JASPER JOTTINGS Week 45 - 2018 Nov 11  

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College
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POSITRACTION: Man "did the honest thing"; challenge of what would you do



ASSOCIATED PRESS — November 2, 2018

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RUNNEMEDE — Police say a New Jersey man "did the honest thing" when he called police about a bag containing $10,000 in cash he found lying on the street.

Rob Phy, 48, says he was driving home when he spotted the bag in the street. NJ.com reports the Runnemede resident got out of his car and kicked the bag, expecting trash.

Instead he discovered wads of cash. Phy says he took a picture, then moved it to the side and called police.

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Wow, honest IS the best policy but one has to wonder what “you’d do”.

I hope that I could be that good.

What would you do?

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JLINKEDIN: Gomez, Floritza [MC2008] Exec Asst at Hiscox USA



Gomez, Floritza [MC2008]
Executive Assistant at Hiscox USA
Greater New York City Area

Completed a broad variety of administrative tasks for two C-level executives including: managing an extremely complex and ever changing calendar of `appointments; completing expense reports; composing and preparing correspondence that was sometimes confidential; arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries and agendas; and compiling documents for travel related meetings

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JLINKEDIN: Maria Toscano, Maria [MC2014] Physical Therapist at Excel Orthopedic



Maria Toscano
Physical Therapist at Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Greater New York City Area

• Staff physical therapist in a high volume clinic, averaging 1.5 patients per hour, 55-65 patients per week; patient population ranging in age from pediatric to geriatric.

• Competent in the clinical examination and treatment of orthopedic injuries including both postoperative and non-operative management, complex/multiple body region dysfunctions; expanding professional development with a diversified clinical staff of five physical therapists.

• Proficient in creation of comprehensive treatment programs for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions as well as safe progressions for return to sport athletes in alignment with MD protocols.

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JFACEBOOK: Tucci, Chris [MC2011] at Cedars


2018 11Nov 07 Tucci

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Tucci, Chris [MC2011]

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Dear John,

I believe that Chris is a member of the Class of 2011.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tucci, Chris [MC2011]

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


Good Evening All,

Peggy and I have just heard of a good friend of our Niece Kerry and of ours, Sarah C. Sarah is a lovely young Mother of two young Boys and Wife of a fine man, Marty. Just this past week Sarah has been diagnosed with a Heart Tumor, Ovarian Cancer, and other concerns. She had taken herself to the E.R. because she did not feel well and was concerned. Tests done quickly revealed the above. Today, Monday, November 5, 2018, Sarah will have Surgery for the Heart Tumor before The Doctors address the other issues. We ask you to raise the volume for Sarah. We pray that God's Hand guide the Surgeons for the safe and complete removal, free of complication, of the Tumor and allow the Doctors to quickly address the Cancer. We pray that God's Healing Hand and Love are felt by Sarah and her Family. We pray that God's Grace gives Sarah, Marty, their two Boys and Family the strength and support they will need during this so difficult time. We ask that you raise the volume for this young Family and keep them in your prayers. Michael O'Rourke, the O'Rourke Family, whose Prayer Group prays with us has shared the following prayer from Saint John Vianney, an 18th Century French Parish Priest. The prayer resonated with me and helped Peggy and I focus our prayers for Sarah and her Family. Please Allow me to share it with you.

In Happy Days, Praise God.

In Difficult Days, Seek God.

In Quiet Days, Worship God.

In Painful Days, Trust God.

And Every Day, Thank God.

Thank you Michael, Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Good Afternoon All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for a young friend of his, Steve Wesley. Steve took a spill on his Motorcycle, broke some ribs and is recovering at home. A broken rib is painful, several broken ribs are more severe. Steve, Mike tells us, is a very active person, always willing to help anyone in need. We pray for Steve. We pray that his recovery is quick and pain free. We give thanks that his injuries were not more severe. We pray that he is up and around soon. Thank you Steve for the good that you do in helping others. Thank you all.. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JFACEBOOK: Minieri, Joe [MC2019] about graduation


2018 11Nov 07 Minieri

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Minieri, Joe [MC2019]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Mom of Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964) passes


Jaspers Jotting will be very “thin” this week.

Dorothy Sweeney, Mother of Peter K. (MC1964), and my beloved Aunt, passed away this week.

She was my “Momma Diddy” who took care of me while my single Mom went to work after my Father abandoned her.

Recently, my fiancée has had full custody of her grandson since his release from the hospital in June 2017 after being weaned off narcotics at birth.

This little boy, Daniel, has taught me what it means to care for a baby. And especially someone else’s baby. 

Her passing drove home what Momma Diddy, and my other maiden Aunt Patty, did for me and my Mom. 

It’s another death in my life that makes me sad from All Souls Day to Saint Patrick’s Day, during which it seems all the significant people in my life passed on.

Makes me root for March 17th to come quickly.

The only bright light was that I met my Classmate Deacon Keith Casey (MC1968) who led the prayers at the wake and assisted at the Funeral Mass.

So with my apologies, because of this, my ongoing chores with Baby Daniel, and my new responsibilities as “bar manager” at American Legion Post #401 148 Major Road Monmouth Junction NJ 08810, I haven’t had time to “do” Jasper Jottings correctly.

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Good Evening All,

Peter Sweeney has shared the sad news of the passing of his Mom. Mrs. Dorothy B. Sweeney was called home on Sunday, November 4, 2018. This Grand Lady was just two weeks shy of her 98 Birthday and lived fully throught all her years. Peter, Dianne, Anne Marie, Peter and Dianne' Grand Sons, Connor and Liam had visited with Mrs. Sweeney the morning before her passing and as Peter had said some months ago, he wanted his Mom's last days and memories to be of peace, caring and knowing that she was loved. She was called home peacefully and there is no doubt that she is at peace in God's Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. I will share further information as I receive

Peter's email is Peter.Sweeney@Manhattan.edu. Most of you know that Peter Sweeney, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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https://freemanfuneralhomes. com/tribute/details/7180/ Dorothy-Sweeney/service- information.html#tribute-start

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Veteran's Day Remembrance by Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)


Good Morning All,

In about 36 Hours we will be remembering all our Veterans. We will think of them with Love, Respect, Thankfulness and Gratefulness. We will remember once again that " All Gave Some, Some Gave All." We will remember their sacrifice and pray for them and their Families. If you have ever visited The American Cemetery In Normandy, France, you might have asked yourself, as I did this past July, How can such a beautiful place come from such a horrible time. I know you will have felt the courage and the selflessness of those men and Four Women buried there. Like me, you may have a personal connection there and felt that connection perhaps more profoundly there and other battlegrounds. They are sacred places were we honor our Veterans. We remember them on their day, Veteran's Day, and we pray.

Please allow me to share a Prayer and Remembrance given to me by a Friend, Father Ed Ogden. Every time I read it I am moved to tearfully remember those from another War and Place. It is called:


● Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car
and dented it? I thought you'd kill me. But you didn't.

● Remember the time I dragged you to the beach, and you
Said it would rain, and it did? I thought you'd say, "I told you so."
But you didn't.

● Do you remember the time I flirted with all the guys to make you
jealous, and you were? I thought you'd leave me. But you Didn't.

● Do you remember the time I forgot to tell you the Dance was formal
and you showed up in jeans? I thought you'd drop me. But you Didn't.

● Yes, there were lots of things you didn't do.

● But you put up with me,

And you loved me,

And you protected me.

● There were lots of things I wanted to make up to you
wnen you returned from Vietnam.


As a good friend of mine says, " Our Heroes don't wear capes, they wear Dog Tags."

Remember our Veterans. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: Paretti, Andrew "Andy" [MC???? RIP] 2018-Nov-06



Andrew "Andy" Paretti
August 02, 1924 - November 06, 2018

Entered into Eternal Life joining his beloved wife of 57 years Maria Rita Paretti on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the age of 94. Resident of Fox Point. Loving father of Andrew Paretti, III of Milwaukee, Stella Stephanie (the late Scott) Langel of Roswell, GA and Frank (the late Anita) Paretti of Milwaukee. Treasured grandfather of Kristina (Shaun) Thompson, Scott (Mary Hollis) Langel Jr, Courtney (Bryan) Cox, Frank (Lucy) Paretti Jr., Amanda (Zach) Sobczak and Michael (Jourdan) Langel; great-grandfather of Ava Scott and Stella Thompson, Bennett Cox, Charles and Maria Paretti, and Anita Sobczak. Dear brother of the late Dorothy McCarthy. Further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and good friends.

Andy was a graduate of Manhattan College, graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Engineering from NY University. He grew up in New York and had served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy and continued to serve as a Captain in the Reserves. His career spanned from businessman to engineer with EPA, MMSD, WMNA, NY Port Authority, and served on numerous boards. Andy was a natural athlete who had a true love for life; he was a loyal friend and devoted family man who enjoyed entertaining family and friends. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Family will greet friends on Friday, December 7, from 1:30 to 2:15 PM at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, 7600 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point, with a time of remembrance at 2:15 followed by the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 2:30 PM. Interment will be private for the family. Memorials in Andy’s name may be made to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, 830 N. 19th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233 or Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Inc., P.O. Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074.


Paretti, Andrew "Andy" [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: https://www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/obituaries/n

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JNEWS: LaRocca, Michael [MC????] Head Property & Specialty Lines NA @ Swiss Re



Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Michael LaRocca as Head Property & Specialty Lines North America
5th November 2018

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Michael LaRocca as Head Property & Specialty Lines North America, effective November 7, 2018. In this role, Mr. LaRocca will be responsible for managing the strategy, development and performance of the company’s Property & Specialty Lines portfolio.

Based in New York, he will oversee the General Property, Energy Property, Excess & Surplus Property, Engineering & Construction, General Aviation and Marine teams throughout the US and Canada.

“With Michael’s appointment, we gain a leader with a strong track record in the commercial insurance industry to oversee our North American Property & Specialty Lines business and continue to provide clients and brokers with the knowledge, coverage and service they have come to expect,” states Ivan Gonzalez, CEO North America, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. “Michael’s experience and expertise will also help us advance our strategic aspirations, in particular, developing our international programs to serve mid-sized and large companies headquartered in the US and Canada.” 

An industry veteran, Mr. LaRocca brings twenty-five years of experience to this role. He has held numerous leadership positions and has a strong underwriting and client-focused background. Mr. LaRocca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.

With 20 offices in North America, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions serves clients and brokers throughout the region by providing financial protection from a wide range of risks.

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LaRocca, Michael [MC????]

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ENDNOTE: Time to "terminate" the death penalty?



As states scramble to find execution drugs, experts say it’s time to let lethal injection die
It isn't more humane than antiquated methods—it’s just easier to watch.
By April Reese

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In her dissent on a 2015 death penalty case, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor suggested death by firing squad may be preferable to lethal injection. "In the future . . . some inmates may suggest the firing squad as an alternative,” she wrote, adding that “such visible yet relatively painless violence may be vastly preferable to an excruciatingly painful death hidden behind a veneer of medication.” Yet the assumption that lethal injection hews most closely to the 8th amendment’s prohibition on “cruel and unusual punishment” continues to prevail in most states.

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As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, it would be inconsistent for me NOT to oppose the death penalty.

I have yet to find any “law” that allows the Gooferment to kill its citizens.

And, it’s a very bad tradition we have here.  Can’t we create a “Devils Island”?  At least, if a mistake has been made, the mistake can be “corrected”.  You can’t reanimated from the death penalty.

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