JASPER JOTTINGS Week 21  - 2016 May 22    

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



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POSITRACTION: “And she brought ice pops.”



Bride won’t sign prenup, throws ‘wedding party’ for poor kids instead
By Brooke Baitinger and Laura Italiano May 8, 2016 | 5:39am

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Yiru Sun was radiant in bridal white Saturday — even though she had called off her wedding at the last minute, instead turning her reception into a feast for the poor.

The pretty Manhattan insurance executive was supposed to tie the knot in a lavish Upper East Side wedding Saturday. But after balking at the proposed prenup, she turned her heartbreak — and her non-refundable $8,000 reception deposit — into something beautiful: a luncheon for 60 needy kids and their families.

“I should have been the bride. It was canceled,” Sun told her guests at the elegant Harold Pratt House at East 68th Street and Park Avenue. “Initially I felt frustrated,” said Sun, a vice president at New York Life Insurance, declining to dish about her former betrothed, not even to name him.

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“Three weeks later, I woke up with this idea,” Sun, herself a single mom of a 6-year-old daughter, told her guests, who were chosen with help from The Salvation Army and Inwood House.

“At that moment, I started to think it was God’s plan,” she said of turning her misfortune into a great party.

“I cannot be the princess of my wedding day, but I can give the kids a fairy tale.”

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“It’s special because this lady canceled a special day for her family and herself just for little kids to have fun,” said Kimberly Gil, 10, who attended with mom Amelia Victorio, 30.

“And she brought ice pops.”

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What can one say?

“Lemons and lemonade”.

“Created a tax deduction”.

Or, really touched some poor children with an inspiring message.

Did the pre-nup tip off her gut instinct that the man’s heart was in his wallet?

Whatever I think, I have to ask myself: “Have I brought ice pops lately?”

Kudos to a smart beautiful woman with a good heart.

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JOY: Shapiro, Paul [MC2003] weds Courtney Anne De Thomas



Courtney De Thomas, Paul Shapiro
MAY 15, 2016

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Courtney Anne De Thomas, a daughter of Anne De Thomas of the Bronx and Robert De Thomas Jr. of Brooklyn, was married May 13 to Paul Matthew Shapiro, the son of Linda J. Shapiro of the Bronx and the late Mark S. Shapiro. The Rev. Anthony Sorgie performed the ceremony at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx.

Mrs. De Thomas-Shapiro, 36, is a psychologist at the Bronx campus of New York City Children’s Centers, an agency of the New York State Office of Mental Health. She is also an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at Lehman College in the Bronx. She graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., and received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson.

Mr. Shapiro, 34, works in East Elmhurst, Queens, for a civil engineering and construction unit of Skanska, the Swedish development and construction company. He is a project manager for the La Guardia Airport Rehabilitation Project. He graduated from Manhattan College.

The couple met in 2002 through mutual friends, but did not begin dating, despite much encouragement from those friends, until 11 years later.

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Shapiro, Paul [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Paul is a member of the Class of 2003.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Shapiro, Paul [MC2003]

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JNEWS: Dunn, Mike [MC????] CYO Alumni Achievement Award



CYO to honor volunteers, special friends at 10th annual community reception
By Jerry Lee | jlee@siadvance.comon May 14, 2016 at 8:40 AM, updated May 14, 2016 at 11:24 AM

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The Staten Island Catholic Youth Organization will host its 10th annual CYO Community Awards Reception Wednesday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Excelsior Grand in New Dorp.

Six special individual awards will be presented, as well as the traditional volunteer awards given annually to at least one deserving person from each of the Island's parishes that the CYO encompasses.

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Mike Dunn

The recipient of this year's CYO Alumni Achievement Award has not only been a lifetime advocate for youth sports at various levels, but has also experienced highly successful careers as both a member of the Fire Department of New York and as a high school basketball coach.

Dunn's roots to volunteering stems from his early childhood days as his father, Bill, often devoted his time to worthy causes. Bill Dunn was also a pioneer in developing and running the St. Charles athletic program for many years.

Mike Dunn has been a parishioner at St. Charles since 1966 before getting involved with the sports program himself by running free clinics and coaching beginning in 1997. By 2002, he became the CYO coordinator for the Oakwood parish and held the position for four years.

Dunn is a 1984 graduate of St. Peter's Boys HS, where he was a three-year member of the varsity basketball team. During his senior year, he was named the Warren Jaques Award winner as Staten Island's most outstanding basketball player.

He attended Merrimack College in Massachusetts and was a member of the men's basketball team for two years. He then transferred to Manhattan College, where he not only played basketball in his remaining two years of eligibility (he was captain), but also graduated with a BS in Accounting and Computer Information.

Dunn was also a member of the IABBO referee board between 1992-2002.

In 2006, Dunn accepted a head coaching job on the high school level for the first time when he became Monsignor Farrell's freshman basketball coach. Four years later, Dunn was named the Oakwood school's varsity coach and he's held that position ever since.

Dunn has been a member of the FDNY since 1992 and he was recently promoted to Battalion Chief. He is currently assigned to the 11th division in Brooklyn.

Mike and his wife, Anna, have three children -- Devin, Allie and Jake.

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Dunn, Mike [MC????]

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JFACEBOOK: Athanasidy, Patrice Liquori (MC1988) on Dr. Hashimoto retiring from Alma Mater


Athanasidy, Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

Patrice Liquori Athanasidy shared Manhattan College'spost.
34 mins ·  
Hashi will lead Commencement before he retires. He is one of those professors that has made Manhattan College extra special.

Manhattan College
21 hrs ·

Beloved philosophy professor Dr. Hashimoto is retiring this year, but not before leading the 2016 Commencement processional in Draddy next weekend! THANK YOU for your 54 years of dedicated service to our students and institution, Dr. Hashimoto.

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JOBIT: Dormer, Sr. Rose Maureen "Peggy" [MC1970 RIP] on 2016-May-10



Sr. Rose Maureen "Peggy" Dormer
Guest Book

NEW YORK CITY — Sr. Rose Maureen "Peggy" Dormer, 91, entered into eternal rest at De Paul Residence in Kittay House, Bronx, New York City, on May 10, 2016.

Born in Shamokin April 5, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Kyran and Rosemary (Feori) Dormer.

Her mother died young and she was raised by her beloved stepmother, Margaret "Quinny" Quinn.

She entered the Sisters of Charity of New York Sept. 8, 1945. She ministered at St. Agnes, Manhattan, New York City; St. Barnabas Elementary and High School, Bronx, New York City; St. Peter, Poughkeepsie, New York; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Brooklyn, New York City; St. John, White Plains, New York; Our Lady of Mercy, Port Chester, New York; St. Mary and St. Joseph, Yonkers, New York; and Trinity High School, Shiremanstown.

She was a graduate of St. Edwards High School. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in history from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and her master's degree in counseling and psychology from Manhattan College.

She had an esteemed 50-year career in education in which she served as teacher, administrator and guidance counselor, imparting her love of teaching, sense of humor and compassion onto her students and colleagues.

In 2002, she moved to the Convent of Mary the Queen where she continued her devotion to God.

Peggy is survived by her brother, Kyran Dormer, and wife, Lois, of Hamilton Square, New Jersey; several nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity with whom she has shared life for 71 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Stephen J. Dormer; two sisters, Rosemarie Malloy and Molly McKinney; and two nephews Kyran and Jackie Malloy.

She was laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in Yonkers, New York, May 14. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Charity of New York.

Funeral Home
Flynn Memorial Home, Inc. - Yonkers
325 South Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10705
(914) 963-5178

Published in The News Item on May 16, 2016


Dormer, Sr. Rose Maureen "Peggy" [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/newsitem/rose-maureen-dormer-peggy-condolences/180002942?cid=full

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Dear John,

               I believe that Sister is a member of the Class of 1970
                    May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Dormer, Sr. Rose Maureen "Peggy" [MC1970 RIP]

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COMMENT: From a fellow Jasper, "inchoate anger"


The EndNote for Jottings # 20 (5/15/16) includes the sentence: "But if “The Donald” can give us a peaceful foreign policy, then that might be the best the USA can get this election cycle."

The juxtaposition of the words "The Donald" and "peaceful" strains the bounds of credulity. There is nothing consistent with the concept of "peaceful" in this man's demeanor; stirring up controversy, insulting those who differ with him, running rough-shod over the feelings of others, these are all his stock in trade. Were these behaviors of recent (i.e. campaign time) origin one might conclude that they are a tactic to connect with the inchoate anger that permeates the electorate. But even a cursory review of "The Donald" throughout his public life shows an ill-tempered bully of a self-centered man determined to impose his will on anyone who dares to differ with him - hardly the recipe for success in the complex negotiations that are required for " ... a peaceful foreign policy" in these risky times when the only alternative is war.

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[JR: The question of attribution was not answered. So, I’ll defer to privacy.] 

[JR: I would observe that every other candidate didn’t ever mention a “peaceful outcome” of any kind. As little L libertarian, I listen to the “war question” very carefully. Everyone else was for confrontation all over the globe. At least, “The Donald” admitted the probability that a “deal” could be struck with all sorts of “enemies” — Russia, China, Iran, etc. Hard chargers are always pictured as “cowboys” like Reagan or “nuke crazy” like Goldwater. Yet, the Presidents that get us deeper into foreign adventures seem to be D’s. At least up to the Bush family. I think we will just have to wait and see.] 

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JBLOGGER: Reiser, Gabrielle Panepinto [MC1996] "Run Cook Laugh"



Gabrielle Panepinto Reiser
1 hr

Hello, I am an Manhattan College graduate and mother of 4 boys who recently started a blog which will include posts about running, nutritious recipes and living a healthy lifestyle. I formerly ran track in HS and at Manhattan College and I am currently competing in all distances (marathons, 1/2 marathons, 10ks and 5ks) My times are posted in the About section of my blog. I would appreciate your support on my endeavor to help motivate and educate people about the importance of a proper diet and fitness. Kindly subscribe to my mailing list to receive the latest posts.

Thank you for your support!

Warmest regards,
Gabrielle Panepinto Reiser

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Reiser, Gabrielle Panepinto [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Reiser, Gabrielle Panepinto [MC1996]

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JNEWS: Collins, Michael [MC1980] GM of Broadridge's Mutual Fund Proxy Voting



Michael Collins promoted to GM of Broadridge's Mutual Fund Proxy Voting and Solicitation Business
08:00 ET from Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

     LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) announces the promotion of Michael Collins to the role of vice president and general manager of Mutual Fund Proxy Voting and Solicitation. Collins will lead the mutual fund proxy voting business and focus on strategic planning, client relations and regulatory oversight.

Collins, who was promoted to the role after his predecessor Peggy Schooley retired from the position, brings over two decades of mutual fund proxy vote management experience to his new role. He joined Broadridge in 1996, and was instrumental in building the company's mutual fund client service and account management functions. In recent years, Collins has focused on the development of proxy vote solicitation strategies for key mutual fund clients, developing new solutions and managing senior level client relationships.

"As the mutual fund industry experiences increased regulatory and market driven changes, cost and compliance pressures mean funds need innovative strategies to efficiently reach shareholders, obtain quorum and pass proposals," said Michael Liberatore, president, Mutual Fund and Retirement Solutions, Broadridge. "Michael's wealth of expertise and superior track record will help our clients navigate these challenges and execute successful proxy voting campaigns."

Collins is a member of the NICSA board of directors and distribution committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Manhattan College and a Master of Business and Science degree in Finance from Pace University. He holds Executive Education Certification from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association/Wharton program.

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Collins, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

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

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Collins, Michael [MC1980]

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JHQ: Alma Mater hires a new Director of Capital Campaign



Director of Capital Campaign – Manhattan College (New York, NY)
May 16, 2016 CatholicJobs.com

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DIRECTOR OF CAPITAL CAMPAIGNFundraising, FT EmployeeManhattan College (New York, NY)
Director of Capital CampaignManhattan CollegeRiverdale, NYhttp://manhattan.edu/

Manhattan College is a Lasallian Catholic institution founded on the principles of John Baptist De La Salle, patron saint of teachers. Manhattan College “Jaspers” strive to promote faith, respect, quality education, community and social justice in all that they do. It is a tight-knit campus where faculty, advisers and support staff truly know each of their students.

Lasallian heritage derives from a Catholic teaching order established by t De La Salle to provide education to impoverished children in 17th century France. Hundreds of years later, Manhattan College, along with Lasallian educational communities in more than 80 countries around the world, continue to live out De La Salle’s five most important principles: Excellence in teaching, respect for human dignity, reflection on faith and its relation to reason, an emphasis on ethical conduct, and commitment to social justice.

Manhattan College seeks a Director of Capital Campaign who will report to the Vice President for Advancement and work closely with fundraising counsel and key stakeholders. S/he will be an experienced fundraiser who will be responsible for planning, managing, and executing a comprehensive campaign including program advancement, endowment, capital, and annual objectives.

The Director will join the College at a key time, as it enters the second phase of a long-term strategic plan that identifies key goals and major priorities of the institution. The strategic plan serves as a guide for allocating resources and prioritizing new initiatives. The Director will play a major leadership role in developing the comprehensive campaign framework and overseeing its day-to-day operations, overall coordination, and management. The position is both strategic and tactical, incorporating all components of the campaign from the quiet phase through the launch, implementation, and closing of the public phase.

The successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills and a proven record of creating and fostering excellent relationships with the Board of Trustees, President, Deans, faculty and alumni.

Manhattan College has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist with this strategic recruitment. The complete position profile can be viewed at www.glfreeman.com. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to FPS via email:

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[JR: Get ready for more arm twisting?] 

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JHQ: Destination for “Official” Jasper Gear?



Destination for “Official” Jasper Gear

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


Good Evening All,

I ask for your prayers for a good friend and colleague of our Niece. We were together this past Saturday when Kerry (our Niece) received some sad news. Her friend, Jen McCoy, contacted her. Jen had not been feeling well, tired, cold symptoms and because she had been exposed to Mononucleosis she was concerned and made an immediate Doctor's Appointment. The MD saw her right away, did some tests and discovered that Jen has Leukemia. Jen, 37, single Mom, as of a year ago, mother of two children between the ages of three and ten, is concerned. Treatment has already begun. Please raise the volume for Jen and her Children as we pray that the treatment regimen works quickly and that her illness is brought under control, iliminated with no complications. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JFACEBOOK: Pike, Kaitlyn Leonard [MC2012] is a Nurse!


Kaitlyn Leonard
May 13 at 3:57pm ·

2016 05May 17 Leonard

Yessssss ! So excited to announce that I am officially done with nursing school ! It has been quite a journey and I am blessed to have gone through it with such an amazing group of people ! Congratulations everyone 😁😁

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Dear John,

            I believe that Kaitlyn is a member of the Class of 2012.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

On 5/13/2016 5:09 PM, Jasper Fjohn68 wrote:> 


>     Studied Nursing at Kean University
>     Past: Manhattan College and Brick Township High School
>     Lives in Brick Township, New Jersey
>     From Brick Township, New Jersey
>     Married to Daniel Leonard
>     Married since June 21, 2014
>>>> -- Kaitlyn Leonard Pike

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Pike, Kaitlyn Leonard [MC2012]

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JHQ: Manhattan Monthly: May 2016



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ADMINISTRIVIA: To Mexico this week end


Going to Mexico for a friend’s wedding.

(Not mine! My fiancé has decided that we’ll wed the day before I die so she can get a bulk discount on the church and combine the reception and repast to save “my” money. Laugh! … … Good thing she doesn’t read my Jasper Jottings.)

So there is a possibility, depending upon the inet “gods”, that I may not be able to push the weekly issue from there. At worst it could be delayed until Tuesday. At best, no difference in schedule at all.

But then, you get what you pay for.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JNEWS: Stark, Ernest [MC1959] National Review Board USCCB



Bishops appoint new members to abuse oversight board
Dennis Coday  |  May. 18, 2016 NCR Today

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Just got this press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

National Review Board Appoints Chairman, New Members         May 18, 2016         WASHINGTON—

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) named two new members to the National Review Board and reappointed its chairman for the next four-year term, 2016-2020, beginning in June.       

The new members are Ernest Stark, a long time Catholic school educator and administrator, and Garry Hall, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, and CEO and president of the Association of the United States Navy. Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts, was reappointed as chairman of the board.

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Ernest Stark currently serves as chair of the review boards for several religious communities including the Augustinians, Carmelites, Passionists, and Benedictines and is a member of the review board of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He has served as a teacher and administrator in Catholic secondary schools and colleges for fifty years.  He was a member of the review board of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, for ten years, serving as chair for eight of those years. He holds a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in theology from Manhattan College, New York. He has pursued additional studies at Northern Illinois University, and he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for summer study at the University of Notre Dame.

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Stark, Ernest [MC????]

[JR: This is job that needs doing, but not a pleasant duty.] 

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Dear John,

               I believe that Ernest is a member of the Class of 1959.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Stark, Ernest [MC1959]

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MOBIT: Hart, Norbert S. [MCxstaff RIP] on 2016-May-18



Norbert S. Hart

Poughkeepsie, NY - Norbert S. Hart, of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. Norbert was born on May 30, 1926 in Long Beach, NY to the late Joseph and Adelaide Hart. He grew up in Brooklyn where he met his future wife, Anna Mae Ring. They married at St. Mary's Gate of Heaven in Ozone Park, Queens, NY on June 28, 1958. They settled in Hollis, Queens where they raised a family of six and lived there until 1991. Anna Mae predeceased him on October 5, 2002.

Norbert received his degree in Chemistry from City College of NY (CCNY). He retired from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY in 1993. He was the Computer Center Director at the time of his retirement. He was a loving husband, father of 6, proud grandfather of 14 and a huge NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. He will be greatly missed.

Norbert is survived by his sons, Norbert J. and wife Maryanne of Poughkeepsie, NY, Thomas of Valhalla, NY, Brian of Queens, NY, Stephen and wife Debbie of Naples, FL, Kevin of Poughkeepsie, NY, a daughter, Maureen and husband Glenn Hartman of Scot Run, PA, and a sister, Joan Romano and husband George of Stamford, Conn. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the William G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:00am at St. Martin de Porres Church, Poughkeepsie, NY. Interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY. Memorial donations can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Foundation, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 20 to May 22, 2016


Hart, Norbert S. [MCxstaff RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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JHQ: Reminder about supporting Alma Mater


Dear John,

With Commencement Weekend upon us, we are reminded that our Jaspers’ success begins in the classroom and extends long after graduation. Our innovative academic programs consistently receive national recognition, steadily increasing the value of a Manhattan College degree.

Just last month, Manhattan ranked among the top 100 U.S. colleges on Forbes’ list of Best Value Colleges 2016: The 300 Schools Worth the Investment. Manhattan also placed seventh out of all Catholic colleges and universities across the country, as well as within the top 50 schools in the Northeast region. In addition, PayScale’s latest annual College Return on Investment Report announced that Manhattan is the top-ranked Catholic institution, 30th among private colleges and universities, and in the top 6% of nearly 1,000 schools.

Help us continue to give our students the opportunity to excel during and after their time at Manhattan. Please show your support by making a gift of $100.00 to the Fund for Manhattan today.

With appreciation,
Gabby Sig
Gabrielle Kaminsky

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ENDNOTE: CIC's response to Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957) about heroin



Posted on May 5, 2016 by keywestlou

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Afghanistanhas poppy fields galore. Poppy seeds become opium. The opium treated becomes heroin.

Today, the United States is facing its deadliest illicit drug epidemic in history. A heroin epidemic. Previous drug epidemics shade in comparison.

Afghanistan is responsible for 85 percent of the world’s opium production. A significant portion of that production has found its way to America’s streets.

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Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957)

[JR: I wrote this comment in response to Key West Lou’s frustration with the “heroin epidemic”.] 

Lou, Lou, Lou, for a smart Jasper lawyer, you are soooo naïve.

It's all about money.

The “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs" is about keeping: police, lawyers, jailers, politicians and bureaucrats fully employed. It's a tacit conspiracy between "organized crime" and the Gooferment. (I would argue it's just two "organized crime families" fighting it out!)

Marijuana should have never been outlawed. It was racist. And designed to protect the Hearst newsprint monopoly from cheap hemp fiber.

(And us little L libertarians would argue completely UNCONSTITUTIONAL! If alcohol prohibition required an amendment, then why didn't "drug" prohibition require one? Argh!)

"Drug addiction" has been a problem of humanity since time immemorial. Only the Gooferment's interference has made it a disaster of epic proportions.

We agree that it should be treated as a medical problem; not a legal problem.

Most notably, Portugal seems to point to the solution -- decriminalization.

Let the free market solve it. FIRST, WalMart can destroy the profitability of Drug Kingpins. Many studies have suggest that "drugs" would be cheaper than aspirin. And, infinitely "cleaner" and safer.  SECOND, since it nothing should be "outlawed", "drugs" would lose their "kool" image. And if we take as the premise that you own your own body, then you and you alone should take FULL responsibility for what you put in it. THIRD, all the funds “wasted” on the law enforcement infrastructure can be returned to the taxpayer and made available to making treatment available to those who want it.

(And this goes for alcohol too! One of the reasons given for drugs in Gooferment Skrules is that alcohol is too hard to get. And, btw, in case you haven't noticed the Gooferment can't keep drugs out of its prisons either!)

Alcohol prohibition ended effectively when juries refused to convict bootleggers. So to the "(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs" will end when the same thing happens. Us little L libertarians believe "no victim; no crime".

Hope this sways your opinion some.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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