JASPER JOTTINGS Week 52  - 2015 Dec 27    

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



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POSITRACTION: The Eleventh Commandment is Thou Shall Not Be A Bystander



Posted on December 10, 2015 by keywestlou
Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957)

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Helen Sperling died last week at the age of 95. She survived Buchenwald. A significant portion of her life thereafter was devoted to reminding others of what occurred during those World War II days.

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One day, Helen’s daughter came home from school crying. The other children had called her “…..a dirty Jew.”

Helen was incensed. She hurried to the school and confronted the principal. Helen insisted that she be given the right to speak to her daughter’s classmates the next day about anti-Semitism. She was given permission.

Not knowing exactly what to say, Helen decided to simply tell her story as told herein thus far. The impact on the class was astounding. She was invited to return every year thereafter to speak to the succeeding class.

The name calling and her first talk to a class took place sometime in the mid 1970s. Helen was not a public speaker. Her words made an impact, however.

Helen caught hold. Word spread. She was asked to speak everywhere. She gave the same talk three times a week for years. At colleges, universities, public and private high schools, police academies, monasteries, and churches. She gave these talks into her ninety’s. In central New York and through out the northeast.

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“We do not have the right to be silent. The Eleventh Commandment is Thou Shall Not Be A Bystander.”

Rest in peace Helen Sperling. The first true peace since that day the Germans entered your home.

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[JR: Our fellow Jasper eloquently tells this woman’s story. Thanks, Lou. I only quoted some “fair use” parts. I urge you to go to his blog and read the whole story. Having know several survivors from the camps and watch the actual films, it’s horrifying what we humans can do to one another. Dona Nobis Pacem.]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Just a few housekeeping notes


Merry and Happy Seasonal Greetings. (Is that politically correct enough?)

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Dona Nobis Pacem

Reinke, F. John (MC1968)

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JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) finds "scientists" from Alma Mater



Mention of “scientists” from Alma Mater



Gerard M. Delaney {Privacy Invoked}
Gan eagle ach roimb Dhia (I fear nothing but God)

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Scientists from Manhattan College will be checking on the progress of Sponge Park. They've stored equipment monitoring equipment under canisters to check after a big storm. This is a pilot project opens officially in the spring. If it is a success sponge parks might pop up in other places along the canal.

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[JR: Hmmm, wonder if they were “scientists” from the upper campus or “injineers” from the lower dregs. I’m sure any self-respecting fat old white guy injineer would not want to be labeled with the epithet “scientist”. Injineers do stuff and make it work; scientist just give us theories and Ivory Tower ideas. Laugh! Thanks for the find. (Haven’t had my morning coffee yet so I’m a grumpy fat old white guy injineer.)]

Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)

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JLINKEDIN: McNeil, Thomas [MC2004] General Manager at car2go



2015 12Dec 20 McNeil

McNeil, Thomas [MC2004]
General Manager at car2go N.A., LLC
New York, New York

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COMMENT: Apoldo, Lou (MC1963) disagrees with fjohn68's analysis



RE: POSITRACTION: Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds "We are all Jews here."

Lou Apoldo

The analysis of this story that "We are all Jews" or "We are all Muslims" do not have the moral equivalence that is implied by this analysis. In the context of the story, the Jews were being supported to protect them from being killed, which is very admirable to support these innocents whose very lives were being threatened by those Nazi monsters. However, saying "We are all Muslims" in the contrext of today's events is not to protect the victims, but rather to protect the oppressors. It would be more appropriate to have the analysis more correctly say: "We are all Muslims" or "We are all Nazis."

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Apoldo, Lou (MC1963)

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[JR: I disagree. If I was in a crowd and someone came to kill Jews or Muslims, then I would like to believe that I would stand with ANY minority who was being targeted for extinction because or their race, religion, sexual orientation, or that they are New England Patriots fans. That does NOT mean that I support the Islamic terrorists, Nazis, KKK-er, or any other such bigotry. I would like the Muslim community to show their support against this terrorism — why they don’t is beyond me — but that’s not MY problem. I have my own flaws to worry about and on Judgment Day that’s my conduct to defend. "And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?" Paul Scofield as Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” (1966) I’ll stand by my analysis. Dona Nobis Pacem.] 

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JLINKEDIN: Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986) tax tips


Dunnington's 75 Last Minute Year-End Tax Saving Tips For 2015 
Raymond Dowd


Dowd, Raymond J. (MC1986)

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) Have a blessed Christmas and joy filled New Year!


Christmas Greetings from Addis Hope - 2015

Dear Donor Partner of Addis Hope,

During this Christmas season, I want to thank you for being such a generous donor/partner of our Addis Hope program. What with the overwhelming influence and commercialization of the season having to do with gift purchases, it is very easy to put on the back burner the true meaning of Christmas, the gift of the Incarnation.

Many of our Addis Hope children, living in stable-like hovels, such as pictured below, remind me of that stable of the Holy Family? Our kindergarten, marginalized children, young as they are, realize the gift of education is their way out of extreme poverty because of your generous financial assistance.

I know you are inundated with requests to assist many worthy causes. I am very grateful that you continue to prioritize Addis Hope. Some have told me it is easy to forget sending a donation in a timely fashion. I would like to suggest what some partners are already doing, i.e. have your bank send a monthly donation which is tax exempt to the Addis Hope program. Knowing that a definite amount will come each month will allow me to do proper management of resources.


Brothers of the Christian Schools (with a memo stating Addis Hope)
Routing Transit Number - 031207607 (#for PNC Bank)
Account Number - 805 999 7606

You should request your bank to transfer by Automatic Clearing House (ACH) not by wire in order to save money or at no cost at all.

BY CHECK: Brothers of the Christian Schools - mail to:

Brother Timothy Froehlich
444 A Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ 07724

Have a blessed Christmas and joy filled New Year!
Brother Gregory Flynn (Jack)(flynnfsc2@gmail.com)

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957)

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JOY: Haley, Lindsay [MC2011] engaged


2015 12Dec 22 Haley

Haley, Lindsay [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that Lindsay is a member of the Class of 2011,


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Haley, Lindsay [MC2011]

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


Good Morning All,

Joe Quinn asks for our prayers for a young friend, Thomas. Thomas needs some more testing of his Thyroid. We pray that the MDs get it under control with no further complications for this young man.
Your prayers are also requested for a good friend of Nancy Maksomski’s Mom. Muriel started her second round of Chemo Treatments a few weeks ago for Colon Cancer. We pray that the treatments are effective. Muriel had not been doing well. Please keep the volume up.
I ask for your prayers for a dear friend and extended Famiky member of Peggy and I. She is going through some testing for Breast Cancer. We pray that all is as Theresa wishes. This good woman is concerned but dealing well with what is transpiring.
Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JOBIT: Schaefer, Laurence A. Sr. [MC1946 RIP] on 2015-Dec-20




SCHAEFER - Laurence A. Sr., of Bay Shore, LI, formerly of Magoun Landing, on December 20, 2015.

Devoted husband of the late Doris Black Schaefer. Proud and loving father and grandfather of Nadine Schaefer, of Babylon Village, LI and her son Raymond of Bay Shore, LI, Paula Schaefer, her husband Jeffrey Davis and their children Nicholas and Anne, of Rye, NY, Laurence Schaefer, Jr, his wife Barbara and their children Grace and Laurence, III, of West Islip, LI, Justine Ullrich, her husband Edward and their daughters, Samantha and Lauren, of Yardley, PA, John Black Schaefer and his daughters, Danielle and Chloe of Wilmington, NC, James McAllister Schaefer, his wife Susan and their daughters, Emerson and Mattison, of Babylon Village, LI and Elizabeth K. Bell, of Bay Shore, LI. Loving brother of Gregor, Richard, Cathleen Chapey and the late Marie O'Connor. Laurie, Doris, Liz and the family were loving foster parents of nine children.

Born in Woodhaven, NY, Laurie was the son of the late Gregor J. and Mary Schaefer. A graduate of Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, Laurie retired as Director of Aviation Planning at the Port Authority of NY and NJ. Laurie continued his engineering career at the MTA & FAA.

Laurie was an avid boater who enjoyed sailing with his family on The Great South Bay.

The Schaefer family is grateful for the loving care and devotion he received from all his caregivers. Reposing at The Fredrick J. Chapey & Sons West Islip Funeral Home, 1225 Montauk Hwy. (1/4 mile west of the Robert Moses Cswy.). Celebration of the Liturgy of Christian Burial Wednesday, 9:45 AM, at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Babylon, LI. Interment to follow at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, LI. Visiting Tuesday 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Laurie's loving memory to The St. Francis Breadline, 135 West 31st St., New York, NY 10001.

Published in Newsday from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2015


Schaefer, Laurence A. Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

      I believe that Laurence is a member of the Class of 1946.

           May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Schaefer, Laurence A. Sr. [MC1946 RIP]

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JOBIT: Hogan, John J. “Jack" [MC1943 RIP] on 2015-Dec-09



In Memory ofJohn J. Hogan
July 3, 1921 - December 9, 2015

Hogan, John J. "Jack", husband of Mary D. (Larkin) Hogan and the late Joanne (Quinn) Hogan died December 9, 2015 at age 94 in Delray Beach, FL.

Jack and his twin sister Marion D. Copperthwaite, Nee, Hogan was born on 3 July 1921 in Long Branch, NJ to John F. Hogan and Marion S. (Conrad) Hogan. He grew up in Red Bank, NJ, and was a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School, Manhattan College in NYC (Class President) and trained at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD to become a naval officer.

He served in WW II as an Engineering Officer aboard the USS Philadelphia and the USS Bataan in the Mediterranean and the Pacific; he was in Tokyo Bay just after the surrender.

Jack was an avid sportsman. Golf was his passion, as well as tennis, skiing, bowling and Frisbee with his sons Quinn and Steven.

He worked for Exxon (ESSO) for his entire career including designing distribution terminals and stations in NJ, IL and MA.

Jack enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family, especially his cousin Jack Breslin and family.

He leaves to cherish his memory his second wife of 23 years, Mary D. Hogan, three of his four children and their spouses, Eileen and Richard Amesbury of Lakewood Ranch, FL, J. Quinn and Mary J. Hogan of Concord, NH, Steven and Marcia Hogan of Hampton, NH as well as 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grand children and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was pre-deceased by his first wife of 46 years, Joanne Quinn Hogan in 1991, his eldest daughter Carolyn Benson in April 2015 and his twin sister Marion in 2005.

His Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Sacred Heart Catholic Chapel on Summer St. in Yarmouthport; burial to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Palm Beach County. Please go to: http://www.hpbcf.org/file/donationform.pdf for more information.


Hogan, John J. “Jack" [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1943.

              May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hogan, John J. “Jack" [MC1943 RIP]

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JHQ: 2016 De La Salle Medal Dinner



2015 Dec 22 delasalle

On Jan. 21, the College will honor Gary R. Heminger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, at the De La Salle Medal Dinner. As the College's largest fundraiser of the year, proceeds help provide an excellent, values-based education for our students. If you would like to celebrate with us at the Waldorf Astoria, visit manhattan.edu/DLSDinner

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MNEWS: Manhattan College Parkway eyesore



2015 12Dec 24 trash

Trash bags along Manhattan College Parkway at Delafield Avenue, seen on Monday afternoon.

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[JR: Hmmm, think that the Greenies who celebrate Earth Day, could do something. Or our future Jaspers could?] 

Merry and Happy, Argh!

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JOBIT: Jones, Clarence Joseph [MC???? RIP] on 2015-Dec-12



Clarence J. Jones

Formerly of Lakewood

Clarence Joseph Jones was born February 27, 1945, to the late James and Florence J. McClain Jones in Bronx, New York. Clarence earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry at Manhattan College and a Master's degree in science education at City College of New York. During post-graduate study at New York University, he was inducted into the honorary education association, Phi Delta Kappa.

Clarence was joined in the bonds of Holy Matrimony with Lynette Thurston on August 17, 1968. While an undergraduate, he joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Eta Chapter. From the time he was initiated in 1966, he was the resolute Alpha man. As a life member, he enjoyed years of service with the brothers of Delta Iota Lambda Chapter in Columbus, Georgia; Zeta Epsilon Lambda Chapter in Red Bank, New Jersey and Beta Gamma Lambda Chapter in Richmond, Virginia. After four decades of dedicated and exceptional education services to children, he retired from the New York City School System in 2006. Beyond the classroom, he was committed to humanitarian services and was a member of Lions Club International. In New Jersey, he served as president of the Lakewood Lions Club (1986-1987) and Regional Chairman (1991-1992). A Melvin Jones Fellow, Clarence received numerous recognitions and awards as a Lion and remained active with the Brandermill-Woodlake Club after relocating to Moseley, Virginia.

A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Clarence made the transition from earthly life into life eternal on December 12, 2015. Along with his parents, he was preceded into eternal communion by four siblings, Alma J. Baldwin, Jean T. Young, James A. Jones and Adele C. Scott.

Surviving his departure with cherished memories are: a loving and devoted wife, Lynette T. Jones; one son, Terrence T. Jones; one daughter, Amina J. Fields (Charles S.); one grandchild, Terrence J. Jones; one sister, Veronica Foster-Jones; two cousins Odessa McClain and Ronald McClain; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 24, 2015


Jones, Clarence Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/app/clarence-j-jones-condolences/177004077?cid=full

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MNEWS: Sports announcer wins round one



Sports announcer wins round one vs. cancer
By Sean Brennan
Posted 12/24/15

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“It’s so funny I’m on the flight with the team and I was thinking about things when [Manhattan players] Shane Richards and Rich Williams both said, ‘Man, we’re glad to have you back,’” said Heimall, the Jaspers 26-year-old play-by-play announcer. “It was so strange because it was just seven months ago that I was watching them win the MAAC Championship from a hospital bed. I couldn’t believe it was only seven months ago. That’s when I realized how slow time goes when you’re in a situation like that. It was awful.”

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[JR: Good news.] 

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JOBIT: Konieczny, Steven James [MC???? RIP] on 2015-Dec-22



In Memory of
Steven James Konieczny
June 7, 1944 - December 22, 2015

KONIECZNY, Steven J. Major USAF (Retired) Age 71, of Bellbrook OH passed away, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.

He was born, Jun. 7, 1944, in Albany NY. He retired from the USAF as an F-111 Command Pilot after 21 years of dedicated service.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joel Konieczny, mother Ann Lucille Crinan, and father Stanley J. Konieczny. He is survived by his loving wife Gerri, sisters Sharon Matthey (Roger), Janice Bernath (Andy), Pam Gatto (Matt), Noreen Konieczny (Bill), brother John Konieczny, stepsister Pat Seney, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Manhattan College NYC NY and a Masters of International Studies from Wright State University Beavercreek OH.

He worked for SAIC, now Leidos, for 17 years as a PMP certified defense contractor supporting the USAF.

Visitation will be 5-7 PM Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd, Dayton OH 45429 with funeral service at 7 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery NY, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville NY 12871 on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at 11 AM. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Fisher House at the Dayton V.A. Fund or the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.


Konieczny, Steven James [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on the many Blessings of Christmas


Good Morning Dear Friends,

As we share the coming of Jesus and celebrate His Birth, we may take a moment to be thankful for His love and salvation, may the many Blessings of Christmas and the warmth and love of Family and friends embrace you always. Thank you for who you are and the love and commitment you so unselflessly share. Thank you. God Bless. Merry Christmas.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)
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ENDNOTE: "... ... they only recover their senses slowly ... ..."



Living a Lie
By Jim Quinn
The Burning Platform
December 12, 2015

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Our country has gone mad over the last few decades. We had a chance to come to our senses in 2008, wipe away the debt, liquidate the criminal Wall Street banks, prosecute the perpetrators, and reorient our economy and society back to one built upon savings and investment, rather than borrowing and consumption. It was not to be, as Bernanke and the Deep State decided their best interests trumped the interests of the people. The coming collapse hopefully will force Americans to come to their senses one by one.

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.” – Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841

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Unfortunately, this is the time of year, when the exuberance of the season drives folks to overspend.

In my own case, as fat old white guy injineer who is a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income, I don’t overspend. And, I try and tell folks NOT to buy me presents. I don’t need anything, don’t want for anything, and most certainly don’t what them to go into debt to buy me something.

But yet no one listens.

It’s like they forget I’m a “bahhhh humbug” kinda guy. It’s supposed to be a season for peace; not purchases.

Hope folks listened this year.

The current 18T+ national debt and the guesstimated 200T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with should be the reason to calm the season’s buying frenzy down.

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