JASPER JOTTINGS Week 39 - 2008 Sep 28



POSITRACTION: Don’t let ‘Technical Difficulties’ sop you!

JObit: Cariddi, John J. [MC1969]

JObit: Garland, Thomas C. [MC1941]

JOY: Willard, Jennifer Anne Fodera [MC????] weds

JObit: McNierney, John F. [MC????]

JObit: Kelly, John Joseph [MC????]

JFound: Webb, Anne (MC????)

JFound: Forbes, A. James Jr. [MC????] Joins AARP Board of Directors

JNews: Daley, Mary Jane [MC1993] District superintendent, Lower Hudson counties

JEmail: Toner, Mike (MC1972)

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) reports in after the Retreat

MObit: Brother of MC’s ‘jobs lady’ passes; a nice lady. Sorrow for her loss.

ENDNOTE: Surrogacy as biz?

Comment on CARTOON: Senator Obama’s evasiveness about his Muslim upbringing by Obamamovement09

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POSITRACTION: Don’t let ‘Technical Difficulties’ sop you!


Dolly Parton saves the World Premiere of ‘9 to 5’ Musical as ‘Technical Difficulties’ almost stop the production cold.

10:45 PM September 20, 2008

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She has doubtlessly performed on thousands of concert stages all around the world; but Saturday night at the World Premiere of the stage musical version of her very own “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton had to save opening night, by performing, completely impromptu, from the audience.

Parton, was among a star studded crowd; including fellow ‘9 to 5’ film cast members Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dabney Coleman; all of whom were on hand to see the Broadway Bound musical based on the movie from 1979.

Dozens of other stars were in Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theater, including, Gabriel Byrne, Tracey Ullman, Blythe Danner and Jason Alexander; when the show was stopped cold about 15 minutes into the performance by “technical difficulties.”

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Once has to admire folks, who can roll with the punches. It’s a lesson to us to listen to that inner voice. Don’t worry about yur inner image. Just go with the flow in service of others and you’ll seldom be wrong. And, if you are, you can’t worry about it.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Sep 21 2008 1:25 PM

    * Updated: Tue, Sep 23 2008 3:56 PM



JObit: Cariddi, John J. [MC1969]




John J. Cariddi

CARIDDI Honorable John J., of Mahwah, NJ and Jensen Beach, FL, died September 18, 2008 at his home in Jensen Beach, FL. Born in the Province of Reggio Calabria, John was raised in a small village of 850. At the age of 5, John’s family immigrated to the United States settling in Hackensack, NJ, where he lived until May, 1986. Graduating from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, where he majored in Political Science, he decided that the practice of law was his calling. Enrolling in the University of Miami, Florida Law School, his scholastic abilities enabled him to graduate in the top ¼ of his class. In 1943, after having graduated from college where he was in the US Army Air Force Reserve, John was called to active duty and shipped overseas to the largest Air Force Base (8th Air Force) as a Criminal Investigator with the Provost Marshall’s Office. He remained there for four years, where he met his wife, Joyce, a lovely and talented English woman. John and Joyce were married in 1947, and finally returned to the United States to resume their life.

John became an attorney in 1955 and was an active trial lawyer, primarily in Criminal and Matrimonial areas of the law. The New York Times referred to him in a prominent article as “one of the five best Criminal Trial Lawyers in the State of New Jersey”. During his practice at various times, five of his associates became prominent attorneys, and several hold public office. In 1971, Governor Cahill nominated John to the Bergen County District Court where he served with distinction before being elevated to the Bergen County Court in 1972. Subsequently, he was appointed to the Superior Court, having served for about 16 years on the Bench. During the years from 1955 to 1971, John served various municipalities as Prosecutor for the City of Hackensack, Borough of Little Ferry, Township of South Hackensack, and the Borough of Midland Park. He was also appointed City Attorney for the City of Hackensack in 1968. During this period of time, he also served as Secretary to the Minority Leader of the New Jersey Assembly. John retired from the bench on August 1, 1986, and is now associated with the law firm of Galantucci and Patuto of Hackensack as “Of Counsel”. In September, 1986, the firm was appointed City Attorney for Hackensack.

John was a member of St. Paul’s RC Church, Ramsey. He was past commander of VFW Post 55, Demarest, NJ and was a member of the Palisades Park Chapter UNICO.

John is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Joyce (nee Dutton) Cariddi of Mahwah, NJ and Jensen Beach, FL and his two sons; Robert Cariddi of Palm City, FL and Frank Cariddi of Mahwah, NJ and two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Frankie John Cariddi, of Mahwah, NJ. Also surviving is his brother, Thomas Cariddi of Mahwah, NJ and two sisters; Francis Zoccoli of Ramsey, NJ and Rose Capaci of Mahwah, NJ. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, 10 AM at St. Paul’s RC Church, 200 Wyckoff Ave., Ramsey, NJ. Interment will follow in Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ. Visiting is Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM, at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ www.vpfh.com. In memory of John, memorial contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 1202 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997 or at 772-403-4530 or at www.tchospices.org.

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Dear John,

I believe that the Judge is a member of the Class of 1969.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Cariddi, John J. [MC1969]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/4kmuzj

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North Jersey Media Group

John Cariddi, 88, retired state judge

Sunday, September 21, 2008


John Cariddi, a respected criminal trial lawyer in Hackensack who became a judge on the state Superior Court, died Thursday on his 88th birthday at his home in Florida.

Mr. Cariddi began his law career in 1955 after an overseas tour with the U.S. Army Air Forces Reserve during World War II and then earning a law degree from the University of Miami.

While his first clients — drunken drivers and number runners — were walk-ins to his Main Street office, Mr. Cariddi built his business on reputation and recommendations, said his son Robert of Palm City, Fla.

He later spent 16 years as a state Superior Court judge in Hackensack.

Taking time to prepare for cases — as a judge and a litigator — helped Mr. Cariddi to rise to the top of his profession, his son said.

” ‘Always come prepared,’ that’s what he always said to me,” Robert Cariddi said. “If you don’t have the facts in your favor, you have to argue the law.”

Before becoming a judge in 1971, Mr. Cariddi worked as a prosecutor in Hackensack, Little Ferry, South Hackensack and Midland Park.

Mr. Cariddi, a Republican, also worked in the State House as a key legislative aide.

Outside the courtroom, Mr. Cariddi dedicated himself to veterans’ affairs. He served as commander of American Legion Post 55 in Hackensack. He also belonged to a chapter of Unico an Italian-American service organization, in Palisades Park.

Both Robert Cariddi and Frank Cariddi of Mahwah recalled attending Jets football games with their father as some of their fondest childhood memories.

It was during one game when Mr. Cariddi only had 10 tickets for 11 guests that he somehow managed to get everyone through the turnstiles, Robert Cariddi said.

“He was a little bit of a character that way,” he said.

Mr. Cariddi’s sons also remembered their father as being tremendously organized. The pile of magazines in the living room, for instance, was arranged according to size.

“I used to call him Mr. Perpendicular and Mr. Parallel,” Frank Cariddi said.

Mr. Cariddi was raised in a small, southern Italian village until the age of 5, when his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Hackensack.

He graduated from Hackensack High School in 1939 and went on to Manhattan College, where he graduated with a degree in political science and a determination to attend law school. But World War II intervened.

He began active duty in 1943 and was shipped to Manchester, England, where he investigated crimes against military and civilian personnel stationed at the Army Air Forces’ largest base.

During his four years in Manchester, Mr. Cariddi met his wife, Joyce. The couple married in England in 1947 and returned to the United States, where he completed his education.

Mr. Cariddi graduated from the Miami law school in the top 25 percent of his class.

The Cariddis, who had been married 62 years, spent many years in Hackensack before moving to Mahwah. After his retirement, Mr. Cariddi spent the winter months in Jensen Beach, Fla.

In addition to his wife and sons, Mr. Cariddi is survived by a brother, Thomas Cariddi of Mahwah; two sisters, Francis Zoccoli of Ramsey and Rose Capaci of Mahwah, and two grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held on 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, in Ramsey. Interment will follow in Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff.

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 22 2008 6:04 PM

    * Updated: Tue, Sep 23 2008 3:56 PM




JObit: Garland, Thomas C. [MC1941]

From: McGoey, Tom (MC1969)

Date: September 22, 2008 11:17:30 AM EDT

Subject: Check out this page on SILive.com

Dear Jasper Jottings:

Tom McGoey thought you would be interested in this item from SILive.com

Tom McGoey

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Retired NYPD lieutenant enjoyed sports

Monday, September 22, 2008

Staten Island Advance

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Thomas C. Garland, 89, of Great Kills, a retired New York City police lieutenant, died Saturday at home.

Born in Manhattan, he lived in Brooklyn and graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School there. He moved to Great Kills in 1955.

Mr. Garland attended Manhattan College in the Bronx on a track and field scholarship. He achieved a world record in the high jump and was inducted in the college’s Hall of Fame.

He also served in the Army during World War II, from 1941 to 1946.

Upon his return, he joined the NYPD, where he remained for the next 35 years, serving as an instructor at Police Headquarters and retiring as a lieutenant from the 122nd Precinct, New Dorp.

He was a parishioner of St. Clare’s R.C. Church, Great Kills, where he was a member of the Father’s Club. He was also a member of the Father’s Club at Monsignor Farrell High School, the NYPD Emerald Society and was a charter member of the Great Kills Swim Club.

He loved history, track and field, and football.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Margaret Carney; three sons, Michael, John and Thomas; a daughter, Kathleen Garland, and seven grandchildren. The funeral will be Thursday from the Casey McCallum Rice Funeral Home, Great Kills, with a mass at 9:45 a.m. in St. Clare’s Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.

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Dear John,

I believe that Tom is a member of the Class of 1941.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Garland, Thomas C. [MC1941]

Guestbook: Unknown

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 22 2008 6:56 PM

    * Updated: Tue, Sep 23 2008 5:24 PM




JOY: Willard, Jennifer Anne Fodera [MC????] weds

From: McGoey, Tom (MC1969)

Date: September 22, 2008 3:50:06 PM EDT

Subject: Check out this page on SILive.com

Dear Jasper Jottings:

Tom McGoey thought you would be interested in this item from SILive.com

Tom McGoey

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.The wedding of Manhattan residents Jennifer Anne Fodera and Keith Gerard Willard took place Sept. 13 in St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Manhattan. The Rev. Peter Fink celebrated the afternoon mass, which was followed by a reception in the Museum of Natural History, Manhattan.

The bride is a daughter of Barbara and John Anthony Fodera of Castleton Corners. The bridegroom is a son of Dorothy and Ralph Willard of Holden, Mass.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her sister, Elizabeth Fodera, as the maid of honor. Tricia Bonamo was the bridesmaid.

Kevin Willard was the best man for his brother. John Lamendola was the usher.

Mrs. Willard is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Grymes Hill, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in special education, with a concentration in psychology, from Manhattan College in the Bronx. She earned a master of science degree in occupational therapy from the State University of New York Downstate, Brooklyn, and is a self-employed pediatric occupational therapist in Manhattan.

Mr. Willard is a graduate of Tates Creek High School, Lexington, Ky., and earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. He is a trader with Deutsche Bank, Manhattan.

After a honeymoon in Greece, the couple will live in Manhattan.

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Willard, Jennifer Anne Fodera [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Sep 22 2008 7:15 PM

    * Updated: Tue, Sep 23 2008 5:24 PM




JObit: McNierney, John F. [MC????]




John F. McNierney

McNIERNEY - John F., of East Northport, and formerly of North Merrick, on September 21, 2008. Alumnus of Bishop Loughlin H.S. and Manhattan College, U.S. Navy veteran and retired Executive of IBM. Loving husband of Marilyn Smith, and the late Patricia Ann, (nee Gilligan). Devoted father of Ann and Richard Adrian, Marybeth and John Taras, Susan and James Carroll, John F. and Anne Marie McNierney, and stepfather of William Smith. Proud grandfather of Richard and Elizabeth Adrian, Ryan, Jack, Gene and Kenneth Taras, Christine, Patricia, Clare and John Carroll, Bridget, Patrick, Maureen and Liam McNierney. Loving brother of Patricia, Regina, Arlene and Mary Lou. Reposing at the Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home, 445 East Meadow Ave., East Meadow Wednesday from 2-5 and 7-9:30pm. Funeral Thursday, Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Malverne at 9:30am. Interment, Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury.

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McNierney, John F. [MC????]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/4fcn4f

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 23 2008 6:27 PM




JObit: Kelly, John Joseph [MC????]




John Joseph Kelly

John Joseph Kelly, 78, passed away at his home, where he was surrounded by his family. He was born in Bronx, New York, attended LaSalle Academy and Manhattan College, served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, and worked in finance for Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company for 38 years. Mr. Kelly was an active member of St. Raphael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Madelaine; son, Sean David and his fiance, Donna Tussey of Raleigh; daughter, Jennifer Kelly Meyer and son-in-law, Andrew Meyer of Raleigh; and sister, Mary Mooney of Florida.

A memorial service will be held at St. Raphael Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 24 at 12:00 noon with visitation one hour prior to the service.

The family wishes to thank Wake County Fire/Rescue/EMS and Rex Hospital for the care and support provided.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Wake County Fire/Rescue EMS, Station 15.

Arrangements by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas.

Online condolences www.cremnc.com

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Dear John,

The only John Joseph that I can find is a member of the Class of 1933, which clearly is not this John Joseph.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. We'll just have to carry this as ???? unless someone else can help?]

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Kelly, John Joseph [MC????]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/3vxkjx

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 23 2008 6:28 PM




JFound: Webb, Anne (MC????)


Millennials Can Text but Are All Thumbs When It Comes to Formal Writing

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Although punching out messages on a keyboard or wireless device seems to have replaced pen and paper for members of the backpack generation, many young adults find that instant communications have taken a toll on their ability to produce a document in formal, written English. As twenty-somethings enter the workforce and are promoted to higher levels within organizations, they may discover that their use of online chat acronyms and text messaging shorthand are of little use in business and personal communications outside their circle of millennial peers.

Harrisville, RI (PRWEB) September 23, 2008 — “E-mail and text messaging are great in terms of speed and convenience, but they’ve made a mess of written English. In an effort to save keystrokes, the rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling are often ignored,” commented Anne Webb, founder of TighterWriter.com, a new proofreading, editing, and writing service created to help the grammatically challenged of all ages. “These texting habits can all too easily creep into academic assignments and professional work, detracting from the message of the written piece and portraying the writer as inattentive to detail.” Earning a lower grade, losing a client, or being passed over for a promotion or opportunity might be the unfortunate result. The TighterWriter service makes professional editing available to academics and business professionals who understand the importance of writing that effectively communicates their ideas.

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About Anne Webb

Anne is a summa cum laude graduate of Manhattan College. She held “real” jobs in the New York metro area before trading her corporate cubicle for a home office. In both workplace scenarios, she has worked with executives who delegate editing tasks to others, suffer from dyslexia, speak English as a second language, or simply lack the time or inclination to worry about the finer points of writing. Since 1987, she has been a partner in a successful consulting practice that specializes in the needs of the publishing, graphic arts, and media industries. Satisfied clients have included Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, 3M, and Xerox, among many others. Anne is highly skilled at making the written word clear, concise, and readable for a wide variety of audiences. She has helped her associates look better in print for years. She can do the same for you.

For more information on how this service works and how Anne can help you look better in print, visit www.TighterWriter.com.


Anne Webb TighterWriter.com 401-217-4385 http://www.TighterWriter.com

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A Little Obsession Can Be a Good Thing

I owe my solid foundation in English grammar and composition to the nuns who taught at my parish elementary school, where spelling bees, grammar drills, and sentence-diagramming marathons assumed near-Olympic proportions. Their insistence on strict classroom order and constant attention to detail helped elevate my genetic tendency to check and re-check into a true art form. After graduating summa cum laude from Manhattan College, I held “real” jobs in the New York metro area before trading my corporate cubicle for a home office. In both workplace scenarios, I have worked with executives who delegate editing tasks to others, suffer from dyslexia, speak English as a second language, or simply lack the time or inclination to worry about the finer points of writing.

Since 1987, I have been a partner in a successful consulting practice that specializes in the needs of the publishing, graphic arts, and media industries. Satisfied clients have included Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, 3M, and Xerox, among many others. I have extensive experience in making the written word clear, concise, and readable for a wide variety of audiences. I have helped my associates look better in print for years.

I can do the same for you.

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Webb, Anne (MC????)

[JR: Hmmm, wonder if there is a Jasper discount?]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 23 2008 6:38 PM




JFound: Forbes, A. James Jr. [MC????] Joins AARP Board of Directors


September 22, 2008 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Tatum’s A. James Forbes, Jr. Joins AARP Board of Directors

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tatum, LLC today announced that A. James Forbes, Jr. will join the AARP Board of Directors, where he will serve until 2014. He previously served as chairman of the audit and finance committee and as treasurer on the board of directors of the AARP Foundation. Forbes currently serves as a partner with Tatum, a leading executive services and consulting firm.

“I am fully committed to all the principles for which AARP stands and delivers upon for its members,” said Forbes. “Through board service, I look forward to continue making a difference in the lives of the people we serve by addressing the priorities that AARP champions each and every day.”

As a member of the AARP board, Forbes will aid in monitoring the finances and approving the budget of the association. He will also help oversee many of the policies, programs, activities and services for the AARP’s more than 39 million members. Forbes’ other duties will include helping to shape AARP’s state and national legislative policy agenda and setting policy that guides its strategic plans and activities.

Forbes, a partner in the New York practice of Tatum, LLC, has a significant career which includes serving as the executive vice chairman and chief financial officer of international, emerging growth and companies requiring turn-around in the not-for-profit sector, as well as biomedical, home healthcare, information management, maritime and automobile segments within the for-profit sector.

He holds a degree in Accounting from Manhattan College, and he has been recognized for his outstanding leadership and volunteerism by the BEACON Foundation, the YMCA and his parish church.

Forbes was chosen from a large pool of AARP members and nonmembers across the country. An independent nomination review committee evaluated the submissions and sent their recommendations to the then current board for approval.

About Tatum, LLC

Tatum is the largest and only Executive Services firm in the U.S. with a singular focus on helping companies maximize the Office of the CFO to accelerate business performance and create more value. Tatum works with companies of all sizes who need decisive leadership talent, capacity, and access to improve and sustain performance. Tatum understands the urgency of NOW, and can respond immediately to address the challenges facing the Office of the CFO. For more information, visit www.TatumLLC.com.

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 33 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s 39 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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Permalink: http://www.businesswire.com/news/google/20080922005219/en

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Forbes, A. James Jr. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Sep 23 2008 6:59 PM




JNews: Daley, Mary Jane [MC1993] District superintendent, Lower Hudson counties




Superintendent praises Catholic education

By Randi Weiner The Journal News • September 24, 2008

GOSHEN - Since taking over this month as district superintendent for 35 Catholic schools in five counties, Mary Jane Daley has seen the inside of her office only rarely.

Instead, she’s been visiting the Catholic elementary schools in Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan and Ulster counties, working on the evaluations of nearly 20 principals, which are due this fall, holding regional administrators meetings and arranging for curriculum training for teachers. Her territory encompasses more than 3,000 square miles, she estimated.

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The Daley file

Name: Mary Jane Daley

Position: District superintendent, Lower Hudson counties (Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan and Ulster), Archdiocese of New York

Residence: Beacon

Family: Two adult sons, three cats

Education: 1970, bachelor of arts in political science, Mount St. Mary College; 1993, master of science in educational leadership, Manhattan College; 2002 professional diploma/certification, Manhattan College; currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

Experience: 1970-76 and 1988-93, teacher, St. Mary’s School, Fishkill; 1993-2008, principal, St. Martin de Porres School, Poughkeepsie

Hobbies: Reading, especially mysteries, and nonfiction professional works, needlepoint and dance

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Dear John,

There was piece in the Journal News on Wed, I think, about Mary Daley being named to a new position. She received her Masters from Manhattan in 1993.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Sep 24 2008 6:15 PM

    * Updated: Fri, Sep 26 2008 4:00 PM




JEmail: Toner, Mike (MC1972)

From: Toner, Mike (MC1972)

Date: September 7, 2008 1:01:11 PM EDT

To: fjohn68

Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 36 - 2008 Sep 07

Dear John,

Thanks for your considered response to my thoughts on the controversy over Speaker Pelosi’s remarks. I see that she and the Archbishop of SF are going to have a meeting. It will be interesting to see what comes out of that.

I’m not sure why your system(?) brings me up as class of ‘75. While now I might appreciate being three years younger, I am a member of the class of 1972.

I don’t know if you picked up this link to a story in the NY Times last week – that featured an MC connection. In response to the Republican’s bashing of “community organizers” on Wednesday there was a profile of people who were community organizers in the Bronx in the 1970’s. One of them was Lois Harr who is now the Director of Campus Ministry and Social Action at alma mater.


As always, thanks for your efforts.

mike toner

bee 1972

buffalo, NY

[JR: Well, you've caught me. I use macros to put in frequent character strings. Your <bracket> "toner". That explodes to "Toner, Mike (MC1972) " now that I've fixed it. Never claimed to be a great clerk. Consistently wrong is good right?]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Sep 24 2008 6:24 PM




JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) reports in after the Retreat

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Date: September 25, 2008 12:19:27 AM EDT

To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”

Subject: Retreat

Dear John,

A quick report on last weekends retreat at the Passionist Retreat Center in Riverdale. About 60 men attended. The theme was Gratitude and the 4 speakers were outstanding. Friday nights speaker was Bob Baughman, V.P. Mandkind Corporation whose topic was Why Aren’t We More Grateful. He gave a very powerful talk that led to interesting discussion groups later.

Saturday morning, Brother Ray Meagher, FSC spoke about “Gratitude: Vocational Vitality” which had the groups attention for the entire presentation. Brother teaches in the School of Education and it was evident why he is so well liked by his students,

Saturday afternoon, my brother Ed led a round table type discussion : Laymen’s Introduction to Scripture and Prayer.

Ed explained what some parishes are doing in setting up Men’s Ministries that meet early on Saturday mornings to study and discuss scripture. In some parishes as many as 60 men take part. Many men found the idea of attending such a program interesting.

Msgr. Dermot Brennan’s, former pastor of St. Patrick’s in Yorktown., topic was Developing An Attitude of Gratitude, which demonstrated that he has not lost a step in his preaching skills. Even after a long day and dinner he kept everyone awake and attentive.

Fr. Paul Fagan, the Retreat Director, delivered the final presentation, Staking Our Life on God’s Promises with Gratitude, was the perfect end to a great Retreat.

I should report that on Saturday, after Confessions, we had Mass at which Father Paul and Father Michael, administered the Sacrament of the sick to those who wished to participate.

All in all a great weekend to take stock of our relationship with God.

Sorry that all of you could not join us!


[JR: Thanks for the report. Usually I'd try to make a joke, but sounds like there were serious men doing serious work. Quietly. Courageously. Reverently. Nothing to joke about there. But, most importantly did you get us more readers? :-) After all, priorities are priorities. Seriously, thanks for all you do for Jottings. So what's the date for next year? Never too early to start publicizing.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Sep 25 2008 6:34 AM



JHQ: MC adds a “Lasallian Community” link to the homepage.


# Lasallian Community

* Introduction to Lasallian Heritage

* Religion and the Lasallian Vision

# News

# Global and U.S. Community

# Brothers at Manhattan College

# Lasallian Education Committee

# Faculty External Experiences

# Student Opportunities

# De La Salle Week

# Office Of Mission

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    * Posted on: Fri, Sep 26 2008 6:19 PM




MObit: Brother of MC’s ‘jobs lady’ passes; a nice lady. Sorrow for her loss.

From: “Grace Feeney”

To: “Mike McEneney”

Sent: Friday, September 26, 2008 2:50 PM

Subject: FW: [Jaspernet Email] Sad News - More Information

In addition to the email previously sent, please note the following:

Shiva will take place: Sunday, September 28th 5:00 p.m. thru 8:00 p.m. And Monday, September 29th 1:00 p.m. thru 4:00 p.m. At 21 Wilson Place Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706

In lieu of flowers: Please make donations to: Hastings High School For the Robert Tucker Lecture Series 1 Mount Hope Boulevard Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706

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To The Manhattan College Community:

It is with much regret that we inform you of the death of Robert Tucker, brother of Marjorie Apel of Career Development.

Please keep her in your prayers.

Funeral Services: Sunday, September 28th @ 2:00 p.m.

Temple Beth Shalom

740 North Broadway

Hastings-On-Hudson, NY

Condolences: Marjorie Apel

111 Rosedale Avenue

Hasting-On-Hudson, NY 10706

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[JR: For those wo may not know, Ms. Apel is the "jobs lady" and makes every effort to help every Jasper. I'm sad for her loss.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Sep 26 2008 7:44 PM




ENDNOTE: Surrogacy as biz?




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A non-governmental organization has gotten involved, voicing its concerns about what it calls child trafficking and an abandoned child. Manji’s attorney is a famous human rights lawyer, who has offered her services pro bono. The judge asks, his voice trembling: “Which law forbids surrogacy?” The NGO attorney replies, his voice firm: “Which law permits surrogacy?” The problem is that there is no law, merely guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which legalize surrogacy.

In the end, the court rules that Manji may remain in the care of her grandmother, for the time being, and the case is adjourned until mid-September. It appears that Manji is stuck in India, the country that was only meant to produce her.

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You have to empathize with the baby in this story. How screwed up we get when we stray from His “original intent”. Throw in primal human needs, poverty, and the ulimate wild card screw up gooferment!

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    * Posted on: Sat, Sep 27 2008 7:38 PM



Comment on CARTOON: Senator Obama’s evasiveness about his Muslim upbringing by Obamamovement09


he doesnt care if your white or black, only white pleople would think that && no im not black nor am i white, im a god’s child were all the same! dude seriously you guys need to see that u.s needs change! n this is the time for it! bush hasnt gotten us in nothing but trouble..the united states is BROKE economy is bad because he took us on a war that made no sence and we couldnt afford, and macain is just going to follow his footsteps, besides he a pervert! look at the woman he choose only cuz shes preety? n yeah im a girl n i think thats just nasty. stuff on this cartoon is like super fake. he has spoken about his childhood on multiple times n he has nothing to hide. white ppl are racis just because you fuckers can get over the fact that the civil war made the south have no slave. black people are not less than you there equal if not better than all you fuckn white racis pleople they have better values!

Obama 09! whoohooo vote for change!

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[JR: Always nice to hear from someone who spells worse than I do. And such a ‘literate” contribution to civil discourse. On, and no surprise, it was a ‘drive by’ comment (i.e., no return email address). Folks like that don’t want to have to defend or explain their words. I don’t think he does O any service this way. Flies and honey? And, I’m sorry to say that Candidate O has some unexplained issues in his rather sparse credentials (e.g., birth certificate; PhD thesis; medical records; tax return). Not that facts matter to anyone. Certainly not to the liberal media, who once again are the cheerleaders for the Liberal Candidate. Any way, normally I’d just ignore this and move on. But, he did bring up an interesting point about the Civil War. He thinks it was about slavery. Silly person. The Civil War was about taxes plus empowering and enriching the Northern elite. Slavery ended peacefully in the rest of the world. And, slavery was going to end due to bad economics. But, we can’t have that discussion, because the commenter just drove by! We wuz robbed of that opportunity to learn. Maybe next time.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Sep 26 2008 5:42 PM



"Bon courage a vous tous"