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Tuesday March 20, 2007
Book Signing by Peter E. Dans [1957]

From: Peter E. Dans [1957]
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 1:08 PM
Subject: Good News
Hi John:
In the spirit of relaying “good news”, I’m pleased to report that there will be an exhibition at the South Street Seaport Museum in connection with my new book Life on the Lower East Side: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff 1937-1950 beginning March 12 and running through December 31.   Entitled “There Once Was a Neighborhood”, it will focus on the area between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges destroyed by Robert Moses to build the Al Smith projects.  My hope to tell the story of the neighborhood where I lived until I was 13 when my extended family was relocated to separate housing projects in 1950 came to fruition when I teamed up with an historian at CUNY Suzanne Wasserman who referred me to Rebecca Lepkoff who is now 90 and who started taking pictures when she was a dancer at the 1939 World’s Fair.  Through our memoirs and 170 of her photos from the late 30s and 40s, we were able re-create the old neighborhood.  Thirty-four of her photos will be on display.  There will be an official opening reception and book-signing on March 20th from 6-8.  Jaspers who can make it are welcome.  RSVP at (212) 748-8786 or

April 21-29, 2007

Trip to the Italian Riviera sponsored by MC (at least according to the snazzy brochure I was mailed). Book by 10/17 and save $200! 800-323-7373. Sigh!

September 21-23, 2007

Hold the date:

By the way, the Retreat this year is scheduled for September 21, 22, and 23 at the Retreat House in Riverdale.

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My list of Jaspers who are in harm's way:

- Afghanistan

- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)

- Korea

-- Stephanie (????)

- Unknown location

- - Lynch, Chris (1991)

- Uzbekistan

- - Brock (nee Klein-Smith), Lt Col Ruth (1979)

… … my thoughts are with you,

and all of you that I don't know about.

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This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.

-- Shakespeare.

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"In the third world, a blind person is referred to as ‘a mouth without hands,’" says Dr. V. "He is detrimental to his family and to the whole village. But all he needs is a 10-minute operation. One week the bandages go on, the next week they go off. High bang for the buck. But people don’t realize that the surgery is available, or that they can afford it, because it’s free. We have to sell them first on the need."

This fellow is certainly doing the Lord's work. Without the gooferment to help him, he figured out a way to get it done. Now if he was just a Jasper, then it would be great. But even without that, you have to admire the contribution. I do. Wish I could do something so simple and make such a different. Most of the time, I feel good not to impede progress.

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 reinke--AT—

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Email From Jaspers


Jaspers found web-wise


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New Jasper Bloggers (14 Previously reported)

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????    Bankead, Dr. Jack Hugh    JObit2
????    Greene,Kevin    JNews2
????    McFarlane,Ashlei    JNews3
1941?    Ferro, Ernest E.    JFound5
1951    Cuomo, Eugene    Lost
1952    Cuomo, Frank     Lost
1952    Cuomo, Paul    JObit1
1961    Stebbins, Donald M.     Email01
1962    Kaberle, John D. Jr.,    JObit3
1963    Doran, Arthur Jr.    JNews5
1965    O’Connell,Dr. Richard    JFound7
1965    Torrente, John J.    JFound6
1969    Quinn, Peter    JNews4
1970    Fenninger, Joseph    JNews1
1981    Cuomo, Kenneth     Lost
1990    Kroculick, Joseph B.    JFound4
1991    Sulivan, Suzanne Murphy    Email02
2001    Jasper, "Patrick"    JFound3
2002    Becker, Robert    JFound2
2004    Jasper, "OSCARIÑO"    JFound1
2006    Jasper, Ms. "siobhano"    JBlogger1

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????    Bankead, Dr. Jack Hugh    JObit2
2002    Becker, Robert    JFound2
1951    Cuomo, Eugene    Lost
1952    Cuomo, Frank     Lost
1981    Cuomo, Kenneth     Lost
1952    Cuomo, Paul    JObit1
1963    Doran, Arthur Jr.    JNews5
1970    Fenninger, Joseph    JNews1
1941?    Ferro, Ernest E.    JFound5
????    Greene,Kevin    JNews2
2004    Jasper, "OSCARIÑO"    JFound1
2001    Jasper, "Patrick"    JFound3
2006    Jasper, Ms."siobhano"    JBlogger1
1962    Kaberle, John D. Jr.,    JObit3
1990    Kroculick, Joseph B.    JFound4
????    McFarlane,Ashlei    JNews3
1965    O’Connell,Dr. Richard    JFound7
1969    Quinn, Peter    JNews4
1961    Stebbins, Donald M.     Email01
1991    Sulivan, Suzanne Murphy    Email02
1965    Torrente, John J.    JFound6

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20070315 JHQ Manhattan College To Host Open House For Local Teachers Seeking A Master’s Degree

March 14, 2007

Contact: Scott Silversten
Phone: (718) 862-7232
E-mail: Public Relations

Manhattan College To Host Open House For Local Teachers Seeking A Master’s Degree

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College has received a Teacher Leader Quality Partnership grant and will host an open house on Tuesday, March 27 for local teachers interested in pursuing a master’s degree in education to increase their knowledge and skills with regard to working with “at risk” and special education students.

This tuition-assisted Master of Science program in Special Education-Dual/Childhood 1-6 is open to teachers in the New York City Department of Education Regions 1 and 2 (Districts 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12), Yonkers Public Schools, and Non-Public schools in these areas. Preference is given to teachers in schools in need of academic improvement, individuals who are not certified, or those teaching out of their certification area.

The program meets the requirements for New York State permanent and professional certification for special education, as well as for general education teachers holding provisional/initial teaching certification. The standards based graduate courses prepare teachers to incorporate problem solving, technology and constructivist activities into the delivery of instruction.

The open house will be held from 4-6:00 p.m. in the admissions office located on the sixth floor of the College’s O’Malley Library.

For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Kosky, director of graduate special education programs at Manhattan College, or her assistant, Margaret Harten Rose, at (718) 862-6969, or e-mail or

Founded in 1853, Manhattan College is an independent, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning offering more than 40 major programs of undergraduate study in the areas of arts, business, education, engineering and science, along with graduate programs in education and engineering. For more information about Manhattan College, visit



Release: 03/12/2007
Riverdale, N.Y. (March 12, 2007)-- The drawing for the Manhattan College Men’s Basketball Raffle took place this past Friday, here are the winners. The winning ticket for the Grand Prize 2007 Dodge Charger belongs to Vito Loguidice, ‘73 with ticket number 141. The winner of the Second Prize 32” LCD High Definition TV is Mark Goldberg with ticket number 235. The $500 Gift Card to The Westchester Mall Third Place Prize belongs to Andrew Demicco with ticket number 327. The winner of the Fourth Place Prize of two Field Box Tickets to a New York Yankees game is Ronald J. Petro with ticket number 374. Finally, Mike Weiss with ticket number 97 wins the Fifth Place Prize of four tickets to a New York Mets game.
For more information on how to claim your prize, please contact Fiona Delaney at 718-862-7456. The Manhattan College Athletic Department thanks everyone for their participation and congratulations to the winners.


March 8, 2007
 Contact: Scott Silversten
Phone: (718) 862-7232
E-mail: Public Relations

Manhattan College To Host 6th Annual Bronx Council For Environmental Quality Water Conference
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College will host the sixth annual Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) sixth annual Water Conference on Thursday, March 15 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the Leo Engineering Building. The conference is free and open to the public.
This year’s BCEQ conference will focus on the impact of overflows from New York City’s combined sewer system into the Harlem River. It is the fifth time that BCEQ and its partners are highlighting the Harlem River in an attempt to engage stakeholders in the future of the waterfront in the Bronx.
The Harlem River was the focus of a two-year study in which Manhattan College participated.  The study recommended increasing public access to this vital urban waterway and a return to the days when boating regattas and public promenades along the shoreline were commonplace.
“There are too many combined sewer outfalls along the river that result in unacceptable levels of E. Coli and Enterococcus, pathogens that can cause serious health effects including diverticulitis and meningitis,” says Walter Matystik, Manhattan College assistant provost and an environmental engineer who participated in the study.
Matystik recommended that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection focus on the Harlem River. His recommendations included adding water quality sampling stations, including the effects of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) on pathogens as part of the Clean Water Act’s mandated long-term control plans, and setting a target to upgrade the River’s classification to support bathing and fishing.
“This can be done with conventional technology,” Matystik says. “The Harlem River’s future doesn’t have to be one of shoreline brownfield sites and limited public access. Its glory days can be restored.”
Those wishing to attend the conference can R.S.V.P by calling (718) 324-4461 or e-mailing The Leo Engineering Building at Manhattan College is located at 3825 Corlear Avenue, just north of 238th Street in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one mile from the Westchester County line.  It is accessible by MTA subway line 1, or the Van Cortlandt Park exits off of I-87/Major Deegan Expressway.
Founded in 1853, Manhattan College is an independent, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning offering more than 40 major programs of undergraduate study in the areas of arts, business, education, engineering and science, along with graduate programs in education and engineering. For more information about Manhattan College, visit

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(Memento Mori)


JObit: MC1952 Paul Cuomo

ACTIONABLE OBIT: EXPIRES 19MAR07 Newburgh, NY MC1952 Paul Cuomo

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Paul Cuomo

Paul Cuomo, a longtime resident of New Windsor, died on March 15, 2007 at Cornwall Hospital. He was 79.

Born on August 24, 1927 in Yonkers, N.Y. to the late Michael E. Cuomo and Helen L. Tulley.

Paul was raised in Yonkers, N.Y. and graduated from Roosevelt High School. After High School, he went on to join the Merchant Marines until 1944 when he enrolled in Manhattan College. During his college career, Paul joined the United States Army. After being discharged from the Army, he continued his degree and received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering. After graduating from Manhattan College, he tried out for the New York Yankees, but unfortunately he didn’t make it. He had man hobbies including boxing where he was an amateur boxer boxing in the golden gloves. Paul went onto University of Connecticut and earned his Masters in Civil Engineering. After graduation, he became an instructor at UCONN.

Paul worked for the Army Corp of Engineers and numerous engineering companies. In 1965, he became the town Engineer for the Town of Babylon were he was very active in the Democratic Party. In 1975, he became the Town of New Windsor Engineer retiring in 1986. After retiring form New Windsor, he owned and operated Cuomo Engineering at Stewart Airport.

He was an avid skier, loved his photography, the New York Yankees and was a civil war buff.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 48 years, Jacqueline at home; loving children, Peter and his wife, Lori Cuomo of Fairfax, Va., Melinda and her husband, James Kennedy of Coxsackie, and Pamela and her husband, Nicholas Steyer of Saugerties, and eight cherished grandchildren.

A Family statement reads: “Paul was a very special and unique man with a big heart and sense of humor. He will be missed greatly.”

The Family will be present to recieve friends on Sunday, March 18, 2007 from 2-6 p.m. at Coloni Funeral Home 3001 Route 9W, New Windsor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday March 19, 2007 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Newburgh. Interment to follow in the Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen.

In Lieu of Flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association of the Diabetes Association, PO Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131.

Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Coloni Funeral Home.

Published in the Times Herald-Record on 3/16/2007.

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JOBIT: Bankead, Jack Hugh (Attendee)

[N.B.: In accordance with my liberal definition of what is a Jasper, I think if some saw fit to mention his time at Manhattan College, then that makes him a jasper to me. Besides isn’t once of the corporal works of mercy to bury the dead? I’ll commend him to our fellow alums for their prayers.]

JOBIT: Bankead, Jack Hugh (Attendee)

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Jack Hugh Bankead

BANKEAD, M.D., , JACK HUGH On March 13, 2007, Jack Hugh Bankead, M.D., age 85, was reunited in Heaven with his daughter, Ann Leigh Bankead, who preceded him in death in 1991. Dr. Bankead was born December 18, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri to Cecil Gibson Bankead and Jessie Kemper Bankead. He attended the Kansas City Missouri School System and graduated in 1939 from Northeast High School. During his last year in high school, he was signed to a professional baseball contract by Bill Essick, the then chief scout for the New York Yankee Baseball Organization. A year later he caught the eye of Branch Rickey, who signed him to a contract to play ball with the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Club. He remained with the Cardinals until his enlistment in the United States Armed Forces and served in the U.S. Army, 83rd Infantry Division, 330th Regiment from 1942 through the end of World War II. Dr. Bankead was a decorated veteran having participated in the Battle of the Bulge, and was a recipient of three Bronze Stars for heroism and received a Purple Heart. During his baseball career, he suffered an injury which led him to develop an interest in medicine. Prior to his military service, he attended Kansas City Junior College, Marshall College, Texas A & M University, and Manhattan College in New York City. His interest in medicine was sharpened during his service on the battlefield as a medic during the war. Upon his discharge from the military, he continued his education, and he graduated from the Creighton University Medical School in 1951. He spent his first five years in practice as a country doctor in Nebraska. He later enrolled in an Anesthesia residency at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri and practiced in that field until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Bankead was a longtime member of First Baptist Church Dallas and served as a Deacon and active member in Ms. Criswells Bible Class. He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Mary Kathryn Bankead; son, Steven C. Bankhead and wife, Kathy Bankhead; son, John R. Bankhead and wife, Sindy Bankhead; six grandchildren, Matthew, Deborah Ann, Michael, John Samuel, Will, and Sarah Ann Bankhead. The family will receive friends 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Friday, March 16, 2007 at Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home in Sachse. Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 17, 2007 at First Baptist Dallas, Heritage Chapel, 1707 San Jacinto, Dallas, TX. Reverend Steve Collins officiating. Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Home 5th Street @ Hwy. 78 Sachse Texas 75048 (972) 414-5050

OB6 Obituaries, Notices
Published in the Dallas Morning News on 3/16/2007.

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The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
March 11, 2007 Sunday
All Editions


JOHN D. KABERLE JR., 66, of Harrington Park died Friday. Before retiring in 2000, he was executive vice president and controller of HSBC, New York City. He was a graduate of Manhattan College. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Bergenfield, and a member of its Holy Name Society, Finance Committee and Liturgy Committee. He was a member of Alert Fire Company No. 1 of the Bergenfield Volunteer Fire Department and was former chief of the Bergenfield Fire and Rescue Squad. Arrangements: Riewerts Memorial Home, Bergenfield.


LOAD-DATE: March 12, 2007



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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.]


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We (i.e., the MC Online Database) have no contact information for this person (Unregistered)

Cuomo, Eugene Class of 1951

Cuomo, Frank Class of 1952

Cuomo, Kenneth Class of 1981

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 Houston & Texas News 
 March 7, 2007, 11:11PM
 HPD puts a new set of eyes on overtime

    HPD's new chief financial officer:
    • Age: 61
    • Education: Master's degree in accounting, Columbia University, 1973; bachelor'sdegree in management, Manhattan College, 1970
    • Experience: Chief operating officer, St. John the Divine Catholic Church; chief financial officer, Houston Community College system; various executive-level posts, CitiGroup
    Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt quietly replaced his top financial officer at Mayor Bill White's urging last month, less than two week's after an audit criticized the department's lax overtime controls.
    The department hired Joseph Fenninger, a former chief financial officer at the Houston Community College system who also has extensive corporate experience, to improve oversight of the time-and-a-half pay, city officials said Wednesday.
    "I wasn't getting the information on overtime, and I don't think the chief was, in the level of detail that we thought was appropriate to have good management of that overtime," White said.
    The change came after City Controller Annise Parker released an audit Jan. 16 concluding that the department's procedures for monitoring officers' overtime and outside employment were inadequate and often disregarded.
    The Houston Chronicle also reported that day that four rank-and-file police officers earned more than $100,000 in overtime during 2006.
    Two of those officers were the highest-paid employees in the city last year, receiving more than the salaries of White, Hurtt and all other department directors. Eight of the 10 highest-paid city employees last year worked at the police department, according to a Chronicle analysis of payroll records.
    Getting data 'difficult'
    Fenninger has the title of deputy director for budget and finance formerly held by Larry Yium, who remains with the department, said Officer Gabe Ortiz, a police spokesman.
    The department declined to make Hurtt or Fenninger available for an interview, or to clarify Yium's new role. Yium also could not be reached.
    Parker praised the move, saying the city could benefit from more experienced financial professionals. She also said she shared the mayor's frustration about getting overtime information from the department.
    "We had a very difficult time during the overtime audit getting any usable data," she said. "I think this is the first time they've ever been held accountable for the depth of data needed by the mayor and that we needed for the audit."
    Fenninger, who has worked as a banking executive and chief operating officer for a River Oaks church, has a master's degree from Columbia University. His base annual salary will be about $150,000.
    Heavy spending to come

    The personnel switch comes at a time of heavy spending for police overtime, as the department fights crime while facing an increased population with an understaffed force.
    The number of Houston police officers paid more than $50,000 in overtime soared to at least 70 last year, three times as many as in 2005, records show.
    With the help of federal and state grants, the department expects to spend about $49 million on overtime this fiscal year, said Judy Gray Johnson, the city's finance and administration director.
    Some of the highest-paid officers got overtime based on the nature of their specialized jobs focusing on traffic citations and drunken-driving arrests — both of which often require court testimony during non-duty hours.
    The two officers who earned the most overtime in 2006, however, don't specialize in traffic or drunken-driving enforcement.
    Despite repeated inquiries by the Chronicle, the department has not explained what extra work those officers did to earn the overtime.
    Lax oversight?

    The department made no formal announcement about its new financial officer.
    Johnson disclosed Fenninger's hiring Wednesday morning during an interview with the Chronicle about an unrelated police payroll matter. She said oversight of overtime would be part of Fenninger's job. Asked whether oversight has been lax, she said: "The increasing need for oversight goes with the increasing amounts of overtime."
    Parker's audit criticized the department for not knowing how many hours its officers were working.
    Department officials responded within the audit report that they agreed with many of its assertions. The response stated that the department has "severe limitations" in its information systems, and would try to address issues raised in the audit.
    Already, Johnson said, Hurtt has the ability to track overtime by individual officers or specific divisions — management functions he didn't have in the past.

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Floral Park Village 2007 Election
Deputy Mayor Greene Seeks Re-election

Kevin Greene, a member of the Floral Park Board of Trustees since 1995, is seeking re-election on the Citizens' Party ticket. "Serving the residents of Floral Park has been an honor and I look forward to continuing to work with the village board and for the residents of the village," he said.
Deputy Mayor Kevin Greene

Deputy Mayor Greene is currently fire commissioner and chairman of the Emergency Management Task Force. He has worked closely with the fire and police departments, preparing the village's emergency management response plan. He also serves on the Nassau County Village Officials Committee for Emergency Management. Deputy Mayor Greene is liaison to the Council of Cultural Affairs and liaison to Four Village Studio.

He has served as commissioner of public works, recreation and library. He, along with the Recreation Committee, worked on the design and refurbishment of Tiny Town at the Recreation Center as well as the refurbishment of the tennis courts and he worked with the recreation staff to develop a plan for refurbishing the baseball fields.

As Public Works commissioner, he worked on updating and tightening up the restoration requirements for street openings performed by the various utility companies and he assisted in the redesign of the parking area on Terrace Avenue, improving traffic flow. This past year he worked closely with the village engineer on the Magnolia Avenue reconstruction project and the installation of the new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the Library.

He joined the Floral Park Fire Department in March 1979 and is still an active member. He served as lieutenant and captain of Alert Engine Company, was elected to the chief's office in April 1989 and served as assistant chief until he was elected chief in 1993. In addition, he served on the New Resident and Substance Abuse committees and was co-chair of a Library Exploratory Committee, which was organized to meet with residents and discuss the needs and future plans of the library.

Deputy Mayor Greene is also a member of the North End Civic Association. He believes one of the greatest lines of communication with residents is through the civic association. "These meetings provide the opportunity for the mayor and trustees to update residents on village issues as well as provide a personal line of communication for residents to ask questions or raise concerns," he said, vowing to continue to be accessible, responsible and responsive to village residents.

He has worked for Con Edison for over 26 years, where he is the section manager for the Environmental, Health and Safety group of Maintenance and Construction Services. Deputy Mayor Greene received his bachelor's degree in business from Manhattan College. When he is not working, he enjoys coaching in the Indians soccer and basketball programs and the Little League baseball program. He is on the Little League board and is a member of the Floral Park Youth Council.

Deputy Mayor Greene is a long-time resident of Floral Park. His parents moved to the village over 40 years ago; he and his brothers, Ray, Mike and Pat, were raised on Magnolia Avenue. His wife, Janet, also a long-time resident, is co-owner of J-J's Dance Studio. She is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Floral Park Kiwanis. They have five children: Heather, Brian, Stephen, Julia and Jaime.

He says he has many fond memories of growing up in Floral Park and "like many, I have seen many changes. I am committed to accept only the changes that will enhance the village and keep it as nice a place to grow up for all our children as it was for me and my family."

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Ashlei McFarlane
Dealing with the needs of the autistic child is a challenge, but Ashlei McFarlane makes it look easy.
Delivering her treatment witha mixture of applied behaviour analysis, music and art therapy, McFarlane helps the children to not only be able to perform basic actions (like buttoning their shirts), but also to express themselves verbally and non-verbally.
McFarlane is a past student of St. Hilda's Diocesan High in Jamaica and Manhattan College in New York where she majored in liberal arts with a focus on psychology and the biological sciences. In 2004, McFarlane received her master's degree in clinical psychology from Hartford University. She is expected to receive her Ph.D. from the same institution this year.
The title of her graduate study is 'Autism in children and Adolescents: Effective Naturapathic Remedies'. She uses numerous non-prescription remedies, including some medicinal plants found right here in Jamaica, successfully presenting another positive image of her island home. Ms. McFarlane's interest in autism was inspired by a relative who has the condition.


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Search for the Soul of Irish America
Pam Grady
Sunday, March 4, 2007

"Looking for Jimmy" author Peter Quinn: "If you go deep e... "Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America" by Peter ...
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Peter Quinn loves Jimmy Cagney, in particular in his 1931 star-making turn as gangster Tom Powers in "The Public Enemy." The author of "Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America" sees something quintessential in that Prohibition-era tale of Chicago bootleggers.
"It is a great Irish American movie -- so much of the experience is captured in that movie," Quinn says by phone from Vermont. "The one brother is the good brother, but there's the other guy. I think in so many Irish families there would be a priest, a nun, a cop and then a guy in Sing Sing."
The 59-year-old Bronx native will be in San Francisco on March 15 as part of the Crossroads Irish-American Festival, where he will read from his book, a collection of 22 essays on the Irish American experience, as well as the 19th century potato famine that spurred the emigration of rural Irish to the urban United States.
Cagney is just one of Jimmys that Quinn's title refers to; New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, whose term spanned the flapper era to the Great Depression, is another. But "Jimmy" also refers to the Irish everyman whose arrival in the United States reshaped the country's demographics and destiny. Two million people left Ireland during the famine, and the destination for many was New York, a place where these former farmers would remake not just themselves but also the city they came to call home.
"My Jimmy isn't an individual but an Irish American attitude/essence/distillation," Quinn writes.
The onetime speechwriter for New York Govs. Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo and former editorial director at Time Warner has written numerous articles on the Irish American experience, as well as a novel, "Banished Children of Eve," set among immigrants in Civil War-era Manhattan.
In 1969, he received his bachelor's degree in history from Manhattan College, and he would later return for postgraduate work at Fordham University, earning a master's degree in 1974 and completing all of the requirements for a doctorate save completing his dissertation. For all of his lifelong interest in the subject, it was not until 1970, when he was teaching in Kansas City as a VISTA volunteer, that he began to contemplate just how little he knew about his own history.
"That was the first time I kind of looked back and said, 'My family came from Ireland to New York in the 1840s. What was that all about? Who were we? Where did we come from?' " he says. "I decided that I wanted to find out about it. I wanted my life involved in an investigation of what it meant.
"In college, I studied European history and I took British history to get a little bit of Irish history. I went to Irish Catholic institutions, but they didn't teach our history. You learned American history, European history. The first time I even studied the famine was in college in a course on Victorian history. It was kind of like a nonhistory, like it didn't merit attention. That was the kind of feeling you got."
A third-generation New Yorker, Quinn was aware that his grandparents were famine immigrants, but he knew little about them other than that. He writes in one of his essays of his mother's disdain for history, but says he understands it.
"One of the conclusions I came to is that most cultures and parents don't give those memories to their children because they're useless," he says. "They don't want them to have unpleasant memories. They don't want them looking back. They want them looking forward.
"They want useful history. Like, I think of my family being in New York during the (Civil War era). Draft riots. I don't know what they did, but I'm sure they're not going to say, 'Oh, yes, that's when Uncle Fred was on the rooftop, firing at federal troops.' They go the opposite; everybody's always laundering their history, especially immigrants. The striving for respectability, for a new start and for acceptance."
Taken together, the essays offer a sweeping tale of disaster, survival and triumph. The Irish left behind the deadly racism and discrimination they faced at the hands of the British only to find a similar situation across the Atlantic.
"I think one thing that people have forgotten is how utterly alien the Irish were," Quinn says. "When I looked into it, I realized it was an epic story of people coming off the land totally unprepared for life in an industrial city. Most people had never been more than 3 miles from their home. Many of them spoke Irish. And they got in ships, and six weeks later they were in New York. You'd have to get into a spaceship today to duplicate it."
With close family ties, strong Catholic faith and a passion for politics that translated into labor organizing and building political machines such as Tammany Hall -- Quinn acknowledges the corruption but also points out the good these machines did within the community -- the Irish became a galvanizing force in America during the Industrial Age. Although this history is specific to Irish Americans, Quinn insists it also reveals a more universal story.
"My feeling is if you go deep enough into who you are and what you are and where you come from, it shouldn't be a dead end," he says. "I think it connects you. How can you look at immigrants, if you know your own history, and use all these kind of cliches that people use and the anti-immigrant talk?
"The saving thing about America, with all of its faults, is that it's not finished. And it's not finished because these immigrants keep coming and changing it. The Irish played a big role in that. They didn't consciously come in and say, 'Oh, we're going to make this an open country,' but that was the effect of their immigration. It had been this kind of unicultural, Protestant culture, and they came in and changed it. That immigrant element has just kept making America new."
Quinn says the Irish formed the urban personality of New York -- which is exactly what he sees when he watches Cagney in "The Public Enemy."
"It's in his movement," he says. "He does this little electric strut. You can still see it in the way people move in cities. He just caught so much of it. Musicality and menace, tough guy, muscle guy who could really dance and look like a million dollars. He was urban Irish, and he caught it all."
Crossroads Irish-American Festival 2007: Thurs.-March 17 at various venues. "Looking for Jimmy" author Peter Quinn reads at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at New College of California Theater, 777 Valencia St., San Francisco. (415) 437-3427,
Pam Grady is a freelance writer.


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JNews: Arthur Doran Jr. to run for Yonkers mayor

The Journal News (Westchester County, New York)
March 13, 2007 Tuesday
GWP Edition
Doran Jr., retired Yonkers City Court judge, to run for mayor
BYLINE: David McKay Wilson

YONKERS - A week into retirement after a 20-year run as a Yonkers City Court judge, Democrat Arthur Doran Jr. is expected to announce his candidacy for mayor tomorrow at the Polish Community Center.

Doran, 65, retired from the bench on March 7, midway through his third term, saying it was time for new challenges. With his anticipated announcement, Doran will become the second Democrat officially in the race.

“We’re off and running,” Doran said. “It’s a whole new world.”

Doran will join City Councilman Dennis Robertson, D-3rd District, who announced his mayoral candidacy last month, in a race to face incumbent Republican Mayor Phil Amicone, who so far has no intra-party opponent. Two other Democrats, Councilwoman Sandy Annabi, D-2nd District, and former labor leader Lenny Spano - brother of GOP state Assemblyman Mike Spano and former Republican state Sen. Nick Spano - will be included in a party poll to be conducted over the coming week.

The city Democratic convention is set for April 26, at which time the party will designate its nominee. Losing candidates could gather petitions to force a September primary.

Doran said he has been thinking of running for two years.

“I see the national Democratic trend and figure it’s time for an Irish Catholic Democrat with a real solid background to be in sync with the state and country,” he said.

Amicone spokesman David Simpson warned that Doran comes to the race with baggage, noting his ties to former Yonkers Democratic City Committee Chairman Ralph Arred, who in September was sentenced to two years in federal prison for tax evasion.

“Judge Doran is a throwback to the days when political bosses like Ralph Arred ran City Hall and picked judges,” said Simpson. “I’m not sure if - at a time when the city is moving forward and Ralph Arred is behind bars - that people want to go back there.”

Doran, however, made no apologies for his long personal friendship with Arred, which continues today. If he had the financial wherewithal, Doran said he “would have been delighted” to pay the back taxes owed by Arred.

“He has been to all my daughters’ weddings and he has been a close personal friend for more than 30 years,” Doran said. “His white-collar problem I’m sorry for, and I still love him.”

Doran, who was born and raised in Yonkers, has longstanding ties to City Hall. While attending Manhattan College and New York Law School, he worked as an investigator for the Yonkers Corporation Counsel’s office. Upon his graduation, he was named assistant corporation counsel, and later corporation counsel during two stints in the 1980s.

He lost his first citywide race for judge in 1985, but a year later, following the death of Judge Robert Cacace, he won a six-year term. In 1992, after state law changed the term to ten years, he won a second citywide race. He won a third term in 2002. Doran has been succeeded by City Court Judge Michael Martinelli as chief judge.

While acknowledging that he and Amicone were friends, Doran said he’d do more jump-start development in the state’s fourth-largest city.

“The incumbent and I are pretty good friends, and the things I’ve seen on paper look wonderful,” he said. “But things have yet to happen and I’m wondering when they are going to happen. I haven’t seen a lot of results. It seems to be getting bogged down.”

Robertson yesterday charged that Doran’s son, Peter, had misused his position as city Democratic City Committee secretary to promote his father’s candidacy by sending an e-mail message to Democratic leaders, inviting them to the Wednesday announcement.

“You can’t use party resources for one candidate’s campaign,” Robertson said. ” You have to use your own resources. Peter might want to step aside as party secretary.”

Peter Doran did not return a message left at his law office.

Party Chairman Ken Jenkins said the same e-mail list provided to Doran was available to Robertson as well. While the committee secretary usually runs party conventions, Jenkins said Peter Doran will not run the convention at which his father will be a candidate.

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[MM: Dear John          On the Doran piece, he is known as Mike through out Yonkers. His father who was also a lawyer, was a Past President of the Manhattan College Alumni Society. His retirement dinner was one of the larger events of this year. Mike]

[JR: Mike, Thanks. I think it's nothing short of amazing how you can give these stories context. I'm humbled. fjohn68]

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From: Don & Diane [1961]
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2007 3:11 PM
To: John Reinke (1968)
Subject: No Power for 15 years
>    Exclusive: Andrew Victim Gets Power After 15 Years
>    Cutler Bay Woman Lived In the Dark Since Hurricane Andrew
>    Shoddy Repairs Prevented Her From Connecting Electricity
>    Volunteers Helped End 15 Years Of Cold Showers

 Dear Jasper John,

Curmudgeon offers this story as proof you can't depend on the government.  It seems to me that  the details do not indict the government nearly as much as an unscrupulous contractor, the insurance company and indifferent neighbors ( understatement of the 15 years) -  who would let an elderly and apparently incompetent neighbor go 15 years without investigating her situation?
Such indifference by neighbors offers proof to me that we need more government, not less.
Making sure every residence had  power restored should have been a governmental responsibility. Note that the problem was solved in hours once the mayor took action.  Good, efficient, government is often the best way for us to act in concert to better our communities.
BTW, why does Curmudgeon look to this remote case to find an incidence of governmental mismanagement.

Just think Katrina, Iraq, Walter Reed, etc. to find gross governmental ineptitude.

The Bush administration defines the opposite of good, efficient government and gives
all governments a bad name- but they do not represent government at its best to put it mildly.
I have to cut this letter short- I just got a call from the 150 year building  fund at Manhattan

Sincerely yours,     
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

[JR: Well, I can't tell you what Curmudgeon was thinking. Due to our process, you'll have to wait for his response. BUT I can tell you what it made me think of. We have substitute gooferment for personal responsibility. I can tell you that I know it couldn't have happened in the civil society of my grandparents. They looked out for each other because the government wasn't viewed as the solution to all our problems. Gooferment of both parties has destroyed their America. It soaks everyone with high costs -- inflation, taxes, regulation, and scope creep -- such that people say "let the gooferment do it". You ask for "good" "efficient" and "government". It CAN NOT happen. Those are as mutually exclusive as light and dark. You want to bash Bush; I want to blame ALL of them. I note that the mayor solved the problem in an hour but it took a newspaper to find the problem. Maybe this is another one that we will just have to agree to disagree. You think that government can be good and efficient. I think that government is immoral. You want more force; I want less. For you, the Democrats can't do anything wrong and the Republicans can't do anything right.; there we half agree, except I say that neither political party can do anything right. Agree to disagree? You can easily disprove my belief by naming one gooferment program that works. I don't think there is one. Please, prove me wrong. And, let's see what Curmudgeon says.]

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From: Suzanne Sullivan
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2007 8:52 PM
Subject: [=reinkefj Contact Request]

I just came across your Jasper Jottings from June and found this:

Congrats to Jasper Sullivan. By the way, I think the Dean of English want to speak to you about "positivity". Pay him no mind, I "r an injineer", know lots about electrons, and understood exactly what you meant.

Hey it really is a word!  And I know all about Engineers - I married one Rob Sullivan EE class of '91!

 pos·i·tiv·i·ty      /ˌpɒzɪˈtɪvɪti/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[poz-i-tiv-i-tee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun, plural -ties. 1. the state or character of being positive: a positivity that accepts the world as it is. 
2. something positive. 

Actually, after a very long election day, I was in a room with the reporter for about a half hour after the results came in, but she didn't see fit to interview me until I had left Village Hall was was standing on a street corner on my way to the victory party.  As I was walking away, I even questioned my use of the word positivity - but at that point I just didn't care!

Thanks for the kind words!

-----Original Message-----
From: Reinke's Jasper (mc68alum) Persona 
Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2007 12:01 PM
Subject: RE: [=reinkefj Contact Request]

Hello Ms. Suzanne,

Thanks for the message. Of course, you're welcome to a free subscription to Jasper Jottings and are always welcome to pander to your fellow Jaspers for their votes as you follow in Rudy's footsteps. We've "got" about 1.5k readers -- it's hard to count -- surely, some of them live where you need them to. Perhaps, you can be the next Prez? I'm always tickled to hear from famous Jaspers.  As far as being married to an injineer, you have my condolences. My wife tells me all the time how hard it is, how much she gave up for me, and whattan uber nerd I am. I keep reviewing my notes about "sunk costs" and "opportunity costs". ;-)  Great to hear from a Jasper couple and hopefully you'll keep us up to date about Jasper News that you make.





Newsday (New York)
June 20, 2006 Tuesday
HEADLINE: NASSAU; Development, zoning key election issues

Today's election for trustee in Rockville Centre could shift power away from incumbent Mayor Eugene Murray and his Home Rule Party in a battle over development in the village of 25,000 residents.

A Murray ally, James Sutton, gave up his trustee position in March after moving to Pennsylvania, creating an open seat on the five-member board.

Emilio Grillo is making his first run for elective office on the Home Rule Party line, but he says he will be an independent voice, not necessarily allied with the mayor.

He is opposed by Suzanne Murphy Sullivan of the Residents' Voice Party. Sullivan is a recent past president of her party and seeks to join fellow members and incumbent trustees Andrew Karamouzis and Jeanne Farnan Mulry to form a majority of three on the board.

"There is one issue, and that is overdevelopment," Sullivan said in a recent interview. "About 95 percent of our board's votes are unanimous, but when we do disagree, it's often over development."

She and members of Residents' Voice favor repeal of a 2003 law that allows multiple-family dwellings in the business district and are at odds with Murray over the number of units allowed per acre in any new development. Residents' Voice wants lower density and less development.

Grillo expressed caution on the issue, citing his own battle after moving to the village in 1999 with a neighbor who wanted to build "a rather enormous house" next door.

"We were able to defeat that. About three years later, it was scaled down 35 percent. You can't stop all development, but there has to be controls on it," Grillo said.

Grillo, 40, is married and has three children. He has a law degree from St. John's University School of Law and works at a law firm in lower Manhattan.

Sullivan, 36, is married and has three children. She has a bachelor's degree in government, politics and urban affairs from Manhattan College and left her job as an assistant vice president of a securities firm to care for her children.

Voting is from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at nine spots in the village.

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Sullivan is next trustee
By Jacquie Rath
June 22, 2006

The residents of Rockville Centre have spoken: In Tuesday's special election, they elected Suzanne Murphy Sulivan village trustee. Sullivan garnered 2,544 votes, and Emilio Grillo collected 2,339.

Sullivan will fill the seat vacated by Jim Sutton when he left the state and resigned from his position last March. She will be sworn in at the Board of Trustees' organizational meeting July 10, and will immediately begin serving the remaining year of Sutton's term.

The campaign was heated at times, pitting neighbor against neighbor, as evidenced by the lawn sign displays. The main points of contention during the campaign were future development in the village, parking challenges in town, and the manner in which current trustees conduct themselves at meetings and with other members of the board.

"It was a tough fight, but we fought clean and the residents of Rockville Centre saw it," said Sullivan. "I'm looking forward to bringing positivity to the board, and the residents look forward to that, and expect it."

During her campaign, Sulivan pledged to repeal the 2003 multi-family legislation that permits construction of residential housing anywhere in the village's business district. She also vowed to continued to fight developers who are interested in building large-scale projects in Rockville Centre. And she has said that she would look for creative solutions to the parking issues that plague villagers and visitors alike.

Sullivan, a lifelong resident of Rockville Centre, attended Hewitt and St. Agnes elementary schools and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. She went on to earn a degree in government, politics and urban affairs from Manhattan College.

Afterward she worked for both Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, and was a licensed securities broker. She eventually left the business world to raise a family in Rockville Centre.

She lives on Rockville Avenue with her husband, Rob, and their children, Robert, Caitlin and Patrick. Sullivan is a member of the St. Agnes Mothers' Club and coaches soccer as well as the St. Agnes swim team.

In June 2007, a general election will be held for this seat as well as the trustee seat currently held by Wayne Lipton, as well as for the office of mayor.

{JR:  Congrats to Jasper Sullivan. By the way, I think the Dean of English want to speak to you about "positivity". Pay him no mind, I "r an injineer", know lots about electrons, and understood exactly what you meant.  }

{MikeMcE reports:  I believe that Suzanne is a member of the Class of 1991 (Thanks, Mike.) }

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Jaspers found web-wise

Saturday, March 03, 2007
things will never be the same
so today i took a day off. It was great the fact I had time for me, for myself to reflect about life, something I like to do. One of my plans for today was visit manhattan college, which I did, for both personal and business reasons. Maybe nature, was on my side b/c I like a spring-weather day and today it felt like one, it was a rainny, not too cold day. This made me do a few things I had not done for a long time. The very first day of freshman fall semester, I took the 6 train to 125th street, and from that stop, i took the 4 uptown to kingsbrige. From there I took the 9 bus all the way to 242nd Street. I wanted to feel how it felt to take that path to school, like the very first day although i stopped taking that path not too long after starting the fall semester. I remember seen a girl my age with a bag on the train and I was wondering if she was also going to manhattan college. it turned out she did since we took the train and bus all the way, plus i kept seeing her all through my four years.
in freshman year I met a few people who were/are my friends for a long time, Danny, Jeazette, Wellington, Andrew, Pedro. In sophomore year I met Tatiana, Bariana, got to know Eugenio and Alex better.
To make it short, as I was walking in main campus, i kept remembering about those gone days. But as I concluded my visit to MC,
I was glad I'm no longer in school and happy to go home, the feeling I had everday on the bus
ps. I was focus on this blog but then started eating dinner and my thought process was gone :(

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JFound: Rob Becker (2002)

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Welcome to This is the place on the internet where Rob Becker tries to be witty and insightful with mixed results. Come in and stay for a while.

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See I knew his site, before it went “sexy”.

Robert Becker
Columbia University, New York, NY
Master of Science in Computer Science, 2004
Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, 2002
GPA: 3.76/4.0


[JR: It is an amazing use of WordPress  (a blogging package) that I also use, but mine is lame compared to his which is kool. Argh! I'm envious. Good think he doesn't decide to go into the Jasper Jottings business. I'd be kooked.]

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JFound: Maybe our MC - Patrick (2001)

Patrick (2001)


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JFound: Joseph B. Kroculick (1990)

Mr. Joseph B. Kroculick, PMP
Lumberton, NJ 08048

Career Objective

Provide project management, requirements management, and systems

Career Summary

* Professional experience in managing IT projects and system
* Professional experience in writing system requirements and managing
IT projects
* Presented at conferences provisioning techniques to make all network
devices in a multilayer network cooperate during a fiber cut.
* Willing to relocate internationally
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JFound: Obit for ERNEST E. FERRO (1951)

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SOUTH BURLINGTON — Ernest E. Ferro, 81, of South Burlington died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born in Queens, N.Y., on Sept. 1, 1919, the son of the late Edward and Anna (Schmutzler) Ferro. He graduated as an electrical engineer from Manhattan College in New York. May 19, 1951, he married Zita Parsons in Newark, N.J. He is survived by his wife, Zita Ferro of Essex Junction; seven chilen, Robert Ferro of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Ernest Ferro Jr. of Austin, Texas, Joseph Ferro and his wife, Karen, of Jericho, James Ferro and his wife, Lynn, of Essex, Joanne Limanek and her husband, Jim, of Shelburne, Paul Ferro and his wife, Angela, of South Burlington, and Suzanne Pacheco and her husband, John, of Austin; his grandchildren, Matthew and Peter Ferro of Austin, Amy and David Ferro of Essex, Elaine, Lisa and Caroline Limanek of Shelburne, and Sydney and Olivia Ferro of South Burlington; four sisters, Sister Marie Cecilia, Margaret, Catherine and Anna; and two brothers, Frederick and Francis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 9, 2001, at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. Visiting hours will be held Friday, June 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington

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[JR: Some one is putting up old obits on the net for genealogy research?]

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JFound: Torrente, John J. [MC1965]

Torrente, John J. [MC1965]

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March 10, 2007
FOR St. Patrick’s Day release, MARCH 17TH.
Publishes Acclaimed Book MOTIVATING KIDS TO THE MAX
Dr. Richard O’Connell ,a counselor for over forty years and professor at CW Post, was picked by the Irish-America Magazine to be one of this year’s Too 100 in the field of education. The purpose in honoring each recipient, according to Editor Patricia Harty is that, “In America, like nowhere else, we are proud of simple beginnings and where they can take you when you stick to the road, though the going may be tough.”

Dr. O’Connell of Bronxville and Shelter Island, NY was born in the Bronx and grew up in Washington Heights on the Westside of Manhattan. At the beginning of the World War II in Europe, he left Ireland after a visit on May 10th, 1940. The day the Germans declared wan on France. He traveled from Limerick, Ireland to South Hampton, England, to Le Harve and onto Paris as the only way back to the United States. With his Mother, Eileen (Taylor) O’Connell, and twin brother, Harry, he left Paris on May 15th, the day the Germans broke through and headed toward Brussels. The family traveled south to avoid the Germans and proceeded to Genoa, Italy to board the US Washington. On the way over the ship was stopped and searched for arms by a German submarine. Two years later, in 1942, the US Washington was sunk by a German torpedo. Dr. O’Connell’s passport for this peripatetic journey was signed, by none other than Eamon de Valera, who later became President of Ireland. Dr. O’Connell’s grand father, Richard O’Connell of Limerick, Cary’s Road, had six brothers, who migrated to Boston and the New England area and are unknown to the
It is a practical and candid handbook for parents, counselors, teachers and administrators on how to motivate students to reach their potential. Warmly written and with humor, it contains strategies, techniques, approaches and anecdotes, which illustrate motivational concepts.
For over 40 years, Dr. Richard O’Connell has held the roles of a district guidance coordinator, an assistant principal, director of guidance and counselor in various New York and New Jersey private and public schools. He is the recipient of the New York State and Nassau County’s “Counselor of the Year Awards” for his innovative programs and publications; he is currently a professor at Long Island University and the College of New Rochelle, as well as doing consulting work.
.Dr. O’Connell began his career teaching fifty-four students, eight subjects a day in the same classroom. He then spent two years teaching high school English before beginning his career as a guidance counselor. He has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova University, two master degrees from Manhattan College in Counseling Psychology and English Literature and a bachelor of arts from The Catholic University of America.
Award-Winning Counselor Reveals Tips & Techniques to Help Parents and School Personnel to Increase Student Performance by Improving Controversial Guidance Programs
Guidance Expert, Dr. Richard O’Connell’s
Is A Practical and Candid Handbook
For Parents, Counselors, Teachers, Administrators and Guidance Interns
It presents a plan to improve student productivity based on proven counseling techniques and his innovative dialogue approach.
Dr. Richard O’Connell’s MOTIVATING KIDS TO THE MAX focuses on implementing changes within each member of the school community so as to boost and energize student performance. Relying on practical, everyday solutions, and filled with techniques and entertaining anecdotes, this is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, counselors, administrators and anyone who seeks to make students more effective.
A major complaint about some of today’s schools is the lack of professional and caring guidance services. Award-winning guidance counselor Dr. Richard O’Connell has the solution. Using diplomacy, humor, and his decades of experience, Dr. O’Connell gives step-by-step instructions on how counselors, administrators, teachers and parents can all pull together to motivate students.
Dr. O’Connell deals with the mechanics of guidance, from college planning to government regulations to helping learning disabled students. Opening up dialogues and listening to what is being said is key, suggests Dr.O’Connell. Packed with hands-on information and techniques, he stresses that for parents and school personnel to be effective, they must impact the entire school community. Warmly written, O’Connell’s handbook is nothing less than the quintessential guide to helping students improve their school performance.
BOOK REVIEW by Lisa Di Benedetto, (Parent and former Corporate Media Specialist)
“MOTIVATING KIDS TO THE MAX by Dr. Richard O’Connell, is truly the quintessential guide to motivating kids. Don’t be fooled by the title, which humbly claims merely to improve student performance through a school community effort. What the author does is to re-invent, clarify, humanize and add life to the difficult task of counseling underachieving and superior students. The book is a quick read further enhanced by the many anecdotes that provide real-life applications for the many insights so useful to parent and counselor alike.
The author’s approach is an artful combination of diplomacy, humor and decades of experience in the real world of guiding young people to achieve their full potential. It is a step-by-step guide for how counselors, administrators, teachers and parents can pull together for the benefit of the student. Dr. O’Connell has effectively identified the rough spots (that typically have to do with ego or lack of experience) that can easily derail what should be a harmonious team effort within the school system. The many awards earned for superior guidance skills are reflected in the author’s understanding of human nature and willingness to adjust, fine tune or even reverse his approach when warranted.
As a public relations professional specializing in training corporate chief executive officers to deal with confrontational media interviews, I recognized many of the same techniques in Dr. O'Connell's approach to preparing students for college. The author's success as a guidance counselor is clearly built upon a powerfully refined and intuitive sense about people including students, parents, college admissions officers and the entire extended school community. These same people skills are artfully applied to identifying and developing his students' natural talents and promoting these strengths to college universities or vocational institutions.
As the mother of four (three already in college), the book provided insights I had not previously considered and which will surely prove valuable when my fourth child applies to college. Clearly, Dr. O’Connell’s approach leaves no student behind from the most learning disabled to the most gifted. His anecdotes about minority students and his work helping them to mainstream into the school community demonstrate that every student has something important to contribute to the school. The author is equally skilled at guiding highly gifted students to the best schools in the nation.
MOTIVATING KIDS TO THE MAX” was a quick and joyful read, illuminating and delightful in every way. It should become a reference book for parents, school personnel, and graduate schools of education nationwide to guide and assist students in achieving their full potential.
The book may be purchased through the web site The book is over 300 pages with pictures.


[MM: Dear John,  I believe that the Doctor received his degree from Manhattan in 1965.
 Mike (Thanks, Mike]

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MC mentioned web-wise


MFound: Gaelic Park leased to MC

Gaelic Park Facelift in Top Gear
By Eugene Kyne

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Gaelic Park, located at 240th and Broadway in the Bronx, has been a home for the local GAA for close to 75 years. It was a popular destination for the arriving emigrant and is home to the Gaelic sporting activity from the 1930s to the present day.

It is owned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, but the space is leased to Manhattan College, who in turn sublet to the New York GAA. The O’Donnell family have the lease to the bar at the location.

The field at Gaelic Park has been traditional grass for its life span until now, and indeed the wear and tear on it was obvious to all as each year went by with barren and worn areas throughout.

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Interesting that the MTA can take it when they want it.

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MFound: One of “our” librarians gives a vendor a lesson in “assurance”. Way to go!

By jxymxu7sn5ho9d on MFound

Stacy Pober <stacy.pober@…>
Sent by: web4lib-bounces@…
03/08/2007 09:38 PM
To web4lib@… cc
Subject [Web4lib] Lies, damn lies, and usage statistics?

I have been downloading annual database usage statistics for our library’s electronic databases. Looking at the statistics from one of our vendors (EBSCOhost), I noticed a peculiar thing. Some of the databases in the report were ones for which we had no subscriptions and no access. Yet the report showed usage for those databases, and it was for multiple months in several databases, so it was not a one-time computer foul up.

When I contacted their technical support and reported this, they said that this was a “known issue” and explained that we could deselect those databases when generating the usage report.

But I didn’t want simply to make the obviously bad data invisible, I wanted to know why it was there and whether the other figures, those that were not so obviously fictional, were accurate.

When pressed for more information on the exact nature of the problem, the helpful support person did not elaborate, but wrote: ” I have filed a Service Issue (think of it as a work order) to have your statistics “scrubbed” so that you will only be left with your actual statistics.”

When asked for the specific reason that we are seeing fictional usage statistics for several databases, he again assured me it was a “known issue” (I don’t know if he thought that this was a good substitute for a detailed explanation. It is not.) He sent no technical details and wrote: “please rest assured that this type of problem is rare, and that the statistics gathered by the system are quite accurate.” Which seems to miss the point. If we don’t know what caused the problem, why would we assume any of the usage statistics are accurate?

The erasure of glaringly wrong figures isn’t a a reason to believe that the remaining information in a report is correct. This isn’t the only vendor that provided inaccurate usage data this year. Another vendor’s statistics showed zero usage after our subscription started. Since I had used it at the beginning of the subscription period, it was clear something was wrong. When this anomaly was reported, the vendor never explained what the problem was, but sent us some completely different (and - surprise! - much higher) usage figures. In the past, I never really thought about this issue, and just assumed that most of the database usage information provided by our vendors was resonably accurate. This was an inappropriately optimistic assumption.

As far as I know, there is no way to validate the most of the statistics provided to us by database vendors. Some independent data can be obtained from our EXproxy logs, as they show the number of times users accessed particular databases. However, though the EZproxy server has some detailed information about off-campus use, our on-campus users don’t interact with it past the initial database link selection. Even if all of our usage was routed through the EZproxy server, those logs aren’t kept for that purpose, and I don’t think they show some of the most useful information, such as the number of abstracts and full-text documents accessed. For the databases with full-text, the number of full-text articles or documents used is a significant figure. The EZproxy logs can be analyzed to show pdf downloads, but many of our databases offer much of the full-text as HTML. Our openURL system offers some statistics on full-text retrievals, but that system only works with full-text access across different databases. The openURL system won’t come into play for those sessions where the search and the full-text are in the same database.

Aside from the limited nature of the independent usage statistics available, doing accuracy checks on the vendor-supplied statistics would be a major pain to do on a regular basis. I’m just bringing this up as a concern. I’m sure that I am not the only librarian who assumed in the past that the vendor supplied usage data was correct. Since we use that data as an important factor in our database acquisition and renewal decisions, it would be nice to have some independent assurance of the accuracy of the data we’re getting from vendors.

I don’t really think that our database providers are using Ouija boards to produce our usage reports.

The question is whether they are routinely checking the validity of the figures they collect and supply to us. Apparently some of them are not doing logic and accuracy testing of the software they use to produce the usage statistics. Has anyone checked the accuracy of vendor-supplied database usage data? If you have, how did you do it and what results did you find?

– Stacy Pober
Information Alchemist
Manhattan College
O’Malley Library
Riverdale, NY 10471

“If you want to inspire confidence, give plenty of statistics. It does not matter that they should be accurate, or even intelligible, as long as there is enough of them.” - Lewis Carroll

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7 Days to St. Patrick’s Day - NYC College Rivalries
March 10th, 2007 · No Comments
College rivalries are fueled by the mischief and competition between their sports teams. No one would question Notre Dame’s preeminence as the nation’s Irish school, but New York’s no slouch.
Actually, it’s all about the Bronx: Fordham University of Rose Hill in the Bronx is New York’s Jesuit university. Manhattan College in Riverdale in the Bronx was founded by the Christian Brothers.
Manhattan’s campus is carpeted in shamrocks with such road names as “Gaelic Circle” and so on.
But, Fordham’s showing in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is dominant - here’s a photo from the 2004 parade that should remind us this isn’t the first March when winter seemed to drag on and on like… the 7 hour St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC!

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Jasper Ms. "siobhano" (2006)

BAS (2001)

My list of previously reported Jasper Bloggers here:

{JR: My backlot pages aren’t editing correctly so I have had to carry this over. Until I find a home for them}

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Sports from College


Sports from others

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Control your own subscription:

(1) Send a message from your old email account to saying that your switching.

(2) Send a message from your new email account to with your name and class year.

To keep me from spamming you, Yahoo only permits me to invite and delete people. I can NOT just ADD your email address.

AND you’re done. With zero extra work for the CIC! :-)

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Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

A generation of children brought up in Britain in the Thirties were regularly warned that if they didn’t go to bed on time, and instead stayed up all hours of the night as they did when on holiday in Italy and France, they would end up stunted. Any hope of us achieving the first rugby XV, or growing to a height that would enable us to find useful employment, would be forfeited. We had to eat up our good plain food and have 12 hours’ sleep even when aged 10 or 11, and ten hours during adolescence.

Interesting. But we're to sophisticated for such as this. Plain food, lots of sleep, and lots of play sounds like great advice. In our rush rush model of today, we "give" children junk food, not enough sleep, and TV. When they get a little older, parents send their precious children to the gooferment's skulz for a mind-numbing intelligence-robbing inculcation into the worship of the State. Oh, there's some exercise. But even prisons have an exercise yard! Funny how much in common these skulz have with the prisons. One has to wonder where it all ends up? Luckily, my time will expire before it gets too bad.

And that’s the last word.


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"Bon courage a vous tous"