JASPER JOTTINGS Week 51 - 2017 Dec 17  

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



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POSITRACTION: A cat's care teaches me about what the USA should be



The cat that got the cream! Stray feline is saved by vet after spending a week with her head stuck inside a mayonnaise jar

  • A stray cat in Pennsylvania spent a week with her head stuck inside a mayo jar
  • Members of the cat rescue group Whisker's World caught her and brought her to a veterinarian who treated her for free
  • She was weak and malnourished with severely infected chin wounds
  • After treatment she was released back into the neighborhood
By Mollie Cahillane For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 12:21 EST, 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 EST, 29 November 2017

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Kathio frequently treats animals in dire cases for free.

'When I was a kid in Pakistan, the American Red Cross gave us vaccinations. They came to school and gave us milk. They didn't have to do it. I learned humanity from America. America inspired me. That's why I do it,' Kathio said.

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This is what I hope the USA would do. I remember my relatives talking about CARE packages to Europe.

How can we match this man’s faith in the USA?

Makes me humble.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JOBIT: Boitel, Michelle [MC2011 RIP] 2017-Dec-06



Michelle Boitel

Edison - Michelle Boitel, 28, of Edison, died on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Born in Edison she had also lived in Long Island NY. She attended Edison HS and graduated from Manhattan College in NY. She was a parishioner at St. Matthew's RC Church in Edison. She swam at the Elks in Edison as well as for Manhattan College.

She is predeceased by her mom, Hanna.

She is survived by her father, Andres (Andy) and her step-mother, Maria of Edison; a sister, Emily Boitel of Washington DC; her fiancé, Gregory Gifford of Edison; grandmother, Barbara Sarnowska of Lubin, Poland; & her Godmother, Kathy Memoly of Edison.

A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave. (RT 27) Metuchen. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:30 am at St. Matthew's RC Church in Edison. Interment will take place at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.

To send condolences please visit costello-runyon.com.

Published in Home News Tribune on Dec. 10, 2017


Boitel, Michelle [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

               I believe that Michelle is a member of the class of 2011.

                    May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Boitel, Michelle [MC2011 RIP]

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JLINKEDIN: Brendan N. [MC2002] School Counselor at Great Neck



Brendan N  MC2002

Brendan N. [MC2002]
School Counselor at Great Neck Public Schools
Franklin Square, New York 

Educator with years of valuable experience in top-ranked school districts. Strengths include working collaboratively with students, parents, administrators and staff to maximize student achievement and assist with social/emotional development. Has worked side-by-side with principals and assistant principals over the past 10 years to gain immeasurable experience and insight into what the job of a school leader entails, as well as how to be most effective at it.

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[JR: Don’t see the value of a LinkedIn profile with no last name. Anyone recognize him?] 

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JNEWS: Tobin, John [MC????] measured the VCP starting line



Van Cortlandt's magic number unites generations
Updated 9:31 AM; Posted 9:00 AM
By Denise Boccia/Special to the Advance

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For cross country runners throughout the Northeast, Van Cortlandt Park is a venerated place, so central to the sport that it has its own language, so demanding that it long ago inspired some college students to survey and measure the course to ensure fairness, and so daunting that it has a magic number: 13.

The 21/2-mile course unites the generations, providing them a shared experience and, for male high school runners, a common goal -- breaking 13 minutes.

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"The starting line was straight across and parallel to the walkway that goes from Broadway to the mansion," said John Tobin, Carroll's coach at St. Peter's, a 1956 St. Peter's grad and an alum of Manhattan College, just across Broadway and up the hill from VCP.  "The finish line was never in a fixed position but generally in the same area as today but no 'fixed' concrete monument with flags as today.

"I know that while I was a sophomore at Manhattan College, some Manhattan engineering students -- myself included -- measured (with surveying instruments) a curved starting line with the center of the radius being the pole marking the then-entrance into the cowpath. This at least made the start fairer than when, if you were closest to the mansion, you were 25 yards closer to the cowpath."

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Tobin, John [MC????]

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COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) "tubes everywhichwaybutup"


John, your closure this week was well-stated: "Death is a natural process. And, 'we' have made it an expensive and terrible process. So sad."

It is increasingly common for people to fill out "Living Wills" that specify what measures hospitals should take to prolong their lives.  These directives focus mainly on intensive revival and sustaining of life at points where one would otherwise die very quickly.  But perhaps more thought should be given to advance planning for when one is simply gravely ill and all medical indications are that, no matter what measures are taken as you are in intensive care with tubes everywhichwaybutup you are still about 99% certain not to see another year as you lie there or perhaps even another month or week.  While it should certainly be an option to change one's mind at such points, if one has previously thought about and discussed the option with family it's possible that a good many people would say, "Just send me home, back to my own bedroom, with my loved ones near me in the place I've lived."

It should certainly be a choice, and it's an important enough choice that people should be encouraged to put some thought into it ahead of time.

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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JLINKEDIN: Daverio, Rich [MC1974] Sr Proj Engineer at AREVA



Daverio, Rich [MC1974]
Senior Project Engineer at AREVA NPAREVA NP  
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

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JOBIT: Murphy, Timothy J. [MC1962 RIP] 2017-Dec-10



Dr. Timothy Murphy

Southbury, CT - On December 10th, 2017, Timothy J. Murphy, D.D.S., husband, partner-in-life and best friend of Patricia Gray, devoted and loving father of Charles G. Murphy, M.D., son of Timothy and Lillian Murphy and brother of Dennis Murphy and the deceased John Murphy.

Tim was a man of keen intellect and a few words, always well chosen and always positive. His sense of humor and his wit were unfailing, as was his commitment to the causes he pursued. He was graduated from Manhattan College and then New York University School of Dentistry, after winning a New York State Regents Dental Scholarship. He went on to become certified in Prosthodontics. He served our country as a Captain in the U. S. Army Dental Corps and was awarded a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare for Prosthodontics.

He will be sorely missed by his family, his colleagues and patients and all those privileged to call him friend. He died like he lived, a friend to all.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Church of the Resurrection, Rye, NY. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY. The family will greet loved ones from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm on Tuesday, December 12th at Graham Funeral Home, Rye, NY.

Published in the The Journal News on Dec. 12, 2017


Murphy, Timothy J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

              I believe that Timothy is a member of the class of 1962.

                     May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Murphy, Timothy J. [MC1962 RIP]

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JNEWS: Gresia, Matt [MC????] collaborates with Conti, Brett [MC????]



These Super-Comfy Socks Are Helping to Fund Cancer Research

Most 20-year-olds are more concerned with making it to their 8 a.m. class on time.
Matt Gresia started a fashion brand to help cure cancer.
By Dave Zucker Published: 12/11/2017

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Matt Gresia was born in the Morris Park area of the Bronx and moved to Eastchester with his family when he was seven. He always knew he wanted to run his own business, to be a mogul and guide a company’s future. Conversely, he never got to know one of his grandfathers. These two disparate issues were what came together in 2016 to create Canswer Sock Co., an organization dedicated to creating high-quality fashion that is also affordable, and still donating 10 percent of its profits directly to cancer research and organizations aiding cancer patients and their families.

On the heels of Breast Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Months, we were lucky enough to spend a little time talking toes with Gresia himself.

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How did you originally get hooked up with Brett Conti from Fortune NY and ClockworkDJ for the collaborations you’ve done with them?

I grew up a skateboarder, so I’ve known about Fortune since around 2012. Brett does YouTube full time now, so his face is really behind the brand, but back then, that wasn’t really the case. I had no clue who he was. Turns out, he went to Manhattan College, the school I’m currently studying at. Long story short, I met him at a lecture he did at school and he gave me a lot of advice when I first started. Fast forward a few years, we became good friends and eventually did a collaboration. Doing business with trustworthy friends is seamless because you can ditch the idea of having to do contracts and legal agreements and all that.

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Conti, Brett [MC????]


Gresia, Matt [MC????]

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Dear John,

    I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for either Matt or Brett.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JLINKEDIN: Veiga, Anthony [MC2004] VP - Investments Wells Fargo



Veiga, Anthony [MC2004]
Vice President - Investments, Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors
Greater New York City Area

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JOBIT: Reilly, Eugene [MC1957 RIP] 2017-Dec-11



Eugene Reilly
December 11, 2017
Metuchen, New Jersey

Eugene passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Eugene was a resident of Metuchen, New Jersey at the time of passing.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 9:00am - 10:00am at The Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Avenue (Rt. 27), Metuchen(costello-runyon.com) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:15am at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, 32 Elm Ave., Metuchen, followed by the inurnment at Hillside Cemetery, Metuchen. Costello-Runyon 568 Middlesex Ave. (RT 27) NJ 08840 Mass of Christian Burial St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral 32 Elm Ave. New Jersey USA 08840 Inurnment Hillside Cemetery 52 Lincoln Ave. New Jersey USA 08840 Joseph V. Costello, III. Owner/Manager NJ Lic. No. 3670 Costello-Runyon Funeral Home 1225 Green St & Cooper Ave. Iselin, New Jersey 08830 Phone: 732-283-0075.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Covenant House or Manhattan College.

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[JR: Jasper connection?] 

Reilly, Eugene [RIP]

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Eugene Reilly

Metuchen - Eugene (Gene) Francis Reilly, 82 of Metuchen, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, December 11, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Beloved husband of 53 years to the late Elizabeth (Farese) Reilly and loving father to William Reilly and his wife Sue, Marybeth Van Winter and her husband Robert, Lisa Reilly and her partner Don Doucette. He was the loving grandfather to Robert and his wife Jacqueline, Nicholas, Caroline, Andrew and Benjamin and leaves behind a sister, Rose O'Shea. He was predeceased by his brother William O'Reilly and sister Virginia Marie (Reilly) Cirenza.

Gene and his wife, Liz, relocated to Metuchen, NJ from New York, NY in 1963. Gene was the son of the late William and Mary (O'Connell) Reilly.

Born in the Bronx, NY, Gene graduated Cardinal Hayes High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, a Masters of Engineering from The City University of New York, attended Yale University where he received a Transportation Engineering Certificate and completed a mid-career fellowship at Princeton University.

Gene's engineering career began at the Port Authority of NY and NJ. After that he worked for the NJ Department of Transportation, assuming a variety of roles, retiring after 25 years as the Director of Research and Development. He was an avid supporter and volunteer at Covenant House, St. Francis Cathedral, JFK Medical Center, Friends of the Metuchen Public Library and Metuchen Senior Center.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 9:00- 10:00 am at The Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Avenue (Rt. 27), Metuchen(costello-runyon.com) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:15 am at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, 32 Elm Ave., Metuchen, followed by the inurnment at Hillside Cemetery, Metuchen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Covenant House or Manhattan College.
Published in Home News Tribune on Dec. 12, 2017


Reilly, Eugene [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

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

                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Reilly, Eugene [MC1957 RIP]

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JOBIT: Mayer, Rev. William C. [MC1971 RIP] 2017-Dec-09



Rev. William C. Mayer CSV
January 23, 1929 - December 9, 2017
Wheeling, Illinois

Reverend William C. Mayer, C.S.V. was born January 23, 1929 in Kankakee, IL and passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Addolorata Villa in Wheeling, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Ruth and by his two sisters Patricia Haarer and Kathleen McEvilly. He is survived by his dear friend Sister Clare Fitzgerald, SSND, PhD of Boston, MA.

Father Mayer professed his first vows on August 19, 1947 at the Viatorian Novitiate in Chicago, IL and his final vows on August 19, 1950 at St. Joseph Church in Springfield, IL. He was ordained to the priesthood on February 2, 1956 at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

He attended his freshman year of high school at Cathedral Boys High School in Springfield, IL and graduated from St. Patrick High School in Kankakee, IL in 1945. He received a BA in Philosophy from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, IA in 1951, an MA in Sociology/Catholic Social Principles from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. in 1956 and an MA in Religious Formation from Manhattan College, New York City, NY in 1971. In addition, he earned an All Grade Supervisory Certificate for the state of Illinois from DePaul University, Chicago, IL in 1967.

Father Mayer taught high school at Spalding Institute in Peoria, IL (1956-1958), at St. Philip High School, Chicago, IL (1958-1960), at his alma mater St. Patrick High School, Kankakee, IL (1960-1966), at Bishop McNamara High School, Kankakee, IL (1966-1971) where he served as both teacher and administrator, and at Griffin High School, Springfield, IL, (1971-1978). He then turned to teaching adult religious education at St. Bede Priory, Eau Claire, WI (1978-1981), the Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, WI (1984-1986) and St. Mary and St. Eulalia Catholic Churches, Winchester, MA (1986-1991). From 1991 to 1996 he continued teaching adult classes at the Church of the Holy Ghost, Wood Dale, IL, where he remained as a sacramental minister after his retirement to the Viatorian Province Center Retirement Residence in 2005.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in the Viatorian Province Center Chapel, 1212 E. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL.


Mayer, Rev. William C. [MC1971 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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JOBIT: Smith, Thomas D. [MC1962 RIP] 2017-Dec-10



Thomas D. Smith

Thomas D. Smith, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Allendale, NJ.

Born in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Manhattan College with a BS and an MBA. He served in the Army National Guard for 6 years. Tom spent his career as a CPA and Tax Manager in NYC.

Tom lived in Allendale for the past 47 years and was an active parishioner of Guardian Angel parish, an active member of the Holiday Observers and served on the Allendale Town Council.

Tom is survived by his wife Maryanne, his son Thomas and his wife Beth, his daughter Sara Carolan and her husband Tom and five grandchildren-Maggie, Teddy, Bridget, Anna and Tess.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey, NJ. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10 AM at Guardian Angel R.C. Church in Allendale, NJ. Interment will follow at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, NJ. Please send tributes, memories and condolences to vanemburghsneider.com.


Smith, Thomas D. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

               I believe that Thomas is a member of the class of 1962.

                        May He Rest In Peace.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Smith, Thomas D. [MC1962 RIP]

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JOBIT: Riverso, Raphael G. [MC1947 RIP] 2017-Dec-12



In Memory of
Raphael G. Riverso
September 1, 1923 - December 12, 2017

Raphael G. Riverso passed away on December 12, 2017, with his family at his bedside. Ray, as he was known to many, was born in Satriano, Italy on September 1, 1923 to Vincent G. Riverso and Stella Chiaravalotti Riverso, both deceased. Raphael came to this country in 1935 where he met Nadia Ursini, who many years later, in 1952, he married. Raphael graduated from Manhattan College in 1947 with a degree in civil engineering. As a young man, Raphael served our country in the armed forces during World War II as a pilot and engineer in the United State Army Air Corps. Raphael returned to New York, where he was a General Contractor, responsible for many notable buildings and ground breaking projects throughout Westchester, Rockland, and Dutchess Counties. Raphael was extremely proud of his heritage and was responsible for the organization and running of the Westchester Columbus Day Parade during his tenor as President of the Antonio Meucci Lodge, Order of the Sons Of Italy. He was also President of the Federation of Italian American Organizations. Raphael was instrumental in bringing Italian as a language to many of the high schools in Westchester County. He was the recipient of many honors and accolades for his buildings and his contributions to his community. His greatest achievement was his family, children and grandchildren. Raphael is survived by six of his seven children and their spouses, Vincent (Denise), Stella, Raphael II, Maria Cameron (Robert), Milo (Michele) and Pia (Bruce Brigandi), and by seven grandchildren, Cara, John, Christopher, Michael, Anthony, Nadia and Peter Riverso. Raphael's son John predeceased him in 2015, and Raphael lost his loving wife, Nadia in 1991.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in the name of Raphael Riverso to the "Columbus Citizens Foundation" payable to and should be mailed to "Columbus Citizens Foundation, Attention: Scholarship Department, 8 East 69th Street, New York, NY, 10021". preferred.

Mass of Christian Burial Saturday December 16, 2017 10AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale. Entombment Gate of Heaven Cemetery Valhalla NY. Visitation Thursday December 14, 2017 from 7-9PM and Friday December 15, 2017 from 2-5 PM and 7-9PM.

Riverso, Raphael G. [MC1947 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JOBIT: McMahon, George Anthony [MC1969 RIP] 2017-Nov-29



George McMahon
February 05, 1939 - November 29, 2017

George Anthony McMahon, 78, of Ashburn, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Nancy Jean Towey McMahon whom he married on February 6, 1965.

Born on February 5, 1939, in the Bronx, New York, he also lived in Ridgefield, CT; Herndon, VA; and Kilmarnock, VA.

George served in the United States Marine Corp as a Corporal and was honorably discharged on March 11, 1966. He graduated from Manhattan College in New York with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University. He worked for Bigelow Carpet in Manhattan, NY; Autotax in Mount Kisco, NY; National Wildlife Federation in Vienna, VA; and retired from the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons in 2001.

He was a very active member of the Catholic Church and was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Kilmarnock, VA.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons George A. McMahon (Lisa) of Stafford, VA; Thomas J. McMahon (Jenny) of Round Hill, VA; Brendan T. McMahon (Lisa) of Purcellville, VA; Terrance P. McMahon of Fredericksburg, VA and one daughter Maura E. Rickman (Michael) of Potomac, MD. He has four very special grandchildren Liam T. McMahon, Keegan C. McMahon, Kayla R. McMahon, and Madeleine F. Rickman.

He is also survived by his sisters Christine Flood and Eileen Gimblet (Bob) as well as his brother Brian McMahon (Lorraine); one niece and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Elizabeth McMahon, brother Thomas McMahon, sister Kathleen Doriand, and nephews Ronald Gulick and Edward Miller.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 21371 St. Theresa Lane, Ashburn, VA 20147. Family will receive friends one hour before the service from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.


McMahon, George Anthony [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/Batesville/guestbook.aspx?n=george-mcmahon&pid=187384364

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Dear John,

               I believe that George is a member of the class of 1969.

                         May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McMahon, George Anthony [MC1969 RIP]

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JNEWS: Benefit for the George J. Tamaro Manhattan College Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund



December 12, 2017, Hawthorne NJ:

The 12th Annual DFI Educational Trust Gala Fundraising Dinner took place on November 9, 2017, at Terrace On The Park in Corona, N.Y. The gala was attended by 168 guests and raised over $51,000. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the George J. Tamaro Manhattan College Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund, established in 2016.

This year, four students received awards from the Tamaro Scholarship Fund, totaling $10,000. The scholarships were presented to four students at Manhattan College by Zac Curanovic, P.E., Underpinning & Foundation Skanska, DFI Educational Trust board member and chair of the scholarship drive.

Michaela Amicucci is a senior at Manhattan College pursuing a B.S. in civil engineering and a career in geotechnical engineering. She has been on the Dean’s List for six consecutive semesters, and has been inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and the Epsilon Sigma Pi Honor Society, as well as Chi Epsilon, where she is the board treasurer. Last summer she was an intern at HVEA Engineers, and was able to apply her knowledge from soil mechanics class to analyze soil samples to determine their engineering properties.

James Curra is a civil engineering student at Manhattan College. He obtained his B.S. in May of 2017, and will obtain his M.S. in December of 2018. He is interested in several research topics, and has done research on remote sensing of water quality as well as remote sensing of bridge scour in order to determine risk. With only a year left before he finishes his academic career, James is eager to begin a career in the engineering profession and obtain his Professional Engineering license.

Valeska Flores is a senior civil engineering student at Manhattan College. Born in Peru, she came to the U.S. in 7th grade. She has always been interested in math, but chose geotechnical engineering after becoming curious about how Incan structures have been able to sustain the forces of earthquakes (which are very common in Peru). After graduation she plans on completing a Master’s program in geotechnical/structural engineering and to do research in earthquake engineering.

Anthony Ricciuti started college as a business student at Fordham University. After two years he transferred to Manhattan College in 2015 to pursue a degree in civil engineering. Since then, he has worked in the construction industry and interned with Lendlease for two consecutive summers. He has developed a strong interest in geotechnical engineering and hopes to gain some experience in the industry before graduating in December 2018.              

Frank Lombardi, P.E., DIST. M.ASCE, F.SAME, former chief engineer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, delivered the keynote presentation at the Gala. His lecture, entitled, "The Dual Nature of Leadership," covered the underlying principles of self-management, management and leadership. It focused on the philosophical concepts that give rise to the dual nature of leadership.

Contact: Emilio S. Fandino, Trust Administrator, 973-423-4030, efandino@dfi.org.

About DFI Educational Trust:

The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust (www.dfitrust.org) is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,000 members worldwide.

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JHQ: Alumni events on MC's Facebook page


  • Jan 22 Jacksonville Alumni Reception Mon 6 PM

    On Monday, January 22, 2018, alumni, family, parents and friends are invited to join the College and hosts Tom Donahue '71 and his wife Pat for an evening reception at TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse (110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL). The reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the Live Oak Room, and costs $30 to attend. Advance registration is required.

    REGISTER>> connect.manhattan.edu/jacksonville
  • Jan23 The Villages Alumni Luncheon Tue 12 PM · Palmer Legends Country Club · The Villages, FL

  • Jan24 Southwest Florida Alumni Golf Outing and Dinner Wed 11:30 AM · Quail West Golf and Country Club · Naples, FL
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JLINKEDIN: Contino, Brian [MC2017] Soccer Trainer at Harborfields



Contino, Brian [MC2017]
Soccer Trainer at Harborfields Soccer Club
Kings Park, New York

While attending high school I took a engineering course as part of Project Lead the Way that introduced the engineering design process and drawing using the computer program Auto CAD. I had a strong interest in this engineering course and because of that I ended up attending Manhattan College. While on campus I have gained knowledge in the Civil and Environmental Engineering field and graduated.

I am a highly motivated, well-organized person who demonstrates excellent problem solving skills and will always strive to bring 100% to the work I do.

Currently I am a Soccer Trainer for Harborfields Soccer Club in Greenlawn, New York. Working for them has taught me how to be a leader, demonstrate strong communication skills, and help motivate young players in developing their skills as a soccer player. I am continuously seeking to gain experience in the Civil and Environmental field and start my career.

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JFOUND: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on colonoscopies



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How do you cope with the terrifying prospect of a long tube being rammed up your butt by a doctor to look for problematic colon polyps or outright cancerous tumors? Is ad hoc aromatherapy or a smartphone movie useful for reducing anxiety?
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Michael J. McFadden, Have studied, analyzed, & written about hundreds of smoking-related medical studies. Answered Mon
You’ll be fast asleep. The last thing you’ll remember is lying on the table, and you’ll blink your eyes and find yourself sitting/reclining in the “recovery” area where a nice nurse will offer you some water and maybe a tasty cracker or two.
MJM, had three of ’em so far! (Colonoscopies, not nice nurses. Had four of them I think…)
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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)
[JR: I feel strongly about this topic. My maternal Grandmother died and my Mom had a near miss with colon cancer. More qualified folks than I cited it’s the #2 cancer killer. And it’s completely curable when caught early. Parenthetically, I have read that it maybe completely avoidable by a plant based diet.  Because of the family history, I have been “religious” about getting my colonoscopies. My doc called me a “polyp farm” because of the numerous and fast growth of them that I am “blessed” with. Last time, I had to have one surgically removed — I believe that one was the type that was a killer. So, I urge all to not shirk this “easy” form of “preventative maintenance”. Because of family experience with anesthesia, I don’t take sedation. And, quite frankly, it’s more uncomfortable than painful. YMMV but get it done. I don’t like seeing obits.] 
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MFOUND: Alma Mater connection to a Viet Nam war resister



The Vietnam War
by Peter St. Clair

On a cold dark morning in the winter of 1967, I stood outside the induction center on Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan handing out draft facts cards to the arriving inductees. These were folded cardboard cards the size of draft cards, with information on the rights and alternatives still available to these young guys as they entered the building to face induction into the army. I had been showing up here every morning for the past few weeks as part of my organizing work as a member of the New York Draft Resistance. I was a twenty year old college dropout. On this day I was with three slightly older organizers—two women and a man—all of them local graduate students. In the early morning darkness, as despondent draftees shuffled by, accepting the cards and entering the building, a car with five or six men in it cruised slowly by, looking at us. After it circled again and pulled around the corner out of sight we began to get nervous. Suddenly we were attacked by a gang of men in plain clothes. I stood my ground, maybe foolishly, but I had recently decided to become a full-fledged pacifist and to renounce violence. It was bad timing. The others scattered and I got beat up as I refused to raise a hand in defense and, passively resisting, I crumpled to the side walk. The attackers fled and I was helped up by my returning friends and taken home on the subway to nurse my wounds. A few days later I was back again, but we now had a larger contingent of draft resisters each morning outside the induction center.

US Soldiers Moving in a Skirmish Line Through Rice Paddies. National Archives.I, like other Americans who came of age during the Vietnam War, was a child of the World War II generation, the generation that was understood to have sacrificed so much to defeat the Nazis and their Japanese allies. A working-class kid from Brooklyn raised in the 1950s in the shadow of that war, I grew up playing war games with toy soldiers along with my brothers reenacting battles like the landing at Normandy every time my family would spend a day at the beach at Reis Park. I grew up yearning to become a soldier, to relive the glory of war and “to play my own part in the patriot game.” The route that led me from that to draft resistance might have been uncommon—few from my Borough Park neighborhood or my Catholic high school became draft resisters—but we were all swept up in the same events. However, I was not the only one, as I later roomed with another working-class guy from Borough Park in the Brooklyn Draft Resistance commune.

In 1966, when I was nineteen, despite knowing I would lose my student deferment, I left Manhattan College in my sophomore year. I was rebelling against my strict Catholic upbringing. Under the influence of a growing alternative culture I had already come to oppose the war. Like many of my contemporaries I found myself in a moral bind. I was facing the draft and the possibility of being sent to fight in Vietnam. I found it impossible to justify killing or getting killed in a war I thought was morally indefensible. Opposition to the war was common among my fellow workers at the NY Public Library on 42nd Street, where I had worked part-time as a page since high school. In a copy of the underground newspaper the East Village Other, I saw an ad for draft counseling at the Draft Resistance office on Beekman Street. I met with a draft counselor who outlined my options for avoiding getting drafted. I decided to apply for conscientious objector status but, having recently decided I was an atheist, I was unable to fulfill an essential requirement for a CO: explaining how a belief in God prevented me from fighting in a war. Objecting to a particular war on the grounds that it is not morally justified is not permissible under Selective Service law. I resolved this difficulty after talking to a fellow page at the library. He told me about Pantheism, the idea that God is everything—the universe itself and everything in it is God. If I believed in the universe then I believed in God. He advised me to read an introduction to Spinoza and based on that I wrote an essay explaining my pantheistic beliefs to my Brooklyn draft board. They rejected my request. I was classified 1A and draft eligible. After another draft counseling session my options came down to going into the army or leaving the country—or refusing induction, an act of civil disobedience and a political protest against the war for which I would face a possible ten year jail sentence. I chose draft resistance. It was an agonizing decision; almost everybody I knew tried to talk me out of it. I was spurned by some of my relatives and many people I knew. My father was ashamed of me. He slapped me in the face and called me a communist.

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[JR: The “war” broke many of us. Some more than others. It’s in my mind a “national disaster” and a self-inflicted wound. One of my Prep classmates went to “Viet Nam, Republic of”, another underground, another to Canada, and others were drafted to places unknown. Luck of the draw, I spent my four years in Maryland for the most part. I’m not sure I was the “lucky ones". Dona Nobis Pacem] 

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JOBIT: Morano, A. Robert [MC1963 RIP] 2017-Dec-11



A. Robert Morano

Wall Township - A. Robert Morano, 75, of Wall Township passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at Jersey Shore Medical Center with his devoted family at his side.

Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY and resided in Belmar, Sea Girt and Spring Lake Heights before moving to Wall Township 17 years ago.

He was a graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. His career started in Buffalo, took him around the world and eventually led to the founding of several businesses. He was a leader in his field and continued as an industry consultant in his retirement.
Bob enjoyed all sports, especially baseball, and a good cognac, but his real joy in life was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his devoted children: Susan Morano of Basking Ridge, Kevin Morano and wife Rebecca of Summit, Karen Morano of New York, NY and Chantal Trainor and husband Jack of Wall Twp., his 5 beloved grandchildren Robert, Kathleen, Michael, and John Morano and Luke Trainor, his longtime companion Joann Quinlan and his sister Joan Lentini.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Catharine's RC Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake. Please go directly to the Church on Friday as there will not be a procession from the funeral home. Private committal will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer (www.giving.mskcc.org,) P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028 Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home on Thursday.

For directions or to offer online condolences to the family please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 14, 2017


Morano, A. Robert [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

            I believe that A. Robert is a member of the Class of 1963.

                May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Morano, A. Robert [MC1963 RIP]

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JOBIT: Paolitto, Anthony W. Sr. [MC1951 RIP] 2017-Dec-12



Anthony W. Paolitto, Sr.

Anthony W. Paolitto, Sr., 87, of Stamford, passed away on December 12, 2017, completing a long and rich life dedicated to his country, community, and most of all his family. A resident of Stamford the past 54 years, Tony was born and raised in the Bronx to his Italian immigrant parents, Carlo and Josephine (Scarano) Paolitto, and was extremely proud of his upbringing and heritage. The first in his extended family to attend college, Tony graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in civil engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy as Operations Officer aboard the destroyer the U.S.S. William R. Rush during the Korean War era.

After his formal service, one of his first career stints as a civilian took him to Casablanca in North Africa, where he helped design and build airfields for the military. After this there were more challenging projects, again with the military. Tony embarked with his young family across the country to Colorado and California to various "undisclosed locations" (at the time) where the defense department was upgrading its arsenal of nuclear deterrents with the Titan 1 missile. He was instrumental in the design of the structural steel in the underground silos that had to be able to withstand rapid launching and nuclear blasts from enemy missiles.

In 1964, Tony had the opportunity to return to his beloved NYC area and extended family when he was recruited for an entirely different "peacetime venture," helping to build the iconic monorail for the 1964 Worlds Fair. Returning to his roots, Tony settled in Stamford, raised his family, thrived as an engineer, and never left. He immersed himself in his family, his home (he was a man who could fix anything!), his yard, and his community. Even after retirement, his skills and reputation were summoned upon by the Department of Homeland Security to have him inspect the structural integrity of buildings damaged by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Anyone who ever attended St. Leo's Church on Roxbury Road in the last 50 years would recognize Tony. He was an usher who greeted you with a smile for all of those years. If you ever had a young child sit on Santa's lap during their Christmas party, unbeknownst to you it was Tony for a number of those years. If you ever stood in line for the fried dough at St. Leo's annual fall fair, that was Tony manning the station, likely giving you extra cheese or sauce if he knew you — which was mostly everybody. Tony took up running marathons in his 60s, and if you ever saw the guy running the NYC Marathon with the St. Leo's shirt on, now you know who it was! In 2011, Tony was awarded the Dioceses of Bridgeport's St. Augustine Medal of Service, which recognizes those who unselfishly give of their time and talents to build up parish communities and faithfully use the gifts God has given them.

Tony is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Frances; a son, Dr. Anthony W. Paolitto, Jr. and his wife Kendra of Clinton, CT; daughter Lisa Paolitto of Shady Side, MD, daughter Carla Gillespie and her husband Brian of Stamford, and granddaughters Lily Gillespie of Stamford, and Samantha Paolitto of Shady Side, MD. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Frank Paolitto and his wife Diana of Cambridge, MA. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Jean Paolitto, and daughter-in-law Susan Paolitto.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Leo RC Church, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Interment will be private and there will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Anthony's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.

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Published in StamfordAdvocate on Dec. 14, 2017


Paolitto, Anthony W. Sr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/stamfordadvocate/anthony-w-paolitto-condolences/187519061?cid=full

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Dear John,

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

                            May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Paolitto, Anthony W. Sr. [MC1951 RIP]

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JOBIT: Magnusen, Henry F. [MC1959 RIP] 2017-Dec-13



Henry F. Magnusen

MOUNT BETHEL Henry F. Magnusen, 80, of Mount Bethel, PA passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono, East Stroudsburg, PA.

Born in New York City, NY on June 12, 1937, he was a son of the late Henry L. and Anna J. (Sweeney) Magnusen. Henry was the husband of Joan L. (Coppola) Magnusen. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last May.

Henry was a 1955 graduate of All Hallows High School in Bronx, NY, where he was active with the Alumni Association with the high school, was inducted into the high school hall of fame, and also involved in the Class Reunion Committee.

After high school, he was a 1959 graduate of Manhattan College where he earned his Electrical Engineering degree. He then obtained his MBA in Business Administration from New York University.

He worked as a Job Placement Specialist at Management Recruiters, in Hope, NJ, until retiring in 1997. Prior to that, he was employed in sales for various businesses.

Henry was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Portland, PA, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and served as a lector.

In addition to his wife, Joan, Henry is survived by four daughters, Mary Fahsbender, wife of Louis, Anne Fowler, wife of Donald, Carmina Chapp, wife of Larry, Joan Young, wife of Andrew; one son, Henry "Hank" Magnusen; and 8 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Monday, December 18th at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 720 Delaware Ave., Portland, PA, with Fr. Stephen Maco officiating. Family and friends are invited to call from 3 - 5 PM on Sunday, December 17th and again on Monday, from 10-10:30 AM, in the Gaffney Parsons Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 4 Lillian Lane "Village of Johnsonville", Bangor, PA. Graveside service and interment will be held at 12 PM, Tuesday, December 19th, at Mount St. Mary's Cemetery, Flushing, NY.

Online condolences may be offered at gaffneyparsons.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown, 900 S. Woodward Street, Allentown, PA 18103. Gaffney-Parsons Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. 4 Lillian Lane "Village of Johnsonville" Bangor, Pa. 18013 (610) 588-2128

Published in The Express Times from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2017


Magnusen, Henry F. [MC1959 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/etpa/henry-f-magnusen-condolences/187538370?cid=full

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ENDNOTE: Given a debt-free home through donations



Children of the first female New York Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty since September 11 are given a debt-free home through donations

  • The three children of slain New York Police Department officer Miosotis Familia will receive a debt-free home in The Bronx
  • A cooperative effort by the New York Daily News, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Skyview Apartments LLC raised $818,000 for the children
  • Genesis Villella, 20, and Delilah and Peter Vega, both 12, lost Familia after she was killed by Alexander Bonds in July
  • Genesis said: 'I owe it to my mom to make sure that the three of us will be taken care of... in a loving and healthy environment'
  • Familia was the first female NYPD police officer to be killed in the line of duty since September 11
By Dailymail.com Reporter PUBLISHED: 02:05 EST, 4 December 2017 | UPDATED: 02:59 EST, 4 December 2017

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In essence, people are very charitable. Despite all the taxes, expenses, wants, and needs, somehow good people find a way.

At this time of year, who knows all that is given, but that is essence of humanity.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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