JASPER JOTTINGS Week 46 - 2017 Nov 12   

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



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POSITRACTION: ... ... immediately opened their doors to the children



Former Publisher Opens $30-million Home to 70 Foster Kids Displaced by Irma
by Good News Network - Sep 15, 20171

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When these 70 foster children did not have anywhere else to go, they found sanctuary in an unlikely place: a millionaire’s mansion.

The foster children from the SOS Children’s Village in Florida had been staying in a gymnasium for a week without showers—and needed to find other accommodations—so the foster care representatives called Marc Bell, the former executive of Penthouse magazine.

Hearing about the foster kids’ dilemma, Bell and his wife Jennifer immediately opened their doors to the children.

Since the youngsters were welcomed into the $30 million home in Boca Raton, the Bells have treated them to live music, manicures, and performances by a balloon artist.

“They don’t have a mom or a dad so they’re scared, and then their house parents, even know they’re there for them, they’re scared too,” Jennifer told WPEC. “So to have these kids feel welcomed and to just feel comfortable, as a mom it just makes you feel like you’re doing something good.”

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While I’ve never bought or thought highly of Penthouse or Playboy, here’s a mitzvah.

Wish I had that ability to help.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JOBIT: McCarthy, John [MC1954 RIP] on 2017-Nov-01


John McCarthy
November 1, 2017

John passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

John was a resident of Florida at the time of passing.

He graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Engineering in 1954 and lettered in track where he specialized in the discus.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1955 and after completing Naval flight training was designated a Naval Aviator.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Brendan Catholic School.


McCarthy, John [MC1954 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/105452110

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John Dillon "Mac" McCarthy

A mass of Christian burial for John Dillon McCarthy "Mac", who passed away November 1, 2017 will be celebrated on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 1000 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach with Father Thomas Barrett and Father James Queen as celebrants.

Interment will be private. Friends wishing to call and pay their respects may do so Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 4:00 until 6:00 pm at the church.

Mac was raised in historic Cold Spring, NY along the Hudson River and grew up delivering the morning & evening newspaper and selling pennants at West Point football games. He graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Engineering in 1954 and lettered in track where he specialized in the discus.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1955 and after completing Naval flight training was designated a Naval Aviator. His first squadron was the VF-84 "Jolly Rodgers", where he flew the world famous Chance-Vought F8 Crusader off aircraft carriers. The Crusader was the first Navy fighter capable of flying 1,000 mph. He then became an instructor pilot in the F8, and later flew it extensively in combat during the Vietnam War. He retired at the rank of Captain, USN after a career spanning more than 20 years.

While stationed at NAS-Cecil Field Jacksonville, Mac met the love of his life, Carolyn Jones whom he married in 1963. They enjoyed the Navy life and had many adventures around the world. The arrival of their daughter Kelly made their family complete.

Upon retiring from the Navy he moved to Ormond Beach, FL in 1980. He pursued a career in real estate with Hudson Realty and Benny Miles Realty and took great pleasure in helping his clients find the home of their dreams.

Over the years with many great friends, he regularly played racquetball at Omega 40 and golfed at River Bend Golf Club. He was an active member of St. Brendan's Catholic Church where he was affectionately known as "Mr. Mac" and for many years cherished leading "his Gang" of altar servers.

One of his greatest joys was when his grandson Andrew was able to become an altar server. Papa instantly became Andrew's biggest unconditional fan whether on the ball field, in the classroom, or trying to do the right thing.

In every facet of his life Mac always found a way to weave in a good joke or two and always left people laughing with his joke telling.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Carolyn Jones McCarthy, Ormond Beach, daughter Kelly McCarthy Acebal (Christopher), grandson Andrew Acebal, Ormond Beach and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Brendan Catholic School. Condolences to the family may be shared at www.dalewoodwardfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Nov. 5, 2017

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[JR: I included the second obit because it gives us a better picture of our fellow alum. Requiescat In Pacem]

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

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JLINKEDIN: Hembach, Marc [MC2012] Asst Gen Mgr at Fire Works



Hembach, Marc [MC2012]
Assistant General Manager at Fire Works Restaurant
Leesburg, Virginia

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JLINKEDIN: Nelson, Ian [MC2012] Commercial Sales Mgr at Mitsubishi Electric



Nelson, Ian [MC2012]
Commercial Area Sales Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
New York, New York

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JUPDATE: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) update on Addis Hope


The message that follows is from Brother Gregory Flynn (aka Jack).

Dear Friends of Addis Hope,

Once again, my apologies for including you in this mass mailing rather than individually.

Some time ago our Addis Hope School which we had been renting for several years from local authorities was demolished along with other structures in the neighborhood so that the property could be used to construct government offices.  Since we had a renewable two year contract, the authorities said they would provide replacement school classrooms. Despite numerous court appearances and delays, this has not happened and it looks like it won’t.

What to do? Several years ago a generous donation from a friend allowed us to purchase two shops in a new mall. My colleague, Ruth Girmay, teacher and artist, who really began with me the program sixteen years ago has had the idea of training single parent mothers of street families in making leather goods. To this end, she took courses in making handbags, satchels etc. as an income generating activity. Addis Hope would send the street children of these women to local government schools and pay for their school materials and uniforms until they graduated from Grade Eight.

Though this reformulation of the Addis Hope program will probably come as a surprise to you, our donor partners, we continue to count on your support for our single parent destitute and marginalized families. I will write more on this new development in future mails to you.

Since Thanksgiving is an American celebration of family, I ask you to include our Addis Hope street families at your table as you have done in the past. 

I can only add that for all that has been, I say thanks. For all that will be, I say yes.
With gratitude,
Brother Gregory Flynn (aka Jack)


Make check out to Brothers of the Christian Schools (stating Addis Hope in the memo)
Mail to:
Brother Timothy Froehlich
444A Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ 07724

Jim Casey for Brother Gregory Flynn

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957)

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JHQ: Alma Mater's students do a clean up



RIVERDALE, N.Y. — Nov. 6, 2017 — On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 5, nearly 100 Manhattan College students from a wide variety of on-campus groups came together to clean up the streets of Riverdale surrounding the campus.

Led by Manhattan College’s Student Government Neighborhood Relations Committee, the group met in front of Kelly Commons and canvassed the neighborhood to pick up garbage, going from Kingsbridge Avenue to the east, Riverdale Avenue to the west and West 236th Street to the south, and back to Manhattan College Parkway and Waldo Avenue, adjacent to campus.

“We heard from a number of different members of the community who were grateful for our work,” said Ryan Quattromani, chairman and founder of the Neighborhood Relations Committee of Student Government. “I’m thankful for everyone’s support for this effort, which is a true representation of our student body.”

A number of student groups and organizations were part of the cleanup effort, including Student Government, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Air Force ROTC Detachment 560.

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) about priestly celibacy


RE: the ENDNOTE on monasteries closing

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There was a surge of American GIs joining monasteries after the end of the Second World War, seeking solace and refuge in a violent and increasingly complicated world. It was at this time that the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity, a Trappist monastery in the town of Huntsville in Utah, was founded, and at its peak it housed 84 monks. Some 70 years later, only a handful of elderly men remain, and without a younger generation to continue the legacy, the monastery has been forced to close its doors. This poignant short film from RadioWest quietly observes the monastery’s last moments, as the elderly monks commence their final, sparsely attended service and pack their bags for an uncertain future.

And so ends an era. I was lucky to be taught by some of those returning GIs. Although I didn’t think so at the time. Is this the fate of Holy Mother Church?

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1. I think a good (now deceased) friend was one of those monks for a while in the 50's - 60's. He was eventually a great contributor to our Church as a husband, father, teacher and university prof...

2. It could be the fate of our Church if the leadership - below Francis - won't read the "signs of the times". The discipline of priestly celibacy was only introduced in the second millennium of the church - and only in response to property inheritance questions. We could easily allow married priests to keep parishes open and the Eucharist available to many more. Indeed, Pope Francis has invited episcopal conferences to ask for the OK. Why won't the bishops step-up?

Our pastor, this week, said he could easily pick out 20 or 30 guys in our congregation who could be priests. Of course, he also said, that he could find another 20 or 30 who weren't males who could also fit the bill.... There's a fair amount of historical evidence that women presided at home "churches" in early Christianity. It is time for the hierarchy to start expanding their horizons (listening to the Spirit??) to see our church throught the 21st century!

Thanks for all you do as CIC and keeping this forum open!

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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JNEWS: Troy, Denis [MC1970] candidate Orangetown Council



Orangetown Council, Republican candidates
By dskriloff on November 6, 2017 Comments

Councilman Denis Troy, Republican candidate (Also on Conservative and Independence lines)


I was born and raised in the Fordham section of the Bronx and have been living in Pearl River for the past 37 years. I have been married for 46 years to Beatrice (Rogers), who I met in St. Nicholas of Tolentine H.S. We Have 4 children- 3 married that live in Orangetown with 7 grandchildren.

My educational background is : Manhattan College (BS in Mathematics), Iona College (MBA in Management Information Systems), Iona College (Post Masters Certificate in Finance) and George Washington University (Masters Certificate in Project Management).

I have been in the Information Technology field for the past 39 years, having retired from IBM and AT&T/ Lucent and presently the Asst Director MIS in Rockland County. Previously I was a High School Math teacher for 9 years. I have represented the people of Orangetown for the past 22 years – the first four as a county legislator and the recent 18 years as a councilman. I have always strived to serve the residents of Orangetown to the best of his abilities in keeping Orangetown the most desirable place to live in Rockland – control taxes, maintain excellent town services and maintain the quality of life that Orangetown residents expect.

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Troy, Denis [MC????]

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Dear John.

               I believe that Denis is a member of the Class of 1970.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Troy, Denis [MC1970]

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JNEWS: Brown, Rhamel [MC2014] signs with Halifax Hurricanes



Halifax Hurricanes preparing for new NBL Canada season
CONTRIBUTED Published November 6, 2017 - 10:14am

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We knew we needed to upgrade at the five [centre] spot,” he said. “We looked at a couple of teams in the league with solid five-men that we had difficulty guarding throughout the year. Everyone that had one, we had trouble with.”

New York came through again for Leslie. He found and signed Rhamel Brown, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound big man, who holds Manhattan College’s record for blocked shots.

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Brown, Rhamel [MC2014]

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JOBIT: Kunz, Otto K. [MC1959 RIP] on 2017-Nov-04



Otto Kunz
1937 - 2017

SHREWSBURY/WORCESTER - Otto L. Kunz (80) of Shrewsbury, formerly of Worcester and Freeport, LI NY died peacefully on November 4, 2017 after a long battle with renal disease.

He was a graduate of LaSalle Military Academy and Manhattan College. Otto was an only child and first generation American born in Oceanside, NY to German immigrants, Otto and Lottie Kunz. He was a lifelong Restaurateur. Most notably, after his father's death, he took over the family business and became the proprietor of the Sea Breeze Restaurant located on the waterfront in Freeport, NY and then of the Alcove Tavern also on Long Island.

Otto moved to the Worcester area in the 1980's and held various Maitre'd and bartending positions in Worcester until his retirement.

He was an avid sports fan and always rooted for the local teams. He also enjoyed spirited political debates over an ice cold beer.

Otto is survived by his five children: Otto E. and his wife Karen, Cathy Boulay and her husband Steven, Jim and his wife Nivin all of Shrewsbury, Chris of Manchester, CT and Bill and his wife Teresa of Weymouth. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and one great grandson.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Otts's family on Wednesday November 8, 2017 from 11:00-1:00 pm in the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main St, Shrewsbury with a prayer service following at 1:00 pm. His interment will be held at a later date at Holy Rood Cemetery on Long Island, NY. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the American Diabetes Association and/or the American Kidney Foundation. To leave a note of condolence for Otto's family please visit, www.brittonfuneralhomes.com

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Nov. 5 to Nov. 7, 2017


Kunz, Otto K. [MC???? RIP]

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

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Dear John,

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

                           May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kunz, Otto K. [MC1959 RIP] 

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MOBIT: Irwin, William J. [MCcoach RIP] on 2017-Oct-30



IRWIN--William J.,

died on October 31, 2017 at the age of 89. Bill was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Rutgers University. He was an All American swimmer both as a collegian and as a US Masters competitor. He served his country in Korea then began a long career as a swimming coach including stints at Manhattan College and then Adelphi University, where he mentored three NCAA All-Americans. He was inducted into the Adelphi University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Bill was a trusted mentor to generations of swimmers of all ages and skill levels. He is survived by his wife, Georgiana, his sons Bill and Ed, their wives Deborah and Tara, their mother Marie and five grandchildren Kathryn, Christopher, Eric, Robert and Charlotte.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 7, 2017


Irwin, William J. [MCcoach RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/nytimes/william-irwin-condolences/187166159?cid=full

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

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JNEWS: Rontanini, Paul [MC1985] now System Eng 1-800-FLOWERS.COM



Rontanini, Paul [MC1985]
System Engineer
Greater New York City Area

Senior UNIX Systems Administrator / Hardware Architect. 25+ years experience with 19+ years on Wall Street. Responsible for trading environments with an emphasis on cost effective, performance optimized, highly redundant, low latency environments. Experience with small to enterprise-wide environments ( 1000+ servers ). Ambitious, eager to learn new technologies and eager to share my knowledge. Proven to produce in a team environment and also able run with a project.

Specialties: Red Hat Linux, Solaris, Shell Scripting, Veritas, Clustering, Virtualization, VMware, Active Directory, EMC/NAS/SAN, Server Architect, Project Management, Asset Optimization, LVM

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JOBIT: Bradley, Powers W. [MC1957 RIP] on 2017-Nov-06



Powers W. Bradley

W. NIVERVILLE Powers "Brad" Bradley of Kinderhook Lake and Millerton, passed away peacefully after a long illness on November 6, 2017, at Albany Medical Center.

Born on May 24, 1935, he was the son of the late William and Margaret (Powers) Bradley. He was predeceased by his siblings, James, William, John, Helenmarie Mosher and Betty; as well as close family members, Leo and Lew.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice (Holmes) Bradley; his six children, Lisa McCormack (Christopher), Theresa Anderson (Kevin), Maureen Bradley (David Shoop), Coleen Byrnes (Richard), Eileen Souliotis (Mark) and Matthew Bradley (Marlyn); 20 grandchildren, Allison, Brian, Liam, Paul, Heather (Lizzy), Jennifer, Samuel, Sarah, Zachary, Meghan, Katie, Danny, Shannon, Michael, Mallory, Alicia, Darren, Danielle, Daphne, and Davin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Brad graduated from LaSalle Institute and Manhattan College. He was a long-time member of the Elks Club 2530. He enjoyed his time teaching and coaching at Ichabod Crane Central School and Webutuck Central Schools. He loved to play golf, living on Kinderhook Lake and spending time with his family.

Family and friends are invited to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1025 Kinderhook St., Valatie, on Saturday, November 12, for a memorial Mass at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in the church's cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Joseph's Center, for the needs of the center, 495 Maple Lane, Valatie, NY 12184 or the Valatie Rescue Squad, P,O, Box 242, Valatie, NY 12184. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.logo

Raymond E Bond Funeral Home 1015 Kinderhook Ave Valatie, NY 12184 (518) 758-7031

Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 9, 2017


Bradley, Powers W. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/timesunion-albany/powers-w-bradley-condolences/187188999?cid=full

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Dear John,

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

                May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bradley, Powers W. [MC1957 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Campanella, Alfred John [MC1952 RIP] on 2017-Nov-08



Alfred John Campanella
June 12, 1930 - November 8, 2017
Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Alfred was born on June 12, 1930 and passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Alfred was a resident of Shrewsbury, New Jersey at the time of passing.

He was a graduate of Manhattan Preparatory School, class of 1948 and Manhattan College class of 1952, Riverdale, New York.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 3-7 PM at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10:15 am at the Church of St. Leo the Great, 50 Hurley's Lane, Lincroft, New Jersey 07738 followed by Interment at St. Gabriel's Cemetery, 549 County Road, Rt. 520, Marlboro, New Jersey 07746.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Brothers of the Christian Schools, PO Box 238, Lincroft, NJ 07738


Campanella, Alfred John [MC1952 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/105468458

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MNEWS: Alma Mater 3rd place Saint Patrick’s Day Parade



Manhattan College honored by parade
THIS IRISH AMERICA  /  November 9, 2017  /  By Irish Echo StaffHome / This Irish America

Manhattan College Gaelic Society was awarded 3rd place in recognition of its performance and participation in the 2017 New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Of all participating colleges, only three are selected by the committee to receive an award.

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JNEWS: Fickeria, Dominick [MC????] promoted at Hill Intl



Hill International Announces Two Executive Promotions

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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announced two executive-level promotions today. John Milano, PE, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the company’s European region. Milano most recently served as Senior Vice President and Northeast Regional Manager, and has been with Hill since 2003. Milano will be succeeded by Dominick Fickeria, who will now be responsible for the company’s operations throughout New York and New England. Fickeria most recently served as Senior Vice President and Deputy Regional Manager for the region.

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Fickeria has more than 35 years of experience in construction management, business development and financial operations. He specializes in work for City and State departments, agencies and authorities, and has helped to deliver major assignments for such clients as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). His project experience includes transportation facilities and infrastructure, higher education buildings and facilities, government facilities and public spaces. Fickeria has managed more than 25 active projects totaling $5 billion in construction cost. Prior to joining Hill in 2015, Fickeria worked at URS Corporation as a Vice President and at Amec Corporation, also as a Vice President. He holds a Masters of Civil Engineering and a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. Fickeria is also a member of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), and Past Instructor at B.O.C.E.S, New York State Department of Education and Adjunct Faculty Member at NYU-Poly.

“John and Dominick have proven their ability to increase Hill’s profitability and serve as responsible stewards of our business,” said Raouf Ghali, Hill’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “These promotions reflect our continued confidence in their leadership and in their ability to bring Hill into the continuous improvement phase of our corporate management plan. I look forward to congratulating each of them on their future successes at Hill.”

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Fickeria, Dominick [MC????]

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JOBIT: Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Oct-31



Margaret A. Wilmore
1937 - 2017

Annapolis, MD - Margaret A. Wilmore (Maggie) died on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Born in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1937, Maggie Wilmore is survived by two brothers: Donald H. Wilmore (and his wife Betty) and John W. Wilmore (and his wife Beverly), all of Boyce, LA; eleven nieces and nephews; many 'great' nieces and nephews; and numerous dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents Bessie and Lester Wilmore, and her brothers James W. Wilmore, Harold Wilmore, and Christopher D. Wilmore.

Maggie grew up in Alexandria and Boyce, LA. At 18, she joined the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth near Bardstown, KY. She taught elementary, junior high and adult education in Louisville, KY for 13 years. She received her B.A. degree from Catherine Spalding College in Louisville, and a Masters Degree from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.

In 1968, Maggie left the order and moved to the Washington D.C. area. She worked for the Department of Health and Human Services for 25 years, retiring in 2000. As Chief of the department's Women and Children's Programs in the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Maggie developed and administered a comprehensive federal grant program which brought treatment to addicted women and their children throughout the country. She received national recognition for this pioneering work. Later, she served as a consultant to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse training personnel in the substance abuse treatment programs.

Maggie was generous with her time. She volunteered for hospice, as Coordinator of the Bereavement Services for the Health Department of Queen Anne's County, MD and she trained parishioners where she worshipped how to minister to the bereaved. In her Annapolis home community of Heritage Harbour, Maggie volunteered for the Caring Network and served as Chair of the Decorating and Recycling committees.

Maggie was an active member of Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church in Easton, MD; Holy Trinity in Bowie, MD; and at the time of her death, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, MD.

At St. Margaret's, Maggie served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a Eucharistic Visitor and part of the Stephen Ministry. She was a member of the Vestry, the Altar Flower Guild and the Music and Spiritual Enrichment committees and she chaired the Worship and Lay Pastoral Care Commissions.

A lyric soprano, singing was Maggie's sincerest form of worship. She was a devoted member of St. Margaret's Church Choir and she sang with the Annapolis American Guild of Organists and the Heritage Harbour Chorus.

Contributions in Maggie's honor may be made to Habitat for Humanity, the St. Margaret's Music Program, and/or the Heritage Harbor Chorus. Her memorial service will be held at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 1600 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 on Tuesday, November 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM.
Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 12, 2017

Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC???? RIP]

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JOBIT: Medica, John Kevin [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Oct-13



1958 - 2017

John Kevin Medica, 59, of The Plains, Virginia, died peacefully on Friday October 13, 2017, in Reston Virginia, with his beloved wife and family by his side.

John was born August 23, 1958, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, the son of Adolph and Helen Medica. He is survived by his wife Megan Salzman Medica, of 32 years, and his brother James Medica; brother-in-law Joseph M. Salzman; sister-in-law Kimberly Medica; and his nephews, John Paul and Owen Christopher, and niece, Lauren Holly. He is also survived by many first and second cousins, his Uncle, Pat Santoro, and an Aunt, Donna Medica. He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law and sister-in-law, and several additional aunts, uncles, and one cousin.

He was a globally recognized senior executive in the technology industry, beginning his career at Apple Inc. for ten years, and then with Dell Inc. for fourteen years, where he retired as Senior Vice President and Co-Leader of the Product Development Organization. In his final professional position, he served seven years as Vice Chairman and Group Corporate Advisor for Compal Electronics Inc., based in Taiwan. For more information about John's professional experience, please see The Wall Street Journal's article, John Medica Helped Apple and Dell Recover From Design Fiascos: a boisterous engineer, led teams that developed notebook computers written by James R. Hagerty.

John also served on the Board of Directors for General Instrument (TX), and was currently serving as a board member at Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (OR), and as a director at Artificial Solutions, Inc. He joined the Wake Forest University Business School Board of Visitors in 2001, and became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2009.

He earned his BSEE at Manhattan College in NY, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest University, Babcock School of Business.

A long-time resident of The Plains, Virginia, he invested his time advising technology companies, sailing, and playing golf. Together with his wife Megan, John was an ardent supporter of animal welfare and rescue groups, higher education, and had recently become involved with The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He enjoyed his leisure time as a member of the Saint Francis Yacht Club in CA, Camden Yacht Club in ME, Caves Valley Golf Club in MD, and his favorite of all, the New York Athletic Club. John enjoyed traveling around the world throughout his life, and loved to sail extensively. Most importantly, he treasured the time he spent as the favorite uncle with his two nephews and niece, his loving family, and especially his wife.

The family would like to thank the staff of Purcellville Fire and Rescue, Middleburg Fire and Rescue, and The Plains Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, the family would like to thank the care givers and physicians at Reston Hospital for their vocational excellence and tremendous support and care during the final phase of his life.

A private memorial mass and celebration of John's life is being planned for January. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in his name to the following organizations: Wake Forest University Debate Wreaths Across America Best Friends Animal Society Purcellville, Virginia, Fire & Rescue Middleburg, Virginia, Fire & Rescue The Plains, Virginia, Volunteer Fire Department Or your local First Responders Organizations

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 10, 2017


Medica, John Kevin [MC???? RIP]

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JHQ: Alma Mater thanks vets


EMAIL FROM Manhattan College Advancement

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November 11, 2017

Manhattan College thanks you, today and every day, for your service to our country. We appreciate the sacrifices you have made so we can enjoy our freedoms that we hold so dear.

As you may know, in U.S. News & World Report 2018 version of America’s Best Colleges, Manhattan College was highlighted as one of the best colleges in the country for veterans, ranked sixth among regional universities in the North. To see more about Manhattan's veteran programming, please visit manhattan.edu/veterans.

We are proud to serve those who have served us. Thank you, again, for all you do for our country.

"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause." - Abraham Lincoln

With respect, honor, and gratitude on Veterans Day,

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


Good Morning All,

Please join me in wishing our Littlest Jasper, Luke, a very Happy Birthday. On November 12, 2017, Luke, his parents and Grandparents will be celebrating Luke's 10th Birthday. I can tell you this, that I recently saw a wonderful picture of Luke actually taken last year when Luke was in Hospital. It was a scare his parents could have done without but he is OK. While In Hospital, Luke had a special visitor, Landon Collins, New York Giants Free Safety. Luke's Mom had Luke turned out in his Giant's outfit including the dark patches below his eyes. And yes, Luke was sporting his special smile, more like a Beam of Light and he was not even wearing his favorite Shades. He looked very sharp. That picture made my day. Happy Birthday Luke. God Bless you. Our prayers of joy are with you as you celebrate your day.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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MFOUND: Ali, Rabea [MC????] reflects on Alma Mater



What it’s Like Being Muslim on a Catholic Campus
Rabea Ali
November 10, 2017

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Being Muslim on a Catholic college campus certainly has its ups and downs.

First off, there’s the inevitable challenge of being different from the majority. While there is a significant population of Muslims on my campus, we are a minority and are often looked at with a lesser value in the eyes of students. However, Manhattan College (where I attend) has done an incredible job of promoting the Lasallian value of interfaith solidarity and supports the Muslim Community. As president of the Muslim Student Association, I can attest to the fact that the faculty at MC go above and beyond to learn more about our faith and how they can help us maintain our faith on campus.

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Finally, there’s the element of being a woman of color on campus who chooses to wear a hijab. On one hand, there is the respect amongst students and faculty for my faith. On the other hand, there are the few people who see my hijab as a target and throw slurs my way as I walk from one class to another. For a significant time after the election of Donald Trump, there were times I no longer felt safe wearing the hijab as it made me a target for the Trump supporters. However, at the end of the day, I chose to keep wearing it as an embodiment of my faith. The perpetrators of hate speech were a small group compared to the majority who take my hijab to be a symbol of peace. Alongside this, professors and students often stop me to ask questions about Islam, which promotes a dialogue between different peoples of faith on campus.

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Being Muslim on a Catholic campus comes with its fair share of challenges–but, let’s be honest, being a Muslim anywhere in America does. At the end of the day, attending a faith-based institution was the best decision I made in order to maintain the role my religion has in my day to day life.

Rabea Ali

My name is Rabea Ali and I am a woman who is just trying to conquer the world and sleep eight hours every day. I am a business student at Manhattan College who also tackles issues of social justice and inequalities on campus and in New York City. I was born and raised in Brooklyn but now reside in Rockland County. In my free time (just kidding there never is any the world has got JUST a few things that need tackling every minute), I enjoy photography and writing poetry.

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Ali, Rabea [MC????]

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[JR: I am ashamed of those students, who “throw slurs”. That’s contrary to everything that I think Alma Mater represents. These folks fail to remember that as “catholics”, if that’s what you could call them, are a persecuted minority too. And, the best remember Pastor Martin Niemöller’s poem as it applies to all of us.]

“First they came …” is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_...
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ENDNOTE: Is the nation turning back to its moral roots?



The overreach of the Left’s response to Trump's victory -- and its consequences.
October 16, 2017  Bruce Thornton

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The second is the Harvey Weinstein scandal. A lavish donor to Democrats––praised by Hillary Clinton and the Obamas, given standing ovations at awards shows by the politically correct, slavishly courted and feted by progressive actors and entertainers, and long known to be a vicious sexual predator by these same progressive “feminists” supposedly anguished by the plight of women––perhaps will become the straw that breaks the back of progressive ideology. Just as ultrasounds, Planned Parenthood’s dismemberment of babies to harvest and sell their organs, and murderous ghouls like Kermit Gosnell have turned people against abortion, perhaps the lies, cover-ups, and rationalizations of Weinstein’s creepy assaults on more than 30 women will discredit Hollywood’s pompous posing and smug virtue-signaling on the part of self-proclaimed champions of women’s rights. The spectacle of a rich feminist and progressive icon like Jane Fonda whimpering about her own moral cowardice has destroyed the credibility we foolishly gave to Hollywood’s dunces and poltroons.

So do these signs portend at last the end of the leftist “fundamental transformation” of America? Will we begin to see even more pushback, and more reforms of our cultural and social institutions?

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One can only hope?

It seems interesting that, for all their “preaching liberal values” to “We, The Sheeple”, the leftists are as corrupt, venial, and disgusting as thy hypocrites they are.

I admit I am no saint, no paragon of virtue, or a model for anything other than the ability of a fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income to muddle along attempting to do the best he can in this dangerous and troubled world.

When folks are honest, then I give them and their opinions a respectful and fair listen. We may then disagree, but I want to disagree agreeably. They are not “the enemy”. Even when people “compete”, they should be “competitors”; not “enemies”. It seems that this ethic or morality has been forgotten. Especially in sports (i.e., “little league parents”, politicians who disagree, some rude drivers on our roads).

When I was taking my MBA — many moons ago — there was a concept called “co-op-etition”. Big companies sometimes complete and sometimes cooperate when it’s in their own best interest.

In the USA, “we” seem to have lost that insight.

Hopefully, we can heed the various admonitions on point here (i.e., love thy neighbor; hate the sin but love the sinner; first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye).

This whole episode reminds me to do the same.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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