JASPER JOTTINGS Week 39 - 2014 Sep 27    

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



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POSITRACTION: Aaron and Evan Steed to the rescue



This Moving Company Helps Women Leave Abusive Homes At No Cost
by Good News Network - September 10, 2015

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Getting out of an abusive relationship isn’t easy—but actually packing up and moving out is even more daunting.

Hundreds of women have Aaron and Evan Steed to thank for coming to the rescue. These owners of a California moving company have volunteered to complete the move for them, free of charge.

When they first started their business, Meathead Movers in 1997, the high school athletes were simply looking for a way to earn some extra cash. Back then, their fee was usually $20 and a pizza.

As their business grew, the Steeds started getting occasional, frantic phone calls from women with little or no money who wanted to quickly move out before their abusers returned home.

The sympathetic movers always declined any compensation and rushed to the address to load their belongings.

One day, in 2000, a situation turned volatile when the abuser came home in the middle of the move. It was then that the company decided it had to ensure that the women and the moving crew were both safe, so they partnered with a local women’s shelter.

“What was good about that is, they could be vetting the requests for help, supporting the women with counseling, and making sure when we went in, the proper restraining orders were in place, or police were on hand if necessary,” Meathead’s CEO Aaron Steed told Good News Network.

Beth Raub, director of the local women’s shelter, said that one of their staff is always on-site the day of the move so they can “call law enforcement if things get dicey.”

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What a great bunch of men.

Hope that anyone who needs movers in Southern California gives them their business.


Wish more people would do more stuff like this.

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JFACEBOOK: Tyniec, Jack [MC1966] hole in one!



2015 09Sep 19 Tyniec 1a

2015 09Sep 19 Tyniec 2a

Jack Tyniec added 2 new photos.

Hole in One Today - Out on the course today with my nephew Wes Fey this morning, I hit a 7 iron on a 118 yard par 3. I thought i overshot the hole and couldn't find the ball in the rough, so I dropped a ball, chipped up and putted out. When I went to lift the ball out, I saw another ball already in the cup. I thought it was someone else's ball, but when I lifted it out, I realized it was the first ball I had hit off the tee. Celebrating today because this is my first hole in one ever!

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Tyniec, Jack [MC1966]

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MFACEBOOK: Manhattan College Reality Retreat


Manhattan College Reality Retreat with Damien Germino

2015 09Sep 20 mike

It's an honor to be surrounded by great people. Thank you Lord!

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JLINKEDIN: Yeaman, Robert [MC2009] Police Officer at NYPD



Yeaman, Robert [MC2009] Police Officer at NYPD
Merrick, New York
Law Enforcement
Education Manhattan College

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JLINKEDIN: Carroll, Brianne [MC2012] Staff Physical Therapist at NYU Lutheran MC



Carroll, Brianne [MC2012]
Staff Physical Therapist at NYU Lutheran Medical Center
Greater New York City Area
Hospital & Health Care

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JOY: Galasso, Nicholas Salvatore [MC2011] weds



Wedding: Christie Crosby & Nicholas Galasso
Sep. 20, 2015 

2015 09Sep 21 Galasso

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Christie Lauren Crosby and Nicholas Salvatore Galasso joined together in marriage on August 14th, 2015 in front of family and friends at Saint Benedict's Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx, NY. Reverend Stephen P. Norton officiated and a reception followed at Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle, NY.

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Nick is the son of Nick and Jayne Galasso of West Harrison, NY. He earned his BA in Physical Education from CW Post and his MA in Special Education from Manhattan College. Nick and Christie both teach at the same school where they met and began dating. They enjoyed a honeymoon in Antigua and reside in West Harrison, NY.

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Galasso, Nicholas Salvatore [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Nicholas received his Masters in 2011.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Galasso, Nicholas Salvatore [MC2011]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JNEWS: Mazurki, Mike [MC1930 RIP] remembered



On the Record: Actor Mike Mazurki’s legend looms large
Steve Amedio
POSTED: 09/19/15, 9:41 PM EDT 

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The actor in question was Mike Mazurki, who traditionally played movie “heavies.”

But, Mazurki, in real life, was neither a bad guy nor from Brooklyn.

Lost to us for nearly 25 years now, the big, rough-appearing motion picture star with the gruff voice, lived much of his early life in Cohoes (at the bottom of the city’s hill section, not far from the Cohoes Falls). According to those who knew him, he was the antithesis of his bad-guy screen image.

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To typify the spirit of the club, a silver mold of Mazurki’s cauliflower ear was created and its photo is its official symbol and is trademarked.

“Mike was not only a celebrity, but he was a huge humanitarian,” says Karl Lauer, who has long been a club administrator.

“I was a promoter and, one year, Mike nominated me to be a club member. He asked what I was doing one day and asked me to go to lunch with him. That was a thrill, having a famous movie star asking me to lunch.

“Mike wanted me to become the club’s business manager. He said, `let me tell you what it’s all about,’ and he handed me a bunch of envelopes, each with a person’s name and address on it to be delivered. Each envelope was stuffed with money, and he wanted me to give the envelopes to each of those people.

“They were old-timers down on their luck; guys who couldn’t pay their rent, had their electricity turned off, couldn’t pay medical bills … whatever. The money didn’t come from the club. It came directly from Mike. He was extremely generous.”

And, extremely non-pretentious.

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Mazurki, Mike [MC1930 RIP]

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QUADRANGLE: Engineering is the hardest major -- a myth?



The Myths of Manhattan College?
Posted on September 18, 2015 by MANHATTAN QUADRANGLE

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Myth 2: Engineering is the hardest major and Communications is the easiest.

There is no doubt that engineering is a hard major but is it really the hardest? There are five accredited undergraduate degrees: chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical. Each engineering student takes about 131-134 credits by the time they graduate. An engineer is in the classroom about 16 hours a week. The upperclassmen can put in up to 60 hours a week of work.

“We expect our students to get their degree in four years. That means you aren’t going to have as much time as the other students, being an engineer, but if you manage your time well, you should have at least one day off to enjoy yourself, then get right back to it. It cost too much money to go here an extra year just to get your degree,” Tim Ward, Dean of the School of Engineering, said.

“Engineering may not necessarily be the hardest major but we believe there’s more work. Some of our students tell us that it is hard for them to study because they are assigned more work than their roommate. How hard your major is depends on the individual. I’ve met engineers that no matter what they did it would have been easy,” Ward said.

On the other hand, the bachelor’s degree for a communications major is 120 credits total and the students are in the classroom roughly 16 hours a week, depending on the concentration.

“In communication, the majority of the classes have to do with writing, and this is the most important skill set you can develop as a student of communication. And, of course, you cannot write if you cannot read, so there is a lot of reading involved too,” Thom Gencarelli, Chair of the communications department, said.

“Compared to engineering, if a student in Calculus 1 failed a course, then the instructor would not let them move on because that student needs those skills to move on to Calculus 2. We don’t have that in the literature and humanities classes,” Gencarelli said.

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I’d say injineering  is harder.

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JFACEBOOK: Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988) an Associate of the Sisters of Charity


FROM FACEBOOK (obviously)

Patrice Liquori Athanasidy

On Saturday, I will be making my commitment as an Associate of the Sisters of Charity, a lifetime one.

I thought I would share a couple of Seton quotes this week (especially with Pope Francis on his way to the U.S.)

"Live simply, so that others may simply live."--St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

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JOBIT: Strano, John Joseph [MC1964 RIP] on 2015-Sep-15


F. John

John Strano MC 1964 RIP--Not MP!

Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964)

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From: George Matthews
Date: Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 8:42 AM
Subject: FW: John Strano Funeral Services
To: "Richard M. Scarlata", Joe Martin

Do you remember John? He was in our class, a business student & in the ROTC.
Hope all is well with all.


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From: Pauline Strano
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:08 AM
Subject: John Strano Funeral Services

Dear Family and Friends,

Where to begin. This week has been one of exceptional loss filled with grief, pain and sorrow. The sudden passing of John, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend has been extremely difficult for everyone. Our family would be lost without the love and support we have been shown. A heartfelt thank you to each and everyone of you for your thoughts, prayers and kind words during our time of need.

Viewing services will be held at:
Jefferson Funeral Chapel
5755 Castelwellan Drive
Alexandria, VA 22315
Friday September 25th
2:00 - 4:00 PM
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Mass service will be held at:
Saint Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church
6222 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
Saturday, September 26th
11:00 AM
John will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery will full military honors at a later date, which will be shared with all who are interested.
Following the Mass service, our family will be receiving guests at the Strano residence for light sandwiches and beverages. Please feel free to join us as we reminisce, share stories, and celebrate the life of our dearest Johnny.

With warm regards,
Pinky, Pauline and Jeff

***Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone who may have known John***

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John Joseph Strano
June 9, 1942 - September 15, 2015
Resided in Alexandria, VA

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 of Alexandria, VA passed away suddenly in his home.

John was born and raised in Bronx, NY and graduated from Manhattan College prior to receiving his commission into the United States Air Force in 1964. He was awarded a Master's Degree from Central Michigan University and retired as a Major from the United States Air Force after 22 Honorable years in 1985.

As Human Resources Director for Marriott International and Loews Hotels, John made several lifelong friends and his deep faith in God led him to live life with a degree of integrity and moral character that left a lasting impression on those who came to know him. An avid boater and outdoorsman, he enjoyed taking family and friends on the "Other Marilyn", often times outracing thunderstorms on the return trip.

He is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn "Pinky" Strano; loving father of Jeff Strano (Melissa) and Pauline Dahlin (Troy); adored grandfather of Madison, Aubrey, Mitchell and Angelina.

Relatives and friends may call at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Dr. Alexandria, VA on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 6222 Franconia Rd. Alexandria, VA on Saturday at 11 AM. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. 


Strano, John Joseph [MC1964 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964) ]

[JR: Note that this obit didn’t show up in any of my automated searches. Argh! Thanks, Rich.] 

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Good Evening All,

From Richard Scarlata '64, our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper, John Joseph Strano '64 BA of Alexandria, Virginia. John,  a United States Air Force Veteran of 22 years, a Major, was called home on September 15, 2015. His Daughter, Pauline has written the following for her Mom, Marilyn "Pinky," her Brother Jeff and their Families. Please keep them in your prayers as the Family mourn the loss of their loved on. Also following is an Obituary for this good man. Thank you. God Bless. Thank you, Rich Scarlata '64.
Phil Colon
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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JHQ: Veterans Services at Manhattan College



[JR: Kudos to Alma Mater!]

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JFOUND: Lauria, Jim [MC1975] Women And Water



Guest Column | September 21, 2015    
Women And Water
By Jim Lauria

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In my last column, I referred to “men of a certain age,” zeroing in on the readers most likely to be fascinated in the ’70s and ’80s with both old monster movies and young Brooke Shields. But in no way do I believe water is a male problem (or a female one, at that). Water is an issue that unites us all.

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Jim Lauria is a water technology executive with over 20 years of global experience in the agricultural, municipal, industrial, and commercial markets. He is currently Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Mazzei Injector Co. LLC, a fluid design company that manufactures mixing and contacting systems. Jim holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Manhattan College.

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Lauria, Jim [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lauria, Jim [MC1975]

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JNEWS: Rodriguez, Daniel [MC????] trek to Alma Mater



Lifestyle & Belief
After Francis, will things improve for Cuba's Catholics?
The GroundTruth Project
September 23, 2015 · 12:15 PM EDT
By Jason Berry (follow) 

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As President Raśl Castro has opened the Marxist economy to incremental private enterprise and real estate, Cuba faces the major challenge of brain drain: how to keep its best and brightest.

After freshman year in University of Havana’s top engineering track, Daniel saw no future. So on a government-approved trip to Mexico, he made his way to a Homeland Security station at the border of McAllen, Texas.

“I want to finish college in America,” he recalls telling the intake official. The man wished him luck. The next day he flew to Miami, where two of his maternal aunts live with their husbands.

Given temporary residential status in Miami, Daniel found work in a Cuban restaurant, switched to a job selling shoes, then a hotel clerk. He took ESL lessons at Miami-Dade Community College and won a statewide math prize. He then switched to private tutoring in math and science for the children of doctors, lawyers and other wealthy Cuban Americans.

“Within two years in Miami I was making $35,000, tutoring children of people who left Cuba very young or were born in America,” he says. “Tutoring helped me learn English.”

Back in Havana, Ana fretted over Daniel, her son who was ever capable of negotiating his way in the world. How long before she saw him?

Daniel left Miami in 2007 as his mother was gravitating back to church. Three years later, he persuaded Ana and his stepbrother to leave Cuba for Miami.

By 2012, Daniel was pursuing an engineering degree on scholarship at Manhattan College. In five years, he had mastered English, vaulted to the city of cities and that autumn landed a part-time job at Goldman Sachs.

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Rodriguez, Daniel [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for two


Good Evening All,

I have a couple of Prayer Requests that were shared at our Retreat this past weekend.

From George Skau, our prayers are requested for for Ann Cronin, wife of John Cronin '59. Mrs. Cronin is ill and dealing with several medical issues. We pray that the MDs are able to resolve those issues and restore some peace of mind to Ann and George Cronin.

From Tim Mante, a member of our Manhattan College Retreat Team and Father to two currently attending Jaspers (Daughters). Tim asks for our prayers for his Father-in-Law, Mr. Eddie Murphy, Class of 1957. Mr. Murphy, who resides in Florida, needs our prayers. He is a Leukemia patient currently under treatment. We ptay for the success of his treatments and that the MDs are able to bring the Leukemia under conyrol. Mr. Murphy is in good spirits with a positive outlook and looking forward to his 50th Vacation with his Manhattan College Classmates. Tim, too, now a member of that Vacation Group, looks forward to sharing the next Vacation, 49 years and counting. Please keep Tim's Father-in-Law, Eddie Murphy and his Family in your prayers as we pray for a full recovery with no complications. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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JFACEBOOK: Frechette, Nicole [MC2006] raises funds for St. Jude's


Nicole Frechette
3 hrs ·

Excited to announce we raised over $8,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at our Harvet Music Festival a few weeks back!! Now THAT is what coming together to support a cause is all about!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all the friends, family and musicians that came out to make that possible!!!! xo

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Frechette, Nicole [MC2006]

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JNEWS: Cunniffe, Clare (MC1981) SVP Protegrity



Clare Cunniffe

Protegrity hired Clare Cunniffe as senior vice president of sales for North America, with the Stamford-based company providing data security products and services. Cunniffe joins Protegrity from Informatica, a New York City-based data integration software provider, where she was vice president in charge of the U.S. team delivering to financial services accounts. Previously she worked for Iona Technologies and Computer Associates. Cunniffe is a graduate of Manhattan College where she is a trustee.

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Cunniffe, Clare (MC1981)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for three


Good Afternoon All,

Joe Quinn has asked for our prayers.

We pray for Brandon and his Family during their time of deep loss. Brandon, a young man, died unexpectedly last week. We pray for the repose of his soul as he is welcomed into the Kingdom Of Heaven.

We pray for Rosanne and her Marriage.

We pray for Pat Benvenga and his Family. Pat suffered a stroke this week. We pray for a full recovery free of complications.

Thank you Joe. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: "This kind of butchery erodes the character of our nation,” Fiorina said



Liberals Accuse Carly Fiorina of ‘Lying’ About Graphic Planned Parenthood Video Description During GOP Debate — but What’s the Full Story?
Sep. 17, 2015 1:15pm
Billy Hallowell

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“I didn’t misspeak … . This kind of butchery erodes the character of our nation,” Fiorina said. ”Rest assured, I have seen the images I talked about last night. Rest assured that human lives are being aborted fully formed in order to harvest body parts.”

David Daleiden, the project lead for the Center for Medical Progress, told TheBlaze in a statement that “the footage in question was from Grantham Collection & Center for Bio-Ethical Reform used to illustrate the first person eye witness testimony of Holly O’Donnell of the barbaric acts committed inside Planned Parenthood abortion facilities.”

“Planned Parenthood and their supporters are afraid to watch and talk about this footage because it shows their illicit baby parts trade for what it really is: the industrial-scale commodification and exploitation of tiny human beings,” Daleiden said.

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From time to time, I’ve watched as much of those videos as I could tolerate.

I think the analogy or comparison to the Nazi “medical experiments” is appropriate.

I don’t understand why there have not been arrests and prosecutions — for murder.


How “planned parenthood” survives this is beyond me?

I feel better about my decision not to contribute to a runner in the Koleman events because of their connection to Planned Parenthood.


Disgusting, barbaric, and revulsion can’t describe my feelings.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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