that left her body starved of oxygen, faced a bleak future amid the country's poverty - until Indiana National Guardsmen heard about her plight and vowed to help.

"I wanted to make a difference, to make a little piece of the world better because we were there," said Indiana Guardsman Capt. Michael Roscoe, 33, a physician's assistant who examined Basira last spring when her father brought her to Camp Phoenix, where American soldiers train the Afghan army.

That meeting set in motion a journey that took Basira to Indianapolis, where doctors would save the 6-year-old's life.

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Ghaus said Indianapolis, with its modern buildings and green landscape, "looks like a paradise" compared with his village.

There, fields of rice and cotton sometimes conceal land mines left from the era of Soviet occupation. Ghaus worked for years as a mine-clearer, but he quit this spring after several co-workers died in explosions.

He said he's grateful his daughter has been given a chance for a healthy life. He and Basira plan to return to Afghanistan by early December, after Basira undergoes a final checkup.

The soldiers and doctors who've reached out to Basira and others know there are no guaranteed happy endings.

Earlier this year, a 14-month-old Afghan boy also brought to Riley thanks to Indiana Guardsmen underwent surgery to correct a heart condition similar to Basira's.

Qudrat Wardak's transformation into a chubby, smiling child delighted Riley staff, who were devastated when he inexplicably died just two days after returning home in April.

Turrentine, who also performed Qudrat's heart surgery, fears the impoverished conditions the boy returned to - an unheated home, lack of clean water, the threat of disease - somehow caused his death.

"We could fix his heart, but going back to those conditions, that was something we could not fix," he said.

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One applauds fixing, or trying to fix, the heart wrenching problem. How do we fix the bigger problem?


One thing that the American experiment has taught is that give people their freedom and they will solve their own problems with such energy, vigor, and uniqueness that everyone will be astonished.

Politics is the art of the possible. But until everyone understands that freedom is empowering and problem solving


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



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Blaire’s Blog







Power,  John B.



Wilson, James T.



Campanella, Americo



Gorman, John



Pierce, John J.



Kelly, Ray



Herman Agoyo



Burkowski, Michael



Courtney, Kye



Evans, Artie



St. Clair,  Larry



Rodriguez, Lorenzo A.



Rowley, Thomas E.



Hanley, Kevin J.



Kirrane, John M.



Moore, Kevin



Gallo, John C.



Forlini, Stephen



Kelly, Christopher



O'Neill,  Patrick J.



O'Neill,  James K.



Piotrowski,  Cari-Lynn



Piotrowski, Cari-Lynn



Boland, Mark



Eaton, Ed



Drum, Jennifer



Camero, Graciela



Zelnik, Geoffrey



Lara, Angel











Boland, Mark



Burkowski, Michael



Camero, Graciela



Campanella, Americo



Courtney, Kye



Drum, Jennifer



Eaton, Ed



Evans, Artie



Forlini, Stephen



Gallo, John C.



Gorman, John



Hanley, Kevin J.



Herman Agoyo



Kelly, Christopher



Kelly, Ray



Kirrane, John M.



Lara, Angel



Moore, Kevin



O'Neill,  James K.



O'Neill,  Patrick J.



Pierce, John J.



Piotrowski,  Cari-Lynn



Piotrowski,  Cari-Lynn



Power,  John B.



Rodriguez, Lorenzo A.



Rowley, Thomas E.



St. Clair,  Larry



Wilson, James T.



Zelnik, Geoffrey







[Messages from Headquarters

(Manhattan College Press Releases & Stuff)]

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Riverdale, N.Y.(December 6, 2005)--This past weekend, Manhattan College welcomed eight new members into its athletic Hall of Fame. During the annual Hall of Fame Dinner on the evening of December 3, Michael Burkowski '59, Kye Courtney '61, Jennifer Drum '95, Artie Evans '61, John Gorman '50, Cari-Lynn Piotrowski '92, and Larry St. Clair '61 all received the prestigious honor.

The Manhattan Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2005 is listed below:

Michael Burkowski '59: One of just two Jaspers that have competed in the NCAA Tournament in two sports, having been a key member to the Jaspers' only NCAA Tournament baseball team in 1957, as well as the 1958 NCAA Tournament basketball team that defeated #1 ranked West Virginia, led by NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, in the opening round. A .340 career batter, he was a two-time All-Metropolitan honoree, and helped lead the team to a Metropolitan Championship. On the hardwood, he was a valuable member of the first Jasper team to win the Holiday Festival, helped Manhattan to a #10 (UP)/#13 (AP) national ranking, as well as two NIT appearances.

Kye Courtney '61: A member of the Manhattan two mile relay team that set the world indoor record in 1961, running 7:32.8 on a 11-lap to the mile track, and later setting the two mile relay record on a 12-lap track. An IC4A champ in the mile relay and the school record holder in the 600 yard run, Courtney later coached the Hawthorne (CA) High Track and Field teams to six boys' and one girls' state team championships. He also coached numerous world class athletes, including two time Olympian and three time Olympic medallist Mike Marsh.

Jennifer Drum '95: Named MAAC Softball Player of the Year in 1995, after finishing second in the nation in triples per game, and 11th in slugging percentage. A two time captain and team MVP, she garnered All-MAAC recognition three times, and was named to the MAAC All-Tournament team three times. A 1995 TPS First Team All-Region selection, Drum boasts a career batting average over .400, and tops the all-time Manhattan list for runs scored, hits, and triples, while holding down the second spot in home runs and RBI. She also was named a GTE Academic All-American in 1995.

Artie Evans '61: Was the anchor leg on Manhattan's 1961 World Record setting two-mile relay team, and was also a member of the Jaspers' sprint medley team that set a school record at the 1960 Quantico Marines Relays. An Olympic Trials qualifier in the 800 meters, his quarterfinal time of 1:47.8 is among the fastest ever run for Manhattan. He tallied two AAU National Championships (in the mile relay as well as the 800), three Millrose Games titles, two Penn Relays championships, and was a top finisher in almost every major collegiate meet he competed in.

John Gorman '50: Returned from a three-year Army commitment to become key cog in many of Manhattan relays, particularly in the mile relay, where he was a part of no less than 10 championship relays teams. In 1946 Gorman helped the Jaspers to a Penn Relays Championship of America title in the distance medley. In 1947, he ran on two AAU National Championship relays in one night, taking home the gold in the sprint medley as well as the mile relay at Madison Square Garden. Gorman was also a member of the 880 yard relay that won the Penn Relays Championship of America in 1948, the first time Manhattan College had ever won a sprint relay at this prestigious meet.

John Moran '50: Was one of Manhattan's most accomplished middle distance runners, leading off the two mile relay teams that won numerous major races, including national championships in both 1948 and 1949. He was also a significant contributor as an individual runner in the 880 yard and the 1000 yard, as well as on the Cross Country team. As a Master's runner, Gorman placed first in the 55 and over category at the 1981 New York City Marathon.

Cari-Lynn Piotrowski '92: Tallied 1,187 points and pulled down 688 rebounds, numbers that rank her eight in both categories on the all-time Manhattan College list. A two-time Preseason All-MAAC selection, she was named to the MAAC All-Tournament team in both 1990 and 1991, helping lead the Lady Jaspers to the MAAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 1990. A team co-captain her senior season, Piotrowski's tenacity on both ends of the court made her an invaluable teammate.

Larry St. Clair '61: . Was a member of the World Record setting two-mile relay team in 1961, breaking the 18-year old record. He was named Indoor Athlete of the Year by the Spiked Shoe Club for his performances during the 1959-60 season. St. Clair was the 880-yard champion at the Outdoor Metropolitan Championships in 1960 before winning the Metropolitan Cross Country individual title the next fall. He followed that up with the two World Record setting two-mile relays and is the only Manhattan runner to win a major individual cross country championship as well as run in both mile and two-mile relays teams that won major championships.



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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.]

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.


The Myrtle Beach Sun-News (South Carolina)
December 6, 2005 Tuesday
HEADLINE: Obituaries

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John J. Pierce

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C.| John Joseph Pierce passed away on Nov. 30, 2005.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley; his ten children, Carol, John and wife, Susan, Michael, Marie and husband, Anthony Mancini, Eileen, David, Peg and husband, Jim Roth, Christopher, Pat and husband, Kevin Donnelly and Maureen and husband, Todd Eby; his ten grandchildren, Laura, John, Sarah, Lia, Shaina, Ryan, Brianna, Shannon, Matthew and William; and six great-grandchildren, John, Alexxi, Cameron, Courtney, Amethyst and Caiden.

He is a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a graduate of Manhattan College in N.Y. He was a former Controller of F. R. Tripler in New York City. He was also a former Township Committeeman of Hazlet, N.J. He retired with his wife to North Carolina in 1990 and became an avid golfer. He was a member of the 10th Defense/AAA Battalion Association of the U.S. Marine Corps as well as the Elks and VFW. He enhanced the life of all he touched.

A mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at 9 a.m. at St. Brendan's Catholic Church. Per his request, in lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Ann's Child Care Center, 121 Main Street, Keansburg, NJ 07734 would be appreciated.

Sign a guest book at

Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service & Crematory, Supply Chapel.

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The Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
December 2, 2005 Friday
All Editions

CAMPANELLA, AMERICO, 83, of Narragansett, formerly of East Greenwich, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday evening, November 29, 2005 after a brief illness. He was the husband of Ann (Ursillo) Campanella. They were married for 54 years.

Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Pasquale and Nunzia (Bicchieri) Campanella. He resided in Providence and East Greenwich most of his life before moving to Bonnet Shores eight years ago. Educated at Manhattan College and Boston University Law School he served in the 138th Engineer Combat Battalion in the European Theater during WW II. After graduating from law school he established a law office in Providence. Active in Republican politics he was legal counsel to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, an Assistant Attorney General and Chairman of the Republican State Central Committee. After moving to East Greenwich he served as the first Chairman of the East Greenwich Housing Authority. In 1986 he was appointed Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court. In 1999 he was honored by the Rhode Island Justinian Law Society as a distinguished Italo-American. After retirement he volunteered his services at South County Hospital. He was most recently a parishioner of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Narragansett. Besides his wife he is survived by, his daughter Diane Montone and her husband William of Warwick; his son David Campanella and his wife Maryann of North Kingstown; as well as his beloved grandchildren, Christine, Andrew, Alex, Kara and David John; his sister Dena Campanella; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Sebastian Campanella, Frank Campanella, Santi Campanella, Leo Campanella and Etta Campanella. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 9 a.m. in St. Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Road, Warwick. Burial with Military Honors will be in Rhode Island Veteran's Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 169 George Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860-9924. Arrangements by the Nardolillo Funeral Home.

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The Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
December 1, 2005 Thursday
All Editions
HEADLINE: Ex-judge recalled as firm, fair
BYLINE: SCOTT MacKAY, Journal Staff Writer

* Americo Campanella, who served 10 years on the Superior Court bench, dies at 83.

PROVIDENCE - Americo Campanella of East Greenwich, a retired Rhode Island Superior Court judge and former Republican Party state chairman, died Tuesday evening after a long illness, court officials said yesterday. He was 83.

Campanella, a former state prosecutor, was appointed to the Superior Court bench by then-Gov. Edward DiPrete in 1986 and served until his retirement in 1996.

"The best way to describe Judge Campanella is that he was a gentleman at all times, whether on or off the court," said Presiding Justice Joseph F. Rodgers Jr. of Superior Court. "He could be firm but for all his gruffness he was compassionate."

Campanella was educated in Providence public schools, graduating from Mount Pleasant High School. He attended Manhattan College and graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1950. Campanella served in World War II with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Mediterranean and European theaters.

He became involved in Republican Party politics, winning the chairmanship of the Fifth Ward Republican Committee in Providence and running for state Senate.

After Herbert F. DeSimone won the attorney general's race in 1966, Campanella became head of the attorney general's office criminal division. "He liked getting a job done and getting it done faithfully and honorably," DeSimone said yesterday.

Campanella later served as chief of staff to DeSimone. "He treated people well. Despite having a kind of gruff aspect to his personality, I never saw him take undue advantage of anyone. He was a funny guy and he loved people."

In 1976, after a bruising contest against J. William Corr, Campanella won the state GOP chairmanship by a 98-to-73 vote. In that run, he had support from then-Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr., who was at the time a Republican. (Cianci later left the party and ran for mayor as an independent.)

In a controversial 1992 decision, Judge Campanella declined to give prison time to Family Court Judge John Fuyat, who was charged with defrauding four banks, borrowing money from lawyers who appeared before him, and failing to file financial statements required by the state Ethics Commission.

Fuyat apologized and presented evidence that his illegal conduct was due to his dependence on alcohol and drugs. After sentencing him to 600 hours community service and a fine, Campanella explained why he did not apply a tougher sentence.

He denounced Fuyat for violating the public trust but said, "I have always adhered to the motto that justice can be tempered with mercy."

"He was a perfect example of why someone from a political background often makes a good judge," Rodgers said. "He brought his experiences to the bench, and I think there is some merit in that."

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[JR: Alerting old friends seeking to reconnect or "youngsters" seeking a networking contact with someone who might have a unique viewpoint that they are interested in.]

Hanley, Kevin J. (1978) was found on LinkedIn

Gallo, John C. (1982)
Banc of America Securities
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277



[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” either here at Jasper Jottings or in the mcALUMdb.]




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December 1, 2005
Piotrowski to be honored at Manhattan
By Keith Groller Of The Morning Call

One of the greatest players in Lehigh Valley girls basketball history, Central Catholic graduate Cari-Lynn Piotrowski, will receive another honor this weekend when she is inducted into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame.

A banquet will be held on campus Saturday.

Piotrowski started all four years at Manhattan (1988-92) and led the Jaspers to an NCAA tournament berth as a sophomore.

She was a two-time all-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament selection and finished her college career with 1,187 points (still eighth-best in school history), 688 rebounds and 219 assists.

At Central Catholic, Piotrowski scored 1,511 points, the third-highest total in school history behind only Michelle Marciniak and Monica McCaffrey.

Piotrowski led CCHS to a state title in 1987 and was inducted into the school's Rockne Wall of Fame in 1998.

After her playing days ended, Piotrowski became a college coach and had stints at Georgetown, Villanova and American before pursuing a career in mortuary science.

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Piotrowski to be honored at Manhattan

Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA

... history, Central Catholic graduate Cari-Lynn Piotrowski, will receive another honor this weekend when she is inducted into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame. ...

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Mellon Investor Services Names John B. Power as Chief Administrative Officer

12/6/2005 7:50:28 AM

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec 06, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Mellon Investor Services (MIS) has appointed John B. Power as chief administrative officer, responsible for ensuring that MIS' ongoing development plans consistently support the business' growth objectives and produce measurable results for clients.

He brings more than 15 years of financial management experience to this position. Prior to joining Mellon, Power was the chief financial officer of E*Trade Financial's corporate services division and the controller and chief of staff at Bank Julius Baer's Private Bank in New York City. Power has also served as a financial analyst for Spear, Leeds and Kellog, as well as Best Products and RCG Information Technology. Power received a bachelor's degree in finance from Manhattan College and a masters in business administration from Dowling College.

"We are pleased to have John join our MIS organization," said Julian Clark, MIS managing director. "In addition to demonstrating our ongoing commitment to growing and enhancing this business, I am certain that his expertise will help us focus on our growth objectives and initiatives that will add true bottom-line value for our clients."

MIS, a subsidiary of Mellon Financial Corporation, is one of the leading providers of shareholder services and related securities products in North America with approximately 1,300 corporate clients worldwide and 20 million shareholder accounts for small, middle-market and Fortune 500 corporations. Additional information about Mellon Investor Services is available at

Mellon Financial Corporation (MEL) is a global financial services company. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Mellon is one of the world's leading providers of financial services for institutions, corporations and high net worth individuals, providing institutional asset management, mutual funds, private wealth management, asset servicing, payment solutions and investor services, and treasury services. Mellon has approximately $4.5 trillion in assets under management, administration or custody, including $766 billion under management. Its asset management companies include The Dreyfus Corporation and U.K.-based Newton Investment Management Limited. News and other information about Mellon are available at

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December 4, 2005 Sunday
HEADLINE: The Rio Grande has nourished the Pueblo people and the earth they farm for ages SUSTAINING FORCE

SAN JUAN PUEBLO, N.M. - Just northwest of Taos we stand on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and peer at the ribbon of water 650 feet below. My hands break into a sweat; this is the site of accidents, injuries and suicides. I shudder just looking at car remnants on the canyon wall.

This is a canyon you don't see until you're almost at its lip; then, it's as if the desert had split in two, allowing the river to flow through the bottom of the chasm. It's a spectacular beginning for a stretch of river that stands witness to almost a thousand years' of Pueblo culture.

The Pueblo ancestors go back some 11,000 years. But they first began settling along the river after the 11th century, as they dispersed from New Mexico's Chaco Canyon and Colorado's Mesa Verde. But beyond history, the river has a greater, spiritual meaning. According to their beliefs, they emerged from the Earth's center through water, making lakes, rivers and streams sacred places.

In his book, Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History, Paul Horgan describes how the first people climbed up a great fir tree through a lake and emerged into the world, making all bodies of water doorways to the world below.

Water is a gateway so revered that the Pueblo people won't discuss its religious meaning with outsiders. This secretiveness is their way of preserving long-held religious traditions, some of which still take place at the river.

But as Erich Schlegel and I continue our journey along the river, they will share with us some ways in which the river embodies their past, their present and their future.

The Pueblo

We drive south from the Rio Grande Gorge to meet Herman Agoyo of San Juan Pueblo.

The pueblo, which only recently reverted to its original name, Ohkay Owingeh, is one of 19 in the state. It sits along New Mexico Highway 68, about 25 minutes north of Santa Fe.

Herman is a tribal councilman for his pueblo and one of its former governors. Most pueblos limit access by outsiders. Herman has agreed to be our guide.

At 70, Herman is lean and limber, with wire-rimmed glasses and salt-and-pepper hair. He earned a degree in physical and health education from Manhattan College through a Catholic missions program.

Just outside the pueblo, on the hillsides by the river, he shares some of his cultural past: petroglyphs carved on giant basalt boulders. The carvings of spirals, birds, people and animals date to the 1200s and the 1300s, he says, and there are thousands of them here.

"The interpretation of the spiral is recording the migration of the people," he explains. His favorite is a lion with a man's head.

"This looks like something was removed," pointing to a boulder with an unnatural wedge. Thieves sometimes steal the petroglyphs, carving out just the picture.

In one sense, I understand the temptation. There is so much history around us in this very spot that it's difficult to take it all in - the river, the man, the carvings. The urge to own a piece of history, to connect in a concrete way with the past, can be great.

I long to simply touch one of the images, to run my fingers along its thick lines. Would it be like briefly touching the person who created it so many centuries ago? But it seems disrespectful to steal even a moment that does not belong to me. So I don't.

Source of life

Some weeks earlier, Tito Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo explained to me the river's historical significance to the Pueblos. Tito is an author and professor of Native American studies at the University of New Mexico at Taos.

"All of the Pueblos had to have a river or a stream on which they could live, and the Pueblos who settled on the Rio Grande knew that it meant survival," he said. They grew corn, beans and squash in the river's flood plains.

"All of a sudden you could irrigate....It made the corn grow year-round, it made big corn grow, instead of the little, tiny ears that were grown on the plateaus," he explained.

The people learned to fish, and because of the river's bounty they called it "P'osongeh," which means "Great River" in Tewa, one of the Pueblo languages, he said.

"We had huge groves of cottonwood trees," he said. The flood plain was "expansive and rich in wildlife along the river bottoms...deer living along the Rio Grande, small game living along the Rio Grande. You had all kinds of birds and wildlife that was used for food and ceremonial purpose."

Then the Spanish arrived in the 1500s, marking an era of conquest, slavery and spiritual turmoil for the Pueblos.


Nora Naranjo-Morse, Tito's sister and a well-known artist and documentary filmmaker, shared a story passed on to her about the Spanish conquest: When the Spanish arrived among the Pueblos, they rounded up the people and took them to the river. Priests cut long branches from the cottonwoods, dipped them in the river, and christened the people into a new religion. The people rolled in the dirt, trying to remove what they had been christened with.

"When I heard that story I was so affected by it, because they had no escape," said Nora. "...Their concept of everything, including their relationship to the water, changed."

Today, the river, too, has been altered, dammed and straightened by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tito. They "just dehydrated the flood plain...killed the whole ecosystem."

Add to that the opening of Los Alamos National Laboratory in the 1940s, and what you have is the destruction of a culture, he said.

"All the Pueblo people gave up their subsistent way of life to become wage workers. America...dropped a cultural bomb on northern New Mexico before they dropped it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They killed a way of life."

Across the road from the petroglyphs I can see the river, its brown waters stretching under the sun. It splits San Juan Pueblo in half, east and west. In New Mexico, the ever-spreading tamarisk, or salt cedar, begins to choke off the plant life along the river. The invasive tree was brought to this country from Eurasia in the early 1800s and planted along rivers and streambeds to prevent erosion.

But here I still see giant cottonwood trees blanketing the side of the road. I wonder how much farther we'll travel before we see salt cedar forests.

And I wonder: How much of Pueblo history have the land, banks and the water absorbed? As the river flows south, does it carry all this with it, imbuing everything it touches downstream with the heartbreak of a people?

Farming and family

When I first called Herman to introduce myself, I asked whether Pueblo youth value the river as their ancestors did, if it has the same meaning for them.

"I think we're failing in that because hardly anybody farms anymore," he said. "So you can see a disintegration of the family unity because families don't get together, and relatives don't get together to help plant and nurture the field. So the young people today don't have the same kind of experience that I had.

"I still farm, and I'm giving some of my children, especially the boys, some experience in farming, but not the same extent that I was involved," he said.

This evening he and his grandson Jordan Agoyo, 16, irrigate Herman's garden near the river. He has several plots of vegetables, and just adjacent are his horse pastures. One horse has broken through the fence and is galloping wide circles around us, apparently glad to be running in the cooling air.

Rio Grande water flows from a lateral ditch toward the fields of chiles, beans, squash and melons struggling against the heat, grasshoppers and elk that threaten to annihilate them. With a hoe and shovel, Herman and Jordan cut channels in the garden borders, using the soil to dam and direct the flow. Water, the sacred flow that brought their people to the Earth's surface, now feeds their tomatoes, cabbages and cauliflowers.

"This is yellow sweet corn." Herman points to some stunted stalks. "It looks like they might make it. Water comes from six or seven miles... " He pauses. "Hear that? That's a pheasant. That's what I like to hear when I come in the morning. The birds and the pheasants and, of course, the elk bull is bugling. This group of elk that's coming has some little ones. If they come tonight you can see their tracks in the mud."

Tradition lives

Next morning, we meet Bertha and Louie Burck, also from San Juan Pueblo. Every summer morning, their grandson Johnny Sanchez, 9, arrives at their house wiping sleep from his eyes. He hops in the bed of the pickup truck with the herding dogs and rides to the river bottom to help his grandparents feed the cows. Afterward, they tend the garden.

This morning we ride along with them to the spot where the Chama River empties into the Rio Grande. The Chama is its main tributary in New Mexico.

The energy in this spot is palpable - two powerful forces converging into something bigger, stronger. Where the rivers actually collide, the Rio Grande pushes against the Chama's incoming flow, forming a curve of ripples in the merging waters. There's a faint line where the Chama's lighter brown currents butt against the darker, clearer Rio Grande.

We explore the wedge of land between the two rivers, Bertha pointing out the geese, elk and cow tracks. She is 73 and tiny, with green-gray eyes. She wears jeans, boots and a scarf over her head, and walks with a quiet energy that reminds me of the river: It might look still, but underneath, there's motion.

She loves her cows so much that market time makes her cry, she says. "They're like one of my kids."

Sometimes they're on the other side of the river, and the dogs swim across to get them. Once, one of the dogs was almost carried off by the current, says Bertha. "Could have ended up in Mexico."

Johnny explodes in laughter. "You could have been a Mexican dog!" he says to the dog. "You would have had to learn to chase Mexican cows!"

The next day, as they work in the garden, Bertha prompts her grandson to explain their spring planting ritual: "What do we do?"

"We ask Mother Earth to bless our seeds?" he says.

"Mother Earth, here we are again with our seeds," she helps him out. "Give us a good garden so we can be strong and healthy and hard-working.

"You have Mother Earth, the Water Serpent and the Sun," she says. The Water Serpent is the river, called avayui in Tewa, she explains. "Without those, this wouldn't be here. But you have to have two cents' worth of hard work somewhere in there.

"Here we go, 'jito, a little eggplant," she says to him. "It's a cute little thingy."

To watch the two working together is to watch years of wisdom and cultural heritage pour from the woman to the boy.

"It makes me real proud for him to be that young and show that kind of interest," Bertha told me earlier. "My heart is this big," she gestured.

But Johnny, a self-professed junk-food lover, admits he doesn't like to eat the vegetables he grows.

Maybe one day he'll enjoy them, I suggest. "Maybe one day," he says. "But I know one thing: It's not today."

The connection

We leave the Pueblos on a warm afternoon, driving down Interstate 25. Along the way, we will meet other folks with connections to the river, including a man who rescues the river's endangered silvery minnow.

That evening, we arrive at the north end of Elephant Butte Lake in southern New Mexico. This lake, where I had my first sailboat ride, was always full during my childhood.

But the water volume has decreased every year due to drought and overuse upriver. The lake's capacity is more than 2 million acre-feet of water, but last year it held just 89,000 acre-feet. This summer, it rebounded to about 690,000 acre-feet.

In the waning light, we see white cliffs rise from the middle of the water. Shore grasses ripple gold and green. With deep rumbles, a storm breaks out northwest of the lake. The wind brings us the sweet smell of rain, but it stays dry where we are.

Before we left San Juan Pueblo, Herman shared a poem he wrote about the Rio Grande, "River Voice Card." It was published a few years ago in Discover a Watershed: The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo.

It reads in part:

"To us you are P'oekay (strong water)

You are the source of life and joy....

You are avayui (sacred water serpent).

You fed our sacred springs, ponds and wells.

Because of you Ohkay Owingeh (Village of the Strong People) was born.

Because of you, we are still connected to our place of birth and emergence."

Will I ever connect in a deep way to the river I knew growing up? To me it was just a dark swirl of waters on whose banks we picnicked. Once, it nearly swallowed my mother whole as she swam. Aside from that fearful memory, I have never explored any deep, personal emotions I might have for the river.

Yet tonight, I find myself hoping that the Hermans and the Berthas of the Pueblos succeed - that the seeds of respect and hope and honor for the river take root and grow in their grandchildren. That those children pass along that bit of heritage to their own offspring.

Just east of the reservoir, a slice of fire shimmers on a mountaintop. In a few minutes, the moon is wholly visible, a silver medallion reflected in the water below.

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GRAPHIC: PHOTO(S): (1-7 Photography by ERICH SCHLEGEL) 1. Bertha Burck and husband Louie ride through their ranch in San Juan Pueblo, N.M. The Rio Grande and the Chama River, the Rio Grande's major tributary in New Mexico, come together near their home. The water, sun and earth sustain them. "But you have to have two cents' worth of hard work somewhere in there," Bertha says. 2. There are petroglyphs by the thousands on the Pueblo lands. These off Highway 582 are a stone's throw from the Rio Grande. The artwork was etched in the rock by the Pueblo people around the 1200s. 3. U.S. Fish & Wildlife biologist Mike Hatch holds a crawfish with an endangered silvery minnow in its claws. He is working in New Mexico to save the silvery minnow, which is found in the waters of the Rio Grande. 4. Herman Agoyo, a tribal councilman and former governor of San Juan Pueblo, irrigates his plot of land with water diverted from the Rio Grande. With his hoe, he opens and closes channels, letting the water fill a row, then moving to the next. He hopes to pass down to his children and grandchildren an appreciation and respect for the river. 5. Mr. Hatch (center behind net) goes through a catch taken out of a canal off the Rio Grande in the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Visit to read more about him and his quest to save the endangered silvery minnow. 6. New Mexico artist Roger Montoya paints an oil rendition of the Rio Grande off Highway 68 south of Pilar. According to Pueblo beliefs, the people emerged from the Earth's center through water, making lakes, rivers and streams sacred. 7. Bertha Burck (with her grandson Johnny Sanchez, 9) was born and raised in San Juan Pueblo, N.M. (COVER) MAP(S): San Juan Pueblo

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*** JNews4 ***

SHOW: News Forum 6:30 AM EST LOCAL
December 4, 2005 Sunday
HEADLINE: New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly talks about gun laws, counterterrorism


(Joined in progress) about any criterion that Gotham Gazette wrote, Ray Kelly is the best qualified New York City police commissioner in history. He began as a beat cop and rose through the ranks to command the department, the only man in history to be commissioner twice; once under Mayor David Dinkins, now under Michael Bloomberg. In between, he served as the head of the Secret Service and other key federal agencies. Certainly, Kelly is presiding over the NYPD at a difficult period in its history. The post 9/11 threat of terrorism, the need to fight crime with fewer officers than the department had at its peak are major issues. Being commissioner has very tough moments like the death this week of Officer Dylan Stewart, fatally shot through the heart at a traffic stop. Among the problems the commissioner confronts as the mayor begins his second term is to foster better relations between the people of New York's diverse communities and the NYPD.

Announcer: From Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center, this is a presentation from NewsChannel 4, Gabe Pressman's NEWS FORUM. Now your host, senior correspondent Gabe Pressman.

PRESSMAN: And good morning, Commissioner. Welcome.

Commissioner RAYMOND KELLY (New York Police Department): Good to be with you, Gabe.

PRESSMAN: Good to be with you. On Tuesday, a familiar and solemn spectacle will take place, the ritual of an inspector's funeral for Officer Dylan Stewart, and you'll be there. Is this something you ever get used to or is it the worst part of the job?

Cmsr. KELLY: Never get used to it, and it is the worst part of the job. I think it brings home the dangers that police officers face every day. It's easy to take some of these things for granted for the public, but cops face dangers 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the streets of this city. Terrible tragedy and here's a young man, really a senseless murder, leaves two children, wife, home. He had a terrific reputation. So it's just a terrible tragedy and you never get used to it.

PRESSMAN: And this cop even mortally wounded...

Cmsr. KELLY: Yeah.

PRESSMAN: ...he managed to chase his assailant.

Cmsr. KELLY: Right, exactly. He was shot when he was driving the police car with his partner, this individual reaches over, fires five shots out the window, strikes Officer Stewart under his--at least the armpit of the bulletproof vest, between the plates of the vest. Takes off in the car, Officer Stewart pursues him about a block and a half, gets out of the car with his partner, shots are fired at this individual. He then realizes that he's struck. He's taken immediately in the police car to Kings County Hospital. He actually walked into the hospital. And doctors did everything they possibly could there to save him.

PRESSMAN: So just that one little spot like Achilles in ancient...

Cmsr. KELLY: Right.

PRESSMAN: ...Greek mythology.

Cmsr. KELLY: Yes, yes. It was between the...


Cmsr. KELLY: ...plates of the bulletproof vest.

PRESSMAN: How does the investigation stand?

Cmsr. KELLY: Well, the individual has been arrested. He's been indicted. He's also been indicted for the robbery and shooting of another police officer--off-duty police officer about 10 days before. So he is, you know, obviously, a dangerous criminal and the process goes forward. It doesn't make it easier, though, of course, for the family and for the department.

PRESSMAN: He told a Times reporter because he's such a big guy, `Do I look like I need to carry a gun?' And he claimed he didn't do anything.

Cmsr. KELLY: Yeah, that was a bizarre story. Times went to Rikers Island two days after his arrest and not surprisingly, he said that he was innocent and said a lot of other strange things like he was assaulted by union officials--all sorts of strange things. And yet, Times saw fit to write that story.

PRESSMAN: How many family members do you think you've consoled over the years?

Cmsr. KELLY: Too many. Many, many, and, again, it doesn't get easier. It's a difficult--What do you say? How do you console someone who's, you know, lost their, you know, life partner or their son. It's just very, very difficult to do.

PRESSMAN: This case underlines a major problem in this country and that is the widespread availability of guns. Has Congress made a dent in the gun problem, the availability of guns?

Cmsr. KELLY: Congress has not made a dent and Congress apparently doesn't want to make a dent. It makes it--it has made it much more difficult for ATF to give local authorities gun tracing information, has now given, in essence, immunity to gun manufacturers...

PRESSMAN: ATF is a federal anti...

Cmsr. KELLY: ATF is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


Cmsr. KELLY: They are the federal agency that enforces gun laws...


Cmsr. KELLY: ...and also does gun tracing. And they are precluded now from giving us aggregate information; in other words, the number of gums that have come from other sources.

PRESSMAN: You--well, you used to do this. You were once the head of that.

Cmsr. KELLY: Well, I was the head of...

PRESSMAN: You were overall.

Cmsr. KELLY: ...all the enforcement agencies in the Treasury Department and ATF was one of those agencies. And when I was there, it was difficult dealing with Congress, and it's become even more difficult. The NRA, National Rifle Association, is an extremely powerful and quite frankly, effective lobbyist in Washington and they're the ones that have driven Congress to the positions that they've taken.

PRESSMAN: Is the NRA so powerful that we'll never be able to crack down, eliminate guns to reach a point where--well, like some of the European countries, particularly Great Britain, where it's pretty hard to get a gun?

Cmsr. KELLY: Well, we're never gonna eliminate guns, and I don't think anybody is calling for the elimination of guns. What we're calling for is reasonable, common sense gun laws. And I would submit that we have them here in New York. You know, you have a right to have a gun in your house in New York City, a premise's permit is a matter of right. You have a right to carry a firearm if you can show a need for it.

PRESSMAN: Has to be licensed by the police department.

Cmsr. KELLY: To me, that's the eminence of the--pardon me?

PRESSMAN: You have to be licensed...

Cmsr. KELLY: Licensed by the police department, yes, but you have to show a need to carry a weapon. I think that's common sense. But you don't have those types of laws in the rest of the country. You certainly don't have any federal law that mandates that. So it's very easy to go to another state and get a gun--Florida, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia--buy a gun for $200, come up, sell it for $500. And it is a constant trail that we see. We work with the ATF to try to address this issue, but it is a steady stream of guns that come in here. The vast majority of guns, crime guns that we seize are from out of state.

PRESSMAN: So it's hopeless? Never be able...

Cmsr. KELLY: It's difficult. It's very difficult. They're not, you know, masters of our own ship in this regard. We have--yes, we have stringent gun laws here, but I think they're common sense gun laws. But much of the rest of the country doesn't have that. So it's easy to get a gun, it's easy to go a gun show, for instance, and buy a gun with virtually no check whatsoever. You know, the Brady--the checks--you know, the so-called Brady checks are not done at gun shows.

PRESSMAN: The Brady law doesn't prevent somebody from that state from buying the guns and giving it someone from, say, up here.

Cmsr. KELLY: Right. Yeah. It's a very lax system and we bear the brunt of that. We pay the price here on the streets of New York. Now we have seized--we've seized about 3,500 guns a year here. Our gun seizures are up 8 percent this year due to arrests.

PRESSMAN: So is...

Cmsr. KELLY: Officers are doing a great job and they're putting their life on the line to do that. But they're coming in from other states.

PRESSMAN: Is it hopeless to control that influx?

Cmsr. KELLY: It's difficult. It's difficult. You know, you always have hope, but it puts a lot of pressure on us. This gun that killed, you know, Officer Stewart came from Florida.

PRESSMAN: Talking about another matter, recently, there was an announcement or rather a revelation that you had ordered or had organized a crackdown on panhandlers in the Penn Station area of the NYPD, the MTA and the Amtrak police as well. Is that really a major problem?

Cmsr. KELLY: No, it's not a major problem but this administration has paid a lot of attention to the quality-of-life issues. If you recall, just as this administration came in, there was a lot of concern that things would slip, that we wouldn't be paying attention to quality-of-life concerns. Four days after he was sworn in, Mayor Bloomberg initiated Operation Clean Sweep. And under that program, we've paid a lot of attention to quality-of-life concerns. We've had about 35,000 arrests, over 400,000 summons in four years, and part of it is aggressive panhandling. So all I did was point out the fact that there was some panhandling going on in the vicinity of Penn Station. And they got together, the agencies got together, they formed a task force...


Cmsr. KELLY: ...and they're paying attention to it.

PRESSMAN: But doesn't this violate--in one sense, if it's carried, if the enforcement is--eliminates toll begging, doesn't that violate the injunctions of all the major religions which almost exalt beggars and the poor?

Cmsr. KELLY: No, we're talking about aggressive panhandling. We all know what we're talking about here. It's one thing to ask somebody for money; it's another thing to aggressively pursue them. We've seen it. You know it; I know it. That's what we're talking about. You shouldn't have to be confronted when you're going into the Penn Station by people who are in your face and are overly aggressive. That's what we're talking about.

PRESSMAN: You don't think that that is going to be an immoral pursuit if it's--if every person who holds a cup who doesn't act aggressively is eliminated, too?

Cmsr. KELLY: It's part of a larger issue. We're concerned about the homeless population. We work closely with the commissioner, Linda Gibbs, and we have our own homeless outreach unit. We take people who are in need to homeless shelters all the time. So, you know, if they're in need, we want to help them and we are helping them. But you and I know what we're talking about. It's not just somebody asking in a quiet way for some help if the people who are aggressively pursuing people, sometimes even physically, pushing them or touching them. You know, we're just not going to tolerate that.

PRESSMAN: I want to talk to you about counterterrorism and the city's preparedness, safety of New Yorkers after this message.


PRESSMAN: We're back here with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. In these past four years, you've been able to create a counterterrorism program that has nerve endings, you might say, throughout the world, breaking new ground in the department's history. You've got sort of--I guess you'd call them bureaus in many cities. Most recently the king of Jordan, Abudullah, was in New York and you had a luncheon for him and some of the top brass of the police department, and you arranged a station of police in Amman, the capital of Jordan. Is that correct?

Cmsr. KELLY: Right.


Cmsr. KELLY: We have what we call listening posts, you might say, in other capitals throughout the world. Obviously it has to be a friendly environment for us to go there and work closely with the police officials there. And the king of Jordan was very receptive to this idea. Of course, as we know, we had hotel bombings in Amman just a couple of weeks ago. Our sergeant who was there was right at the scene within an hour's time. And what this gives us is real-time information, our immediate information as to what's going on in the rest of the world. We don't know if this is a precursor. We know some part of the worldwide attempt to have attacks in other cities, and New York included. So if want information as quickly as possible--that was the case in London with the London bombings. Our detective was right there with the command staff of the Metropolitan Police giving us immediate information. Same thing in Madrid. We were there just a few hours after the bombings. We're still waiting for reports from the federal government on these bombs. I'm not criticizing them, but if we had to wait for reports from other agencies, we--you know, we'd still be waiting.

PRESSMAN: Does the federal bureaucracy...

Cmsr. KELLY: We want real-time information.

PRESSMAN: Are some of the federal agencies getting jealous of the police department? I mean, do they feel that you're in competition with them?

Cmsr. KELLY: I don't think so. Maybe at a lower level there might be some rumblings, but certainly not at the higher levels. We're not looking to substitute for the services they provide. We can't. We need the federal government. We're just augmenting. We're supplementing what they do. And we're asking the New York question. You know, we're focused on protecting New York, and these officers overseas are in position to give us information about New York. Their number-one job is to ask the New York question. Is anything here going on, any event...


Cmsr. KELLY: ...that's happening have any relevance to New York City?

PRESSMAN: I understand you're about to open another bureau, you might call it, in down--far Down Under. Is that correct?

Cmsr. KELLY: In Australia?


Cmsr. KELLY: We're--you know, we're considered about that part of the world, as well. We saw just three weeks ago a major plot was uncovered in Australia. One of the major terrorist groups in the world, Jemaah Islamiah, is headquartered and operates in Southeast Asia. Our world has gotten much smaller. We have to focus in a lot of areas throughout the world and that certainly is one of them.

PRESSMAN: Well, where will your new bureau be?

Cmsr. KELLY: Well, it will be in Sydney, and also with the New South Wales police; moving somewhat, but it will be, again, with local law enforcement agencies. And it's kind of a cop-to-cop bonding experience. And that's worked well for us. We want any information--again, the purpose of us being there, the information's going to help us to protect New York.

PRESSMAN: Terrorism still is very much in the minds and the hearts and the--of all New Yorkers. Can you give the people of this city any assurance that we're better protected now than we were, say, immediately after 9/11?

Cmsr. KELLY: Oh, there's no doubt about it. We are in much better position now than we were immediately after 9/11. We get better every day. But having said that, there's no guarantees. We know that they want to come here. This is still the capital of the world, the financial/communications...


Cmsr. KELLY: of the world. We've been attacked successfully twice. If they can come back here a third time, it would be a major statement for them.

PRESSMAN: Well, breaking it down, bioterrorism, chemical warfare, dirt--so-called dirty bombs. How do we stand on that? What specifically are you doing?

Cmsr. KELLY: You really can't put them in those neat little packages. Obviously, we're concerned about all of those threats. And there are--you know, there are systems in place that will help detect those threats, but, you know, there are no guarantees. As I say, you can't say, `Hey, we're better prepared for...

PRESSMAN: What sort of...

Cmsr. KELLY: ...bioterrorism than chemical attacks.

PRESSMAN: You mean that you monitor the air?

Cmsr. KELLY: Sure. We--there are monitoring systems here in place in New York City. There are drills that we do to respond--fire department, OEM, the police department working together. Yeah, we're in a much better position now than we were immediately after 9/11. There's no doubt about that. We still have a long way to go. I mean, we'll never be in a position where we can say, `Hey, we're--you know, we're totally prepared for any emergency.' Number one, our major goal, of course, is to prevent another attack, and that's why we've invested so much in our counter-terrorism bureau and invested in our intelligence division, the reformation that's happened; invested in police officers overseas, our Joint Terrorism Task Force...


Cmsr. KELLY: ...with the FBI. We've increased that tenfold.

PRESSMAN: Is there a great cost attached to keeping these bureaus oversees?

Cmsr. KELLY: No, the bureaus overseas are funded by the Police Foundation, funded by private contributions to the Police Foundation.


Cmsr. KELLY: They've been very helpful to us. So these--the cost of officers overseas are not being borne by the taxpayers other than the officers' salaries.

PRESSMAN: A great deal of tension at the moment throughout the country to the death penalty with some well-publicized executions or clemency appeals. How do you feel about the death penalty? Are you for it?

Cmsr. KELLY: I'm for the death penalty for murder of a law enforcement officer in the performance of his duty. I've had that position all along. I think it makes sense. They--officers, law enforcement officers, police officers represent all of us. It's like Officer Stewart out in uniform protecting us--you know, a cold-blooded killing. I think if this individual is found to be guilty, he should forfeit his life.

PRESSMAN: What about if somebody else gets murdered? Do you think the death penalty should be applied to him or her?

Cmsr. KELLY: My position is for law enforcement officers. I think it is--it--because of the unique position that they hold in the society, I think it justifies the death penalty.

PRESSMAN: How do you feel about the relaxation of rules just announced by the Transportation Security Administration to allow people now to take scissors, screwdrivers, other sharp objects aboard planes? Hillary Clinton, the senator, has denounced this as an unsuitable relaxation of regulation. How do you feel?

Cmsr. KELLY: I think you need a commonsense approach. I think--I had my pocket knives taken from me about two years ago when I was police commissioner coming--you know, coming off from Florida coming to New York. I mean, it was kind of silly. I think you need a commonsense approach, and it seems to me--and I'm not certain exactly all of the things that they're now allowing, but we need--I think there's an understandable reaction after 9/11. We've done an awful lot to harden aircraft, to get a lot more information about who's traveling on an aircra...

PRESSMAN: So you think the federal authorities are right in relaxing it?

Cmsr. KELLY: I think some relaxation is probably appropriate.

PRESSMAN: OK, let's come back, Commissioner, and discuss some other matters, including your own childhood on the West Side of Manhattan, after this.


PRESSMAN: And again we're here with police Commissioner Kelly.

Commissioner, we have term limits in this city. Mayor Bloomberg has just been re-elected. He'll have to step down after his next term, and you have many admirers who think you would make an excellent mayor. Has that ever crossed your mind?

Cmsr. KELLY: Not really. You know, I really don't have any interest in it now. I have the best job in the world, and I'm very happy doing what I'm doing.

PRESSMAN: Yeah, but supposing you decided that you'd like to do other things as well and still be over the police commissioner whom you would appoint?

Cmsr. KELLY: No, I don't see that happening. But as I say, I'm very happy to have the job I have now and look forward to the next four years.

PRESSMAN: Challenges will be over after these four years. There won't be anything more to do in terms of police work?

Cmsr. KELLY: Well, I hope there's more to do, but, you know, we have a lot of challenges right now in the next four years. We want to...


Cmsr. KELLY: ...increase the number of cameras on the street. We want to improve our technology. We want to perfect and mature our counter-terrorism programs. So there's a lot to do.

PRESSMAN: You grew up on the West Side of Manhattan, correct?

Cmsr. KELLY: Yeah.

PRESSMAN: Did you resolve to join the police force when you were very young?

Cmsr. KELLY: No, not really. I had no relatives in policing at all. I was going to college, a Manhattan college, and I saw an advertisement for the cadet program. I was actually working in Macy's department store part-time...

PRESSMAN: Selling what?

Cmsr. KELLY: I was the stock boy. Of course, that's not politically correct anymore, but I was the stock boy. I was not deemed appropriate to sell, so I was taking care of the stock. But I saw the police cadet program. It was--they were trying to get college graduates into policing. And I joined the cadet program while I was going to college and I kind of fell in love with the excitement, the--just the breath and scope of the department. And that's when I got the bug.

PRESSMAN: Are you still in love?

Cmsr. KELLY: Absolutely. It's a great organization. And if you want to be involved in policing, there's no place better than right here in New York City.

PRESSMAN: You grew up on 91st Street and 92nd Street?

Cmsr. KELLY: 91st Street and Columbus. It's now a McDonald's. The building is gone.

PRESSMAN: All right. But Trinity High School and the elementary school right across the street...

Cmsr. KELLY: That's right, correct, right across the street.

PRESSMAN: did you get along with those Trinity kids?

Cmsr. KELLY: There was some tension. But, you know, the neighborhood, of course, has gotten much better now. In those days the neighborhood was problematic, and, you know, I moved to Queens when I was 13.

PRESSMAN: Was it kind of a DMZ on 91st Street between the Trinity kids and the other kids?

Cmsr. KELLY: No, not so much a DMZ. I think the Trinity kids would accuse us, in those days, of harassing them, you know, I'm sure that doesn't go on anymore.

PRESSMAN: Your first assignment as a cop was where?

Cmsr. KELLY: In the 20th Precinct on the west side of Manhattan, right across from where you used to live. On...

PRESSMAN: Sixty-eighth Street.

Cmsr. KELLY: ...68th Street. Right.

PRESSMAN: But anyway, your--how many years has it been?

Cmsr. KELLY: Well...

PRESSMAN: Thirty-one...

Cmsr. KELLY: That was in 1967 when I was assigned to the 20th Precinct. So it was a long time ago.

PRESSMAN: And you're still in love?

Cmsr. KELLY: Absolutely.

PRESSMAN: Thank you, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. I'm Gabe Pressman. Have a good day.

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[JR:  Perhaps Jasper Ray is running for mayor, senator, or even el presidente. Maybe vp for rudy? ]


*** JNews5 ***

December 06, 2005] 

Tom Rowley Tapped as Co-Chair of StarVox Communications Board


TMCnet Associate Editor

Thomas E. Rowley has been appointed as the co-chairman of the board of directors for VoIP networks provider StarVox Communications Inc., the company announced today.

Rowley, who will play an active role working with the StarVox team, has 35 years of experience assisting early-stage technology companies in commercializing their technology and determining new markets. During his career, he has founded and helped grow nine venture-funded companies.

Previously, Rowley served as CEO of Preventsys, a supplier of enterprise security policy management software. Prior to that, he was a founder and CEO of Counterpane Internet Security, a managed security services provider. He also served as the CEO of both Veridicom, a manufacturer of silicon fingerprint readers, and Centigram, a leader in the voice messaging market.

“I am very excited about the market opportunity for StarVox and the excellent growth prospects for the company,” Rowley said in a company news release. “I believe my experience in building successful companies will be valuable to StarVox’s team as the company executes its plan to capitalize on this significant opportunity.”

Rowley, a graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 1992 and holds two patents with the U.S. Patent Office. His experience includes leading the development of secure cryptographic semiconductors at National Semiconductor. He has also lectured for business schools at Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley and Santa Clara University on how to fund and build a venture-backed company.

StarVox Communications is a facilities-based next generation infrastructure and applications service provider which offers wholesale and retail traditional voice services and enhanced VoIP services over its domestic VoIP network and its international wholesale network. The company’s domestic VoIP network provides over 300 points of presence (POPs) which allow local access from more than 80 percent of business sites.

The company also provides local services to more than 65 percent of business sites.

StarVox works with a variety of channels (ISPs, CLECs, Telecom Agents, Carriers, Affinity Groups, Property Management Groups, etc.) that are interested in migrating customers from traditional separate voice and data communications connections to a converged voice/data connection. It offers a complete “turnkey” package of services to its channels with full individual branding.

StarVox is unique in owning both its application technologies and domestic and international networks. The company owns and continues to develop feature-rich technologies including VoIP trunking; VoIP VPN; IP Centrex; and IP-based unified communications, including advanced calling features, calendaring and contact management.

For more information visit

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*** MNews1 ***

Yonkers' Volchok living out his dream in Germany
(Original Publication: December 3, 2005)

Sam Graham arrived at the Frankfurt airport and picked up the new American import for his Volklingen Baskets 98 team on that September day in Germany. They headed for the road known as the "Autobahn," which seems to be German for either "hold on to your hat" or "hope you haven't just eaten."

"On the Autobahn, there's no speed limit," Nick Volchok said. "We were doing like 180 miles an hour on the highway. It felt good."

Apparently, though, they were in the slow lane. They might as well have been in an old pickup truck with a fleet of Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart clones in a hurry behind them.

"You know, we're doing 180 miles an hour and there are Mercedes Benzes and BMWs flying past us in the next lane," Volchok said. "It's just different."

It's a long way from the New York Thruway and his home court of Yonkers. But the 24-year-old product of the city's rec leagues and the programs at Gorton High, Rockland Community College and Mercy College is taking his first shot at pro basketball this season, leaving RCC and his first head-coaching position after just a summer on the job to drive after his hoop dreams overseas.

And he's certainly enjoying the ride.

"The only thing I really miss is my family and my girlfriend, and that's really it," Volchok said at the other end of the line earlier this week. "Other than that, this is a great opportunity for me. It's something I've been wanting my whole life. I'm actually getting an opportunity to do it. So it's just great."

But not only is he enjoying it, he's excelling at it, averaging about 17 points per game after 11 games — including one 52-point eruption early last month — and doing the little blue-collar things as well. The 6-foot-5 starter at shooting guard is also leading his Regionalliga league in 3-pointers made per game with 3.5.

"Nick is not the greatest athlete," said Rob Kurzinsky, his former coach at RCC and mentor. "He's not playing above the rim all the time. He's not running a 4.2 40 and getting up and down the floor. He doesn't have the greatest quickness. But he has worked really hard at his game. He knows what he does well. And he can shoot the hell out of the ball."

Volchok just thinks the pro game across the big pond is made for him.

"It's a lot more finesse, a lot more shooters," he said. "Back in the States, it's a little more aggressive. It's more muscle and athleticism. Here, it kind of fits my style of play more because I'm more of a shooter."

Away from the court, it's just like Yonkers where he lives — Yonkers circa the 1700s.

"There are probably more sheep and cows than there are people in this town," Volchok said.

He has plans to move closer to his basketball interests soon, but Volchok has been sharing an upstairs apartment with teammate and fellow American Keith Lambkin in a house in Ohmbach — population, he says, about 400. There are some quaint shops, but it's mostly farmland and hills and trees and animals.

"It's a lot more peaceful, a lot cleaner," he said, comparing it to his home city.

There's also one pub, one gas station and a handy bus stop to take him into the adjacent town, a virtual metropolis compared to Ohmbach named Kaiserslautern — population, he says, about 4,500.

The closest large city is Frankfort, about an hour and a half away.

Volchok isn't exactly fluent in German, so things can get lost in translation, whether it's giving orders for food or taking orders for basketball.

"The hardest thing I've had to do is adjust to the language," Volchok said. "I have a little German handbook that I use. And my teammates help me out a little bit with picking up some words. I do traveling by train and bus, and I just pick up stuff as I go along.

"I can go into a store and order food. Am I going to get exactly back what I want 100 percent of the time? Probably not. But I'll definitely get some food back."

His dad, Nick, works as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in White Plains and his mom, Toni, is an administrator at a social service agency in Yonkers. She remembers her little 10-or-so-year-old starting out at North Yonkers Boys & Girls Club and then his talent beginning to catch up with his passion.

"He played there and he wasn't that great," she said, "but they chose kids for a team as he got a little bit older that would play other teams more regionally, and that's when he started to get good. About 13 or 14, he saw that he really had a gift for it. He was at every gym that ever opened."

After he played in Gorton's gym, he took his game to Division III Cazenovia near Syracuse, and he started as a freshman. But he felt the school was too small, that he was capable of more. His parents thought that he could do better academically elsewhere, too.

That summer, Kurzinsky saw him play in the Yonkers Midnight League and found his first recruit for his new job at RCC.

The gym rat sat on game days during his first season, a redshirt year for him, but Volchok came out firing the following season. He started at shooting guard, averaging about 19 points per game and nailing 112 3-pointers, the second most in the nation and believed to be the most for a season in school history.

"He had a highlight tape where he really shoots the ball really well," said Steve Kelly, the Mercy coach. "When he gets a split second to set up, he has strong range. I mean, he has NBA-type range. I think what helps him, too, is he's got good size. ... We really needed a 3-point shooter."

So Volchok picked up his full scholarship and delivered on his end, starting every game and leading the team in 3s in both of his seasons — hitting 124 of them in all — while averaging 10.3 points and sweating to improve his defense as well for the Division II Flyers.

"He was really low maintenance," Kelly said.

After graduating with a journalism degree last year, Volchok went to three exposure camps, including one at Manhattan College where Graham saw him while working as a rep for an agency called "Slammers." Volchok signed with the agency, but no European team placement immediately came out of it. So he went off to SUNY Plattsburgh to become an assistant coach.

"It was hard watching guys my age still playing ball and I'm on the sideline with a suit and tie," he said.

Then in May, Kurzinsky decided to leave the RCC job after five years and take a position as the director of basketball operations at Columbia. Volchok was the choice of both Kurzinsky and AD Dan Keeley to take over. There were still no playing offers in sight, and he accepted the job.

The fall semester had just started in early September when the call finally came. Graham, now the head coach of Volklingen, had a roster spot to offer. The team, with an October-to-April season, needed him there in a week.

What to do?

"It was very hard," Volchok said, "because I had played at Rockland and I had played for Rob and he had done a lot for me as far as everything goes, growing as a person, playing as a player. I was just so ready to step in and take over where he had left off.

"I had worked out with the guys all summer. I had put them in summer leagues. I had developed good relationships with all the guys. I had recruited a lot of players. I had brought in a good nucleus of a team. And then I got hit with this opportunity and it was something I'd been dreaming for my whole life.

"So it's like, where do you go? Do you chase your dream? Or do you fall back on what you have now?"

Volchok called Kurzinsky with his dilemma. Kurzinsky pointed out to him that the situation wasn't guaranteed in Germany. But Volchok called him back shortly thereafter and said he was being guaranteed a year by Volklingen.

"You've got to go," Kurzinsky told him.

"And everybody at Rockland agreed," Kurzinsky said.

Now he's making less than six figures in a league that's considered the third level out of five in Europe. Volchok compares it to Division II. But he sees it as his steppingstone to a higher level and six figures.

"Already, I'm talking to new agents and getting more interest from other clubs," he said.

"I'm actually going to be getting my Italian nationalism soon. That's my dream right there, to go to Italy and play in Italy. That's my next stop, hopefully."

And what about an NBA stop? Well, Volchok may be living a dream, but he's not living in a dream world. Even when he used to think about someday being a pro, he knew Europe would be his best bet.

"The chances of being an NBA player are just so far away," he said. "I wanted just to say that I played professional ball and just know I accomplished it. If one day I was to land in the NBA after playing overseas for a couple of years, then so be it. But my goals weren't set as high as the NBA.

"Now my goal is to turn it into a career (in Europe). I want to move on to the second league next year, and after the second league move on to the first league and make a name for myself and a good reputation."

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Yorktown Heights resident Harris passes on his basketball knowledge
(Original publication: December 2, 2005)

Amanda Giordano does a double take almost as soon as the words come out of Jerome "T.J." Harris' mouth.

Giordano, a Yorktown High School junior who stands about 5-foot-8, is in the middle of a basketball training session with Harris, a 58-year-old Yorktown Heights resident, at the Cortlandt Community Center.

"I want you to take him," Harris says, looking in the direction of 6-5 John F. Kennedy High School junior Brendan Holland.

Giordano flashes Harris a look that has "Are you serious?" written all over it.

He is. Very much so, in fact.

As Holland waits patiently at the top of the circle, Harris whispers in Giordano's ear.

"Start with the in-and-out (dribble) and then go into a double crossover," he says.

Though apprehensive, Giordano proceeds to do just that — and it works to perfection as she drives around Holland for a layup.

"You see that," Harris tells an onlooker. "If it works against a big guy like him, it's probably going to work against the girls she's going to go up against this year."

Giordano and Holland are among more than 250 youngsters Harris, a former New York City standout, has trained the last 11 years.

Such established area players as Tyrell Thompson and Dan O'Connell of Kennedy, Nick DiMaggio of Croton, Christine Kemp and Kim Kastuk of Putnam Valley, Michelle Smyth of Kennedy and Amanda Alicea of Lakeland have all trained with Harris. It's his way of keeping the city game he grew up playing alive and well in the suburbs.

West Haverstraw's Shenekwa Kellman, a sophomore at North Rockland, made the trip across the river to work out with Harris once a week during the offseason.

"Before I came, I didn't know how to dribble with my left hand," Kellman said.

Said Kellman's mother, Sharon: "She has not only gotten much better, but much more confident."

Shenekwa Kellman's father, Earl, played with Harris when the two were growing up in New York City. Earl Kellman attended DeWitt Clinton, and Harris attended Jamaica High School.

"I grew up in what I call the golden age of basketball," Harris said. "I tell the kids about 'The Goat' (Earl Manigault), Connie Hawkins and Pablo Robertson, and they don't know the names, but I say 'Boy, if you saw these people.' "

Harris is nicknamed after a New York City legend — Tony Jackson, a two-time All-American who played at St. John's from 1958-61 and died on Oct. 28 at age 65.

"They called me 'Little T.J.' because he was 6-foot-4 and I'm a shade under 6 feet," Harris said. "I was a good leaping guard. I learned from guys in Harlem and Brooklyn and added some of my own stuff.

"I teach these kids how to play downcourt, how to play down low, drop steps. I can basically teach them everything."

Former Panas star Danielle Hood, now a sophomore at the University of Hartford, started training with Harris when she was in the ninth grade.

"I worked with her three to four times a week up until her junior year, and then we kept working out once or twice a week up through her freshman year at Hartford," said Harris, who also trained former Putnam Valley standout Kristi Dini, a freshman at Boston University, for two years, and worked briefly with Ossining's Whitney McDonald prior to her departure for UMass.

"My biggest thrill is when I hear about them signing with colleges or when I see them on TV doing well," said Harris, who retired from his job with the New York City sanitation department in June. "I'm just really happy for them."

Harris had no idea he would wind up improving the basketball skills of so many youngsters when he first moved to the area from South Jamaica, Queens, in July 1994.

But then one day that summer, he went to a local club to work out and happened to walk by a pickup game.

"It looked a little bizarre up here," he said. "There are kids who are pretty good, but the ones I saw that particular day weren't doing too well. They lacked the fundamentals."

So he decided to do something about it.

He started off by working with three players he met at the club. His list of pupils slowly continued to increase — mostly by word of mouth.

"The first thing I have them do is shoot with a heavier ball," said Harris, who charges $40 for a package of three sessions, each of which lasts nearly three hours. "I make the girls shoot an eight-pound medicine ball for months."

Before Holland starts his workout, Harris has him tap the backboard with a 15-pound medicine ball 50 times on each side and run 15 times from one end of the court to the other while holding the ball over his head.

"What it does is it helps them with their shooting and rotation on the ball," Harris said. "It won't go in unless you shoot it right through the rim. Anything else will bounce off the rim."

But mostly, he has the players perform a variety of drills while giving feedback much of the time.

"That's it," Harris shouts during a defensive drill. "Move your legs. Keep your hands going — one up, one down."

On Saturdays from April to June, Harris takes many of his pupils to the Dyckman Clinic at Manhattan College, which he calls "the toughest clinic in the country."

Harris has been friends with Jim Couch, the founder of the Dyckman Foundation, for seven years.

"It's a chance for the girls and guys from up here to play with kids from New York City," Harris said. "And it's a whole new ballgame."

Cathryn and Heather Cardillo, 15-year-old twin sisters from Yorktown, have been working with Harris for three years.

"He has a sense of humor, which is good," Cathryn said of Harris. "But he's strict when he has to be."

Harris' work with youngsters also proved to be an important diversion after Sept. 11. He worked at Ground Zero from Sept. 12-16.

"I worked at least 13 hours a day," he said. "We would be covered with soot, but people would come up and kiss us and say, 'God bless you.' We were all so overwhelmed.

"We were all walking around in shock wondering if this really happened. One day a month later, I was reading an article in the paper, and I broke down and cried. That's when it sunk in."

Harris also has a year of coaching varsity basketball on his resume — and he said he learned something very important in his stint with Kennedy's girls team last season.

"I'm nobody's coach," Harris said. "I tried it at Kennedy and couldn't wait for the season to be over. The girls were very sweet, but I'm a trainer."



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

Date Day Sport Opponent Location Time
12/11/05 Sunday M. Basketball   Loyola*   Baltimore, Md.   2:00 PM
12/11/05 Sunday W. Basketball   Niagara*   HOME   2:00 PM
12/18/05 Sunday W. Basketball   Quinnipiac   Hamden, Conn.
  12:00 PM
12/18/05 Sunday M. Basketball   North Dakota State   Fargo, N.D.   8:00 PM
12/20/05 Tuesday M. Basketball   South Dakota State   Sioux Falls, S.D.   8:00 PM
12/23/05 Friday M. Basketball   Fordham   HOME   7:00 PM
12/30/05 Friday W. Basketball   Villanova   HOME   3:00 PM
12/30/05 Friday M. Basketball   St. Francis-NY   HOME   7:30 PM

1/2/06 Monday W. Basketball   Maryland   College Park, Md.   7:00 PM
1/5/06 Thursday W. Basketball   Rider*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/6/06 Friday Track & Field   Fordham Invitational   NYC Armory   4:00 PM
1/6/06 Friday M. Basketball   Iona*   New Rochelle, N.Y.   7:00 PM
1/7/06 Saturday W. Basketball   Loyola*   Baltimore, Md.   1:00 PM

1/8/06 Sunday M. Basketball   Saint Peter's*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/12/06 Thursday W. Basketball   Siena*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/13/06 Friday M. Basketball   Rider*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/14/06 Saturday Track & Field   West Point Quad.   West Point, N.Y.   10:00 AM
1/14/06 Saturday W. Basketball   Canisius*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/15/06 Sunday M. Basketball   Siena*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/18/06 Wednesday M. Basketball   Marist*   Poughkeepsie, N.Y.   7:30 PM

1/19/06 Thursday W. Basketball   Saint Peter's*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/20/06 Friday M. Basketball   Canisius*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/21/06 Saturday Track & Field   Manhattan Invitational   HOME   10:00 AM
1/21/06 Saturday Track & Field   Adidas Classic   Lincoln, Neb.   10:00 AM
1/21/06 Saturday W. Basketball   Rider*   Lawrenceville, N.J.   2:00 PM
1/24/06 Tuesday M. Basketball   Rider*   Lawrenceville, N.J.   7:30 PM

1/27/06 Friday Track & Field   Jasper Relays   HOME   9:00 AM
1/27/06 Friday W. Basketball   Iona*   New Rochelle, N.Y.   7:30 PM
1/27/06 Friday M. Basketball   Fairfield*   Bridgeport, Conn.   8:30 PM

1/28/06 Saturday Track & Field   Jasper Relays   HOME   9:00 AM
1/28/06 Saturday W. Swimming   CW Post   Brookville, NY   2:00 PM
1/29/06 Sunday W. Basketball   Marist*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/30/06 Monday M. Basketball   Siena*   Albany, N.Y.   7:00 PM

If you do go support "our" teams, I'd appreciate any reports or photos. What else do us old alums have to do? Right, encourage the young ones to max their achievement to 100% potential. I don’t think you have to win or die. Just give us it all and we should applaud. What better things do you have to do today, but to go to some strange support, dress up “funny”, and cheer for “our” athletes. So what if they think you’re a loon. You’re their loon. You never know what kind of difference you’ll make!

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*** MCSports Summary ***


Tonight MAAC men's basketball opener between Manhattan and Marist, slated for 7:00 p.m. at Draddy Gym, will be played as scheduled. The Jaspers look to extend their win streak in MAAC home openers to five against the 2-2 Red Foxes. Come out and support your team or listen along at home with Ed Cohen and Brian Mahoney on


Kingston, R.I. (December 6, 2005)- Jeff Xavier scored 12 of his career-high 25 points in a 4:28 span, including nine straight, to pull Manhattan even after trailing by 10, but the Jaspers could not take the lead, falling, 78-69, to Rhode Island tonight at the Ryan Center on the URI campus. Manhattan falls to 0-4 on the season, while the Rams improve to 5-1, as the Jaspers played their fourth straight game versus an opponent from a bigger conference.


Riverdale, N.Y. (December 6, 2005)—The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has named Manhattan Track and Field seniors Michael Freeman and Marina Liander to its weekly honor roll, it was announced by the MAAC office on Tuesday afternoon. Freeman earned the conference's Indoor Track and Field Male Performer of the Week honors, while Liander was named the Indoor Track and Field Co-Female Performer of the Week.


Riverdale, N.Y. (December 6, 2005)--Two-time Olympian and former NCAA Champion sprinter Aliann Pompey is coming home to Manhattan College. In an official announcement made by Manhattan Track and Field head coach Dan Mecca, Pompey has been named a volunteer assistant coach.



Patchogue, NY (December 3,2005)- Manhattan posted its sixth straight win, posting a double-dual meet win over St. Joseph's College, 57-46, and Old Westbury, 55-37. With the two wins, the Lady Jaspers are off to their best ever start after 11 meets. The two wins also move Manhattan past the 125 win mark since the 1989-90. The wins also give head coach Walter Olsewski 75 career wins.


West Hartford, Conn. (December 4, 2005)--Manhattan Women's Basketball was unable to overcome a 51 percent shooting performance by its opponent, as the Lady Jaspers fell to the Hartford Hawks on Sunday afternoon at Chase Arena. The Lady Jaspers fall to 3-3 with the loss, while the defending America East Champion Hawks improve to 5-1.


New Haven, Conn. (December 3, 2005)--Manhattan Indoor Track and Field continued its opening weekend on Saturday at the Lidlifter Invitational hosted by Yale University. Adding to Manhattan’s high number of Metropolitan Championship qualifiers early on in the season, freshman sprinter Stacy Gregory qualified for the Mets in her first ever collegiate meet by running the 200m dash in 26.54. In all, four Lady Jaspers added their names to list of Met qualifiers.


Riverdale, N.Y. (December 2, 2005)--Freshman forward Kymesha Alston gave the Lady Jaspers a 2-0 advantage with a layup in the first minute of the game, and Manhattan Women's Basketball never trailed in a 69-55 victory over Bronx rival Fordham University on Friday night at Draddy Gym. Four Lady Jaspers scored in double digits, and Manhattan outshot its opponent for the fourth consecutive game.



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[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!]


*** OtherSports ***

Syracuse Squeaks By Jaspers
by Bill Pucko
Published Nov 30, 2005

Syracuse blew a 20 point halftime lead before rallying to beat Manhattan in overtime. Gerry McNamara's 25 points led the way as the Orange pulled it out 87-82.

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The Wright time for SU; Utica guard nets 19 in OT win; Observer-Dispatch

SYRACUSE - Syracuse University's hard-to-believe, upside-down, immensely blown-lead, incredible-comeback 87-82 overtime basketball victory over Manhattan College Wednesday was something the Orange and all their fans should drop to their knees and give thanks for.

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Observer-Dispatch (Utica, New York)
December 1, 2005 Thursday 1 Edition
HEADLINE: The Wright time for SU
BYLINE: John Pitarresi

Utica guard nets 19 in OT win

SYRACUSE - Syracuse University's hard-to-believe, upside-down, immensely blown-lead, incredible-comeback 87-82 overtime basketball victory over Manhattan College Wednesday was something the Orange and all their fans should drop to their knees and give thanks for.

"That's a miracle," said Josh Wright, who helped produce it. "We really don't want miracles this early in the season."

No, but SU needed one. After leading by 24 points late in the first half and 20 at intermission, the Orange- atrocious on defense and about as bad on the boards- gave up 61 points to the Jaspers in the second 20 minutes, found themselves down by 10 with 1:42 to play and still found a way to come back and win.

"All I think about is the next play," said SU coach Jim Boeheim on what he was thinking with that double-digit deficit as time was quickly winding down. "If you think about it, you'll think you're going to lose."

Boeheim remains terribly worried about defense, rebounding and inside scoring ability, as he should be. He gave his team credit for fighting back, but he knew it was indeed a miracle that the Orange came out on top.

"We should not have won this game," he said. "This is one of the most remarkable comebacks we've had here."

One of the reasons was Wright, the sophomore guard from Thomas R. Proctor High School who is beginning to deliver on the promise he's displayed since his grade-school days. After a very nice game Friday against Siena- five points, eight assists, three steals- Wright really showed what he could do before 19,193 roaring fans. He played 34 minutes - just about the entire second half and all the overtime - scored a career-high 19 points, had eight assists and four steals. Gerry McNamara led the Orange with 25 points, and Terrence Roberts had 12 rebounds, but Wright had any number of big plays, especially down the stretch.

"I thought he was tremendous today," said Boeheim, who rarely uses that word in assessing a player's performance.

And he was. Wright scored nine points in the first half - his most noticeable play, though, was a slick pass to Darryl Watkins for a jam - but saved his best stuff for late in the game, after Manhattan's C.J. Anderson and Mike Konovelchick ripped apart the SU defense and turned a deep deficit into a solid lead. They included a 3-pointer that started the comeback, a drive to the hoop to tie the game at 81 midway through overtime and a pair of foul shots that gave the Orange an 85-82 lead with 12 seconds left.

Through it all, the slim, 6-foot-1 Wright was calm, cool and competitive, far more than he's ever seemed before on a college court.

"I just came out really confident," he said. "It's all part of a learning process. Tonight I learned how to win a game - to make good decisions, smart decisions."

Wright said his confidence level didn't go up with Wednesday's performance, but he does feel his coaches and teammates are confident in him. If they weren't before, they should be now, and that can only lead to more good things for him, and for the Orange.

LOAD-DATE: December 2, 2005

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The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York)
December 1, 2005 Thursday
BYLINE: By Mike Waters Staff writer

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim called it one of the most remarkable comebacks he's seen in his 30 years as a head coach. Syracuse guard Josh Wright called it a miracle.

After blowing a 20-point halftime lead, Syracuse rallied from 10 points down in the final two minutes, forcing overtime and coming away with an 87-82 win over a gutty and game Manhattan club Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome.

As the final horn sounded, Syracuse's Eric Devendorf punched the air again and again in celebration, while teammate Terrence Roberts sat slumped on the bench, his legs cramping up due to dehydration.

And several thousand of the 19,193 fans in attendance never saw it, having given up hope with more than two minutes left in regulation.

Syracuse led by as many as 24 points in the first half, leading to a 35-point swing by the time Manhattan had completed its ill-fated comeback.

"That's a miracle," Wright said. The reserve guard came off the Syracuse bench to score a career-high 19 points, including four in the overtime period.

Manhattan out-scored Syracuse 54-26 from halftime until the 2-minute mark in regulation. The Orange, seemingly dead in the water, suddenly rebounded. Syracuse scored 14 points to Manhattan's four in the the last 1:42 of regulation and then pulled away in overtime for the win.

"You've got to say this is one of the remarkable comebacks we've had here," Boeheim said.

The against-all-odds comeback prevented Syracuse from losing three games in November for the first time in the school's history. The Orange is now 5-2, while Manhattan falls to 0-3. Syracuse is now 13-2 in overtime games at the Carrier Dome since it opened in 1980.

Gerry McNamara led Syracuse with 25 points. Darryl Watkins had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds despite playing only 23 minutes before fouling out.

The first and second halves were polar opposites with Syracuse dominating the first 20 minutes and Manhattan tearing up the Orange until the final two minutes of regulation. Syracuse held Manhattan to 18 points in the first half, taking a 38-18 advantage into intermission.

The Jaspers, who had shot a woeful 6-for-29 from the field in the first half, then scored 61 points in the second half of play. Manhattan made 18 of its 35 second-half shots.

Manhattan's 61 points fell just short of the record for a Syracuse opponent. Navy, led by David Robinson, scored 65 points in one half against Syracuse in the 1986 NCAA Tournament.

Mike Konovelchick paced Manhattan's comeback with 21 points, doing all of his scoring after halftime.

It took very little time for Manhattan to stage its comeback. Kenny Minor's 3-pointer with 7:39 remaining gave the Jaspers a 57-56 lead. The 3-pointer left the Carrier Dome crowd stunned.

Those fans had seen enough by the time Arturo Dubois hit two free throws for a 72-61 lead with 2:21 left. The shots sent a good portion of the Carrier Dome crowd into the aisles and out into a cold winter's night.

Several Syracuse players said they noticed the fans heading for the exits and used it as motivation.

The fans had seen one historic comeback from Manhattan. They missed another by the Orange.

"They missed a good couple of minutes," Boeheim said.

Syracuse still trailed by 10 points with 1:42 left on the clock, but then Wright hit a 3-pointer to make it 75-68. Watkins slammed in a Wright miss. McNamara hit a three, narrowing the gap to 77-73. Another McNamara 3-pointer got it down to 77-76 with 25 seconds left.

After Jason Wingate hit a pair of free throws for a 79-76 lead, Syracuse set up a play for freshman guard Eric Devendorf. Terrence Roberts freed him up on a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left and Devendorf drilled it, tying the game at 79-all.

Manhattan rushed the ball downcourt, but Wingate lost the ball out of bounds as he went up for his shot. Syracuse had the ball with 7 seconds to work with. Manhattan put on its fullcourt press, but Devendorf sliced straight up the middle. He went to the basket, but had his shot blocked out of bounds.

Syracuse still had the ball under its own basket with 1.9 seconds on the clock. Devendorf inbounded the ball to McNamara who missed a last-second jumper.

Still, Gonzalez knew his team had missed out on a golden opportunity to pull off a huge upset.

"With a team like Syracuse, on the road, you've got win it in regulation," Gonzalez said.

In the overtime period, Syracuse held Manhattan to just three points in overtime. The Jaspers took an 81-79 lead on Mike Konovelchick's jumper with 3:25 left, but they failed to score in the last two minutes.

GRAPHIC: PHOTO Dennis Nett/Staff photographer ERIC DEVENDORF celebrates after hitting a game-tying 3-point shot that sent the Orange into overtime against Manhattan on Wednesday. The last-minute shot was Devendorf's first, and only, field goal of the game. Dennis Nett/Staff photographer JOSH WRIGHT goes in for a floater against Manhattan during the second half of Wednesday's game. Dennis Nett/Staff photographer DEMETRIS NICHOLS (center) of Syracuse scrambles for the ball in the first half Wednesday with C.J. Andersen (left) and Darren Johnson of Manhattan College. Nichols had 10 points and the Orange beat the Jaspers 87-82 in overtime.

LOAD-DATE: December 3, 2005

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*** Email01 ***

From: Ed Eaton [1994]
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:55 PM
Subject: Hi

Thanks for contacting me John.  Its good to know there are other Jaspers out there.

Ed Eaton
Senior Education Specialist
IBM Global Services Learning

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” - Alan Kay

[JR:  Trolling thru LinkedIn for Jaspers. ]


*** Email02 ***

Name:         Kevin Moore

Dear Collector-in-Chief,

    Thank you so much for sharing Ronald Herzman's First Things article with us fellow Jaspers.  I attended Manhattan 10 to 15 years after his graduation, but many of the professors he mentions taught me as well.  I remember particularly Dr. John "Black Jack" Nagle, one of the most witty and entertaining people I have ever come across.  His love for literature was contagious and his insights into Milton, Spenser, and Joyce are with me still.

    Herzman also includes Br. Luke Salm, who in addition to being my uncle was indeed a feared professor of Theology and a tough grader.  I never ventured to take any of his courses, but friends of mine did.  They soon regretted it when, after numerous cuts and poor classroom participation, they would up with "D"s.  I had tried to warm them at the beginning of the semester.

     Thanks again, and keep up the good work with JJ.

                          Kevin Moore
                          B.A. (Eng) 1980

[JR:  Jasper Kevin, I am most pleased that you find some value in Jasper Jottings. Especially pleased that it hits a responsive note. Thanks for sharing the vignette. As an injineer who made the “trek” up the hill, I always felt that the Theology Department had a personal vendetta against Engineers. Partially due to my “drive thru” mentality, I never understood the logic of 20-30 people trekking up when one person could have drive up and down with no sweat. Faculty had a reserved parking lot remember at both locations.) Since the media is often the message, it reinforced to me that they need to use their “lofty position” to command respect as opposed to earning it. I did learn a lesson about the need to establish common ground to have a conversation. Of course, referring to us as the “barbarians from the lower campus” didn’t do anything to raise this injineer’s opinion of theology. I probably should have paid more attention in theology and economics. Like Attila the Hun, learn the enemies’ ways to defeat them. Thanks for a great post. ]


*** Email03 ***

From: Zelnik, Geoffrey (1998)
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 11:16 AM
Subject: Re: LinkedLN

Hello John,

Thank you for the invite to LinkedLN. I think I have used it three times since I signed up. I was one of those early adopters of the internet, especially since I was lack in choosing the net as my profession of choice as Manhattan College's MBA program was folding.

I have seen a half dozen of these six degree of separation sites and still believe it's all about brick and mortar with emails and web sites serving as support information. It's a pleasure to get your emails, they are so much more informative than anything the college produces.

I was born and raised in Riverdale, went to Riverdale Country School, then American University, and finally Manhattan College. Enough school for now. I have this real estate firm and will eventually get a mailing out to currrent students and alumni should anyone want to sell or buy in the NYC area. I also have venture capital and plan on developing and buying large properties over the next few years, a la REITs. Look forward to your next e-zine and maybe we will catch up at a future event.

Geoff Zelnik/gsz
Homecourt Advantage Real Estate Partners LLC
President | Licensed Real Estate Broker

[JR:  Well, we don’t accept advertising. But we are interested in anything you do. If anyone’s interested, I’m happy to pass them along. Thanks for the kind words.]


*** Email04 ***

From: Forlini, Stephen (1983)
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 1:08 PM
Subject: Getting "Linked"

Hi John,

Thanks for getting me "linked".  Always good to hear from a fellow Jasper.



Stephen Forlini
W&H Systems, Inc.
Carlstadt, NJ 07072

[JR:  My db shows  1983 ]


*** Email05 ***

From: John Reinke
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 9:59 PM
To: Wilson, James T.
Subject: Good to find you on LinkedIn


Dear fellow Jasper, Hi. I noticed that you are also using LinkedIn. If you'd care to do the LinkedIn equivalent of the proverbial Star Trek Vulcan mind meld, I be pleased to link up with you, If not, I understand. It was just nice to have an excuse to say "hi". Go Jaspers, John'68

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From: Wilson, James T.
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 2:11 PM
Subject: RE: Good to find you on LinkedIn

John, I actually forgot that I got onto Linked in and have forgotten how to use it. Jim Wilson

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Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 3:28 PM
To: 'Wilson, James T. '
Subject: RE: Good to find you on LinkedIn


How can I help you?

You start by going to and signing on. I hope you remember your password. If not, just put in your email address and it will send you a link to reset it. Once you are on and authenticated, it just a typical website. You have the front page that tells you all the stuff that they have available.

You’ll see my outstanding invitation to join networks with you. That will allow you to connect thru me to them and their contacts. Pretty neat stuff. For free, you can connect to up to five people. So if you see someone via the search page that you’d like to network with, you write up a request and LinkedIn passes it along. I think it’s like passing notes in first grade. But, it seems to work. Ugly, slow, but it does allow you to reach strangers. They seem willing to respond because some one they know has vouched that you’re not an ax murderer.

You’ll have the ability to build your profile page and to load your address book in. I recommend just loading it in but NOT sending out invites right away. To invite someone to be your blood brother, who may or may not know anything about LinkedIn, networking, or technology can be a mistake. On the other hand, LinkedIn will tell you who of your email list is already a LinkedIn member. That’s how I found you. You can then offer the Vulcan mind meld and not get sucked into starting from scratch.

Does this help? If you have more questions, let chat on the phone and see if we can make you remember why you singed up. Other than it was free. ;-)  I think there are about 75 – 100 Jaspers on LinkedIn.




*** Email06 ***

From: Lorenzo A. Rodriguez [1968]
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 8:13 AM
Subject: Manhattan College Alumni

Just a quick note to advise you that my e-mail address is correct and that I receive the weekly mailings.

Lorenzo A. Rodriguez
Class of 1968 (BEChE)

[JR:  Great! ]



*** Email07 ***

From: Kelly, Christopher  [MC1987]
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 11:18 AM
To: John Reinke
Subject: FW: Same College

       On December 2, 2005, Christopher Kelly wrote:

       John - another Jasper! and a media person like myself...

Introduction Details

Graciela Camero     Christopher Kelly        John Reinke

From: Graciela Camero to John Reinke
Sent on: December 1, 2005
Get Back in Touch
Title: Same College

HI John,

My name is Graciela Camero. I use to work with Chris Kelly at Blair Television. i was looking at your back ground and saw that you were a Manhattan College Alumni. I also attended Manhattan in 1993-1997.

Just wanted to say hello.

[JR:  Hello fellow Jasper, My deepest sympathies for having to work for a living. Hopefully you didn't emerge from Jasperland convinced as I was that I knew something. Sigh, if life had rewind. But enough about that. Glad to make your acquaintance. How can I help? I have a lot of stuff and I am always accused of being overpowering. In addition to work, I run an alumni ezine that I can send you an invite. I run a "virtual turkey farm" for unemployed victims of the economy. I "do" a lot of networking and know some pretty strange and diverse people. And, I get excited when stuff happens. I am giving you my "super secret" Jasper Jottings address. Let me know what's up. ]

[JR:  A double win for trolling through LinkedIn. I do so much “trolling” someone might mistake me for a fisherman. ]


*** Email08 ***

From: Mark Boland [1993]
Sent: Saturday, December 03, 2005 7:31 PM
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner
Subject: jasperjottings20051204.htm

I would be delighted to have a drink with you after work during your visit to Denver.

My office is at 13th and Broadway, near downtown. I'll see if I can round up another Jasper or 2, also.

Please consider me your ambasador to Colorado, in other words, let me know if I can be of any assistance.


Mark Boland '93

 [JR:  Great, hope it comes to fruition. ]


*** Email09 ***

[JR:      What do you need?     ]

From: Lara, Angel (2002)
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: FW: Iraq Address

-baby wipes
-shaving cream
-shaving razors
-head shaving razor from
-starbucks coffee
- 6outlet power strip
-hand sanitizers
-Jaspers banner (to take a picture w/ it and send it)
-entertainment magazines
-computer speakers
-dvd movies
-black socks
-running shoes (yep, there's room for PT here)
-a good book that would not let me put it down
-AAA batteries
-Storage closet like this one:
-tactical watch
-foot spray
-baby powder
-skin lotion
-and a BMW, lol

[JR:   Here’s the address.           ]

> Angel Lara
> 1st Recon BN, H&S Co, S-6
> Unit 40535
> FPO, AP 96426-0535


*** Email10 ***

From: Kirrane, John M. (1978)
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 11:11 AM
Subject: <privacy invoked>


Thanks for accepting my LinkedIn invitation.  I graduated from Manhattan in '78. 

<privacy invoked>

Thanks for your help.


[JR:  Another Jasper turned up on LinkedIn. ]


*** Email11 ***

From: Patrick J. O'Neill [1988]
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 10:11 AM
Subject: A message from the JKO Foundation

Friends of the James Keating O'Neill Foundation,

My father, Thomas O'Neill, passed away on Monday after a short battle with cancer.

The wake will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at O'Shea-Hoey Funeral Home (29-13 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, Queens) from 2pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm.  The funeral mass will be on Friday at 10:30am at Immaculate Concepcion Church (29th and Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of my father to the James Keating O'Neill Foundation. The foundation supports an endowed scholarship at Manhattan College.  Donations can be sent to the following address.

JKO Foundation
P.O. Box 5524
Astoria, NY  11105

[JR:  Sorry for your loss.  James, Jasper Class of 1990. ]



Jaspers found web-wise

*** JFound1 ***



MC mentioned web-wise


Sports Center

Here are just a few points to ponder concerning recent developments the world of sports:

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4. Nice to see that the Syracuse basketball team was taken to overtime by the Manhattan Jaspers last night. This in the same season that SU has already lost to that perennial powerhouse Bucknell. Which is of course following the school's football team posting a 1-10 season. Has anyone else noticed the precipitous decline in their athletic fortunes since they neutered themselves and went from being the "OrangeMEN" to just the "Orange?" Can I prove cause and effect? No, but I'm just saying. And by the way, Manhattan College is actually located in the Bronx - and Riverdale at that. That's got to be the most blatant example of misleading advertising since those old comic book ads that depicted Sea Monkeys as humanoid figures living in a tiny Atlantis-like kingdom.

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[JR:  I of course responded to the assertion that we were “blatant”. ;-)  ]




Position: Library Director
Salary: Unspecified
Institution: Manhattan College
Location: New York
Date posted: 12/5/2005

LIBRARY DIRECTOR Tom and Mary Alice O'Malley Library

MANHATTAN COLLEGE invites applications and nominations for Library Director, to begin duties in mid-summer 2006. The Library Director is a member of the College's faculty and reports directly to the Provost. The Director has responsibility for the direction, development, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of library services necessary to meet the scholarly needs of the College community. The O'Malley Library is a modern five story 90,000 square feet facility open 24 hours a day during the academic year. Its staff includes eight professionals, and 25 support staff. The resources include over 260,000 volumes and 1400 print journals, microforms, and audio-visual media. In addition, as many as 300,000 serial titles are accessible online to the College's user community through the electronic databases available on the library's homepage (www. The O'Malley Library participates in state and regional networks in the interests of cooperative resource sharing and economies.

The ideal candidate will possess a strong record of leadership, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to continue our client-centered service. The successful candidate must have an ALA-accredited master's degree in library science or information technology; a second subject master's degree or an earned doctorate; a minimum of eight years of progressive administrative and managerial experience in academic libraries; a commitment to a liberal arts education and the essential support that the library offers faculty and students; a commitment to developing and assessing information literacy programs; an ability to cooperate effectively with Information Technology (IT) staff to deliver information services to the College; and evidence of active participation in state and/or regional library consortia and professional organizations.

In addition, the successful candidate will have a record of academic and professional achievement warranting tenure at the associate or full professor level; demonstrate effective fiscal resource management; have knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in higher education; present a record of collaborative leadership in planning, developing, and managing library programs and services. The successful candidate will have a clear understanding of the critical role of library services in the 21st century and the skills to advocate for and communicate that vision; an understanding of the instructional and scholarly needs of students and faculty in a wide range of disciplines; and the ability to foster teamwork and build relationships between and among internal and external library constituents.

THE COLLEGE: Chartered in 1853 by the State University of New York, Manhattan College is an independent Catholic coeducational institution in the Lasallian tradition located in the Riverdale section of New York City with an enrollment of 3,500 students. Manhattan is listed in the top tier of northeast regional colleges and universities by U.S. News and World Report. It is one of only four comprehensive colleges to have chapters of four national honor societies-Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Beta Gamma Sigma.

Applications will be accepted until January 22, 2006. All nominations must be received by January 15, 2006. Each application shall include a cover letter describing a commitment to the role of the library at a Catholic liberal arts college, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references, one of whom is a teaching faculty member. The search committee will begin its review of applications on January 2, 2006 and continue until the position is filled. Send all materials to Barbara Fabé, Vice President for Human Resources, Search Committee for Director of Library. MANHATTAN COLLEGE 4513 Manhattan College Parkway Riverdale, NY 10471 Women and Minorities encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse campus community.  AA/EO Employer M/F/D/V.

Contact Information:
Barbara Fabé
Vice President for Human Resources
Search Committee for Director of Library
Manhattan College
4513 Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471




sacdawg: Somebody please please tell me what the hell is wrong!

BIG BLUE! The NY Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys this afternoon 17-10 to claim the sole lead in their NFC East division with an 8-4 record. I attended the game with my father, mother, sister and her friend Christina Sa, and we gave an extra ticket to the son of my father's old college buddy, Nicky Manzione (who's a junior at Manhattan College). It was a freezing day, and a sloppy game, but the Giants persevered... SNOW...had to thaw out the Yukon (no room in the garage for me to park) this evening and for some reason the pumps were running really slowly and it took me so long to fill up the tank at the gas station...played a little online poker and won some more money...withdrawals from the site must be a minimum of $25 and you are only allowed 1 withdrawal every 24 hours...this is unsatisfying for me since I'd like to withdraw money whenever I am in the black, no matter how little I am up (since with the rakes from the online casino, each player actually has negative expected earnings)...these rules are made just so that players are tempted to play more hands instead of cashing out their winnings (more action = more money for the site)...still I've been up the past couple days and I want to keep it going... Updated the new iPod last night, and this one has problems of its own (OF COURSE)...for one, it doesn't seem to be as loud as my former iPod, and again after charging the battery all night, the iPod went dead on me after about 45 minutes traveling to Giants Stadium this morning... Tomorrow: lunch with Kownacki and his business partner in Berkeley Heights?...purchase car radio iPod adaptor (so that I don't have to keep burning CDs for my car) as well as a dock and holder for the iPod...FINALLY get that "Part 2: Heart on the Ceiling" recorded"!...dry cleaners...



By Josh Max

I first met White Johnny in the late 90s at a seminar we were both attending in upstate New York. A warm, funny, pot-bellied short dude with a voice that sounded as though he'd gargled razor blades, broken glass and mud, he was full of raw New York stories, and frequently a room would hush when as he started telling one. After hearing him share the following account twice, I finally asked him if he'd mind sitting down and telling it to me again into a tape recorder for publication. He agreed, and we met at a midtown coffee shop.

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I had gone to Manhattan College in the Bronx for two years, studying business administration. I quit in the middle of my statistics course. I'd gotten a "B" my first semester. The second semester I had a new teacher with a terrible Indian accent, and I was totally lost within a couple of weeks. I finished out the year. Ended up with 59 credits. I went into construction. That's when I started drinking a lot. The bricklayers—they drink for breakfast. These were my kind of people! At the coffee break they'd start cracking the beers.

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Two weeks later, I got fired. It pisses me off. I was a police officer. I was a cop with a heroin problem. If you're, say, a cop who's a drunk—they put you in detox. But a heroin addict, you're a piece of shit. So they fire you. The guy who shot me—they caught him, he went to trial and they plea-bargained. They gave him one and a half to three years. For attempted murder on a cop.

I was now a junkie with no job. My wife and I went on welfare, food stamps, the whole nine yards. I became the kind of guy I hated. But eventually I got on a methadone program. I spent five years on methadone. I went to detox. I didn't sleep for 40 days. Went back and forth, back on heroin, off, on, off. In the next two years I went to the hospital 12 times. In and out of detoxes.

And my last detox was ten years ago tomorrow.




Dodgeball Tournament
Keith G. Fonseca
Dec 5, 12:49 pm   show options

From: "Keith G. Fonseca"
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 12:49:18 -0500
Subject: Regional Dodgeball Tournament

On behalf of NJ NIRSA, I would like to personally congratulate Manhattan College Men's Team and Cook/Douglass Recreation (Rutgers University) Women's Team for winning the Men's and Women's Divisions of the 1st Annual Regional Dodgeball Tournament.

I would also like to send a huge NJ NIRSA thank you to Bridget Weikel of Rider University and Kevin George of Rowan University for putting together a tremendously succesful and fun day.  Although I was not able to attend since I was at the ABC Conference, Region 1 Student Representative Debbie Jones did inform me that everyone had a great time, the games were succesfully and efficiently run, and those that visited Rider were impressed with their hospitality and new Recreation Center.

I am so proud of NJ NIRSA.  We really "Ready, Fire, Aim" with this one and did a great job.  Thanks to all the NIRSA Members that participated and sent teams.  I look forward to great future endeavors and a terrific tournament next year.

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Thanks again to all,
Keith Fonseca
NJ NIRSA State Director
Montclair State University



Lampe, Blaire (2005)

[JR:  It’s not a email to us. But it is public. So maybe, I have hit upon another niche for JJs. Rather than everyone having to check, here it is. I’ll catch any Jasper’s blog if I knew where they were hiding. Care to rat out your fellow alums?]

Everyone deserves a chance to fly


“Take a message back from me. Tell them how I’m defying gravity.” -Wicked

So, we meet again. Well, Martin left this morning to go back to the U.S. and I got on a train to Barcelona and then to who knows where. We had a really great week, and saw pretty much anything and everything we could in Madrid. It was a nice change of pace to travel with someone who didn’t leave on a whim, and he was very good with my new insecurities, always reassuring “I’ll be right back” even for short trips to the bathroom (never mind he generally followed this with “unlike—”. I have a deplorable habit of not paying attention to much of anything if I know someone else is there to do it for me. For this reason, I never really learned where anything was or tried to decipher a map and would have been completely lost (actually, I often was) were he not there, so I put up with his chiding and silently cried myself to sleep every night. (kidding). Aside from seeing all the major monuments, museums, and parks, I also ate a truly impressive amount of pastry this week. No, I don’t intend to justify it in any way, just thought I’d throw it out there. And get this: I ran into Melanie, one of the girls I went to Morocco with. She was staying in our hostel the same days we were exactly! Small small small world. So that was fun, and she hung out with us the day we went to the Prado and gorged ourselves on McDonalds. (There were 3 hamburger specials there at the time: Canadian Cheese, Manhattan Burger, and Texas BBQ. If that is not an omen, I do not know what is.) We took a day trip as well to a little town called Escorial to see the mucho largo monastery there and have a look around. Then we came back, found a tasty indian food place, and that jerk treated me dinner. So after a lovely time I am once again going it alone with one week left of my eurail pass. It’s really hard to believe I’m almost out of this region of the world, that it’s been three months, or to know exactly what I’ll do with even less structure in my life after the 8th of December, but of course, this excites me as well. I’m currently trying to get to Zurich which I have yet to see, and meant to get out of Spain to at least southern France today, but the forces conspired to bring me back to Barcelona for one more night. Not that I’m complaining. This hostel has free internet access, kitchen, AND big screen tv with dvds. So yes, I will be staying in tonight, hopefully finishing Ulysses to exchange for Madame Bovary here at the hostel, and then watching movies. Do not judge me. I can feel you judging me. I am allowed to do this because I am in mourning over the fact that though Harry Potter is showing everywhere around me, I can find no place that shows it in english. So you just stop right there and shed a tear for me. Tomorrow, I have a ticket to….somewhere in southern france…starts with an M….not Marseilles…I wanted to go there, but it didn’t work out….I can’t remember the name, so you’ll just have to wait.

If you want to hear Martin’s side of the story, or just to get a decidedly more comprehensive idea of our itinerary plus more pictures than you knew was humanly possible (he may not have them up yet), you can check out his blog at  and the pictures are here: .

Opportunity Knocks

Published: Administrator Wednesday, 30 November 2005 07:27:00

[JR:  Well I don’t know about you but I want to be entertained? Young people are so entertaining.]



Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

-----Original Message-----

From: Curmudgeon's Friend
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 10:28 AM
To: Curmudgeon
Subject: Our National Christmas Tree

Not wanting to "offend"'s a "Christmas" tree!   Funny how the name changed during the 1990s (wonder who was President then?)

-----Reply Message-----

From: Curmudgeon's Friend
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:08 AM
To: Curmudgeon's Friend
Subject: Our National Christmas Tree

Well, I hope that whatever they are doing with that tree, I am not paying for it. Why do I suspect I am? As the resident grinch, these guys use our language, symbols, and beliefs against us. If this really was a Constitutional Republic, there would be zero government resources wasted on any of this fluff. It's NOT like they BELIEVE any of this stuff. Actions speak louder than words. How can they honor the Prince of Peace while fighting in at least two of places? How can they steal our sustenance by taxes, inflations, and spending? How can they claim the high moral ground on abortion when they have the death penalty? Maybe seeing the holiday tree, will inspire them.

Hmmm, Curmudgeon


And, yes, I do have a friend!

And that’s the last word.