JASPER JOTTINGS Week 38 - 2010 Sep 19 

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




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ADMINISTRIVIA: New format due to inet service shutting down

It may take a few weeks to shake out. This interim service of Google Reader doesn't deliver it in the same order or with the same time stamps. Suggestions are always welcome. It triples the amount of formatting time. Have to do some "innovation".

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Sep 12, 2010

POSITRACTION: People Still Trapped in Katrina’s Ruins


Search and Rescue Five Years Later: Saving People Still Trapped in Katrina’s Ruins
Source: Unity Abandoned Buildings Outreach Team
From press release:

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   The Abandoned Buildings Outreach Team of UNITY of Greater New Orleans has released a detailed report of the Team’s findings and recommendations from 18 months of combing the city’s abandoned buildings in search of elderly and disabled survivors of Hurricane Katrina, “Search and Rescue Five Years Later: Saving People Still Trapped in Katrina’s Ruins.”

   Thus far, the team has found 154 people, nearly all disabled Katrina victims, living in abandoned buildings without electricity or running water — most with unrepaired flood damage, often with gaping holes in the walls and roofs. New Orleans presently has over 55,000 abandoned commercial and residential buildings – the highest rate of abandoned buildings in the nation, and searches of abandoned buildings on random samples of census blocks indicates at least 3,000 people are living in these conditions.

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Stunning! Absolutely <Expletive Deleted> stunning. Are you <synonym for the act of excrement output> me!

There has to be a moral imperative here. Save the weak, the elderly, the sick. At least, with half a decade of the disaster? Any politician and / or bureaucrat should be able to get that done in that time frame. Am I missing something?

It’s too important to be left to the Gooferment. We need vigorous charities that are motivated to do <insert the name of your favorite “higher power” here> work.

(I always thought it was interesting how effective and efficient the Salvation Army was and that their “General” gets paid about half (I think) of what the average Federal bureaucrat makes.)

Well, I guess it’s time to give the moth some exercise and send these good folks a few bucks. It’s always so hard to convince the moth to get back in the wallet. While I’m sure they need more than I can send them, if half the 300 million people in the USA each sent 10$, then they probably could solve the problem.

But then what would all the Federal and State and City politicians and bureaucrats do? Keep surfing those porn sites!

Argh! You have to admire the troops on the ground for sticking with a hopeless problem. Just not enough money, infrastructure, or concern to solve it. Argh! But how many politicians have you seen, breaking their own arms, patting themselves on the back for the great job they are doing? They should all be in jail.

And, “We, The People” should be helping our fellow man!

I got D’s in Theology. How’s that imperative go: “Whatever you do for the least … …”?

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Sep 12, 2010

JFOUND: Aoki, Kemichi [MC???? RIP] has a connection to ND baseball


The Understanding Of Teamwork
Irish head baseball coach Mik Aoki’s family
Sept. 10, 2010

Irish head baseball coach Mik Aoki’s family “team” has helped mold the man he is now
By: Michael Bertsch

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The name of Mik Aoki was on the college baseball map even before he was named the 20th head coach in Notre Dame baseball history this past June. Aoki had risen to the level of hot commodity on the NCAA coaching front in large part to his success at Boston College.

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The difficulty of his decision to step backwards to an assistant coach position paled in comparison to the decision his mother, Ruth, faced nearly 30 years earlier.

Aoki was born in Yokohama, Japan to parents of both Japanese and American decent.

His father, Kemichi, who was also born and raised catholic in Japan, attended college in the United States at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. Kemichi then attended graduate school at Penn’s prestigious Wharton School of Business, where he met a young woman by the name of Ruth Goodwin.

Kemichi and Ruth’s roommates were actually dating at the time and setup a blind date. The two immediately hit it off and were married shortly afterwards. After living in Florida for two years, Kemichi and Ruth moved to Yokohoma, Japan.

Ruth, who served as an interpreter for Japan Airlines, stopped working following Mik’s birth and raised him and a younger sister, Naomi. The family then moved to Tokyo in 1970 where Mik spent his early childhood years in the footsteps of his father.

“He loved baseball,” Aoki remembers. “I remember watching the Tokyo Giants and Sadaharu Oh play. He would watch on television at night with me.”

Mik even remembers getting his first-ever baseball glove from his father following a business trip to the United States and quickly putting it to use.

“We played pickup baseball in the apartment complex,” Aoki says. “We would throw Kenko balls off the side of the apartment and field ground balls, short hop the walls to field a pop up. We would mess around with all kinds of stuff, but I never got involved in any organized baseball until we moved to the States.”

Beyond the love of baseball, Aoki’s childhood in Japan was far different than many of the children in his neighborhood.

“We were never a traditional Japanese family,” Aoki states. “We had more of a Western upbringing, but I was bilingual. My grandparents on my father’s side were much more traditional Japanese. I did get a little bit of both, but our house was much more Western that the other households around us.”

Then in November of 1976, when Aoki was just eight years old, tragedy struck. His father, Kemichi, lost a battle with cancer at the youthful age of 37.

“I do not have much recollection of his sickness,” Aoki says. “I do remember spending some time with him at the hospital, but I was still pretty young. He was originally diagnosed with stomach cancer, but it progressed into bone cancer of the spine.

Ruth chose to relocate the family to her hometown of Plymouth, Mass.

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Aoki, Kemichi [MC???? RIP]

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Sep 12, 2010

JNEWS: Vazquez-Matos, Alberto [MC????] Super of Tampa Bay’s Catholic schools


New Catholic inspiration
By Sylvia Lim, Times Correspondent
In Print: Sunday, September 12, 2010

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The school year is just under way and the new superintendent of Tampa Bay’s Catholic schools already has a lot of homework.

Leaders of the Diocese of St. Petersburg have high hopes for Alberto Vazquez-Matos. They hope he will boost student enrollment, reach out to Hispanics, improve relations among schools and solidify their Catholic identity as they compete with public schools for students.

“This is a new opportunity for us. For many years, we’ve sat on our own laurels of success,” said Father Michael Conway, the director of St. Petersburg Catholic High School. “We’re facing challenges in the changing demographics, the economic times. … There’s now a new influx of Hispanic population, and it’s a catalyst to renew and strengthen the Catholic school system itself.”

It’s a tall order, admits Vazquez-Matos, who was a teacher, principal and associate superintendent in New York for 11 years.

“One of the issues that every diocese is tackling across the country is strengthening the Catholic school,” he said. “That includes increasing enrollment and creating viable and vital schools for the future.”

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At 35, Vazquez-Matos is the second youngest superintendent of Catholic schools in the nation, according to the National Catholic Education Association. (Cincinnati’s Catholic superintendent is a year younger.)

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In Brooklyn, Vazquez-Matos oversaw 43 of the 109 Catholic elementary schools in that region. He also helped schools transition from being governed by parishes to advisory boards.

“He’s a faith-filled person who brings a lot of personality to situations we’re in,” said Ted Musco, an associate superintendent in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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It’s one of the reasons Vazquez-Matos is convinced of the value of Catholic schools, and says they offer something public schools don’t.

“We believe in value-infused curriculum,” he said. “(Our) approach is not just to care for the physical, mental and psychological aspect of the student but the spiritual one as well.”

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“His vision is inspiring and on the money in terms of his belief that Catholic schools need to be Catholic,” said Keith Aeschbach, who has taught for seven years. “There are no apologies for faith. It needs to inspire and drive everything we do in school.”

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The Diocese of St. Petersburg

Number of schools: 15 early childhood learning centers, 28 elementary schools, four high schools. Two elementary and two Catholic high schools that are not part of the diocese operate within it as well.

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Teachers: 1,030.

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Alberto Vazquez-Matos

Age: 35

Education: Candidate for doctor of education in school leadership and teaching, Walden University. Professional diploma in advanced leadership studies, and a master of science in education and school administration and supervision from Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. Bachelor of arts in Spanish and secondary education from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y.

Experience: Taught high school Spanish for three years, served as an assistant principal and principal for several years in the Bronx and Brooklyn, then became assistant superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Was also an adjunct instructor at the College of New Rochelle and Fordham University.

Personal: He is single and lives in Tampa. He has a brother in Tampa. Another brother, a sister and his mother reside in New York.

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Vazquez-Matos, Alberto [MC????]

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Sep 12, 2010

JLINKEDIN: McDonnell, Alex [MC1985] Engineer at Ford Motor Company


McDonnell, Alex [MC1985]
Engineer at Ford Motor Company
Greater Detroit Area

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Sep 13, 2010

CARTOON: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) “Recovery Summer”

John: Here’s my latest political cartoon, on the subject of Obama’s amazing economic success in this “Recovery Summer” (as the White House chose to call it). I guess it all depends on how you choose to look at it. Yours in Jasper, Jerry Breen ’71

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Breen, Jerry (MC1971)


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Sep 13, 2010

JLINKEDIN: Flynn, Jim [MC1983] Chief Executive Officer of EZTakes


Flynn, Jim [MC1983]
Chief Executive Officer of EZTakes
Springfield, Massachusetts Area
Online Media

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jamespflynn

Summary: I like building companies that use new technologies to solve problems. Prior to co-founding EZTakes, I was the Chief Operating Officer of a Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI) subsidiary that provides software and services for business-to-consumer electronic communications and Internet commerce. I joined Pitney when it acquired Alysis Technologies (NASDAQ: ALYS), where I also served as COO. In 1996 I co-founded @Work Technologies, a leading global provider of Internet billing and payment software. Today @Work’s software is being used by numerous billion-dollar organizations, including many national postal services in both Europe and Asia, to deliver electronic bills and receive payments over the Internet. I served as @Work’s CEO until Alysis acquired the company in 1999. I also started and/or built highly-successful technology companies from the ground up in industries as diverse as document management and international electronic payment systems. I began my career at AT&T where I held positions in sales, computer hardware engineering and software development. In 1996 I co-authored one of the first books on the Java programming language, “Visual J++ Java Programming.” I have authored a number of patents, both issued and pending, and I have published articles in well-respected technology, trade and scholarly journals. I am both a Certified Document Imaging Architect and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Specialties: general management, digital media, online video, copyright, digital rights management (DRM), search engine optimization, user testing, content acquisitions, public relations, electronic commerce, advertising, payment systems, etc.

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Sep 14, 2010

JHQ: Inaugural Cardinal Newman Lecture On Sept. 20


September 13, 2010

Manhattan College Announces Inaugural Cardinal Newman Lecture On Sept. 20

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College announces the launch of the inaugural Newman lecture series on Monday, Sept. 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers to celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification. Michael Baur, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will speak on: What Cardinal Newman Really Said About the University, and Why it Really Matters and the lecture will be followed by a reception.

Pope Benedict XVI will preside over Cardinal Newman’s official beatification at a ceremony in Birmingham, England on Sept. 19. After being named cardinal in 1879 by Pope Leo XIII, Cardinal Newman continued his work as a prolific scholar of early Christianity as well as a poet, and his most famous works include: “The Idea of a University”and his autobiography, “Apologia pro vita sua.” Cardinal Newman’s views on the nature of liberal arts education, its contemporary significance and social consequences will be integrated into Michael Baur’s presentation.

“I’m delighted not only that Manhattan College has established an annual lecture series focusing on the liberal arts and Cardinal Newman, but also that the series will have such an auspicious beginning,” said Richard K. Emmerson, Ph.D., dean for the school of arts at Manhattan College. “Professor Baur is an eminent scholar-teacher, and I expect his presentation to be superb.”

Baur is a founding member of the Society for the Study of Cardinal Newman, which is designed to promote “thoughtful dialogue and genuine understanding regarding the life, work, and legacy of John Cardinal Newman.” A specialist in German idealism, nineteenth-century continental thought, and philosophy and law, he is the editor/co-editor of 14 books. He has also published more than 30 articles, presented almost 50 papers and has spoken at several professional conferences and universities. In addition, Baur serves as director of the Fordham Natural Law Colloquium and secretary of the Hegel Society of America.

For more information on the lecture series, please contact Richard Emmerson by phone at (718) 862-7346 or e-mail: richard.emmerson@manhattan.edu.

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Sep 14, 2010

JHQ: Fair Trade Speaker On Sept. 15


September 13, 2010

Fair Trade Speaker To Present At Manhattan College On Sept. 15

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Señor Pedro Ascencio, a farmer and marketing manager at Las Colinas, a small farmer coffee co-operative in El Salvador, will lead a discussion on fair trade coffee at Manhattan College on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m. The event, co-sponsored by Equal Exchange and Catholic Relief Services, is part of a Northeast tour to inform and educate others on fair trade coffee.

The event will be held in the Alumni Room of O’Malley Library in Spanish with translation and the presentation is open to the public.

Ascencio will begin his trip attending the Fair Trade Futures Conference in Boston and visit colleges, parishes and church offices to speak about the lives of the farmers at Las Colinas and their compelling history of organizing and nurturing the co-operative, including receiving organic certification and a reusable water system for coffee processing and irrigation.

For more information on this event, please contact Lois Harr by phone at (718) 862-7142 or via e-mail: lois.harr@manhattan.edu.

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Sep 14, 2010

JLINKEDIN: Killeen, John [MC1975] Global Network Systems Mgr. at UPS


Killeen, John [MC1975]
Global Network Systems Mgr. at UPS  
Greater New York City Area

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Sep 14, 2010

JNEWS: Frail, Robert [MC????] Intl Programs Spec at Genesee Community College


Genesee Community College Board Chair Names Presidential Search Committee

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BATAVIA, NY (09/14/2010)(readMedia)– Genesee Community College Board Chair Charles R. Ruffino named an eleven-member Presidential Search Committee at the Board of Trustees’ monthly meeting Monday evening. Genesee Community College President Stuart Steiner announced six weeks ago that he plans to retire effective August 31, 2011 after 45 years of service

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Dr. Steiner report that Robert Frail, currently of New Jersey, has been named to a temporary appointment as International Programs Specialist. Dr. Frail has taught and managed a variety of MBA programs in China, and he established a Bachelor’s degree program at Shandong University in that nation. He is a visiting professor of English and Communication at Fujian Hwa Nan Women’s College in Fuzhou, China. He has also managed educational programs in Korea. He holds a B.S. degree from Manhattan College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

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Frail, Robert [MC????]

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Sep 14, 2010

JNEWS: Coyne, Shaun J. [MC????] CIO @ CA State Compensation Insurance Fund


Insurance firm CIO deals Palos Verdes Estates for $2.399M
by Shania Sampson, published Sept. 13, 2010

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Shaun J. Coyne and Priscilla Coyne sold a a five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home at 2300 Via La Brea in Palos Verdes Estates to Cindy K. Chan and Dominic Chan for $2.399 million on July 30.

The Coynes acquired for property for $2.45 million in June 2002. The 4,778-square-foot house, which was built in 2001, is in Central Palos Verdes Estates.

Mr. Coyne is the chief information officer at State Compensation Insurance Fund. Prior to that, he was the vice president and chief information officer at Toyota Financial Services and as vice president and chief technical officer at GE Capital.

He took his B.S. in computer information systems and marketing at Manhattan College.

According to BlockShopper.com, there have been 131 home sales in Palos Verdes Estates during the past 12 months, with a median sales price of $1.325 million.

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Coyne, Shaun J. [MC????]

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Sep 15, 2010

JLINKEDIN: Dillon, Rich [MC1987] Account Executive at Siemens Building Tech


Dillon, Rich [MC1987]
Account Executive at Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.
Greater New York City Area

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Sep 15, 2010

JNEWS: Giuliani, Rudy [MC1965] "Catholicism" examined


Getting Rudy’s Catholicism right (well, mostly)
Posted by Mark Stricherz

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Judis’ point is well taken. It’s no accident that while mayor of New York that Giuliani cut crime and disorder. His Catholic schooling paved the way for his interest in the topic. Just think of his mayoral predecessors: Abe Beame, Ed Koch, and David Dinkins. None of them were educated at a Catholic high school and college as Giuliani was.

If Judis were an expert in Catholicism, he might have teased out how Giuliani was educated not just in Catholic philosophy but that of the Christian Brothers; Giuliani attended Bishop Loughlin in Brooklyn and Manhattan College, both of which are Lasallian schools. (“St. John Baptiste De La Salle, pray for us! In our hearts forever!”). The Christian Brothers’ charism is aimed more at educating the working and middle classes, as opposed to the professional classes that the Jesuits aim to teach. But that’s asking a bit much of any writer.

My main criticism of Judis’ story, which is one I have of every story about Giuliani, is its failure to explore why Giuliani switched in 1989 from pro-life to pro-choice. While Judis notes that Giuliani changed his views in order to win the endorsement of the Liberal Party, this begs some serious questions. Did Giuliani believe he was making a pact with the devil? Or did he consider abortion a fringe issue?

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[JR: I'm no saint and examining anyone's "Catholicism" is far far above my pay grade. I'd hate to have mine.And, in Rudy's defense, the American hierarchy is not with out its own sins. That being said, it's hard to explain the shift from life to choice. That shift may have cost him a shot to be the Prez, but if he didn't he might never have been Mayor, which means he never gets to even be in the race. Suspect that you can't change "principles" without question.]

Giuliani, Rudy [MC1965]

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Sep 16, 2010

JLINKEDIN: Davies, Josh [MC1985] Senior Consultant at Control Assocs


Davies, Josh [MC1985]
Senior Consultant at Control Associates, Inc.
Greater New York City Area
Industrial Automation


Twenty years experience in the project management, design, and application of instrumentation & control systems projects for Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Food & Beverage manufacturers.

Specialize in the project management, design, and implementation of validated, batch process control systems using electronic batch records for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry .

Extensive project experience in the design, implementation and startup of Emerson Process Management systems including DeltaV, fieldbus technologies such as FOUNDATION fieldbus, DeviceNet, AS-i bus, WiHART wireless networks, and Profibus DP.


Provide high level expertise to control systems projects and studies. Special experience in DeltaV system vertical integration, fieldbus design, pharmaceutical and bioengineering projects.

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Sep 16, 2010

JFOUND: Luna, Lauren [MC????]


Thursday, September 16, 2010
Lauren Luna – An unconventional nature

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October 22, 2010 Lauren Luna Ltd. along with eight student designers from Columbus College of Art and Design will be bringing the ancient vices of the Se7en Deadly Sins to life in an exciting exhibit of fashion and art. This event will be held at the Concourse Hotel, in Columbus, Ohio.

Lauren Luna Ltd. is a celebrity custom shoe company who involves themselves within the community at every opportunity. This time working with the Capital City branch of the BoyScouts, with a goal of raising $5000 to assist inner city Scouts with enrollment fees, equipment purchases, etc.

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Lauren Luna is a professional artist, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a focus on painting from Kent State University. She was awarded her Masters degree in Special Education from Manhattan College and is currently working on her Masters of Fine Arts in non-figurative studies at the Academy of Art University. She owns her own namesake company, Lauren Luna Ltd.

She marries painting, sculpture and designing shoes, along with her unconventional character as an artist.

An affiliated member of the Ohio Art league, Lauren has taught art courses at Columbus State Community College and is currently teaching Emotionally Disturbed children as a Special Education teacher. Besides that, she still finds time to speak to youth groups, sitting on the Capital City Board for the Boy Scouts of America, participating in benefit art shows, and of course being a mom.

Her favorite designer is Alexander McQueen because he had such fashion forward thinking and she has worked with Donell Jones, Mix Master Ice, DJ Tony Touch, Ed Lover, Lil Cease, Raekwon, LL. Cool J, International Music Group Aventura’s manager Johnny Marines, and Noreaga of Capone and Noreaga. She would LOVE to design some over the top shoes for Lady Gaga,because she thinks Gaga’s and her style would be a perfect match.

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JFound: Luna, Lauren [MC????]

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Sep 16, 2010

JFOUND: Fumarelli, Thomas [MC????] buys Yorkville condo


Business advisor buys Yorkville condo
by Shania Sampson, published Sept. 16, 2010

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Thomas Fumarelli bought a condo at 200 E. 89th St. in Yorkville from Kimie Yoshida for {Privacy Invoked} on July 20.

The condo, Unit #19F, was built in 1987 and is part of The Monarch condominium development.

Mr. Fumarelli is a business advisor and certified executive coach at Fumarelli Associates. He previously was president at Holly Hunt. Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer at Watermark Paddlesports/Yakima Products, senior vice president of finance & operations at Chanel and international controller at Kidder Peabody. He also served as second vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank, senior financial analyst at Exxon and senior accountant at Price Waterhouse.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Manhattan College and his M.B.A. in international finance from The Wharton School-University of Pennsylvania. He also attended Harvard Business School and the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.

According to BlockShopper.com, there have been 300 condo sales in Yorkville during the past 12 months, with a median sale price of $634,000.

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Fumarelli, Thomas [MC????]

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Sep 16, 2010 

JNEWS: McDade, Mary Beth [MC????] KTLA news team


Mary Beth McDade

Award-winning journalist Mary Beth McDade has been reporting for many years from the field and the anchor desk on important stories that impact the lives of Southern California residents.

Prior to joining the KTLA news team, she worked at KCBS/KCAL as a reporter and fill-in anchor. While there she covered everything from the passing of Anna Nicole Smith in Miami to the major earthquake that rocked Hawaii in 2006. She was also the only L.A. reporter to conduct a jailhouse interview with Skylar Deleon after he was convicted of murdering a Newport Beach couple.

She has also worked as a reporter here in L.A. at KTTV and KABC.

Mary Beth also spent a great deal of time in New York throughout her career. She was the weekend anchor at News 12 Long Island where she often hosted their weekly news talk shows “Ad Issue” and “Reporter Roundtable.” And, when she wasn’t behind the anchor desk at the 24-hour news channel, she was out pounding the pavement as a general assignment reporter and putting together blockbuster investigative series. She won a Long Island Press Club Award and a Gilbert Award for her “Gangs of Long Island” series.

Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Manhattan College where she was a member of both the communications and the government and politics honor societies. She graduated with honors.

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McDade, Mary Beth [MC????]

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Sep 17, 2010

JOBIT: Wagner, Daniel Joseph [MC1943 RIP]


Daniel Joseph WAGNER

Daniel Joseph Wagner, 89, died Tuesday (Sept. 14, 2010) in Good Samaritan Home.

He was born April 7, 1921, in the family home in New York City, the youngest son of Katherine Ann Hession and Francis Daniel Wagner. He married Margaret “Peggy” Dodge on Sept. 30, 1944.

Daniel was faithfully devoted to his family, his friends, his country, his employer and his church. As a young child, Daniel served as an altar boy in New York City, later attending Regis High School and Manhattan College. He taught catechism while attending St. Mary’s Church in Lake Forest. While a student at Manhattan College, Daniel’s lifesaving blood donations to a close friend helped science unravel the mystery of the Rh factor.

As a proud, young Marine, Daniel served as part of the Fleet Forces in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He performed as company officer, platoon leader, and company executive officer, ending his military career as Second Lieutenant in China at the end of the war. Following the war, Daniel became a committed employee of American Brake Shoe Co./Abex Corp. for 40 years, being dubbed “Fossil” by young salesmen in his division.

Daniel was a loving father and a devoted husband to Margaret “Peggy” Dodge Wagner, whom he married in Quantico, Va., just prior to being shipped overseas. Their marriage spanned 63 years.

Surviving Daniel are his daughters, Elizabeth “Ann” Harley of Chardon, Ohio, L. Rita Sloan and husband, Pastor Lindy M. Sloan of Quincy, and a son, Kevin Wagner of Great Barrington, Mass.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jack Wagner of Lansbury, Pa.

Daniel was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his oldest daughter, Susan Dodge Wright; and his oldest brother, Frank Wagner.

SERVICES: A private service will be scheduled at a later date
MEMORIALS: American Cancer Society
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
WEB SITE: www.hansen-spear.com

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from September 16 to September 18, 2010


Wagner, Daniel Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://goo.gl/Vjsu

[JR: wish we could know more about that line in the obit.]

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I believe Daniel Joseph Wagner is a member of the class of 1943.


McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Wagner, Daniel Joseph [MC1943 RIP]


Sep 17, 2010

JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]

[JR: Things have been hectic and I was remiss at getting this up promptly. Can someone else do better? Any one want the "labor of love"?]

From: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]
Date: September 12, 2010 1:50:07 AM EDT
To: Reinke, F. John (MC1968)
Subject: Whoops!

I just realized I never attached the link to the video I meant to send.

OK… second try…. at least it should be in time for next week’s jottings!


Is this still the right place to send Jottings submissions? I haven’t sent any for a while and have forgotten. Might be good to add a tag line at the bottom of the notes for folks!

I wanted to say (in reference to society/government vs. the Catholic Church): Don’t EVER let anyone tell you your “tin-foil hat is too tight.” Do you have ANY idea how often I got told that in the 90s and early 2000s when I warned east coast bar owners and casino honchos that the Antismokers would ban smoking in their places? Heh… I got laughed at more than Jay Leno! And just as I warned them, step by step, slicing away at Mussolini’s Freedom Salami, that’s the way things get lost.

And here’s something some of the Jaspers (at least any who knew me) might enjoy: a video of me after giving a presentation this Spring at the Hague! :) If you’re not into the subject matter but are just curious about what I look like 37 years after graduating I appear at about the 8 and a half minute point and then pop in and out till the end.


Also, here I am in a 15 minute interview on the Mike McConnell show from Chicago:


So I’ve been keeping busy!

Peace be with thee John!

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, ’73
Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

{Privacy Invoked} email c/o Jasper Jottings @ reinke dot cc

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Hi MJMcF73,

This is the right place. Among many.

Everyone tells me I’m a raving loon who sees JBTs (jack booted thugs) around every corner. I think I am sane. But that “We, The People” have just lost our collective minds. I keep seeing example after example of corruption (i.e., the Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback, and the normal “logrolling” in Congress). I see very simple questions, like the Birth Certificate, that are covered up and glossed over. (Why would some one spend millions of dollars to conceal their paper history?) And, I know that certain historical events have explanations that are pure “barbara streisand”! (i.e., Wilson got us into WW1 using the Lusitania which was carrying munitions; FDR either started or induced the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor; Waco; Ruby Ridge; TWA 880 over the LI Sound). And that’s just off the top of my head. Maybe my tin foil hat is on too tight?

And, don’t get me started on the loss of freedoms, the taxes, and Gooferment spending.

I just shake my head at how far we have fallen. If you believe the Gooferment statistics, and they’d NEVER fudge the numbers, by their own stats: we have fallen to 12th globally in education; umpty umph in freedom; there’s no inflation yet my costs go up all the time it seems, and there is Gooferment spending galore with a healthy dose of unfunded liabilities.

And, I’m the one with the tin foil hat?

I’ll enjoy the videos later. I’m off to the hospital to do battle with the medical establishment who wants to throw the boomerang (i.e., discharge my wife), who hasn’t yet put two good days of number in the last ten. But it will all be better under Obamacare! Another topic, not to get me started on!!!

L8R, thanks again for the content, it’s hard to pull together material for the weekly mailing, although the daily blog makes it much easier. Dona Nobis …


[JR: In two weeks one of the "under the covers" web services I use is going off-line. Some of the format might change slightly as I have to change my MO. Always something.]

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McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]

[JR: The problem with putting an email address in the weekly message is spammers. Submissions to Jasper Jottings can be emailed to the address in the picture below. Spam will be automatically forwarded to Jasper McFadden.]

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COMMENT: Michael J. McFadden | September 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm

“Spam will be automatically forwarded to Jasper McFadden.”

LOL! Beautiful John! Hey, it’ll make for a nice break from some of my hate mail! :>

It sounds like you’ve had a hectic time indeed. I hope your wife if doing better. My thoughts and prayers will be with her and with thee.

New York sounds like it’s becoming an interesting place. I was just reading about Bloomberg’s plans for “citizen enforcement” of outdoor smoking bans. Here’s what I just sent off to the NY Times on that point:


We clearly need to compliment the Mayor for leading us into a whole Brave New World here with citizen law enforcement!

Pedestrians will rejoice as they plant themselves in front of cars waiting in a crosswalk for the light to change and the drivers will be legally powerless to stop this form of citizens’ arrest.

Sober members of society can wait outside bars and grab selected (and probably cute) exitees and hold them for public drunkenness untile the Gestap… er… Police arrive.

Men will probably prove to be most diligent in keeping an eye out for prostitutes. Sure, they’ll squirm a bit while being held, but hey, that’s part of the fun and anyway… it’s for the children, right?

Thank you Mayor Bloomberg. And now you’ll know you’ve left the city in safe hands while you take your six-shooter and join Governor Pataki in finally solving NY’s upstate Indian Problem.

Michael J. McFadden
Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

John, while I can’t offer to help you with your “labor of love” I’ll certainly invite you to join me on “prostitute enforcement duty” if you like!

Michael ’73

[JR: I doubt my wife would approve that extra-curricular activity. She barely approves of Jasper Jottings. Says it cuts into me getting my housework done.]

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Sep 17, 2010

JHQ: MC hosts Lasallian Convocation on Sept. 23


September 16, 2010

Manhattan College Hosts Lasallian Convocation on Sept. 23

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College will celebrate its annual Lasallian Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 23 to honor the very traditions upon which the College was founded and to commemorate the beginning of the new school year. The Our Lasallian Heritage in Action: Helping Children in Crisis presentation will reinforce the importance of social justice by highlighting current work that Lasallians are doing for troubled young people.

Brother Raymond Blixt, CEO of Martin de Porres Schools and Group Residence, and Skip Gaus, director of De La Salle in Towne, St. Gabriel’s System (a division of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia) will present at the Convocation and lead a discussion afterward. The event will start at 3:45 p.m. in Smith Auditorium with a dinner following the event.

“We are very excited to welcome Brother Raymond Blixt and Skip Gaus to campus and hear further about how they both strive to help troubled youth and live the Lasallian mission every day,” said Brother James Wallace, F.S.C.

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Sep 17, 2010

JLINKEDIN: O’Connor, Edward [MC1990] Spec Proj Cntrlr at HISCOX INC., USA


O’Connor, Edward [MC1990]
Special Projects Controller at HISCOX INC., USA
Greater New York City Area


Directed three biggest areas of Pepsi-Cola North America Marketplace Investment Control Group, including advertising, media, and coupons, with budget spend of $650,000,000. Managed day-to-day accounting and spending activities of all brand teams relating to advertising, media, coupons, and research and development. Held responsibility for tracking and reporting all spending activities by brand teams, providing detailed spend analysis to senior vice president of marketing finance, leading quarterly budget reviews for brand teams, and reviewing and tracking brand spending patterns. Worked closely with marketing and finance teams on planned spending activities, and ensured proper classification of actual budget spend in period-end profit and loss statement for reporting purposes.

Held responsibility for period-end close process, including calculating monthly expense curve for MPI control group, as well as conducting detailed reviews of all balance sheet accounts and primarily prepaid accounts, current and prior year accrual accounts, commissions, and bonus accrual accounts. Posted journal entries within department and provided period-end commentary on spending variances versus forecast to senior management. Monitored and oversaw year-end accrual process, yielding expense accrual in area of $60,000,000. Ensured achievement of internal control compliance, and signed-off on all period-end Sarbanes-Oxley testing. Provided PCNA’s reporting group with cash flow projections, along with detailed balance sheet analysis on quarterly basis.


An accomplished finance manager with an intricate understanding of accounting, financial reporting, forecasting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, profit and loss responsibility, budgeting, and general ledger. Established capabilities in spending analysis, ensuring proper reporting classifications and detailed documentation. Collaborates with multiple departments to lead reviews and plan initiatives. Spearheads business development by enhancing existing processes and formulating new programs.

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Sep 18, 2010

JNEWS: Murphy, Fr. William [MC1946] 60th jubilee by Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970)


Robert T Coyne
September 18 at 6:12am

From “The Long Island Catholic” September 15th edition:

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Father Murphy celebrates 60th jubilee

September 15, 2010 | Vol. 49, No. 21| PETE SHEEHAN

ROSLYN HEIGHTS — When he was growing up, Father William Murphy recalls, he didn’t think he had a vocation to the priesthood.

“Everyone would tell my mother, ‘Billy should be a priest,’” said Father Murphy, a retired veteran pastor. It was not until he was in the U.S. Army that he took that call seriously.

“I had friends who encouraged me to think about the priesthood,” Father Murphy said. Taking that encouragement to heart, 60 years ago he was ordained. His plans to celebrate his 60th jubilee in June at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Franklin Square, where he assists, were delayed when he sustained an injury to his right leg.

For now, Father Murphy is staying at Sun Harbor Manor, a residential health care facility here, receiving physical therapy.

“Many of the parishioners have sent cards and offered prayers for Father Murphy,” said Maureen Miedreich, administrative assistant for the parish. “Parishioners are very thankful to have Father Murphy.”

“Everybody asks me how Father Murphy is doing,” said Rita Hoffman, a parishioner at St. Catherine’s, who has known Father Murphy since she was 13.

Father Murphy grew up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, one of two sons of James Francis and Kathryn Agnes Murphy. “My father had a clerical job for the Brooklyn Union Gas Company.” He belonged to St. Francis of Assisi Church, and liked and admired the priests.

Following high school he went to college, but his higher education was interrupted by World War II. He joined the Army, serving much of his time in California and rose to the rank of sergeant. After leaving the Army, he began investigating a priestly vocation for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Following graduation from Manhattan College, he began seminary studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Baltimore because there weren’t openings at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, the Brooklyn Diocese’s seminary.

Father Murphy was ordained June 3, 1950. His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. William the Abbot Church in Seaford. “It was gracious. The pastor, Msgr. Dermod Flinn, was an aristocrat in the best sense of the word. He was very kind and made a real effort to educate me.”

One lesson he learned from his mentor, Father Murphy said, was how to treat parishioners. “You have to love everyone.”

After about a year-and-a-half, Father Murphy was transferred to Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill. The next year, he was assigned associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Valley Stream.

“The people at Valley Stream were very generous, particularly the young people,” said Father Murphy, whose duties included religious education. “They were generous with their time, their energy, and their talents.”

He was serving there when the new Diocese of Rockville Centre was created out of the Brooklyn Diocese, which then included Nassau and Suffolk counties in addition to Brooklyn and Queens. Priests serving in Brooklyn or Queens stayed with the Brooklyn Diocese while those in Nassau or Suffolk became part of the new diocese.

“That was difficult for many priests,” Father Murphy said, but he adjusted.

From 1959 to 1964, Father Murphy was associate pastor at St. Anne’s Church in Brentwood under Msgr. Tom Conerty, the pastor. “That was a real clarification of my priesthood. The parish was very involved in serving the poor.”

His next assignment took him to the diocesan tribunal, the ecclesial court which handles cases of people who are divorced and seeking annulment of their marriage. During that time, the Church broadened the criteria under which people could seek an annulment to include psychological grounds that would have prevented people from giving full consent to marriage.

“It was a great ministry” for its service to people seeking in justice to remarry in the Church, Father Murphy said. In addition, his time with the tribunal, along with his subsequent pastoral experience “helped clarify my understanding of marriage. I think that more needs to be done to prepare couples seeking marriage to understand what it is.”

In 1972, he was assigned to his first pastorate, at Our Lady of Loretto in Hempstead. Father Murphy served there until 1978, when he became pastor of SS. Philip and James in St. James. “It was difficult being pastor,” but he was glad to be serving the people in that way.

In 1988, he stepped down as pastor to become associate pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Elmont. After he retired in 1993, he moved into a private residence in Franklin Square and began assisting at St. Catherine of Sienna Church here.

“We have been very fortunate to have Father Murphy in the parish,” Hoffman said. When he was healthy, he frequently offered Mass and helped with confessions.

“I love his homilies,” said Miedreich. “He challenges my family to consider the question that Jesus asked his disciples: ‘Who do you say I am?’”

Father Murphy is working on his rehabilitation with the hope of returning home and offering Mass again at St. Catherine’s. “I want to have that celebration to show my appreciation to everyone who has been so supportive.”

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Murphy, Fr. William [MC????]

Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970)

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I believe Fr. William Murphy is a member of the class of 1946.


McEneney Edward J. (MC1959)

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, Fr. William [MC1946]

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Sep 18, 2010

ENDNOTE: Can the Church come back to battle the King?


‘Attack on Ratzinger’: Italian book assesses Benedict’s papacy
by John L Allen Jr on Aug. 27, 2010
* All Things Catholic

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While the sexual abuse crisis has occasioned the most serious criticism of Benedict XVI, it’s hardly an isolated case. Tornielli and Rodari treat a long list of other controversies and PR debacles too, including:

   * A September 2006 speech in Regensburg which triggered Muslim protest by appearing to link Muhammad with violence;

   * The appointment, followed by the swift fall from grace, of a new Archbishop of Warsaw who turned out to have had an ambiguous relationship with the Soviet-era secret police;

   * Reviving the old Latin Mass, including a controversial Good Friday prayer for the conversion of Jews;

   * Lifting the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops, including one who has denied that the Nazis used gas chambers;

   * Comments aboard the papal plane to Africa to the effect that condoms make the problem of AIDS worse;

   * Criticism from the Catholic right of Benedict’s social encyclical Caritas in Veritate;

   * Open conflicts among cardinals, most notably Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria, and Angelo Sodano of Italy, the Secretary of State under John Paul II;

   * Ecumenical tensions related to the creation of new “ordinariates” to welcome traditionalist Anglican converts.

It’s a measure of how bad things have been that this is actually far from a complete list. The authors could have included other calamitous episodes, such as Benedict’s 2007 trip to Brazil, when he seemed to suggest that indigenous persons should be grateful to their European colonizers; blowback among Jews and reform-minded Catholics to Benedict’s 2009 decree of heroic virtue for Pius XII, moving the controversial wartime pontiff a step closer to sainthood; and the surreal “Boffo case” earlier this year, involving charges that senior aides to the pope had leaked fake documents suggesting the editor of an Italian Catholic paper had harassed the girlfriend of a guy with whom he wanted to carry on a gay affair.

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Yes, it appears that this Pope has a PR problem.

As does the whole Church.

Will it recover form the global sex scandal?

Has it been permanently crippled?

Would you EVER leave your child alone with any religious?

Will the Church ever be able to save us from the King? Or has it become another Cardinal Richelieu?

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