JASPER JOTTINGS Week 50 - 2017 Dec 10   

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



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POSITRACTION: Catholicism’s impact on NOLA recognized?



New Orleans’ 300th anniversary will highlight Catholicism’s impact on city, women’s contributions
By Eric Althoff - The Washington Times - Thursday, November 23, 2017

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New Orleans will not be ringing in its tricentennial quietly. The city famous for its Mardi Gras parties, hurricane rum drinks and nightly bacchanal has a year of events planned to mark the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1718 by French explorers.

As important to the Big Easy’s history has been the influence of the Catholic Church. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the St. Louis Cathedral Church, which served as the missionary center of Catholicism from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes (Detroit was also a French settlement) and within the Mississippi Valley.

An exhibit is now open called “The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans,” and will run through June 30.

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Interesting to see Holy Mother Church’s in the news for something other than a scandal.

Maybe someone will report on the exhibit and if it’s a fair representation.

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JLINKEDIN: Massimi, Robert [MC1983] a blogger



Massimi, Robert [MC1983]

Media No Bull With Raging Robert World Press, NJACT
Greater New York City Area

Recent posts:

Clinton Still Blames Everybody Else.
Flynn Indicted. No Indictments Yet From FBI on Clinton, Rice, Lynch, Obama or Holder.

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We Are, Jasper's!! Class of 83.

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JOBIT: Muellers, Ted [MC1958] sunning streak since '68



Long IslandSee how he runs: Rockville Centre man has had a 50-year streak

  • Ted Muellers has put his best foot forward in local race each year since 1968.
  • Ted Muellers running with his son, Brian Muellers,
Updated December 1, 2017 10:49 AM

Before the running boom, before everybody and his uncle seemed to be doing a marathon, before $200 running shoes and stores to sell them, before Frank Shorter and Dr. Ken Cooper, there was Ted Muellers.

It was Thanksgiving Day 1968, when the then-32-year-old Muellers lined up with a bunch of local high school students and ran a course of about 2 1⁄2 miles through the streets of Rockville Centre. Muellers, who had been a half-miler in high school in Queens and at Manhattan College, was one of three “old men” who ran along with the kids in that informal race.

Fifty years and two event incarnations later, Muellers, 81, is still running the lineal descendant of that original Turkey Trot. Since 1978, it’s been the Rockville Centre 10-kilometer (6.2 miles); a 5k (3.1 mile) event was later added to the program. The race is now held on the second Saturday in November — and Muellers has been there for every one of them. Counting the 10 years of the Thanksgiving Day version of the race (1968-1977), the 30 editions of the 10k he ran and the 5k that he has done as a concession to age for the past decade, and that adds up to 50 years.

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Muellers, Ted [MC????]

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Dear John,

                I believe that Theodore is member of the class of 1958.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Muellers, Ted [MC1958]

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MNEWS: Men's Basketball splits in Belfast



Towson triumph as future NBA stars battle in Belfast
BBC Sport

Towson University's head coach Pat Skerry describes the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic as a "tremendous success" after his team snatch a dramatic final triumph. Mike Morsell's basket with less than three seconds remaining clinched Towson's 56-55 win over Manhattan College.

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JOBIT: Cassidy, Sr. Helen Catherine [MC1951 RIP] 2017-Nov-29



Sister Helen Catherine Cassidy, OP

Sparkill - Sister Helen Catherine Cassidy, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on November 29, 2017 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY.

Born in Bronx, NY on November 1, 1922 Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Fox Cassidy. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1941 and received the name Sister Helen Catherine. She professed her first vows in 1943 and her final vows in 1948.

Sister Helen Catherine received her BA in Education, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, 1951 and her MA in Business Education from Columbia University, New York, 1954.

Sister Helen Catherine taught in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at St. Mark's School (1943-1946) then returned to teach in the Brooklyn Diocese at St. Edmund's School (1946-1951). From 1951-1971 Sr. Helen Catherine taught in Thorpe Secretarial School in the Archdiocese of New York. In 1971, Sr. Helen Catherine returned to Sparkill and for the next 35 years worked in the Office of Information Services before retiring in 2006.

Sister Helen Catherine is predeceased by her parents William and Elizabeth Fox Cassidy and her brother Arthur. She is survived by three nephews; Michael, Robert and Patrick who live in California.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Sparkill, NY on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 10:30am. Visitation is on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 3:30 to 7:30pm at Dominican Convent, 175 Rte. 340, Sparkill, NY. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Michael J. Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Dominican Sisters, at the above address, attention- Sister Mary Murray, President.

Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 3, 2017


Cassidy, Sr. Helen Catherine [MC1951 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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COMMENT: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) disagrees on my conundrum



Regarding your “Positration: $28 baby saver”—I don’t believe it’s a conundrum because an aborted fetus is not a “baby.” I hope you and your family have a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018.

Ken Jablon ‘62

[JR: So can we agree to disagree agreeably? What if that “thing”, that was aborted, was the soul that was supposed to cure cancer, bring about world peace, or just the deciding vote for something important. I’m a pro-choice pro-life little L libertarian so I can believe, at conception, it’s a human being. That doesn’t mean I want the Gooferment legalizing / outlawing abortion, subsidizing abortion with my  stolen wealth in taxes, or propagandizing or proselytizing abortion around the globe. This should be an intensely personal decision between people with their medical professionals. Like the “death penalty”, it’s irreversible. I do think that many “pro-lifers” don’t recognize the needs after the baby is born.] 

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JLINKEDIN: Daviati, David [MC2007] Founder at Daviati and Co



Daviati, David [MC2007]
Founder at Daviati and Co
New York, New York


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COMMENT: Smith, Frank [MC1972] sees the the conundrum differently


Frank MacGabhann commented on COMMENT: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) disagrees on my conundrum

2017-Dec-03 John, Regarding your “Positration: $28 baby saver”—I don’t believe it’s a conundrum because an aborted …

And if that "soul to be aborted" was to be a serial killer, a second Hitler or peaderastic priest, what then?

Frank Smith 1972

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[JR: Hmm, which is more likely? More good folks than bad? I bet that the good is more likely than the bad. But what do I know. I’m fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income.] 

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JLINKEDIN: Cirafici, Andrew [MC2009] PhyEd Teacher at Nyack Public Schools



Cirafici, Andrew [MC2009]
Physical Education Teacher/Coach
Nyack Public Schools
Warwick, New York

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


Good Morning All, Mike McEneney asks for our Prayers for their Daughter, Cathie, RN, '81 MtStV. Cathie will be having Hip Replacement Surgery, tomorrow, Tuesday, 12/5/17. We pray that all goes well and for a speedy recovery free of complication so that Cathie can be back to her smiling self doing all the things that she does so well with never a complaint. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: Vaughey, Msgr. James K. [MC1965 RIP] 2017-Dec-03



Monsignor James K. Vaughey
1937 - 2017

Briarcliff Manor - Monsignor James K. Vaughey, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Cardinal Egan residence in Riverdale, NY.

Msgr. Vaughey was born in Evanston, IL on March 13, 1937 and was the son of the late John and Loretto Vaughey. He was 80 years old.

Msgr. Vaughey was a 1959 graduate of Notre Dame and received Master degrees from St. Joseph's Seminary, Manhattan College and N.Y. University. He was ordained a priest on May 29, 1965 by Francis Cardinal Spellman at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Msgr. Vaughey was named Right Reverend Monsignor in September of 1990 and was appointed pastor of St. Theresa's/ Our Lady of Wayside in Briarcliff Manor and Millwood on August 1, 1993. He retired on June 30, 2012 as Pastor Emeritus.

Monsignor Vaughey served the Archdiocese of New York in many ministries, most notably as; the Associate Secretary of Education-Comptroller of Finance, Executive Director of the Trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Executive Director of the Board of Trustees of Calvary and Allied Cemeteries; and board member of Rosary Hill Home.

Monsignor Vaughey is survived by his cousin Kathryn Ott, many cousins, and the parishioners of St Theresa/ Our Lady of the Wayside.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday (today) at Dorsey Funeral Home, from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. Msgr Vaughey will be reposing at St. Theresa's Church in Briarcliff Manor on Wednesday from 4:00-8:30 pm with the Vigil for the deceased at 8:30 pm. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 am with His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan presiding. Interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Theresa's Parish, 1394 Pleasantville Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 would be appreciated.

Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. Ossining, NY 914-941-0167 www.dorseyfuneral.com

Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 5, 2017


Vaughey, Msgr. James K. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

        I believe that Msgr is a member of the class of 1965.

            May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Vaughey, Msgr. James K. [MC1965 RIP]

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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

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JLINKEDIN: Malm, Matthew [MC2000] 2VP Marketing at Mutual of America



Malm, Matthew [MC2000]
2nd Vice-President, Marketing
Mutual of America  
Farmingdale, New York 

Advocate for the idea that Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is more than just software; it is a concept that should form the core of any strong business. If you know your customers, you will know how to market to them, how to sell to them and how to service them. When you provide your customer with this outstanding experience, your organization will be their first stop when they need to shop again, allowing you to continue the market-->sell-->service cycle, growing your business.

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JOBIT: DeBono, William A. Jr. [MC???? RIP] 2017-Dec-02



William A. DeBono Jr., 87, enjoyed birdwatching from his kitchen window
ByNelsen Funeral Home -December 6, 2017

William A. DeBono Jr., 87, of Williamsburg, passed away Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary; sisters, Mary and Ada; and brother, Vincent.

William joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War, earning a Bronze Star decoration for his service. He graduated from Manhattan College with a B.S. in political science and later went to work in the family business of lamp shade manufacturing. He retired as the CEO of DeBono Inc. He enjoyed woodworking and surf casting, and in retirement, enjoyed birdwatching from the kitchen window.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Jean Ellen DeBono; son, William Arthur DeBono (Roberta H.); daughters, Gail Scanlan (Robert J.), Lorin Helbling (Timothy), Laurie Summers (William) and Lisa Helbling (Richard); grandchildren, Patrick DeBono, Ryan Scanlan, Katie (Scanlan) Geary, Karen Helbling, Mark Helbling, Giovanna Helbling, Cole Helbling, Olivia Helbling and Lilyanna Summers; and great-grandchild, Ronan Geary.

A Mass will be offered at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, at Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. Interment will follow in the Saint Bede Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606; or Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg, 4455 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Share online condolences with the family at nelsenwilliamsburg.com.


DeBono, William A. Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/dignitymemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=william-debono&pid=187422124

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Dear John,

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

                     May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

DeBono, William A. Jr. [MC???? RIP]

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JNEWS: Murray, Eileen K. [MC1980] Lifetime Achievement Award



12.05.2017 By Markets Media
VIDEO: Lifetime Achievement: Eileen K. Murray, Bridgewater Associates

As co-CEO of the world’s largest hedge fund, our winner is responsible back-office and support operations, with oversight of about 750 employees.She describes her childhood, growing up in an NYC housing project, as “low in income, but rich in many other ways.” After graduating from Manhattan College, she entered the world of finance and it has been an upward arc from there. Often, she has been the “first woman” in the roles she has played — after beginning her career at KPMG, Eileen joined Morgan Stanley where she became Chief Operating Officer of the firm’s Institutional Securities Division. She later joined Credit Suisse as Head of Global Technology, Operations, and Product Control, where she became the first woman appointed to Credit Suisse’s Executive Board.

At work, she focuses on steady leadership and innovation, and throughout her career, she has championed programs to help women and men balance work and family responsibilities, as well as diversity, workforce training, and career development initiatives. After hours, she has made active community, charitable and professional association involvement a priority, and has devoted enormous amounts of time to the organizations she has supported over the years.

The winner for Lifetime Achievement is Eileen K. Murray of Bridgewater Associates.

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Murray, Eileen K. [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that Eileen is a member of the Class of 1980.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murray, Eileen K. [MC1980]

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JNEWS: Tichy, Dan [MC2001] Northwest Guilford boys lacrosse coach



Northwest Guilford names Dan Tichy boys lacrosse coach
Staff Report 23 hrs ago

Northwest Guilford has hired Dan Tichy as boys lacrosse coach, athletics director John Hughes said today in a news release.

He replaces longtime Vikings coach Mark Goldsmith, who was relieved of his coaching duties and suspended from teaching in October. Guilford County Schools officials would not discuss the reasons for Goldsmith's dismissal, saying it "was a personnel matter."

Tichy spent the last six years as an assistant coach at Greensboro Day. He also is a head coach with Triad Elite Lacrosse and a volunteer coach with Burlington Parks and Recreation lacrosse program.

Tichy is a 2001 graduate of Manhattan College, where he played Division I lacrosse for the Jaspers. He is a native of Bayport, N.Y., and lives in Burlington with his wife, Elizabeth, and two children, Michaela and Andrew.

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Tichy, Dan [MC2001]

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JOBIT: Costello, John T. [MC1956 RIP] 2017-Dec-05



John Costello
 1933 - 2017

Nanuet - "Coach Cos"

John T. Costello, 84, died peacefully at his home in Nanuet, NY on December 5, 2017 with his family by his side.

John was born on March 29, 1933 in Yonkers, NY to Anna Bartley Costello and John Costello. John is survived by his wife, Ann, of 61 years and their five children: John Jr. (Joanne), James (Janet), Maryann Rossi (Michael), Eileen Boland, and Joseph (Joyce). In addition, John leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 4 great granddaughters. He is also survived by his sister in laws, Margaret Drohan, Margaret Costello and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Diane, brother Robert and beloved son in law, Daniel Boland.

John was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, earned a BS from Manhattan College and his MA and Administration degrees from NYU.

John began his career in education at Sacred Heart High School. He went on to Hastings on the Hudson High School where he mentored for 31 years as Athletic Director, physical education teacher and boys' basketball coach. He retired from Hastings High School in1991. He came out of retirement to coach the Dobbs Ferry High School varsity boys' basketball team. Between the two schools he amassed a total of 457 victories. John was inducted into the New York State Hall of Fame, Westchester County Hall of Fame and the Hastings High School Hall of Fame.

John was a devout Catholic and a parishioner for 59 years of St. Anthony's Church in Nanuet. His faith and family were of primary importance to him along with his former ball players, Century Club Golf Group (which he founded) and his Arthur Avenue Luncheon Group. John's passing has truly left a void for his family and friends.

Visitation will be at the Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home, 728 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY on Sunday, December 10, 2017 during the hours of 2 PM until 8 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church, 36 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY. Burial will be at the St. Anthony's cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for contributions to be made to United Hospice of Rockland.

Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 8, 2017


Costello, John T. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

                 I believe that John is a member of the class of 1956.

                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Costello, John T. [MC1956 RIP]

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ENDNOTE: "But as intensive care unit stretchers replace at-home deathbeds ..."



Here’s what death really sounds like

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7 a.m. began as it always did; the overnight doc was threatening to quit while rubbing her bloodshot eyes and smearing mascara beneath them. Between heavy sighs, she listed the patients transferring into my care ending with Mr. Mandel.

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Glancing at the screen, I immediately interpreted the numbers. Heart rate: 45. Respiration rate: 40. Blood pressure: 67/42. It was very easy for me to tell that Charles Mandel was soon to die. But as intensive care unit stretchers replace at-home deathbeds, digital tones replace guttural human noises and the ability of observers to slowly comprehend the reality of a failing body is diminished.

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As I get older, I think more about this.

Do we really need “intensive care unit stretchers replacing at-home deathbeds”?

Death is a natural process. And, “we” have made it an expensive and terrible process.

So sad.

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