JASPER JOTTINGS Week 37 - 2008 Sep 14



POSITRACTION: Catholics enter into prayerful reflection as they prepare to vote

JFound: Cunniffe, Clare (MC1981) has a favorite charity

JEmail: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) pans Giuliani And Breen

JFound: Brady, Michael (MC2005) & McCabe, Nicole (MC2005)

JNews: Turri, Michael B. (MC1970) cited

JObit: Williams, Clint Jr. (MC????)

JEmail: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) rebutts

JFound: Jones, Tom [MC1967] Joins Diversified Project Management as Senior Project Manager

JFound: Cascone, Ron (MC1965) is manager of special projects, utilities and environmental, for Nexant Inc., White Plains, NY

REMEMBERANCE: Seven years ago today

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) says “retreat drop ins welcome”

JFound: Hill, William [MC????] is Job Placement Director at Monmouth University

JObit: Averill, William J. [MC1935]

JFound: Kelly, Frederick J. (MC1964) is Dean: School of Business Administration Monmouth University

JEmail: Buran, Bill (MC1999) Who the Fed really bailed out?

JFound: Lala, Marco [MC????] joins Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services

JFound: Harris, Robert [MC1970] CFO York Telecom

JNews: Viera, Martin R. [MC1993] graduated from the Air National Guard Academy

ENDNOTE: Jaspers should demand more from candidates imho


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POSITRACTION: Catholics enter into prayerful reflection as they prepare to vote


USCCB News Release


August 19, 2008


Bishops Ask Catholics To Pray Election Novena

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invites U.S. Catholics to pray before the November election a novena for life, justice, and peace called Novena for Faithful Citizenship. It is a podcast and available for download.

Joan Rosenhauer, Associate Director for the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, said that the special novena is part of “the bishops’ campaign to help Catholics develop well-formed consciences for addressing political and social questions.” The bishops issued their statement on forming consciences for faithful citizenship in November 2007.

Helen Osman, USCCB Secretary of Communications, expressed hope that the novena could help “Catholics enter into prayerful reflection as they prepare to vote.” Seventy-one percent of all visitors to the USCCB’s web site download the free podcasts of the daily NAB readings. These same visitors are encouraged to use the novena podcast for prayer. Osman said that the USCCB wants to support Catholics as they weigh pre-election issues and that “providing a prayer resource on the Web can help us focus on our common values and identity as Catholics.” The novena emphasizes the dignity of life, justice, and peace.

The Novena for Faithful Citizenship runs for nine days and can be used consecutively, one day each week, for nine days prior to the election, or “in any way that works best for a community or individual,” said Rosenhauer.

The novena will be available for download until the election and it can be downloaded online at http://www.faithfulcitizenship.org/resources/podcasts.

For other Faithful Citizenship resources and materials visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org.

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[JR: It would seem to me that D's, R's, or just us L's, need to elevate the level of discourse. Winning isn't the only thing; it's how you win. We have serious issues and we need serious solutions present by the candidates. We have a right to demand forcefully answers to PROPER questions. O should explain his vote on Infanticide; a serious moral issue. McC should explain specifically how he will lower taxes; serious trust issue, because we been fooled by both Clinton and Bush41. Biden should explain his law school plagerism which indicates a serious character flaw. Palin should explain how she is a credible President substitute; especially in foreign policy issues. As a Libertarian, I vote 'small government' all the time with no illusion that I'll have any impact. I won't even tell people they SHOULD vote. That's a decision of conscience each of us has to make on their own. A little prayer might help one to see things more clearly.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Sep 7 2008 12:43 PM



JFound: Cunniffe, Clare (MC1981) has a favorite charity

FROM FACEBOOK: Cunniffe, Clare (MC1981)




Long Island Fund for Women & Girls Fundraising Breakfast

“Women Achievers Against the Odds”

When: 8:00AM Wednesday, November 5th

Where: Cresthollow Country Club

Breakfast supports the Mission and Vision of the Fund:

• To fund programs that improve the lives of women and girls and their families, that highlight and address’ women’s issues… that develops women’s philanthropy.

• To support a vision of a world of justice and opportunity for women and girls, where we are paid equitably for work, live in homes and communities without fear of violence, have equal voices in the political process and serve as the primary decision makers about issues that affect us.

For information or to RSVP, contact directly the LI Fund office at 516-622-3863.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Sep 7 2008 9:32 PM



JEmail: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) pans Giuliani And Breen

From: Stebbins, Donald M.  (MC1961)

Date: September 7, 2008 5:51:18 PM EDT

To: “John Reinke (1968)”

Subject: Giuliani And Breen

Dear Jasper John,

I  was very disappointed to see that fellow  Jasper Rudy Giuliani join with Vice Presidential nominee Sarah  Palin  in making insulting attacks on the social action arm of the US Catholic bishops, the Campaign  for Human Development.

I was also sorry to see cartoonist and Manhattan graduate Jerry Breen lend his support to Palin.

Many Catholics across the country were outraged by Giuliani’s and Palin’s remarks.  (see below)

It is very discouraging to see fellow Manhattan graduates so opposed to people trying to implement Catholic social teachings.


Donald M Stebbins

BS 1961

[JR: (1) I'm disappointed that Rudy as a Jasper is on the wrong side of the abortion issue and IMHO on the wrong side of the liberty issue. All these politicians some how have the quaint notion that they can tell us what to do and rob us to fund it (i.e., taxes are merely theft). (2) I'm disappointed that the Chuch has bought into the meme of gooferment. Hook, line, and sinker. I firmly beleive that they lost their way back in the days of the French monarchy. So, "Human Development", like "Social Justice", has become a code word for more socialistic Government welfare. Slavery was more charitable. At least the Plantation Master had a vested interest in HEALTHY slaves. (3) I am disapointed that Jerry hasn't enraged more Jaspers. :-)  I think he's really sort of apolitical. Skewing the targets as they appear. You have to think his Hillary toon is a hoot and absolutely true. I remember how the MC hierarchy didn't like Jasperman critizing tuition hikes, ROTC, and prices in the cafeteria. So, I'm sure if you keep reading, he'll annoy you even more with his next creation. I can't wait. I've even tried my hand at politcial satire. http://reinkefaceslife.com/2008/09/07/political-my-impression-of-ms-palins-speech/ http://tinyurl.com/5t784c ... ROFL at my own humor. Thanks for a great thought-provoking email. It's going to be a fun 60 days. Sadly, I don't think anything will change. Except we'll pay more taxes for more gooferment! Sigh.]

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Catholics Outraged by Palin Insults


Palin Continues to Smear Catholic Action

Catholics across the country continue to be outraged by Republican politician Sarah Palin who repeated her smear against Catholic Action by mocking Barack Obama’s service as director of a community group sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (an arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) and led by eight Catholic parishes on the South Side of Chicago.

First, the Dallas Morning News gives us the facts on the background:

Starting at age 23, Obama ran a faith-based charity called the Developing Communities Project.

It was made up of eight Catholic parishes when he got there and had one staff member. He was its director, meaning he was in charge. He made decisions about it, including staffing, budgets, etc. And when he left in 1988 to go to law school, he had grown its budget from $70,000 to $400,000, its staff from 1 to 13 people. More important, he created a job training program for this community and a college prep tutoring program. As mayor [of Wasilla, Palin] built a hockey rink/rec center using eminent domain (because apparently there just isn’t enough land in Alaska).

Now for the attacks on this Catholic sponsored social action initiative. At the Republican Party National Convention, Palin and ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani mocked the work Barack Obama did for this group of churches that were concerned about their parishioners, many of whom had been laid off when the steel mills closed on the south side of Chicago. As for Barack Obama’s service as a community organizer, Giuliani even sneered “I don’t even know what that is.” Palin, who was baptized but not raised Catholic and sought “re-baptism” in a Protestant Church can be forgiven for knowing little of the Catholic Church’s admirable witness for the poor and socially marginalized. But even a lapsed Catholic like Giuliani should know of the Catholic Church’s concern for the poor and oppressed.

Joe Klein’s take on this: This is what Palin and Giuliani were mocking. They were making fun of a young man’s decision “to serve a cause greater than himself,” in the words of John McCain. They were, therefore, mocking one of their candidate’s favorite messages. Obama served the poor for three years, then went to law school. To describe this service–the first thing he did out of college, the sort of service every college-educated American should perform, in some form or other–as anything other than noble is cheap and tawdry and cynical in the extreme.

America magazine, the national Jesuit weekly, shared in the shock at this repeated attack on Catholic Action.

A Midwestern Catholic leader wrote: In an stunning insult to 76.9 million Americans, another politician continues the republican bias towards Catholics. Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech scoffed at work that her opponent had done in the 1980s for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. She belittled Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s experience as a community organizer in Catholic parishes on the South Side of Chicago, work he undertook instead of pursuing a lucrative career on Wall Street. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has operated the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, its domestic anti-poverty and social justice program, since 1969. In 1986, the Bishops issued Economic Justice for All: Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the US Economy, which said, “Human dignity can be realized and protected only in community.” Senator Obama worked in several Catholic parishes, supported by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, helping to address severe joblessness and housing needs in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of Chicago.

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[CIC Technical Note: Jasper Stebbins message had to be rescued from the 1AND1 Spam Filters, and again from the MacBookAir's. So there is something about the message that looks to the filters as spam. I mention this not as a reflection ont he message, but as a 'heads up' to all email users. All the service providers, Comcast included, have aggressive anti-spam efforts. I know Comcast has a slew of people and partners workign on it. Here's a rule of thumb, if you don't see your email in the daily feed or in the weekly issue, you can 100% assume that it has "fallen off the table" somewhere. You probably want to treat email as the lossy medium it can be. I pubish EVERYTHING, unless asked not to. (It happens from time to time.) So if you don't see yours, please let me know.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 8 2008 6:58 AM



JFound: Brady, Michael (MC2005) & McCabe, Nicole (MC2005)


Saturday, September 6, 2008


February 7, 2008

“I was surprised that so many voted for Clinton. In our discussions, Obama’s name came up much more often.”

Nicole McCabe teaches social studies at St. Augustine Catholic School in the South Bronx. She was evaluating the results of the school’s own primary election, which it held on Monday. This column went to press before the national tallies for Super Tuesday (or Mardi Gras Madness) were in, so you’ll have to judge for yourself if the students read the pulse of the country.

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“The voting on the issues was very interesting,” McCabe remarked as she reviewed the numbers with her colleague Michael Brady, the school’s development director, who collaborated with her on the project. (Both are 2005 graduates of Manhattan College in the Bronx and are working towards master’s degrees, McCabe in special education at Manhattan and Brady in public administration at New York University.) “With so many immigrant families here,” she told me, “you’d never imagine immigration to end up at the bottom of the list. But the kids don’t think of themselves as immigrants — they’re Americans like everybody else. What mattered most to them was health care and education, things that more directly affect them.”

As for the candidates, the overwhelming vote for Democrats was expected, since almost all the voters in this district are registered Democrats. “Parental influence is a large factor,” Brady noted. “Many students tell me that politics are discussed often at home.” McCabe agreed: “Lots of times during our discussions, kids would say, ‘Yes, but my mom says . . . .’”

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Brady, Michael (MC2005)

McCabe, Nicole (MC2005)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 8 2008 9:46 PM



JNews: Turri, Michael B. (MC1970) cited





Michael B. Turri has joined RobsonWoese Inc. as project manager.Turri brings 30 years of engineering and management experience to RobsonWoese.He holds an M.B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College. He is a registered professional engineer in New York State.Turri will be concentrating his efforts on growing the government and higher education market sectors for RobsonWoese.

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of  1970.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Turri, Michael B.  (MC????)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 8 2008 9:54 PM

    * Updated: Thu, Sep 11 2008 8:41 AM



JObit: Williams, Clint Jr. (MC????)




Clint Williams Jr.

64, friend, son, brother, Picatinny retiree

September 7, 2008

WHARTON — Clint Williams Jr. died on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, at Morristown Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was 64.

Clint grew up and lived in Wharton his whole life.

He graduated from Morris Hills High School in 1962, and later Manhattan College (BA) and Fairleigh Dickenson University (MBA).

He was a contracting officer and procurement branch chief at Picatinny Arsenal, retiring in 2000. Throughout his years at Picatinny and during his retirement, he was an avid golfer, car enthusiast, sportsman, and most of all, a good friend to many.

Clint maintained close relationships with a number of friends with whom he had grown up, worked, and enjoyed his golf and other hobbies. He was there for his friends whenever they needed him and they were there for him whenever he needed them, right up until he died. Clint was similarly a loyal and caring friend to his family. He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by his father, Clint Williams Sr. of Wharton; and his brother, Jerry Williams of Succasunna; along with Jerry’s wife, Debra and their two daughters, Jennifer and Lindsey.

He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret (Burnside) Williams.

Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at noon. Hours of visitation at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St., Wharton, will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Offer condolences at www.BerminghamFH.com.

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Williams, Clint Jr.  (MC????)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 8 2008 10:04 PM



JEmail: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) rebutts

From: John Peter Rooney

Date: September 8, 2008 3:59:35 PM EDT

To: Jasper reinke

Subject: Reply on Nancy Pelosi


To reply to Mike Toner, Buffalo, NY, Manhattan College, 1972.

Re: Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, D., California.

Mike Toner found the bishops’ statement offensive, in that he wanted the bishops to allow Speaker Pelosi some leeway on her understanding of the church’s position on when human life begins.  I find the Speaker’s position offensive.

First, the Speaker of the House has a different, almost unique constitutional duty to succeed to the Presidency if both the president and vice president are unable to perform.  Therefore, Nancy Pelosi represents, in some fashion,  ALL the people of the United States, including the largest church body, the Roman Catholics at 67,515, 016 people according to Wikipedia.  Catholics represent some 22 to 24 per cent of the population, depending upon your overall population estimates.  Therefore, as Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, should be well aware of the stand of the largest church (just because of size alone)on matters such as conception, abortion, the life issues, LGBT issues, etc.  Otherwise, she is NOT representing her constituency, which is the entire United States.

As an individual Catholic, she should also be aware of what HER church teaches.  Her actions, her words, show that she does not know.  Is this not offensive to you as a Catholic? Does she even care about us Catholics?  Or, are we just a thorn in her side, being not so gentle a reminder of her Italian heritage?

Secondly, the Speaker does not to care to be corrected and acknowledge the Church’s stated position on conception and life.  Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, reports,

“Nineteen Catholic members of the House have publicly asked Pelosi to ‘correct the public record’ on this issue. Her steadfast refusal to do so is keeping this matter alive. One wonders what it will take to get her to retract her comments before more damage is done to the Catholic Church, to her and to the Democratic Party.”

Thirdly, I feel that if she can not even keep up with her own Church on currently important issues, is she smart enough to keep up with smaller world-wide issues?  Let me propose a scenario.   Suppose Catholic Poland invaded Kaliningrad.  Would Nancy even know where Kaliningrad was located?  Would she know who the Poles were fighting?

When she is not clear on fundamental issues from her own background, how can she be trusted on less obvious issues?

Sorry, Mike, I think you would be better off writing the Speaker of the House rather than lambasting the bishops…and, by the way, I have been in the Boston Archdiocese (BAD), since 1969 and I want to know why Bernard Cardinal Law is not in jail.  (See, for example, Peter Lawler’s book, “The Faithful Departed: The Collapse Of Boston’s Catholic Culture, 2008).


John Peter Rooney

Manhattan College, B.E.E. 1965

NJIT, MS.E.E., 1969

Bridgewater State College, MA (History) 2000.

John Peter Rooney

Life Senior Member IEEE

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Rooney, John Peter (MC1965)

[JR: Nothing like politics, religion, sex, religion, and ... ... to bring the Jaspers out. I think that political and religious leadership we have been allowing to lead us is morally and vision challenged. For supposedly 'smart' people they are extremely dumb. Measuring just on results! Two quick examples: (1) Inflation gives the politicians an ever increasing supply of money to spend to buy votes. It comes at the expense of the poor and anyone on fixed income. Dumb idea. And we let them get away with it. It permits the growth of the gooferment, without them having to raise the money to pay for the welfare warfare state. (2) The Church recognized the threat of the gooferment to Catholic Schools, Catholic Hospitals, and the trend towards Secular Progressivism on the life of the Church in the Fifties. (I read it in the NYC Catholic News!) All the major religions saw the hand writing on the wall, closed their schools, and were absorbed by the blob. The Church 'fought' (i.e., tried to keep them open while the life blood was squeezed out of them by the gooferment boa of 'free education', hospital regulation, and assumption of 'welfare') but didn't fight in the courts and press (i.e., courts by freedom of religion lawsuits and in the press to the self-identified Catholic voting block on the 'religious freedom' issue). Why? In a word, pedophilia priests. The gooferment had the Church over the proverbial barrel and they liked it. Why else was all this child abuse institutionally ignored? Not one prosecution! Quid pro quo? So I'd say heap scorn on BOTH the policicians and the bishops. The Liberty activists have been fighten in effect a delaying action until the American people arise from their slumber and fight for their liberty. It may be too late for America to regain the lost freedom. Americans are enslaved by high gooferment spending. That's paid for by stealing the value from the American money and to a lesser extent by ever rising taxes and fees. And, we sit by complacently and take it. Argh!]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 9 2008 6:37 AM



JFound: Jones, Tom [MC1967] Joins Diversified Project Management as Senior Project Manager




Tom Jones Joins Diversified Project Management as Senior Project Manager

Tom Jones has joined Diversified Project Management as a senior project manager. The firm represents commercial property owners throughout New England, and carries out construction administration and other services.

Jones will work from DPM’s office in East Hartford, Conn.

As senior project manager, Jones will be responsible for managing, consulting and executing projects for a variety of clients, including several projects at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn.

Jones has more than 22 years of project management and business development expertise in the healthcare and environmental systems industries, and is a certified project management professional.

Prior to joining DPM, Jones was project manager at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, where he was responsible for a variety of renovation projects ranging from $10,000 to $3,000,000, including the ambulatory surgery center, cath labs, family birthing center, patient room renovations, pharmacy, and medical records department, among others.

Jones also worked as project executive at American Construction Group, and as project manager for Babcock Power. He has also held multiple positions with ABB Combustion Engineering, including project manager, chief consultant, director of international licensing operations and joint ventures, and director of product development.

Jones is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a MSci in civil engineering. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut, and a BSci in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College.

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Dear John,

I believe that Tom is a member of the Class of 1967.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Jones, Tom  [MC1967]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 9 2008 12:48 PM

    * Updated: Thu, Sep 11 2008 10:42 AM



JFound: Cascone, Ron (MC1965) is manager of special projects, utilities and environmental, for Nexant Inc., White Plains, NY




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Ron Cascone

Nexant Inc.

White Plains, NY

World-scale cryogenic LNG liquefaction and handling facilities (400-14,000 tonnes/day) are designed to produce LNG for transportation by ship from remote high-volume fields to high-volume markets.

Similar liquefier designs have been adapted in cryogenic small-scale liquefaction (SSL) systems to make and store lesser amounts of LNG for “peakshaving,” that is, vaporizing to supply supplemental gas during the seasonal and shorter-term demand spikes that occur in most local distribution and transport gas pipeline systems.

Besides for peakshaving, SSL can provide LNG as a regular or switching fuel in industrial, commercial, or utility burners, or for fueling vehicles.

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Ron Cascone is manager of special projects, utilities and environmental, for Nexant Inc., White Plains, NY. He focuses on fuels and alternative energy, process, technology, and project development. He was a founder and vice-president of Technology Evaluation and Development Associates, a consultancy in Hoboken, NJ, 1985-88, after more than 18 years as a process manager with Scientific Design Co., New York City.

Cascone is a chemical engineer with more than 38 years of industrial experience in the process and energy industries. He holds a BChE from Manhattan College and pursues graduate study at Columbia University. He holds several patents in the energy field and is a member of AIChE and the ACS.

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Dear John,

I believe that Ron is a member of the Class of 1965.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Cascone, Ron (MC1965)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Sep 10 2008 9:48 PM

    * Updated: Thu, Sep 11 2008 8:41 AM



REMEMBERANCE: Seven years ago today


Jasper Jottings has never forgotten; even seven years later.

Requiescat In Pacem

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    * Posted on: Thu, Sep 11 2008 7:43 AM



JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) says “retreat drop ins welcome”

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Date: September 11, 2008 1:31:13 AM EDT

To: Reinke, FJohn (MC1968) <jasper at reinke dot charlie charlie>

Subject: Retreat - Update

Dear John,

The Retreat Team met at the College on Wednesday night and mailed the last reminder, together with directions to the Retreat House. We also included a list of those nearly 50 men who had sent in their deposit. It looks as if there will be a good group, as some who have indicated that they will attend have not sent their check yet. We still have room for more!

Any one interested can call my brother Ed at (914) 962-2700, or just show up Friday evening and we find them a room.



[JR: That's mighty generous offer. Hopefuly, some more folks will drop by for the "fun". Wonder if there can be, will ever be, and internet version. :-) For us shy and retiring folks. In any event, regards to all and I look forward to your 'after action' report.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Sep 11 2008 8:04 AM



JFound: Hill, William [MC????] is Job Placement Director at Monmouth University


September 10, 2008

NAME: William Hill

AGE: 56

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in theology from St. Peter’s College; master’s degree in religious studies from Manhattan College.


EMPLOYER: Monmouth University

JOB DESCRIPTION: I’m the assistant dean of placement and student employment. I’m responsible for the university department charged with providing assistance to students and alumni seeking career-related information and employment. My staff and I offer guidance on resume writing, interview coaching, job search strategies, networking and career counseling.

I work with local and regional employers who seek to hire our students and graduates, which can include posting job vacancies and hosting career fairs. My office also coordinates hiring for student employees who work on campus.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR JOB? After college, I wanted to begin a career in Biblical archaeology, but could not break into the field without a Ph.D. Then, a friend from St. Peter’s College recommended me for an assistant director’s job in their career planning office, where she worked.

I took the position to pay the bills, but grew to realize later how much I liked working with students and helping them plan their careers.

A few years later, I was sitting in my office at St. Peter’s College when the phone rang. It was from a staffer at Monmouth who was calling around to colleagues announcing an opening in their career services office. I applied and got the job. That was 31 years ago. So for me, in both cases, my career was helped by networking with people in the profession.

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Hill, William [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Sep 11 2008 9:49 AM



JObit: Averill, William J. [MC1935]


William J. Averill

1913 - 2008

William was born on March 15, 1913 and passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

William was last known to be living in Union Township, New Jersey.

He graduated with a BS degree from Manhattan College in 1935.

Visiting Hours will be on Friday, September 12th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Martin Funeral Home, 1761 Route 31, Clinton, NJ. There will be a Funeral Mass on Saturday, September 13th at 9:00 am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 2 White Bridge Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867 #908-735-4024. The Interment will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Middle Village, NY (Queens) following the Mass.

Memorials may be made to: St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, PO Box 245, 2 White Bridge Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867.

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Averill, William J. [MC1935]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Sep 11 2008 7:07 PM



JFound: Kelly, Frederick J. (MC1964) is Dean: School of Business Administration Monmouth University


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Frederick J. Kelly


Professor of Finance

Ph.D., Economics, Finance, International Business, Columbia University

B.A., Economics, Manhattan College

SPECIAL INTERESTS: International Finance, Healthcare Administration & Higher Education Administration

OFFICE PHONE: 732-571-3423

FAX: 732-263-5105

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Frederick J. Kelly, Ph.D.

Dean: School of Business Administration

The Monmouth University Home Page for Dean Frederick J. Kelly

Message from the Dean:

Let me begin by saying that it is both a personal pleasure and a professional privilege for me to serve as Dean of the School of Business Administration. I have had the opportunity to serve the school as Dean since July 1, 2001 and it has been and continues to be a very pleasant and satisfying experience.

Monmouth University’s School of Business Administration is uniquely situated to make rapid strides in this millennium. It has a multitude of assets. First and foremost of these is an excellent faculty. A blend of experienced academics and new hires, individuals with extensive academic and professional experience, the faculty is first of all highly devoted to teaching. A review of the Student Instructional Reports is clear evidence of faculty who meet or exceed national norms for teaching effectiveness. For our faculty teaching doesn’t start and stop at the classroom door, it continues into the halls,faculty offices, and lunchrooms and even on occasion into the parking lot. Close personal interaction with the faculty is a hallmark of the education at Monmouth University’s School of Bussiness Administration.

Yet despite this emphasis on teaching, most of the faculty have over the past several years established themselves as important scholarsin their respective fields. Their work has been published in a number of major journals, the proceedings of national and international conferences, books and other outlets.

In addition to a dedicated and productive faculty, we are blessed with an active and involved Business Council. The members of the Business Council have dedicated not only financial resources to the School, but have also given generously of their time and expertise in support of both our students and our programs. We are very grateful for this exceptional resource. Among the contributions of our Business Council are the Mentoring Program, in which Business Council members mentor junior and senior students on job search techniques, career paths, etc., and our “480″ Project, in which students are invited in as project consultants on real life business problems.

Students are also exposed throughout the year to a variety of “real world” experts. Notable among these are the Fall Finance Symposium, the H.R. Young Lecture Series, the Accounting Club Speakers Series, the Finance Club Speaker Series, etc. Through our annual Stakeholders Conference students, alumni, faculty and members of the business community spent a full morning discussing the School of Business Administration, where it is and where it should be going.

As the Dean of the School I look forward to working with you as we pursue a vigorous program of new initiatives and new development for the School of Business Administration. If you have any questions, concerns or issues you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me or come visit us.

Thank you.

Professional Degrees:

Ph.D. Columbia University (1974)

Faculties of Political Science, Philosophy and Pure Science

Fields: Economics, Finance and International Business

B.A. Manhattan College (1964)

College of Arts and Science

Major Field: Economics

Primary Research Interests:

International Finance, Healthcare Administration & Higher Education Administration

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Kelly, Frederick J. (MC1964)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Sep 11 2008 7:56 PM



JEmail: Buran, Bill (MC1999) Who the Fed really bailed out?

Posting on Facebook by Buran, Bill (MC1999)

[JR: It's sort of like email. No?]



Who the Fed really bailed out?…China not US

Today at 11:30am

Bad for us

How is the deal cobbled together by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the former Goldman Sachs (GS, news, msgs) CEO, bad for U.S. stocks and bonds and for the U.S. economy? Let me count the ways:

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[JR: Jasper Bill was on a roll. Bottom line it wasn't us!]

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JFound: Lala, Marco [MC????] joins Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services

Friday, September 12, 2008

Two New Faces at Marcus & Millichap


The former partner at Massey Knakal Realty brings more than 10 years of experience to his new position

NEW YORK, N.Y.– Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has hired Marco Lala (top right photo) as an associate vice president investments in the Manhattan office, according to Edward Jordan, (middle left photo) regional manager of the Manhattan office.

“Marco is one of the most active investment specialists in The Bronx, northern Manhattan and Westchester markets, generating nearly $1 billion in transactions and selling hundreds of properties during the last few years,” says Jordan. “We are honored to have Marco join the Marcus & Millichap team.”

As an associate vice president investments, Lala will handle a variety of property types, including multi-family, commercial, retail, industrial and vacant land investment sales.

“I’m very excited about joining the Manhattan office of Marcus & Millichap. My local investment sales experience, combined with the firm’s national platform, will enable my clients to access investors throughout the United States,” says Lala.

“The resources and tools offered by the Manhattan office will allow me to strengthen my core business in The Bronx, Manhattan and lower Westchester.”

Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Lala was a partner at Massey Knakal Realty, where he spearheaded the company’s expansion effort in the outer Boroughs.

Under his leadership, Lala and his partners grew the office from 20 staff members to nearly 200 brokers and support staff.

In 2007, Lala had the second-highest number of transactions of any investment sales agent at Massey Knakal. In 2006, he generated one of the largest commissions in that firm’s 20-year history with the sale of a 22-building Bronx and Brooklyn portfolio for more than $50 million.

Lala’s first job in commercial real estate was with Marcus & Millichap in 1997. He graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing.

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Dear John,

             I believe that Marco is a member of the class of 1988.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Lala, Marco [MC1988]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Sep 12 2008 10:04 PM

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JFound: Harris, Robert [MC1970] CFO York Telecom



Sep 10, 2008 16:00 ET

York Telecom Announces New CFO and Board Members

Additions Bring Strategic Financial Background to the Company

EATONTOWN, NJ–(Marketwire - September 10, 2008) - York Telecom, a leading worldwide provider of visual communications services and solutions, today announced that Robert Harris has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Harris brings with him 35 years of operations-focused financial experience at private start-up businesses as well as larger established companies.

“Bob has tremendous experience in the financial, technology, and operational realms,” said Ron Gaboury, President of York Telecom. “We are confident his broad expertise will contribute to our company’s continued growth and stability.”

Previously Mr. Harris served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, as well as Corporate Secretary, of LSSi Corp., an international business to business marketer of worldwide telephony sourced databases. At LSSi, he directed the finance and administrative functions and board of director administration. He received a BS in Economics from Manhattan College and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

“I look forward to being a part of York Telecom and working with the rest of the management team as we implement financial and operational strategies,” said Harris. “I hope to make a positive contribution to the company’s growth agenda.”

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About York Telecom

York Telecom is a leading provider of visual communication services and solutions for Global 5000 companies, as well as Government, Education and Medical segments. Founded in 1985, the company is headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey. The company offers total managed conferencing services, consulting, integration and operational services, professional video production and postproduction for visual communication solutions such as Videoconferencing, Streaming Media, Video on Demand, Custom Media Studio and Room Design and Multimedia Network Management. York Telecom has worldwide branch offices, a multi-lingual VNOC and help desk and a worldwide integration, production and support force. For more information, visit York Telecom online at www.yorktel.com or email at info@yorktel.com.

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Harris, Robert [MC1970] CFO York Telecom

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Dear John,

            I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1970.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Sep 12 2008 10:16 PM

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JNews: Viera, Martin R. [MC1993] graduated from the Air National Guard Academy




Somerset Reporter

Community news, local nightlife, real estate & more from Somerset, NJ

Military Honors

by Staff Report/Somerset Reporter

Saturday September 13, 2008, 12:59 PM

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Martin R. Viera graduated from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tenn., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air National Guard. Viera, a combat rescue officer, is assigned to the 103rd Rescue Squadron, Grabeski Airport, Westhampton Beach, N.Y. He is the son of Margaret M. Viera of Bedminster. The lieutenant graduated in 1988 from Rocky Point Junior-Senior High School, N.Y., and received a bachelor’s degree in 1993 from Manhattan College, Bronx, N.Y

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    * Posted on: Sat, Sep 13 2008 6:29 PM



ENDNOTE: Jaspers should demand more from candidates imho



Fair Value September 4, 2008, 5:00PM EST
Why American Savers Have Drawn the Short Straw
There are painfully real reasons why America’s savers feel they’ve got the short end of the stick
by Roben Farzad
BW Magazine

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American savers, take a bow. This is your moment of vindication. Your hour of glory. And you earned it (in a manner of speaking).

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Good for you! Your reward: injurious savings yields, inflationary rot, and election-season neglect, all served up with a dollop of institutional insecurity.

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Indeed, a year ago, a six-month certificate of deposit earned, on average, 3.53%, according to Bankrate.com (RATE). Today, that’s down to 2.03%. A one-year CD that earned 3.75% at this point in 2007 was offered for as little as 1.92% in April, before inching up to its present 2.38%. It’s hardly a secret that banks are only able to pay out such pittances thanks to depositors’ knee-jerk desire for security: “Hey, I might be earning crumbs on my cash, but at least I’m not losing money.”

Sure you are. Wholesale inflation has soared 9.8% in the past 12 months, the highest clip since 1981. The more widely cited consumer price index jumped to 5.6%. In other words, while your saved buck was adding 2 cents or so on one end (and even less after taxes), three times as much was getting singed off the other end of that dollar bill. “Inflation is just deadly to savings,” says David Gitlitz, chief economist at TrendMacrolytics, an investment adviser. Gitlitz observes that, taking into account the hit from inflation, rates haven’t been this negative since the dreary 1970s. (That, in turn, gave way to an early ’80s that saw the worst inflation in U.S. history since the Civil War.) “It steals your purchasing power and sets less and less of an incentive to keep money in the bank.”

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So, what are the politicians saying about this PARTICULAR pig? Oh I’m sorry, they are only chatting about who put lipstick where!


Only Ron Paul even had a glimmer of a plan.

Instead of allowing both candidates to once agin deflect our attention from the real tough issues, Jaspers should start a groundswell of tough questions: Ask McC specifically how his “McCain Fiengold” impacts “free speech” and empowers the special interest deep pockets to buy politicians? Ask O specifically how raising taxes and bigger gooferment is going to help Detroit, the Rust Belt, and the financially struggling people?

Enough with the lipstick!


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