JASPER JOTTINGS Week 01 - 2010 January 03

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



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La. Indian village holds out against plea to move
Dec 13, 3:42 PM (ET)

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ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, La. (AP) – A day in the life of Edison Dardar starts with a caterwaul of a shout. A yawlp. His chest puffs up: “Yay-hoooo!” Morning cries down the road greet him. “Wa-hoooo!” …. “Yaaaah!” …. “Aaaahh-eee.” The Indian fisherman smiles. His cousins and nephews are doing well

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[JR: You have to establish your "last stand". These folks seem to have reached it. When you do, you don't let yourself be pushed any further. NH has it in a nutshell: "Live Free or Die". Can't surrender your core values. I wish these folks well. Good luck in the New Year. How much like them are we?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 27 2009 12:37 PM

JBlogger: Jasper “Jen D.” (MC1999)


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The occasion was a cozy dinner with my college friend, Donna. In our years at Manhattan College, we spent more hours than I care to count (some of which were supposed to be in class) recounting the dramas of our lives over beers and burgers at the Piper’s Kilt on 231st Street. You could say that our friendship was cemented by food, and that love of food grew proportionally as full-time employment afforded us the luxury of sharing meals that involved stars on the walls instead of sawdust on the floors. (Don’t get me wrong- P.K. still has the best burger this side of Bronx, but this post isn’t about P.K., now is it?) With college graduation ten years behind us (yikes!), our dinner was opportunity for me to ask Donna to be one of my bridesmaids in our July wedding. (She said yes.)

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FLAVOR PROFILES: About this Blog

A teacher of writing since 1999, I decided that it was high time I did more authentic writing of my own.

When my middle and high school students ask, “What should I write about?”, I often advise them to focus on what they know and love. Sitting down in front of my laptop, I decided to practice what I preach. So what do I love? Food!

An unabashed aficionado of all (okay, MOST) things edible, I started Flavor Profiles to present one girl’s dining experiences in the New York Metro/Westchester area and to open up dialogue about great meals to be had. I hope my writing and the writing of this blog community help you find your next great meal!

Best, Jen D.

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[JR: OK, let's begin the detective work.]

Jasper “Jen D.” (MC1999)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 27 2009 1:37 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids two and corrects

Dear John,

>Balko, Alexander S.

   I believe that Al is a member of the Class of 1972.

>Here Comes St. Patrick . . .

   If someone should wish to follow up on my post, I blew the e-mail address = it should be: letters@irelandofthewelcomes.com

>Robert W. GOODMAN

   I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1959.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. No sweat on the email address; I linked to the mag at the bottom of the post. Helps the mag and it helps us.]  

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McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Balko, Alexander S. [MC1972]

Goodman, Robert W. [MC1959 RIP]

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JNews: Ross, Rachel [MC1998]

Personal Trainer Rachel Ross Has Striven For Physical Fitness Since Childhood; Now She Assists Others To That End

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CULVER CITY, CA— From the time she was a toddler, Rachel Ross was in constant motion.

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But college soon centered on studies in physical education and a scientific understanding of the physics of exercise and its impact on cardiovascular health and muscle development.

That led to a degree from Manhattan College in exercise science and sports medicine after a course of study that informed about biology , motor learning, bio-mechanics and physiology.

Students in the degree program also took classes in hiking, swimming, running, lacrosse, rope climbing and a host of others.

While at Manhattan College, Rachel was teaching step classes and working to obtain AFAA certification (Aerobic and Fitness Association of America), she began working at New York Sports Club

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Rachel and her son Evan scale the heights of the boulders at Yosemite Park. Evan is nearly six and loves baseball, football and basketball.

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Note: Rachel is a daughter of Richard and Alice Ross of Cochecton Center, NY. She is the eldest of the family’s four children.

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 in Physical Fitness and Personal Training, Profiles

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Ross, Rachel [MC????]

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Ross, Rachel [MC1998]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 27 2009 3:37 PM
    * Updated: Mon, Dec 28 2009 2:40 PM

JEmail: O’Connell, Bill (MC1959) ids Goodman [MC1959 RIP]


Robert (Bob) Goodman was a 1959 Liberal Arts graduate.


[JR: Thanks, Bill. Much appreciated.]

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O’Connell, Bill (MC1959)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 27 2009 4:37 PM

JFound: Banks, John H. [MC1985]


John H. Banks is vice president of government relations for Con Edison, where he is responsible for the management of the company’s government affairs activities as they relate to policies proposed or enacted by the city, state, or federal governments.

In 1986 he was an investigator in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations, focusing on the Parking Violations Bureau (PVB) scandal. He was later promoted to operations analyst and was assigned to monitor and review the operations of the city’s administrative tribunal agencies—PVB, Transit Authority Adjudication Bureau, and Environmental Control Board.

Mr. Banks became unit coordinator of the Infrastructure and Economic Development Unit of the City Council’s Finance Division in 1990 and deputy director of the division in 1993. As deputy director his responsibilities included negotiating the city’s budget on behalf of the City Council, briefing and testifying before the council on fiscal policy matters, and managing a staff of 40 financial analysts.

He was named director of Government Relations at Con Edison in 1999, returned to the City Council as its chief of staff in 2000, and moved to his current position in 2002.

A 1985 graduate of Manhattan College, Mr. Banks received a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College in 1992

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Banks, John H. [MC1985]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 27 2009 9:40 PM

MFound: Laue ties his shoes


Player inspires, to new heights
By Jeff Faraudo
Posted: 12/27/2009 07:46:13 PM PST
Updated: 12/27/2009 07:50:21 PM PST


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For Skip Connors, whose son, Jackson, was born in the spring without a right hand, the biggest fear was the unknown.

Kevin Laue chased away that fear.

Connors read in The New York Times about how Laue, a 6-foot-10 graduate of Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, signed a national letter of intent in April with Manhattan College, making him the first one-handed Division I scholarship player in NCAA men’s basketball history.

Connors, who lives in New York City, is friends with Manhattan coach Barry Rohrssen. Last summer, the coach arranged for Connors to meet Laue on campus in the tiny Bronx community of Riverdale.

“I don’t know why,” Connors said, “but one of the first things I asked him was, ‘How do you tie your shoes?’ “

Laue bent down and tied a knot with his right hand. “I looked up and he was real teary-eyed,” Laue recalled. “He was like, ‘My son can do anything.’ “

“I still get choked up,” Connors said. “It gave some clarity to a few things.”

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[JR: Inspiring. I don't push a lot of "sports" stories. MC toots that horn well. This one shows what I believe is the Jasper ethos -- inspiring others. Evidently Laue upholds that value. Brother Scanlan and Coach Rohrssen did well. Laue inspired one man.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 28 2009 9:21 AM

JFound: Mahon, Malachy T. (MC1954)


The Irish Legal 100 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

MALACHY MAHON MALACHY Mahon is the founding dean and Siggi B. Wilzig professor of banking and law at the Hofstra University School of Law on Long Island. Mahon teaches anti-trust, banking, commercial law, contracts and remedies. Mahon received a BA from Manhattan College, and a JD from Fordham. At age 34, Mahon became the youngest law school dean in the country when Hofstra’s School of Law opened in 1970. Mahon, a former law clerk to Justice Tom C. Clark of the U.S. Supreme Court, began recruiting students and faculty for a new law school at Hofstra in 1968. “We were shooting for a gem of a law school,” says Mahon. “Now it’s quite a bit larger operation.”

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Malachy T. Mahon
Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Banking Law
B.A., Manhattan College
J.D., Fordham University

    * Banking Law
    * Business Drafting Seminar
    * Secured Transactions


Professor Mahon is a former law clerk to Justice Tom C. Clark, Supreme Court of the United States. After practicing law in New York City, he taught at Fordham Law School, served as chief counsel to the New York State Governor’s Special Committee on Criminal Offenders, and then as the founding Dean of the Hofstra School of Law from 1968 to 1973. He taught at the University of Texas Law School as the Wright C. Morrow Visiting Professor, and was executive director and special assistant attorney general for the 1975 Meyer Investigation of the Attica Prosecutor’s Office. From 1983 to 1996, he served as member or chairman of the Nassau County Board of Ethics. Written for a special committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, his book Mental Illness, Due Process and the Criminal Defendant has been widely cited and quoted by federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, he has written a monthly column on developments in commercial law for the New York Law Journal, and is a member of the American Law Institute. He is a member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Banking, Business and Corporation Law.

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Mahon, Malachy T. (MC????)

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Dear John,

   I believe that Malachy is a member of the Class of 1954.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mahon, Malachy T. (MC1954)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 28 2009 11:55 AM
    * Updated: Tue, Dec 29 2009 5:02 PM

JFound: Vanacore , Ralph P.  [MC1981]


Ralph Vanacore currently serves as Vice President of NYC Operations and Corporate Engineering and has worked at Astoria Generating since July 2006. Prior to joining Astoria Mr. Vanacore worked for General Electric from 1990 to 2006 where he worked as the Manager of Engineering Services for the NY/NJ metro area and most recently was the Facility Manager for a combined cycle plant. Mr. Vanacore began his career in 1981 and held various positions in the power industry while working for Con Edison and LILCO. Mr. Vanacore has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

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Vanacore , Ralph P. [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Ralph is a member of the Class of 1981.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Vanacore , Ralph P. [MC1981]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 28 2009 10:20 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Dec 29 2009 5:02 PM

JEmail: McGoey Tom (MC1969) ids Farrell, Robert G. [MC1949 RIP] obit

Dear Japer Jottings:

McGoey Tom (MC1969) thought you would be interested in this item from SILive.com



MC grad dies.

[JR: Thanks, Tom. Much appreciated.]

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Robert Farrell, 82
By Staten Island Advance
December 29, 2009, 1:49AM

   STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Robert G. Farrell, 82, of Marlboro, N.Y., a longtime Staten Islander and retired assistant attorney general, died yesterday in the Hudson Valley Rehabilitation Center, Highland, N.Y., where he had been a resident for the past 14 months.

   Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Farrell moved to Westerleigh in 1958, and settled in Orange County, N.Y., in 1984. He relocated to Marlboro three years ago.

   A graduate of Manhattan’s Xavier High School, he went on to graduate from Manhattan College and earned a degree from Fordham Law School, also Manhattan.

   Mr. Farrell’s career in law spanned 40 years, during which he served as an assistant attorney general in the state Court of Claims, based in Manhattan’s World Trade Center. He retired in 1994.

   An avid traveler, he enjoyed touring Europe, and had made several trips to Italy and Ireland. He also traveled across the United States and enjoyed cruising. Mr. Farrell often said he worked to support his travel habit.

   He was also interested in politics, and was active in the local Republican Party.

   A parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, West Brighton, Mr. Farrell was an active member of the Holy Name Society.

   Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Charlotte Ciano; two sons, Robert G. Jr. and Joseph F.; two daughters, Anne Farrell and Julia Farrell-Falco, and eight grandchildren.

   His son, John E., died in 1979, and his daughter, Charlotte M., died in 2005.

   The funeral will be Thursday from the Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Brighton.

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Farrell, Robert G. [MC???? RIP]

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On Dec 30, 2009, at 3:31 PM, Mike McEneney wrote:

Dear John,

   I believe that Bob is a member of the Class of 1949.

   May He Rest In Peace


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reinke, fjohn68 wrote:

I don’t think that’s the right guy. fjohn68

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Dear John,

   I think that it is the right guy. Robert G. Farrell is an attorney and back in the 1995 Directory he was a Law Secretary in the NYS Court of Claims in Goshen (Orange County) New York. The Obit has him with the AG’s office working the Court of Claims in the Manhattan Office.

   Do you have some other information that there is another Robert Farrell with a similar carer?


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You’re right. I was confused by T. Farrell story I was reporting on.

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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Farrell, Robert G. [MC1949 RIP]

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Dear John,

   Whew! I thought that you had caught me !



[JR: Could NOT do it without you!]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Dec 29 2009 10:52 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Dec 31 2009 10:39 PM

JFound: Fiorentino, Georgina (MC1997) completes graduate degree


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Georgina Fiorentino finally handed in my final thesis on late Sunday night. Just received a message today that I have officially completed my graduate degree. Time to celebrate and relax :)

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Fiorentino, Georgina (MC1997)

[JR: Congrats. Nice to see Jaspers are life-long learners.]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Dec 29 2009 2:54 PM

JFound: Weber, John [MC1971]


John Weber

John Weber was named Executive Vice President of FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Inc. in April 2006. He is responsible for coordinating all sales, marketing, service and support operations for the company’s U.S. medical business. In addition, he assists the president in the development and implementation of corporate strategies.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President he served as Senior Vice President, Operations for nearly nine years. He joined Fujifilm as Vice President and CFO just prior to the company’s acquisition of Pyne X-ray in 1986, and played a pivotal role in the acquisition. During his tenure with the company he was a leading member of the executive committee that transformed Fujifilm from its position as a film distributor, to its current status as a leading digital imaging and network solutions company. He was also responsible for building Fujifilm’s internal infrastructure and support functions–including service initiatives—to meet the demands of substantial growth related to new business.

Prior to joining Fujifilm, Mr. Weber served nine years at Cadbury Schweppes Limited. He was named Vice President and CFO of the Schweppes Limited American Region in 1977, later appointed Vice President and Corporate Controller of Cadbury Schweppes Limited, and finally promoted to Vice President and CFO of Peter Paul Cadbury in 1983. Early in his career Mr. Weber was an audit field manager at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, specializing in foreign-owned companies.

Mr. Weber graduated magna cum laude from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also attended executive training at the London School of Business. He is a certified public accountant in the state of New York and a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and New York State Society of CPAs. Mr. Weber is also a member of several industry boards.

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Weber, John [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1971. I am not sure, but he may be related to our old Professor the late Bill Weber who also resided in Irvington.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Weber, John [MC1971]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Dec 29 2009 9:46 PM
    * Updated: Wed, Dec 30 2009 7:29 PM

JFound: Moshensky, Gregg S. [MC1981]


Gregg Moshensky joined Iris Wireless after 16 years experience at Ericsson, where he held numerous high-level sales and marketing positions. Most recently he was Director of Sales for Ericsson’s Multimedia Messaging (MMS) Product Unit where he attained accounts with Fortune 50 customers such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Prior to that, Gregg held the position of Director of Major and Global Accounts where he worked with major network operators such as Vodafone-Global, China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo. Before that, Gregg was Ericsson Messaging’s Business Director for Asia/Pacific Rim where he established, staffed, organized and managed Ericsson’s regional Sales and Services Office for Messaging Products. Before joining Ericsson, Gregg was Director of International Sales for Spectrum Communications where he won the ”New York State Governor’s Award for Achievement in Export”. Gregg also held several engineering positions for Unisys Corporation. Gregg received his MBA from Iona College, his MS in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, and his BS in Computer Technology from New York Institute of Technology.

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Moshensky, Gregg S. [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Gregg is a member of the Class of 1981.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Moshensky, Gregg S. [MC1981]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 30 2009 10:32 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Dec 31 2009 10:39 PM

JFound: Gilligan, Brian (MC1981)


Brian Gilligan

    Greater Chicago Area
    Government Administration
    * Executive Director at O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission
    * Adjunct Instructor at Morton College
    * Executive Director at ONCC

    * Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University
    * Loyola University of Chicago – Graduate School of Business
    * DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
    * Manhattan College

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Gilligan, Brian (MC1981)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 30 2009 10:54 PM

JFound: Farrell, Thomas [MC1983]


Thomas Farrell
Sr Mng Dir: Tishman Speyer Properties LP

Mr. Farrell directs Tishman Speyer’s design and construction activities worldwide. Since joining Tishman Speyer in 1995 he has had a leadership role in high-rise projects such as the North Tower in Sao Paolo, the Hearst Tower in New York, and also other major New York Projects including the re-development of the retail areas and public spaces of Rockefeller Center and also a headquarters project for a global investment bank in downtown Manhattan. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer in 1995, Mr. Farrell spent over nine years managing the design and construction of major projects with Olympia & York (O&Y). During his tenure with O&Y Mr. Farrell served as Project Director for Phase 2 of the Canary Wharf project in London and also the Santa Fe Project in Mexico City. He also sits on the boards of the New York Building Congress and the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York. Mr. Farrell holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and is a Licensed Professional Engineer.

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Farrell, Thomas [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Tom is a member of the Class of 1983.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Farrell, Thomas [MC1983]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Dec 31 2009 10:59 PM
    * Updated: Fri, Jan 1 2010 10:51 PM

ADMINISTRIVIA: Wishing all alums a HNY

May your troubles be less, And your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.

– an Irish drinking toast

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JEmail: Smith, Jim (MC1960) spots Ted McNamara Class of 1962

From: Smith, Jim (MC1960)
Date: January 1, 2010 7:46:13 PM EST
Subject: FW: Op-Ed on Connecting the Dots

A great letter written by Ted McNamara Class of 1962 and a featured speaker at our NYC Club several years ago….

Jim Smith

—– Original Message —–

From: Ted McNamara
Sent: 1/1/2010 7:03:00 PM
Subject: Op-Ed on Connecting the Dots

The attached op-ed, which appeared in the Washington Post today, may be of interest to you. In the aftermath of the attempted airliner bombing on Christmas it critiques the current situation and suggests steps to improve it.

Also, the WP web page is:


Amb. Thomas E. McNamara
Adjunct Professor
The Elliott School of International Afairs
The George Washington University
1957 E Street NW Suite 603
Washington, DC

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Information-sharing has to get priority focus
By Thomas E. McNamara
Friday, January 1, 2010

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Neither the George W. Bush nor the Obama administrations nor Congress has followed its pronouncements of strong support for change with the high-priority attention required to reform how national security information is processed. I served in both administrations as program manager for the Information Sharing Environment — an office created by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 — and I received enough support to avoid failure, but not enough to ensure success.

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[JR: Typical for Washington DC. I'm not a fan of gooferment, but if they can't protect us, then why do we need them?]

[JR: Note that we need the eyeballs to spot the "hidden" Jaspers. Mechanized searching leaves a lot to be desired.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 1 2010 9:04 PM

JFound: Nevin, John J. [MC????]


John J. Nevin

John J. Nevin serves on Argosy III’s Advisory Board and has served on the Board of Directors of DelStar Technologies, an Argosy II portfolio company. Prior to that, Mr. Nevin was President and CEO of Naltex Corporation in Austin, TX, a Weston Presidio portfolio company that was subsequently rolled into DelStar. He has over 40 years of operating experience including: President and CEO of Broadcast Electronics Inc., a manufacturer of broadcast transmitters and digital studio equipment; Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Quincy operations of Glenayre Electronics, the acquiring company of the Quintron Corporation; President and CEO of Quintron Corporation, a manufacturer of high-power radio frequency transmitters and control systems for the paging industry; President and General Manager of the antenna systems division of Alcatel NA; and Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Land Mobile Division and Managing Director of European Operations of Phelps Dodge Communications Company. Mr. Nevin earned a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.

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Nevin, John J. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 1 2010 11:05 PM

JFound: Reynolds, Fr. John [MC????]


Thursday, August 16, 2007
The “Plaything” of the Show Girls: Fr. John Reynolds
OR What it Means to Be A Star in the Priesthood
Father James Lloyd, CSP

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It was the custom, in the “old days” of seminary formation, for the incoming new students to needle or roast the revered upper classmen in a kind of Vaudeville revue called a “Slop” show. It not only gave the entire academic community an idea what they were getting in the new crop but it also gave the “kids” a chance to let off some nervous steam and to test their wings as “clerics in training.” I, as an incoming Paulist student, a dirty necked kid from Manhattan’s West side with a limited show biz background,, was given the favored task of mimicking the Big Man on campus, a guy they called “Handsome Jack” or more simply Jax.

He was a tall fellow who demurely described himself as six feet one of bronzed, indolent charm. He had worked at the New York World’s Fair lecturing on Sidereal Time giving a memorized speech written by some one else. He reports that he had no notion of what he was saying. But he said it so well he dazzled his listeners including the show girls [1] of Billy Rose’s famous show, Aquacade. He had an aura of the Great Athlete since he had played Varsity basketball at some obscure college in New York City called Manhattan college. He had also played under an assumed name in the Wall Street league where he had been a messenger for a Brokerage form and had broken all records for points scored, in any one game, up to that time.

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Reynolds, Fr. John [MC????]

[JR: Very interesting. Especially the part about Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. (I sold the Bishop an "indulgence" in grammar school. The Brother I had in Fifth Grade was horrified. ROFL, now. In those days, I was a fearless salesman to get out of homework.]

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JEmail: McCarra-Fitzpatrick, MaryAnn (1989) has some new poetry

On Jan 1, 2010, at 9:00 PM, MaryAnn McCarra – Fitzpatrick wrote:

…. just completed a series of poems on the Seven Deadly Sins. These will be broadcast shortly over USTREAM.TV”

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Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2010 21:21:55 -0500

Let me know what the link is and I’ll put it on the wire to our fellow alums. :-) Always can use “content”. fjohn

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Date: January 1, 2010 9:29:39 PM EST

Sure thing….the link is the poetry blog, McCarra-Poetry: http://mccarra–poetry.blogspot.com

It struck me, that, since they have a marked religious theme…..I might mention them (as Manhattan College is, after all, the premier Catholic college, to my mind, in the Northeast).

It is also the first “series” of poems I have done, and, as such, are kind of an experiment. I don’t know what the Brothers would think of them…..but I do hope they will meet with the approval of at least some of the alumni!!!!

Thanks….and a Happy New Year again, collector in chief…….

all best,


MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick
Mount Vernon, NY 10552-1826

Poetry podcasts hosted by Podbean.com: http://maryannmccarrafitzpatrick.podbean.com

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McCarra-Fitzpatrick, MaryAnn (1989)

[JR: I am shocked --- "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" Captain Renault in Casablanca --- that a fellow female Jasper alum might have "unapproved ideas". What's next? Jaspers that don't read Jasper Jottings religiously? Hopefully the New Year will be a little less "interesting" for everyone. Economy-wise. Terrorism-wise. And, of course, most importantly, Peace-wise. "Dona Nobis Pacem"]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jan 2 2010 11:53 AM

Comment on JNews: Ross, Rachel [MC1998] 

By Richard Ross

Rachel Ross graduated from Manhattan College in 1998. She is currently a personal trainer at Sports Club LA.

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ENDNOTE: Don’t look for others to solve your problem


Indian villager takes 14 years to dig tunnel through mountain
Truck owner Ramchandra Das used hammer and chisel to carve 10m-long short-cut

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An Indian villager burrowed for 14 years with a hammer and chisel to cut a tunnel through a mountain so that his neighbours could reach nearby fields and he could park his truck outside his home.

Ramchandra Das, 53, who lives in eastern Bihar state, carved a 10m-long, 4m-wide tunnel through the hill range from his village of Kewati. Das took up the Herculean task after villagers found the 7km trek over the mountain increasingly arduous.

When the authorities refused to help to cut the journey time, Das began carving his way through the earth in the direction of the nearest big town, Atri. The job became more pressing when Das became the first man to own a truck in the village and was unable to drive it to his home.

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Das was inspired by another Bihari villager, Dasharath Manjhi, who cut a 120m-long, 10m-wide and 8m-high passage so that villagers could reach a local hospital.

Manjhi’s labour, which lasted 22 years, began after his wife died when she was unable to get to the hospital. He was feted by the Delhi government for his work and died two years ago.

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[JR: Yup, don't wait for the "authorities" to solve YOUR problems. They won't. Not in time. Not at a price you can afford. (They're too busy working on their OWN priorities.) You have to admire the dedication to do a 14 year home improvement.]

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"