JASPER JOTTINGS Week 48 - 2017 Nov 26    

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



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POSITRACTION: Regime change in a seemingly non-bloody and nonviolent way



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Responding to yesterday’s question on the recent events in Zimbabwe,

Philip Gianas of Arizona shared: “My uncle Peter Lyon’s farm in Africa was confiscated in 2002 by Robert Mugabe under the false promise of returning land to Zimbabweans. The real outcome was devastating not only to my uncle who was violently evicted, but to the dozens of Zimbabweans who lived and worked on the farm, and countless others who benefited from the economy built around it. The buildings were burned, equipment was destroyed, animals were killed, and the land was left to deteriorate into permanently barren acres of dirt. Whether or not one agrees with Mr. Mugabe’s vision for Zimbabwe, the people of that once bountiful country never prospered from his nationalist populism.”

Russ Gibson of Iowa said: “I am glad that steps have been taken to remove Mr. Mugabe from power, and in a seemingly non-bloody and nonviolent way. Nearly 40 years of being in power is too long. At the same time, I worry about the power vacuum and who will fill it, as well as the consequences for ordinary residents in Zimbabwe.”

And Joe Ely of Indiana wrote: “I traveled and worked in the Zimbabwe countryside in the years of struggle before Mr. Mugabe’s takeover. His collectivization of a vibrant agricultural juggernaut drove millions into famine and poverty. At last, he appears to be on his way out. The question remains, however, as it always does in Africa: Is the replacement government better? Zimbabwe would be wise to look to their neighbor Botswana for a better model.”

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One can only hope that the change is for the better. Socialism leads to disaster as seen in Venezuela. Dictatorship also leads to disaster as seen in Zimbabwe.

Only a free market economy, protected by the rule of law, and with a government that is an “honest referee” and “night watchman” can empower the people to be all they can be.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JLINKEDIN: Gjidoda, Valentina [MC2010] Teacher at NYC DoE



Gjidoda, Valentina [MC2010]
Teacher at NYC Department of Education
New York, New York

4th Grade Gifted and Talented Teacher

- Mentor new hires in the grade to ensure proper classroom management and cohesiveness in curriculum
- Conducted small group and individual classroom activities with students based on differentiated learning needs to ensure all students were learning at their full potential
- Provide early AIS assistance using our Singapore math curriculum with students in 4th grade.

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JOBIT: Gabel, Edward [MC1945 RIP] 2017-Nov-13



Edward Gabel
November 5, 1922 - November 13, 2017
Poughkeepsie, New York

Edward was born on November 5, 1922 and passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017.

Edward was a resident of Poughkeepsie, New York at the time of passing.

He was a graduate of Manhattan Prep and attended Columbia University receiving a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Manhattan College in 1945.

He served with the Navy Seabees as a commissioned civil engineer during World War II (1942-1945) and the Korean War (1951-1953).

Visitation is Saturday, November 25, 2017, 1-2:30PM at the Wm.

[JR: Truncated at the tributes site.] 


Gabel, Edward [MC1945 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/105501578

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

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JNEWS: Puszcz, Stanley G. [MC1985] board certified Env Eng



People in Business, Nov. 19

Stanley G. Puszcz, of Sparta, a founding member and managing partner of Sparta-based CP Professional Services, has become board-certified in environmental engineering by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

He has over 30 years of experience of providing professional engineering and applied science services to a diversified group of clients from municipalities and state agencies to life science and manufacturing industries. He has managed or directed projects in municipal engineering, environmental remediation, land use analysis and engineering design.

Previously, Puszcz was a vice president, director and shareholder of a mid-sized architecture and engineering firm where he was responsible for the growth, diversification and sustainability of the firm's practice and he was responsible for that firm's corporate strategic plan.

Puszcz holds a bachelor of engineering degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College, with additional engineering graduate studies from the Polytechnic Institute of Technology. He completed the Princeton course "Groundwater Pollution and Hydrology" and was recognized by the Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers as a certified groundwater professional. He has been licensed as a professional engineer in several states including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He is a certified municipal engineer and he has been board certified as an environmental engineer.

He was the chairman of the Sparta Township Environmental Commission, vice chairman of the Sparta Township Planning Board, a member of the Sussex County Water Quality Management Policy Advisory Committee, and the Sussex County Open Space Committee.

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists is a group of highly qualified environmental engineers and environmental scientists who have imposed self-testing and review for entry qualification. Each board-certified environmental engineer has not only met the standard prerequisites for specialty certification, but also has passed written and oral examinations and reviews by an admission panel of the Academy. The Academy's certification program is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards. Additional information can be found at www.cesb.org.

CP Professional Services has been the firm of choice for public and private clients for over 30 years. CP is a privately held multi-discipline consulting firm offering civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering, architecture, water resource engineering, environmental, applied sciences, and life sciences consulting. Headquartered in Sparta, CP also has offices in Florham Park and San Diego.

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Puszcz, Stanley G. [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that Stanley is a member of the Class of 1985.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Puszcz, Stanley G. [MC1985]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957) having a heart catherization Tuesday


Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957)


"I am having a heart catherization Tuesday in Miami."

from his blog.

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[JR: Prayers and good thoughts in his direction.] 

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for:

From John Reinke, we are told that Louis S. Petrone " Key West Lou '57 " will be undergoing a Heart Catherization on Tuesday in Miami. Lou has been in our prayers in the past and needs our prayers now. We pray for Lou that the procedure is successful free of complication so that Lou may be back on his feel soonest. Thank you John. Thank you all. God Bless.

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Good Morning All,

John Reinke has shared an update on Key West Lou Petrone who was recently in our prayers. Lou's Heart Catherization went as planned and Lou is O'K. Good news and Lou is no doubt up and around. Thank you for your prayers. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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Jasper John.....

Thank you for remembering me. Heart cath went well. My fourth one. Getting old. No change.

I thought you were no longer sending me your blog. I was wrong. You were using an old e mail address that I use no longer. I would like to read you everyday. Please send from this point forward to {Privacy Invoked}.

Got a monitor. Discovered lack of communication when I set it up today.

Wrote a new book. Published early November. Irma and Me. Story of my flight from Irma. KW to Pompano to Atlanta to Birmingham. Then the 12 days I spent with 7 other refugees and three dogs in Birmingham. Fun stuff.

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and KoboBooks.

Would appreciate some publicity.

Friends forever,

[JR: Of course, I mentioned it already.] 

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JLINKEDIN: Williamson, Amber [MC2016] ELT at Nong Phai School Thailand



Williamson, Amber [MC2016]
English Language Teacher at Nong Phai School
Phetchabun, Thailand

Final thesis' for my Bachelors of Arts titled 'Tackling The Problems of Women’s and Girl’s Empowerment from Grassroots to Global Government Level: A look at Argentina and The Democratic Republic of the Congo' along with my thesis 'The Biblical Oppression of Black Women; A Hermeneutical Examination'.

I am a civil rights enthusiast and feminist. My point of focus is the perpetual global violence against women.

Currently I am a high school english language teacher in central Thailand soon to return to academia to work towards writing my dissertation.

Manhattan College Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Graduated Cum Laude.
Minored in religious studies.
Specialized in feminist and race theory as well as it's intersectionality within religion and society today.

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JHQ: Alma Mater has Christmas carols on 12/10




On Sunday, Dec. 10, Manhattan College’s singers and orchestra will perform popular Christmas carols and Advent hymns.

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JOBIT: Tarantino, Francis Anthony [MC1975 RIP] on 2017-Nov-18



In Memory of
Francis Tarantino
November 10, 1953 - November 18, 2017

Dr. Francis Anthony Tarantino, 64, of Bolivia, North Carolina, formerly of Hopewell Junction, New York passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Born November 10, 1953 in the Bronx, New York to Doris and Anthony Tarantino, he attended Manhattan College and later graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr Tarantino established his private practice in Hopewell Junction where he practiced optometry for over 30 years. He most recently served the veterans at the VA Optometry Clinic in Wilmington, upon retiring to the North Carolina beaches with his wife.

Survivors include his wife Diane Tarantino of Bolivia, NC; children, Christine DeVico (husband, James) of Hopewell Junction, NY and David Tarantino (wife, Lauren) of Ridgefield, CT; stepchildren, Alexa Stanziani of Houston, TX and Steven Stanziani of Hopewell Junction, NY; brother, Joseph of New Rochelle, NY; sister Camille of Yonkers, NY; and eight grandchildren, Sophia, Annabelle, Julia, Rocco, Matthew, Nicholas, Olivia, and Dominic.

The family will receive friends from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Monday, November 20, 2017 at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service in Southport, North Carolina.

A visitation will be held on Friday November 24 at McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction, followed by a funeral mass on Saturday November 25 at Blessed Kateri in Lagrangeville.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 930 Wellness Drive #B, Greenville, North Carolina 27834 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, North Carolina 28422.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.
Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport.


Tarantino, Francis Anthony [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

               I believe that Francis is a member of the Class of 1975.

                     May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tarantino, Francis Anthony [MC1975 RIP]

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WIKIPEDIA: Brown, Jeanette [MC????] founded JJenvironment




About Us

JJenvironmental is located about 45 minutes outside of New York City in the town of Darien, CT and serves clients throught the New England area as well as across the United States. JJenvironmental is committed to ensuring very high quality and consistent products in both design and construction: by evaluating the most economical and practical solutions to meet today's demand and tomorrow's expectations, while in full compliance with all water quality standards and regulation

JJenvironment was founded by Jeanette Brown, PE, BCEE. Jeanette Brown has over 30 years of professinoal experience as an environmental engineer and a wide range of environmental engineering expertise in biological nitrogen removal and biosolids management. Jeanette is currently the President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), Adjunct Faculty in Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College (Riverdale, NY), the former Executive Director of the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority (Stamford, CT). She is also an active memeber the of New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA), the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and their Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), and the International Water Association, serving in a number of positions including President of AAEE and President of EWRI.

Jeanette is a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut; Board Certified Environmental Engineer (AAEE); Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Recourses Engineers (AAWRE), Class 4 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator; and Class 4 Collection System Operator. Jeanette received a B.S. from the University of Maryland in college Park and an M.S. in Environmetal Engineering from Manhattan College.

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Brown, Jeanette [MC????]

[JR: I’m always conflicted about Wikipedia. Should I spend my efforts on it or the dream of a good alumni directory site, which is probably beyond my capabilities. And who would maintain and enhance it after I pass over the rainbow bridge. That alumni directory was the origin of FACEBOOK. I don’t have the time or resources to do it. And, Alma Mater is focused on “development”. “First, you help; then you’re helped”. Argh!] 

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. That’s odd. I’ll see if I can contact her.]

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JEMAIL: Bryk, BWilliam (MC1977) reconnects


Dear Fellow Jasper:

Please know that I am grateful for all that you do.  You enabled me to regain contact with a friend with whom I had not spoken in forty years. I learned we are still friends.

May God bless you for it.

William Bryk '77B

[JR: Thanks for the kind words. It’s so easy to lose old friends despite today’s technology. While I’m concerned about the slow demise of the mailing list — partially caused by my inability to connect with the “newly minted” Jaspers due to Alma Mater’s policies — they don’t like competition for eyeballs — I just wonder what happens eventually. Glad it worked for you.] 

Bryk, BWilliam (MC1977)

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JLINKEDIN: Ventura, Lissete [MC2016] ELT at at Nongphai School Thailand



Ventura, Lissete [MC2016]
English Teacher at Nongphai School
Phetchabun, Thailand

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JLINKEDIN: Raiti, Angela [MC2009] Tax Manager at PepsiCo



Raiti, Angela [MC2009]
Tax Manager at PepsiCo
Hastings On Hudson, New York

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JOBIT: Todd, Frances [MC1982 RIP] on 2017-Nov-19



Frances Todd
January 25, 1933 - November 19, 2017
LaGrange, New York

Frances was born on January 25, 1933 and passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Frances was a resident of LaGrange, New York at the time of passing.

Frances received her Bachelors' Degree in 1973 from Marist College and her Masters' Degree in Education in 1982 from Manhattan College.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc. 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10:00am at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 1925 Route 82, LaGrangeville, NY 12540. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery.


Todd, Frances [MC1982 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/105512409

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

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for everyone to have a Happy Thanksgiving


Hello All,

As I give thanks and am grateful for my many Blessing including each of you, I wish you all a very Blesed and Happy Thanksgiving and thank you from so many who have been touched by your prayers.

We are all Blessed and have much to be Thankful for.

To paraphrase, Charles Schulz, " All you need is love. But a little Turkey now and then doesn't hurt."

Enjoy. God Bless. Happy Thanksgiving.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Good Evening All,

Our prayers are requested for Maria, a young Jasper, who has been diagnosed with Cancer. We pray for Maria and her Family. We pray that Maria's Doctors are able to get her treatment organized quickly to treat Maria. We pray for Maria to feel God's love and Healing Hand for a complete recovery. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JLINKEDIN: Barnwell, Thomas [MC1980] Sr. Information Developer at Ciena



Barnwell, Thomas [MC1980]
Sr. Information Developer
Ciena Concordia University
Montreal, Canada Area

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ENDNOTE: "Green Energy" boondoggle advances "climate change" on the backs of taxpayers




Germany’s Green Energy MeltdownVoters promised a virtuous revolution get coal and high prices instead.
By The Editorial Board Updated Nov. 17, 2017 6:55 p.m. ET

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American climate-change activists point to Europe, and especially Germany, as the paragon of green energy virtue. But they ought to look closer at Angela Merkel’s political struggles as she tries to form a new government in Berlin amid the economic fallout from the Chancellor’s failing energy revolution.
Berlin last month conceded it will miss its 2020 carbon emissions-reduction goal, having cut emissions by just under 30% compared with 1990 instead of the 40% that Mrs. Merkel promised. The goal of 55% by 2030 is almost surely out of reach.

Mrs. Merkel’s failure comes despite astronomical costs. By one estimate, businesses and households paid an extra €125 billion in increased electricity bills between 2000 and 2015 to subsidize renewables, on top of billions more in other handouts. Germans join Danes in paying the highest household electricity rates in Europe, and German companies pay near the top among industrial users. This is a big reason Mrs. Merkel underperformed in September’s election.

Berlin has heavily subsidized renewable energy since 2000, primarily via feed-in tariffs requiring utilities to buy electricity from renewable generators at above-market rates. Mrs. Merkel put that effort into overdrive in 2010 when she introduced the Energiewende, or energy revolution.

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This interested me because it’s probably going on here and just not being reported.

The R’s and the D’s like to subsidize “stuff” because a small percentage comes back as kickbacks disguised as “campaign contributions”. Give an industry giant a billion dollar subsidy and get a few million in return. All paid for by the taxpayers.

Government should be like a referee, Caesar’s wife, or a mendicant monk.


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