JASPER JOTTINGS Week 12  - 2017 Mar 19   

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



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POSITRACTION: "love people and use things" — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


2017 03Mar 04 Bishop Sheen quote

[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: my classmate and high school friend Trynosky, Stephen K. (MP64MC68) who posted in on Facebook.]

I wonder who in the Church hierarchy he pissed off that he never was elevated to cardinal? Always found him impressive to listen to. Remember when it was required watching when I was in grammar school. The tests about his show were always an essay. You could cheat by asking a friend the next day. I used to just take my F’s like a true PIA. They didn’t count for anything. And, my Mom ratted me out the Brothers that I’d seen the show. I’d watch the show because I liked him. But hated — and still hate — being manipulated, propagandized, or told what to do. Laugh! I’m sure my fellow alums might do much better. Take what you want from this, but I still liked his sermons even today.


Hope this makes you laugh.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) likes the ND sidestep


>In this week’s endnote, you ask:
>"Do you remember March 20, 2009?
>That was the day the University of Notre Dame announced they would honor newly-elected President Obama as their
>Commencement speaker.Under intense pressure, Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins called the invitation a
>“catalyst for dialogue.” He noted that Presidents of both political parties had spoken in the past, and that the invitation
>was in no way an endorsement of President Obama’s well known hostility to Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life.
>Will Notre Dame continue their tradition and invite President Trump?
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>I doubt it and that’s what will expose what’s wrong with “Catholic” institutions. We’ll see.
>Update: CV reports that ND didn’t invite DJT45, but did invite the VP. Does that tell you anything.

It tells me that the VP is from their state (Indiana) and sidesteps the problem of inviting a man who says it is OK to grab women by their privates without their consent. Sounds like a win-win - not that I approve of Pence...

Thanks, as always, for your good work!
mike toner
BEE '72
Buffalo, NY

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[JR: Just for the record, I never said it was “Saint Trump”. I am sure I whine a lot about that he was “the prettiest horse in the glue factory coral”. That being said, I BELIEVE what this DEMONSTRATES to us that what Fr. John said originally was less that “the truth”. Yes, I can handle “the truth”. The “Secular Progressives” … … (I am not sure what the correct “-ist” is to label them with: Socialist, Marxist, Communist? Maybe just Totalitarian!) … … have taken over the Universities and even the Church. See I’m just a simple fat old white guy injineer and I’d call that a lie. I don’t approve of any of the current politicians — the last Presidential candidate I supported was Ron Paul. But everything today is about Socialism and “Secular Progressivism”. So maybe Fr. John could stop spinning and just say that ND is a “Big D Democratic Socialist” institution. What a disgrace.]

[JR: I appreciate the compliment and I wish I had more and better news to report.] 

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COMMENT: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) reports a formatting issue


Dear John,

              For some reason this weeks edition came through
in a 'different format'.

                 Readable, but difficult to read.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated feedback. I looks like it’s “wide” from your quote. I'll have to do some digging to prevent that next week. Sometimes hyperlinks or pictures cause that.]

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JOBIT: Beardsley, James A. [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Mar-12



In Memory of
James A Beardsley
April 2, 1927 - March 12, 2017

An extraordinary gentleman. Three words that best define Jim. Jim Beardsley, a kind and gentle soul, changed peoples' lives. He enjoyed helping others and was good at it. He was a person of warmth, boundless enthusiasm and positive generosity.

James Beardsley, 89, son of Franklin and Irene Beardsley died, after a brief illness, on Sunday, March 12th surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on April 2, 1927 in Bronx, NY. He graduated from Manhattan College and was a 1st Lieutenant Reserve Commissioned Officer in the US Army. In 1949 Jim married and lived in Yonkers, NY before moving to Clinton with his wife, Jackie, in 1956. He worked for several insurance companies before opening his own agency, Beardsley Insurance Agency.

Jim was a volunteer extraordinaire. He was very active in numerous town organizations and had a tremendous love for his community. Some of his civic and local involvements were: Board of Directors of Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Chairman and member of the Police Commission, Chairman of the Board of Tax Review, Chairman of Community Development Action Plan Agency, Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, member of Westbrook Elks, Justice of the Peace, Chairman and member of the Park and Recreation Commission serving as a founder and president of the Clinton Touchdown Club, coaching several youth teams for many years. He started the recreation department's "Biddy Basketball" program and was chief umpire for Little League. Most important, he was a 50 year member of the Clinton Rotary Club and three time president, Chairman of Rotary Scholarship Foundation, head chef for the bluefish dinners at the town's Bluefish Festival, and proud founder, beginning in 1997, of the Clinton Rotary Cancer Relief Fund which has provided over $300,000 in financial assistance to cancer victims and their families.

Jim received several recognition awards for his community involvement: Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, Town of Clinton Spirit of the Year Award, Irishman of the Year, Republican Town Committee Distinguished Service Award, and Rotary International's Paul Harris Award.

He was an avid fan of the NY Yankees, NY Giants, Boston Celtics, and UCONN basketball. Jim embraced and thoroughly enjoyed the many wondrous aspects of life. He was selfless and humble, always ready with a joke, funny story, or his famous "words of wisdom" he shared with his Rotary "family". What a contagious smile he had and anyone who knew him sensed his genuineness. Many were drawn to his passion for life, infectious humor and dedication to family and friends. With a warm, beautiful personality, he gave undivided attention to all and engaged everyone to make you feel special and valuable.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Jim is survived by his daughter, Deborah Richards (Mark) and son James G. Beardsley (Dora), a proud grandfather to Kyle Richards (Jackie), Drew Richards (Priscilla), Kimberly Beardsley-Carr (Mitch), Timothy Beardsley, and Gregory Radawich (Sarah), James Radawich (Michella), David Radawich (Heather). Jim adored his eight great grandchildren: Adeline and Brooks Richards, Avery Beardsley-Carr, Tyson, Athena, Zoe Beardsley, and Quinn and Miles Radawich. Jim was predeceased by his wife of 54 years Jacqulyn, daughter Joanna Beardsley-Brecciaroli, and two brothers Franklin and Gerard.

We were blessed to have Jim in our lives. His memories are reminders of the past and the importance of the present. These will remain in the hearts of family and friends.Calling hours will be held at Swam Funeral Home, 80 E. Main St, Clinton, CT 06413 on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at First Congregational Church, 55 Church Road (US Rte 1) Clinton, CT 06413 on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family, at Saint Mary's Cemetery, Clinton, CT. To sign the online guest book go to www.swanfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's memory to Clinton Rotary CRF, P.O. Box 558, Clinton, CT 06413.


Beardsley, James A. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for James.

              May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNEWS: Ferrara. Michael [MC????] COO @ Cerami



Michael Ferrara Joins Cerami as Chief Operating Officer
Addition comes on the heels of increasing growth for the company.

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The nationally renowned women-owned consultancy focused on innovative building solutions, Cerami & Associates is pleased to announce that Michael Ferrara has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer.

In this new position, Ferrara will lead business operations and growth strategies for Cerami, a leading provider increasingly recognized for its creative integration of technologies to boost client outcomes.

As the firm grows and approaches 100 team members in three offices, Victoria J. Cerami, CEO, says Ferrara brings proven success in building teams with a focus on learning, empathy, and passionate responsibility, a guiding Cerami principle. “Michael is a multifaceted executive with proven success in enhancing operational efficiency, streamlining business processes, and leading organizations through innovative transitions,” she said. “We’re delighted to welcome him to our team.”

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Michael Ferrara was previously partner and chief operating officer for DOAR, a litigation and trial consulting firm. He also led DOAR’s purchase of ACE Audiovisual, which continued to position the company as a leader in specialized legal technology systems. His prior background was with various large engineering and construction firms, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College.

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Ferrara. Michael [MC????]

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JOY: Delgado, Diana “Dee” [MC2004] & Faltings, Matt [MC2009] engaged



On 3/12/2017 6:21 PM, reinkefj wrote:>> Matt Faltings> 1 hr · > 

2017 03Mar 14 matt

> She said yes! I get to marry to woman of my dreams and my best friend. I'm so blessed. I love you more then you'll ever know. Here's to us babe with a lifetime of love and happiness. Dee Delgado

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Dear John,

           I believe that Matt is a member of the Class of 2009. I also find a Diana (Dee?) Delgado, a member of the Class of 2004 Maybe?


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Delgado, Diana “Dee” [MC2004]

Faltings, Matt [MC2009]

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MNEWS: Alma Mater stood firm in 1946



Indiana basketball player broke racial barrier, changed game forever
Zak Keefer, zak.keefer@indystar.com Published 12:58 p.m. ET March 15, 2017

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Then, suddenly, the ban was lifted. Since the NAIB champion was, at the time, one of eight teams invited to the U.S. Olympic Trials, pressure mounted from East Coast schools to allow black players to participate. The firmest stances came from schools such as Manhattan College, Siena, Albany – not, it’s worth noting, from Wooden and Indiana State.

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[JR: Alma Mater stood firm, but it’s not clear about what?] 

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JNEWS: Biggar, Barry [MC1974] joins Polsinelli Capital Markets



Who’s News: Madison International names new co-CIOs, Polsinelli hires finance lawyers
By REW •   March 16, 2017

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Polsinelli announced two highly-experienced finance attorneys joined its New York office.

Barry P. Biggar and Stephen A. Rutenberg have joined the firm’s national Capital Markets and Commercial Lending group. The new additions are the latest in a significant growth period for the New York office as Polsinelli continues to add strong talent to its roster, most notably in real estate, financial services and intellectual property.

Biggar joins Polsinelli from Pillsbury Winthrop. For more than 25 years he has represented financial institutions in complex structured debt and tax advantaged financings in both the U.S. domestic and cross-border markets, including extensive experience in the aviation, rail, maritime and manufacturing sectors, as well as nuclear fuel resources.

Biggar has represented creditors in the United Air Lines and Northwest Airlines bankruptcy cases. He earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Pace University School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Manhattan College. Biggar is included in Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers” as one of the premier practitioners in North America.

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Biggar, Barry [MC1974]

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JOBIT: Yamamoto, John Hiroshi [MC1963 RIP] on 2017-Feb-14


Good Evening All,

I ask for your prayers for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper,  good friend and Fraternity Brother, John Hiroshi Yamamoto '63 BSCE. John was called home on February 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving Family and his Wife Cheri beside him. Although there was a long period of time between our being at Manhattan and when we gathered again, it was as if no time had elapsed at all. John was a man free of guile, a kind man with a ready smile that embraced you, who treated everyone he met with respect and an open heart. he will be missed and remembered by so many. We pray for John, his Wife. Cheri, their Daughters, Jeanne-Marie, Tamiko, Julianne, Kimiko and Corrina and their Families as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. We remember this good man happy to have known him.

The following Obituary was shared by Harry Palmer '64 MS of Honolulu. Harry was President of Omega Lambda Phi after John. Thank you Harry.

Thank you all. God Bless.

Aloha John.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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2017 03Mar 16 Yamamoto

Yamamoto, John Hiroshi [MC1963 RIP]

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MNEWS: Pipes & Drums on NBC at 8-830 on 3/17



Manhattan College
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Jaspers: Tune in to NBC tomorrow for a very special St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Our very own Manhattan College Pipes & Drums band will be performing on The Today Show tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. — with Michael Patrick.

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JNEWS: Dillon, Mike [MC????] GAA Lifetime Achievement Award



New York GAA Awards Banquet
Cloone's Mike Dillon to receive lifetime award
Observer Staff
17 Mar 2017

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Cloone's Mike Dillon to receive lifetime award

Mike Dillon will be the first recipient of the 'Lifetime Achievement Award.'

The New York GAA is holding its Annual Awards Banquet in Antun’s, Queens on Saturday, March 25 and this year the Association is introducing a new award, namely the 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.

The first recipient of this honour will be Leitrim’s Mike Dillon. Mike, a native of Cloone, had a distinguished footballing career at club, college and county levels, achieving much success in Ireland, London and New York.

He was born in the early thirties, and began his secondary education with the Presentation Brothers in Carrick-on-Shannon, but later switched to the famous bastion of Gaelic football, St. Mel’s. Here, in this nursery of football, Mike’s career flourished.

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Unfortunately for Mike and his team mates the interprovincial games were played on Sundays, and the Bishop of Ardagh, a Dr. McNamee would not allow his students to play on Sundays, lest it interfered with their spiritual formation.

So Mike and his team mates were denied a great opportunity to showcase their skills against the crème de la crème of college players.

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Besides a great sporting career, Mike also enhanced his academic credentials in New York. He earned a B.A. from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.

He rose to prominence in the corporate boardroom, becoming an executive with the media giant C.B.S. In addition, he and his late wife Mary, ran a very successful hotel resort in the Catskills. It was always a very welcoming sojourn for Leitrim exiles.

Mike has two daughters Mary and Deirdre, and seven grandsons. Mike continues to enjoy his football and is a regular at Gaelic Park. Over the years Mike has been a great benefactor to Leitrim football at home and abroad, the New York football team and the County Leitrim Society of New York.

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Dillon, Mike [MC????]

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JHQ: Manhattan Monthly March 2017


[JR: No link available. :-( ] 


Join Manhattan College at the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

On Friday, March 17, alumni, family and friends are invited to watch Manhattan College's Pipes and Drums band perform on NBC's TODAY Show Plaza at 8 a.m., prior to the special pre-parade breakfast reception at the Club Quarters Midtown Hotel at 10 a.m. Following the breakfast, march with the College contingent in the world's largest St. Patrick's Day parade, alongside President Brennan O'Donnell and the Pipes & Drums.


Students, Faculty Share Lenten Reflections

Throughout Lent, Manhattan College faculty, students and staff have provided reflections on their Lenten journey, writing about what Lent means to them and how the College has shaped their faith and spirituality.


Men's Basketball Team to Play in Northern Ireland

Support the Jaspers in the Emerald Isle! Manhattan College is scheduled to take part in the first-ever Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, on December 1-2, 2017 in Northern Ireland. Packages for alumni, family and friends are available now.


Kelly Commons Pop-Up Shop Showcases Business Smarts, Fair Trade Values

Students in the School of Business created a business and marketing plan for a new pop-up campus store in De La Salle Hall, enhancing offerings to the College community.


Veteran Students Share Perspective on War and Peace

A panel discussion during Manhattan College’s annual Peace Week offered examples of how the U.S. military propagates peace during wartime, as described by students and alumni who served.


Lois Harr Honored for Work with Catholic Relief Services

Harr, assistant vice president and director of Campus Ministry and Social Action at Manhattan College, received Fordham University’s John F. Hurley, S.J. Commendation for her tireless efforts promoting social justice on campus and in the Bronx.

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[JR: Each story has an individual link. Do you think that the extra effort capturing those links for your easy reading is worth the extra time?]

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JNEWS: Donnelly, Mary Elizabeth [MC????] Deputy Marshal Bay Ridge St P’s Day Parade



Meet the marshals: Here are the 2017 Bay Ridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade honorees
BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photos by Arthur de Gaeta
By Editorial Staff / editorial@brooklynreporter.com / Friday, March 17, 2017 / 2:38 PM

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Deputy Marshal Mary Elizabeth Donnelly

2017 03Mar 18 Deputy Marshal Mary Elizabeth Donnelly

Mary Elizabeth Donnelly was born and currently resides in Bay Ridge.

She attended St. Ephrem’s Grammar School along with her two brothers and one sister.

Donnelly has two children, Elizabeth, 9, and Matthew, 8, who currently attend St. Ephrem’s, the third generation of the family to do so.

Donnelly graduated from Bishop Ford High School and Manhattan College. She obtained her Masters of Education from Cambridge University in Boston.

Donnelly met her husband Matthew, a proud member of FDNY for the past 18 years, in Breezy Point where the family spent summers growing up as kids. They have been married for the past 12 years.

Donnelly has a passion for teaching and working with the youth in the community. She started her education career as a physical education teacher in Holy Innocents Grammar School in Flatbush. After seven years in Catholic education, Donnelly transitioned over to P.S./I.S. 104 as a Physical Education and Health teacher for 10 years. Most recently, Donnelly switched positions within P.S./I.S. 104 and is now a dean of students.

Donnelly is actively involved in the Bay Ridge community and St. Ephrem’s Parish. She is currently a coach for girls’ basketball, girls’ softball and both boys’ and girls’ swimming for St. Ephrem’s school. Donnelly is also the athletic director for St. Pat’s girls’ volleyball. She also volunteers for OLPH soccer programs in the spring and fall sessions. She also partakes in the children’s liturgy at 10 a.m. mass at St. Ephrem’s.

Recently, Donnelly chaired the Swish for Kids event at St. Ephrem’s gymnasium with all proceeds going towards Frankie’s Mission. The Swish for Kids event raised over 20K to support Frankie’s Mission.

She is a proud member of LAOH, Division 22.

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Donnelly, Mary Elizabeth [MC????]

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JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) "May God, and Mary and Patrick Bless you!"


Happy St. Patricks Day!

May God, and Mary and Patrick Bless you!
One of Dad’s favorite songs, although I don’t think I ever heard him sing more than the first two lines.
Gerard Delaney
Go mbeannai Dia, a Maírha, a Padraig thu
May God, and Mary, and Patrick bless you.
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Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)
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ENDNOTE: The Pope's Problem with Basic Economics



The Pope's Problem with Basic Economics

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As Rothbard has written:

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.

When it comes to economics, the Pope's views reflect the uninformed views of most of the masses. He is one among billions.

Catholics and atheists should give him no special attention on this topic.

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Unfortunately, I think that Pontiffs, straying outside of faith and morals, have damaged the image of the Church.

This Pope’s embrace of “climate change”, “greedy businessmen”, and “pedophilia” has just destroyed the moral high ground that he should occupy.

It’s just more “watermelon”— green on the outside and red on the inside — trying to take away individual liberty and give power to Gooferments.


It’s hard to be a big C “catholic” any more.

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