JASPER JOTTINGS Week 06 - 2009 Feb 08

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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An Amazing Man are you going to finish strong? Nick Vujicic

[JR: Speaks for itself!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 1 2009 12:37 PM

MFound: an MC prof cited


The Old Neighborhood
Submitted by Ed Woods on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 9:58pm.

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Alex Hamilton lived nearby. There was a very pleasant young man (OLL Class of 1941) named Eugene Shattuck who lived near 145th Street and Riverside Drive. His father was a professor at Manhattan College and his family owned the Schrafft’s Restaurants.

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[JR: Interesting to see the Catholic School. Sad to see the Church fail to keep Gooferment in check. And, fail itself.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 1 2009 2:37 PM

JFound: Krewell, Kevin [MC1977]


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Hi! Born in NYC, grew up in Elmont, went to college in Riverdale (Manhattan College), now live in California. Next stop is Maui

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Kevin Krewell

Kevin and Fely

   * Location: San Jose : CA


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Krewell, Kevin [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Kevin Krewell is a member of the Class of 1977.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Krewell, Kevin [MC1977]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 1 2009 3:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Feb 3 2009 11:42 AM

JFound: Krohn, Bill [MC1980] a winner


Don Sikorski: NFA great Krohn, 50, still running strong
Rose City champion has raced around the globe
Norwich Bulletin
Posted Jan 31, 2009 @ 11:31 PM

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Standing curbside on the corner in Norwich’s Mohegan Park in the summer of 1985, I was a spectator for the Norwich Free Academy alumni cross-country race. Kevin Crowley, the Wildcats new coach, had pulled out all the stops to put together a competitive gathering of former NFA runners. I had heard stories that Bill Krohn, Norwich Free Academy Class of ‘76 and now a national class distance runner, would be making an appearance. My only question as I stood at the one mile mark watching Krohn move past briskly was, where was everyone else?

Krohn’s time of 14:14 over the hilly, three-mile layout would win comfortably that night against some of the area’s best road racers. It appeared effortless for Krohn. I had the pleasure of seeing Krohn race again in the future, the next time competing head-to-head against a world-class field more than 3,000 meters at the Millrose Games in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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Krohn blossomed from a talented high school runner at Norwich Free Academy to a national-class competitor who had attained the opportunity to travel all over the world to compete in track and field meets. At the time a school teacher living in White Plains, N.Y., Krohn now resides in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife Gunnel and children Kevin, 8, and Kajsa, 3.

Now at 50, Krohn continues to run and race at a national-class level and has posted some of the fastest times in the world for his age group. I recently caught up with Krohn to discuss his early years at NFA, his progression to a national class athlete and a reflection back on what the sport of running has meant to him.  

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DS: Tell me about your college decision.

BK: At the state LL championships in my senior year, I was racing against my biggest rival, Jody Weatherwax, in the mile. (Coach) Fred Dwyer of Manhattan College was there recruiting and was eager to sign Weatherwax, who was debating between Manhattan and a few other colleges. I had college offers as well, but nothing that I wanted to jump at. I ended up beating Weatherwax that night (Krohn ran 4:17 to win the mile) and Dwyer, who had one scholarship left, offered it to me instead and I accepted.

DS: What was the adjustment to racing against collegiate competition like for you?

BK: Manhattan College, along with Villanova, was one of the most respected running colleges on the East Coast. Fred Dwyer coached Marty Liquori in high school, who was the second high schooler to break four minutes for the mile after Jim Ryun. Dwyer broke four minutes himself in 1958 shortly after (Roger) Bannister and was quite respected also. I was recruited with a group of top-ranked high school milers and 800 runners and my 4:16 ranked last in the group. I was not used to training higher mileage like the other guys and it took a while before I started to develop and get results.

During my sophomore and junior years, I started to rival my teammates and during my senior year, I ran PR’s (personal records) of 4:06 for the mile and 8:48 for two miles. I felt that my college years were successful but I still had a way to go before I fully developed as a runner.

DS: Did you make a formal decision to continue running and racing after college?

BK: I graduated in 1980 and decided to continue running for a local club called the Westchester Track Club, coached by Mike Barnow. Mike was a great inspiration and I felt fortunate that there was a serious club in the area with good athletes who wanted to continue after college. I began to train and race with a new schedule and plan that was more tailored to my needs instead of the hectic college schedule and occasional overtraining I experienced during the previous four years.

DS: Tell me about your experience in national-class competition.

BK: I immediately experienced improvements, and during 1980-81, I ran PR’s of 4:00.6 for the mile and 8:29 for two miles. I started to get more and more invitations to big meets and started running the 5,000 (meters) as well.

I won the Penn Relays Olympic Invitational 5,000 meters in 13:48 in 1983 and started to ease my way into the top 10 in the U.S. rankings. I finished third in the 1984 U.S. Championships 5,000 meters outdoors and fourth indoors at three miles four times (Krohn still owns the sixth-fastest American time for three-mile indoors at 13:06).

As a result, I made several American national teams and started competing in Europe as well. I still remember my first unofficial payday after winning a 3,000-meter race in Milan, Italy. A guy in a raincoat came up to me in the stadium tunnel and handed me $500 dollars in an envelope and said “nice race.” I was completely surprised, but that was the way things were done in the ‘80s.

DS: Were you a full-time runner in those days? Did you have a coach?

BK: In 1984, I began working with an agent, Tom Sturak, who got me into races I couldn’t have gotten into otherwise. I also signed contracts with Adidas, Nike and Puma during different periods, which gave me flexibility with travel and expenses which was a necessity when all the big meets were so spread out.

After the racing season in the United States, I began going to Europe during the summer and over six or seven years, have probably raced in all of the big grand prix meets like Zurich, Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm, London, etc. I also have really great memories of many smaller meets as well, where many of the good runners sacrificed big paydays just to enjoy the scenery like the fjörd’s of Norway or the Swiss Alps or the beaches near Barcelona.

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[JR: An amazing inspiring story!]

Krohn, Bill [MC1980]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 1 2009 4:37 PM

JFound: Maguire, Joseph [MC1974] Deputy Director
for Strategic Operational Planning
at National Counterterrorism Center


Joseph Maguire
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held United States Naval Special Warfare Command
Other work Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center

Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire is the Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).[1] NCTC’s mission is to lead the U.S. Government in strategic operational planning and counter-terrorism intelligence in order to combat terrorist threats to the U.S. and its interests. Prior to this appointment, Vice Admiral Maguire was Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, Navy’s component of the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Special Operations Component of the U.S. Navy. His first flag assignment was in United States Special Operations Command as the Director of Strategic Assessments and Resources.

Maguire is highly regarded as a leader in the Navy SEAL community.

Vice Adm. Maguire is from Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1974, the Naval Postgraduate School in 1985 and was a 1994-95 National Security Fellow at Harvard University. During his naval career he lived in many parts of the United States and served around the world, including the Far East.

His first sea duty tour assignment was aboard USS Coronado (LPD 11) where he served as Deck Division Officer. Following Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training where he graduated as Honor Man - Class 93, Rear Adm. Maguire served in Underwater Demolition Team Twenty One, SEAL Team Two, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Naval Special Warfare Group Two, and later as Deputy Commander, Special Operations Command Pacific, and Deputy Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command.

He had the honor of serving as Commanding Officer, SEAL Team Two, and Commanding Officer, Naval Special Warfare Center. Rear Adm. Maguire was the Flag Lieutenant to Commander Amphibious Forces Seventh Fleet (CTF 76) and served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., where he was Naval Special Warfare’s Assignment Officer and Community Manager. [2]

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Maguire, Joseph [MC1974]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 1 2009 10:52 PM

JHQ: Dr. Ben Kiernan at MC Holocaust Center 2/24


Manhattan College’s Holocaust Resource Center Welcomes Dr. Ben Kiernan
Award-winning author will address genocide in world history.
January 30, 2009

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Dr. Ben Kiernan, author and editor of numerous works on recent events in Southeast Asia, will speak at Manhattan College on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The event, presented by the Holocaust Resource Center, is free and open to the public.

Kiernan, the Whitney Griswold Professor of History and director of the influential genocide studies program at Yale University, will deliver the lecture Genocide in World History. It is based on his award-winning book Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur (2007).

In addition to his writings, Kiernan was the founding director of the Cambodian Genocide Program (1994-99), which helped to gather and preserve vital materials relating to events in Southeast Asia. He was convener of the Yale East Timor Project from 2000-02.

For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Jeff Horn, associate professor of history and director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Manhattan College, at (718) 862-7129 or jeff.horn@manhattan.edu.

The history of the Holocaust Resource Center dates back to 1996, when discussions among concerned faculty and administrators at the College and in the Riverdale community led to its founding with the mission to promote Catholic-Jewish dialogue and educate future generations about the Holocaust. The center inaugurated its Visiting Scholars Program the next year, and in 2006, an additional annual lecture was added to the series that focuses on genocides other than the Holocaust.

More information about the Holocaust Resource Center can be found on its Web site at home.manhattan.edu/holocaustcenter.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 1 2009 11:24 PM

JHQ: Journalist Hooman Majd To Speak 2/19


January 30, 2009
Best-Selling Author And Journalist Hooman Majd To Speak At Manhattan College
Acclaimed author is a new voice on one of America’s top foreign policy concerns.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Best-selling author and journalist Hooman Majd, a new voice on Iran, one of the United States’ top foreign policy concerns, will speak at Manhattan College on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the William J. Scala Academy Room of Leo Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

A resident of New York City, Majd is the author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran, a New York Times best-seller. The book, which spent time as the No. 1 foreign policy book and the No. 1 book on Islam on Amazon.com, is a critical but affectionate portrait of Iranian politics and culture. It attempts to explain Iran’s history and quirks to Western observers.

Born in Iran and raised and educated in the U.S., Majd continues to travel frequently between the two countries. The son of an Iranian diplomat and the grandson of an eminent Ayatollah, he has worked as an advisor and translator for two Iranian Presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on their trips to the U.S. and the United Nations.

Majd writes for several publications, including Time, The New Yorker and GQ. He is a writer and contributing editor for Interview and was an original blogger at The Huffington Post, for which he continues to write. He also served as executive vice president of Island Records and is the co-founder of Palm Pictures.

For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Pamela Chasek, director of Manhattan’s international studies program, at (718) 862-7248 or e-mail pamela.chasek@manhattan.edu.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Feb 1 2009 11:27 PM

MFound: 1954 MC loss remembered


Jack Coffey Field was dedicated on April 3, 1954, and Coffey retired following the 1958 season. His last home game was May 17th, 1958, which was deemed Jack Coffey Day, where the Rams defeated Manhattan College 14-7. To forever honor Coffey, then Fordham president Rev. Laurence J. McGinley, S.J. retired Coffey’s title of “Graduate Manager of Athletics,” so no one else would ever hold that title. An award was also created in Coffey’s name, which was originally given to the student-athlete achieving the highest academic standing, but from 1965 to the present day, the award honors an alumnus, administrator, or coach for outstanding contributions and dedication to the athletic program.

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[JR: Argh, I though it was an elephant that never forgot? Nice to see a Jasper connection. Any press is good as long as they spell your name right?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Feb 2 2009 8:10 AM

JObit: Hartmann, Sr. Marie Labre [MC????] obit
reported by Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970)

FROM: Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970)

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From Vol. 47 No. 42 January 14, 2009


Sister Marie Labre Hartmann, CSJ

Brentwood — Sister Marie Labre Hartmann, 83, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, died Dec. 9 in Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.

She entered the congregation in 1943 and began her teaching ministry in the Brooklyn Diocese at St. Teresa Avila (1944-1952) and St. Francis of Assisi (1952-1959). She earned her bachelor’s degree in math from Manhattan College and in 1962 received her master’s in library science from St. John’s University and her post-graduate degree from Columbia University. She taught at Visitation in Brooklyn and Queen of Peace in Kew Gardens between 1959-1966. It was at this time that she began her work as a librarian.

In her ministry as a librarian, she was instrumental in promoting libraries in elementary schools in the Brooklyn Diocese, she taught courses at St. Joseph’s College for sisters who were interested in becoming librarians as a second career, she received the CLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Librari-anship, and while working as special project coordinator in the Brooklyn diocesan office, she was credited with the creation of diocesan television programs and workshops to help establish elementary school libraries through library funding and government programs. Between 1990-1998, she served as librarian in Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn and St. Robert Bellarmine in Bayside.

She is survived by her brothers Robert, Alfred, Gerard, and Msgr. John Hartmann, who presided at her funeral Mass, and her sister, Dorothy Hartmann Weir. Among her several nieces and nephews is Msgr. Thomas Hartman. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in Maria Regina Chapel on Dec. 13, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery here.
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[JR: Thanks, RTC70. Much appreciated. This wasn't exposed by any of the search engines.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Feb 2 2009 4:38 PM

JFound: Vreeland, James Raymond (MC1994)


James Raymond Vreeland
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057

Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. January 2009 –
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University. July 2005 – December 2008
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University. July 1999 – June 2005

PhD, New York University, September 1999
MA, New York University, May 1998
BA, Manhattan College, May 1994
    Summa cum Laude
    Phi Beta Kappa

Vreeland, James Raymond. 2003. The IMF and Economic Development. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Vreeland, James Raymond. 2007. The International Monetary Fund: Politics of Conditional Lending. New York: Routledge.

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Vreeland,  James Raymond (MC1994)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Feb 2 2009 11:10 PM

JObit: Ennis, Joseph Lawrence [MC1934]


Joseph Lawrence Ennis

JAMESVILLE < Joseph Lawrence Ennis passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at the The Nottingham Residential Health Care Facility in Jamesville. Joe was born Feb. 19, 1913 in the Bronx. He attended Fordham Preparatory School for Boys in the Bronx where he was a member of the swim team. He remained an active member of the Fordham Prep Alumni Association during his lifetime. He entered Notre Dame University in 1930 but contracted polio during his second year and was forced to return home to recuperate. He enjoyed rooting for Notre Dame his entire life. After completing his college requirements at Manhattan College in 1934 with a degree in business, he joined his father and brother in the Joseph L. Ennis Real Estate Firm in New York City. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army, where he served as a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers. It was during his Army career that he met and married Lt. Teresa Mary O”Connell, also from the Bronx. After the war he joined John J. Reynolds Real Estate Firm in New York City. During the latter part of his long career in commercial real estate he worked with the Joseph Murphy Real Estate Firm in New York City, retiring at the age of 87.

He was a communicant at St. Gabriel”s Catholic Church in Riverdale, a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City, a member of the American Legion Riverdale post and a member of the Real Estate board of New York City. He served as president of the board of his cooperative apartment building at 3875 Waldo Ave. in Riverdale for more than 20 years. He was currently residing in the Nottingham Residence for Seniors in Jamesville, and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Teresa Ennis; his daughters, Terry Ann (Jack) Hickey, of Skaneateles and Joan Condon, of San Diego, Calif.; his granddaughter, Jennifer O”Connell, of San Diego, Calif.; his grandson, Timothy (Beth) Hickey, of Charlottesville, Va.; his great-grandson, Brendan Collins, of San Diego, Calif.; his brother, William Ennis, of Staten Island; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Dr. Laurie Beth Hickey.

A funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee St., DeWitt. Burial will be at St. Joseph”s cemetery in Fleming. Contributions can be made in Joe”s memory to the Loretto Foundation, c/o the Nottingham Employees Appreciation Fund, 1305 Nottingham Road, Jamesville, NY 13078. Arrangements by Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.

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Ennis, Joseph Lawrence [MC1934]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/c5bzca

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 3 2009 9:39 AM

MFound: Cora Weiss’ Peace Studies Medal of MC


Cora Weiss
From SourceWatch

Cora Weiss, “President of the Hague Appeal for Peace, has been well known as a peace activist since the early ‘60’s, when she was a co-founder of Women Strike for Peace which played a major role in bringing about the end of nuclear testing in the atmosphere. She was a leader in the anti-Vietnam war movement, organized demonstrations, including the largest one on November 15, 1969 in Washington, DC. As Co-Chair and Director of the Committee of Liaison with Families of Prisoners Detained in Vietnam, she organized the exchange of mail between families and POW’s in Vietnam which revealed and names of those alive and arranged for and accompanied some returning POW pilots. For ten years Ms Weiss was a volunteer teacher in the NY City public school system.

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“Among Ms. Weiss’ many awards are the Peace Studies Medal of Manhattan College …

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 3 2009 11:23 AM

JFound: Amicone, Philip A. [MC1971] on Wikipedia


Phil Amicone
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Philip A. Amicone
41st Mayor of Yonkers, New York

In office
January 1, 2004 – Present
Preceded by John Spencer
Political party Republican
Spouse Kay Terry Amicone

Philip A. Amicone is the 41st Mayor of the City of Yonkers, New York. He took office on January 1, 2004, after serving eight years as Deputy Mayor.

As Deputy Mayor he was involved in all phases of the city’s redevelopment. He was also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city departments.

Prior to becoming Deputy Mayor of Yonkers, Amicone was Commissioner of the Department of Building for the City of White Plains. Before his employment in White Plains, he worked for The Port Authority of NY & NJ and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Amicone is a licensed Professional Engineer. He was awarded a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and a Masters of Civil Engineering from New York University. As mayor, he is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition[1], a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of “making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets.” The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In 1970, he married Kay Terry. They have three sons: Joseph, Brendan and Matthew. They are also the grandparents of their first grandchild, Julia Kaylin Amicone.

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Amicone, Philip A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that the mayor is a member of the Class of 1971.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Amicone, Philip A. [MC1971]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 3 2009 11:56 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Feb 5 2009 9:21 AM

JFOUND: Petroski, Henry (MC1963) cited


Pondering the evolution of useful things
February 2, 2009

Editor’s note: This column from 1983 is one of Chuck Avery’s favorites.

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Reading can change one’s life. It’s not always a single volume or article or item, but the cumulative effect that is important.

For example, I just finished a book entitled “The Evolution of Useful Things” by Henry Petroski, professor of civil engineering at Duke University. It was about such fascinating topics as how the paper clip took its present form, how high button shoes led to zippers, why a man can crush a beer can on his forehead without doing noticeable damage — lots of useful information.

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Petroski, Henry (MC1963)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 3 2009 3:11 PM

JObit: Holodak, John S. (MC1941)


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

1Lt John S. Holodak (1919-2009)


John S. Holodak, resident of Orange, CT, formerly of Hastings-on-Hudson and Yonkers, NY, died Jan 28th following a long battle with diabetes.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mildred, of Orange, CT, sons John (MaryEllen), William (Bernadette), Richard (Carol) and daughter Susan; 7 grandsons (John, Scott, Chris, Derek, Alex, Matt and Mark) and brothers Thomas (Eleanor), Francis (Peggy), Robert (Betty), James (Dawn) and sisters Helen Scanlon and Lillian Rusie and predeceased by sister Marie Durant.

After graduating from Manhattan College (’41), during WWII, John enlisted as a navigator in the 8th Army’s 458th Bombardment Group, flying B-24 Liberators out of Norwich, England. For a period of time, he worked as an interpreter for the Office of Strategic Services in London, communicating with the French Underground. On April 9, 1945, while flying on his 32nd mission, he was severely wounded when his plane was shot down over Germany, he was captured and incarcerated as a prisoner of war until liberated by General George Patton’s Allied forces near the end of the war. He received a Purple Heart and the Air Medal with 4 Oak-Leaf Clusters.

Following a long and successful career as a sales executive in the wine industry, John was an active member of Hudson Valley chapters of Ex-POW/MIAs and Disabled American Veterans organizations, a former president of the Westchester County chapter of National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI), and former Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, LaRabida Council.

A memorial service is to be held at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY on Friday, Jan 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 pm to 9 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Matthews R.C. Church, Warburton Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Future interment will be scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Ex-POW/MIAs, Hudson Valley Chapter, P.O. Box 13, West Point, NY.


Posted by Alex Holodak at 12:33 AM

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HOLODAK, JOHN S. - John S. Holodak, resident of Orange, CT, formerly of Hastings-on-Hudson and Yonkers, NY, died Jan 28th following a long battle with diabetes. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mildred, of Orange, CT, sons John (MaryEllen), William (Bernadette), Richard (Carol) and daughter Susan; seven grandsons John, Scott, Chris, Derek, Alex, Matt and Mark and brothers Thomas (Eleanor), Frank (Peggy), Robert (Betty), James (Dawn) and sisters Helen Scanlan and Lillian Rusie and predeceased by sister Marie Durant. After graduating from Manhattan College (’41), during WWII, John enlisted as a navigator in the 8th Army’s 458th Bombardment Group, flying B-24 Liberators out of Norwich, England. For a period of time, he worked as an interpreter for the Office of Strategic Services in London, communicating with the French Underground. On April 9, 1945, while flying on his 32nd mission, he was severely wounded when his plane was shot down over Germany, he was captured and incarcerated as a prisoner of war until liberated by General George Patton’s Allied forces near the end of the war. He received a Purple Heart and the Air Medal with 4 Oak-Leaf Clusters. Following a long and successful career as a sales executive in the wine industry, John was an active member of Hudson Valley chapters of Ex-POW/MIAs and Disabled American Veterans organizations, a former president of the Westchester County chapter of National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI), and former Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, LaRabida Council. Mass of the Resurrection 10 AM Saturday St. Matthews R.C. Church. Hastings-on-Hudson. Visiting 2-4 and 7-9 PM Friday, Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home. Future interment will be scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Ex-POW/MIAs, Hudson Valley Chapter, P.O. Box 13, West Point, NY. EDWARDS-DOWDLE FUNERAL HOME 64 Ashford Avenue Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 edwardsanddowdle.com

Published: Friday, January 30th, 2009

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Holodak, John S. (MC1941)

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From: “Richard A. Lawrence (MC1968)”
Date: February 3, 2009 4:32:59 PM EST
To: “reinke, fjohn68″
Subject: Re: [ManhattanCollegeAlumni] Jasper Obit: Holodak, John S. (MC1941)

I believe he is the father of our classmate, Bill Holodak, ‘68 BME.

[JR: Thanks, RAL68. Much appreciated. I wouldn't have guessed that.]

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JUpdate: Charalambous, Soteris (MC1982)


Soteris Charalambous
Owner, Soteris Charalambous & Associates and Management Consulting Consultant

    Management Consulting

Graduated Manhattan College in December 1981 (class ‘82) with double major in   1. Mathematics & Computer
Science  2. Religious Studies

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Charalambous, Soteris (MC1982)

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[JR: Upon relection, I should have cited the GLOBAL reach of Jasper Jottings. Of course, anyone with consuting needs in Greece, should consider contacting their fellow alum. I'm sure there's a Jasper discount -- 20% more?]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 3 2009 5:36 PM

JUpdate: Frayne, Peg (MC1980)

Frayne, Peg (MC1980)

    Throgs Neck, NY
Relationship Status:
    Married to John J Frayne
Looking For:
Political Views:
    Republican Party
    Boating, Sailing, Sewing
    Politics, Sewing, Boating, Sailing
Favorite Music:
Favorite TV Shows:
    Law And Order, Ncis, The Real Housewives Of Orange County, Top Chef
Current Town:
    Lincoln Park, NJ

Grad School:
    * William Paterson University of New Jersey
    * Finance
    * Manhattan College ‘80
    * Marketing, Finance
High School:
    * Preston High School

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    * Posted on: Tue, Feb 3 2009 7:32 PM

QUADRANGLE: Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Riverdale Weather: HI 34 / LO 22 Snow

A World Away

While some remained low-key during the winter recess, Lois Harr, Director of Campus Ministry and Social Action, was accompanied by her husband John Reilly ‘75 and senior Mary Morgan to Kenya, Africa. From December 31st to January 11th, the trio experienced all Africa had to offer, in hopes to return next winter with ...


Celebrating History in the Making at the Inaugural Ball

In celebration of the change our country has witnessed over the past week, MC hosted an Inaugural Ball on Friday, January 23rd. Students arrived in Smith Auditorium to honor the excitement and anticipation of Barack Obama’s term as America’s first African American President.


Email System Upgrade

During the January intercession, Computer Services implemented a new email system for the MC community. “The upgrade of the email system had been a long time coming,” Associate Director of Computer Services, Jake Holmquist, said. In an email sent to MC students, faculty, administration and staff, Weldon Jackson, Executive Vice-President & Provost, said, “At the October, 2008 meeting of the College’s I.

The Case Against Ms. KennedyPoint/Counter PointPoint/Counter PointThe Angry Young ManThe “Web of Secrets” Begins to Untangle


Fun in VCP

Not many MC students take advantage of local activities and trek into Manhattan on the weekends for fun, yet costly, weekend experiences. Little do they know that right across the street Van Cortlandt Park offers a multitude of planned and do-it-yourself activities.

MC Honors Alumnus at De La Salle Medal Dinner Study Abroad: London Calling


Media Criticism

Expectations were high for the media coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, especially after his meticulous, media driven campaign. The inauguration of President Barack Obama warranted 12-hour media coverage of the event and all of its surrounding events.

To All Ye’ HatersPlease Hate Some More Love Drama in The City Streetlight Manifesto Opens for Reel Big Fish at Roseland Ballroom


Iona Crashes MC’s Garden Party

Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena has seen some of the greatest of greats perform their skills there. Greats like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Lebron James have played there against the New York Knickerbockers. As for the Knicks, let’s not go there. Full Story

Lady Jaspers Fall to Siena Nieto Placed on Prestigious College Baseball Watch List

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JFound: Patterson, James [MC1969] and
Sony’s Special Edition Reader Digital Book



Sony’s Special Edition Reader Digital Book is a must-have, especially if you are into the tomes of James Patterson. Now at a sale price of $299.99, it comes bundled with a coupon code for six of his books, an autographed cover, and a skin. The book can hold up to 160 books or more with optional memory cards. The Reader is compatible with Adobe PDF10, RTF, TXT, BBeB and Microsoft Word. It claims a battery life span of 7,500 page turns.

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JUpdate: Loreto, Paul (MC1966)

Loreto, Paul (MC1966)
The Loreto Law Firm
1980 - Present
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

University of San Diego School of Law 1979
Manhattan College 1966

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JUpdates: Several more roll in

Zbacnik, Raymond Eric (MC1977)
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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Dionisio, Vincent R. (MC1993)
Supervisor of Science 6-12
Mahwah Township Public Schools
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

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Dolan, Kevin J. (MC1968)
Sr. Consultant
Partners -International
NY, NY 10025

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Montero, Jhami (MC2000)
Analyst-Enterprise Recruiting & Retention
State Farm Insurance
Bloomington, IL 61704

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Donohue, Sheila M. (MC1987)
Bologna, 40134

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JFound: Belnavis, Sam [MC1961] From Wikipedia

Belnavis, Sam [MC????]
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sam Belnavis (born 1940) is an African American executive in automobile racing. He is one of the few minority persons to have owned a NASCAR racing team. He is currently the head of Roush Fenway Racing’s driver diversity program, and handles other marketing initiatives for that company.[1]

Education and military service

As a child, Belnavis attended Our Lady of Victory, an all-black parochial school in Brooklyn, New York. He then attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, with primarily white students, a very different experience.[2]

Belnavis attended Manhattan College in New York, graduating with a degree in accounting, and got a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.[3] He was in Air Force ROTC in Manhattan College,[2] and served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot in the 105th Tactical Fighter Wing, located at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.[4]


After leaving the Air Force, he took a management position at Sears, in 1968.[3] From there, he became a director of sports marketing for Miller Brewing. In 1981, while in that job, he signed Bobby Allison to a sponsorship contract. [4] After working at Miller, Belnavis was hired by DiGard Racing; part of his duties were to push a program to diversify DiGard Racing with an African-American driver.[5]

After DiGard, Belnavis took a position as senior vice-president of sports and entertainment with Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s largest and advertising firms. In 1991 he relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he founded his own advertising and marketing agency, Belnavis & Associates.[4][3]

In 2003, Belnavis became NASCAR’s first full-time minority owner[2] when he fielded BelCar Motorsports’ #54 U.S. National Guard Ford Motor Company entry driven by Todd Bodine.[6] In 2004, the team, at the time NASCAR’s only minority-owned team, closed when the National Guard elected to sponsor a Roush Racing vehicle instead.[7]

He continues to serves as a team in lower-level NASCAR leagues through the Drive for Diversity program, fielding entries for Morty Buckes, Brianne Conrath, and Jesus Hernandez in the past.


Belnavis and his wife Christine have three daughters and his six grandchildren.[3]

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Dear John,

    I believe that Sam is a member of the Class of 1961.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Feb 4 2009 12:06 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Feb 6 2009 9:40 AM

MFound: Brown, Jeanette (MCfac)


Jeanette Brown

   Jeanette Brown is the 2008-2009 Vice-President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority (Stamford, Conn.) and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.

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JNews: McMahon, John D. (MC1973) ConEd  EVP 


John D. McMahon Named Con Ed Executive Vice President

John D. McMahon has been named executive vice president of Con Edison. He had been serving as president and chief executive officer of Con Edison, Inc.’s subsidiary, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

In his new role as executive vice president of the New York City and Westchester utility, McMahon will oversee the general counsel’s office and also will be responsible for regulatory services and energy efficiency programs.

Prior to being named as president and CEO of Orange and Rockland in January 2003, McMahon had served as Con Edison’s senior vice president and general counsel for four and a half years, having progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions within the utility’s law department, where he developed and honed an expertise in utility industry restructuring. He started his Con Edison career as an attorney in the rate proceedings department in 1976.

McMahon is active in community and professional organizations and serves on the board of directors of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation, the board of the New Jersey Utilities Association, and the Ramapo College Foundation board of governors.

He is a graduate of Manhattan College and New York Law School, and has completed the Harvard Business School advanced management program.

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JEmail: Reinke, F. John (1968) presented to the Jasper Marketing class


My slides from my “Downturn means what?” presentation to the Jaspers at MC today.

At the panel discussion, I met the following Jaspers. All are on LinkedIn.

Fellow presenters:

Dastur, Shaleen (MC2004)

Zevzavadjian, Bert (MC1991)

In attendence, supporting us:

Conway, John (MC2008)

Ludwig, William (MC2008)

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[JR: Hope the students learned as much as I did. Namely, presentations are hard work. Especially when you have to do ad hoc tech support. LOL!]

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JUpdate: Baker, Brian (MC1990), a pilot for US

Brian Baker, Brian (MC1990), a pilot for Uncle Sam, is back in the USA.

[JR: And, I'm glad he's back safe and sound. And, I pray the same for all our men and women in harm's way.]


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JNews: Bernarde, Angela (MC2010)


Student Roundup
First published in print: Thursday, February 5, 2009

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Angela Bernarde of Latham, a senior at Manhattan College in the Bronx, has been inducted into Epsilon Sigma Pi, the school’s oldest National Honor Society. It is the highest scholastic honor that can be achieved by a Manhattan College student.

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JFound: Campbell, Kevin (MC1973) From Wikipedia



Kevin P. Campbell
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Roy J. Carver Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Neurology

Dr. Campbell is an Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City. He recieved his B.S. degree in physics from Manhattan College, his master’s degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Department of Radiation Biology and Biophysics at the University of Rochester. He did postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. David MacLennan at the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research, University of Toronto, before moving to Iowa in 1981.

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JHQ: MC’s Mentor Program


Fresh information received at yesterday’s panel discussion.

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JUpdate: Hickey, Sean (MC2012) following JasperJottings on Twitter

Hickey, Sean (MC2012)


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JUpdate: Bryk, William (MC1977) Brooklyn Law 

Bryk, William (MC1977)
Law Office of William Bryk
Brooklyn, New York 11209-2614

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JFound: Cantini, Virgil David [MC????] From Wikipedia

Cantini, Virgil David [MC????]


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Born 1919
Nationality Italian-American,
U.S. Resident since 1930
Field Enamelist, Sculptor
Training Manhattan College,
Carnegie Mellon University,
PhD, Duquesne University
Works “Man” sculpture (1965)
Awards Time Magazine “Hundred Leaders of Tomorrow” (1953)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1957)

Virgil David Cantini (1919 - ) is an enamelist[1] sculptor and educator. He has many large scale works throughout the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[2] Professor Cantini has been a long time member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh,[3] formerly chair of the Department of Art,[4] now Professor of Studio Arts, Emeritus.[5] As an artist, he is known for innovation with enamel and steel.[6] He has received both local and national recognition for his work, including honorary awards, competitive prizes and commissions,[7] and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1957.[8]

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QUADRANGLE: Friday, February 6, 2009


The Quadrangle
Friday, February 6, 2009
Riverdale Weather: HI 33 / LO 22 Becoming Sunny

Sounding in on National Survey

On February 16th MC will be participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for the second year in a row. This assessment, for freshman and senior students, is a college student report that surveys students’ experiences at different colleges and universities across the country.


Politics: Simply Politics

As we all know, last Tuesday was the historic inauguration of America’s first African-American President, Barack Obama. Although the coverage on virtually all of the top news channels has surrounded our newly sworn in Commander-in-Chief and Head of State, the hottest political story since then concerns another governmental position that needs to be filled.


A Painless Way to Stay Healthy This Winter

Hate Needles? You are not alone, but now you do not have to let that fear get in the way of your health. XXX doses of FluMist, a safe new needle-free flu vaccine are available in Health Services free of charge and without an appointment. The vaccine, which is administered in the form of a nasal spray, was recently approved by the FDA and is considered just as effective as the traditional injection.


The Saloon: Club and Pub

Saloon calls itself “the best of both worlds.” This is because it has a large dance floor, a state of the art sound and lighting system, DJs that keep a crowd dancing, and 3 full service bars, making it a great club and pub. The vibe is fun and energetic. Full Story


No Shot Against Niagara

Another game. New team. Same results. The Jaspers (11-10, 5-6 MAAC as of Sunday) shooting and defense was once again not up to par Saturday against Niagara University (16-6, 7-3 MAAC as of Sunday). The Jaspers came out of the gate strong in front of a crowd of 1,867 people and seemed poised to build on their victory over the Fairfield Stags last Monday. Full Story

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JHQ: February 2009 NEWSLETTER


Manhattan Monthly
February 2009 NEWSLETTER


Television Ad Campaign Reaches Large Audience on Inauguration Day

College Raises $1 Million at De La Salle Medal Dinner

Influential Journalist James Brady ’50 Passes Away at 80


Adult Degree Completion Program Targets Working Adults

Author Hooman Majd To Speak About Iran at Manhattan College

Holocaust Resource Center Welcomes Dr. Ben Kiernan

American Legacy Editor and Tuskegee Airmen Visit Highlights Black History Month

Energy Crisis Lecture Highlights Engineers Week

Relay For Life Cancer Walk


Manhattan College History Professor Authors New Book on Golf

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Welcome New Employees

Manhattan College Milestones


Alumni, Students Gather in New Orleans

Treasure Coast Alumni Luncheon

Jaspers of Georgia Annual Brunch

Upcoming March-April Events

Jaspers Helping Jaspers

Jaspers Volunteer Initiative

Hold the Date!! Reunion Weekend 2009

Contact Your Alumni Office



Hoops Squads Embark on Regular Season’s Final Month

Aliann Pompey ’04 Runs World’s Fastest Indoor 400 Meters at New Balance Meet

Baseball Squad Inks Four During Early Signing Period

Manhattan Athletics Expands JasperVision Platform

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JObit: Grace, Richard Michael [MC????]


Richard Michael Grace

GRACE, Richard Michael Oct. 30, 1928 - Feb. 3, 2009 Passed away peacefully on Feb. 3, 2009 in So. Pasadena. Born in Port Jervis, NY, Richard graduated from Manhattan College. Richard served his country in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged. A career at NASA and JPL followed as he relocated his family from Florida to Pasadena. He supported his family at St. Francis and Alverno and worshipped at Holy Family of South Pasadena. Survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jane; his sons, John, Tim, Tom, James; and daughter, Mary Kettmann; eight grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. Richard is sorely missed by his loving sisters, Barbara Hannon and Margaret Hughes; and predeceased by brother and sister, William and Dolores; and mother and father, Margaret and William. He will be missed for his dry sense of humor and love of NY Times crossword puzzles. Richard sacrificed for his family, and we are all stronger for his generosity. May he rest in peace, and may we all learn from his example. Memorial mass will be held Monday, Feb. 9th at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, So. Pasadena. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Emergency Room at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. Cabot & Sons Pasadena Directors

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Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/cd68ev

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Dear John,

    I do not find Richard listed in my “stuff”, maybe Grace can find him.

    May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Updated: Sun, Feb 8 2009 12:59 AM

JBlogger: Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) been hiding


February 7th, 2009
Where I’ve been hiding
Gibbons, Patti (MC1986)

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In honesty, I haven’t been hiding. I was preparing my self-houshold-work for thryoid surgery. I am nearly completely recovered - just some more time for the incision to heal and my visit to the surgeon for follow-up on Tuesday is expected to provide the all-clear.

I have many things about which to blog, and that’s one of the habits I want to restore. Areas will certainly include youth ministry, what I’m up to in ministry, along with a smattering of life, my own hack political analysis, and whatever comes my way. Just like always. And, I WILL address the ideas in the skribit box (near-right sidebar), so if you have an idea, pitch it in; if you like an idea, vote it up. Democracy in action.

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[JR: Glad to hear good news.]

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JUpdate: Browne, Frank (MC1966)

Browne, Frank (MC1966)
Civil-Environmental Engineering Consultant
F. X. Browne, Inc.
Lansdale, PA

Relationship Status: Married
Looking For: Networking
Activities: Wallyball, Water Volleyball, Billiards, Wii, Non-Fiction Book Club, Theatre
Interests: Environment, Listening To Music and Books on Tape
Favorite Music: Elvis, Moody Blues, Buddy Holly
    Rock and Roll
    Broadway Shows
Favorite Books: Harry Potter, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll
Grad Schools:
    * Manhattan College ‘68
    * MS, Environmental Engineering
    * University of Florida ‘71
    * Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
    * Manhattan College ‘66
    * BCE, Civil-Environmental Engineering
High School:
    * Xaverian High School ‘61

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Comment on JNews: Kelly, Raymond W. [MC1963] promoted Donahue, John [MC1997] 

By John Donohue

John Donohue MBA 1997

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Comment on JUpdate: Hickey, Sean (MC2012) follow JasperJottings on Twitter 

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[JR: Very eloquent! Brevity is the soul of wit.]

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ENDNOTE: Fight with the city’s code department?


Clearwater Tackle Shop Owner Still Fighting City Hook
By Stephen Thompson
Tampa Bay Online
updated 4:45 p.m. ET, Tues., Jan. 13, 2009

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CLEARWATER - Herb Quintero, who has long thought the fish mural painted on the side of his tackle shop was a work of art, had until Monday to cover it up.

And he did – with a copy of the First Amendment.

His act of defiance is the latest chapter in his fight with the city’s code department, which views the mural as a business sign for Quintero’s tackle shop, the Complete Angler, 705 N. Fort Harrison Ave.

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Have to admire the fellow’s spunk! Wish I had a picture of it.

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"