JASPER JOTTINGS Week 49  - 2015 Dec 06    

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



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POSITRACTION: 150 miles to do a mitzvah!



300 Stranded Israelis in Montana Fed Kosher By Local Kindness
by Terry Turner - Nov 16, 2015

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When an El Al flight from Israel to California developed a problem, it was forced to land in Montana–where a problem of a different sort developed on the ground. Fortunately for the 279 passengers and crew, people who live in the “Big Sky Country” have hearts as big as their sky.

Because a new plane needed to be delivered, no one knew how long the hundreds of Israelis would be stranded there – sequestered in the terminal because there were no customs officials there. One thing was evident. Despite its worldly name, there was no kosher food at the Billings Logan International Airport.

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Donna Healy, a member of Billings’ Jewish community rounded up her daughter Kat and friend Victor Sargent, then purchased crackers, cereal, hummus and other snacks to deliver to the airport.

Meanwhile, Rabbi Chaim Bruk heard the news while traveling to Minnesota. He called his wife, Chavie Bruk in Bozeman, Montana and asked her to help. She immediately loaded her car with kosher food and drove 150 miles to Billings with her three kids

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150 miles to do a mitzvah!

Very impressive.

I hope that I can be that charitable.

Some folks really do go above and beyond.

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JEMAIL: Vyskocil, Thomas Joseph Sr. [MC1957 RIP] on 2015-Nov-04 by Mallanda, John (MC1967)



Attached is the obituary of my Cousin, Tom Vyskocil, Class of 1957.  Tom grew up in 93rd Street in the Yorkville section of Manhattan.  Tom attended Cardinal Hayes High School (1953) and Manhattan College. Tom was instrumental in directing me to Engineering instead of pure science when I went to Manhattan.  RIP.

John Mallanda
Class of 1967

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Thomas Joseph Vyskocil, Sr.

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, of Rockville, MD, formerly of New York City.

Beloved husband for 49 years of Maureen A. Vyskocil; father of Tommy Vyskocil (Jennifer), Kathy Curtis (Glynn) and Eileen Vyskocil; brother of George Vyskocil (Florence) and the late Gerard Vyskocil (Kay). Also survived by five grandchildren, Ryan, Alexandra, Logan, Gavin and Dylan and other loving family and friends.

Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), Monday, November 9, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Peter's Church, 2900 Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Washington Home & Community Hospices, Charitable Gifts Department, 3720 Upton Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Funeral Home
Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
500 University Blvd. West
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 7, 2015


Vyskocil, Thomas Joseph Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/washingtonpost/thomas-j-vyskocil-condolences/176377420?cid=full

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

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Dear John,

          I find  my ‘stuff' indicates that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1958.

           May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) -- hunger doesn't mean 'late for dinner'



Dear Donor Partner of Addis Hope,

November 26th, Thanksgiving Day in the States, is a happy day of feasting and gratitude. We in Addis Hope are grateful that our destitute, marginalized children will have at least one hot meal every school day
thanks to our generous donor partners. Explaining this is no mean feat, since it is dificult to explain being hungry to some who may think that means being late for dinner.

We are thankful that the Good Lord has inspired our partners to give generously without counting the cost; that their hearts are open to our children who can do nothing material for them in return except remembering them in daily prayer – a great return on any investment. We hope that you will set a place at your table for one of them this Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the blessings of the day!
Brother Gregory Flynn

Donations (which are now tax exempt) should be made out to:
Brothers of the Christian Schools (stating Addis Hope in the memo)
Mail to:
Brother Timothy Froehlich
444 A Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ 07724

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957)

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JOBIT: Nerz, Donald ‘Donny' Joseph [MC1984 RIP] on 2015-Nov-20




Donald 'Donny' Joseph Nerz

Bayer HealthCare controller and devoted family man with a 'loving heart and generous spirit' Donald "Donny" Joseph Nerz, 53, of Morristown, N.J., passed away on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Donny's life was marked by his razor-sharp wit, intellect, loyalty to his family and friends and, above all, his kind, loving heart, and generous spirit.

Visiting hours will be on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main Street, Madison, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 91 Maple Ave., Morristown.

Donny was born in Deposit, N.Y., and grew up in Newburgh, N.Y. He obtained his bachelor's degree in accounting from Manhattan College, and his master's degree in business administration from Lehigh University. Donny worked in different financial positions at Arthur Young, Mennen, Christian Dior and, in his final position, as controller at Bayer HealthCare.

Donny is survived by his devoted wife of 20 years, Caroline Kelly Nerz, and his beloved daughters, Siobhan Yue and Aoife Lu Qi, all of Morristown; his loving parents, C. Warren and Lorraine H. Nerz of Fayetteville, N.Y., and his siblings, C. Warren Nerz Jr. and his wife, Gail, of Indianapolis, Ind., Maryellen Nerz-Stormes and her husband, Marc, of Strafford, Pa., Thomas Nerz and his wife, Kristen, of Houston, Texas, Barbara Gregg and her husband, Paul, of Massapequa, N.Y., Honora Eskridge and her husband, Toye, of Raleigh, N.C., and Margaret Iribarne and her husband, Jose, of DeWitt, N.Y. He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, William and Mary Kelly of County Tipperary, Ireland; his Irish brothers and sisters-in-law; multiple nieces and nephews in both the United States and Ireland, and his wonderful group of loving and loyal friends. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations in memory of Donny can be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society , donate.lls.org.

Published in Star-Ledger on Nov. 27, 2015


Nerz, Donald ‘Donny' Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

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

                         May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Nerz, Donald ‘Donny' Joseph [MC1984 RIP]

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

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COMMENT: Two comments on the Sheen / Heffner endnote


ENDNOTE: Charlie Sheen, for instance!


Menchise, Louis (MC1987): I hope Charlie Sheen can help the cause of HIV/AIDS sufferers.

Peg Simons: “Being used by young women?" Really???? Poor Hugh Heffner?? Watch out, your misogny is showing.

[JR: I’m glad that Jasper Jottings is educational. I had to look up “misogny”. I don’t understand the context of Hugh being used by young women for “career advancement” is anything other that just sad for all involved. And, while I hate “the sin”, it’s not my job to judge the sinner. At the end of the road for Hefner and Sheen is the sad loneliness of a wasted life.]

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MFACEBOOK: What would Manhattan College be without the Quad



Manhattan College:

What would Manhattan College be without the Quad, without L.O.V.E. trips, without the opportunity to explore New York City? Give the gift of a Jasper experience this year. By donating to the Fund for Manhattan this #GivingTuesday, you’ll be supporting financial aid, scholarships, campus upgrades, programming and more — all the things that make an education uniquely Manhattan: manhattan.edu/givingtuesday

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JFACEBOOK: Trynosky, Stephen K. (MC1968) donates to Incarnation School


Stephen K. Trynosky
49 mins ·

So, now we have a giving Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Well, Manhattan College just asked for money, again. This is my reply .

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Dear Gabrielle,

I have thought long and hard over the past few years about “giving” to Manhattan. As a graduate of the Prep and the College, I realize the wonderful, affordable education I received from 1960 through 1968. Manhattan was the “step up” for myself and my classmates from the Prep. We, the children of predominantly blue collar low to moderate income workers broke free with that education and it is appreciated. Over the past decades, I have seen Manhattan’s tuition skyrocket.

If I, an old Washington Heights boy were suddenly transported from 1965 to 2015, in the same circumstances with a mother working part time and a father working as a bartender for a major hotel in the city . Manhattan would have been out of my reach, far out of my reach. I have re- evaluated things. I am a product of the Catholic School system and proud of it. Over the years I have watched the grammar schools struggle and die while places like Manhattan just keep on building new buildings for less students than they had in my era. The schools that got us off the streets and drilled us to become successful disappear, one after another year after year while Manhattan doubles and then triples the size of its administrative staff. The memories of the good nuns and brothers who educated us are with me as if it were yesterday yet I see those who are left struggle in retirement as the cost of a four year education at a “Catholic” college or University goes north of $ 200,000.

This year as I have for the past three, I will give the gift of education. I intend to bundle every educational gift I have made in the past to Manhattan, St. Joseph’s, St. Peters, Don Bosco High School, St. Peters Prep into one gift, then double it and send it off to somewhere it is needed, badly. In this case, Incarnation School at 175th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights. There, they continue to educate the children of low and moderate income predominantly Dominican families who have replaced my generation. Perhaps someday, those very children will be able to compete for the few available, affordable spaces at places like Manhattan.

Cardinal Dolan, who said Mass at our 50th Grammar School reunion a few years back told an anecdote about being accosted at a building dedication on a college campus (Manhattan?). An alum, badgered him first about the huge donation (millions and millions) he had made to build this edifice. Then about the Cardinal closing his former grammar school. The Cardinal turned and said, “Had you taken one of those millions and given it to the school that gave you a start in life, it never would have closed.” That story was an eye opener for me. I only wish that I had a million to give.

So, it is with some regret that I decline the offer to contribute to Manhattan. There are places, more important, that need it much more.

Stephen K. Trynosky ‘68

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MFOUND: Article about the Dad of ChemE student


Immigrants face intolerance, animosity
By Guy McCarthy, The Union Democrat
December 01, 2015 01:00 am

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Proud father

Singh was wearing a shirt with “Proud Dad of a Med Student” printed on the back. He said his daughter, 24, is studying to become a doctor at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine on Long Island, and his son is studying chemical engineering at Manhattan College.

“They are still there in New York,” Singh said. “My mother passed away, but my father is coming to be with us. I am a citizen and, God willing, he is coming to join us next year. Me and my wife we are here to run the business.

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


Good Morning All,

I have just found out and ask for your prayers for a very dear cousin of mine who is in Hospital in Washington, DC for heart valve replacement surgery tomorrow, Tuesday. It is a delicate operation being performed by one of three Doctors in the world that developed the technique. She was diagnosed as a candidate and the MD prevailed upon to perform it. Please pray that all goes as planned for Nora free of complications and that her recovery is quick and complete. Please keep her family in your prayers as well. They are Family and very special to me. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JUPDATE: Lantier, Ward [MC1954] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)



JOY: Lantier, Ward [MC1954] celebrates 50th Anniversary2015-Nov-22

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Dear John,

          I believe that Ward is a member of the Class of 1954.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lantier, Ward [MC1954]

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JNEWS: Desmarais, John M. [MC1985] BoD BioRestorative Therapies



BioRestorative Therapies Appoints John M. Desmarais, J.D. to Its Board of Directors
Globe Newswire
December 02, 2015: 08:00 AM ET

MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioRestorative Therapies, Inc. ("BRT" or the "Company") (OTCBB:BRTX), a life sciences company focused on stem cell-based therapies, today announced the appointment of John M. Desmarais, J.D. to its Board of Directors.

"We are thrilled to welcome John to our Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of experience working with companies at all phases of development from start-up to blue chip, and we believe that this perspective will be invaluable as we advance our brtxDISC™ and ThermoStem® programs," said BioRestorative CEO, Mark Weinreb. "Throughout his distinguished legal career, John has established himself as a highly capable leader with a broad skill set and comprehensive professional network which can directly benefit the Company in the future. We look forward to John's anticipated contributions as a member of the Board."

Mr. Desmarais is the founding partner of Desmarais LLP, an intellectual property trial boutique, and the founder and owner of Round Rock Research LLC, a patent licensing company. From 1997 to 2009, he was a partner at the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and served as a member of the firm's Management Committee from 2004 to 2009. Prior to joining Kirkland and after practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation and counseling for several years, he left private practice to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where for three years he represented the federal government in criminal jury trials.

Mr. Desmarais' $1.5 billion judgment for Alcatel-Lucent against Microsoft was one of the largest plaintiff's jury verdicts in a patent infringement action.

In 2015, Mr. Desmarais was selected by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine as New York IP Litigator of the Year and one of its IP Stars. Mr. Desmarais was selected as the 2012 New York City Litigation Patent Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America (2012), 18th Edition. In 2011, Mr. Desmarais was selected by Intellectual Property Asset Management (IAM) Magazine as one of the top 50 individuals, companies and institutions that have helped shape the IP market over the prior eight years. He was selected by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine as U.S. Intellectual Property Practitioner of the Year 2008.

Mr. Desmarais is a member of the bars of New York and Washington, D.C., the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and various other federal district courts and courts of appeal. He is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Desmarais obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College and a law degree from New York University.

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Desmarais, John M. [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1985.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Desmarais, John M. [MC1985]

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JNEWS: Frank, Joseph [MC1979] informs the LI Water Commissioners


LI Water Commissioners Receive Town Law Nassau County Civil Division & Statutory Guidance Training Session From Joseph Frank Esq. of Sapienza & Frank
Press Releases
By Allison Gayne      
Published: December 01 2015

Westbury, NY - November 30, 2015 - Water commissioners from across Long Island recently received a special training session focused on Town Law Nassau County Civil Division and Statutory Guidance for Water Commissioners that was led by Joseph Frank, principal of Sapienza & Frank Attorneys at Law of Massapequa, NY, during a meeting held by Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association, which is comprised of water commissioners representing 21 Long Island water districts. Mr. Frank’s discussion included the history of Town Law dating back to 1932, as well as the relationship, powers and duties of elected commissioners. This included limitations and what constitutes a conflict of interest.

The comprehensive training session included Town Law Article 13, which covers voting eligibility, annual elections, and other matters governing Commissioner-run districts, along with General Municipal Law Article 18, which defines important concepts such as the terms “contract” and “interest” as well as setting Conflicts of Interest rules for government officers and employees. In addition, Mr. Frank explained The Nassau County Civil Divisions Act, which became law in 1939, and established provisions regarding the operations of water districts in Nassau County. The presentation was followed up an open vigorous question and answer period.

NSWCA President Thomas P. Hand, Commissioner of Massapequa Water District, commented, “Mr. Frank’s extensive water industry background brought simplicity and clarity to many issues that can be cloudy and confusing. Thanks to knowledgeable speakers like Joseph Frank, NSWCA’s Continuing Education and Training Series has been highly effective. The information and expert presentation he provided was greatly welcomed and appreciated by all attendees.”

A graduate of Manhattan College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Government, Mr. rank earned his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. One of the founding partners of Sapienza and Frank established in 1989 that specializes in Municipal Law, Mr. Frank is a resident of North Bellmore, NY.

Organized and chartered in 1981, Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) is comprised of water commissioners from 21 Nassau and Suffolk County water districts. NSWCA is dedicated to promoting environmental excellence and best practices as well as maintaining the highest standards of water quality and supply. NSWCA sponsors regular educational meetings on topics that include the environment, security, economics, rules and regulations, among other related issues. For more information, visit www.nswcawater.org.

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Frank, Joseph [MC????]

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Dear John,

          I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1979.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Frank, Joseph [MC1979]

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JOBIT: Gaffney, James Paul [MC1963 RIP] on 2015-Nov-30



James P. Gaffney
AGE: 74 • Oakhurst

James Paul Gaffney, 74 of Oakhurst passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Sunday, November 30, 2015, at Jersey Shore Center, Eatontown. James was born in NYC, NY. He graduated from Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York. He was a Certified Public Accountant.

James is survived by his partner in life; Angela Pfeiffer, sons; James Gaffney and Thomas Gaffney, siblings; Helen Scully, Mary Gaffney, Francis Gaffney and Joseph Gaffney as well as many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations to the American Heart Association , Founders Affiliate, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241 or at www.heart.org in Jame's name would be greatly appreciated.

Visitation will be at the Hoffman Funeral Home, 415 Broadway, Long Branch on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 5 to 8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 am Friday, December 4th, at St. Jerome RC Church, West Long Branch. Interment will be private.

Funeral Home
Hoffman Funeral Home
415 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-2454

Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 2, 2015


Gaffney, James Paul [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/app/james-p-gaffney-condolences/176732539?cid=full

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Dear John,

            I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1963,

           May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gaffney, James Paul [MC1963 RIP]

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JOBIT: Della Monica, Armand Francis [MC1952 RIP] on 2015-Nov-16





Francis. Born August 21, 1940, Armand passed away peacefully in New York, NY on Monday, November 16, 2015, after a long struggle with leukemia. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Armand graduated from Regis High School in 1958. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1962, and his Master's Degree in Applied Physics from Adelphi University in 1965.

Armand had a long and distinguished career, 32 years of which were spent working at Northrop Grumman, where he served as a Vice President and Program Director. Highlights of his tenure at Northrop Grumman included conducting launch operations for seven manned lunar landings, playing a key role in the historic Apollo 13 rescue mission, managing the U.S. Naval F-14 Tomcat program, and transforming the Northrop Grumman/NASA International Space Station contract business model.

Armand was most recently affiliated with Harmony Holding Partners, where he served as Chief Technology Officer and was a founding partner.

He led a full and active life. Armand was an avid cyclist, swimmer and runner. In addition to his athletic pursuits, he was known, among family and friends, as a passionate cook. Armand was also a recreational pilot. He resided in Palm Coast, FL, and Warren, VT.

Armand is survived by his wife, Joyce Lawlor Della Monica, his sister and brother-in-law, Rachelle and Robert Izzo, his daughter, Lauren Della Monica Fay, his son and daughter-in-law, Armand and Lauren Della Monica, his daughter, Katherine Della Monica, and his grandsons, Graham and Gavin Fay.

In keeping with his wishes, the family held a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Regis High School at 55 East 84th St., New York, NY 10028 or https://community.regis.org/ SSLPage.aspx?pid=219.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 2, 2015


Della Monica, Armand Francis [MC1952 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/nytimes/armand-della-monica-condolences/176733321?cid=full

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

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MIVIDEO: Agape Latte at Alma Mater



Agape Latte at Manhattan College: President Brennan O'Donnell

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JFACEBOOK: Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988) creating tough deadlines


Patrice Liquori Athanasidy shared Skye Turner: Author’s photo. 2 hrs ·

As an intern, I was sent to a luncheon to cover an award ceremony. I think I had the assignment because it was deadline day and no one else could be spared. When I arrived back at the office, I was told that they needed my story right away rather than next week to fill an unexpected hole. I had 90 minutes. For a cub reporter that was the equivalent of being down by one run with two outs and the bases loaded. I wrote faster than I ever have and my editor pulled me aside and told me it was my best writing all summer, "From now on," she said, "you always have 90 minutes to write your stories." Therefore, I blame Nancy (Bob Varettoni) for my creating tough deadlines for myself.

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Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

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JGOOGLE+: Dunne, Niall (MC1998) Clean energy ‘is top issue of our time’



Dunne, Niall (MC1998)

Clean energy ‘is top issue of our time’
As research shows that public see clean energy as top issue of our time and are frustrated by speed of change, a new initiative invites people to take power into their own hands.

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[JR: Not sure if I agree with that.] 

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ENDNOTE: Killing is never justified



Civilians killed in Planned Parenthood shooting identified as mother of 2, Iraq war veteran
Published November 30, 2015

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“We are learning that eyewitnesses confirm that the man who will be charged with the tragic and senseless shooting that resulted in the deaths of three people and injures to nine others at Planned Parenthood’s health center in Colorado Springs was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion,” Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain CEO Vicki Cowart said.

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As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, I fail to understand committing murders to stop murders.

Eye for eye leaves the whole world blind.

All this type of murder does is harden the hearts of the people whose hearts we need to change.


Makes me sad to see that killing is never justified, never the answer, and not going to change anything.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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