JASPER JOTTINGS Week 27  - 2019 Jul 07  

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



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POSITRACTION: When Stranger Finds Lost Wallet on Airplane ... ...



When Stranger Finds Lost Wallet on Airplane, He Returns It to Owner With Even More Cash Inside
By McKinley Corbley - Nov 26, 2018

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A compassionate airline passenger ensured that a 20-year-old man was reunited with his lost wallet – along with a little extra something to make up for their time apart.

Hunter Shamatt first lost his wallet while he was on a Frontier Airlines flight from Omaha to attend his sister’s wedding in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Upon realizing that his wallet was lost, he contacted the airline to see if anyone had turned it in – but to no avail. Since the wallet contained his ID, a signed paycheck, his debit card, and $60 in cash, he “feared the worst”.

Shortly after the flight, however, Hunter was stunned to receive a package in the mail from an anonymous sender. Inside was his wallet – along with an additional $40 in cash.

“Found this on a Frontier flight from Omaha to Denver-row 12, seat F wedged between the seat and wall,” read a letter that was enclosed with the package. “Thought you might want it back. All the best. PS: I rounded your cash up to an even $100 so you could celebrate getting your wallet back. Have fun!!!”

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The Good Samaritan was later identified as Todd Brown, a father-of-five who was delighted at the chance to “have a little fun” with helping out a hard-working stranger.

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Brown says that he often tries to do good deeds without any recognition, hence why he neglected to sign his full name on the letter, but Jeannie later insisted on praising the Nebraska native on social media.

“I try to teach my children to do the right things in life, help people when you can regardless of the outcome,” she wrote on Facebook. “This story is more about restoring faith in people than anything.

‘Everything in the wallet we could of replaced. We hear a lot of bad news but not enough good news. I personally want to thank Todd Brown and his wife for restoring faith that there are amazing people out there, the world is not as grim as it’s being made out to be.”

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What an inspiring act!  Hope I can be that honest if the challenge is ever presented to me.

I loved the part of keeping one’s good works secret. I put that in my book.

Have you heard that old Irish adage about "good works only count if done in secret". Funny, I learned that from my maternal English Protestant grandmother who wanted to teach me about my maternal grandfather's "heathen Irish culture that has a few good points". ROFL!

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JHQ: Alumni Connection | July 2019



Alumni Connection | July 2019


The Essex and Sussex
July 19, 2019 | Spring Lake, NJ
Jersey Shore Alumni Luncheon

July 22, 2019 | Eastchester, NY
Construction Industry Golf Tournament

July 26, 2019 | Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Day at the Races

August 10-11, 2019 | Long Island, NY
Weekend Events on The East End
aug 10 | A Day in the Hamptons Alumni Reception
aug 11 | Montauk MeetUp

August 15, 2019 | Garrison, NY
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Awards for the Athletic Hall of Fame

Looking Ahead!
Summer and Fall Alumni Events 2019
Aug 23 | Rhode Island Alumni Reception
Aug 24 | A Day at Monmouth Park Racetrack
SepT 18 | Beach Blanket bablyon Alumni Outing
Sept 25 | Phillies vs. Nationals Alumni Outing
Oct 18 | Jaspers Sporting Clays Classic 2019
Oct 27 | Open House Alumni Legacy Brunch
NoV 09 | Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame


Manhattan College Named One of Forbes Best
Value Colleges

Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Announced

O'Malley School of Business Faculty Receive Grant for Financial Literacy Initiative

Seeking Volunteers for a Work-Life Balance Study Conducted by Dr. Angela Grotto, Assistant Professor of Management

Registration Open for STEM Robotics and Aeronautics Camp

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JLINKEDIN: Conigliaro, Joseph (MC1977) Software Engineer @ Pippo Products



Conigliaro, Joseph (MC1977)
Software Engineer @ Pippo Products
Greater New York City Area

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JNEWS: Palmero, Luz [MC2001] Educator @ Wooster School


Congratulate Luz Palmero for starting a new position as World Language Coordinator - Spanish Teacher at Wooster School

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Palmero, Luz [MC2001]
Norwalk, Connecticut

Excellent direct instructional skills and experience to employ student-centered learning instructional techniques; Experienced in integrating international-mindedness into instruction; Experienced in diversifying instructional strategies and employing a variety of assessment tools to inform instruction; Proficient in making data-driven pedagogical decisions, i.e., ability to conduct data analysis with respect to student performance and make modifications, adjustments or changes to instruction, curriculum and teaching techniques based on data analysis; Experienced in collaborative instructional planning and IB-MYP and PYP curriculum units; Experienced in creating MYP assessments in line with IB’s assessment philosophy; Able to work collaboratively in, and with, a diverse school community including parents, guardians and other community stakeholders, in providing top-quality education.

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JFOUND: Nylen, Lucia Quesada [MC2016] swims "personal best" @ Northeast-10 Conf Championships



Lucia Quesada Nylen
Class of 2016
Manhattan College

100 Y Free
2019 Northeast-10 Conference Championships
Feb 10, 2019



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Nylen, Lucia Quesada [MC2016]

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JNEWS: Cain, Tim [MC1985] MAAC Honor Roll



Middletown’s Cain being featured in Basketball Hall of Fame showcase
By Sal Interdonato
Times Herald-Record
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at 7:49 PM Updated Jun 28, 2019 at 7:49 PM

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Cain perfected the lost art of the mid-range jumper for Manhattan College from 1981-85. He graduated as the program’s leading scorer with 1,872 points. Only two Manhattan players — Luis Flores (2,046 points, 2001-04) and Keith Bullock (1992 points, 1989-93) — have surpassed Cain over the past 34 seasons.

Cain’s career will be honored at the mecca of basketball history on September 14. His No. 42 Manhattan jersey, along with a biography and video of college highlights, will be on display for one year at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The display is part of the “Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Experience” exhibit.

“It’s a nice honor and it’s good to be remembered,” said the 6-foot-7 Cain, whose induction into the MAAC Honor Roll was announced Thursday. “It brings back some good memories.”

Cain, who is the only player in Manhattan history to earn all-MAAC honors in each of his four seasons, still holds Manhattan records in career field goals made (776) and career field goals attempted (1,512). He was the MAAC’s rookie of the year for the 1981-82 season when he averaged 15.3 points.

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Cain, Tim [MC1985]

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JOBIT: McManus, William III [MC1953 RIP] 2019-Jun-28



William McManus III
1928 - 2019

Ridgewood - William A. McManus, III of Ridgewood New Jersey passed away Friday, June 28, 2019 at the age of 90. Bill was born, November 2, 1928 in Long Island City, N.Y. to William A. McManus Jr. and Margaret C. (Jordan) McManus. Bill was raised in Astoria, NY and lived in Port Washington and in New York City, NY, prior to moving to New Jersey in 1971.

He was a 1946 graduate of The Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School where he was class President and President of the Student Council, President of the Track team's select "Winged-Foot" Club, and inducted into the Bishop Loughlin Hall of Fame, Track and Field, in 2004. Bill is thankful for the role Loughlin played in the shaping and direction of his life, and remains a loyal benefactor.

Bill enlisted and served in the U.S. Army from 1948 - 1951. He began his attendance at Manhattan College in 1951 where he majored in business and, after his time in the Army, graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree. During this period in his life Bill also cherished his time counseling young men at Camp St. John.

He retired as a Managing Partner from Herbert L. Jamison in 1991. His favorite time spent was with family and friends, but he also made time for his enjoyment of golf, flying, travel, and reading.

Bill was a beloved husband and father. His sense of humor, humility, and general giving and good nature enriched all who had the good fortune to know him. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Carol J. (Peterson) McManus; five children, Paul J. McManus, David W. McManus, Joanne M. (McManus) Boal (David), Elizabeth M. McManus, and William A. McManus IV (Nancy); four stepchildren Jack H. Terwilleger (Sheila), Dave M. Terwilleger (Terri), Ken B. Terwilleger (Mary), and Larry A. Terwilleger; and, five grandchildren and six step-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his brother Barry J. McManus (Heather).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Brian House Group Home, 18 Middlesex Tpk. Chester Ct, 06412, or Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, 357 Clermont Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11238.

Friends may visit Tuesday, July 2, from 1:30 to 3:30, and a memorial service will begin at 3:30, at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, www.vpfh.com, 257 Godwin Ave. Wyckoff, NJ.


McManus, William III [MC1953 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JOBIT: Crane, James J. [MC1971 RIP] 2019-Jun-26



James J. Crane
Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of Upper Montclair

James J. Crane, 72, of Upper Montclair, N.J., passed away on June 26, 2019 after a short illness.

Jim "Jocko"; "Craner" Crane was born in Brooklyn and moved to Upper Montclair in 1972. After graduating from Manhattan College, Jim honorably served in the Marine Corps Reserve. He also received his MBA from NYU which he pursued while working as a marketing executive for IBM. He remained at IBM for his entire career before retiring in 1998.

Jim was active in his community, volunteering with his wife at the Montclair Human Needs Pantry and participating in the town softball league. Jim was also an avid golfer, enjoying his days on the course with friends. Anyone who spent time with Jim was likely exposed to his never-ending re-telling of spectacularly poor jokes and unfailing devotion to the NY Jets. He was never shy about highlighting his time on the Brooklyn Mariners or his shining moment when he caught a pass from the legendary Joe Namath while playing with the NY Jets.

Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and a great friend and was always enthusiastic to spend time with as many of them as possible. Jim was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He rarely missed a lacrosse, soccer, field hockey game or swim meet and was always one of the loudest "cheerleaders" even if he didn't know what he was cheering for.

Jim is survived by his wife, Lynn (nee Peterson); his children, James S. Crane and wife Kathy, and Jennifer Crane and husband Lee Thompson. He also had four grandchildren, Madeline, Emily, and Meghan Crane and Hannah Thompson, as well as his niece Ashley Cosgrove and a large, loving extended family.

Visiting hours will take place Monday, July 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Caggiano Memorial Home, 62 Grove Street, Montclair. A Mass of Requiem will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at St. Cassian Church in Upper Montclair. Graveside memorial to follow at The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair. Memorial donations to humanneedsfoodpantry.org/donate, would be appreciated.

Published in Star-Ledger on June 30, 2019


Crane, James J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the class of 1971.

May He Rest In Peace


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Crane, James J. [MC1971 RIP]

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

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MFOUND: Great Private Colleges for the Underachiever


Great Private Colleges for the Underachiever | CollegeXpress


8 hours ago - Manhattan College (Riverdale, NY). Yes, connect me! Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY). Marietta College (Marietta, OH). Mary Baldwin College (Staunton, ...

[JR: I thought this was funny and great description of me!  Wonder if the good Christian Brothers still apply “motivation” as need?  They did when I was there! Laugh!]

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JUPDATE: Mellas, Stella P. [MC1997] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JFOUND: Mellas, Stella P. [MC1997] 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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Mellas, Stella P. [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Stella is a member of the class of 1997.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mellas, Stella P. [MC1997]

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JUPDATE: Ryan, Chris [MC1978] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JNEWS: Ryan, Chris [MC1978] 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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Dear John,

              I believe that Chris is a member of the Class of 1978.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ryan, Chris [MC1978]

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JLINKEDIN: Crowley, Anna [MC2016] Plant Engineer Supervisor # UPS



Crowley, Anna [MC2016]
Plant Engineer Supervisor at UPS
Eastchester, New York

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JFOUND: Williams, Frank [MC1979] interim president @ Center for Dev and Learning



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CDL is directed by a volunteer Board of Trustees comprised of business, educational, and civic leaders who share in CDL’s passion for ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity for a solid education.

CDL has spent more than two decades developing an international network and collaborating with the world’s best minds to create initiatives using research-based best practices that deliver increased student achievement. Our Board of Trustees, Professional Advisory Board, Community Advisory Board and professional staff provide CDL with sound leadership and valuable resources.

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Frank Williams, MS, is the Center for Development and Learning’s interim president and CEO. He has over 40 years of experience in senior executive positions. Positions he has held include CFO and assistant treasurer of the Democratic National Committee; CFO of Medicaid, New York City Human Resources Administration; vice chancellor of finance at Southern University – Shreveport; executive director and CFO of a recruitment and training program for women and minorities; CFO of a New York ,three billion-dollar healthcare and pension fund; executive director of a national resources development organization; founding executive director of Greater New Orleans Education Foundation; founding chair of Brothers Empowered to Teach; and founding board member of Orleans Public Education Network. Frank’s community activities include being a founding board member of three New Orleans public charter schools, of which he served as treasurer for two and currently chairs the third; serving as board chair of the Southern University – New Orleans (SUNO) Foundation; serving as chair of his church’s strategic planning committee that is responsible for a $35 million capital project; serving on the boards of three community-based nonprofit organizations; and chaired the board of directors of the Broadmoor Education Corridor in New Orleans. In addition, Frank served as chair of CDL’s board of trustees and board member of the United States Youth Council where he led political youth study tours in Western Europe. Frank attended New Orleans public schools and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNO and a Master of Science in business from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.

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Williams, Frank [MC????]

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Dear John,
             I believe that Frank is a member of the class of 1979.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Williams, Frank [MC1979]

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JLINKEDIN: Coppola, Anthony [MC2013] Superintendent @ Skanska



Coppola, Anthony [MC2013]
Superintendent at Skanska
Brooklyn, New York

I am currently the Superintendent on a subway renewal project located in Brooklyn, New York. When I began working for Skanska I went through their Core Competency Training Program (CCTP) for the first two years. This was a fast paced training program which allowed me to rotate my project and position every four months. Throughout this program I worked on multiple projects in New York City and also spent several months in the District of Columbia. Working on diverse projects has given me the opportunity to work on various scopes of work with multiple different owners.

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JUPDATE: McLean, Edward L. "Ted” [MC1950 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: McLean, Edward L. "Ted” [MC1950 RIP] 2019-Jun-21


Edward McLean
1925 - 2019 Obituary

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 Edward is a member of the Class 1950.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McLean, Edward L. "Ted” [MC1950 RIP]

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Tom Lindgren commented on JUPDATE: McLean, Edward L. "Ted”
[MC1950 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

My Dad was Football Official in the CHSAA for many years with Ted.

He was a mentor to my Dad and many other Manhattan Grads who were teaching who he encouraged to become Officials.

He was a real Gentleman

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


RE: Prayer Request for James, Son of Bernadette K. Finch '95 BS (Nee Kelly) & Darren

Good Morning All, our prayers are requested for Young James (10 years old) who has undergone some critical heart Surgery to repair defects that he has dealt with for a number of years. Other concerns had to be addressed as well. Please keep the volume up for James, his Parents, his Aunt and Godmother, Margaret, as James has begun this very important recovery and rehabilitation period. Young James has been a fighter and a Real Trooper in dealing with this and now he, his Parents and Family pray for a complete recovery free of complication and having been successful in solving his isues. We join them in raising our voices in prayer for James. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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[JR: Here’s the last update, I saw on Facebook.]

Bernadette Kelly Finch is feeling blessed with Margaret Martin and 6 others in Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York.
18 hrs

When James was asked this morning by his sister if he was scared, he said” No, I’ve got hundreds of people praying for me. Why should I be scared?”

Every single one of you made a difference!! Thank you all for the outpouring of prayers and well wishes for our darling James. They worked!! We were told the surgery for the Aortopexy & removal of his PDA ligation would take 3-4 hours. We left him in the OR after sedation around 1pm. Imagine our surprise to see the surgeon walking towards us at 3:15! Finished and very optimistic. All went well and the only surprise was when the anesthesiologist was intubating, they noticed the trachea was also constricted by the pda ligation. When it was removed it popped back out- meaning James should be able to breathe better (although he’s never complained about it before) so doubly happy he got these procedures done!

We haven’t seen James yet, but the anesthesiologist says he is resting peacefully and we are waiting for a room to open up.

Thank you again for all the words of encouragement and prayers.
Much love, Bernadette & Darren xx

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JFACEBOOK: Higgins, Ashley [MC2007] returns to campus


Higgins, Ashley [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Ashley is a member of the Class of 2007.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Higgins, Ashley [MC2007]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Prayer Request Thank You From the Hale Family & Terry Gaffney


Good Afternoon All,

Terry Gaffney shares his Thanks as do the Parents of Erik Hale. Erik has been in our prayers as he underwent major surgery for a rare Lung Disease. It was touch and go for a while but Erik pulled through the Operation and we pray for a complete recovery free of complication. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JHQ: 8/10/19 Hamptons Alumni Reception


A Day in the Hamptons Alumni Reception
Southampton Social Club Southampton, NY

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JFOUND: Morris, Shevon [MC????] Faculty @ King School



Morris, Shevon [MC????]
Titles: Science and Mathematics Faculty
Degrees: BA, Lycoming College
MPS, Manhattan College
Departments: Lower School, Science Department

King School |1450 Newfield Ave| Stamford, CT 06905

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JHQ: Alma Mater's alumni events


Upcoming Events

JUL 19
Jersey Shore Alumni Luncheon
Fri 11:30 AM by Manhattan College Alumni
The Essex & Sussex
Spring Lake

JUL 22
2019 Construction Industry Golf Tournament
Mon 7:30 AM by Manhattan College Alumni
Leewood Golf Club
Eastchester, NY

JUL 26
Saratoga Day at the Races Alumni Outing
Fri 11:30 AM by Manhattan College Alumni
Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, NY

AUG 10
A Day in the Hamptons Alumni Reception
Sat 3 PM by Manhattan College Alumni
Southampton Social Club
Southampton, NY

AUG 11
Montauk MeetUp
Sun 2 PM by Manhattan College Alumni
Montauk Brewing Company
Montauk, NY

AUG 15
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Thu 5:30 PM by Manhattan College Alumni
Boscobel House and Gardens
Garrison, NY

AUG 23
Rhode Island Reception
Fri 2 PM by Manhattan College Alumni
Wilcox Tavern
Charlestown, RI

AUG 24
A Day at the Monmouth Park Racetrack Alumni Outing
Sat 12 PM by Manhattan College Alumni
Monmouth Park Racetrack

SEP 25
Phillies vs. Nationals Alumni Outing
Wed 7 PM by Manhattan College Alumni
Nationals Park

SEP 28
Beach Blanket Babylon Alumni Outing
Sat 8 PM PDT by Manhattan College Alumni
Club Fugazi
San Francisco, CA

OCT 27
Open House Alumni Legacy Brunch
Sun 9:30 AM by Manhattan College Alumni
Manhattan College
Bronx, New York

41st Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Sat 4 PM by Manhattan College Alumni
Manhattan College
Bronx, New York

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JLINKEDIN: Sesto, Joseph [MC2010] Env Eng @ Suburban Consulting Eng



Sesto, Joseph [MC2010]
Environmental Engineer at Suburban Consulting Engineers Inc.
Randolph, New Jersey

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JLINKEDIN: Spano, Matthew [MC2009] Assoc Counsel @ MUFG Investor Serv



Spano, Matthew [MC????]
Associate Director / Associate Counsel at MUFG Investor Services
Greater New York City Area

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Dear John,

          I believe that Matthew is a member of the Class of  2009.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Spano, Matthew [MC2009]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) celebrates Independence Day


Good Morning All,

You are on my mind and in my heart as we celebrate another glorious 4th in our beautiful Country. We give thanks and remember the men and women that put our Nation together, that built the foundation for the USA. We give thanks for our Freedoms, for our Liberty, for our Beliefs, for our Faith, for those intrepid Men and Women of our Military and Law Enforcement that step up and show up every day to keep us free. God Bless you and your Families, we have so much to celebrate and so many to thank. God Bless America and continue to Watch over us.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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


Good Morning All,

John Reinke shared the following Obituary for Elizabeth E. Elia of Hadley, Massachusetts who was called home on June 22, 2019 after a lengthy illness. Too young but she left her mark with a big smile and a bigger heart. Liz worked for a short time at Manhattan as Director of Anniversary gifts. We join her Family and Friends in praying for the repose of her soul. We pray for the center of her life, her Children, Emily & James and the Family as they mourn their loss. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Pompeii Roman Catholic Church. The Family shared tge following Obituary. Thank you John. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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PostHeaderIcon of HADLEY, MASS, March 20, 1962 – June 22, 2019
PostDateIcon June 27th, 2019 | PostAuthorIcon Author: douglass

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Elizabeth E. Elia (nee Elizabeth Iley Evans), age 57, in the town of Hadley, Massachusetts on the 22nd of June, 2019. She passed after a long illness, surrounded by her loving children Emily and James.

Elizabeth (“Liz”) was born on March 20, 1962 in Bethesda, Maryland, the daughter of Laurence Evans, PhD, and Elizabeth T. Evans, CPA. After leaving the DC area, the family moved briefly to Vancouver, British Colombia before finally settling in Vestal, New York where Liz made some of her dearest life-long friends.

Liz graduated from Vestal High School in 1980 and attended Hamilton College as a Classics major before transferring to McGill University in Montreal where she majored in English Literature. After graduating from McGill with a BA in 1984, Liz went to work as an editor at Workman Publishing in New York until deciding to pursue a master’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton/Binghamton University). She worked briefly as Director of Anniversary Gifts at Manhattan College before turning to her true calling: education. She entered and graduated from the MAT program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, and thereafter pursued a career as a teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, specializing in English, English Language Acquisition, and English Literature. She also volunteered with the nonprofit group Hope for Haiti, traveling to that country to fight poverty through education.
Liz was a remarkable teacher. Watching her interact with children was truly amazing. During her career she received many honors, awards and accolades, but none of these accomplishments were as important to her as that of being a mother to her daughter Emily T. Elia, a doctoral student in Comparative Political Science at Rice University, and her son James L. Elia, a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he is majoring in Biology. Her children were her pride and joy; her love for them was boundless.

In addition to her children, Elizabeth is survived by sister Cornelia Evans, brother-in-law Vladimir Shpitalnik and niece and nephew Alexandra and Liev, and by her brother Thomas Evans, sister-in-law Eliza Oquendo and nephew Sam.

Liz was a passionate woman who loved literature and poetry and who was filled with humor, which she readily shared with all around her. The family asks everyone who knew Liz to keep her in their hearts, remembering her laughter, her keen sense of humor, and her wish that we love generously, live fully, and try to appreciate the beauty of life “every, every minute.”

Services were held at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church on Thursday, June 27th, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hope for Haiti (www.hopeforhaiti.com) to help them continue the work that was so important to Liz.
PostCategoryIcon Posted in Obituaries | PostTagIcon Tags: ELIZABETH E. ELIA, ELIZABETH E. ELIA obituary, Funeralworks Obituary, Douglass Funeral Service

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JOBIT: Cronin, Edward P. Jr. [MC???? RIP] 2019-Jun-30



Edward P. Cronin Jr.
1933 - 2019

Oradell - Edward P. Cronin Jr., a resident of Oradell, NJ and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 30, 2019, at the age of 86. Born on January 3, 1933, to Edward and Catherine Cronin, in the Bronx, NY.

He was married 58 years to his devoted wife, Kathleen. Together they raised four children: Jeanne Sullivan, Edward Patrick Cronin III, Paul Cronin, and Patricia Hayes. Adored grandfather to his 10 grandchildren who he enjoyed visiting at their homes: Kathleen Sullivan (Centennial, CO); Meghan and Erin Cronin (Naperville, IL); Kevin, Thomas, Sean, and Caroline Cronin (Fairfax, VA); and Paul, Joseph and Mae Hayes (Camp Hill, PA). Predeceased by his adoring sisters: Peggy Higgins and Kay Mennona.

Ed graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School. Ed was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated from Manhattan College and received a Master's degree from NYU. He spent his entire banking career with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in NYC. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Joseph's Church, volunteering as an usher for many years. He was also President of both the Oradell Swim Club and Oradell Zoning Board.

Ed spent many happy hours watching his favorite teams: the NY Yankees and the NY football Giants. A proud moment was when he attended, "the greatest game ever played", the 1958 NFL championship game between the Colts and Giants. He was an avid reader, and in particular, loved reading Patrick O'Brian books. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Friends and family will be welcomed at the William G. Basralian Funeral Home, 559 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, NJ on Friday, July 5 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 300 Elm Street in Oradell on Saturday, July 6 at 10AM, all asked to meet at church. Interment following to George Washington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Villa Marie Claire Hospice in Saddle River, NJ or The Little Sisters of the Poor in Totowa, NJ.


Cronin, Edward P. Jr. [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: Hunter, Nathan [MC????] Foodway Coordinator @ Bronx River Alliance



Nathan Hunter, Foodway Coordinator is a graduate of Manhattan College. While attending, he established a series of sustainability initiatives on campus including the design and construction of the college’s first rooftop garden. After college, he worked in Tanzania managing projects based in agricultural research and alternative biogas energy for home cooking. He comes with 4 years of experience leading food and garden education and organizing around local food access issues. He is an avid gardener, plant enthusiast, and foodie with a love for beets!

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Hunter, Nathan [MC????]

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JOBIT: Kane, John F. [MC1963 RIP] 2019-Jul-03



John F. Kane
June 22, 1942 - July 3, 2019
Walton, New York

John was born on June 22, 1942 and passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

John was a resident of Walton, New York at the time of passing.

He graduated from Chaminade High School in 1959 and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in 1963.

Jack then joined the United States Navy in 1964 and led a unit of the Seabees, serving three tours in Vietnam.

He served with the Federal Emergency Management Association in the wake of a number of natural disasters, including hurricanes in Texas and floods in Nebraska. Calling hours to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will take place on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 6-8 P.M. at Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend Street, Walton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 6 at 10 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 25 Benton Street, Walton with the Rev. Edward J. Golding officiating. Burial will full military honors will follow at Walton Cemetery. To leave a message of hope and sympathy for Jack's family, please visit www.courtneyfh.com Friday 5 July 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday, July 5, 2019 Courtney Funeral Home 25 Townsend Street Walton, New York, United States 607-865-4383 July Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2019 St. John the Baptist 25 Benton Avenue Walton, New York, United States July 11:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2019 Walton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jack's memory may be made to the Lions Club of Walton, P.O. Box 222, Walton, NY 13856 or Hospice Care of Westchester, 540 White Plains Road, Tarrytown NY 10591.


Kane, John F. [MC1963 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/107267604

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JLINKEDIN: DeFuria, Matthew [MC????] Project Estimator @ Inspiron Const



DeFuria, Matthew [MC????]
Project Estimator at Inspiron Construction Management
Greater New York City Area

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JLINKEDIN: Mascioli, Stefania [MC2010] Clinical Dietitian @ New York-Presbyterian



Mascioli, Stefania [MC2010]
Clinical Dietitian at New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Greater New York City Area

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JOBIT: Baxter, Tom [MC1983 RIP] 2019-Jun-30


2019 07Jul 06 obit

Baxter, Tom [MC1983 RIP]

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ENDNOTE: "people should NOT be lied to and have fears and brain-worms injected into their lives"



Who was the youngest person that you ever knew who contracted lung cancer due to their smoking?
Michael J. McFadden, Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains" and "TobakkoNacht -- The Antismoking Endgame"
Answered Tue [JR: That is 2019-Jun-25]

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Does that mean that NO ONE gets it at age thirty or thirty-five? No, but it means that so very, very few get it at that age that it is little short of psychotically paranoid to even have it enter your mind at such ages just because you have a pain or have a cough or have a funny feeling and you smoke. What the Antismokers want to do is make you believe a lie: i.e. that at that age you are at a “real risk” of getting lung cancer unless you stop immediately! In order to convince you to stop smoking “for your own good” even the Idealists among them (See my Signs of The Times article for a bit more on them at: Recognising Anti-Smoking Types -- Sott.net) will feel that they are “justified” in “bending the truth a bit” if they think such “bending” will result in your quitting.

Where I differ is that I believe people should NOT be lied to and have fears and brain-worms injected into their lives because other people think they have the right to dictate what choices people around them make. Would you be better off healthwise if you didn’t drink alcohol in your life? Probably. Does that give me some sort of right to inject nightmares into you that are intended to pop up and haunt you every time you open a beer or sip a glass of chardonnay? No, it does not.

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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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I never heard the term “brain worms” before.  Google seems to think it means “Neurocysticercosis”.  Tape worms from uncooked pork. 

I have heard the term “ear worm” to describe a song that you can’t get out of your head.  I’ve been told that pretending to chew gum for a minute will stop an “ear worm”.  Seems to work for me YMMV.

I use the term “meme”, mostly as part of the phrase “paradigms (perceptions) and memes (heuristics)”

A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture—often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. Wikipedia

which is a derivative of DNA term gene (I think?)

In his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, British scientist Richard Dawkins defended his newly coined word meme, which he defined as "a unit of cultural transmission." ... "Meme" itself, like any good meme, caught on fairly quickly, spreading from person to person as it established itself in the language.

So I think Jasper McFadden’s “brain worm” is a meme!

But I like the idea of “injecting” into people. Laugh!

I thought this was an interesting insight and wish I’d learned about it younger in life.

I think many of our society’s “brain worms” or meme are false.  “Democracy”, “government”, “health — health care — health care insurance", “welfare”, and “warfare” are memes that are as false as the one Jasper McFadden rants about.

Some memes are falsified by physical evidence (i.e., “The Flat Earth”, “Columbus discovered America”, “the Holocaust didn’t happen”) but ones like “Democracy” are taught in Gooferment Skrules and seem to be impossible to “kill”.  There’s no “chewing gum” to get bad memes out of “We, The Sheeple” consciousness.


A problem I see with no solution? 

Ideas welcome.

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N.B.: “Democracy” is a bad idea because counting noses (i.e., 51/49) doesn’t make for good choices that respect the rights of the 49%.  And, when ALL noses are counted, you have the problem of “legitimacy”.  Like when 50% of the people don’t vote and the vote is 26% to 24%, is that “legitimate”?

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