JASPER JOTTINGS Week 47 - 2018 Nov 25   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College
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POSITRACTION: Hiker Was About to Die in a Snowstorm ... ... ...



Hiker Was About to Die in a Snowstorm When She Was Saved by a Total Stranger Following Her Intuition
By McKinley Corbley-Nov 11, 2018

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Nancy couldn’t shake the feeling that Katharina was in danger, so she called rescue services and told them about the missing hiker. Since she knew that Groene had planned on hiking 15 miles every day, she calculated how far along the trail the German hiker would likely be based on the weather and how much she was carrying.

Sgt. John Adams of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit said, “She told us she would probably be north of Mica Lake but south of the Suiattle River—which ended up being right on.”

Sure enough, Groene had slowed to a pace of 7 miles per day trying to reach a ranger’s station 30 miles away. She was soaking wet and showing signs of hypothermia and frostbite. She was running out of food and the tarp that had kept her tent dry had blown away in the wind. Her cell phone had lost service by the time she woke up in whiteout conditions.

She was prepared for the worst—but then suddenly, a rescue helicopter spotted her red jacket based on Nancy’s precise calculations. Katharina was saved.

She was invited to stay with Nancy at her home, where the two have become ‘Wild’ friends—and even though she didn’t complete the trail, she got to check off that box: Faith in humanity restored!

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How many of us would keep the care of another in mind after a casual conversation?

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JOBIT: Salerno, Vincent F. [MC1957 RIP] 2018-Nov-12



incent F. Salerno
1934 - 2018

Tappan - Vincent F. Salerno, 84, raised in the Bronx and residing in Tappan, NY since 1965, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2018. Beloved husband of the late Louise (nee Bell). Loving father of Vincent E. and wife Jude of Westfield, NJ, Laura Sidor and husband Eugene, Jr. of Upper Saddle River, NJ and William and wife Lori of Cortlandt Manor, NY. Adored grandfather of Eugene III, Kristy, Stephanie, Nicholas, Isabella, Ben, Michelle, William II and Gianna. Loving brother of James (Ernie) and the late Henny and Hugo. Cherished uncle of James, Jennifer, Joanne, Anthony, Christopher, Peter, Carl, Sandra, Paul and Sara. Dear brother-in-law of Joan Ruggiero and Janis Salerno.

Vincent owned Salerno Chrysler Dodge in Yorktown Hts. for 23 years before retiring. Not content to sit still, Vincent continued working as a quality control inspector of aircraft components at Chromalloy in Orangeburg. He was an active member of the Blauvelt Sons of Italy Lodge 2176 and is an alumnus of Manhattan College. Vincent was the consummate gentleman whose kindness, compassion and empathy for others touched the lives of those who had the good fortune to meet him.

A celebration of Vincent's life will be held at a later date.

Those who wish may make donations in Vincent's memory to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956.


Published in the The Journal News on Nov. 18, 2018


Salerno, Vincent F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I believe that Vincent is a member of the Class of 1957.

                May he Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Salerno, Vincent F. [MC1957 RIP]

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

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JLINKEDIN: Allen, Stefani [MC2003] Sr Assoc @ Cigna



Allen, Stefani [MC????]
Quality Review/Audit Sr Associate at Cigna
Greater Philadelphia Area

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Dear John,

I believe that Stefani is a member of the Class of 2003.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Allen, Stefani [MC2003]

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


Good Evening All,

From Mike McEneney, we pray for the repose of the soul of Mike's good Friend, Arty Reilly. Arty has been in our prayers and was called home on Friday, November 16, 2018 after a long illness. As Mike has said, Arty, former Chief Clerk of the City of New York, will be missed and remembered by the many people that he touched over the years, may he Rest in Peace. We remember in our prayers Arty's Family as they mourn the loss of their loved one. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JEMAIL: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) says "just whining" is no solution


Hi John ...

The Liberal Arts side is chiming in here. Per your endnote, which offices have you run for?

Because just whining certainly isn't any sort of solution. And whining in the guise of street-smarts -- as the author of the piece you quoted is doing -- is worse. Has he or she run for office? Is that author hiding some great idea because he or she believes the rest of us are too dumb to deserve to read (and maybe implement) it? No, actually, I think that author is possibly being sucked toward Goethe's greatest sin. I'll leave that as MY puzzle for him or her to solve.

If you want to see the light at the end of the tunnel, though, I recommend checking out "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" -- in some theaters but also streaming in Netflix.

Cheers, John!


Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)

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[JR: (1) In my younger days, I tried for the R local committee. Wasn’t selected. I soon realized that the deck was stacked. I think the author that I cited is pointing out that “stacking”.  That, and the Fed, has impoverished us. Gooferment Skrules produce useful idiots. It’s a hopeless situation and we just have to survive as best we all can. (2) I’ll check it out but I don’t do a lot of movies. And, when I do, it’s comedies. (3) Thanks for the response.]

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JLINKEDIN: Sajduk, Kate Christmann [MC2008] Structural Eng @ CityScape Eng



Sajduk, Kate Christmann [MC2008]
Structural Engineer at CityScape Engineering PLLC
Greater New York City Area

Holds PE license if three states (NY, NJ, CT), Over ten years of experience in structural and geotechnical engineering. Experienced in design of new construction in timber, masonry, cast in place concrete, precast concrete, structural steel, cold formed steel framing, as well as rehabilitations, demolitions, special inspections, support of excavations plans, and vibration monitoring.

Chair - New York State Society of Professional Engineers PE’s in Construction Group

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JLINKEDIN: Rabelo, Magdeline [MC????] Spanish Teacher @ NVRHS



Rabelo, Magdeline [MC????]
Spanish Teacher at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan
United States

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JLINKEDIN: Dinegar, Meghan [MC????] Searching for Work in Munich



Dinegar, Meghan [MC????]
Currently Searching for Work in Munich
Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Dear John,

                I do not find anything in m,y 'stuff' for Meghan.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JHQ: Alma Mater "Happy Thanksgiving"


2018 11Nov 21 MC TG

Thankful and Grateful

As we count our blessings at this time of Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn gratefully to you.

Wishing you and those you hold dear a very happy Thanksgiving.

The Office of Alumni Relations

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) "Happy Thanksgiving"


Hello Dear Friends,

As we get ready for Thanksgiving, it is a beautiful time to join in our hearts and minds to give thanks for God’s Blessings. It is a time when we in giving thanks and in some way sharing with those less fortunate, we can remember how Blessed we are. Our Pastor down here in Delaware, Father Ed Ogden, urges us, as we close our day, to begin our prayers by remembering what we are grateful for for the day. I can tell you that you are on my list of that for which I am grateful at the end of each day.

Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ADMINISTRIVIA: "Happy" Thanksgiving?



Mother had 'no other choice' but to sell her 6-year-old daughter
By Nick Paton Walsh and Masoud Popalzai, CNN
Updated 4:24 AM ET, Thu November 22, 2018

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Herat, Afghanistan (CNN)An unprecedented drought in Afghanistan has led to families selling their children just to be able to feed their households.

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Outside Herat, in a refugee camp, a CNN cameraman met Mamareen, who has lost her husband to the war, her home to the climate and now her daughter to the urgent need to feed her other children. Akila, 6, is now, under the warped economy of this tent city, the possession of another family. Mamareen sold Akila for $3,000 to Najmuddin, who has promised her to his 10-year-old son, Sher Agha.

"I fled my village with my three children because of severe drought," she says. "I came here thinking that I will receive some assistance, but I got nothing. To avoid starvation among my children, I gave my daughter to a man for about $3,000, but have only got $70 so far. I had no money, no food and no breadwinner -- my husband was also killed."

Asked if Akila knew her fate, she said: "She doesn't know that I have sold her. How would she know? She is a child. But I had no other choice. Whether in tears or laughter, she will have to go. Who would sell a piece of her heart unless they really have to?"

A charitable act?

Her fate lay meters away, in another, richer tent in the camp, with Najmuddin, her purchaser. Part of this transaction is cultural -- part of the mores of a society where girls have long been traded for dowries rather than being asked for consent. But to Najmuddin, this was an act of charity.

"Her family didn't have anything to eat. They were hungry," he said. "I know I am also poor, but I am sure I can pay it off slowly... in two to three years."

The Afghan cameraman asked, aren't they children? "It doesn't matter. These things happen here. Even an old man marries a young girl. It happens."

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As “we” celebrate “Thanksgiving”, it seems appropriate to take a look at the humanitarian disaster that out Gooferment is causing around the world. 

Perhaps, instead of spending blood and treasure on “troops” to fight the “enemy”, we could bring all the boys and girls home and let the locals work out their own problems.  “We” could use the money spent on war to buy local products to stimulate a free local market that will bring prosperity for all.

Then, everyone can have "Happy" Thanksgiving?

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JLINKEDIN: McCourt, Kevin [MC????] Lead Dev Rep @ ClassLink



McCourt, Kevin [MC????]
Lead Development Rep at ClassLink ClassLink=6000+Single Sign-on APPS

ClassLink empowers students and teachers with instant access to 6,000+ single sign-on apps and files at school and on Google, Office 365, and Dropbox cloud drives. ClassLink Analytics gives decision makers the usage data they need. Your school district has invested heavily in the adoption of digital learning resources, but how much do you know about how often they are actually used? Instructional time is valuable, make the most of with ClassLink.

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JLINKEDIN: Parseghian, David [MC1995] Dir Fixed Income @ Ayco



Parseghian, David [MC1995]
Director Fixed Income at Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company
Albany, New York Area

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


Good Evening All,

I ask for your continued prayers and to raise the volume for our young Friend, Sarah. Her operation last week to remove the Heart Tumor was successful but she developed some dangerous lung problems/blood clots and her stability was in question so that the Doctors have not been able to get to evaluate her Cancer concerns. It is possible that she does not have Ovarian Cancer but another very serious condition. Sarah is being transferred to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA that is much better prepared to handle Sarah's condition. Please raise the volume for Sarah, her Husband Marty and their two young boys. Sarah is a fighter but she needs our prayers. She and her Family thank you for all your prayers and kind thoughts. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Good Evening All,

Your prayers are asked for Mike McEneney's Wife, Cathie. Cathie, a good Friend to several of us is in Hospita. She is having difficulty breathing and experiencing High Blood Pressure. Please raise the volume for this good Woman? Cathie is a fighter and someone who does not complain no matter what ails her. We need to pray that the Doctors quickly discover what is causing her distress and are able to treat the cause. Please keep Cathie, Mike and their Family in your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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MFACEBOOK: Opportunity from Alma Mater's Comm Department


2018 11Nov 24 tomg

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Drunk driver, 28, with three DUI arrests in nine months, is sentenced to 20 years after killing father-of-seven who she rear-ended with such force he was impaled by a guard rail

  • Louisiana woman Olivia Matte, 28, was sentenced to 20 years in jail on Thursday
  • She pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in September
  • On March 23, 2017 she rear-ended Mississippi father James Blackmond, 37
  • The impact forced his car onto a guardrail and a broken piece of the railing penetrated his back car window and impaled him
  • Blackmond's wife Queenita said: 'Olivia Matte didn’t just kill my husband, she killed me, also' at Matte's sentencing
  • The accident was Matte's third driving while intoxicated accident in nine months
  • Her blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at time of crash
PUBLISHED: 12:14 EST, 17 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:05 EST, 17 November 2018

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Great work, Gooferment.

THIRD DUI in NINE months!

Ruining a lot of lives with it’s lousy system!


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