JASPER JOTTINGS Week 32 - 2018 Aug 12   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College
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POSITRACTION: A patient Louisiana grocer gives us an exemplar of how to be



'I'm watching a miracle right now': Heartwarming moment patient Louisiana grocer lets autistic man stock store with him for 30minutes

  • Jordan Taylor, a grocer at Rouses Markets in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was filmed assisting Jack Ryan stock the shelves for 30minutes on Sunday
  • The pair diligently put dairy products and fruit juices away, with Taylor handing items for Ryan to then put away
  • 'This young man took the time to slow down and allow Jack Ryan to help for over 30 minutes, guiding him as he finished his task' said Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi
  • Alwosaibi, Ryan's sister, took a picture with Taylor and launched a GoFundMe campaign for him
PUBLISHED: 14:47 EDT, 1 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:55 EDT, 1 August 2018

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A heartwarming moment between a local Louisiana grocer and an autistic customer is proving that it's truly the little things that count. 

Jordan Taylor, an employee at Rouses Markets in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was filmed assisting Jack Ryan - who is autistic - stock the shelves for 30minutes on Sunday.

'We all know autism makes going out difficult, and sometimes grocery stores can be a challenge,' said Delaney Edwards Alwosaibi, Ryan's sister, in the post's caption.

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How patient are we with our fellow humans?

Could we exhibit 0ne tenth of this fellows effort — 3 minutes?

Not sure I could.  The next time I am challenged, I’ll remember this young man.

Maybe you can too?

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JNEWS: A connection to Coppo, Joseph J. Jr. [MC1975 RIP]



Home / Editorial / Resurrecting A Miraculous Little League Dream
Resurrecting A Miraculous Little League Dream
By Rabbi Rabbs

Updated: August 2, 2018

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In The Bronx, NY, neighborhood of Riverdale sits a Roman Catholic school named Manhattan College whose NCAA Division I baseball team bears a green and white logo strikingly reminiscent to that of Southern California Champion Park View Little League of Chula Vista.

The Manhattan Jaspers have inducted several of their baseball team’s players over the years into their athletic department’s hall of fame. One of those enshrined players is Joseph J. Coppo Jr., who was inducted into the Jaspers’ hall of fame in 2004. Coppo, a full-blooded Italian-American, had captained the Jaspers during his senior season in 1975, and according to the Jaspers’ web site, led Manhattan in earned runs average, innings pitched, and slugging percentage.

Coppo, whom the Cincinnati Reds had reportedly drafted straight out of high school, had opted to attend Manhattan rather than immediately pursuing a professional baseball career. Despite being a standout in the high school and college levels, Coppo never reached the major leagues.

Speaking of Little League, after graduating from Manhattan, Coppo soon got married, had four children, reportedly shared his love of baseball with them, and sure enough, Joseph became a coach in his local Little League, where he shared his passion for the game with other parents’ kids. Coppo was reportedly very well liked and respected by other Little League parents, and by his players.

Late in the year 2000, Coppo became an executive for the financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald, and shortly thereafter, he moved into its corporate headquarters and New York City office on the 104th floor of 1 World Trade Center, one of the Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan. On Sept. 11, 2001, at 8:46 am, the baseball dad and coach was murdered along with 657 of his fellow New York employees, 68% of Cantor Fitgerald’s overall workforce, when unspeakable ruthless hijackers intentionally crashed a passenger jet into that tower, only a handful of floors below Coppo’s office.

In the wake of that horrific event, in Coppo’s honor, Waveny Park Little League in his town of New Canaan, CT, where the former Jasper captain had coached Waveny’s all-stars in hopes of reaching the Little League World Series, renamed its baseball field as Joe Coppo Field.

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JOBIT: O'Gorman, David Christopher [MC???? RIP] 2018-Aug-05



David C. O'Gorman
1957 - 2018

Yonkers - David Christopher O'Gorman. David because it was his mother's maiden name, Christopher because he was born near Christmas, and O'Gorman is the family name. He died on August 5, 2018, much too young.

Born in the Bronx, New York to Joan and Eugene O'Gorman, he lived almost his entire life as a Yonkers resident. A graduate of Saunders Trades and Technical High School and Manhattan College, he worked a variety of jobs as a teenager before settling for a 20 year career in the chemical industry. David was named "Salesman of the Year" on more than one occasion and even became a plant manager for a chemical company on Alexander Street. When it closed, he decided to return to school and obtained teaching credentials from Mercy College. David has spent the past 17 years as a Yonkers Public Schools teacher of business and marketing. He has enjoyed his career, helping out whenever needed, and directed the Chess club and History Bowl club at Yonkers Middle High School.

A man of many talents and simple tastes, he has enjoyed camping, going to baseball games and concerts, and in recent years golfing. He read 100 books in the first grade and developed a love for reading, so it was fitting that he would become editor of "Chin Music" which was published in a local paper. He enjoyed the mystical and devoted time to organize and manage a MUFON group for several years.

David was loyal to family, friends and even sports. He was devoted to his mother, Joan and sisters, Tracey and Janine, their families and many relatives as well. David loved his wife Eileen and adored his children, Christine (Postelle) and Nicholas. Jaxson (Postelle), his grandchild, was the light of his life. Jaxsie held a special place in "Papa's" heart. Friends came easily to David because he had an outgoing personality and loved people. He remained a loyal friend not only to everyone who knew him from his childhood to adulthood, but to his children's friends as well. To know him was to love him as was witnessed by all who came long distances to visit him while he was in the hospital.

Sports were a very important part of his life. Again loyal, a forever Mets fan, his daughter's first words were "Go Mets". He shared his love of sports by coaching and refereeing his son, Nick's, younger years. He supported Nick's early career as a wrestler and influenced Nick to become a physical education teacher.

David will be missed more than words can express. The families wish to thank those who cared for him during his last days at Calvary Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations to Calvary Hospital are appreciated. Visiting hours will be at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Thursday from 2-9pm. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Monastery, Yonkers on Friday at 9:30am. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Avenue Yonkers, NY 10703 (914) 965-5488 www.whalenandballfh.com

Published in the The Journal News on Aug. 8, 2018


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JNEWS: Armater, Ray [MC????] Exec Dir Poughkeepsie Farm Project



Local Farm Project Names New Executive Director
By  HVNN.com - August 6, 2018

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Poughkeepsie, NY – Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s Board of Directors has named Ray Armater as the new Executive Director to lead the organization. Diane von Roesgen, Board President, made the announcement today.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s (PFP) Executive Director, Armater will be responsible for supervising all programs and operations, including developing and overseeing its strategic plans and fundraising goals. He will also work to further cultivate relationships with Poughkeepsie area institutions like the Poughkeepsie City School District with whom PFP entered a five-year partnership in 2017 to provide after school programming in all of its elementary schools, middle school and high school.

Armater will also focus on broadening support for the Farm Project’s activities, including the Food Share program which annually donates over 40,000 pounds of produce to emergency food providers in the city of Poughkeepsie as well as looking at ways PFP can
increase its impact.

Armater is a long-time Poughkeepsie resident and originally hails from Kingston, NY. He has over 20 years experience working as an Executive Director in historic preservation organizations in the Hudson Valley. Armater’s formal education is in history and government, with a B.A. from Manhattan College.

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JOBIT: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Mike McHugh


Good Afternoon All,

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Fellow Jasper, Mike McHugh, Chair of the Manhattan College Construction Industry Golf Tournament and good Friend of Manhattan College.

Thank you Lou Calvelli, Milo Riverso, Paul Scariano and Meg Walsh for sharing the sad news and the visitation schedule included in the following Obituary information and heartfelt comments. Mike was called home suddenly on Friday, August The Engineering Community, mourn Mike's passing. He will be missed by so many and remembered by all. The following includes Visting, Monday, 8/6/18, Tuesday, 8/7/18 and Memorial Service, Wednesday, 8/8/18, information, Flynn Memorial Home, Yonkers, NY. Thank you All. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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From: "Riverso, Milo E." '81

With the deepest sympathy for his wife Valerie and his entire family, I regretfully tell you that Mike McHugh suddenly passed away yesterday.  Mike was a most dedicated husband and father but always found time to attend the many Moles meetings and functions especially Moles functions that encouraged engineering students to join our industry, such as the annual Students Day Tour. He was a man with numerous friends at the Moles, all of whom will miss his unique approach to business and outgoing personal style.

The following arrangements have been made at:

    Flynn Memorial Home
    1652 Central Park Avenue
    Yonkers, NY

http://www.flynnmemorialhome. com/mobile/

Monday, 8/6 - Wake Services 2-4pm; 7-9pm

Tuesday, 8/7 - Wake Services  2-4pm; 7-9pm

Wednesday, 8/8 - Memorial Service, 10:30am followed immediately with a luncheon for all, location to be determined.  The Flynn Memorial Home’s website will be updated with this information shortly.

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From Paul Scariano '94

On Aug 4, 2018, at 8:27 AM, Paul Scariano wrote:

Dear Fellow Committee Members,

Many of you may have already heard that we lost Mike McHugh yesterday.

For those who hadn’t and in remembrance of his long and excellent leadership of this committee, I felt that noting his passion for Manhattan College, the Construction Industry Golf Outing and, most importantly, his towering personality, smile, and friendship to many of us was imperative.

I will truly miss the man and his lovingly awkward smile when I would insist on hugging him because I only can up to his shoulder.

I welcome thoughts on how we should honor Mike whenever you have them.

Best Regards,
Paul Scariano

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JOBIT: Alger, William [MC???? RIP] 2018-Aug-06



William Alger

William Alger, 76, passed away August 6, 2018.

Bill was born in New Brunswick, NJ, to the late Nicholas and Genevieve Alger. Bill attended East Orange schools and St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, NJ. He graduated with a degree in engineering from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, and continued his education with Masters Degrees in Engineering and Business from Rutgers University in NJ.

Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy; brother George (Pauline) and sister Angela Fjellman (Tom). He was the proud uncle to many nieces and nephews and now great nieces and nephews. He loved his family near and extended and was always ready to help in any way he could.

Bill spent his business career with the Exxon Corporation in Chemical Engineering. He had the opportunity to live in Brussels, Belgium, and Nassau the Bahamas, along with assignments in Houston, TX and various locations in NJ.

In retirement he moved to Ponte Vedra Beach and planned his assault on the game of golf. He was always sure that each new swing tip or new club was going to finally produce what he dreamed of. Even if he did not reach his ideal score, he made friendships that lasted his lifetime. He was the proud participant in many golf groups, including Friday golf, the Muchachos, and the Travelers. He was always happy on the course.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Monday August 13 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Benedict's Prep, 520 Martin Luther King Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102, or a charity of your choice .
Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com.

Arrangements by Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home...Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Aug. 9, 2018


Alger, William [MC???? RIP]

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JOBIT: Kelly, Edward 'Ed' Michael [MC???? RIP] 2018-Aug-03



Mr. Edward Michael Kelly
Gainesville, Virginia
Age 85

Edward (Ed) Michael Kelly, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many, died peacefully in his sleep on August 3, 2018 at the age of 85. He was surrounded by family all week at a place he loved dearly the Outer Banks of North Carolina before passing from complications related to metastatic prostate cancer. Ed was a truly special soul with a heart full of kindness and generosity. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Ed was born in the Bronx, New York to John and Sarah Kelly, both immigrants from Ireland. A graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and Manhattan College, he began his career as a field engineer with the FAA in New York before relocating to Washington, DC, ascending to leadership positions within the Senior Executive Service and retiring in 1994 after 38 years as a civil servant.

He was an active member of the Vienna, Virginia community for much of his adult life, in particular, as a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, where he was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, ministered to the homebound, taught computer classes to ESL students, volunteered with the social activities committee, participated in the Teams of Our Lady movement, fundraised for the building of the current church, and served on the parish pastoral council for several years. He also coached many of his sons youth basketball and baseball teams.

He loved to travel spending summer vacations in the Outer Banks with family for 45 years, wintering in Naples, Florida for the past 14 years, visiting his parent s homeland of Ireland on multiple occasions, and taking cruises with his wife and friends as often as possible.

Ed s family was his greatest love in life followed closely by the New York Giants and New York Yankees. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Catherine Elder Kelly; six children and their spouses: Michael Kelly (Valerie) of Havre de Grace, MD, Irene Kelly Starrs (Joseph) of South Riding, VA, James Kelly (Jessica) of Warrenton, VA, Thomas Kelly (Evangeline) of Alexandria, VA, Stephen Kelly (Nancy) of Boulder, CO, and Christopher Kelly (Maria) of McLean, VA; nineteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived his brother Joseph Kelly of Scarsdale, NY.

Visitation will occur on Thursday, August 9 from 6-8 p.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m. Both services will be held at St. Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, VA.

Those who wish may donate in Edward s name to The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.


Kelly, Edward 'Ed' Michael [MC???? RIP]

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JOBIT: Marrone, George Jr. [MC???? RIP] 2018-Aug-06




MARRONE--George Jr.,

age 64, resident of Port Chester, NY the past 28 years. Graduated with his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College. He was an avid golfer, loving father and grandfather. Survived by his son, Marc (Imogene) and grandson, Ace of Las Vegas, NV, mother, Anita, sisters, Anne (George) and Nancy, nephew, Chris. His family will receive friends on Thursday, August 9th from 4pm to 8pm at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd., Katonah, NY. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 10th at 10am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 55 Valley Road, Katonah, NY. Private cremation will follow. Services by: Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd., Katonah, NY 10536. 914- 232-3033. clarkassociatesfuneralhome.com

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 8, 2018


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JOBIT: Radda, Ronald J. [MC???? RIP] 2018-Aug-06



Ronald J. Radda
1933 - 2018 Obituary

Ronald J. Radda of Williamsburg went to be with the Lord on August 6, 2018.

He graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a Chemistry and Math Minor. He went on to Columbia University in New York with graduate studies in Nuclear Physics and Systems Management. Ronald served for many years in the United States Army and Reserves as well as an Intelligence Officer both overseas and in the United States.

Some of his passions included: scuba diving, sky diving, hunting and riding his motorcycle. Ronald is survived by his wife, Lan T. Radda of 37 years; his siblings and their families, Olivia "Sandy" Foley (Thomas) of Somers, NY and Henry Radda (Tania) of Phoenix, AZ. He was preceded in death by his sister, Diane Fazio (Ignazio) and parents Henry and Antoinette Radda. His children are: Veronica Radda (Giorgios Drivas) of Charlotte, NC, Donna Gavin (David) of Ashburn, VA, Valerie Corey of Leesburg, VA, Deirdre McInnis of McLean, VA, Thomas Radda of Sterling, VA and John Minh Radda. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kevin Corey, Jr. (Ally), Christopher McInnis, Maureen Gavin, Robby Gavin and AmyAlissa Radda; and great-grandchildren, Austin Corey, Mason McInnis, Hunter McInnis and Kellan Corey; and by his many friends throughout his career, retirement, and his Church.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Catholic Charities, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, International FoxG1 Foundation, or Little Sisters of the Poor.

Published in Daily Press on Aug. 9, 2018


Radda, Ronald J. [MC???? RIP]

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


Good Afternoon All,

Ann Burke has shared the sad news of the death of Mr. David Clyde, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mr. Clyde, beloved Father of Manhattan College Provost and Executive Vice President, William Clyde, was called home this past Thursday, August 2, 2018. We pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Clyde. We pray for Bill and his Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. A Memorial Service will be scheduled in Michigan. Condolences may be addressed to:

William Clyde
Provost Office
Manhattan College
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Bronx, New York 10471

Thank you Ann. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Good Afternoon All,

I have just heard from Lou Calvelli with the sad news that Fellow Jasper, Tom Moran, has just gone into Hospice and is not expected to live very long. Please keep Tom, his wife Joan and their Family in your prayers during this difficult time. We pray that as his time to be called home approaches, that he is comfortable and at peace. I will keep you updated as I receive further information. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Good Evening All,

Please raise the volume for Ed Mceneney's Wife Barbara. Barbara is still in Hospital. We pray that the Doctors are able to lessen and control her pain as they treat her infection. We pray that Barbara's discomfort is soon brought under control. Please keep Barbara and Ed in your prayers. Thank you Mike McEneney for sharing the update. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Good Afternoon All,

I ask for your prayers for my Wife Peggy. We pray for a speedy recovery free of complication. Peggy has undergone Cataract surgery which was a little more delicate due to Glaucoma issues. The Ophthalmologist had to wait for a proper pressure reading on her eye (pressure caused by Glaucoma) the Glaucoma Cataract was a little thicker, stuff like that. She is healing, she says she is happy not bumping into walls. The MD will wait for complete recovery before deciding to do the other eye. Peggy and I thank you for your prayers. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Afternoon All,

Ann Burke asks for our prayers for one of her MBA students and Fellow Jasper, Michelle Ragusa McBain '04, '19 (MBA). We need to raise the volume for this young Woman as Michelle is going to have heart surgery tomorrow, Thursday, 8/9/18. We pray that God's Hand guide that of the Surgeon and the Surgery Team. We pray for complete success free of complication and discomfort. We pray for a swift recovery for Michelle so that she may soon return to her loving Family. Ann has shared a comment made by Michelle, Michelle refers to the Manhattan MBA Program as " MBA with a Soul " because of our LaSallian Traditions. That is extra points in my heart for Michelle. We pray for Michelle's husband Jay and their Family. Thank you Ann. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: Let's NOT repeat Charlottesville!



Washington, D.C., Braces for 'Unite the Right 2' White Nationalist Rally

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Washington is bracing for a white nationalist rally that law enforcement agencies will try to prevent from descending into a melee like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia, that cast a shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency a year ago.

Permits for Sunday’s “Unite the Right 2” rally indicated that about 400 demonstrators are expected in Lafayette Square, a park adjacent to the White House. More than 1,500 counter-protesters plan to gather at various downtown locations, including in the same park.

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My assessment of Charlottesville was that the police were woefully unprepared.

Anyone wearing a mask should have been arrested. 

Anyone carrying a shield should have been arrested. 

Anyone wearing a helmet — not at a football game — should have been arrested. 

No warnings. And, the bail hearing on the following Monday.

Anyone fighting — arrested.  Anyone littering — arrested. Anyone “inciting” a riot — arrested.

And, I wouldn’t be handing out slaps on the wrist.

The Gooferment has only ONE real duty — to keep the peace.


ALT-Right, ALT-Left, ALT-Center — everyone gets equal treatment.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

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