JASPER JOTTINGS Week 41 - 2018 Oct 14   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College
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POSITRACTION: A new use for mass transit?



Bus Cleans the Air: Sucking Up Pollution As It Travels
By Good News Network-Oct 2, 2018

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This bus doesn’t just take you to where you need to go – it also cleans the air you breathe.

The Go-Ahead Group, which is one of the largest bus and rail operators in England, has just launched a bus that sucks up pollution as it travels.

The Bluestar prototype is the first bus in the UK that can clean city air. It is fitted with an air filter that collects ultra-fine pollution particles and spews out purified air at the front of the vehicle. The filter works with 99.5% efficiency.

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While, of course, it’s always better — in a Platonic absolute good sense — not to pollute the air in the first place, we live in a world governed by the LAWS of Economics.  Scarcity is a fact of life. 

How clean does the air need to be?  After all some geniuses in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee legislature want to define sand at the beach as a health hazard pollutant.  (When I read this, I thought I’d stepped through the looking glass.)  After the EPA wants to define carbon dioxide — the stuff that the trees need — and water vapor as pollutants for the purposes of car emissions.  Argh!

I think that air cleaning bus is a great step by a for profit company.  If the marketplace agrees, then they will succeed and the “other” buses will not.  Market discipline puts the consumer in the “driver’s seat”.

How much do we want to pay for “cleaner air”?  (So car makers claim that the air their products exhaust is cleaner than what they take in.)

Kudos to that bus maker for making us choose.

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MOBIT: Sue Anne, wife of Scanlon, Thomas P. [MC1959]



Sue Anne Scanlon
1931 - 2018 Obituary
August 13, 1931 - October 1, 2018

Sue passed away peacefully in the company of her husband of 63 years Deacon Thomas P. Scanlon and after two weeks of loving goodbyes and visits from friends and family at the Jerome Home in New Britain, CT.

She was born during the Great Depression, the second daughter in a close-knit family of five. Born in Reading, PA the family relocated four times following her father's employment. They lived in Eau Claire and Sparta, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, PA and ended up in Crestwood, NY. Because of these early experiences she developed a strong sense of family, valued her friendships, her Catholic faith and developed her positive attitude in hard times. "Count your Blessings" was her mantra throughout her life. And as the elder sister of three younger mischievous siblings, she developed a nurturing, loving spirit.

Sue graduated from Roosevelt High in Yonkers, NY in 1948 having studied pre-nursing and was accepted at several schools, but events of the times disallowed that dream and so she went to work NYC as a secretary, model, and expert "Wrapper". Five years later, on a blind date she met Tom Scanlon, the love of her life. They married in 1955. It was as a wife and mother of five children and aunt to more than a dozen nieces and nephews that she realized her calling was that of nurturer. She and Tom teamed up to see Tom graduate from Manhattan College in 1959.

Sue worked, typed papers, helped Tom study and delivered two children before graduation. They moved to Granby, CT in 1961 to open the Arthur Anderson Office in Hartford, CT with a third child in tow and soon two more children arrived. Sue was very active in all the PTA activities in her children's schools and her neighborhood "The Glen" association and in the Ladies Guilds of St. Therese Parish in Granby and later at St. Bernard's in Tariffville. Her abiding faith was emblazoned in her spirit!

Through her words and actions she followed Jesus. She constantly wondered at the demonstration of God's love for us in the flowers in her garden, the birds and bears at her feeder, the sunrises and sunsets on Cape Cod and the smile of a baby. She exclaimed often "How could anyone not believe in God? Just look!" She humbly pursued acts of kindness, offering friendship and kind words and deeds to everyone. She gave rides to the elderly, made prayer shawls, cooked and hosted dinners for friends, and babysat for friends' and families' children when needed. She provided constant support to her husband Tom in his calling as a Catholic deacon at St. Mary's and St. Bernard's in Simbury, CT.

Her most profound testimony to her faith was the example she set in the tragic loss of her young daughter Suzy and later her son Tom. She shared her coping philosophy with anyone asking for her advice. Her belief "I firmly believe in the promise of an eternal life where we will all be together again. We have to continue living for the rest of our family and do the best we can do on earth." She received great comfort from her devotion to Mary the Mother of Jesus.

Even after several strokes she held each bead of the rosary despite not being able to speak. Sue believed you use your God given talents for a purpose. She especially encouraged her daughters and granddaughters to pursue their educations and careers. That they be independent minded and marry for love, because they wanted to not because they needed to. Likewise she wanted her sons and grandsons to enter into marriage partnerships and to respect their wives. She went back to work after 28 years to help with college tuitions at CIGNA.

And oh how she loved and advocated for her husband Tom, partners to the end. As their medical needs mandated, they moved from their much loved home of 52 years in Granby. She bravely made the move first to Cheshire Hillside Village and 2 years later to Mulberry Gardens, where she was tickled to be crowned Miss Mulberry Gardens' 2016 (she was never one to focus on physical beauty).

But the biggest challenge was to downsize to one bedroom at Jerome Home in New Britain, CT. Sue resolved to focus on what they could do to brighten the lives of other residents and to help the staff. Again she focused on the blessing of still being with Tom. They often went to sleep holding hands between the two beds pushed together as close as allowed.

Sue leaves her husband, Thomas P. Scanlon; her daughters, Katherine Rawden and her husband Lou of Darien, CT and Jeanne Anderson and her husband John of Cheshire, CT; her son, Christopher Scanlon and his wife Glynnis of Milford, CT; and seven grandchildren, Thomas A. Scanlon, Katie Suzie and Louie Rawden, Zoe and Jack Anderson, and Sara and Matthew Scanlon; her brothers, Stephen and Michael Palen; a brother-in-law, Robert Lindgren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by a daughter, Suzanne Bernice; a son, Thomas Vernon; her mother and father, Vernon and Bernice (Roy) Palen; her sisters, Patricia Waddill and Mary Lindgren; a brother-in-law, George Waddill; a sister-in-law, Jean Palen; and a nephew, Bobby Lindgren.

Her family will receive friends on Friday, October 12, 3-7 p.m., at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m., at St. Therese Church, 120 West Granby Rd., Granby. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery, Tariffville. Memorial donations may be made to Jerome Home, Attn: Employee Tuition Reimbursement Fund, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain, CT 06052. For online condolences please visit, www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 7, 2018

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

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JOBIT: Heyden, James D. [MC1993 RIP] 2018-Oct-05



James D. Heyden

Westwood - James D. Heyden, 64, originally from New York but a New Jersey resident the last 50 years, passed away on October 5th at Rosary Hill (NY) after a long battle with cancer. James, a 1972 Pascack Valley graduate, went to Wagner College on a basketball scholarship and later obtained his MBA from Manhattan College. Pre-deceased by his father Donald, Jim loved sports, children, biking and cars. He is survived by mother Gloria, brother Robert, and sister Diane.

Private services were held. Memorial donations may be sent to Rosary Hill, 600 Linda Avenue, Hawthorne, New York 10532.


Heyden, James D. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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Dear John,

                   I believe that James received his Masters in 1993.

                                   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Heyden, James D. [MC1993 RIP]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Need news sources


With the drastic change in Google News for the worse, and it appears corporations are putting out (i.e., paying for) fewer press releases.  It’s harder to find news about Jaspers.  So feel free to contribute what you find, toot your own horn, or just tell us what’s going on. 

“Collector in Chief”

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JLINKEDIN: Roth, Walter [MC1978] Bus Mgr @ Canon Medical Sys



Roth, Walter [MC1978]
Zone Business Manager MR at Canon Medical Systems
Cincinnati, Ohio Area

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JOBIT: Conheeney, John [MC1950 RIP] 2018-Oct-08



John Conheeney

Saddle River - On October 8th 2018, John Conheeney, age 89, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family. John was the beloved son of the late Thomas and Agnes Conheeney, and brother of the late Rita Conheeney. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Jean Conheeney.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Mary Higgins Clark, his children and their spouses, John and Debbie Conheeney, Barbara Conheeney, Patricia Conheeney and Michelle DeWitt, Nancy and David Tarleton; and his devoted grandchildren, Lauren, Megan, Kelly, Johnny, and the late Michael Conheeney, Robert Lanzara and his fiancée Rosie DeRosa, and the late Ashley Lanzara; and Oliver Conheeney, and David, Courtney, Thomas, and Liam Tarleton. Also survived by his great granddaughter Sienna Lanzara and by Rosie's daughter, Juliana Holmes. John is also survived by his dear stepchildren and spouses, Marilyn Clark, Warren and Sharon Clark, David Clark, Carol Clark, and Patricia Clark, and by his step grandchildren and their spouses, Elizabeth Clark and Lauren Pomerantz, Andrew and Taylor Clark, Courtney and James Morrison, David Clark, Justin Clark, and Jerry Derenzo, and his step great grandson Will Clark.

John graduated from St. Cecilia's High School in Englewood, NJ where he proudly played football under Coach Vince Lombardi. He graduated from Manhattan College and received an MBA from Tulane University. John was the retired CEO and Chairman of Merrill Lynch Futures. During his 35 years there, he helped form the Futures Industry Association (FIA). He was instrumental in the formation of the National Futures Association (NFA) where he served as chairman from 1990 to 1994. From 1996 to 2005, John served on the board of the New York Mercantile Exchange as a public director. Earlier in his career, he was a board member of the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the NY Commodities Exchange.

John met Mary on St. Patrick's Day in 1996 and both of them knew right away that they were always going to be together. They married a few months later. John took enormous pride in Mary's achievements as an author and loved accompanying her on book tours across the country and abroad. Mary expressed her gratitude and deep love for John as her "spouse extraordinaire" in the dedications of every one of her books since they met. They were inseparable and enjoyed their large combined families in Saddle River, Spring Lake and Cape Cod. They were also faithful Giants football fans and attended many home games as guests of the Mara family. John was a devoted father and grandfather and always cared deeply about everything they did. He took great joy in participating in the lives of his grandchildren. He attended all of their school and sporting events, and could be seen regularly having breakfast with them at the Daily Treat in Ridgewood. To his colleagues, he was a gentle giant, and to all of those who knew and loved him, he was a man of great warmth, generosity, wit and dignity. He was greatly loved and forever will be missed.

Arrangements through the Becker Funeral Home in Westwood, NJ. Hours of visitation are 3-9 pm, on Thursday, October 11th. Funeral Mass at St. Gabriel's Church in Saddle River on Friday at 11 am. Interment following the Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in Hawthorne, New York.


Conheeney, John [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

               I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1950.

                           May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Conheeney, John [MC1950 RIP]

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

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


Phil Colon
Tue, Oct 9, 12:00 PM (1 day ago)

Good Morning All,

Terry Gaffney this past Sunday spoke with Deacon John Sarno, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, who shared the request for our Prayers for Bob LaBlanc ' 56 BEE, Fellow Jasper & Past Member of The Board Of Trustees.

Over the years Manhattan College, our Presidents, Administrators, Faculty and Students have been Blessed by the Commitment, Dedication and support from the men and women who have served on the Manhattan College Board of Trustees and its' Committees. Bob LaBlanc is one of those men and women, a proud Jasper, a great friend and ardent supporter of Manhattan College. Bob is in need of our prayers as he fights the good fight with Parkinson's Disease. We pray that the Doctors are able to stabilize and treat Bob's symptoms and reduce the stress of his illness. We pray for Bob's Wife, Elizabeth and their Children as they share this part of this good man's journey. Please raise the volume for Bob and his Family.

Thank you Deacon John Sarno, thank you Terry, thank you all.

God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JFACEBOOK: Bailey, Bree [MC2009] weds


2018 10Oct 10 Bailey

Bailey, Bree [MC2009]

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JLINKEDIN: McCaffrey, Bernard [MC1984] COO @ Five Sons Safety Consult



McCaffrey, Bernard [MC1984]
Chief Operating Officer at Five Sons Safety Consulting llc
Bronx, New York

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JLINKEDIN: Conroy, Christian [MC2005] @ Highfields Capital



Conroy, Christian [MC2005]
Highfields Capital
Greater Boston Area

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


Good Morning All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for a very good Friend of his, Father Martin Biglin. Father Martin has undergone major eye Surgery this past Wednesday. We pray that the surgery has substantially improved and restored his eyesight. Please keep Father Martin in your prayers for a speedy recovery free of complication. Thank you Mike. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: Putting the “goof” in Gooferment



Ohio woman's driver's license is suspended for three months for not paying child support... even though she DOESN'T have kids

Nekia Jones got a traffic ticket for a seat belt violation in July
When she went to pay, her license was suspended for failure to pay child support
The Columbus, Ohio, woman says she has never had kids nor been pregnant
She says she has been in 'limbo' with the courts and uses ride-sharing apps 
PUBLISHED: 15:38 EDT, 4 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:20 EDT, 4 October 2018

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I’m not even going to quote from this article so as not to waste your time, my time, and the electrons to store the absurdity.

Of course, one set of bureaucrats blames the other and visa versa.

These are the folks who put the “goof” in Gooferment.

I just shake my head and wonder where the common sense went.

Doesn’t the Motor Vehicles bureaucrat report to the Governor?   I suggest that Ohio folks question the competence of their Governor.  As a subject of the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee, I’d be glad to send them ours.


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