JASPER JOTTINGS Week 02  - 2016 Jan 10    

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



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POSITRACTION: Diogenes, the lantern, and searching for an honest man



Honest busboy who returned $3,000 in cash gets big reward
Published December 22, 2015  Associated Press

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A struggling Colorado busboy who returned $3,000 in cash that he found on the floor is getting rewarded with a big tip.

As of Monday, people impressed with Johnny Duckworth's honesty have raised more than $3,800 through gofundme.com.

He found the cash Tuesday at Randy's Southside Diner in Grand Junction, and handed it over to his boss, Randy Emmons.

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What better way to start off the New Year than with an “honest man” story.

Very impressive.

I’m not sure I’d be that “honest”. Hope I would, but until you’re in the situation you really really don’t know.

I misplace stuff all the time, I hope when it’s something important, he finds it.

Hence, I designate him a Diogenes award winner. After the Darwin Awards for cleaning the gene pool. In this case, we want more of these award winners.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JLINKEDIN: Quezada, Melissa [MC2016] Accounting Intern at Willkie Farr & Gallagher



Quezada, Melissa [MC2016]
Accounting Intern at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Haverstraw, New York

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JOBIT: Callahan, Donald E. [MC1950 RIP] on 2016-Jan-01



Donald E. Callahan
AGE: 87 • Middletown

Donald E. Callahan, 87, of Middletown passed away Friday, January 1, 2016 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. He was born in New York City to the late S. Joseph and Mary Callahan. Donald served his country in the New York Army National Guard for fifteen years, retiring as Captain. He was a 1950 graduate of Manhattan College earning a degree in Electrical Engineering. He retired as Senior Director of Engineering with Planters LifeSavers Company/RJR Nabisco after twenty-nine years of service. Ever the animal lover, Donald was a member of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America and the Garden State All Terrier Club. A lifelong fan of the New York Football Giants, he was inducted into the team's Season Ticket Hall of Fame in 2013.

Donald was predeceased by his son Daniel E. in 1998 and daughter-in-law Anna Marie in 2011. He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years Julia M.; son Robert D. and grandson Charlie of Red Bank; and son Edward and daughter-in-law Carmen and their niece Monica, all of Dunellen.

Visitation will take place on Monday January 4, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank (opposite the Molly Pitcher Inn). A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. James RC Church, 94 Broad Street in Red Bank. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY. Memorial donations in Donald's memory may be made to Our Daily Bread, St. James RC Church, 94 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701. Please visit Donald's memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.

Funeral Home
John E Day Funeral Home
85 Riverside Ave
Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 747-0332

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 4, 2016


Callahan, Donald E. [MC1950 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/app/donald-e-callahan-condolences/177127472?cid=full

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

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JOY: Murphy, Kate [MC2011] in engaged



2016 01Jan 02 Murphy

Megan Sullivan Sharpe
Time stood still at this moment in a busy grand central station as my brother Mikey Sulls proposed to his soulmate Kate Murphy💎💕 busy New Yorkers and tourists couldn't help but stop and admire this amazing moment. BEYOND elated right now !!! Will remember this day forever ! Let the planning begin!!!

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Murphy, Kate [MC????]

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Dear John,

       I believe that Kate is a member of the Class of 2011.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, Kate [MC2011]

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Good Evening All,
We congratulate Fellow Jasper, Kate Murphy, upon her engagement to Michael Sullivan. We celebrate their commitment and as Kate's future Sister-in-law, Megan, has said, "let the planning begin. Kate and Michael, a prayer for your future together is in place. Please see Megan's message below. Thank you.. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JNEWS: Raab, Fred [MC1973] heads the LIGO Hanford Observatory



Lasers & Sources

Gravitational wave detection a step closer with Advanced LIGO

The LIGO project's mission is to directly observe gravitational waves of cosmic origin.
4 January 2016, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201512.04

LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, operates detector facilities near Livingston, Louisiana and Tri-Cities, Washington. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by Caltech and MIT, LIGO seeks to open the field of gravitational wave astronomy through the direct detection of gravitational waves from astrophysical sources. Such sources could include the collisions of neutron stars or black holes, the gravitational collapse of heavy stars, the spinning of neutron star pulsars, and events perhaps not yet imagined.

The international LIGO Scientific Collaboration directs LIGO's progress and manages LIGO's leading role in the global gravitational wave detector network. The NSF funded a recent comprehensive upgrade of the first-generation LIGO detectors in a program named Advanced LIGO, with additional support coming from funding agencies in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In September 2015, LIGO began its first data run with these newly-upgraded instruments. In January 2016, LIGO will pause for a commissioning interval that will further boost detector sensitivity. Data runs and commissioning periods will alternate through 2019 as LIGO seeks to maximize the performance of the advanced detectors.

Fred Raab earned his BS in physics from Manhattan College in 1973 and his PhD in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980, working in the field of molecular spectroscopy. As a research scientist at the University of Washington from 1980 to 1988, he worked on high-precision experimental tests of physical laws and symmetries. In 1988, he became Assistant Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and was a co-author of the LIGO construction proposal. In 1995, he was appointed to head the LIGO Hanford Observatory.

Michael Landry completed his PhD in strange hadronic physics at the University of Manitoba (Canada) in 2000, with experiments at TRIUMF and Brookhaven Laboratories. He then began as a postdoc at the LIGO Hanford Observatory (LHO), and has remained with the experiment since that time. His current position is that of Detection Lead Scientist with LHO/Caltech.

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Raab, Fred [MC1973]

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


Good Evening All,
Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for Mandy. Mandy has a suspicious lesion on her Pancreas. She has been battling Cushing Disease (Syndrome) and is very disabled. Mandy is in Hospital. Please raise the volume for Mandy and her young Family. We pray that the MDs get this under control and that the Pancreas issue is not of concern. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JNEWS: Aspras, Giorgios ‘George' [MC2006] Associate at Collado Engineering



Collado Engineering Promotes Giorgios (George) Aspras to Associate
By PR Newswire
January 6, 2016 08:30 AM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Collado Engineering, P.C. announced the promotion of Giorgios (George) Aspras to Associate.

"George has been a key contributor of our success, and we are thrilled to promote him to this important position," said Al Collado, President of Collado Engineering. George, 31, joined the company in 2007 as an entry level engineer and has quickly risen to the Associate position. "We are confident that George will be an important asset in helping our company continue its growth and reach its goals in the years to come," said Andy Hlushko, Vice President.

Mr. Aspras was a Senior Electrical Engineer and Project Manager responsible for the management, design and coordination of electrical and fire alarm systems. He has participated in the design of many types of projects including institutional, commercial, multiple dwelling residential, high-end residential, mission critical, places of worship, and cultural facilities.

His professional experience from conceptual design to finished construction allows him to bring a holistic perspective to any project. He is responsible for the development of many of the firm's engineering standards and design tools. He is a frequent contributor of innovative ideas helping the firm maintain a competitive, technical advantage.

A graduate of Manhattan College in New York City, George holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and Computer Science. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

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SOURCE Collado Engineering

Published January 6, 2016

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Aspras, Giorgios ‘George' [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that George is a member of the Class of 2006.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Aspras, Giorgios ‘George' [MC2006]

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JNEWS: Jackson, Victor [MC2010] is a personal trainer



Cleveland Cavaliers J.R. Smith's Work Ethic, Training Regimen And Misunderstood Personality, According To Trainer Victor Jackson [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
Victor Jackson works closely with J.R. and Chris Smith to keep their bodies ready for the basketball season.
By Mike Woolfson | Jan 05, 2016 12:08 PM EST

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Victor Jackson is a personal trainer who mostly works with people like lawyers, CEOs or doctors, but he does have two clients that are very different from the majority: J.R. Smith and his little brother Chris Smith. For the most part Jackson stays away from working with professional athletes, but he has made an exception for the Smiths, and he is a big part of what they have been able to do on the court recently. Jackson met Chris when they played together at Manhattan College from 2007-09 and they have maintained a close relationship ever since while J.R. was also brought into the fold.

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Dear John,

             I believe that Victor is a member of the Class of 2010.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Retitled it.]

Jackson, Victor [MC2010]

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JNEWS: Reilly, Caitlin [MC2006] saves Chico Creek Nature Center cited by Lois Harr



[TIP ‘o' the HAT to: @loisharr]

Lois Harr
13 mins

Caitlin Reilly, Alumna, class of 2005
A new deal - News - Local Stories - December 24, 2015CARD, city and Chico Creek Nature Center agree on a plan to make the park facility solvent.

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A new deal
CARD, city and Chico Creek Nature Center agree on plan to make the park facility solvent
By Evan Tuchinsky
This article was published on 12.24.15.

2016 01Jan 06 Reilly

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Caitlin Reilly is executive director of the Chico Creek Nature Center, which has struggled in recent years to pay back a city loan.

When Caitlin Reilly became executive director of the Chico Creek Nature Center in 2013, her organization was like an orphan out of Oliver Twist.

For years, its main sustenance had been Community Development Block Grant funding. When the city, which administered the federal money, changed the degree to which it supported community groups, going from $200,000 to $25,000 the next year, CCNC experienced serious hunger pangs.

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Reilly, Caitlin [MC2006]

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JLINKEDIN: Corwin, Heart Rose (MC2008) Conference Services Manager at Hilton Asheville


Heart Rose Corwin is now Conference Services Manager at Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

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Corwin, Heart Rose (MC2008)
Conference Services Manager at Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
Asheville, North Carolina Area
Marketing and Advertising

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JFACEBOOK: Fitzgerald, Garret [MC2007] was the injured Secret Service agent in NH accident



John Fitzgerald

Hello Mr. Reinke,

I know you are very involved with Manhattan College alumni, so I just wanted to inform you of a fellow Jasper who is in need of help. Garret Fitzgerald (no relation) was involved in a serious car accident last week and was critically injured. I thought it might be helpful if you could post a link to his Go Fund Me page on Jasper Jottings. I have posted a link below to his Go Fund Me page, as well as an article about what happened.

Thank you in advance and I hope you have happy 2016!

John Fitzgerald

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John Fitzgerald

Click here to support #GarrettStrong by Rob Freed

On Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, our best friend Garrett FitzGerald was involved in a major car accident in New Hampshire while on official duty as a Federal Agent in the United States Secret Service, an accident which received extensive national media coverage. An oncoming vehicle crossed the l...gofundme.com

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Secret Service agent hurt in N.H. crash determined to return to duty
Lindsay Kalter Wednesday, January 06, 2016

2016 01Jan 06 garretfitzgerald

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Critically injured Secret Service agent Garrett FitzGerald — unable to move or feel anything below his shoulders since an on-duty car accident in New Hampshire last week — is determined to serve his nation again, and the agency’s chief has promised he will, the agent’s mother and fiancee told the Herald.

“If he could go back to work right now, he would,” said fiancee Joan Lyall, 28, a speech pathologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It’s been a dream of his to be a federal agent. In whatever capacity he can, he’ll be ready to go back.”

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Fitzgerald, Garret [MC2007]

Fitzgerald, John [MC2008]

[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: John [MC2008] Fitzgerald for the story, because while I was aware of the accident, I had no idea of the Jasper connection. ]

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JHQ: Alma Mater is in FL


Manhattan College Alumni
Yesterday at 12:06pm We're dreaming of warmer weather today, Jaspers! If you're living in or visiting Florida this month, the Alumni office will be hosting events in Jacksonville, The Villages and Naples from January 25 - 27. Check out the alumni calendar for more information about these events and to sign-up! We'll also be back to Florida from March 6 - 12, mark your calendars.

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MOBIT: William B. Quinn had a connection to Alma Mater




William B. Quinn, 89, of Montague, N.J., formerly of No. Bergen & Jersey City died: January 5, 2016.

Loving husband to Amelia (nee Napolitano). Happy to be a caring father to his four children Aimee, William R., Sally, and William B. Happy to be the elder brother to Tom, Jack and Bob. True friend to Amelia's children, Crisanne Simeone and Louis DeCosmo, and their spouses Rick & Kathy. Through Kathy and Louis he has three dearly beloved and treasured grandchildren Elizabeth, Anthony & Ryan. Through Crisanne and Rick, sweet grand-daughters, Caly-Renee, and Mia-Faith. And delighted to be Uncle to Marcela, Dylan, Ryan (Quinn), and Frank Jr., Dominic, Anthony, Thomas, Jr. (Giorgianni), and Isabella (godchild), Nicholas (Ferreri), and Christofer and Mary Kathryn (Hoehl); Isabel, Alexander, Abigail, and Nicholas (Ortiz) - just to name a few.

Mr. Quinn served in the Navy late in WWII: and for sixteen years after worked at a wide range of occupations. In the early 1960's he studied for a newly emerging field of computer programming; he soon became a lecturer, teacher (as PSI, ITT, II, MAI, Penn State, St. Peter's college (briefly)) and programmer. He was also the initiator and director of a project that installed the first accredited computer programming courses at Manhattan College, NYC.

In 1975 Mr. Quinn joined NY Presbyterian Hospital as a computer/analyst and retired after twenty years of service.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 East Main Street, Port Jervis on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 11, 2016 with a prayer at 9:15am at funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am at St. Mary's Church, 46 Ball Street, Port Jervis, NY with Rev. Matthew Newcomb officiating. Burial will be at Bevans Cemetery, Layton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the deceased would truly appreciate gifts in his name sent to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 18444 or Disabled American Veterans , P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250. For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com 

Funeral Home
Gray-Parker Funeral Home
100 East Main Street
Port Jervis, NY 12771
(845) 856-5191

Published in The Jersey Journal on Jan. 7, 2016

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Bob and Theresa


Good Afternoon All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for Bob and Theresa Sise. They are both in a Nursing Home and in declining health. We pray that they have the strength to deal with this so troubling time in their lives. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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GOOGLE+: Arduino, Mark [MC1982] Owner Anago Cleaning



Arduino, Mark [MC1982]
Works at Anago Cleaning
Attended Manhattan College
Lives in Rochester, MI

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GOOGLE+: Zihenni, Albert [MC1998] Principal at NorthE Group Inc



Zihenni, Albert [MC1998]
Principal at NorthE Group Inc.
Attended Manhattan College
Lives in New York NY -- USA

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ENDNOTE: Huge Fukushima Cover-Up Exposed



Huge Fukushima Cover-Up Exposed, Government Scientists In Meltdown
By Tyler Durden Zero Hedge
December 21, 2015

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Without directly challenging the U.S. government’s “safe” radiation limits, Buesseler obliquely references the fact that any radioactive contamination of the ocean is cause for concern.

“Despite the fact that the levels of contamination off our shores remain well below government-established safety limits for human health or to marine life,” he said, “the changing values underscore the need to more closely monitor contamination levels across the Pacific.”

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Oh, I feel much better now.

If I was on the Left Coast, no so much.


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