JASPER JOTTINGS Week 40 - 2018 Oct 07   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College
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POSITRACTION: "No better friend, no worse enemy." USMC's example



By DAVID MARTIN CBS NEWS September 20, 2018, 6:45 PM
Marines say they "had to act" to save senior citizens from D.C. fire

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WASHINGTON — A quick-moving fire in the nation's capital could have turned tragic Wednesday afternoon, when flames raced through a building home to more than 100 senior citizens.

But when the smoke went up, Marines came running.

"These are our neighbors. They needed help. We had to act," said Capt. Trey Gregory.

The fire was about 200 yards from their small outpost in downtown Washington, D.C. When they got there, a construction worker told them all they needed to know.

"He yelled to us, 'There's more people in there,' and that's when the Marines decided we need to go get them," said Cpl. Magdaleno Arroyo.

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One has to recognize an organization with examples like this.  And, it’s not an outlier.

That’s why “we”, meaning the politicians and bureaucrats, can’t waste them with unclear goals, strategies, and tactics.

Inspirational men DESERVE to be valued.

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JLINKEDIN: Pagano, Carmine [MC1981] Owner at Pagano Marketing Grp



Pagano, Carmine [MC1981]
Owner at Pagano Marketing Group
Greater New York City Area

I help businesses create a local digital strategy to bring new clients by leveragingtargeted content on National Media websites.

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MNEWS: Lady Jaspers VB raises $ for childhood cancer org



Volleyball team raises $2,500 for childhood cancer awareness
Posted: Sep 29, 2018 5:47 PM EDTUpdated: Sep 29, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

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THE BRONX -The Manhattan College women’s volleyball team raised $2,500 Saturday in support of an organization who helped a teammate’s sister who battled brain cancer as a child.

Team member Gina Marie Napoli’s younger sister has been in remission for five years since battling brain cancer. Her family is giving thanks to Friends of Karen, an organization which provides emotional and financial support to children with life-threatening diseases and their families at no cost.

Friends of Karen assisted Napoli's sister, Sophia, and family during their struggle with childhood cancer.

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[JR: Well done, Lady Jaspers.]

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JLINKEDIN: Saporito, Daniel [MC2018] Mechanical Engineer



Saporito, Daniel [MC2018]
Mechanical Engineer
Greater New York City Area

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


Good Evening All,

I ask for your continued prayers for :

  • Joseph Lynch, Jerry Lynch's Twin Brother. Joe has gone into Hospice Care. Please keep these loving Brothers in your prayers.
  • Barbara McEneney, Ed McEneney's Wife and friend to many of us, as she continues her struggle with an infection that is being very slow in giving up its hold. Please keep Barbara and Ed in your prayers.
  • Ed Riely, a long time member of our Retreat Team, a good friend of mine and many others, who also is fighting a terrible pernicious infection, in Ed's case, caused by a Raccoon Bite. Please keep Ed and Pat in your prayers.
  • Please keep my Wife Peggy in your prayers. Having undergone a Gloucoma Cataract operation, she may need another operation. The Surgeon has said she has a weak Cornea but they are giving her eye more time to heal as well has having a Cornea specialist Have a look before making the decision to operate again or not.

Please keep the volume up. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Good Evening All,

Tom Delaney asks for our prayers for the repose of the soul of his Friend, John "Jack" Dunn, Cardinal Hayes High School, BS/Fordham University, MBA/New York University. Jack, a First Lieutenant, United States Army Veteran and Bronze Star recipient, a Patriot, was called home on September 27, 2018.We pray for Jack, his Wife Kathy, their Son, John, Daughter-in-Law, Heather and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. Tom Delaney has shared the Family's Obituary. Visitation was this evening, Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Graham Funeral Home in Rye, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow, Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection at 10:00 AM. Jack 's Brother, Joseph Martin Dunn '70, is a Fellow Jasper. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JHQ: Thomas D. O’Malley ’63 School of Business



Naming Ceremony of the Thomas D. O’Malley ’63 School of Business
Published on Oct 2, 2018

On Tuesday, September 25, Manhattan College formally dedicated the O’Malley School of Business, honoring Thomas O’Malley ’63. In March, O’Malley provided the College with a $25 million gift to increase student scholarships and grants, support innovative teaching and research, and enhance and diversify learning opportunities throughout the College.

O’Malley and his wife, Mary Alice, are the most generous donors in Manhattan College’s history. During the past two decades, they have provided the leadership gift to build the O’Malley Library on campus, and donated $10 million to help support the construction of the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons, named after O’Malley’s classmate and the former New York City police commissioner.

“Manhattan College gave me the educational background that contributed greatly to my success,” O’Malley said. “It is truly an honor for me and my family to have the means to offer our strong support to this great college, particularly to its business school.”

By pledging a $25 million gift, O’Malley’s goal is to make a Manhattan College education accessible to students from all backgrounds and provide a wide variety of opportunities for students to succeed in the financial capital of the world. At the same time, the gift is designed to strengthen the College’s connections with the New York City business world through hands-on, experiential opportunities, and support teaching and research focused on the present and future economics of energy.

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


Good Afternoon All,

Joe Quinn asks for our prayers for the Mother of a Colleague of his. Ann suffered a stroke last night, has been hospitalized and the Doctors are assessing her condition at this time. We pray that the Doctors discover the cause and are able to determine the proper course of Treatment. We pray that Ann's recovery is speedy, complete and free of any complication or hurtful side effects. Please keep Ann's Family in your prayers as well as they worry about their loved one. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JNEWS: Motherway, William [MC1984] Risk Manager at Sarasota County


Congratulate William Motherway for starting a new position as Risk Manager at Sarasota County Government

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Motherway, William [MC1984]
Professional Risk Manager
Greater New York City Area

Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Management, Construction Law, CaptiveInsurance, Corporate Litigation, Ethics & Compliance

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JOBIT: Minervini, Joseph Louis [MC1953 RIP] 2018-Sep-30



Joseph Louis Minervini
1928 - 2018 Obituary

Pompton Plains - Joseph Louis Minervini, passed away at Mountainview Gardens, Pompton Plains, NJ on September 30, 2018. He was 90.

Born in Jersey City, NJ in 1928, his family moved to Fairview in 1939. After graduating Cliffside Park High School he was drafted into the United States Air Force as a communications specialist. He was assigned to the United States Embassy, Lima, Peru as an instructor for the U.S. Air Force Mission to Peru at the Peruvian Cadet School. After receiving degrees from Manhattan College, William Paterson University, and Columbia University he began his teaching career at the Oradell Junior High School and after three years became a member of the Ridgewood public schools for 36 years.

He is best remembered for his many contributions to the aquatic programs in Bergen County as Pool Manager of the Hackensack Golf Club, New Milford Swim Club and Teaneck Swim Club. He was the Co-founder of the New Jersey Managers Association and the Bergen County Swim Club Championships eventually involving over 4000 participants in the New Jersey Swim Club Championships. An avid biker he participated in many marathons earning thousands of dollars for organizations especially the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.

After retiring, he became Vice President of the Bergen County Retirees Education Association and then President for 6 years. He was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Toms River, NJ and St. Josephs of New Milford, Oradell. In 2000 after moving to Holiday City West, Toms River, he was active as Second Vice President and Secretary of the H.C.W Members Club.

He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Eleanore (nee Spitzer), in 2008. Surviving are his children Stephen and daughter-in-law Teresa DuBee, Carolynn Claus and her children, granddaughters Aimee Claus and April Claus, his brother Nick Minervini and sister-in-law Rose Minervini. He was predeceased by his sister Lucy Iannacone, nephews James Iannacone and Anthony Iannacone. Surviving are nephews Pat Minervini, Nick Minervini, Robert Gregory, and nieces Roseanne Iannaccone and Sharon Maes.

Visitation at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 S. Washington Ave., Bergenfield on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 4-8pm. All will meet Thursday at St. Joseph's RC Church, Oradell for the funeral Mass at 10am. Interment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Send a lasting condolence at www.riewertsmemorialhome.com


Minervini, Joseph Louis [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

                I believe that Joseph is a member of that great Class of 1953.

                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Minervini, Joseph Louis [MC1953 RIP]

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JOBIT: Hamilton, Kevin [MC2016 RIP] 2018-Sep-28


Good Morning All,

Lou Calvelli having heard from Pamela Chasek, Chair, Political Science Department, has shared the sad news of the sudden passing of Fellow Jasper, Kevin Hamilton ‘16.

Kevin was called home on September 28, 2018. We have all suffered the loss of a loved one but few if any of us have suffered the loss of a child. We can only imagine the deep and devastating pain that Kevin’s Parents, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth & Nancy Hamilton are experiencing having lost their cherished Son.

We pray that God’s love and their Faith will help bring them through this terrible time. We pray that the sure and certain knowledge that Kevin is in God’s Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven and that Kevin is at peace will give them some peace and the strength to get through the days and weeks that follow. We pray that the joy of having Kevin in their lives will help them overcome their painful loss. Kevin brought happiness, love, laughter and kindness to so many that have shared their feelings. These wonderful qualities that were this young man are memories not to be forgotten. We pray for Kevin’s Sisters, Katie and Annie. We pray for his Grandmother, Mrs. Eugenie Hamilton, we pray for their Family.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Avenue (Rt 27, Metuchen, N.J.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Thursday, October 4, 2018, 10:15 AM, at Saint Francis of Assisi Cathedral, Metuchen.

The Family have shared the following heartfelt Obituary. Please see:


Thank you Lou & Pamela. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Hamilton, Kevin [MC2016 RIP]

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JOBIT: Stewart, George Francis [MC1955 RIP] 2018-Oct-01



George Francis Stewart
August 18, 1932 - October 1, 2018
Middletown, New Jersey

George was born on August 18, 1932 and passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018.

George was a resident of Middletown, New Jersey at the time of passing.

He graduated from Manhattan College in 1955.

Dad served in the US Army Reserves.

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, October 14 from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon at Orender Family Home for Funerals in Manasquan, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


Stewart, George Francis [MC1955 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/106480739

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ENDNOTE: Darwinism itself a pseudoscience?



Darwin’s Vigilantes, Richard Sternberg, and Conventional Pseudoscience
By Fred Reed — September 24, 2018

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Science is supposed to be objective study of nature, impelled by a willingness to follow the evidence impartially wherever it leads. For the most part it works this way. In the case of emotionally charged topics, it does not. For example, racial intelligence, cognitive differences between the sexes, and weaknesses in Darwinian evolution.  Scientists who do perfectly good research in these fields, but arrive at forbidden conclusions, will be hounded out of their fields, fired from academic and research positions, blackballed from employment, and have their careers destroyed.

A prime example is Richard  Sternberg, a Ph.D. in biology (Molecular Evolution) from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in Systems Science (Theoretical Biology) from Binghamton University. He is not a lightweight. From 2001-2007 he was staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information; 2001-2007 a Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Hell broke loose when he authorized in 2004 the publication, in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, an organ of the Smithsonian Institution, of a peer-reviewed article, The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher taxonomic Categories by Stephen Meyer. It dealt with the possibility of intelligent design as an explanation of aspects of  Darwinism not explainable by the conventional theory. This is a serious no-no among the guardians of conventional Darwinism, the political correctness of science.

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Pseudoscience? Does not Darwinism itself qualify as pseudoscience?  It is firmly based on no evidence. For most readers this assertion will seem as delusional as saying that the sun revolves around the earth. This is because we have been indoctrinated since birth in the Darwinian myth. But look at the facts.

We are told that life arose by chance in the primeval oceans. Do we know of what those oceans consisted? (Know, not speculate, hope, it stands to reason, must have been, everybody says so). No, we do not. Do we know of what those oceans would have had to consist to bring about life? No. Do we even know what we think evolved? No. Has the chance appearance of life been replicated in the laboratory? No. Has a metabolizing, reproducing chemical complex been constructed in the laboratory, showing that it might be possible? No. Can the chance appearance be shown to be mathematically probable? No.  Can Darwinism explain the existence of irreducibly complex structures? No. Does the fossil record, particularly of the Ediacaran and Cambrian, support Darwin? No.

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As a fat old white guy injineer, I was taught to be rational.  In the math classes, we learned about limits.  What one can say with certainty is the there is a lot we human beings don’t know.  And what’s worse, we don’t know what we don’t know. (That famous Quadrant IV of the Johari window!)

That being said. It’s all a lot of “theories”, and a fair amount of speculation. 

Hence, my general reluctance to make any pronouncements on much of anything.  But, of one thing I am very sure, I don’t want to waste what little time I left on this Earth fighting about matters of faith and someone’s “heresies”.  Most of there are a wide variety of topics that I don’t care about.  Of those, like sexual orientation, who’s “millionaires playing for billionaires” are better, and what the latest internet kerfuffle is all about.  I don’t want to know about it and I certainly don’t want to pay for it.

It’s Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and the Law of Gravity.  If you can’t tell the difference, then there’s no hope for you.


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