JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16 - 2013 April 21     

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



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POSITRACTION: Vacca, Nicole Marie (MC2013) captures some wisdom beyond her years


Tuesday, April 2, 2013
4 Things I've Learned Over the Past 4 Years (and other stuff)
Vacca, Nicole Marie (MC2013)

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2. Forgive. People have said or done unkind/unjust things to me, both inside and outside of college. In the end, though, holding a grudge only makes me feel bad--chances are that person has already moved on with their life, and they have completely forgotten what they've done. Also, I'm glad that there were certain disagreements that I've been able to reconcile like an adult, where the offender and I actually made peace.

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A good moral for all Jaspers.

I'd add -- Especially to forgive ourselves for the things we've done.

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JNEWS: Weber, Harry [MC????] three-year term on the Ramsey Borough Council


Northjersey.com : News
Republican incumbents run uncontested in Ramsey municipal primaries
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Ramsey Suburban News

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Ramsey — Two Republican incumbents will be running uncontested in the June 4 municipal primary for two three-year terms on the Borough Council, according to Borough Clerk Meredith Bendian.

Councilwoman Vanessa Jachzel and Councilman Harry Weber have filed petitions to run for reelection in November.

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Weber, 52, has lived in the borough for 17 years with his wife, Donna, and two children. He graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and later from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a master’s in business administration in finance. He also holds a master’s of project management and a graduate certificate in networks and communications management, from DeVry University.

He works as managing director of trading services and telecommunications for the New York Stock Exchange. Previously he was employed by Comdisco Inc., where he was a senior project manager.

Weber has served as chairman of the utilities, buildings, and grounds committee for two years. He is the council liaison to the environmental commission, board of public works, design review board, and the recycling committee. He has previously served on the finance and public safety committees. He is a member of Ramsey’s Office of Emergency Management. He volunteers with the Ramsey Baseball Softball Association as the league president and co-director of travel softball. He has also coached the youth basketball and soccer teams. Weber is a parishioner of St. Paul’s Church, fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and treasurer on the Patrick F. Pindar Council of Ramsey.

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Weber, Harry [MC????]

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JLINKEDIN: Drechsler, Michael [MC2005] Associate at The Murray Law Group, PC


Drechsler, Michael [MC2005]
Associate at The Murray Law Group, PC
Greater New York City Area
Law Practice


Experienced litigation attorney adept at both out-of court and courtroom practice focused on consumer and corporate creditor’s rights and bankruptcy. Successful management of all phases of civil litigation as well as prosecution of contested matters and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy. Former President of St. John’s Bankruptcy Law Society and Associate Managing Editor of The American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review.

Admitted to the New York State Court, US District court for EDNY & SDNY.

● Debtor and Creditor Experience ● Avoidance Actions & Lien Enforcement
● Handling of Contested Matters ● Lien Perfection and Title Review ● Pleadings, Stipulations
● Foreclosure Defense and Loss Mitigation ● High volume case management

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JHQ: O'Malley Library posts pictures


O'Malley Library Manhattan College

The O'Malley Library is the information hub of Manhattan College. It is located in Riverdale, New York.

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) can't id Murphy, Sean [MC????]

Dear John,

It appears that Sean earned the most votes. I have 3 Sean Murphy in my 'stuff' : Sean C. in 1986, a Sean M, in 1987 and another Sean M. in 1995.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Murphy, Sean [MC????] nominated by the Irish Echo newspaper for the Irish Small Business 50 People's Choice Award
Lauren Mehnert Asnis

Calling all Manhattan College Alumni - please help out a fellow Jasper:
Hi Everyone! Sean Murphy has been nominated by the Irish Echo newspaper for the Irish Small Business 50 People's Choice Award. Please click and give him some votes. Many thanks! Sean founded MurphGuide in 1997, MurphGuide.com has grown a loyal following of fun New Yorkers and visitors looking for fun things to do in NYC, creating an on-line community that meets off-line in the real world at events listed on MurphGuide.com

"Irish Small Business 50 People's Choice" award.
Please vote on-line:


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JEMAIL: O'Connell, Bill (MC1976) debates the "rights'

Response to Louis MenchIse:

“The 2nd Amendment ends with the words, "shall not be infringed." The 1st Amendmant has infringments. One cannot yell, "Fire!" in a crowded theater, nor can one distribute child pornography - to cite just two examples.” This is one of the usual arguments from progressives who try to amend the 2nd Amendment without actually going through the trouble of amending it.

The 2nd Amendment does end with the words, “shall not be infringed.” No one has ever been harmed by another individual keeping or bearing arms. Keeping or bearing is benign. When the arms are actually used is when there is danger, and there are plenty of laws that come into play should one do so. No defender of the 2nd amendment is advocating for the repeal of laws against murder, assault, reckless endangerment, manslaughter, etc. Responsible gun owners take that responsibility very seriously and understand the impact of their actions. I have spoken with many of them and the last thing that they want to do is to actually use to gun against a fellow human being. However with evil in the world, they want to have the choice (pro-choice?) to defend against a deadly attack against themselves or someone in their care. The only way to be able to do that, is to be armed at that precise moment. Where I received my firearm training they stated it very plainly. If you ever have to use a gun to defend yourself, it will change your life…and it won’t be for the better.

Now to address the progressive argument, the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech…” Do you notice the difference between “shall not be infringed” and “abridging”? The right to keep and bear arm shall not be infringed, freedom of speech shall not be abridged. According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, abridge means to “reduce in scope; to shorten in duration or extent.

Both of these amendments were to protect individual rights from the tyranny of the government. The First Amendment was to prevent the government from muzzling it’s critics. The Second Amendment was not about deer hunting (Governor Cuomo, call your office). It was about the right to shoot at the government if it became tyrannical. Does anyone see how giving the government a national data base of where every gun is located, could infringe on those rights. Would we still be British subjects if King George III knew where every firearm in the Colonies was located? As it is stated in the Declaration of Independence, “that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness], it is the Right of the people to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…” The model of this Republic is that the people are sovereign; a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. As Thomas Jefferson said, “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Which of these statements is closer to the truth?

Does the IRS fear you, or do you fear the IRS?

Does the EPA fear you, or do you fear the EPA?

Does the Federal government fear you, or do you fear the federal government?

Are we closer to the founding principles of this great country, or closer to tyranny?

Bill O’Connell, ‘76

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JOBIT: Malone, William P. [MC1957 RIP]


William P. Malone
Guest Book

William P. Malone

Rhinebeck- William P. Malone, 84, a resident of Rhinebeck, NY and former resident of Oradell, NJ, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.

He was born on October 30, 1928 in New York, NY, the son of William P. Malone Sr. and Ellen (Larson) Malone.

William grew up in Inwood, NY, where he was a parishioner of the Good Shepherd Church. After graduating high school, he attended the Paulist Seminary in Maryland. He then graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He honorably served in the United States Navy from 1948 until 1952.

On December 29, 1956, William married Mary Ann Markey at the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Woodside, NY. Mrs. Malone survives him at home.

Mr. Malone was a resident of Oradell, NJ for 31 years, until he and Mary Ann moved to Rhinebeck, NY in 1998.

Mr. Malone was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of Good Shepherd Church in Rhinebeck, NY.

William formerly worked as a systems engineer for IBM in New York, NY. He was a skilled do-it-yourselfer who loved to take on projects and was an avid Notre Dame football fan.

In addition to his loving wife, Mary Ann, he is survived by his five children, William Malone and his friend Terry of San Diego, CA; Kenneth Malone and his wife Mona Lisa of Sweden; Timothy Malone and his wife Amy of New Milford, NJ; Brendan Malone of Saugerties, NY; and Mary Ann Schwanewede and her husband Bill of Oradell, NJ; and seven grandchildren, Sean and Ryan Malone, Alex and Griffin Malone, and Billy, Luke and Teddy Schwanewede.

He was predeceased by a brother, Daniel Larson.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM on Monday, April 15, 2013 at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Church, 94 E. Market St., Rhinebeck.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial masses may be requested at the Good Shepherd Church, 94 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

To sign the online register, please visit dapsonchestney.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from April 13 to April 15, 2013


Malone, William P. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook:  http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/poughkeepsiejournal/guestbook.aspx?n=william-malone&pid=164190481&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1957.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Malone, William P. [MC1957 RIP]

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JOBIT: Duggan, Sister Thomas More [MC???? RIP]


Sister Thomas More Duggan

Duggan, OP, Sister Thomas More

Sister Thomas More Dugga, OP of Dominican Convent, Sparkills, New York died on April 12, 2013 in Siena Hill, Sparkill, NY. Born in St. Louis, MO on November 11, 1917, Agnes was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Kelley Duggan. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on July 11, 1935 and became known as Sister Thomas More, professing her first vows in 1942. Sister Thomas More earned a BA in education from Manhattan College, NY and MA education from St. Louis University, MO and MA in Religious Studies from Providence College, RI. Sister Thomas More was an elementary and high school teacher for fifty years. She taught in the Archdiocese of New York and St. Louis and the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Jefferson City. she was a teacher at St. Theresa, Woodside, NY (1937-38); Epiphany, St. Louis, MO (1938-43); St. Rose of Lima, New York, NY (1943-46; St Mary Magdalen, Brentwood, MO (1946-48 & 1959-60; Cathedral HS Annex, Bronx, NY (1948-49); St. Mark, St. Louis, MO (1949-54); Holy Redeemer, St. Louis, MO (1968-69); St. James (principal), St. Louis, MO (1969--71) and St. Dominic HS, O'Fallon, MO (1971-87. Sister Thomas More retired from the classroom in 1987 and was an Adult Education Coordinator in Epiphany parish from 1987-1998, from 1998-2005 she lived in Loretto Center and offered local community service in her place of residence. In 2005 she became a resident in Dominican Convent in Sparkill and tutored children in the Dominican Learning Center program. In 2011 she became a resident of Siena Hall and remained active until her passing on Friday.

Sister Thomas More is survived by her nephews Thomas Duggan (Vicki) St. Louis, MO, Jim Newport (Cindy) Aurora, IL, Paul Newport (Nina) Wheaton, IL and nieces Marie Marzec, New York, Shelly Moran, Manchester, CT and Marianne Battista, DeKalb, IL. She is loved by many grandnieces, grandnephews and dear cousins.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Sparkill, NY on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:30am. Visitation is on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 3:30 to 7:30pm at Dominican Convent, 175 rte 340, Sparkill, NY. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Arrangements are by Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Dominican Sisters, at the above address-Sister Mary Muitay, President.

Published in the The Journal News on April 15, 2013


Duggan, Sister Thomas More [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=thomas-duggan&pid=164247042&cid=full

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Sister.

May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JLINKEDIN: Darcy, Brian [MC2012] Designer at John Meyer Consulting, PC


Darcy, Brian [MC2012]
Designer at John Meyer Consulting, PC
Greater New York City Area
Civil Engineering

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JUPDATE: Bette, Michael [MC1959 RIP] has news story published


Apr 15, 2013, 1:12pm EDT Updated: Apr 15, 2013, 3:09pm EDT
Michael Bette, a founder of Barry, Bette & Led Duke, dies
Michael F. Bette, one of the founders of Barry, Bette & Led Duke, died April 11.
Michael DeMasi
Reporter- The Business Review

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Michael F. Bette, one of the founders of Barry, Bette & Led Duke, a powerhouse general contractor in the Albany, NY, area that later split into competing companies that remain among the largest in the business, died unexpectedly April 11.

Bette, 76, died during a visit to his alma mater, Manhattan College, for its annual scholarship dinner, said his oldest son, Matt.

"He was with us in the morning," said Matt, the oldest of his five sons. "We were going through our work program and the bid schedule to get him up to speed. We had no idea we wouldn't see him on Friday."

Bette is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Ann; seven children and 16 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at St. Pius X in Loudonville at 10 a.m. on April 19. Calling hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 18 at St. Pius X.

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"Mike was a true gentleman," said Joe Hogan, vice president for building services at Associated General Contractors of America. "It was just his stalwart nature as far as doing what's right in the business, as well as being kind of a visionary in moving the industry forward in a variety of areas, from project delivery to safety."

Over the past 50 years, Michael Bette successfully delivered more than $8 billion worth of construction projects in New York, Texas, Florida and elsewhere, including bridges, schools, luxury condos, office buildings, and health care facilities.

His projects included major work at The New York World’s Fair, Empire State Plaza and numerous colleges including Siena, University at Albany and Albany College of Pharmacy; and many hospitals, including St. Peter’s, Ellis and Albany Medical Center.

He built many of the high-rise condominiums along the Gulf Coast in southwest Florida, and specialized in multi-family projects in the Midwest and Texas, becoming the fifth largest multi-family builder in the nation, according to the company.

The Bette Cos. ranked No. 302 on the Engineering News Record list of Top 400 contractors in 2012, based on $176.3 million in 2011 revenue.

Six of Bette's seven children followed their father into the business. Like their father, all five of his sons are civil engineers.

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Born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, Michael Bette started working construction in 1959 and moved to the Capital Region in 1965 to co-manage the upstate operations of D. Fortunato, a Long Island-based contractor.

In 1973 he and Robert Barry, the other upstate manager at D. Fortunato, left to start their own construction firm, Barry & Bette Inc. Another partner, Donald Led Duke, joined them in 1982, creating Barry, Bette & Led Duke.

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Bette served on the board of trustees at Manhattan College and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He was also a philanthropist, having served on the boards of Hope House and Twin Rivers Council of Boy Scouts of America.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Bette’s name to Catholic Charities, 40 North Main Ave., Albany, NY, 12203 and St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, 319 South Manning Blvd. – Suite 114, Albany, NY, 12208.

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) cites Bette, Michael [MC1959 RIP]

Good Afternoon All,

Tom McCarthy has just shared an update regarding the death of Fellow Jasper, Michael Bette, as to services. We ask that you remember in your prayers Michael, his wife, Mrs. Mary Ann Bette, their 7 children, 16 Grandchildren and Families. We pray for the repose of Michael's soul as he is welcomed into the Kingdom Of Heaven and that God's Peace rest upon his Family. Thank you.

Thank you Tom.

Phil Colon

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April 15, 2013

To The Manhattan College Community:
With deep sorrow, we write to inform you of the death of Michael F. Bette '59, former trustee, benefactor and alumnus. Mr. Bette died unexpectedly during a visit to the College on Thursday, April 11. He was 76.
Funeral services will be held at St. Pius X at 23 Crumitie Road, Loudonville, N.Y. at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 19. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at St. Pius X. (For directions please click on the attachment.)

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mike Bette’s name to Catholic Charities and St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Ann, his wife of 54 years, and their seven children,
May he rest in peace.

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JNEWS: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) does poetry 4/27 @ 1600 Peekskill NY

MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick (1989) is helping to organize an event for National Poetry Month. "Poetry Peekskill: A Celebration of National Poetry Month" will take place on Saturday 27th April, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Featured readers will be followed by poetry activities and an open mic. Come, join us, and read a favorite poem or some of your original work. All are welcome! Light refreshments and a raffle of a basket of poetry (including a copy of The Best American Poetry 2012). Free volumes of poetry on a first come, first served basis!

EMBARK@EMC, 925 South Street, Peekskill, NY 10566

For more information: 914-402-5399 or mccarrafitz@hotmail.com

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for the Boston victims

Good Morning All,

I apologize for the delay in getting this request out to you but I know that those killed and hurt at the Boston Marathon have been in your prayers. Please keep them in your prayers and keep the volume up. The carnage and hurt is so terrible. I know what I feel in my heart for those that commited this newest act of terrorism and I can only hope that they are quickly caught and brought to swift and sure justice. So many are suffering today. They need our prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reports on Sophia positively
Good Morning All,

Joe Quinn has shared some wonderful news and on this hurt filled day, I want to share it with you as well. Last year we placed in our prayers a young girl, Sophia. She was suffering from seizures that threatened her life and the cause was not yet traced. After three Brain Surgeries, Sophia no longer has seizures and she and her family have their lives back. Sophia's family are so grateful for your prayers. A prayer of thanks is in order as we share this joy on this day darkened by the horror in Boston. Thank you, keep the volume up. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JNEWS: Sexton, David [MC????] “Distinguished Teacher of 2013”


Local Teachers Honored
Sunday, 07 April 2013 00:00

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David Sexton and Nkenge Gilliam of the Sewanhaka Central High School District have both been named “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island.

The two will be honored at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s annual University Relations Lunch on April 7. Following the award ceremony, Harvard professor Dr. Maria Tatar will give a short lecture entitled, “Mythical and Magical: The Resurgence of Fairy Tales in Popular Culture.”

“Our awards recognize people who transform the future,” explained Dr. Judith Esterquest, a board member of the Harvard Club of Long Island. “Dedicated teachers expend unfathomable amounts of time and energy on our Long Island teens, day after day and year after year.”

Sexton, who has worked at Sewanhaka High School for the last 11 years, primarily teaches physics but has also taught chemistry and science research. Before beginning his career as a teacher, he worked as an environmental engineer in the field of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment.

He holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Manhattan College.

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Sexton, David [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find any thing in my 'stuff' for David.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JLINKEDIN: Killeen, Brian [MC1976] President & CEO at Your Robe Source, LLC


Killeen, Brian [MC????]
President & CEO at Your Robe Source, LLC
Hartford, Connecticut Area

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Dear John,

I believe that Brian is a member of the Class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Killeen, Brian [MC1976]

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JOBIT: Bette, Michael [MC1959 RIP]


Michael F. Bette

Bette, Michael F.

Michael F. Bette, 76, died Thursday, April 11, 2013. Born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, he was the son of the late Alexander and Rosemary Reidy Bette. He attended Chaminade High School and Manhattan College.

In 1973, Mr. Bette and his partner, Bob Barry, established the construction firm, Barry & Bette, Inc. After 10 successful years, he helped form Barry, Bette and Led Duke, Inc (BBL). In 1999, Mr. Bette became chairman of the Bette Companies and along with his sons formed Bette & Cring Construction Group, First Columbia, BBL Florida and BBLTexas, ensuring the continuation of the family's construction and real estate development businesses. Mr. Bette's many local projects include major work at the Empire State Plaza, Siena, SUNY Albany, Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital and Ellis Hospital.

Michael Bette was elected to the board of trustees at both Manhattan College and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and was presented a degree of doctor of humane letters from both institutions.

In addition to work, Mr. Bette understood the value of spending time with his family. He coached youth sports and was a Scoutmaster at Troop 48 in Clifton Park.

He loved Lake George and spending time with family and friends at his home on Cleverdale.

Known as "Opa" to his grandchildren, Michael was equally proud of each and will be missed by them all.

An avid golfer for most of his life, he learned the game as a caddy at Bethpage and was a member at Schuyler Meadows, Glens Falls Country Club and the Everglades Club.

Mr. Bette will be known not only as an entrepreneur, but for his generous philanthropy. He supported many area organizations and was particularly interested in supporting organizations that provided services to area youth and those less fortunate. Bette served as past board member of Hope House, the Twin Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America, Albany College of Pharmacy and his alma mater, Manhattan College.

He was the dear husband of Mary Ann Harding Bette; beloved father of Matthew Bette (Lisa), Kevin Bette (Kathleen), Peter Bette (Patricia), Ann Marie Parker (William), Christopher Bette (Anne), Mark Bette (Gina) and Suzanne Bette; cherished grandfather of Patrick, Catherine, Brendan and Brian, Nathaniel, Michael, Madeline and Cecelia, Nicholas, Rebekah, Mary Elizabeth and William, Alexander and Julia, Emily and Sarah; brother of Ellen Andrews.

Funeral services, Friday, April 19, 2013 at 10 a.m., at St. Pius X Church, Loudonville, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands will immediately follow the Mass. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m., at St. Pius X Church. Those wishing to remember Michael Bette in a special way may send a contribution to Catholic Charities, 40 N. Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203 or St. Peter's Hospital Foundation, 319 S. Manning Blvd., Suite 114, Albany, NY 12208. To leave a message for the family on their guest book, obtain a prayer card, or directions, please visit McveighFuneralHome.com

Published in Albany Times Union from April 16 to April 18, 2013


Bette, Michael [MC1959 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/timesunion-albany/guestbook.aspx?n=michael-bette&pid=164265207&cid=full

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JHQ: Notable Expert on Public Financial Institutions Will Deliver Gargano Lecture on April 18


Notable Expert on Public Financial Institutions Will Deliver Gargano Lecture at Manhattan College on April 18

Thomas Stanton will discuss why some firms thrived and others failed following the recent economic collapse

Thomas Stanton, a fellow of the Center for the Study of American Government at The Johns Hopkins University and an expert legal authority on public financial institutions, will deliver the annual Gargano Lecture at Manhattan College on April 18. The topic of the lecture comes from the title of his most recent book, Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail: Governance and Management Lessons From the Crisis.

The lecture will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the O’Malley Library Alumni Room. It is free and open to the public.

Stanton's academic, legal and policy experience relates to the capacity of public institutions to deliver services effectively, with specialties relating to federal credit and benefits programs, government corporations and financial regulation. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration, and for many years he was chairman of the academy’s Standing Panel on Executive Organization and Management. Stanton currently serves on the board of the Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management, and in 2010, he served on the senior staff of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, where he focused on governance and risk management, among other issues.

Stanton’s writings on public administration have appeared in publications including Public Administration Review, The Administrative Law Journal, American Banker and the Wall Street Journal.

He coedited Making Government Manageable: Executive Organization and Management in the 21st Century, and he edited Meeting the Challenge of 9/11: Blueprints for Effective Government.

Manhattan College economics and finance professor Charles Geisst, Ph.D., a prominent historian of Wall Street and author of many books including, most recently, Beggar Thy Neighbor: A History of Usury and Debt, will be the master of ceremonies and will moderate a Q-and-A session following the lecture.

Charles A. Gargano ’79, former chairman and commissioner of Empire State Development and vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was a member of the Manhattan College board of trustees and in 2009 established the Ambassador Charles A. Gargano ’79 Endowed Chair in Global Economics.

For more information about the Gargano Lecture, contact Mary Lou Allgaier at (718) 862-7141 or mary.allgaier@manhattan.edu.

Media interested in attending should contact John Tucker at (718) 862-7232 or john.tucker@manhattan.edu.
Posted on April 16, 2013

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JOBIT: Gregory, Bob [MC1972 RIP]


Posted: Tuesday April 16, 2013 5:37 PM
Former Manhattan player Bob Gregory dies

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Bob Gregory, a three-year basketball starter for Manhattan College who went on to teach and coach in the New York City public school system for almost 30 years, has died. He was 63.

Gregory, who graduated from Manhattan in 1972 and played professionally in France for one year, died Tuesday after 18 months of fighting brain cancer, his family said.

He coached the girls basketball teams at Columbus H.S. and at Bronx High School of Science, where he compiled a 121-71 record that included 17-1 seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09, reaching the PSAL semifinals in the second season.

Gregory is survived by wife Yolanda, stepdaughter Alexis, two grandsons, five brothers and sisters and five nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be Thursday at Ballard-Durand Funeral Services in White Plains, and a funeral Mass will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Hartsdale.

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Gregory, Bob [MC1972 RIP]

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JLINKEDIN: O'Reilly, Michelle [MC1994] Global Learning Manager: Training Operations at JPMorgan Chase


O'Reilly, Michelle [MC1994]
Global Learning Manager: Training Operations at JPMorgan Chase
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) update on John O'Connor

Good Morning All:

Mike McEneney shared the following with Peter Sweeney and me regarding an update on John O'Connor who has been in our prayers. I wanted to get it out to you as we keep John and his family in our prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon



HIS CELL # IS 914-523-8058

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JHQ: Alumni Math Mentors needed

Jasper Alumni - Manhattan College
April 18, 2013

Are any alumni who majored in Math interested in becoming Mentors for Manhattan College's Mentor Program for next year?

Started by Alison Landy

If you are interested you can now apply via our website to be a Mentor: [http://manhattan.edu/student_life/center-career-development/ment

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JLINKEDIN: Guglielmo, Nick (MC1982) Treasurer/Corporate Finance Executive


Guglielmo, Nick (MC1982)
Treasurer/Corporate Finance Executive
Greater New York City Area
Online Media

I am a Corporate Finance and Treasury executive with over 25 years of experience, principally in the consumer products and media industries. My treasury experience is diverse (having worked in large and small companies alike) and focused on treasury and cash management effciencies. I am a member of Associated Press's (AP) Investment Management Committee for the US plans and represent the AP for investment decisions related to the UK plans.

Some of my accomplishments include reducing insurance premiums by $400k by reducing limits and increasing deductibles, recommending and implementing a hedging program for 50% of AP’s short british pound cash flow exposure, eliminating $4mm in offshore bank balances, restructuring the Procurement function, implementing a new ERP system, directing two large renovation budgets (London and DC), and reducing operational expenses by $40mm over the last 5 years.

GAIM (Hedge Fund) Panelist
Argyle Executive Forum Panelist and Editorial Advisor
TCI College of Technology Business Program Advisor
American Cancer Society Corporate Executive Council - Mid-Atlantic Region

Specialties include:
Asset Management
Global Treasury Management
Risk Management including Insurance
Pension Management - US and UK Plans
Investor Relations
Financial Forecasting
Global Real Estate Management
Global Procurement
Travel Services
Facilities Management
Capital Budgeting

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JNEWS: Rotondo, James A. [MC1978] New Milford Town Engineer


New Milford Hires New Town Engineer
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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NEW MILFORD—A new town engineer has been hired, who will also soon fill the newly created position of assistant public works director.

James A. Rotondo, whose first day on the job was March 25, came to New Milford after serving as Winchester’s public works director for three years.

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Mr. Rotondo, who attended Manhattan College, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering.

Prior to his municipal service in Winchester, he was employed from 1981 to 2005 by Rotondo Precast, which, Mr. Zarba noted, was later acquired by Oldcastle Precast, an industry leader. Mr. Rotondo then worked from 2005 to 2010 as a consultant with Rotondo Engineering, a firm he established.

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Rotondo, James A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1978.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Rotondo, James A. [MC1978]

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JFACEBOOK: Swartz, Rachel [MC2012] a Lasallian Volunteer


Rachel Swartz: Miss Swartz Has Seen God

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During community prayer recently, we were asked the question, “Where do you see God in your life?” Being kind of quiet about my religion, I did not really spring up to share my answer. But to be honest, the first thought that came to mind was, ‘in my students.’ I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. There is a reason I am teaching these specific 9th graders this year, there’s a reason I’m working at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis of all places, and there’s a reason I’m a Lasallian Volunteer. In everything, God has a reason to put you there. And I think my reason was to be teaching them…

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Swartz, Rachel [MC2012]

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JHQ: Jasper connection to the Boston Bombing

Our thoughts and prayers are with members of the Manhattan College community Michele Mahoney, a former MC student who was severely injured Monday in the Boston Marathon bombings, and transit officer Dic Donohue, whose wife Kim (Forrest) Donohue graduated from the College in 2004. Dic was wounded in a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects last night and is in critical condition.

Alumni, family and friends are invited to Sunday Mass in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m. to send love and strength to those in the Jasper community affected by this week’s tragedies.

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Saturday mooring, after my usual search of Legacy, I searched for any news on Michele Mahoney, none found. Ditto on Kim Forrest Donohue, to let her know she's not alone, none found.

The internet still has a long way to go.

Then Google found a news story.

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JLINKEDIN: Burke, Michael [MC1975] COO & VP at Statue Cruises


Burke, Michael [MC????]
COO & VP at Statue Cruises
Greater New York City Area

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1975.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Burke, Michael [MC1975]

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JNEWS: Donohue, Kimberly Forrest [MC2004] husband wounded in Boston


Home News War on Terror Boston Marathon Bombing
April 20. 2013 3:00AM
Wounded MBTA officer is husband of Exeter woman


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One police officer was killed, another wounded during the pursuit of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects through communities in the Boston area that began Thursday night.

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He is the husband of Kimberly (Forrest) Donohue, who graduated from Exeter High School in 2000 and Manhattan College in 2004.

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The couple were married in 2011 at the Wentworth by the Sea resort and have an infant child.

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Donohue, Kimberly Forrest [MC2004]

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JLINKEDIN: Medici, Michael [MC1979] Executive Director - Head of Client Accounts at UBS Wealth Management USA


Medici, Michael [MC1979]
Executive Director - Head of Client Accounts at UBS Wealth Management USA
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

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ENDNOTE: Gonzaga University CINO?


Catholic Gonzaga University won’t allow Catholic students to form Catholic group
2:20 AM 04/06/2013

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Roman Catholic, Jesuit-affiliated Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington has refused to recognize the Knights of Columbus as an official student group because — wait for it — the Knights of Columbus is a Catholic organization.

Gonzaga administrators notified the students who had sought the school’s official seal of approval last month, reports The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Daily.

“The Knights of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men’s organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” reads a letter written by Sue Weitz, vice president for student life. “These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University.”

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It should be obvious that to level the effort needed to do Jottings, I pre-load stuff. Hey, you get what you pay for.

When one covers "news" with a lag, one risks being made to look like an ass. (As a fat old white guy injineer, I've no shame.)

What in the Deity's name are these people thinking?


I find this incredulous!

Can some one explain it?

I'd send it to Vaccarino, Carmine (MC1957), but he'd probably stroke out.

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