JASPER JOTTINGS Week 38  - 2017 Sep 17   

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



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POSITRACTION: Houston is an example of the true spirit of America



Grandparents Get Jet Ski Rescue After Calling Chick-Fil-A For Help
by McKinley Corbley - Sep 1, 2017

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Chick-Fil-A does not just prepare toasty chicken sandwiches – they can also reportedly serve up their meals by rescue boat when conditions get dicey.

An elderly married couple of northern Houston, Texas had been waiting out the worst of the storm with relatively good results. Over the course of the weekend, their house had remained dry and free of complications.

But then, on Monday, it quickly began filling with water.

The seniors, J.C. and Karen Spencer, did not know where to turn for help; so they called the local Chick-Fil-A restaurant at which they are regular customers. J.C. then placed an order for two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg – and a rescue boat.

The manager’s husband, who happened to have a boat, then maneuvered over to the great-grandparents’ house.

As Karen and J.C. were loading up all of their prized possessions, two mystery jet ski rescuers also arrived at the scene and offered to help.

With both grandparents riding on the backs of the jet skis, the boat rescuers were able to safely carry all of the Spencers’ important gear to dry land. They even offered to return when J.C. said that he had forgotten his wedding ring and wallet.

The Spencers are now hoping to find the jet ski rescuers and thank them for their help in the rescue.

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This is typical of all the great stories coming out of Houston.

It appears that private citizens did more than the “official” Gooferment efforts.

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JFACEBOOK: Silva, Silvia [MC2002] NYCDOE looking for PE teachers


Silva, Silvia [MC????]
September 6 at 11:38pm

PE teachers looking for a position in the NYCDOE please message me. Serious inquiries only.

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Dear John,

                 I believe that Silvia is a member of the Class of 2002.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Silva, Silvia [MC2002]

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JFACEBOOK: Hammam, Kenda [MC????] reports on Jose Armas '13 accident


Hammam, Kenda [MC????]
September 5 at 11:58am

Alumni, A fellow graduate of Manhattan College, Jose Armas '13, has been in a critical, life-threatening hit and run accident. We are looking to help raise money for his family during this tragic time. The GoFundMe page offers more information on the incident. On behalf of his family and friends, we appreciate any prayers and donations at this time. Thank you.

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Dear John,

          I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Kenda. He may be a recent graduate.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JLINKEDIN: Contreras, Tiffany [MC2017] Recreation Asst at Sunrise Manor



Contreras, Tiffany [MC2017]
Recreation Assistant at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home
Bay Shore, New York

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JLINKEDIN: Tompkins, Charles [MC1983] Director, Insurance at SES



Tompkins, Charles [MC1983]
Director, Insurance
SES Satellites  
Greater New York City Area

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JOBIT: SanGiovanni, Carlo Jr. [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Sep-06



Carlo SanGiovanni Jr.

SanGIOVANNI Jr. - Carlo of Commack, N.Y. on September 6, 2017 at the age of 87.

Graduate of Manhattan College. Retired from Sperry after 42 years.

Beloved husband of Barbara. Cherished father of Sue Ann (Stephen) Kosar, Carlo Ill ( Meryl), Peter (Doris), Terese Ann, & Diane (Douglas) Lomma. Adored Grandfather of 11. Loving brother of Matea Baffaro and John Paul. Reposing Monday, 7-9pm and Tuesday, 2-4 & 7-9pm at Commack Abbey Inc, 96 Commack Road, Commack, N.Y. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, 10am at Christ The King R.C. Church, Commack, N.Y. Interment St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, N.Y.

Published in Newsday on Sept. 10, 2017


SanGiovanni, Carlo Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JUPDATE: Curley, Raymond Patrick [MC1954 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Raymond Patrick Curley
Published in The Hartford Courant on Sept. 7, 2017
Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

              I believe that Raymond is a member of the Class of 1954.

                          May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Curley, Raymond Patrick [MC1954 RIP]

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JNEWS: Lyons, Michael [MC1993 RIP] gets a street name



Hawthorne Street Named in Honor of Fallen 9/11 Firefighter
September 11, 2017 By Neal Rentz

Michael Lyons, a New York City and Hawthorne volunteer firefighter who perished at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, was honored with more than just words on the eve of the 16th anniversary of his death.

The street in front of the Hawthorne firehouse at Home Street and Elwood Avenue was officially named Michael J. Lyons Plaza on Sunday evening. The unveiling of the street sign followed a ceremony, which included members of the Hawthorne, Valhalla, Thornwood and Pleasantville volunteer fire departments, to remember 9/11.

Mount Pleasant Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi said the town board agreed to rename the street at the request of Hawthorne firefighter Carlo Valenti.

“As a small token of appreciation, the residents of the Town of Mount Pleasant will forever remember Michael from Squad 41, New York Fire Department by adding his name to the street of his home firehouse,” Fulgenzi said.

The new street sign is located in front of “the place where his fellow firefighters refused to forget him,” Fulgenzi said. Lyons’ family “will always be in our thoughts and prayers,” he said.

Lyons, 32 at the time of his death, earned a degree in engineering from Manhattan College in 1994 before becoming a firefighter. He joined the FDNY in 1995, serving for five years at Engine Company 44 before going to Squad 41 in the Bronx.

He enjoyed playing darts and taught his fellow firefighters how to gamble, said Ed Kennedy, a former New York City firefighter who worked with Lyons.

To make additional income, Lyons assembled bicycles at Toys “R” Us and worked other odd jobs, Kennedy said.

“Mike was a character,” Kennedy said. “He was a lovable person.”

During Sunday evening’s ceremony, Fulgenzi praised the continuing efforts of first responders.

“It’s hard to comprehend a fireman or a police officer or emergency personnel knowing the dangers facing them to enter a building in flames for the sole purpose of helping those in need, to save lives,” he said. “It’s bravery beyond comprehension.”

Lyons, one of the 343 New York City firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11, was also remembered fondly by Mount Pleasant resident and retired FDNY lieutenant Tom Sialiano. Sialiano’s home firehouse was 10 blocks from the World Trade Center.

“I learned a lot. I learned about teamwork. I learned it’s worth it to help people, it’s worth it to put your life on the line,” he said. “And that’s what Michael Lyons did on that day. And every firefighter didn’t care who was in that building. They went in there with total disregard for themselves to save lives. It was one of the greatest rescue operations in the history of the City of New York. We saved thousands and thousands of people.”

“We’re never going to forget Michael Lyons,” Sialiano added. “He was a hero. He was a patriot. He was a wonderful person.”

Following the ceremony, one of Lyons’ daughters, Caitlyn, choked up while describing how she felt about having the street named after her late father. His youngest daughter, Mary Michael, was born after 9/11.

Caitlyn thanked Valenti for coming up with the idea to honor her dad and propose it to the town.

“It’s really nice,” she said.

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Lyons, Michael [MC1993 RIP]

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JNEWS: Breheny, Jim [MC1981] CoB ASSN of Zoos



Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny Sworn-In as Chair of the Board at Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Indianapolis, Indiana, Sept. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is announcing the swearing-in of Jim Breheny, Director of the Bronx Zoo, as the new Chair of the AZA Board of Directors.

“Jim has been a strong and influential voice within the AZA community for years. Jim’s experience in animal welfare and husbandry, combined with an incredible commitment to field conservation and saving species, make him well-suited to lead us as the next chair of the AZA Board of Directors,” said Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA. “I have had the opportunity to spend time with Jim – both at the Bronx Zoo and among his colleagues. He is a respected member of our community and will help us continue to advance our profession.”

As Chair of the Board, Breheny, along with three other executive officers and nine Board members, will be involved in every aspect of the national organization, including accreditation, ethics, animal welfare, and conservation. Each year, AZA’s 231 accredited facilities collectively contribute $216 million to field conservation projects that help to protect species across the world, serve more than 196 million visitors, welcome more than 12 million students on educational field trips, contribute $22.5 billion to the U.S. economy and support 208,000 jobs.

“Our mission as leaders in the zoo and aquarium community all boils down to this: we need to provide the best care and welfare for the individual animals we keep,” said Breheny. “We must manage the species we keep sustainably for the future; and we must connect our animals and our exhibits to species in the wild and inspire and empower our visitors to support our efforts to save these species and their habitats.  As members of this association, we must be active agents of conservation.  We must continue to challenge ourselves, to increase our efforts and funding for saving species and protecting the areas in which they live.”

As WCS Executive Vice President and General Director, Zoos and Aquarium and Director of the Bronx Zoo, Breheny is responsible for the operation and management of the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, the Central Park, Prospect Park and Queens Zoos. Collectively, the zoos and aquarium house over 14,000 animals representing 1,500 species. Jim earned a B.S. in Biology from Manhattan College and an M.S. in Biology from Fordham University. He has been with WCS for 44 years, 36 years as a full-time staff member. A former Curatorial Science Fellow and Curator, he was named General Curator in 2004, Director of the Bronx Zoo in 2005 and was appointed General Director in 2011. Jim was an adjunct professor of Biology at Manhattan College from 1988 - 2005. In 2016, Breheny launched, along with Animal Planet, a television docu-series called THE ZOO, which provides insights into the dedicated and diverse skills of the staff at the zoo as they care for the animals and work to save species. The series is currently taping its second season.

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Breheny, Jim [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that Jim is a member of the Class of 1981.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Breheny, Jim [MC1981]

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JNEWS: Renkens, Brooke [MC2000] mentioned



Jack Renkens Will Present “Recruiting Realities’’ on Sept. 18 at Union Catholic
By JIM LAMBERT September 12, 2017 at 11:30 AM

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Jack Renkens, a national keynote speaker, will give student athletes and their parents a strong dose of reality about the world of college recruiting in what promises to be an eye-opening presentation on “Recruiting Realities’’ on Monday, Sept. 18 at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains.

The free event that is open to the public begins at 7 p.m. in the Union Catholic Auditorium.

Renkens, who starred as a basketball player at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, will share with the audience the lessons he’s learned during many years as a high school and college coach, athletic director and as a parent (his daughter, Brooke, played basketball at Manhattan College).

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Renkens, Brooke [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe that Brooke is a member of the Class of 2000.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Renkens, Brooke [MC2000]

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JNEWS: Cudia, Dorothy [MC1984] VP of Engineering Chowbotics



Chowbotics Appoints Food Service Automation Pioneer Dorothy Cudia Vice President of Engineering September 12, 2017 --

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Food robotics company Chowbotics is pleased to announce the appointment of food service automation pioneer Dorothy Cudia as Vice President of Engineering.

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Cudia is a cum laude graduate of Manhattan College with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Cudia, Dorothy [MC????]

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Dear John,

          I believe that Dorothy is a member of the Class of 1984.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cudia, Dorothy [MC1984]

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JHQ: Engineers' Ball Saturday, October 21, 2017



The Engineers' Ball

All Engineering alumni are invited back to campus on Saturday, October 21, 2017 to join us at the Engineers' Ball in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the School of Engineering! The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with an opportunity to tour the facilities of the Leo Engineering Building and RLC, and learn more about the co-curricular activities of our current students. Immediately following, guests are invited to a lavish reception in the 5th Floor Great Room of the Kelly Commons, which will include a wide selection of hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, and music by The Manhattan College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Prof. Geoffrey Mahoon.


6:00 p.m.     Self-Guided Tours | Leo Hall and RLC
7:00 p.m.     Hors d'oeuvres, Cocktail Reception, and the Manhattan College Jazz Ensemble | Raymond W. Kelly '63 Student Commons, Great Room

For more information, please contact the Alumni Office at (718) 862-7432 or alumni@manhattan.edu.

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) and "law of the jungle"


In last week's EndNote you said

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"Why there is NO SUCH THING as "price gouging"!

Listen to the first cut of Jason’s podcast aa he clearly explains that “gouging prices” ensure that there is supply for those who need it the most.

A displaced family might squeeze into one room at the “gouging” price as opposed to spreading out in two rooms at the regular price. Thus ensuring a room for another family.


Simple law of economics at work to balance supply and demand.

Great explanation!!!"

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I think an awfully benign (naive) justification of the "law of the jungle"

But, as always, thank you for you great work as JJ publisher and CIC!

mike toner
BEE '72
Buffalo, NY

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Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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JNEWS: Lauria, Joe [MC1976] VP Black & Veatch



Black & Veatch taps Joe Lauria to support rapid growth water markets in U.S. New role established to lead water business growth in California, Florida and Texas September 14, 2017 09:00 ET

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black & Veatch has named Joe Lauria as its Vice President and Director of Planning and Growth for the Americas in the company’s water business. In this new role, Lauria will help clients identify and implement sustainable solutions to evolving water challenges. Based in Irvine, California, his primary focus will be on fast-growth U.S. markets in California, Florida and Texas.

Lauria’s appointment reflects growing demand for system resilience and sustainable water supplies in rapidly growing regions impacted by shifting demographics and climate conditions.

“Joe adds technical, engineering and financial expertise, particularly in areas of water supply, water and wastewater treatment, and conveyance which are vital for supporting growing population centers,” said Mike Orth, Executive Managing Director, Americas, for Black & Veatch’s water business. “His knowledge gained from projects coast to coast, coupled with leadership on large-scale projects, adds impactful value to our service capabilities.”

Lauria brings more than 30 years of business development and project management experience and has led capital projects totaling more than $1.5 billion. He served as balance-of-plant engineering project director for the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project in southern California, the largest drinking water desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere.

Editor’s Notes:

Lauria is a board-certified environmental engineer and licensed professional engineer in multiple states. He received his master’s degree in environmental engineering and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in New York.
Lauria is an active member of the Water Environment Federation, California Water Environment Association and Water Design-Build Council. He has also served as an executive board member for the Water Design-Build Council and the California Association of Sanitation Agencies.
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Lauria, Joe [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Joe is a member of the Class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lauria, Joe [MC1976]

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JNEWS: Sozio, Victor [MC2007] EVP - Ariel Property Advisors



Victor Sozio
EVP - Ariel Property Advisors

Victor Sozio is one of the Founding Members of Ariel Property Advisors. Serving the company as Executive Vice President-Brokerage Services, Mr. Sozio is responsible for originating and executing the sale of commercial real estate transactions throughout the five boroughs. Since beginning his career, Mr. Sozio has participated in selling more than 550 properties valued at over $2 billion and has established himself as one of New York City’s leading commercial real estate brokers. Through his career Mr. Sozio has maintained a sharp focus on the multi-family asset class, selling both individual buildings and portfolios. He has developed a comprehensive understanding of properties subject to various city, state and federal regulatory agreements, including rent stabilization, Section 8 vouchers, HUD agreements and LIHTC. His expertise extends to the sale of development sites and commercial condos throughout New York City. In 2012, The Commercial Observer named Mr. Sozio one of the 20 to Watch, which recognized emerging commercial real estate professionals. In 2013 and 2014, Real Estate Forum named him and his partners as Top NY Brokers, as well as recognizing him as one of Tomorrow’s Leaders: New York. Mr. Sozio is an active participant and supporter of industry and non-profit organizations such as The Real Estate Board of New York, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, Bronx-Manhattan North Association of Realtors and the New York State Association for Affordable Housing where he serves on the membership committee. Mr. Sozio began his real estate career at Massey Knakal Realty Services, now Cushman & Wakefield. He is a graduate of Manhattan College, where he received a B.S. with a concentration in marketing. He also is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Sozio, Victor [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe that Victor is a member of the Class of 2007.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sozio, Victor [MC2007]

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JNEWS: Thorpe, Jason P. [MC????] joins John P. Stopen Engineering



Company news: Jason P. Thorpe joined John P. Stopen Engineering
Updated on September 15, 2017 at 2:02 PMPosted on September 15, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Jason P. Thorpe, P.E., joins John P. Stopen Engineering, LLP as a geotechnical engineer.

Thorpe has more than 10 years' experience performing subsurface investigations and solving complex geotechnical problems.

Previously, he served as geotechnical engineer of record for several mining, arctic, environmental and municipal earthwork projects.

Thorpe holds a master's degree in geotechnical engineering from Queen's University, and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College.

He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State, and in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in Canada.

He resides in Fayetteville.

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Thorpe, Jason P. [MC????]

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ENDNOTE: Nursing home deaths



Video shows naked woman in sweltering nursing home where 8 died By Steve Almasy, Tina Burnside and Miguel Marquez, CNN

Updated 8:20 AM ET, Sat September 16, 2017

(CNN)On the night before emergency workers had to evacuate people from a Florida nursing home where eight died, residents suffered in the sweltering heat as staff used fans to cool them, and one woman sat naked in a bed in a hallway, a video obtained by CNN shows.

The 34-second recording shows a couple in a room at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, with a fan sitting on a nightstand, blowing air across the room and a window cracked open slightly.

According to the family member who shot the video, those two nursing home residents received medical treatment and are recovering.


How we treat the young, the old, and the infirm is an indication of the health of society.

It's not a political problem; it's a moral problem.

There must be better "community standards" that make this impossible to happen again.

If we valued our fellow humans, then we'd "figure it out".



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