JASPER JOTTINGS Week 36  - 2017 Sep 03   

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



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POSITRACTION: Valerie Harper's remission shows the limits of "experts"



Valerie Harper: Still Going Strong at 78 After Doctors Predicted Her Death
by Good News Network - Aug 22, 2017

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Congratulations to actress Valerie Harper who is celebrating her 78th birthday Tuesday. Best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on the beloved 70s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff series Rhoda, she is twice a cancer survivor, having been given three months to live in 2013—a year in which she competed on Dancing With The Stars. Originally a dancer, she earned four Emmy Awards and also a Tony nomination for her leading role in the 2010 play Looped.

Her husband of 30 years, former fitness trainer Tony Cacciotti, encourages her to exercise. Her charity, Lung Strong, also keeps her active, as do cameo acting appearances and frequent voice-overs for animated characters on The Simpsons. She said in a 2016 interview (below), “A lot of stuff that looks impossible is not—and every day there is evidence of it.”

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More evidence too that “experts” know so little.

Hopefully, this will encourage everyone to continue to follow their dreams and goals regardless of “expert advice”.

I’m attempting to do that to.

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JNEWS: O’Hagan, Patrick [MC1969] gets his ring back



Class ring lost on honeymoon surfaces on beach 47 years later
By Natalie O'Neill
August 25, 2017 | 4:18pm

2017 08Aug 27 ring

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A Manhattan College grad lost his class ring while splashing around with his newlywed bride on Cape Cod nearly half a century ago — but miraculously got it back this week thanks to a beach scavenger with a metal detector.

“It’s really incredible luck; one coincidence after another,” Patrick O’Hagan, 70, of Holtsville, told The Post.
O’Hagan and his wife, Christine, were celebrating their honeymoon on the beach 47 years ago, when his ring fell off and sunk into the sea, he said.

“I lost my balance and I could feel it slip off my hand into three or four feet of water,” he said.
The couple spent hours looking for the jewelry — a $100 gift Christine bought for Patrick in 1969 — but eventually were forced to give up, he said.

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He googled the name found “The Book of Kehls,” a 2005 memoir by Christine about the tragic death of her son.

“It was chapter nine, and it began: ‘I fell in love with Patrick O’Hagan,’” Wirth told the station. “So I knew that I had the exact person I needed to track down.”

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The aging lovebirds celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in June.

“This all brought back a lot of memories,” Patrick said.

He added, “It’s an amazing story. If you put it in a book, nobody would believe it was true.”

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O’Hagan, Patrick [MC????]

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The Book of Kehls Paperback – February 7, 2006
by Christine Kehl O'Hagan (Author)

When Bridget Moore left Ireland in 1865, she never suspected that along with her trunk and rosary beads, she was bringing Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to New York City. It wasn't until Bridget was a grandmother, one who had buried four of her grandsons, that she realized she'd brought MD to the States, a disease that would haunt her family for generations. Years later, her great-grandchildren grew up under the elevated trains of Jackson Heights, Queens―and one of them was Christine Kehl O'Hagan, the author of this moving and insightful memoir.

Christine, her sister Pam, and their brother Richie played in the streets and attended mass every Sunday. But Richie had trouble walking. By the time he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, Christine learned that two of her mother's brothers―uncles she'd never known about―had died of MD. Christine eventually married and had a healthy son. But one day she saw her second boy, Jamie, struggle to climb onto the school bus―and she knew knew then and there that this disease would be with her the rest of her life.

Extraordinarily written, with much honesty and humor, The Book of Kehls is the engaging story of a family that has known love, courage, and heartbreak in equal measure―and survived.

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Dear John,

                 I believe that Patrick is a member of the Class of 1969.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Hagan, Patrick [MC1969]

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JNEWS: Beamon, George [MC2014] joins Worcester Wolves



George Beamon joins Worcester Wolves as captain Marek Klassen departs

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WORCESTER Wolves have signed “exciting” American point guard George Beamon, but last season’s captain Marek Klassen has decided to leave.

Klassen, 25, who played a key role in Wolves’ impressive finish to the 2016/17 British Basketball League campaign has been snapped up by Turkish side Bakirkoy Basket.

However head coach Paul James is thrilled to have captured ex-NBA D-League player Beamon from Iceland Dominos League team AK Thor Akureyri.

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Beamon, George [MC2014]

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MFACEBOOK: Society of Women Engineers



Society of Women Engineers - Manhattan College

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JNEWS: Merklin, Francis [MC????] Engineer @ D&B Engineers



Long Island hires and promotions
August 26, 2017 9:52 AM
By Diane Daniels peopleonthemove@newsday.com

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D&B Engineers and Architects in Woodbury has four new hires.

Francis Merklin of Massapequa, engineer I, holds a civil engineering degree from Manhattan College and was an intern at D&B.

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Merklin, Francis [MC????]

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JLINKEDIN: Prentiss, Ramzey [MC2004] ETL Logistics at Target



Prentiss, Ramzey [MC2004]
ETL Logistics at Target
Waterloo, Wisconsin

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JFOUND: Vitale, Victor S. [MC1978] Attorney in West Nyack, NY



Victor S. Vitale
Licensed for 34 years
Attorney in West Nyack, NY

Areas of Law
    Real Estate Law    Family Law    Children

Admitted in 1983, New York and Florida
Law School Attended Pace University Class of 1982 J.D.

Fordham University Class of 1966 B.A.
Rutgers University Class of 1967 M.A.
Manhattan College Class of 1978 M.S.

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Vitale, Victor S. [MC1978]

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JLINKEDIN: Detelich, Eric [MC2009] Hedge Fund Admin at Gemini Hedge Fund



Detelich, Eric [MC2009]
Hedge Fund Administrator at Gemini Hedge Fund Services
Commack, New York

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JOBIT: VanGieson, Walter [MC 1948 RIP] on 2017-Aug-27



Walter VanGieson

On Sunday, August 27, 2017 death came to Walter Van Gieson at age 95.

A resident of Annapolis, MD since 2001, Walter was born in New York City and was raised in The North Bronx. He attended public elementary and high schools in the Bronx and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Manhattan College School of Engineering.

In Sept. of 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, became a radio operator/mechanic in the Air Commandos and served in the China Burma India Theater during World War II. He married Joan Frances Rogers in 1949.

Walter was a pioneer in radio, television and digital communications. Starting in 1949 until his death he was an active, licensed amateur radio operator and held a Professional Engineer's license since 1959. Walter was employed as an engineer by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in their television operations beginning in 1948. In 1959 he joined the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) research and development group where he contributed to the development of such technologies as digital signal transmission, computer generated speech, speech recognition and secure digital communications systems (Token Ring).

Walter volunteered as a scout leader, fund raiser for special needs children via the Knights of Columbus and the Exchange Club, and as a mentor to middle school students, mostly children of recent immigrants, helping them with their science and math homework.

Walter is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joan Van Gieson; his children, Joseph, Deborah, Peter, David and John; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 31 at St. Jon Neumann Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis, MD. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be made at: KalasFuneralHomes.com

Published in The Capital Gazette on Aug. 30, 2017


VanGieson, Walter [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/capitalgazette/walter-vangieson-condolences/186520321?cid=full

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Dear John,

            I believe that Walter is a member of the Class of 1948.

                       May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

VanGieson, Walter [MC 1948 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Mottola, Paul C. [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Aug-29



Paul C. Mottola
AGE: 78 • Manchester

Paul C. Mottola, age 78, of Manchester, died Tues. Aug. 29 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick. Born in New York City, he lived in Bayville for 28 years prior to moving to Manchester 17 years ago.

He was a graduate of Manhattan College and St. Simon Stock High School, Bronx, NY. Paul was employed as a Senior Regional Manager for Dun & Bradstreet Corp., New York City for 30 years until retiring.

He was the Cub Scout Leader for Pack 27, Bayville, baseball coach for the Berkeley Township Little League, President of the Leisure Village West Model Train Club, and prior member of the Jaycees in Bloomfield, NJ.

Paul was a devoted Yankee fan and never missed a game. His children, grandchildren and great grandson meant the world to him and he supported and enjoyed their activities, sports, music, dance, and school events. All of their achievements were very special to him.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Kathy; his sons Paul and his wife Tara, Peter and his wife Renee; grandchildren, Stephanie, Nicole, Evan, Amanda and his great grandson, Luke. He is also survived by brother Bob and his wife Patti, and many nieces and nephews.

He was a loving, kind family man whose memory will be cherished always by all his family.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9pm at "The Family Owned" Carmona Bolen Home for Funerals, 412 Main St., Toms River. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated Mon. 10:30am at St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church, Toms River. Memorial contributions may be made to the "Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation" at www.AWOC CF.org, or by calling 732-904-2799. Condolences may be sent to www.carmonabolen fh.com.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Sept. 1, 2017


Mottola, Paul C. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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JOBIT: Hanley, Thomas E. [MC1951 RIP] on 2017-Aug-25



Thomas E. Hanley

HANLEY - Thomas E., on August 25, 2017.

Loving husband of Christine Hamilton. Devoted father of Thomas L. (Kathleen), Christopher (Tracey), Christine Hanley-Mavrakis, (George), and William. Proud grandfather of Brendan, Erin, Sean and Colin Hanley, Libby and Leo Hanley, and Patrick and Christine Mavrakis. Beloved brother of Joan Horan (Vincent, deceased), Patricia McCarthy (Robert) and the late Mary Flanagan (Peter, deceased). Dear uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Attended U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) and graduated from Manhattan College.

Long-time employee of Sperry Gyroscope and its successors. Resident of Garden City and parishioner of St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Garden City for 57 years; member of the Ushers Society.

Family and friends may call Wednesday, 4-8 PM at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Inc., 1201 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, 10:00 AM at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Garden City, NY. Interment to follow at Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), 211 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550.

Published in Newsday from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2017


Hanley, Thomas E. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

              I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1951.

                       May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hanley, Thomas E. [MC1951 RIP] 

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

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JNEWS: Kaufmann, Mary [MC2006] assistant principal Brattleboro Union HS



Coming home again: BUHS alum is now assistant principal
Posted Sunday, August 27, 2017 7:36 pm By Maggie Cassidy, Special to the Reformer

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For Mary Kaufmann, her new job as assistant principal at Brattleboro Union High School is a little like coming home. She attended Dover Elementary School and Brattleboro Area Middle School and graduated from BUHS in 2002 before leaving Vermont for college in New York.

"I went to Manhattan College - which is actually in the Bronx, not Manhattan - and did a five-year program," she said. After earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in general special education, she began her teaching career in the Bronx.

"I was lucky enough to get a job in the school I did my graduate-school student teaching in - P.S. 76, also known as the Bennington School," she said. "It was named after the Bennington Battle. I got there thinking, I'm from Dover, which is close to Bennington. This is meant to be."

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Kaufmann, Mary [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kaufmann, Mary [MC2006]

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MNEWS: Alma Mater has new lawyer



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Manhattan College said it has a new general counsel, Tamara J. Britt, a former attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton who most recently was associate general counsel at Rutgers University and counsel to the Rutgers University Foundation. (Manhattan College News)

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JNEWS: Ellrodt, Bernard F. Jr. [MC????] profiled



Bernard F. Ellrodt, Jr. – U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot – Vietnam Veteran – Saugus Resident
18 hours ago Bill Reynolds

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Discipline Changed Bernie

Bernard F. Ellrodt, Jr. was born in 1942 and grew up in Elmsford, New York, 25 miles north of midtown, Manhattan, New York City.

Bernie attended 16 years of Catholic schools and he graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in 1959. Notable alumni are actors Jon Voight and Alan Alda, Jr.

“The discipline I received in high school turned my life around as I was headed for big trouble with characters I hung around with,” Bernie said.

Bernie earned a NY State scholarship to Manhattan College in The Bronx, New York, where he joined AFROTC with aspirations to become a fighter pilot. Mayor Rudy Giuliani also graduated from Bernie’s college.

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Ellrodt, Bernard F. Jr. [MC????]

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


Good Afternoon All,

Our prayers are requested:

Nancy Maksomski has updated us on Fellow Jasper Hugh Gavin '65 who has been in our prayers as he struggled with Cancer and other complications. His prognosis is not good and the Doctors have been up front with Hugh and the Family. The Doctors feel that Hugh will not make it. He has had some further surgery, is doing poorly and has received last rites twice and continues to hold on. The Family have asked for your continued prayers for this good man. We pray that as Hugh is called home, his passing is peaceful and that the Family receive God's Blessings and strength in dealing with their loss.

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for Billy, a young friend of their's. On Monday, Billy, began a 28 Day In-House rehabilitation program for Alchohol Addiction. We pray for the the success of this program for Billy who has committed to it. We pray for his young Family and God's strength to embrace Billy and his Family.

Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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ENDNOTE: We wouldn't want “alienating” prospective (paying) students?



California Catholic school under fire for removing and relocating 'alienating' religious statues
By Greg Norman Published August 25, 2017 Fox News

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A California Catholic school is facing a backlash from parents after officials took down some religious statues -- including one of Mary and baby Jesus -- over concerns that they were “alienating” prospective students.

The head of the San Domenico School in San Anselmo said parents of some prospective students who visited the campus – which was founded in 1850 and serves 671 students grades K-12 -- expressed concern about the religious figures, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

“If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling,” Amy Skewes-Cox, who chairs the school's board of trustees.

Cecily Stock, who is head of the school, said most students are not Catholic.

“Over the last few years we’ve had fewer Catholic students as part of the community and a larger number of students of various faith traditions," Stock said. "Right now about 80 percent of our families do not identify as Catholic.”

An official, who described the institution as California’s oldest independent school and first Catholic school, told Fox News a “large number of religious statues” were recently relocated to other parts of the school's campus and some were donated to “appreciative recipients."

“Our goal in this shift was in alignment with our strategic plan that was approved by our Board of Trustees and Dominican Sisters of San Rafael in June of 2016 and reflects our commitment to continuing a 167-year tradition of inclusive education,” Kimberly Pinkson, director of marketing and communications, told Fox News.

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I guess we should put “catholic” in quotes; or maybe it’s “katholic” or CINO?

I found this stunning. As readers of these ENDNOTES know, I think that there is a concerted effort to “neuter” the Catholic Church’s moral authority and eventually kill it.

Here’s an example of “religious suicide”! If most student are “not Catholic”, then why run the “school”?

I can’t imagine a Jewish or Muslim school doing that?

If the outside forces weren’t doing enough to kill Catholicism, then the inside forces (i.e., Pope & bishops, priests, “Catholic Universities”, and far-left “theologians”) are finishing the job.

I have heard the expression: “I didn’t leave the Church; it left me.”

Makes a lot of sense.

So sad.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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