JASPER JOTTINGS Week 32 - 2012 August 05    

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



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POSITRACTION: 50-year member of Catholic Daughters


50-year member: Catholic Daughters offers friendships, service
Lisa Maxon
Omaha, Neb., Jul 22, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).-

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Any guest in Josephine Valasek's midtown apartment quickly discovers what's important to the 89-year-old member of St. Cecilia Parish in Omaha: faith and family.

A crucifix and a picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa hang on the hallway wall, and dozens of photographs of her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews are framed on shelves or taped on cabinet and refrigerator doors.

“I just love to spoil them,” said Valasek of her family.

Valasek, who never married, also has been devoted to the Catholic Church through organizations such as the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, which is holding its national convention in Omaha July 18-21.

This year, Valasek will be recognized for her 50-year-membership in the Catholic Daughters, one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in North and South America. She has led her local court, or chapter, as regent, helped raise money for various charities and meets monthly with other members.

Valasek joined Catholic Daughters' Court Columbia, the first Catholic Daughters' court in Omaha, in 1962.

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[JR: Interesting. Never heard of them. America used to be "rich" in various religious and fraternal organizations. One has to wonder why?]

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JOBIT: O'Connor, John R. [MP??MC???? RIP]


John O'Connor

John R. O Connor, 92, passed away July 27, 2012. He was born August 31, 1919 in Yonkers, NY.

Jack graduated from Manhattan Prep School and Manhattan College in NYC.

He spent four years in the Navy during WWII as a skipper of PT Boat 104.

He resided in Ridgewood, NJ for 32 years then Bloomfield Hills, MI for 7 years where he was employed as a VP of Sales with CBS Television Network. While in NJ, he was an active board member of Hackensack Golf Club in Oradell, NJ.

He retired to the beaches where he could enjoy golf and warm weather. Jack was a man of many interests, golf being his greatest passion. He played golf three times a week at the Ponte Vedra Club. He was a talented acrylic painter and enjoyed reading, travel and friends. He was a devout Catholic having served on many church committees and boards throughout his life.

Jack is survived by his sons: Robert J. O Connor (Laura) and William T. O Connor (Tina); daughter, Carol A. O Connor; 7 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Anne, in 2007.

Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00p.m., Monday, July 30, 2012 in the chapel of Quinn Shalz Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church with Rev. Frank Iacona as Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of NE FL, 4266 Sunbeam Rd. Jax., FL 32257 or the American Cancer Society , www.cancer.org. Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Services under the care and direction of Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 29, 2012


O'Connor, John R. [MP??MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/timesunion/guestbook.aspx?n=john-oconnor&pid=158831437&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1940.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O'Connor, John R. [MP1936?MC1940 RIP]  

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) cites Remigino, Lindy [MC1953]

Dear John,

The Sunday Magazine in this Sunday's NY Times has a series of pictures of runners wining a gold medal in one event at past Olympics. The one of the 1952 Olympics is of my Class mate Lindy Remigino, '53. A momentous moment in Jasper history!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

 Remigino, Lindy [MC1953]


Picture #12

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JEMAIL: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) also ids Remigino, Lindy [MC1953]


See photo #12, Lindy Remigino, Manhattan College (college not identified), winner of 1952 Olympic 100-meter race. Will also be in Sunday 7/29 The New York Times Magazine (paper).

Ken Jablon '62


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[JR: Slightly after Mike's email, but yours brought the link. :-) I judge it a tie. ROFL. If I had a hundred more like you guys, I'd be reduced to just processing email. LOL!]

Jablon, Ken (MC1962)

Remigino, Lindy [MC1953]

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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] cites Mussolini slicing his Freedom Salami


Chris Hedge's article is very well written, and scary. And I believe it's very close in some ways to what Elie Wiesel said when he visited us for the 1972 Peace Studies Conference. That was a pretty amazing event: I think we had over 200 panelists on close to 60 panels that weekend on the campus and were using the summer dorms for housing. We had two, or perhaps even three Nobel Prize speakers if we include Elie who received his in 1986.

Reading and thinking about the Holocaust, how such a thing could come about and how it could be prevented in the future has driven and continues to drive a lot of my life motivation. Our technology has made propaganda easier and more pervasive: people tend to believe anything if its presented often enough and in the right way through the proper media.

The internet offers some degree of potential voice for those who would otherwise never have enough money or power to reach beyond their local circles, but the governments of the world are not happy with allowing that to continue. Unless we watch them very carefully, they'll chip away at it one little chink at a time -- just like Mussolini slicing his Freedom Salami -- and people won't even recognize how wrong things are when they arrive at the train stations they've built while "doing their jobs."

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, 1973

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McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]

[JR: Those who forget history are doomed. And, it seems that the Gooferment has a tendency to oppress people. Even kill them when they are the scapegoat for the regime's problems.]

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Comments on “JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) would like ”

Christine Campbell 1982
Submitted on 2012/07/30 at 7:54 am

Thank-you for info. I personally believe in the right to defend myself. I have had carry permits where ever I lived. Heading to Hilton Head Island, SC.
What is it with the Irish/Scots and salt water

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Campbell, Christine (MC1982)

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[JR: “Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose]

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JFOUND: Tribute to McKeon, Robert D. "Bob" [MC1951 RIP]


Bob McKeon, co-founder NYS Right to Life Party and Westchester County RTL

After a long illness. He was 82. A true activist.

A personal reflection from Elizabeth Costanzo of the Westchester Right to Life Party and from the HVCL:

Robert D. McKeon was one of the founders of Westchester Right to Life and the Right to Life Party. He was on the Board of New York State Right to Life for many years. He devoted much of his time in the defense of the unborn, even using his vacation days from work to educate the young with pro-life slides about life in the womb. He was politically astute and helped to put many pro-life candidates in office.

Words alone can never fully capture some individuals and the impact they have on others, in this case, in and out of the pro-life community. Bob's unique presence and generous gift of self will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

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McKeon, Robert D. "Bob" [MC1951 RIP]

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JEMAIL: O'Connell, Bill (MC1976) would like his rights to defend himself and others

Reply to Mark Mangone re: “Doesn’t want to wear body armor.

When I took a 40 hour defensive handgun course we were taught to take two shots to the cardio thoracic cavity. If that failed to stop the assailant for any reason, including body armor, we were taught to aim for the area between the eyebrows and the mustache. Although body armor may stop a bullet, it doesn’t mean you don’t feel the bullet. Even if you had a sufficient shield to protect your eyes, feeling the impact of a .45 bullet slamming into that shield is going to rattle you. For all his body armor, Holmes gave up without a fight as soon as confronted by the police, so although he liked to play dress up with all the body armor, he surrendered before anyone could actually shoot at him.

I don’t want to walk around with body armor either, but I would feel a lot safer for myself and my friends and loved ones if I could rely on more than the compassion of a psychopath for my survival.

Bill O’Connell ‘76

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O'Connell, Bill (MC1976)

[JR: (1) Having seen the damage that 45 will do on the range … like the 'what's behind your target' drill … it's only on the TV and the movies that someone takes a few shots and is not even phased. I read military reports where a soldier with body armor died from thoracic trauma from taking a round. Plus armor fails if hit repeatedly. Or cleaned incorrectly. (2) These psychos are so sacked out so as not to surrender. So, I don't buy that they are all fruitcakes. While as a little L libertarian, I am morally opposed to the death penalty, except where incarceration is too dangerous to the jailers, I'm tempted to make an exception. I certainly wouldn't allow them to propagate the gene. (3) I'd too feel better if I knew my fellow movie patrons could deal with a a thug or two without spilling the pop core. Like that senior citizen who returned fire. Two very surprised thugs. But he needs to work on his aim. What do the Marines say: "One shot; one kill"? Thanks.]

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JOBIT: McNally, Thomas G. Sr. [MC???? RIP]


Thomas McNally


Thomas G. Sr., of Saddle Brook, was called home on Friday, July 27, 2012.

Beloved father of Thomas Jr. and former husband to Karen. Loving brother of Joan, Robert, Wendy and Barbara. Dear uncle to Michael, James, Emily, Rachel, Matt and Mark. Companion of Michelle. Thomas is predeceased by his parents, Joan and Bernard and by his brother Michael.

Thomas was a graduate of Manhattan College and a Production Manager for Larry Keating Productions. Tommy loved the Jets as well as coaching baseball and playing football with the kids.

He was a parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle R.C. Church. "Uncle Tom" will be greatly missed.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend the funeral from Kugler Community Home, 311- 5th Street, Saddle Brook on Wednesday, August 1st at 9:30 AM. Funeral Mass at St. Philip the Apostle R.C. Church, Saddle Brook at 10:30 AM. Committal service to follow at Cedar Lawn Crematory, Paterson. Visitation on Tuesday from 4-8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association .

Published in The Record/Herald News on July 31, 2012


McNally, Thomas G. Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/northjersey/guestbook.aspx?n=thomas-mcnally&pid=158859216&cid=full

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Dear John,

I do not find any thing in my "stuff" for Thomas.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957) on women having the right to vote


Posted on July 30, 2012 by keywestlou

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Published another article on Amazon Kindle. Under Key West Lou Law. The title: No respect For Women. The two culprits Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

Hannity recently had a black man on his show that said the root of America’s problems today result from women having the right to vote. Would you believe!

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To: Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957)

I often tease gals about that right to vote thing.

The women got the right to vote and were deluded by politicians into thinking that a Constitutional Amendment would solve the old man going to the bar snd drinking his paycheck. That gave rise to organized crime.

Our "(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs" is an outgrowth of that same thinking. That we can legislate away human behavior. "Drugs in prison" are the classic retort to the Prohibitionists.

Instead of trying to issue diktats that only impact the law abiding, let's focus on the core problems of society --

(1) dishonest politicians who promise the moon and deliver misery.

(2) fiat currency that can be inflated by politicians and bureaucrats at the stroke of a pen that hurt the poor, those on fixed incomes the most.

(3) the entitlement mentality where the taker are riding on the backs of the producers.


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JOBIT: Doyle, Sr. Rita [MC1948 RIP]


Times Herald-Record
She received a BA degree from Manhattan College in 1948 and achieved her MS Ed. at Fordham University in 1955. Her Ministry in education began at St. Michael High School in Manhattan from 1943 to 1949. She taught at St. Lucy's School in Houma, ...

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[JR: Hit some type of a paywall. Have to work on it later.]

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JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) argues against the RKBA

Dear Jasper John

Mr O'Connell blames "political correctness" for the government's allowing mentally ill people to buy and carry weapon of all types. But "political correctness" in my view includes lax gun laws permitting people to buy guns without proper background checks. " Political Correctness" these days is defined by the NRA's positions. No one dares defy them because of political considerations. Isn't that the very definition of "political correctness"?

In Mr O'Connell's world the "gooferment" would require that all mental patients have their names and conditions forwarded to the government - probably before the patient left the office after his first visit. Teachers, supervisor's people in all walks of life,etc. would have a call in line to report mental deficiencies among fellow students, pupils, co-workers, etc. All these invasions of privacy would be in place because background checks for those buying guns are not acceptable to the NRA and Mr O'Connell. Most of us do not want to carry weapons for our protection ( we depend on the government for protection as do most of the people in the world). Why should we have our privacy invaded because others want weapons - only those wanting to own and carry weapons should be investigated.

As far as the 1934 law prohibiting private ownership of machine guns is concerned I have one question. Is that law still in effect given the Supreme Court's ruling that we have an individual right to bear arms? Why should any law banning any weapons still be in effect.? I know if I were charged with a crime for having any weapon at all I would use the decision to try to escape prosecution. Has anyone considered this question?

A recent interview with Justice Scalia seem to indicate the decision would be based on the weight of the gun and the strength of the person see http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/07/29/602491/scalia-rocket-launcher/

Quote from interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday

WALLACE: What about… a weapon that can fire a hundred shots in a minute?

SCALIA: We’ll see. Obviously the Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried — it’s to keep and “bear,” so it doesn’t apply to cannons — but I suppose here are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided.

WALLACE: How do you decide that if you’re a textualist?"

SCALIA: Very carefully.


So rocket launchers yes, cannons no

Scalia is a Supreme Court justice? That says a lot - he is good for jokes and guffaws and nothing else.

As far as the Founding Fathers and arms are concerned I suggest gun toters read

THE MILITIA AND THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, OR, HOW THE SECOND AMENDMENT FELL SILENT, by H. Richard Uviller and William G. Merkel. Durham: Duke University Press, 2002. 338 pp. Cloth $19.95. ISBN: 0-8223-3017-2.

Reviewed by Daniel E. Smith, Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science. Northwest Missouri State University. Email: desmith@mail.nwmissouri.edu .


'The authors’ thesis is simple and predictable. First, although the 2nd Amendment did create a personal right to “keep and bear arms,” it did so only insofar as private arms were needed to maintain a citizen militia. The basis for the right is the collective, republican concept of the citizen militia, and the primary objective of enshrining the militia in the Bill of Rights was to guard against the dangers of a standing professional army. Moreover, the phrase “keep and bear arms” had distinctly military connotations leading up to and including the founding era, and there is remarkably little evidence of an individualist right to possess guns, even in the anti-federalist literature. However, the authors do not entirely eschew the individualist interpretation of the Amendment; the “right of the people” was, they believe, intended to vest the ownership and possession of arms in the potential militia members—(white male) citizens.

Second, because the citizen militia withered away as an institution long ago and has no contemporary successor, the conditions for the right to keep and bear arms, even as an individualist right, no longer exists. The local militia was already giving way to the vastly superior – in terms of training, preparedness and fighting ability – professional army at the time of the Revolution. State militia were replaced by volunteer state guard and, eventually, National Guard units, that were gradually co-opted by the national military. Today, the National Guard is equipped by the government and in virtually all respects serves as an adjunct to the professional army. Nor are there any other plausible substitutes for the extinct citizen militia that would serve to animate the 2nd Amendment. Police forces are, for the most part, full-time, government-equipped professional organizations. Private citizen militias, according to the authors, are a threat to the founding era collectivist notion of the militia rather than a legacy of that tradition. Therefore, as a matter of constitutional law, the 2nd Amendment is irrelevant today. To the individualists, who read the Amendment as a personal right to possess firearms, rather than merely a collective right to organize into militias, the authors’ message is not quite the typical “you are wrong,” but rather “you were right, sort of, a long time ago, but today you’re wrong.”

The intellectual champions of the individualist camp do not fare well against this exhaustive historical analysis. Joyce Lee Malcolm’s argument that the 1689 English Declaration of Rights, from which our Bill of Rights borrowed extensively, was more concerned with a personal right to possess weapons than protecting the militia, is criticized for its piecemeal approach to the text and history of the Declaration. Specifically, Malcolm relies on a handful of passages deleted from the final version of the Declaration, while ignoring the plain meaning of the language ultimately adopted and the social/political context of the drafting. She also ignores the fact that the framers did not use the language of the English Declaration in drafting the 2nd Amendment. Attorney General Ashcroft’s justification for the Justice Department’s recent defection to the individualist camp is more vehemently attacked. His interpretation of “keep and bear” as being outside the military context; his claim that the framers “all but unanimous[ly]” viewed the right as a personal right; his assertion that the Supreme Court “routinely” embraced the individualist approach; and his representation that the four scholars he cites constitute a “preponderance of legal scholarship” are decried as historically inaccurate, analytically flawed and quite obviously politically motivated. Even the venerable Sanford Levinson’s oft-cited work on the Amendment, premised on the need for potential armed insurrection against a tyrannical government, is exposed as “sketchy” and plainly politically motivated. It is “regrettable,” the authors conclude, “that his unpersuasive thesis has lent respectability to the outlaw libertarians who claim to be the legitimate guardians of American freedom” (p.178)."

Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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[JR: IT'S LATE! I'm tired. And, you're (imho) wrong. (1) We have more laws than anyone can comprehend. "Force" as a paradigm is the root of all evil. (2) " … depend upon government for protection" is a recipe for genocide. (3) The 1934 decision was flawed in that there was no adversarial process. And the Gooferment arranged to win by default. (4) Scalia is flat out wrong. The Second is and was intended to protect The People from the "king". (5) A liberal professor arguing against Second Amendment isn't any great source. (6) Rights don't disappear because the Gooferment takes over the "Guard". (7) If we substitute the First for the Second, then would you be so quick to give it away. (8) I'll end with a quote. "And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . ." --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Good night!]

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JNEWS: Spragis, Rob [MC????] regional sales manager Leviton Manufacturing


Leviton names Spragis regional sales manager in Upper Midwest region
by Doug Chandler July 31st, 2012

Leviton Manufacturing Co., Melville, N.Y., promoted Rob Spragis to region sales manager for its Upper Midwest sales region. Spragis has been with Leviton since 2005 and has covered electrical distribution in the greater Philadelphia market. The company says he has proven abilities in developing technical training programs for staff and customers, he has been recognized many times for outstanding key product sales and was named Vendor Sales Person of the Year by distributors in the Philly market, and in 2010 was Leviton’s National Sales Person of the Year. Spragis’s experience also includes work in the construction, HVAC and electrical industries.

In his new job, Spragis will report to William Cheetham, VP of electrical distribution sales. He has a BA in Marketing from Manhattan College. He and his wife and two children will relocate to the Chicago area.

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Spragis, Rob [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find any thing in my "stuff" for Rob.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JFOUND: Bena, Dan [MC1984] Senior Director of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo


Our Society In Good Hands
by Dan Bena

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Last week I enjoyed a morning at my alma mater, Manhattan College, where PepsiCo sponsored the Youth Policy Summit through the Keystone Center. The Summit engages high school students—in this case, one from as far away as Alaska—to learn mediation, collaboration, and communication skills in the context of complicated policy dilemmas. It is a great concept, and proved to be an outstanding experience.

In a survey by Accenture a couple of years ago of nearly a thousand global CEOs, I recall that 72% of them identified education as the “global development issue most critical to address for the future success of their business.” Well, the CEOs in this survey should have seen and heard the students this morning! It would have given them reason to be optimistic, as it did for me. Our society really is in good hands with youth leaders of tomorrow like the ones I had the honor of engaging with at the summit.

I am fortunate to speak to many audiences but I think high-school students are quickly becoming my favorite. They have absolutely no hidden agendas. They are not job seeking, or out to impress a college professor, or a non-profit hoping for funding or other support. In the end, they are just kids. Kids interested in making the world a better place to live—for themselves, their friends, their parents, and maybe even their own children someday. They have no filters—what you see is what you get, and—more importantly, what they say is what they mean! It is a sobering and humbling experience for any company, I think, to talk about their mission in front of high school students.

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Dan Bena

Dan Bena is currently the Senior Director of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo, serving as liaison between technical functions, government affairs, public policy, and field operations to develop key strategies and messaging to internal and external stakeholder groups. In 2009, Dan was appointed to the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate, and also serves on the Mandate's working groups for Water as a Human Right and Water Policy Engagement. He was inaugural Chair of the Water Resources Committee of the Washington-based American Beverage Association for Sustainable Development. Bena also serves on the Board-sponsored Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network. He is a contributing member to the Water Core Working Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and serves on the Global Agenda Council for Water Security of the World Economic Forum. In 2009, he was invited by the mayor of his city to serve on a new Sustainability Advisory Board; the city is one of only three nationwide selected to pilot a new sustainability planning tool kit.

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Bena, Dan [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Dan is a member of the Class of 1984.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bena, Dan [MC1984]

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JFOUND: Newman, Nick [MC2006] a jumps coach, athletic performance coach, and top 5 ranked British Long Jumper


About the Author

Nick Newman, M.S. is a jumps coach, athletic performance coach, and top 5 ranked British Long Jumper with a current best of 7.80m (25’7). He was born and raised in Great Britain, where he graduated in 2001 with a two year A-level in Sport Science from Durham Community College. His bachelor’s degree is in Exercise Science from Manhattan College in New York in 2006 and in 2009 he earned a graduate degree in Human Performance and Sport Psychology from California State University Fullerton. Nick has been a lifelong researcher and contributor to sport science, specializing in the jumps. His most recent work has been authoring: The Horizontal Jumps: Planning for Long Term Development (Volume 1) which was published in June of 2012. The book is available for purchase at www.createspace.com or Amazon.com. Visit his website at website www.jumprathletics.com.

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Newman, Nick [MC2006]

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JOBIT: Eng, Glenn C. [MC???? RIP]

[JR: Evidently, the blog posting software misfired or there was an operator error. I repudiated it and change the time stamp so that it would echo out. Interesting?]

On 8/2/2012 6:52 PM, Reinke_F_John wrote:
> http://www.tributes.com/show/Glenn-C.-Eng-94216179
> Glenn C. Eng
> July 27, 2012
> Linden, New Jersey
> Glenn passed away on Friday, July 27, 2012.
> Glenn was a resident of Linden, New Jersey at the time of his passing.
> He was a graduate of the Manhattan College, Manhattan, New York City, New York with a B.S. in Physics.
> Private funeral services were held.
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> Eng, Glenn C. [MC???? RIP]
> Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/94216179
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Dear John,

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

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Eng, Glenn C. [MC1971 RIP]

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JNEWS: Fenton, Dennis M. [MC1973] BoD Hospira


press release

July 31, 2012, 3:19 p.m. EDT
Hospira Expands Board of Directors With Election of Dennis M. Fenton
25-Year Amgen operations veteran complements current board expertise --

LAKE FOREST, Ill., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Hospira, Inc. HSP -3.05% , the world's leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, today announced that Dennis M. Fenton, Ph.D., has been elected to the company's board of directors. Dr. Fenton, a recognized manufacturing and biologics expert, has more than 30 years of healthcare industry experience. The addition of Dr. Fenton expands Hospira's board to 11 directors, 10 of whom are independent.

"We are excited to welcome Dennis to Hospira's board of directors," said John C. Staley, chairman of the board. "His impressive track record of results-oriented leadership and pioneering contributions to biological manufacturing and operations quality make him an excellent fit."

F. Michael Ball, chief executive officer, added, "Dennis brings unparalleled experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology space, with differentiated expertise that spans manufacturing and quality overall, and biologics in particular. His appointment supports Hospira's commitment to establish manufacturing as a competitive advantage."

Dr. Fenton, 60, spent more than two decades at Amgen, where he served as one of the company's longest-tenured employees and its executive vice president of Operations until his retirement in 2008. Prior to Amgen, Dr. Fenton served as a senior research scientist at Pfizer.

Dr. Fenton is a member of the Society for Industrial Microbiology, held previous memberships in the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Microbiology and the Parenteral Drug Association, and was a director of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and National Health Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of Dendreon Corporation, Napo Pharmaceuticals, Genelux Corporation, Xenoport and Kythera Biopharmaceuticals; and is a trustee of the Keck Graduate Institute and Rutgers University. A native of New York, Dr. Fenton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Manhattan College and a doctorate in microbiology from Rutgers University.

About HospiraHospira, Inc. is the world's leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies. Through its broad, integrated portfolio, Hospira is uniquely positioned to Advance Wellness(TM) by improving patient and caregiver safety while reducing healthcare costs. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., and has approximately 15,000 employees. Learn more at www.hospira.com .

SOURCE Hospira, Inc.

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Fenton, Dennis M. [MC1973]

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JNEWS: Matten, Ronald [MC1996] facilities director Greenwich school district


School district hires new facilities chief
Lisa Chamoff
Updated 10:27 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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The school district has hired the facilities director of a New York City private school to take the same position in Greenwich, following the departure of former Director of Facilities Susan Chipouras in February.

Ronald Matten, the director of facilities at the Ramaz School in Manhattan, will take the Greenwich position effective immediately.

He will be responsible for building maintenance, capital projects and custodial services for Greenwich's public schools.

"Mr. Matten has a diverse background working in educational settings and has acquired impressive skills in engineering, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), plumbing, electrical, construction management, technology, and custodial and financial management," said Ben Branyan, the district's managing director of operations, in a statement. "He will make an excellent addition to the facilities team and will have a positive impact on the overall operations of the department."

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Matten has worked at the Ramaz School since 2010. Ken Rochlin, director of institutional advancement for the Jewish day school, said Matten was a great addition to the staff. He was particularly helpful last after a fire damaged the Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue, which is affiliated with the school.

"He was very attentive to the issues we needed to deal with immediately following the fire," Rochlin said. "It was not an easy time for the institution."

Matten began his career in 1988 at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Manhattan, where he was responsible for the facilities operations of the private school. In 2000, he became the assistant director for plant operations at Columbia University, managing custodial, mechanical and support operations. In 2003, he began working for Aramark/Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. As the director of facilities there, Matten managed an $11 million operating budget and was the client's representative for a $30 million construction project for the college's new Bronx campus.

In 2006, Matten accepted a position as a project manager for GCA Services Group, a national provider of facility services for public and private organizations, including schools for kindergarten through grade 12 and higher education. During his time with GCA, Matten became the director of engineering for Saint John's University in Queens, N.Y., managing the mechanical and allied trades for four campuses, encompassing more than 3 million square feet of property. He was then transferred to Texas as a regional manager for GCA, responsible for four school districts, including Houston Independent School District, one of the nation's largest districts. In that role, he was responsible for more than 200 employees, budgeting, contract negotiation, business development, training and operations.

Matten received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Manhattan College, Bronx, N.Y., in 1996.

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Matten, Ronald [MC1996]

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FINDLING: Freedom of speech issue cites Alma Mater


Freedom of speech becoming harder to find

First the National Labor Relations Board tells Manhattan College that it isn't religious enough so it is not exempt from federal labor law (i.e., unionization), then the Health and Human Services department mandates that all religious institutions except houses of ...

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[JR: At least, Alma Mater's suffering is going unnoticed. A warning to "We, The Sheeple"?]

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JTWITTER: Glad Alma Mater meets his high standards



"John Touhey" tweeting as "‏@JustForTou" tweeted:

"to me manhattan college is like hogwarts..minus the ghosts, magic, annoying staircases(debatable) and some d-bag trying to kill me"

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"John Touhey" [MC????]

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FINDLING: Online college fair next Thursday, Aug. 9 -- no details!


[JR: Google's search agent found this on Alma Mater's homepage. BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), you can't get to it or find it. Argh!]

"Manhattan College will be participating in an online college fair next Thursday, Aug. 15. where…"

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[JR: But I couldn't find a story or a reference to it on the homepage or via the homepage search. Would like to push it to the alum via Jasper Jottings. Why don't they get these things out way in advance?

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"MC Admissions" as "‏@Admissions_MC" tweeted:

Signup this weekend for an online college fair featuring Manhattan College this Thursday, August 15th from 2p-8p http://t.co/FVSWySIs

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JFOUND: Markey, Charles J. [MC1964] rules in an interesting case "Spoliation"


New York Court Rules Non-Emergency Surgery Constitutes Spoliation
Published 1, August 1, 2012 Courts , Torts 15 Comments

There is an interesting case in New York this week concerning destruction of evidence. Supreme Court Justice Charles J. Markey handed down a decision on July 31, 2012 in a personal injury case that the plaintiff electing to have surgery effectively denied the defendant evidence to contest her claim stemming from a fall on a bus. The case is Mangione v Jacobs and is worth reading.

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Putting aside the factual disputes, the legal interpretation is likely to be cited in cases outside of New York. It shows the perils of such surgeries without a clear record of notice and consent — as well as a conference with the court. The opinion below notes that some courts have rejected spoliation claims concerning such non-emergency surgeries.

Judge Markey is a graduate of Manhattan College, B.A., 1964 and St. John’s Univ., School of Law, J.D., 1973.

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JNEWS: Nigrello, Bob [MC1977] NH District 16 Republican candidate


Support Nigrello for District 16 state rep.
August 03, 2012 2:00 AM

To the Editor:

Dear neighbors: In order to be an active participant in our state legislative process I am running as a District 16 Republican candidate representing East Kingston, Kensington and South Hampton. I have served the community as a past member of the East Kingston Planning Board for three years and Recreation Department baseball coach for three years. For the past five years I have been serving as a member of the East Kingston Elementary School Board and I am currently in my third term as the School Board chairman.

During my tenure on the School Board, we have used a zero-based budgeting process — an effort that has resulted in school budgets below state formulated default levels, while, providing an excellent learning environment at the lowest cost per student in SAU 16. I am also a member of SAU16 Joint Board and past-chairman of the Compensation Committee. As Compensation Committee chairman, the committee focused on the spiraling cost of health and liability insurance and was able to reduce costs in both of those critical areas.

The savings that we were able to achieve were shared by all the towns in SAU 16 including East Kingston and Kensington. As a legislator I will support legislation in the following areas: Business growth for job creation; producing fiscally conservative budgets; and excellence in the New Hampshire educational system. My wife Morna and I have been married for 28 years and have lived in East Kingston where we raised our three children Amanda, 25, Elizabeth 23, and Gregory, 19, for 18 years. I graduated from Manhattan College in 1977 where I earned a degree in electrical engineering and have been employed by Osram Sylvania for 28 years in a variety of capacities, including my current position in the vertical markets sales group.

Please participate in our electoral process by marking Sept. 11 on your paper and electronic calendars and vote in the New Hampshire Primary. On Primary Day I would appreciate your support for my Republican candidacy for District 16 state representative. I welcome your input or questions; I can be reached by phone at 603-394-7591 or by e-mail at nigrello_district16@comcast.net

Bob Nigrello
East Kingston

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ENDNOTE: Listening to a lot of Irish Pub … making me more anti-war


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Irish Pub Radio is a free service to the many thousands of Irish Pubs located around the world, that would like to have a huge mixture of Irish music to play in their pub. It comes live from the heart of Ireland, transmitted digitally via the internet in cd quality to your pub.

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It's crazy.

Listening to the Irish revolutionary songs, it's stunning how many of them have an anti-war message.

BUT, the one that really struck home was: "Green Fields Of France"

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Now Willy McBride, I can't help wondering why
Do those who lie here know why they died.
Did they really believe when they answered the cause,
Did they really believe that this war would end wars?

But the sorrow, the sufferin', the glory, the pain
The killing and dying were all done in vain.
But, Willy McBride, it all happened again, and again, and again, and again, and again.

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"Willy McBride" is my new rallying cry.

Let's "support the troops" by bringing all the girls and boys home.

"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free"." --- President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas in "The American President" (1995)

Unlike the faux anti-war movement of the 1960's radical left, which was about Communism and electing D's, mine is rooted in, what I most humbly think is, the wisdom, that we have to be more like Switzerland.

Note, that I'm not an "isolationist". But like Ron Paul, I think we are not the "world's policemen".

Bring the troops home.

Someone mess with us, nuke 'em. Nice and clean.

But by the same token, MYOB!


Remember Willie McBride!

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