JASPER JOTTINGS Week 43 - 2018 Oct 28   

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POSITRACTION: Gene Therapy Trial Restores Vision



In ‘World First,’ Gene Therapy Trial Restores Vision in Patients With Genetic Form of Blindness
By Good News Network - Oct 9, 2018

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An exciting new gene therapy trial has restored full or partial vision to blind patients who were robbed of their sight because of a genetic condition.

The study, which was launched at the University of Oxford back in 2011, recruited 14 patients to receive an eye injection of the virus containing the missing gene that caused the blindness.

By the end of the study, there was a significant gain in vision across the group of patients as a whole.

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How little “we” know about ourselves or our biology.

Wonder how many people this translates into?

Although anything over 1 is great, imho.

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JOBIT: Palmer,  Robert E. ‘Bob' [MC???? RIP] 2018-Oct-18



ObituariesR obert E. Palmer: Lifelong Brewster Resident
Mr. Palmer was 97.
By Lanning Taliaferro, Patch Staff | Oct 22, 2018 10:26 am ET

From Beecher Funeral Home

Robert E. Palmer 'Bob', a lifelong resident of Brewster, NY, died on Thursday, October 18, 2018. He was 97 years old.

Born on May 31, 1921 at home in Brewster, son of Edward and Sarah (Canny) Palmer. He graduated from Brewster High School in 1939 and attended Manhattan College. Bob honorably served in the US Army during WWII.

Bob married the love of his life, Marjorie Jean Edmondson on January 22, 1944 at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Marjorie died on March 3, 2007. They were blessed to be married for 63 wonderful years.

Bob was a railroad engineer for Metro North Railroad out of Brewster, NY for 41 years, retiring on February 22, 1982. A lifelong member of St. Lawrence O'Toole Church in Brewster, he was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 672 in Brewster. Bob enjoyed travels with his family and in later years those taken with his wife Marjorie. He enjoyed occasional luncheons with his railroad friends, as well. Bob was very proud to have been responsible for the placement of American Flags through the years at many local cemeteries – a responsibility that came to be known as 'The Bob Palmer Project'.

Bob is survived by his daughters, Nancy J. Perrott and her husband Chris of Willow Spring, NC and Joan P. O'Dell of Brewster, NY; his sister, Mary Cioccolanti and her husband Joseph of Brewster, NY; his sister-in-law Jane Palmer of Brewster; 6 grandchildren; Colleen Deldin, Kimberly Martins, Craig Deldin, Andrea Deldin, Jonathan Palmer and Brian Palmer; two great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Marie Palmer and Chayse Martins. Also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Robert N. Palmer on February 21, 2013.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, October 22, 2018 10:00 am at St. Lawrence O'Toole Church, Brewster, NY. Interment will follow at St. Lawrence O' Toole Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be made to: Homes For Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780. hfotusa.org


Palmer,  Robert E. ‘Bob' [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

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

May He Rest In Peace.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: O’Fallon, John Denis [MC1951 RIP] 2018-Oct-14




of Potomac, Md., passed away on October 14, 2018.

Born in Oklahoma to the late John and Catherine O'Fallon. John was a veteran, serving in the National Guard and U.S. Army. After earning his BS in Civil Engineering at Manhattan College, and Masters in Civil Engineering from NYU, he worked as a bridge engineer for the federal government for over 50 years.

John is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Mary Jane, parents, and infant son, David. Surviving family include sons John (Sarah) of Annandale, VA, Brian (Laurie) of Marietta, GA, Denis (Celia) of Frederick, MD; daughters Kate Vinzani (Gil) of Raleigh, NC and Joan Shobe (Doug) of New Market, MD; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who will mourn their loss.

The family will receive visitors at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Dr., Gaithersburg, MD on Thursday, October 25, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Falls Rd. and Dunster Rd., Rockville, MD on Friday, October 26, at 1:30 p.m. If it is your wish, in lieu of flowers you may donate to The Franciscan Fathers of the Holy Land in his memory (http://https//myfranciscan.org/) or Red Cloud Indian School (https://www.redcloudschool.org/). Online guestbook at: www.DeVolFuneralHome.com  DeVol Funeral Home 10 East Deer Park Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (301) 948-6800

Published in The Washington Post from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2018


O’Fallon, John Denis [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: https://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/washingtonpost

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Dear John,

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

                     May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Fallon, John Denis [MC1951 RIP]

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JOBIT: Mills, Stanley A. [MC1949 RIP] 2018-Oct-17



Stanley A. Mills
March 27, 1921 - October 17, 2018
Sun City, Arizona
Stanley was born on March 27, 1921 and passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Stanley was a resident of Sun City, Arizona at the time of passing.

He attended local schools and graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelors degree in 1949 and Masters degree from St. Louis University.

During WWII he flew combat missions as a Bombardier-Navigator with the 8th Air Force in Europe during 1944 completing a tour of 35 missions with his last being January 2, 1945.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 25, 2018 at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 15800 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ. Private interment was at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, Arizona.


Mills, Stanley A. [MC1949 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Stanley-A.-Mills-106528994

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JNEWS: Tiano, John “Al” [MC1942] Derby High School HoF



Derby High School inducts 8 more in Athletic Hall of Fame
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Published 12:00 am EDT, Thursday, October 25, 2018

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The 2018 Hall of Famers are: Ben Bartone, Class of ’92; Heather Beauton Class of ’89; John DeFrancisco, Class of ’64; Eileen Duggan, Class of ’86; Paul “Itch” Grant, Class of ’47; Frank Ishman, Class of ’62; Walt Lenart, Class of ’41 and John “Al” Tiano, Class of ’38.

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Tiano, a three-sport athlete, was a member of the legendary Moxie Five basketball team in the late 1930s. It was this Class B squad that Coach Nuggy Ryan opted to enter into the Class A tournament. Tiano led the Red Raiders in scoring. He excelled in track, making his mark in the long jump. He is most remembered on the gridiron, earning the nickname “Al” because his running style reminded them of Yale star Albie Booth. He helped lead the Raiders to three straight Housatonic League football titles as well as the 1937 state Class “B” championship. He earned a four-year scholarship to Manhattan College, where he played basketball and football.

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Tiano, John “Al” [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1942.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tiano, John “Al” [MC1942]

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MNEWS: Manhattan College volunteers help clean up Van Cortlandt Park



Volunteers Spruce Up Van Cortlandt Park
By Robert Wirsing

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Nick from Manhattan College helped rid the area of harmful vines.

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Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Alex (l) gave Manhattan College volunteers pointers on how to properly pull vines from the ground.

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[JR: Well done.]

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


John Reinke shared a Post from Jerry Breen ‘70 concerning his Wife Alesia. The Breens have been in our prayers in the past and we need to raise the volume for Mrs. Breen. Alesia took a fall, no permanent damage, but she was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, where the Neurologists did some MRIs to determine why she was experiencing growing difficulty walking, swallowing and such, the same symptoms she had before her emergency brain surgery in 2014 for her Brain Hernia. It seems to be residual Nerve damage from the Hernia in 2014. Alesia is being transferred shortly to a rehab facility (as they did following her Brain Surgery) and will probably be going home in a few weeks. Please raise the volume as we pray for complete recovery free of complication. We pray for Alesia, Jerry and their Son, Corey. Thank you For sharing this Jerry. Thank you John. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: Stuff that “everyone knows”


Raisins and Dental Health | NutritionFacts.org https://buff.ly/2NTrZhG

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Raisins do NOT cause cavities. Another thing that “everyone knows" is disproved.

How many other things that “everyone knows” is just plan wrong?


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