JASPER JOTTINGS Week 26 - 2019 Jun 30 

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: A 19 year old saves 14 people



19-Year-old Construction Worker Uses Crane to Rescue Over a Dozen People From Apartment Fire
By Good News Network - May 10, 2019

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A 19-year-old Chinese construction worker is being hailed as a hero after he saved 14 people from a burning apartment building.

Lan Junze was working at a construction site in Fushun City, Liaoning Province when he heard screams and saw smoke coming from a nearby structure.

When he rushed over to investigate, he found that the apartment building had caught fire and there were over a dozen people trapped on the third floor.

Thanks to his skill with a crane, Lan was able to use his crane to save all 14 people from the fire.

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Wow, a 19 year old saves 14 people.

That’s a lifetime achievement.

Very impressive.

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JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) spots a "black hole"


Hi f. John,

After last week's JJ, I submitted some comments through the "submit items" link/form. I didn't see it referenced in this week's issue. You usually seem to be admirable in posting and commenting on submissions, even whe the commenter disagrees with your positions. This also happened one other time a few months ago.

Now, since JJ is solely your effort, I can easily understand that you might decide to "deep six" or "spike" some comments from an unabashed liberal. But this has not been your usual practice. So, I am writing to see if there might be some glitch in your receiving comments through the submission link/form.

I am pefectly comfortable if you exercised editorial judgement in not publishing my comments. Your call as editor and CIC. However I think you'd like to know if there is a problem with receiving input from your "reporters".

Thanks, as always, for your fine efforts with JJ.

mike toner
buffalo, ny
bee '72

[JR: Apparently there is some kind of Wordpress bug that is not notifying me of "feedback". I'm investigating it now. I see several "feedbacks" that are in the system but I've never seen. Thanks for the heads up. As you said, I usually "publish" everything.]

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JUPDATE: Walsh, John James [MC1959 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: Walsh, John James [MC1959 RIP] 2019-Jun-11


John James Walsh
1937 - 2019 Obituary
July 24, 1937 - June 11, 2019

John James Walsh passed away peacefully on June 11, 2019 at the age of 81.

He was born in Yonkers, NY on July 24, 1937, the son of the late John and Helen (Lang) Walsh. He attended St. Peters Grammar School, Sacred Heart (High School) and graduated from Manhattan College with bachelors in accounting.

John worked as a tax accountant with ITT Corporation in New York City and for many years with New York Central Railroad. John served in the United States Army from 1959-1962 and was honorably discharged.

He was married to the late Elaine (Kosiak) Walsh for 52 years, who predeceased him in 2015. Survivors include his daughter Jacqueline, 1 brother Michael Walsh and 3 nieces. Funeral Services will be private at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Lohman Funeral Home of Port Orange.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from June 21 to June 23, 2019


Walsh, John James [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 John is a member of the Class of 1959.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Walsh, John James [MC1959 RIP]

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JUPDATE: Reynolds, Tommy [MC1991] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JFOUND: Reynolds, Tommy [MC1991] published "Miller Rounding Third"


Tommy Reynolds


Tommy Reynolds was born in New York City and raised in Long Beach, Long Island, seven houses from the beach. He attended Chaminade High School and Manhattan College, where he was a sports writer and co-sports editor of the school newspaper, The Quadrangle, covering the Jaspers basketball, baseball, and crew teams. He is an active racquetball player, softball player, and umpire, currently residing in beau colic Mendham, N.J. with his three children.


Miller Rounding Third by Tommy ReynoldsPrice: $7.99 USD.
Published: June 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Historical » USA

In Miller Rounding Third, debut author Tommy Reynolds traces the twined paths of baseball and the United States through a multigenerational family saga.

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Reynolds, Tommy [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Tommy is a member of the Class of 1991.

His late Father, Tom, is a member of the class of 1950, and his late Uncle Peter is member of the Class of 1949, and was a former President of the Manhattan College Alumni Society.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Reynolds, Tommy [MC1991]

Reynolds, Tom [MC1950 RIP]

Reynolds, Peter [MC1949 RIP]

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JUPDATE: Ryan, John S. [MC1976 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: Ryan, John S. [MC1976 RIP] 2019-Jun-17


In Memory of
John S. Ryan
1954 - 2019

John S. Ryan, 64, of Annadale, Staten Island, passed away on June 17, 2019. He was a loving brother to his sister Rosemarie, and brothers Maurice and Robert. He was a devoted uncle to his nieces: Meghan, Suzanne, Colleen, and nephews: Maurice and Patrick. John enjoyed life to the fullest and was an avid traveler and sportsman. John was a co-owner of two Midas muffler franchises and during his retirement years enjoyed his many hobbies, which included traveling, scuba diving, skiing, collecting cars, gardening, fishing, refurbishing furniture and cooking. He was a member of the Great Kills Yacht Club and Staten Island Ski Club and was a graduate of Monsignor Farrell and Manhattan College. John was a very special fun loving spirit, kind, generous and had a heart of gold which family and friends off all ages enjoyed and will be deeply missed by all.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Funeral from the Matthew Funeral Home, Inc., 2508 Victory Boulevard, on Wednesday, 6/26, departing at 11 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann's R.C. Church at 12 noon. Interment to follow in Moravian Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visit on Monday, 6/24, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and Tuesday, 6/25, from 2:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


Ryan, John S. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: https://matthewfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/

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

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1976.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ryan, John S. [MC1976 RIP]

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


Good Morning All,

Terry Gaffney asks for our prayers for a Friend of his, Erik Hale. Erik is a young man (36 years old, non-smoker) who suffers from a Genetic form of lung Cancer known as EFGR Mutation ( Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor ). Erik is scheduled to undergo a complex surgical procedure tomorrow, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Please raise the volume for this young man. We pray for a successful operation. We pray that there are no complications and that the Post-Operative treatment does what it is intended to do and that Erik's recovery is swift. We ask God to guide the Surgeon's hand and give Erik the strength necessary during his recovery. We keep Erik's Family in our prayers as well. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Wordpress and my spam filter seem to be conspiring to hide submissions


I think it’s straightened out, but if you don’t see your submission in the weekly collection OR an email from me explaining why I didn’t use it, you may assume I didn’t see it.  I push anything that is remotely “jasper”; even my own opinions.

I’ll be pushing the missed material.  Sorry for the delay.

Apparently the “Report Items” failed (i.e., stopped emailing me items) a long time ago I never noticed it. Argh!  I’ll catch up but it’s really frustrating.


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COMMENT: Supporting comment on Ann Marie Flynn


Gino commented on MNEWS: Ann Marie Flynn wants her original teaching job

2019-May-19 https://riverdalepress.com/stories/former-prof-sues-co
Former prof sues …

Dr. Flynn is a unique genius who was sadly mistreated by the administration. We all know department politics can be nasty, but a widely respected and revered, fully tenured professor should never be fired barring a crime or not showing up.

Dr. Flynn has had a profound impact on thousands of lives and has personally mentored anyone who wanted her help and wisdom. Her ideas, instincts, mentality, and worldview are amazing in so many ways. Some of the other professors there are frankly ignorant and embarrassing. Its high time to reinstate the great Dr. Flynn!

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[JR: I don’t know who Gino is but he supports her.]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) makes three points


Dear f. John, Three points of interest from the most recent JJ:

Your endnote - In trying to reduce meat consumption - it is indeed VERY difficult to see a carrot as a steak...

Opening positraction - a very heartening story but very randomly dependent on the story going "viral". This is why I continue to support programs like Medicaid, AFDC, Food Stamps, etc. I think we need well known, well publicized programs that can support larger numbers rather than a hit or miss "go fund me" project...

Your item about the Dutch girl who wanted to end her life... Were you saying that you were now OK that she starved herself to death, where you weren't OK with her being able to end her life with prescribed drugs and presumably less pain? Would this not be a distinction without a real difference. Not sure what you meant about protecting "right to life"?

Thanks as always, for all you do to keep us connected!!

mike toner bee '72 buffalo, ny

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[JR: (1) Well, the Impossible Burger® is very good.  And, you just have to reeducate your taste buds. I read and follow (badly) the “How Not To Die” doc, Michael Greger’s podcast.  Ethical considerations aside, the "Uganda versus St. Louis” data made a believer out of me.  And, this stuff has been “known” for long time.  But “eat your veggies” won’t make Big Pharma, Big Medicne, politicians, and bureaucrats rich. I’m personally appalled at these facts.  (2)  I am fundamentally opposed to ANY Gooferment program.  They are by definition immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy. Private charity is much more effective and efficient. Stealing from others is wrong, regardless of what the robber does with the results of that theft. (3) I’m a pro-life little L libertarian.  When the story was first reported it was the Gooferment killing her.  The corrected story took that element out.  I think that everyone is free to make their choices.  I would hope that as a society these stories would be rare and certainly not “encouraged” by Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats to profit others (i.e., Planned Parenthood). Before someone is “given” the drugs to kill themself, I’d hope their was a lot PRIVATELY funded counseling. We shouldn’t make animals suffer needlessly.  Same for humans. But there has to be a lot of safeguards to minimize people making an irreversible mistake. That’s also why I oppose the “death penalty” in almost all cases (i.e., except when the risk to the guards is unacceptable like Hannibal Lecter).]

[JR: Thanks for the comment.  A link to Doc Michael Greger’s book and podcast is below.]


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Maybe, the Africans were just dying early of other diseases, and so, never lived long enough to get heart disease? No; here’s age-matched heart attack rates in Uganda versus St. Louis. Out of 632 autopsies in Uganda, one myocardial infarction. Out of 632 Missourians—same age and gender distribution—136 myocardial infarctions. More than a hundred times the rate of our #1 killer. In fact, they were so blown away they did another 800 autopsies in Uganda, and still, just that one small healed infarct (meaning it wasn’t even the cause of death) out of 1,427 patients. Less than one in a thousand, whereas in the U.S., it’s an epidemic.

How do the doctors even know what to look for over there, then? Though practically unheard of among the native population, the physicians are quite familiar with heart disease, because of all the folks that immigrate to the countries in Africa.

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MOBIT: NYPD Detective Anthony DiCarlo, a father of one Jasper and married to another


RE: Maria (Lamicella) DiCarlo '93, Maria Alexa DiCarlo '21

NYPD Detective Anthony DiCarlo was a cherished husband, father, son, brother and friend to countless people. He was a hero to all who knew and loved him. Anthony passed away suddenly at age 51 on February 22, 2019. He will always be remembered for his infinite love for his wife Maria (Manhattan College '93), the life lessons he taught his daughters, his selfless generosity to all he met, his silly jokes, his commitment to his NYPD family, and the strong friendships he created across the world. He was first and foremost a family man. He will be deeply missed forever. Anthony is survived by his incredible wife, Maria and their beautiful daughters Maria '21, Daniella and Ariana. Anthony is also survived by his loving father, Anthony, his two brothers, Jason and Marc, sister-in-law Nicole and countless devastated family members. Anthony was predeceased by beloved mother, Carol. Maria is a sophomore at Manhattan College, Daniella will be attending University of Georgia in August and Ariana is headed to high school this fall.


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[JR: Did a quick search.]



DALTON F H Obituary

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Anthony was born on May 4, 1967 and passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Anthony was a resident of New York at the time of passing.

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Brotherhood for the Fallen - NYC
February 24 ·

NYPD Detective Anthony Di Carlo was a cop's cop. He died of a heart attack recently, leaving behind a beautiful family. Throughout the course of his career, he took care of anyone who needed a hand. Please consider returning the favor. The below GoFundMe was set up by a fellow detective and member of Brotherhood for the Fallen to help Anthony's family. Please give whatever you can.


[JR: No longer accepting donations.]

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DiCarlo, Maria Lamicella [MC1993]

DiCarlo, Maria Alexa  [MC2021]

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COMMENT: Insull, Bob (MC1963) doesn't remember means tests on the Works of Mercy


RE: ENDNOTE: Green's are dumb; "we" fat old white guy injineers need to innovate more

Comment on this week's Endnote: I don't recall there being a means test attached to either the Beatitudes or the Works of Mercy.

Insull, Bob (MC1963)

[JR: “We” may be called by whatever meme we follow (i.e., Christianity; Buddhism; Humanitarianism; Compassion; Empathy) to PERSONALLY help others.  BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), using the Gooferment to steal from our fellow human to perform “charity” is just wrong.  Americans are extremely charitable despite what the Gooferment loots from them.  Imagine how much more “charity” would be done and how much more effective it would be if we didn’t have our wealth stolen for ineffective and inefficient Gooferment “programs”?]

[JR: Sorry for the delay.]

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JOBIT: Maloney, James M. [MC1970 RIP] 2019-Jun-23


Good Evening All,

Terry Gaffney has shared the very sad news of the passing of a very good friend of his and many in the Manhattan Alumni Community and The College. 

James M. Maloney '70 BS was called home on June 23, 2019. He went to bed and never woke up. His death was peaceful but so sad.

As Terry says, we lost a keeper, A family man, a dear Friend, a man who was always ready to give and help out. A man who never asked anything for himself. A man who left smiles and laughter wherever he went. A man with a smile that said, please come in, you are always welcome. A Eucharistic Minister, a Life Active Member for over 40 years of Company # 1 of the Tarrytown Fire Department. At Manhattan and by many of his Friends he was called Elmira because of where he grew up. Jim was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City and Westchester. He was a presence pretty much wherever he went but he never set out to be a presence. His open heart, his spirit, love, ethics, charity, beliefs and more contributed to that presence. He will be missed by all who knew him.

We pray for the repose of his soul. We pray for his Wife of almost 40 years, Susan, and their Daughter Clare, his Brothers and Sisters and the Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one.

                   Visitation will be at:   Coffey Funeral Home
                                                          Tarrytown, NY
                                                          Wednesday, June 26, 2019
                                                          4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

         Mass of Christian Burial

                                        Will be:     Thursday  June 27, 2019
                                                          10:30 AM
                                                          Transfiguration Church
                                                          Tarrytown, N.Y.

The Family have shared the following Obituary. Thank you Terry, Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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James M. Maloney, a longtime resident of Tarrytown died unexpectedly on June 23, 2019 at the age of 71. Born in New York City on March 15, 1948, he was the son of Bartholomew and Anne Donnelly Maloney. At a young age, Jim’s family relocated to Elmira, NY where he was raised. He came back to this area to attend Manhattan College from which he graduated in 1970.

On October 20, 1979, he married Susan Smyth in Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown where they then settled.

Jim spent his career in the Title Insurance business and was a partner at the Great American Title Agency in White Plains. Jim was a parishioner of Transfiguration Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a Life Active member of Hope Hose Company #1 of the Tarrytown Fire Department for over 40 years. He had been the treasurer of the company for over 30 years and was also an ex-captain. He was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick both in NYC and Westchester. Jim had served on the Tarrytown Zoning Board and was a member of numerous Real Estate Boards in Westchester. He was also an associate member of the Westchester County Bar Association, the White Plains Bar Association and the Eastchester Bar Association.

He was an avid golfer and will be remembered as a fun loving man who was beloved by many. Most of all, he loved his family. He is survived by Susan his wife of almost 40 years and their daughter Clare. He is also survived by his siblings Patricia Dunbar, Mary Roe, Nancy Kist, Catherine Maloney, John Maloney and Peter Maloney as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Coffey Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4PM to 8PM. His Funeral Mass will be on Thursday at Transfiguration Church at 10:30.


Maloney, James M. [MC1970 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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


Good Morning All,

Mike and Ed McEneney ask for our prayers for the repose of the soul of their good Friend, Bob McGinn. Bob has been in our prayers as he fought the good fight against Cancer. He was called home this week after his long struggle with Cancer. We pray for Bob and his Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. We pray for Bob's Family that they find peace in the knowledge that Bob is at rest in God's Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. Mike, Ed and Bob's Family thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: McLean, Edward L. "Ted” [MC???? RIP] 2019-Jun-21



Edward McLean
1925 - 2019 Obituary

Pearl River - Edward L. McLean (Ted) of Pearl River, NY, passed away, June 21, 2019, at home. He was 94 years old.

Ted McLean worked as an Administrator of Community Education for the NYC Department of Education in Bronx, NY. He was with the department for 37 years before retiring in 1987.

Ted was born June 1, 1925 in Bronx, NY to Hugh McLean and Rose Smyth.

He was educated in NYC and graduated from Power Memorial H.S. in 1943. He earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Health and Physical Education from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, in 1950.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 attaining the rank of Radioman 3rd Class. He served in the Pacific and spent 6 months in Japan.

On June 5, 1949, he married Gladys Moccia at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Bronx, NY. Ted and Gladys (deceased 2005) lived in Pearl River for the past 60 years.

Ted was a referee for both basketball and football for the PSAL in Westchester, Rockland, and NYC. He also performed these duties for the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA).

Ted will be remembered for being inducted in the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA for his lifelong work and dedication with the National Wheelchair Association.

He is survived by his 4 daughters, Deborah and her husband John Adams of Nanuet, Ellen McLean of Nanuet, Kerry and her husband William Castellano of Nanuet and Tricia and her husband Frank Calise of Pearl River. He is also survived by his 7 grandchildren Jennifer and her husband Denis Brazil, Daniel Adams, Laura and her husband Brian DeSimone, Matthew and his wife Courtney Castellano, Kevin Castellano, Christine Calise and her fiancé Rob Braxa and Anthony Calise and his fiancée Ashley Sansevere, and 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife, Gladys, his parents and 6 siblings.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Tuesday at St. Aedan R. C. Church, Pearl River, NY. Burial will be at St. Anthony Cemetery, Nanuet, NY. Visiting is Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM at Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home Inc. 100 Franklin Ave. Pearl River, NY.
Published in the The Journal News on June 24, 2019


McLean, Edward L. "Ted” [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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JFOUND: Kaelber, Henry V. [MC1981] tax and accounting practice



Henry V. Kaelber, CPA, CFP®
Accounting, Tax Preparation and Business Consulting Services

After graduating from Manhattan College in January of 1981, Henry began his career as a tax associate at a CPA firm on Madison Avenue in New York City. Henry worked closely with the managing partner at that firm, someone from his home town, and focused on state tax compliance by finishing up completed federal returns handed over to him. He knew then that, of all the types of accounting careers there were, taxation held a special interest. Yet, he also noticed that many of the firm’s clients worked on Wall Street and were compensated well.

After a year, Henry then left to work for a Wall Street proxy solicitation firm as their Assistant Controller. He also began to moonlight as a tax preparer to his friends, family and former college acquaintances. After a few years, Henry moved on to work at a handful of brokerage companies learning sales, operations and brokerage accounting. Then, in the summer of 1987, Henry got an opportunity to work as a bond trading accountant with a major New York investment bank. After several internal promotions, Henry rose to be an investment banker overseeing more than a dozen investment funds in the firm’s asset management division. During all this time, Henry maintained his modest tax practice. While at the investment bank, his colleagues would always ask, “why do you keep doing tax work?” And Henry would always reply, “because, this is what I plan to do after Wall Street and into retirement!”

In 1996, Henry relocated his family to Central Virginia and two years later he was offered an opportunity to become the CFO and a Director of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company – the entity responsible for managing the University of Virginia’s endowment. In 2003, Henry left UVIMCO, began to focus on expanding the tax and accounting practice he started in the early 1980’s.

Henry is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Virginia and his firm is licensed as well. He earned the Certified Financial Planner® and the Chartered Global Management Accountant designations and has passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst examination.

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Kaelber, Henry V. [MC1981]

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JFOUND: @_susanmegan [MC2012] Tips for a Busy Post-Graduate



Work in a Workout: Tips for a Busy Post-Graduate

After I graduated from Manhattan College in 2012, I found that the best way to handle all the changes that come after graduation, was to focus on my health and fitness. As I cheerleader, I have always been active, but now that I was no longer part of a team and back home and not working out, it challenged me to find a way incorporate fitness back into my life.

I signed up at the local YMCA and began going to the gym a few days a week. It was productive, but the routine was predictable and I was not used to working out by myself. For years, I worked out with teammates and small groups and found this worked best for me. Around the time, I found myself in this rut, I ran into one of my friends from high school who was on the same cheerleading team as me. Although we lost touch in college, our interest in fitness was an easy way to pick back up our friendship. She shared her same struggle of not being motivated at the gym and we decided to look for group classes that could keep us motivated.

Zumba classes have always been a favorite of ours! It is an hour that we are just able to dance and have fun without even thinking that we were working out. My friend recently became a certified Zumba instructor, so it was a great opportunity for me to support her as well. I recommend Zumba to anyone looking to change up their routine while having a lot of fun.

I started doing yoga about two years ago after an injury, and it is one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. I go to yoga twice a week at a yoga studio and the YMCA and take Vinyasa classes. This is a beginner level class but you will see progress as you continue to go to class. Not only is this my time to unwind from the day, it has increased my flexibility and taught me techniques to calm down after a long day. Everyone can benefit from yoga, especially anyone with any back injuries.

If you are really looking for a challenge, I recommend KettleBell Kickboxing! You can search for a Certified Trainer in your area through a quick Google search. I found a gym in my hometown called Trinity Training. The staff is great and I felt very comfortable trying this class! This high intensity class is usually an hour and includes 1 minute intervals of various workouts incorporating kettle bells. You will feel the workout immediately after the class. I was sore as soon as I got home, but it was definitely worth it!

Even with all these workouts, nutrition is key in keeping up with this healthy lifestyle! Tone It Up has great nutrition plans and workouts that are easy to follow. They also have a Tone It Up Community,where you can meet girls in your area who have an interest in health and fitness.

I’m so glad that I have incorporated these classes into my regular workout because it has motivated me to keep up with this healthy lifestyle. It is also a great way to make new friends who share the same interests, which is sometimes hard to do after college. These classes are easy to find, and have great discount rates for students. Some gyms even offer free classes for first time customers.

Tweet me @_susanmegan if you try any of these classes or find any new ones you would like to share or leave a comment below!

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JNEWS: Brutus, Kidani [MC2012] in Spokane Hoops 3x3 World Invitational



Sports >  Area sports Former Saint Mary’s standout Calvin Hermanson returns to Spokane for first Spokane Hoops 3x3 World Invitational
UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 9:50 p.m.
By Ryan Collingwood

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When Hermanson returns to the Lilac City this week, he’ll be playing in his first Hoopfest, but in a different capacity than most of the 6,000-plus teams registered for the world’s biggest 3-on-3 tournament.

He and former Santa Clara guard Henry Caruso are teamed up in the eight-team Spokane Hoops 3x3 World Invitational at Nike Center Court, featuring FIBA rules and a $5,000 grand prize.

FIBA games are 10 minutes long but are continuously moving, featuring a 12-second shot clock with no breaks between buckets.

The tournament, which includes a championship berth to the Edmonton 3x3 Challenger in September, begins Friday at noon.

“With (FIBA 3x3) being in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo next year, and us being one of the bigger 3-on-3 tournaments in the world, we thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase it at Hoopfest,” Hoopfest projects and events manager Connor Walsh said.

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NY Harlem: The 10th-ranked 3x3 team in the world doesn’t feature a player from a major college basketball program, but that hasn’t seemed to matter.

Dominique Jones, a former member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Kidani Brutus (D-I Manhattan College), Marcel Esonwune (D-III York College) and Antoinne Morgano are aiming for cash and an even higher ranking.

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Brutus, Kidani [MC2012]

[JR: Sounds like something worth watching.]

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MFOUND: A case of mistaken identity



About Manhattan SC

Head Coach: Colin Hodge
Location: Manhattan, NY
Home Field: Manhattan College
Website: https://www.manhattansc.org/

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Where we Play

Our home fields are state-of-the-art turf and grass fields on the newly-renovated complex at Randall's Island, now one of the most spectacular soccer venues in the country. Randall's island is easily accessible from NYC burroughs and the surrounding area. The club offers chaperoned buses to practices on Randall’s Island from the east and west sides of Manhattan.

In addition to Randall's, our teams practice in Central Park, Riverside Park, Chelsea Waterside Park, Pier 40, and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. In the winter months, we train mostly in Manhattan, at City College facilities and gyms in and around the Upper East and Upper West Side.


[JR: I don’t see any reference to them playing at Alma Mater.  So it’s a mistake.]

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JNEWS: Fusco, Marguerite [MC????] new Warwick Valley HS Principal



“Onward and Upward” – Administrative changes at high school & elementary levels
June 25, 2019
New High School Principal to be appointed
Ms. Marguerite Fusco, new WVHS Principal 2019-20

The Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education will appoint WVHS Associate Principal Marguerite Fusco as the new Principal at Warwick Valley High School, as Dr. Larry Washington takes on the role of Superintendent at the Washingtonville Central School District.

Ms. Fusco graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor degree in mathematics and a minor in education. She received a master’s degree in secondary mathematics education from the City College of New York and a second master’s degree in Educational Administration from the College of New Rochelle. In addition, she has School District Administrator and Mathematics Gr. 7-12 certifications.

Ms. Fusco began her career in education as a science and mathematics teacher in the Bronx. After four years, she moved her career to Rockland County, where she taught mathematics for nineteen years and served as the standardized testing coordinator at Ramapo and Suffern High Schools. She served as the school treasurer and comptroller for student activity funds for nine years at Suffern High School.

In July 2015, Ms. Fusco came to Warwick Valley High School to be an Associate Principal. She has coordinated the administration of Regents exams, developed the master schedule, overseen the student activity funds, offered the club fair and electives fair annually to students, and served on district committees that focused on curriculum development and attendance policies.

While at WVHS, Ms. Fusco has taken on many leadership roles and responsibilities, and has been instrumental in strengthening the relationship between administration and faculty.

“My goals are to continue on the successful path the high school is on,” says Ms. Fusco, “and to maintain consistency, while working to improve and grow as a school community.”

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JFOUND: Keller, Dave [MC1978] Principal @ St. Augustine Catholic HS



Mr. Dave Keller: Principal

BA in Economics, Manhattan College
MBA, University of Arizona
Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, Pima Community College
MA in Educational  Administration, University of Notre Dame
St. Augustine Catholic high School is a college-preparatory high school. Our mission is rooted in Catholic values. We endeavor to develop the unique and valuable qualities our students possess.

We are on the site of the former Diocesan seminary at the southeast corner of Camino Seco and 22nd Street. The campus is convenient to all of Tucson and surrounding communities, including Vail, Rita Ranch, Sahuarita, and Davis-Monthan AFB.

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JHQ: Construction Industry Golf Tournament 7/22


Construction Industry Golf Tournament
Monday, July 22, 2019

Alumni, family and friends are invited to join the College for the 22nd Annual Construction Industry Golf Tournament at Leewood Golf Club (1 Leewood Dr., Eastchester, NY), in honor of Michael M. McHugh '80.

A morning session will be offered, with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 8 a.m. Afternoon check-in and brunch will begin at 11 a.m., followed by shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Not a golfer? Join us for the evening program! Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner reception at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds will help develop, construct, furnish and provide ongoing support for a state-of-the-art structures lab in the Patricia and Cornelius Higgins ’62 Engineering and Science Center.

For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office.
(718) 862-7432 | alumni@manhattan.edu | manhattan.edu/alumni

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MNEWS: Seventh-seeded Team Draddy in "The Basketball Tournament"



Team Draddy out to recapture Manhattan’s glory days at The Tournament
Our next TBT preview focuses on some former Jaspers
By John Templon@nybuckets
Jun 26, 2019, 12:24pm PDT

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Manhattan College basketball fans may start belting Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” when they see the roster Team Draddy has put together for The Basketball Tournament. The squad is loaded with talented former Jaspers who helped the program reach such heights as back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2014 and 2015.

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George Beamon ...

Rhamel Brown ...

Shane Richards ...

Rich Williams ...

C.J. Anderson ...

Zavier Turner ...

Dave Holmes ...

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Seventh-seeded Team Draddy will need a little bit of that upset magic if it’s going to advanced through the Syracuse Regional in The Basketball Tournament. The former Jaspers open with Armored Athlete, a veteran TBT squad. It’ll be a tough road, but a great chance for Jasper fans to see some of the program’s all-time greats back in green and white.

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JLINKEDIN: Hey, Daniel [MC2019] Financial Analyst at Faruqi & Faruqi



Hey, Daniel [MC2019]
Financial Analyst at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP
Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services

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JOBIT: Johnston, Charles H. [MC1950 RIP] 2019-Jun-25



Charles H. Johnston

Charles H. Johnston of Warminster, Pa. passed away peacefully and surrounded by family in Warminster on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. He was 90.

Born in Newburg, N.Y., he was the son of the late Charles and Helen Johnston. A beloved husband for 57 years, he now joins his wife Joan Johnston (May 25, 2019) in everlasting peace.

He will be forever remembered by his surviving children, Lorie Ford Ratajczak, Kimberly Johnston, Jennifer Johnston, Ken Johnston, and son-in-law, Michael Ratajczak.

He left a lasting and loving impression on his four surviving grandchildren: Elijah Ford, Kate and Jack Bryan, and Mckenna Johnston. He is also survived by his niece, Kathleen Disher (Charles), and his nephew, Michael Yates (Kristine).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, his sister, Ann E. Yates, and his parents, Charles and Helen Johnston.

Following graduation in 1950 from Manhattan College in New York, Charles served his country honorably as a Sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean War. After more than 65 years, Charles twice retired from the Social Security Administration. He was a faithful member of St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church.

Charlie was soft spoken with a quick, dry sense of humor. The things that gave him the greatest joy in life included spending time with his family, ancestry research, horse racing, coin collecting, sports, birding, and painting. Charlie was a history buff and an avid reader.

The visitation and Mass will be celebrated Monday, July 1, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 856 Euclid Ave., Warrington, PA 18976. Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until Mass at 10:30 a.m. with Msgr. Beisel conducting. Burial will follow Mass at St. John Neumann Cemetery, 3797 County Line Rd., Chalfont, PA 18914.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Robert Bellarmine Church would be appreciated.

Louis Swift Plunkett Funeral Home, Hatboro www.plunkettfuneralhome.com

Published in The Intelligencer on June 28, 2019


Johnston, Charles H. [MC1950 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JFOUND: Mellas, Stella P. [MC????] A board certified orthodontist



Mellas Orthodontics, PA
[JR: Basking Ridge, NJ]

Stella Mellas, DDS

A board certified orthodontist, Dr. Stella P. Mellas works with children, teenagers, and adults in a high-tech, modern office that’s dedicated to helping patients have fun and feel at home.

“We want patients and parents to feel comfortable here, and know they’ll receive exceptional orthodontic care and individualized attention,” she says.

Dr. Mellas earned her BS at Manhattan College and DDS degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. She earned her orthodontics certificate and master’s degree in dental science at the University of Connecticut.

A past president of the Tri County Dental Society, she serves on staff at Morristown Medical Center and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Mellas is a member of the American Dental Association, New Jersey Dental Association, Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, and American Association of Orthodontists.

“I want the best for my children…and treat my patients with that same level of care,” she says.

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JFOUND: Small, Jackie [MC2004] Licensed Professional Counselor Fairfield CT



Small, Jackie [MC2004]
Licensed Professional Counselor

Becoming a parent is a major transition in one’s life. Like all major life changes, the arrival of a baby can be stressful. For some mothers and fathers this normal stress reaction can turn into anxiety and depression, but it doesn’t have to. With the right guidance and preparation, postpartum anxiety and depression can be prevented. Over the past 15 years I’ve developed strategies that are practical and immediately usable. The skills I teach to expecting and new parents target the patterns that allow depression and anxiety to take over. These strategies can be taught to anyone looking to learn how to prevent and overcome anxiety.

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JNEWS: Ryan, Chris [MC????] Special Advocate of Union County NJ



Westfield’s Andy Skibitsky, Chris Ryan Named to CASA of Union County board
June 28, 2019 at 2:42 PM

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County welcomed former Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky and Chris Ryan, also of Westfield, to its board of trustees.

CASA of Union County is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned Union County children removed from home and placed in foster care or residential facilities. There are more than 500 Union County children in foster care, and the organization currently serves just over half. Its mission is to be able to provide an advocate for every youth in care.

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Ryan, an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University, teaches international marketing to business school students. Prior to academia, Ryan spent more than two decades with international wine importer Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., ultimately serving as president and chief executive officer. He has helped create several successful brands and adjusted the marketing of others to meet market trends and the evolving taste profile of the American consumer. Ryan earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College. He and his wife have two grown daughters and have called Westfield home more than 35 years.

Of his appointment to the board, Ryan noted, “At the end of the day it is all about our children — each and every one deserves the opportunity to be happy and content. CASA strives to make that happen every day with children who, unfortunately and through no fault of their own, have the odds stacked against them.”

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JFOUND: McGowan, Maeve [MC2016] swims "personal best" @ Northeast-10 Conf Championships



McGowan, Maeve [MC2016]
Mansfield, MA

100 Y Free

2019 Northeast-10 Conference Championships
Feb 10, 2019



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ENDNOTE: The nuclear family is the foundation of America's greatness



Venker: The Future Of Men & Marriage Is Bleak
Sun, 06/16/2019 - 19:30
Authored by Suzanne Venker, op-ed via The Washington Examiner

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With Father's Day upon us, the time has come to address as a nation what Heather Mac Donald noted earlier this year is "the greatest social catastrophe of our time": fatherlessness. Fatherlessness is the No. 1 cause of nearly all social ills we face. We can't afford to ignore it any longer.

To be clear, father absence is the more accurate term, since fatherlessness implies that men have become "deadbeat dads" — nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, this faction exists, as do "deadbeat moms." But the two most significant threats to a father's presence in the home are divorce and out-of-wedlock births.

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That's really what we're up against this Father's Day: a lost generation of men. But it will be our loss in the end. We can't afford for men to retreat any further than they have. The nuclear family is the foundation of America's greatness; and a dearth of productive men invariably means, as Tucker Carlson noted in January, the subsequent disintegration of marriage.

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I agree that “family” is the bedrock of any society.  The “launching pad” for a good posterity and even individual “greatness” — however you define it.  We might even tinker around the edges of the definition of family.  Since I come from a single mother home, my family was all my aunts, uncles, and grandparents that made sure I had more than enough.  Throw in a few good Nuns and Christian Brothers, and maybe a few “crazy ones” too.  I certainly had my start in the right direction.

I feel for those who didn’t have it as “easy” as I did.  But “lemons and lemonade”.  Even the silver spoon children have their own unique set of challenges.

But we as a society should recognize that “family” is critical to the USA’s “greatness”.  Hopefully to come and not behind our generation.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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