JASPER JOTTINGS Week 44 - 2013 Nov 03    

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



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POSITRACTION: Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva


Woman With Rare Disease Tries Out Robotic Arm
October 17, 2013 11:58 PM

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DENVER (CBS4)- A woman who suffers from a rare disease traveled to Denver to try out a robotic arm in place of the one she lost when she was just 3.

Ashley Kurpiel was born healthy. When she was 3 doctors found what they thought were cancerous tumors and removed her arm and shoulder.

Months later they learned she didn’t have cancer but Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, a genetic condition so rare it’s believed just 700 people suffer from it worldwide.

“I describe it today like saying I’m turning into a human statue,” said Kurpiel.

Any bruise that Kurpiel gets causes the body’s soft tissues to turn to bone.

A car crash left her leg in a locked position. Her left arm is fused to her side and her neck and back are stiff.

“Eventually I will be immobile from head to toe,” said Kurpiel.

So she makes the most of every moment and movement socializing and even surfing.

She traveled to Denver to try out a robotic arm, the creation of prosthetist Zach Harvey at the Denver Clinic for Extremities At Risk.

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I have added this courageous woman to my prayer list.

Having lost my wife to something that NO ONE understood, I can understand the frustration with the limits of our understanding.

Hopefully, this will challenge us all to emulate her zest for life.

And, remember, while we all have our own problems, there is always someone worse off.

I see folks with what I would call handicaps and say thanks my problems are all so "small".

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JFOUND: Dichiara, Thomas J. [MC1972] Attorney Drazin and Warshaw, P.C.



Thomas J. Dichiara
Drazin and Warshaw, P.C.
Red Bank, New Jersey

Areas of Practice

Real Estate
Personal Injury
Products Liability
Medical Malpractice
Toxic Torts

Litigation Percentage

30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1975


Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
J.D. - 1975
Manhattan College, Bronx, New York
B.S. magna cum laude - 1972

Published Works

Products Liability, Warren on Negligence, Vol. 2C, 1978
Products Liability, Doing Business in U.S., 1978

Honors and Awards

Epsilon Sigma Phi Honor Society
St. Thomas More Law Society

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JOBIT: Benzing, Robert Otto [MC1944 RIP]



Benzing, Robert
Posted 11 hours ago

Robert Otto Benzing, of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2013.

Born on June 30th, in Mt. Vernon, New York, he was the son of the late Otto and Jane Benzing. He is survived by a loving wife, Marian J. Benzing; three devoted daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth Benzing and Madeleine Grooms; and his only grandchild, Olivia Grooms.

Robert graduated with a degree in Engineering from Manhattan College in New York and a masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Virginia. He was a former member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. He also joined the Peace Corps in the 1970s and was stationed in the country of Botswana in Africa for two years. After returning from the Peace Corps, he worked as an engineer for various medical firms and hospitals.

The viewing will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at The Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia. The funeral mass will follow at 12:15 p.m. with Father Gregory Kandt officiating. Interment services will be conducted at 3 p.m. at Holly Memorial Gardens. Friends may sign the guest register at teaguefuneralhome.com.


Benzing, Robert Otto [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://teague.tributes.com/our_obituaries/Robert-Otto-Benzing-96603229

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Dear John,

I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1944.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Benzing, Robert Otto [MC1944 RIP]

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JBLOGGER: Nolan, Christine [MC2016] blogs about Type 1 diabetes



Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Where is the control? The balance? How do you find it?

These are the three questions I ask myself almost everyday. I recently went to the doctor and met with a new diabetes educator. As we scrolled through my meter I was forced to acknowledge all of the high numbers I had had this past week, 300, 423, 295, and more. I could feel her judgement. It was like the walk of shame and all the blame was on me. I'm in college... My meter was out of battery... I fell asleep... I forgot... I was stressed... I'm sorry. I tried every excuse I could think of and it didn't make me feel any better. She stared at me. Shook her head. and kept writing. writing little notes... about me and how disappointing I am.

She doesn't get it... any of it. She doesn't have diabetes. She's not in college and she certainly doesn't have diabetes in college. I dare her to walk by the ice cream, cookies, pizza, and french fries everyday in the cafeteria and see how she feels. Everyday it's like a battle. Many times I am able to overcome the temptations but sometimes like any other person would... I give in.

I do my best. I try my hardest. I can't do everything perfectly.

I was frustrated after leaving the appointment. Disappointed in myself... feeling less than. Until I realized... Who was she to make me feel bad? She had no idea how it felt. No idea what a low felt like.. how your forehead starts to sweat, legs start to shake, body feels heavy. Or that a high blood sugar gives you migraines, chapped lips, dehydration. She couldn't make me feel less... only I could.

I looked up. Walked straight to the subway and rode back to school. The entire time I thought about how I could better myself, how I could better my health and then it hit me... I need to take it one day at a time. One meal at a time. One injection at a time. One blood sugar check at a time.

And hopefully after a while everything will fall into place and I will have the control I need to get through the next day, and the next day, and the day after that. It is a never-ending battle but I wont stop fighting... I can't.

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Posted by Christine Marie Nolan at 6:21 PM

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Nolan, Christine [MC2016]

Christine Marie Nolan

On January 4th, 2009 I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was a rather dramatic diagnosis that included a 30 pound weight loss, helicopter ride to shock trauma, and a week long stay in pediatric intensive care. I was only 14 years old when I faced death head on and somehow was given another chance at life. Its been 4 years since and I have grown-up so much... I had to. During the first two years of my diagnosis I ran 5 half marathons and during the spring of 2012, at the age of 17 I climbed to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Many people believe that people with Diabetes can't do certain things but I refuse to accept these limitations. God gave me another chance at life and I plan to live it to the fullest.

What I'm Currently Up To...

I am currently studying Advertising and Marketing at Manhattan College in New York City. I love the city and am enjoying making new friends and memories. It’s an exciting time in my life filled with life lessons, inspiring ideas and many changes as well. I look forward to sharing more! I will also begin writing my book about life with type 1 diabetes and overcoming your challenges and accomplishing your goals.

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[JR: I can empathize, but not know exactly what she means. Frau Reinke passed away having dealt with Type 1 diabetes for the better part of 35 years. All I can say is be realistic. Her time, we knew, would be limited. So, she lived. I wrote my third book about her: “Hard elbows; warm heart”. I see from the earlier story from Alma Mater that you have that zest to use time wisely. And, don’t let the “experts” get you down. Frau Reinke used to say: “They may know a lot, but I’m living it.” Big difference. "Bon courage a vous tous"  ]

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JFOUND: Lichten, Robert M. [MC????] Co-Chairman Investment Committee of Inter-Atlantic Group



Robert M. Lichten
Managing Director, Inter-Atlantic Fund, L.P.

Mr. Robert M. Lichten serves as a Co-Chairman and Member of the Investment Committee of Inter-Atlantic Group. Mr. Lichten has been the Co-Chairman since 1994. Previously, he served as a Partner at the firm. Previously, Mr. Lichten was a Managing Director at both Salomon Smith Barney Inc. and Lehman Brothers Inc., where he concentrated on capital raising and providing merger and acquisition advisory services to financial institutions. Mr. Lichten is recognized as an innovator in the institutional capital markets where he developed new instruments such as Adjustable Rate Preferred Stock, Assignable Interest Rate Swaps, and Tax-free Debt for Equity Swaps. Mr. Lichten was formerly an Executive Vice President at The Chase Manhattan Bank. During his 22 years at Chase, he was a senior corporate banker, in charge of worldwide capital planning. Mr. Lichten also served as the Chief of Staff of the Asset-Liability Management Committee and President at The Chase Investment Bank. As the President of the Chase Investment Bank, Mr. Lichten was responsible for all swap and derivative products, corporate finance, private placements, leasing, loan syndications, and merger and acquisition activities. While at Chase, he was the Founder of Corporate Officers and Directors Assurance Ltd., Executive Risk Inc., and The Chase Investment Bank of Puerto Rico. Mr. Lichten currently serves as the Non-Executive Deputy Chairman at Annuity and Life Re (Holdings), Ltd. He is a Director on the Boards at XL Capital Assurance and Security Capital Assurance, Ltd. Mr. Lichten is a Director at Inter-Atlantic portfolio companies including, SeaPass Solutions Inc. and GovernanceMetrics International. He is a former Trustee of Manhattan College and a former Director and President of the Puerto Rico USA Foundation. Mr. Lichten also served as a Co-Chairman at Guggenheim Securities LLC, until 2003. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his work in solid rocket propulsion systems. Mr. Lichten holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. from New York University.

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Lichten, Robert M. [MC????]

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JEMAIL: Report that Yahoo mail clipped an issue


The last 90% of your transmission is unreadable as it appears to be in code comprised of letters and numbers and symbols.

John Henry

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I don't understand. I looked at your message where you replied and the whole issue is there in the attachment. It appears that Yahoo mail is becoming unusable.


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[JR: Suggest go to http://www.jasperjottings.com/ if you are finding a problem.]

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JEMAIL: Henry, John (MC1964) gets the issue and reports contacts


After I could not read what appeared to be code and sent you my concern I took another look at it and discovered that your message in the first iteration was in code but following it there was a readable message. So alls well that ends well. I enjoy your releases. Keep up the good work.

While shopping in a super market in Blue Bell Pa I was wearing one of my Manhattan sweatshirts and another alum possibly from the class of 74? introduced himself and we chatted for awhile. His name is Joe Steuer and he is currently the CFO of the Philadelphia Zoo. We agreed to get together socially and attend the LaSalle - Manhattan basketball game in Philadelphiaon November 9th followed by drinks and dinner. Currently I am a retired insurance officer so it was good to meet a Jasper who lives within a mile of my home. I also plan to organize a trip for members of our gated community to the Philly Zoo now that I have a Jasper contact! I also have another Jasper alum in our community, Frank Browne, who has a Civil Engineering firm in Lansdale Pa. We see each other at various events in the community. Frank tells me that there is another Jasper in our community but I have not identified him yet. I also communicate with father John Cullinane from call of 1950?who is in Far Rockaway, Tom Lindgren who resides in North Carolina and Kevin Mulvaney who lives in Santa Monica CA but I do not know their graduation years.

John Henry 64' Arts

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Henry, John (MC1964)

[JR: Yahoo probably screwed up the pictures. Glad you got it. My work is no good without readers. Thanks, though.]

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JLINKEDIN: McGrade, Tom [MC1979] SVP Business Operations at IDG Tech Network/CSMB



mcgrade, tom [MC1979]
SVP Business Operations at IDG Tech Network/CSMB
Greater New York City Area


Zeta Interactive,
Ziff Davis Media


Manhattan College

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[JR: Looks like he has two liinkedin profiles. No way to tell him.]

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JFOUND: Karakis, John [MC1980] let his daughter go to Bucknell



Victoria Karakis
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Scotch Plains, N.J.
High School: Scotch Plains-Fanwood

High School: “Member of the varsity lacrosse team … president of French Club … member of the French National Honor Society … on Student Movement Against Cancer executive board … AP Scholar with Distinction.

Personal: Mother, Erica Karakis, graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute … father, John Karakis, graduated from Manhattan College … both parents are electrical engineers … majoring in chemical engineering and intends to minor in economics … brother, Alex, wants to study music in college.

Why I chose Bucknell: “Bucknell is everything I ever wanted in a college. The small size, the strength in its engineering program, the beautiful campus, the proximity to home, and the amazing, energetic, and involved people all contribute to the love I have for this school. I knew I'd fit in and be extremely happy here.”

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Karakis, John [MC????]

[JR: Obviously he didn't serve enough green Kool Aid at home! (Laff!!!!)  ]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1980.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Karakis, John [MC1980]

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JUPDATE: Bozzone, Donna M. [MC1978] Professor of Biology Saint Michael's College


JFOUND: Bozzone, Donna M. [MC1978] Professor of Biology Saint Michael's College

Donna M. Bozzone
Professor of Biology
B.S. Manhattan College; M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University

Saint Michael's College

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bozzone, Donna M. [MC1978]

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JFOUND: Dupper, Than [MC1979] C, Pres, CEO Evolving Systems



Evolving Systems, Inc. (EVOL)

10 hours ago - oversaw data warehousing solutions for the communication industry. He holds a B.S. in computer information systems from Manhattan College in New York. C.

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THAD DUPPER assumed the role of Chairman in 2010 in addition to being President and CEO of Evolving Systems, Inc. He joined the company in 2004 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing with more than 23 years’ experience in the telecommunications technology industry, with a track record of delivering innovative solutions to leading telecommunications companies. Mr. Dupper was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Expand Beyond, a wireless software company. He was also Vice President, International Sales and Business Development of Terabeam, where he helped pioneer the use of free space optics with telecommunications carriers around the world. Mr. Dupper held positions as Senior Vice President of Dun & Bradstreet and Vice President of Teradata, where he oversaw data warehousing solutions for the communication industry. He holds a B.S. in computer information systems from Manhattan College in New York.

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Dupper, Than [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Than is a member of the class of 1979.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Dupper, Than [MC1979]

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JNEWS: Knips, Thomas J. [MC1979] runs for Councilman Fishkill



Fishkill candidate profiles
Oct. 28, 2013 12:42 PM |
Written by
Nina Schutzman
Poughkeepsie Journal

4 hopefuls seek 2 Fishkill board seats

Candidate profiles (in alphabetical order):

Town: Fishkill

Office sought: Councilman

Term of office: four years

Salary of office: $8,000

Name: Thomas J. Knips

Age: 56

Ballot lines: Democratic, Independence

Occupation: Senior Engineer in Development with IBM

Education: Bachelor of Engineering, Manhattan College ‘79, NYSPE Continuing Education

Why I want to be elected: I believe I can apply my professional skills and experience in budget, resource, and capital planning to work to resolve significant financial and service issues facing the town. With nearly 20 years of service to the town on planning and zoning issues, I believe updating the town’s Comprehensive Plan will benefit all residents by raising the quality of life and making Fishkill a more attractive place to live, work, and play.

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Knips, Thomas J. [MC1979]

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JFOUND: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) "THEOLOGY ON TAP"


From McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

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MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick
The Quiet Man Public House


Speaker: Father Enrique Salvo

Monday 28th October

7:30 p.m.

15 N. Division Street, Peekskill, NY

"Theology on Tap is an opportunity to meet in the relaxed setting of a bar and grill to explore relevant faith issues and how they affect our everyday lives."

Sponsored by Church of the Assumption.

Rectory: 914-737-2071

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[JR: If Father Ritter had tried this I know I would have attended a LOT more classes?]

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JFOUND: Sigman, Eric [MC????] K-12 STEM Coordinator Clarkstown CSD



Clarkstown Central School District

Eric Sigman, K-12 STEM Coordinator

Eric Sigman joined the Clarkstown Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment team in August 2013 as
K-12 STEM Coordinator. Prior to being appointed in Clarkstown as STEM Coordinator, Mr. Sigman proudly served the Bedford Central School District for over 10 years as an administrator, professional developer and math teacher. His past experience includes teaching in New Rochelle High School in Westchester, N.Y. and many districts throughout Long Island, NY, where he grew up.

Eric holds a MA in Mathematics Education from Hofstra, MSeD in Educational Leadership from Manhattan College and a BA in Mathematics from SUNY Albany. He also holds a Certificate in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology. In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Rebecca and four children.

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JUPDATE: Zino, Michael J. (MC1969) joined Google+


Your contact Michael Zino joined Google+

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Zino, Michael J. (MC1969)

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JOY: Petersen, Robert [MC????] engaged



Alyssa DePaola and Robert Petersen are engaged
Staten Island Advance By Staten Island Advance
on October 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM, updated October 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A June wedding is being planned by Alyssa Marie DePaola of Graniteville and Robert Charles Petersen of Richmond.

The future bride is the daughter of Debra and Vincent DePaola, both of Graniteville. The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Joann and Robert Petersen.

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Mr. Petersen is a graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School, Oakwood. He received an associate’s degree in electrical technology from the College of Staten Island and is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership from Manhattan College, the Bronx. He is a senior apparatus service technician with Con Edison, Livingston.

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Petersen, Robert [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Probably a student and hasn’t made his final payment!]

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MFOUND: Herbert M. "Herb" Kopf [xStaff RIP} coach of Manhattan College from 1938–1942



Herb Kopf
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Herbert M. "Herb" Kopf was an American football coach who was head coach of Manhattan College from 1938–1942 and the Boston Yanks from 1944-1946.

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[JR: Being added to Wikipedia ]

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JFOUND: Murray, William J. [MC1967] Director, Hillcrest Health Service System



William J. Murray
Director, Hillcrest Health Service System, Inc.

Mr. William J. Murray served as Senior Vice President of WYETH Corp., (formerly, American Home Products). Mr. Murray served as Group Vice President of American Cyanamid Company until January 1995 and also served as its Vice President from January 1995 to October 1995. He serves on the Hackensack University Medical Center’s Board of Governors and as a member of its Executive, Cancer Center Advisory Board, Conflict of Interest for Research, Institutional Review Boards A&B, Strategic Planning, and Multidisciplinary Care Coordination Committees. He also serves as Director of Hillcrest Health Service System, Inc., and the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. Mr. Murray is a graduate of Manhattan College, and received his MBA from New York University.

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Murray, William J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1967.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murray, William J. [MC1967]

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JFOUND: DeGroat, Nicole [MC2005] a recovering bulimic



Nicole DeGroat is a 30 year old Manhattan College graduate with a degree in Finance. She is both the best friend, and daughter of Wendy Blanchard, M.S., author/owner of TheRxDiaries. She lives in Nanuet, NY, with her boyfriend, Dave, who has been her guiding strength and courage. Nicole also lives with her beautiful, and amazing five year old daughter, Rose Olivia.

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Nicole DeGroat is a 30 year old Manhattan College graduate with a degree in Finance. She is both the best friend, and daughter of Wendy Blanchard, M.S., author/owner of TheRxDiaries. She lives in Nanuet, NY, with her boyfriend, Dave, who has been her guiding strength and courage. Nicole also lives with her beautiful, and amazing five year old daughter, Rose Olivia.

In April, 2010, Nicole received treatment for an opiate addiction she has battled with for about three years. She has proudly been clean ever since. Although that was a tough road for her, it was not the only struggle Nicole was facing. She is currently a recovering bulimic, and has struggled with this disease since 2006. In April, 2013, she decided to diligently put a hundred percent into beating this disease. Nicole was having a very difficult time digesting food, so she started searching for ways to make this transition easier on her body. While doing research on a BULIMIC SUPPORT GROUP website, she came across a post that had mentioned ‘food combining’. This particular diet focuses on one ingesting one food group at a time, so your stomach can digest the food more easily. Nicole immediately started to do research on this theory, and it has empowered her to learn about healthiness. Although she still struggles everyday, she somehow finds the strength from within, and from those around her, to keep her pushing forward!

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DeGroat, Nicole [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that Nicole is a member of the Class of 2005.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

DeGroat, Nicole [MC2005]

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JFOUND: Johnson, Raj [MC1989] founded MapuSoft Technologies


Raj Johnson

Raj Johnson founded MapuSoft Technologies in 2001 after he recognized developers’ need to migrate legacy code to the next generation and wanted to offer a solid software reuse solution. He has since established a headquarters for MapuSoft in Mobile, AL, a development center in Chennai, India and various distributors worldwide. To facilitate his goal for MapuSoft to be the lead porting and abstraction solution provider in the embedded industry, Mr. Johnson motivates the company to develop innovative products and reach new markets. He takes a proactive approach in his position as President and CEO, as he continues to provide technical direction, participate in architectural and design issues and oversee the sales and marketing activities. Raj Johnson has more than 15 years of technical and management experience in the embedded and telecommunication industries. Prior to founding MapuSoft he worked in various engineering and management positions for such companies as Phillips Home Services, IBM and Vivid Technologies, Inc. He also has extensive knowledge in system/application design and development, software architecture, embedded coding and technical consulting. Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics & Communication from Anna University in Chennai, India and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in New York City

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Johnson, Raj [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Raj is a member of the Class of 1989.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Johnson, Raj [MC1989]

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JFOUND: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) will be honored by the Saint Barnabas Elementary School




100th Year Anniversary Gala to be held on November 16th, 2013

[Bronx, New York – May 5, 2013] For over a century since its founding by the Sisters of Charity, Saint Barnabas Elementary School has provided a quality Catholic education to over 5,000 children in the Woodlawn Heights section of the Bronx.

To celebrate this historic occasion, Saint Barnabas Elementary School is hosting a 100th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 16th Avenue from 7pm to 1am at Maestro’s Caterers, 1703 Bronxdale, in the Van Nest section of the Bronx.

During the evening, three individuals associated with the school will be honored. Sr. Eileen Fagan, SC, a former 8th Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Mrs. Marian Macias has taught at Saint Barnabas for 40 years as a Math and English teacher on the Junior High level. Mr. Michael McEneney, a graduate from the class of 1945, is a retired attorney and a life-long St. Barnabas parishioner and benefactor.

Msgr. Michael A. Reilly, the founding Pastor of Saint Barnabas, invited the Sisters of Charity to establish a school so that children in the Woodlawn and McLean Heights areas could be properly catechized in the faith. In the beginning of February of 1913, four Sisters of Charity arrived and began registering students. On the first day of school, seventy-six students were enrolled. They were divided into three grades and classes were taught in the basement, today known as the Lower Church. On May 16, 1915, the cornerstone was laid for a permanent structure.  On April 13, 1916, John Cardinal Farley, the archbishop of New York, dedicated the new school building. The school serves 300 students from grades PreK-3 to 8 and enjoys a close partnership with St. Barnabas High School.

The pastor, Msgr. Edward Barry, remarked, “St. Barnabas parishioners can be proud of their Elementary School. It does a great job of educating their children about the faith.” Mr. Greg Viceroy, the principal of Saint Barnabas, commented, “All of the faculty and staff here at Saint Barnabas are dedicated to educating the whole child and we are committed to seeing every boy and girl develop and grow into an educated follower of Christ.”

Additionally, an Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, November 17th Saint Barnabas High School Chapel. Msgr. Barry will be the main celebrant and Father Martin Biglin, a former Parochial Vicar at St. Barnabas and currently the Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Rochelle, will preach the homily. All graduates and former faculty members are invited to attend.

Tickets for the Gala are $100 per person. A table of twelve costs $1,200. For more information, contact John Noone at 914-684-6540 or 100thanniversary@stbarnabasschool.org.

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McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Congrats, Mike. So you do more than Jasper Jottings research? Laff!  ]

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JNEWS: MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick (MC1989) collage in exhibit


MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick (MC1989) has had one of her collages included in an upcoming exhibit at the Paramount Hudson Valley Art Gallery: "Music to My Eyes."

The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on the evening of Friday 1st November
. The exhibit will run through 12th January 2014. The Paramount Hudson Valley is located at 1008 Brown Street in Peekskill, New York. MaryAnn is a member of EMBARK/Peekskill and the Peekskill Arts Alliance.

2013 10 30 MusicToMyEyesPoster


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JOBIT: Halsch, William J. [MC1948 RIP]



William Halsch

William J. Halsch, 91, of Lenox, Massachusetts, passed away on October 22, 2013 at Berkshire Medical Center in the company of his loving family.

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on March 3, 1922, he was the son of the late William A. and Mildred Duffek Halsch. He obtained a BBA from Manhattan College and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickenson University. Bill served as a Naval Aviator, Lt. from 1942 to 1946.

Following his military service, he had a career in financial management and retired in 1989. He enjoyed golf, gardening, travel, music, and spending quality time with his family of whom he was very proud.

Bill and his wife, Elizabeth, were married at St. Cecilia Church in Englewood, NJ in 1950. Besides his wife of Lenox, Mr. Halsch is survived by one daughter, Betsy, and her husband Chris Howard of Sydney, Australia, and two sons: Bill of Park Ridge, New Jersey, and Peter and his wife Donna of Saddle River, New Jersey. He also leaves two granddaughters: Caitlin and Rebecca Howard of Sydney, Australia.

Besides his parents, Bill was predeceased by his brother, Edwin, in 2008.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Church in Lenox, celebrated by the Rev. Christopher J. Waitekus, Pastor. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory can be made to the American Heart Association or to St. Ann Church in care of Roche Funeral Home, PO Box 152, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 30, 2013


Halsch, William J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/berkshire/guestbook.aspx?n=william-halsch&pid=167771014&cid=full#sthash.mCmoofw1.dpbs

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Dear John,

I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1948.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Halsch, William J. [MC1948 RIP]

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MNEWS: Propulsion and Power Findings from Manhattan College



New Propulsion and Power Findings from Manhattan College Described
November 5, 2013
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Defense & Aerospace Week --

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Investigators publish new report on Propulsion and Power. According to news reporting out of Riverdale, New York, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "A new method for kinetic model reduction is proposed. This method consists of two steps: skeletal model reduction using the directed relation graph method, followed by tuning of the remaining rate constants using the solution mapping method."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Manhattan College, "The method can generate reduced models without the need for nonelementary reactions or non-Arrhenius rate constants. The method is demonstrated on a hydrogen oxygen model and a methane-air model. The results for models at different levels of reduction are compared with the original full models. Results show that the reduced models that underwent optimization are capable of replicating the temperature profile produced by the full model for constant-pressure stream tube reactions, over a limited range of initial conditions, and can now replicate laminar flame speeds at the condition specified by the current optimization. However, perfectly stirred reactor temperatures cannot be accurately predicted."

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[JR: FWIW  ]

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MFOUND: "Every Day Is a Holiday" 11/11 @ 1600



Every Day Is a Holiday Free Screening at Manhattan College 11/11 @ 6pm

Manhattan College is hosting a free screening of “Every Day Is a Holiday,” the painful but life-affirming story of Paul Loong’s unlikely journey from Chinese teenager in Malaysia and a Japanese Prisoner of War during WWII to merchant seaman, Veterans Affairs doctor and naturalized citizen of the country that liberated him: the United States. Screening will start at 6:00pm. The will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Loong and the film’s director, Theresa Loong.

Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Manhattan College’s Hayden Hall, Room 100
Riverdale, NY 10471

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JNEWS: Moran, Brian [MC1996] runs for Clarkstown Town Supervisor



News | Elections
Clarkstown Town Supervisor: Election 2013
Posted by Robin Traum (Editor) , October 30, 2013 at 02:15 PM

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Incumbent Town Supervisor Alex Gromack is running against challenger Brian Moran in the Tuesday, Nov. 5th General Election. Gromack is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Conservative lines. Moran has the Preserve Rockland/Clarkstown line. There is no Republican candidate.

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Brian Moran

The experiences that qualify me to serve as a town board member are I am a graduate of Manhattan College School of Business, with a major in marketing and management. I am an active, working member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 14-14b. I also am a partner in three businesses in the Village of Nyack. I have been a member of the union since 1997, and I have been in the service industry for 23 years.

I have been dealing with people, in the way of customers, staff, governmental departments, union brothers and sisters, etc. to try to meet their needs, abide by the codes/laws, and also try to maintain a successful business. I think the same holds true when one holds any political office. Running a town is very similar to running a business, and if one knows how to run successful and thriving businesses, I certainly think they can run a town.

I made one unsuccessful bid at elected office in the past. I ran for mayor of the Village of Nyack in I believe 2003-2004, against the Democratic incumbent John Shields.

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Moran, Brian [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Brian is a member of the Class of 1996.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Moran, Brian [MC1996]

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JFOUND: Sturm, Richard T. [MC????] founding partner Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island


Richard T. Sturm, MD
Glaucoma Specialists and Cataract Surgery

Dr. Richard Sturm is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma and cataract surgery. Dr. Sturm graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree and received his Medical Degree from New York Medical College. After completing his ophthalmology residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he served as chief resident, he obtained a fellowship in glaucoma at the Glaucoma Consultation Service of Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sturm has also served as clinical instructor and director of glaucoma service at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Sturm is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Nassau Academy of Medicine and the Nassau Surgical Society. He is also a member of several professional societies including the Long Island Ophthalmological Society and the Medical Society for the State of New York. Dr. Sturm has been named “Best Doctor, New York Metro Area” every year since 1997 by Castle, Connolly Medical Ltd.

Dr. Sturm is a founding partner in Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island. Ophthalmic Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, OCLI, consists of 26 doctors representing most specialties of ophthalmology in 9 locations throughout Long Island; in Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Manhasset, East Meadow, Port Jefferson, and Mineola..

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JHQ: Study abroad students



Published on Oct 31, 2013

Manhattan College's study abroad students submitted their best original pictures to this year's photo contest. Congratulations to our winners:

1st Place: Marissa Piazza '16, Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy
2nd Place: Eric Ambos '15, The Alps
3rd Place Tie: Alexandra Romano '14, Positano, Italy; Joseph Cusmano '15, Vineyard in Tuscany, Italy; and Doreen Horschig '16, Geneva, Switzerland

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JFOUND: Quinn, Peter Anthony [MC1926 RIP] added to Wikipedia



Quinn, Peter Anthony [MC1926 RIP]

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JNEWS: Gusty, Chris [MC????] Newtown Borough Council Ward 2



Newtown Borough Council Ward 2
Posted 20 hours ago
Description: 1 seat/4-year term

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Question: If elected, what will be your top priority?

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Chris Gusty
Party: Republican
Age: 52

Education: Bachelor's, chemical engineering, Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y.; MBA, finance, La Salle University

Job: Sales manager, Paulsboro, N.J. refinery

Answer: The issues facing our community include the continued effort to develop and/or redevelop residential and/or commercial property. I will address all issues by thoroughly studying and understanding the specific issue, polling community members and ultimately voting for what I believe to be in the best long-term interest of Newtown Borough.

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Gusty, Chris [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Chris is a member of the Class of 1982.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gusty, Chris [MC1982]

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JFOUND: O’Connell, Laurence F. [MC1976] Saint Joseph's College Online


O’Connell, Laurence F. [MC????]
Saint Joseph's College Online
M.B.A., Fordham University
M.A., New School University
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S., Manhattan College

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Connell, Laurence F. [MC1976]

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JHQ: November Alumni Connection



November Alumni Connection

President to Speak at Long Island Reception
Thursday, Nov. 7

The Manhattan College Alumni Relations office cordially invites you to join the 19th president of Manhattan College, Brennan O'Donnell, for an upcoming alumni reception. The reception will be held at the Rockville Links Club (600 North Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre, NY) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost of the event is $20 per person.

Upcoming Alumni Pregame Receptions

Manhattan vs. La Salle
Saturday, Nov. 9
Join other Philadelphia-area Jaspers before Manhattan takes on La Salle. The pregame reception will begin at 12 p.m. in the Benilde Lobby, across from the Tom Gola Arena (La Salle University, West Campus, 1900 West Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA). The reception includes food, drinks (beer and wine) and a ticket to the game and is $40 per person. Registrations for the reception only may be purchased for $25. Guests should park in the La Salle Parking Lot K and enter the building from the lot area; make a right upon entering and the reception will be down the hall. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.

Manhattan vs. UNC Wilmington
Sunday, Dec. 15
Join other North Carolina Jaspers before Manhattan takes on UNC Wilmington. The pregame reception will begin at 12 p.m. at Capt'n Bill's Backyard Grill (4240 Market St., Wilmington, NC). The reception is $20 per person and includes lunch and two drink tickets (beer or wine). Tip-off is at 2 p.m. at the Trask Coliseum (West Campus, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC). Guests may purchase tickets directly from UNCW Athletics.

Manhattan vs. Buffalo
Saturday, Dec. 21
Join other Jaspers before Manhattan takes on Buffalo at the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at the Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY). The pregame reception will start at 12 p.m. at Woodland Restaurant (242 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY). The reception is $40 per person and includes appetizers and beer and wine. Tip-off is at 2:30 p.m. and Manhattan's game is the first of three games. Guests may purchase tickets directly from Barclays via Ticketmaster.

Year of the Woman at Manhattan: Celebrating 40 Years of Coeducation
Wednesday, Nov. 20

Join us for a special panel presentation featuring some of the College's early female graduates to help mark the celebration of 40 years of coeducation. Panelists will discuss how their experiences at Manhattan impacted their lives personally and professionally. Alumni panelists include Clare Cunniffe '81, Patricia Ruback Kehrberger '69, Kathleen McCarrick Weiden '79 and Rosemary Matzat '82. Students, alumni and the entire campus community are invited to attend. The moderated panel discussion will be followed by a complimentary reception.

There is no cost to attned by alumni are asked to please register in advance.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Thursday, Dec. 5

Join fellow Jaspers for this year's Christmas Spectacular and get in the holiday spirit at Radio City! Tickets are located in the Orchestra Level and are $80 each. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations office. REGISTER»

Gulf Coast Alumni Luncheon
Thursday, Dec. 12

Gulf Coast alumni are invited to attend the annual luncheon hosted by Neil O'Leary '60 at University Park Country Club (7671 The Park Blvd., Sarasota, FL) from 12-3 p.m. The luncheon is $25 per person and checks can be made out to Neil O'Leary. To RSVP, please contact Neil at (941) 358-7720 or email cjoleary@yahoo.com.


Save the Date: Reunion Weekend 2014
June 6 - 8, 2014

Mark your calendars for next year's reunion celebration. We invite volunteers from classes ending in either -4 or -9 to contact the Alumni Relations office to serve as representatives. Help us plan this special weekend or assist with raising funds for your anniversary class gift! For more information, email alumni@manhattan.edu or call (718) 862-7977.

Manhattan College names alumnus as the new vice president for mission.

Manhattan College alumnus recognized by the National Academy of Engineering.

Manhattan College names 18 recipients of James Patterson Scholarships.



Manhattan College Class Rings

Did you miss the chance to order your class ring? Lose your ring after graduation? Through our partnership with Balfour, cherish your Manhattan memories and celebrate your time at the College with an official class ring.


New Features on Alumni Webpage
Now you can update your information, volunteer with other Jasper alumni and submit a prayer request for a family member, friend or fellow Jasper. The Alumni Office is pleased to offer these new features online. Visit manhattan.edu/alumni to submit an update, prayer request or to learn about volunteering.


Represent Your Class
The Alumni office is seeking representatives from all graduation years to help maintain and strengthen each class' connection to the College. By serving as a volunteer, you can encourage event participation, increase alumni knowledge and enthusiasm for alma mater, and assist with efforts to bolster support for the class gift program. For more information, email alumni@manhattan.edu or call (718) 862-7977.


Manhattan College Bookstore on the Web
The holiday season is right around the corner, Jaspers! Get all your Manhattan College gear and gifts by visiting the bookstore online.


Jaspers on Social Media

Stay up to date with our official Manhattan College alumni presence on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Please like, join and follow us today.

Jasper Screensavers

Catch the Jasper spirit on your computer screen with custom wallpaper options.


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JOBIT: Barbarisi, Vincent Edward [MC1969 RIP]




BARBARISI--Dr. Vincent Edward, 66, of Rye Brook, NY, passed away suddenly but peacefully on October 23. Vincent was born in New York City, son of the late Dr. Edward and Susan (Perrella) Barbarisi. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1969, and Columbia Dental School in 1973. He entered into practice with his father, also a dentist. He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Goodstein, and children, Daniel and Rachel. He is interred at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 1, 2013


Barbarisi, Vincent Edward [MC1969 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/nytimes/guestbook.aspx?n=vincent-barbarisi&pid=167797426&cid=full#sthash.0WLCLWkb.dpbs

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JOBIT: Fleming, Francis John “Frank” [MC1952 RIP]



Francis John “Frank” Fleming


INDIAN LAKE — Francis John “Frank” Fleming died surrounded by his family on Wednesday evening, Oct. 30, 2013, after a four-year battle with cancer and a courageous 50-year battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

Frank was born April 1, 1930, to Anna (Hannon) and Thomas Francis Fleming in North Tarrytown, N.Y.

He graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School and received a bachelor’s degree in business from Manhattan College in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from a career in publishing as the marketing director for the Catholic Hospital Association in St. Louis, Mo.

Though Frank accomplished much in his life, nothing gave him greater joy than his family. With Margaret and the boys, he organized vacations and trips pursuing his love of history, culture and the outdoors. Despite his illness, he coached many of his son’s athletic teams and instilled in them his innate sense of hardwork and fair play.

His wit, knowledge and storytelling capabilities were surpassed only by his genuine interest and compassion for others. He was at ease in his role as a devoted husband, caring father and loyal friend. He leaves this world a finer place having shared these gifts with those he loved.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Margaret “Peggy”; his six sons and their families, Frank and his wife, Carolin, Paul and his wife, Mary, Thomas and his wife, Julie, John and his wife, Gemma, David and his wife, Gina, Peter and his wife, Kristin; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He lived a faith-based life as a devout Catholic and was an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Indian Lake. He was a member of Parker Benton American Legion Post No. 1392 and prized his

“Bleeding Heart” Citation, awarded by the Indian Lake Bottle and Can Brigade.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at St. Mary’s in Indian Lake.

There will be visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Miller Funeral Home, 6357 state Route 30, Indian Lake, where members of Parker Benton American Legion Post No. 1392 will conduct services at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be directed to the Rosary Hill Home, 600 Linda Ave., Hawthorne, NY 10532; or to Indian Lake Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 39, Indian Lake, NY, 12842.

To express online condolences, visit www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.


Fleming, Francis John “Frank” [MC1952 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/francis-j-frank-fleming.aspx?show=true#condolences

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MFOUND: Tell me about Alma Mater



Manhattan College


Seems to have a very impressive alum list for a school that isn't ranked too high. Loads of people from humble backgrounds who made it big. What can you tell me about this school? Is the campus safe?

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[JR: Pardon the intrusions, I’m one of those “humble background” folks who (imho) “made it big”. Alma Mater has focus on, for generations, creating the first generation of college graduates in families. It markets its education to potential students and their families with a focus on “Dreams Delivered”. Unlike the “education factories”, characterized by large classes taught by teaching assistants, Alma Mater has modern classrooms retrofitted in historic buildings. That translates to small classrooms. Taught by men and women with impressive credentials. They also get post-career non-educator with advanced degrees to either teach or guest lecturer. (My cousin Class of ’64 is typical; he teaches in the Engineering School as a adjunct with a PhD and CCIE license #25. Won’t get that at a bigger school.) I’ve been involved with the School’s IT team starting about 20 years ago. The network and computing facilities are state of the art. Considering the “small school budget”, the Presidents have always force smart efficient effective use of technology money. It’s all about keeping costs as low as reasonable. By the same token, it’s all about quality output. US News and World Report ranked Alma Mater as #13 nationally in ROI. Personally, I’ve been a featured speaker in the Entrepreneurial club; having had three of my own businesses. Now I’m prejudiced. But the alumni are the hidden gem of the school. I run an “underground” alumni news letter that daily captures the events of my fellow alums. It’s indeed impressive what they achieve. And, I’ve put many students and recent grads in touch with famous and not-so-famous alums in their fields to get help. Never heard a bad story. If you’re looking for a “bargain”, Alma Mater is a hidden jewel. But, I’m biased. I know I’d never have what I do without its special ministry. ]

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JNEWS: Quinn, Peter [MC1969] guest appearance



Artists at Work: Peter Quinn - Nov 02,2013
From Alltop RSS
November 1, 2013 - 8:00pm

My next guest is Peter Quinn, who joined Time Inc. as the chief speechwriter in 1985 & retired as corporate editorial director for Time Warner in 2007. He received a BA from Manhattan College (1969), an MA in history from Fordham Univ (1974) and was ABD.. He was awarded a Ph.D., honoris causa by Manhattan College (2002). In 1979, he was Governor Carey's chief speechwriter, continuing under Governor Mario Cuomo; he helped craft the Governor's 1984 Democratic Convention speech & his address at Notre Dame University. His 1994 novel Banished Children of Eve won a 1995 American Book Award. Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America was published in 2007. Colum McCann summed up Quinn's historical detective novels -- Hour of the Cat (2005), The Man Who Never Returned (2010), and Dry Bones (2013) -- as "generous and agile and profound." He co-wrote the 1987 television doc "McSorley's New York," (NY Emmy for “Outstanding Historical Programming”). He was a commentator in PBS documentaries “The Irish in America;” “New York: A Documentary Film;” “The Life and Times of Stephen Foster,” s the Academy Award-nominated film, “The Passion of Sister Rose.” He was an advisor on Martin Scorcese's “Gangs of New York.” He helped conceive/script the 6-part doc “The Road to the White House,” which aired on TG4 in Ireland (2009). Quinn was editor of The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society (1986 to 1993). He has articles/reviews in The NY Times, Commonweal, America, American Heritage, Catholic Historical Review, Philadelphia Enquirer, L.A. Times, Eiré-Ireland. He is on the advisory boards of the American Irish Historical Society, NYU's Gluckman Ireland House, and the Tenement Museum. He is a co-founder of Irish American Writers & Artists.http://www.newyorkpaddy.com

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JFOUND: Keller, Dave [MC1978] President at SACHS and Principal at Our Mother of Sorrows


Dave Keller, President

Education: B.A. Economics, Manhattan College M.B.A., University of Arizona M.A. Educational Administration, University of Notre Dame - Mr. Keller is a 1978 graduate of Manhattan College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After spending seven years on Wall Street as a Division Controller for an international bank, he earned his MBA from the University of Arizona in 1987. During his graduate studies he taught economics at the UofA, and later at Pima College. In 1989 he purchased a local software and publishing company, but returned to teaching in 2005 by earning his teaching certificate. He completed his Masters in Education through the Mary Ann Remick ACE Leadership Program at Notre Dame in 2009. Mr. Keller, in addition to being President at SACHS, is Principal at Our Mother of Sorrows, a position he has held since 2006.

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ENDNOTE: Obamacare is force



Obamacare is Eliminating My Health Insurance
By Mark R. Crovelli
October 26, 2013

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As the owner of a very small construction company that is involved primarily with roofing-related construction work, I am acutely aware of the need to have health insurance. Roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs in America, and I have known many people who have been seriously hurt doing the type of work that I do almost every day. As such, I have always been careful to have an insurance policy that can cover my medical expenses, should some unthinkable accident occur.

I am not, however, the type of person who needs an insurance policy with the bells and whistles that other people might want. If I get sick, I prefer to figure it out for myself. If I get cut, I prefer to suture myself. I don’t need prescription drug insurance (because I refuse to take them), and I don’t need cheap copays (because I just don’t go to the doctor). I carry insurance solely to protect myself against catastrophic injury, period.

My care in scrupulously protecting my managing my own health used to be rewarded by saving money on health insurance. I was able to save money for my business and myself by paying as little as possible for medical services. The money that I saved by suturing myself went straight into my own pocket. The money that I saved by trying to avoid the doctor’s office went straight into my own pocket. This improved the financial position of both my business and myself.

My health insurer, however, has recently notified me that I will no longer have the option to save money on my health insurance. The insurance plan that met my needs perfectly for many years apparently does not provide coverage that is adequate, according to my political overlords. As such, my insurer has no choice but to discontinue providing any plans that meet my strict demands, and so my insurance policy will be terminated on January 1, 2014.

I now find myself in the absurd position of losing my health insurance because the professional liars and thieves in D.C. have dictated that everyone have health insurance! Talk about unintended consequences!

I had health insurance, but, thanks to constant meddling by the idiots in D.C., I am not only losing the insurance policy that I had, but I am also losing even the possibility of purchasing an insurance policy that suits my needs and my business’s needs. I now have the choice of going without health insurance altogether (and paying a $95 fine to the morons who eliminated my insurance policy in the first place), or I can purchase an insurance policy that will be horrendously more expensive than I can afford, and give me far more coverage than I need or want.

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The real lesson is that government always involves the use of raw, stupid force.   Government is stealing money from bartenders and landscapers to fund the killing of Iraqis and Vietnamese.  Government is stealing money from accountants in order to fund absolutely terrible public schools.  Government is stealing money from roofers in order to put whistleblowers in jail.  Government is force, and the particular form of coercion that is being applied to small business owners like me is neither new nor as egregious as many of the other things government does.

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It’s always about the use of force.

If something is a good idea, then force it not necessary.

Government only has one legitimate function; protect citizens from force or fraud.

What this note is attempting to point out NOT that Obamacare is a disaster for many reasons —  not the least of which is that it now funds abortion  — BUT that it’s the typical “one-size-fits-all” Gooferment solution.

Backed up by the use of force on its victims.

Hopefully, The Sheeple will learn from this “shearing”!

Abortion, death panels, lies, political exemptions, and transforming us into a part-time nation.

Self-inflicted stupidity.

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