JASPER JOTTINGS Week 01  - 2017 Jan 03    

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



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POSITRACTION: All the Body Parts You Can Donate


INSPIRATIONAL: All the Body Parts You Can Donate


All the Body Parts You Can Donate to a Good Cause
Beth Skwarecki Tuesday 10:00am Filed to: BODY HACKS

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Bone Marrow

Who needs it? People with leukemias and lymphomas, bone marrow diseases, and immune system disorders like SCID may need a bone marrow transplant. They can’t just use any bone marrow, either: the donor’s tissue type has to match the recipient’s. Most patients who need a transplant can’t find a family member whose tissue type is a close enough match to allow them to donate. That’s why registries are so important—maybe you are someone’s match.

Who can donate? Guidelines for who can donate bone marrow are similar to those for donating blood. In addition, you have to be a good tissue match for the person who needs bone marrow. People are most likely to match with someone else from their racial or ethnic background, so registries especially need people whose heritage is African, Latino, Native American, Asian, or mixed race. Most doctors will request a donor who is under 45 years old, since younger people’s cells make for more successful transplants.

How to donate: Sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program. As part of the registration process, you will swab your cheek and send the swab for testing. This is how they know what tissue type you are. Once you are on the registry, there’s about a 1 in 500 chance that you will end up being somebody’s marrow donor.

There are two ways you might be asked to donate. The older method is a surgery where you get a giant needle in your hip. It’s great for medical TV, but not very common anymore. These days it’s more likely that you will get five daily injections of a medication called filgrastim that causes your bone marrow to release stem cells into your blood. When you donate, a machine will spend several hours filtering those cells out of your blood. In the meantime you can watch movies and chat with friends. If you’ve been put off of donating bone marrow because you were afraid it was a huge, painful needle, don’t be.

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What better way to celebrate the Christmas season?

Helping your fellow human being.

Will it hurt? Maybe. But imagine how it would be to be on the other side of it. Needing but not having a donor.

Wish I was under 45.

Maybe because Our Girl Frau Reinke passed away from an unknown blood disease makes this more impact with me.

p.s., I’m a platelet and organ donor. (Platelet donations is a two hour process where, I swear, they remove them from your butt via a handy vein. I know it comes from one’s butt because that’s the only part of me that hurts. And, no, I am NOT supine on my wallet, funny people!)

Give life.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JHQ: Merry Christmas from Alma Mater



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JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) quotes Luke


FROM: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son.* She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 1:1-7  NAB

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MFOUND: Alma Mater named by the NCAA as the national leaders in community service for volunteer work performed



Generous Jaspers win hair-raising recognition
Posted December 21, 2016
By Sean Brennan

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But now, 43 years later, Manhattan can boast of being the best once again. Not for anything they did on the basketball court or soccer pitch, but something that can be considered vastly more important than a simple game. Last week Manhattan College was named by the NCAA as the national leaders in community service for volunteer work performed by Jaspers’ student-athletes and the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

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JOBIT: Calandra, Frank J. [MC1960 RIP] on 2016-Dec-23



Frank J. Calandra
AGE: 81 • New City

CALANDRA, Frank J. 81, of New City, NY. formerly of Englewood, NJ. passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016.

Born in Bronx, NY. to the late Gioacchino and Maria Calandra. Frank received his Bachelors Degree from Manhattan College in New York City. He was an Army veteran. Before retiring, Frank was an Information Technology Manager for Philip Morris in White Plains, NY.

Beloved husband of fifty years to Jacklyn (nee Visaggio) Calandra. Devoted father of Jack Calandra of Burlingame, Calif., Mark Calandra and his wife Danielle of Mullica Hill, NJ. and Frank Calandra of Hoboken, NJ. Dear brother of Theresa Pica, Lou Calandra, Lucy Michelucci and the late Philomena Macioci. Loving grandfather of Olivia, Gabrielle, Michael and Evelyn.

Frank supported numerous organizations that were important to him including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , Doctors Without Borders and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

Funeral from Costa Memorial Home Boulevard and Central Ave. Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. on Wednesday, December 28th at 9 AM. Funeral Liturgy from Corpus Christi R.C. Church Hasbrouck Heights at 10 AM. Entombment following at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Visitation Tuesday, December 27th from 2 - 4 & 6 - 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis, TN. 38105 or to Doctors Without Borders U.S.A., P.O. Box 5030 Hagerstown, MD. 21741-5030 would be appreciated.

Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 27, 2016


Calandra, Frank J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

            I believe that Frank is a member of the Class of 1960.

                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Calandra, Frank J. [MC1960 RIP]

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JNEWS: Bosco, Nat [MC1977] is new Director at ARC Risk and Compliance



Bosco, Nat [MC1977]
Director at ARC Risk and Compliance
Bradley Beach, New Jersey

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JUPDATE: Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Tilsa [MC1996] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JNEWS: Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Tilsa [MC1996] Supv of PE New Rochelle


New Rochelle Board of Education appoints new Supervisor of Physical Education and Health, Pre-K-12th Grade
December 17, 2016 - 15:50
Posted in: New Rochelle Education

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Tilsa [MC1996]

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


Good Afternoon All,

Some prayers of Thanksgiving will not be remiss and some new prayer requests to share.

Al Hansen, a good friend of mine and a member of our Retreat Team is recovering very successfully from extensive Quadruple Heart Surgery and I am happy to say is doing very well. Please keep Al, his Wife Claire and their Family in your prayers as Al continues to heal

I have just heard from Bob Mattis and he tells me his dear friend Sue had her Surgery and the MDs have removed her Cancer but Sue us not out of the woods yet as she now goes into treatment mode. Please keep the volume up for Sue and her Family.

My Niece Kerry's friend and colleague, Jenn, who has been in our prayers as she fought her Leukemia, has told us she is Leukemia free which is incredible. She is so grateful for your prayers and kind thoughts. Her Children are celebrating the Miracle of Christmas in a big way.

Erry, another friend of my Niece Kerry, who was suffering with a brain tumor is now doing much better after necessary surgery. Please keep the prayers coming.

Please raise the volume a bit for Noreen Mattis. Noreen took a fall on Christmas Eve and did some damage to her knee. We pray that her injuries are not as serious as they could be.

I ask for your prayers for my dearest Friend and High School Classmate, Bob (my Brother in a very real sense) whom we actually lost for about 20 seconds last evening. He is in Stonybrook Hospital and at this moment, is receiving a Pacemaker. We pray for Bob and his Family and that the Surgery resolve his dangerous afib reactions.

Remember please in your prayers, our Military Men and Women serving so far from home so that we may be safe. Our thanks, love and prayers go out to them and their Families.

Please keep our Law Enforcement and First Responders in your prayers. Their lives too, are on the line every day.

We have on our plate, some several requests that are each important. Thank you greatly for your love and Commitment.

Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: Shortell, Thomas F. [MC1957 RIP] on 2016-Dec-20



Thomas F. Shortell
1935 - 2016
AGE: 81 • Sarasota, FL and Lakewood, NJ

Thomas F. Shortell, 81, of Sarasota, FL, and Lakewood, NJ, passed away at his home in Florida on December 20, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Jacqueline (DeNicola) Shortell, to whom he had been married for 59 years.

Tom was born on June 14, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY. After his father, PVT Thomas F. Shortell, USMC and FDNY, died in WWII, Tom was raised by his grandmother Helen O'Mara Shortell and Uncle Jack Shortell. He was a graduate of St. Augustine High School in Brooklyn, and Manhattan College in NYC. He spent his entire career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co., retiring in 1994. During this time he was a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was proud of his Irish heritage and belonged to the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of the Jersey Shore. In his retirement he enjoyed playing golf, traveling the world, and spending time with his large family.

Tom and Jackie raised their family in Matawan and Holmdel, NJ. In addition to his wife, Tom is survived by two daughters, Susan and her husband Neil Mackinnon of Chelmsford, MA, and Jacqueline and her husband Charlie Olynyk of Monmouth Beach, NJ, and two sons, Thomas F. Shortell and his wife Vivian of Tinton Falls, NJ, and David Shortell of Monmouth Beach, NJ. He is survived by his siblings Carol Meade and her husband Tom, Jerry Shortell and his wife Janet, and Helen Bonner and her husband Don O'Hanlon, all of Sarasota, FL. He is also survived by his grandchildren Thomas, Timothy, Kristen and Anna Shortell, Sean Hennessey, and Nathan, Owen and Cassie Mackinnon, and great-grandson Mark Charles Sides, Jr. Other family members include Elizabeth and John Avicolli and many more cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, January 3rd, 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Holmdel Funeral Home, 26 S. Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ. His funeral service will be held at 9:15 am on Wednesday, January 4th, at St. Catharine's RC Church, 108 Middletown Road, Holmdel. Entombment to follow in Holmdel Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tom's memory to the American Cancer Society . To share a favorite memory of messages of condolence, please visit Tom's Book of Memories at www.holmdelfuneralhome.com.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 1, 2017


Shortell, Thomas F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

            I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1957.

                     May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Shortell, Thomas F. [MC1957 RIP]

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ENDNOTE: She 'Begged' The Courts; now she's dead



She 'Begged' The Courts: But No One Saved N.J. Mom Before Husband Killed Her, Friends Say
By Tom Davis (Patch Staff) - December 20, 2016 4:06 pm

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Tara O’Shea-Watson begged everybody — especially the courts — for help, to let her move out of state and get away from her abusive husband, friends said.

But they shared children. Even as Jeremiah Monell haunted her, she had to stay in her New Jersey home.

As of Tuesday, her children were safe. Tara was dead. And her estranged husband remained on the loose, the target of a nationwide search.

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Other friends told Action News that the family lived a life full of terror. "You don't know how many times she came to my house beat up," the victim's friend Penny Morey told the station.

She was a battered mother, they told 6abc, and she and her two children were constantly fleeing from her abusive husband.

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Here’s a CLASSIC example of the worthlessness of restraining orders and the futility of seeking protection from the Gooferment at any level.

I rant on this often.

Orders Of Protection should come with an AUTOMATIC concealed carry permit, a loaner from the Sheriff, and some range time with a qualified instructor. I’d also have the abuser arrested, brought before a Judge, and instructed that he was now officially a “target” who’s job was to never get with in effective shooting distance of his victim.

Governor Christie should do something to reform Family Court and Pepuls Republic of Nu Jerzee’s draconian gun laws.


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