JASPER JOTTINGS Week 28 - 2019 Jul 14 

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



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POSITRACTION: When Boy Mails a Birthday Card ... ...



When Boy Mails a Birthday Card to His Dad in Heaven, Postman Comforts Him With a Celestial White Lie
By Good News Network - Nov 30, 2018

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When a young boy mailed a birthday card to his father in heaven earlier this month, he was surprised – and comforted – to get a response.

Since his father passed away four years ago, 7-year-old Jase Hyndman from West Lothian, Scotland mailed the card as a means of wishing his dad a happy birthday.

Instead of an address on the front of the envelope, however, Jase simply wrote: “Mr. Postman, can you take this to heaven for my dad’s birthday. Thanks.”

While it might seem that the story would end there, assistant delivery office manager Sean Milligan from the UK’s Royal Mail service wrote a response to reassure the youngster that his card was in good hands.

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It’s good when adults take a minute to make a child’s day.

Not a big effort, but a simple act of kindness.

Hope I’m alert for such an opportunity.

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JLINKEDIN: Matzelle, Richard [MC2007] Marketing Dir @ Gig Werks



Matzelle, Richard [MC2007]
Marketing Director at Gig Werks
Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services

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JUPDATE: Cronin, Edward P. Jr. [MC1956 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: Cronin, Edward P. Jr. [MC1956 RIP] 2019-Jun-30


Edward P. Cronin Jr.
1933 - 2019

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 of 1956.

                                   May He Ret In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cronin, Edward P. Jr. [MC1956 RIP]

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JOBIT: Crane, William Grace [MC???? RIP] 2019-Jul-02



William Grace Crane
1932 - 2019

POUGHKEEEPSIE - William Grace Crane, Esq. , 87 of the Town of Poughkeepsie, passed away suddenly at his residence on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Born in Manhattan on March 25, 1932, he was the son of Thomas and Rosalind Illions Crane. He had a colorful youth working with his family business Charles M. Illions Carousel Works and other establishments in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

He was a graduate of Manhattan College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with Honors and St. John's University School of Law as Co-Valedictorian with Mario Cuomo. He proudly served his country with the US Army from 1953-1955.

Admitted to the New York State and Federal Bar in 1958, he practiced as a trial lawyer for 61 years in Albany, New York City, White Plains and Poughkeepsie. He was also employed by the the Unified NYS Court System for 35 years, retiring as the Chief Clerk of the Dutchess County Surrogates Court under the Honorable George Bernhardt. In addition, he successfully defended his client in the landmark United State Supreme Court Decision Brady v. Corbin 495 U.S. 508 (1990) reaffirming the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

On August 21, 1958 at St. Denis Church in Yonkers, NY, Bill married Catherine Ann Polsenski. His beloved wife predeceased him on December 29, 2012.

William is survived by his four children; William G. Crane, Jr. D.O. of Watertown, NY, Matthew D. Crane, M.P.A., M.F.A, C.P.A., Brooklyn NY, Genevieve M. Crane, Phoenix, AZ and Bridget C. Crane, M.P.A., Westminster, MA.; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandson and his brother, Peter Sokolow and sister-in-law Salvatrice. He was predeceased by his son James F. Crane.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 9 from 4-7 pm at Parmele, Auchmoody & Schoonmaker Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 am from St. Martin De Porres Church, 118 Cedar Valley Rd., Poughkeepsie. Entombment will follow in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to St. Martin De Porres Church.

For directions and condolences, please visit www.hudsonvalleyfuneralhomes.com

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 7 to July 9, 2019


Crane, William Grace [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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July 8, 2019
Hi Folks.....
We read with sadness the passing of Bill this week..... what a great guy! First meet Bill as a youth when my grandfather, Dad and uncle shared office space with the Rosen Law Firm back in the early sixties...My Grandpa Joe thought a lot of Bill..as did Dad and Uncle Dick..... And of course.....who will ever forget summers spent at YMCA camp WAWA SEGOWEA....with Billy...we had a lot of fun! Oh, I hope this helps.....May God Keep You Bill..... with warm personal regard we are the McCabe's of Poughkeepsie.

Dan and Jeff McCabe
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July 8, 2019
To the Crane family I am so sorry for you loss.
Marcia Haigh, Boston, MA
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July 7, 2019
Dr. Crane, Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. My condolences to you and your family's loss
Norma, Erie, PA
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July 7, 2019
Bill was a person you could always count on to do the right thing and fight for you with his knowledge of the law. We have the utmost respect for him. I'm so sorry for your loss. Will miss him. Sincerely
Pamela Falco, Sanford, FL
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July 7, 2019

Very sorry to learn that you have left us so suddenly and I trust that you left peacefully.

Thank you so much for your sincere friendship and helps. Will miss your wisdom and jokes. Your kindness and wits will always be remembered in our hearts.

May you R.I.P. and enjoy the heaven.

Ed & Ella
Hong Kong

Billy & Matthew, Please accept our condolence! Bill is a super guy!

Stay in touch.

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JNEWS: Blenner, Mark [MC2004] receives a PECASE award



Mark Blenner of Clemson University awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Media Release
Paul Alongi, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
July 8, 2019

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CLEMSON — A Clemson University associate professor whose research could help enable long-term space missions and search for some of the globe’s most destructive weapons is receiving the U.S. government’s highest honor for early-career scientists and engineers.

Mark Blenner, the McQueen-Quattlebaum Associate Professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, also called PECASE.

“It’s an honor to be included among such an esteemed group of scientists and engineers from across the country,” Blenner said. “I’d like to thank all who made it possible, including the undergraduate and graduate students who work in my lab, as well as all of my mentors and my colleagues at Clemson University.”

Blenner was among 311 researchers nationwide, including two from South Carolina, honored with the award, according to the White House.

“The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology,” it stated.

Blenner is the fifth Clemson University researcher to win the award since it was commissioned in 1996 by the cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council. He is the second winner from Clemson’s chemical and biomolecular engineering department.

Blenner works with bacteria and yeast to make new enzymes that are able to do things nature has not yet figured out. The research gives the students in his lab a chance to work on the cutting edge of synthetic biology.

In one project, Blenner and his team are working to engineer yeast to convert respiration carbon dioxide, algae biomass and urine into 3D printable plastics and nutritional omega-3 fats. Astronauts on missions to Mars could, for example, use the plastics to make new tools and use the omega-3 fatty acids for maintaining health.

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Blenner received his Ph.D. and Master of Science in chemical engineering, both from Columbia University. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Manhattan College.

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Blenner, Mark [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Mark is a member of the Class of 2004.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Blenner, Mark [MC2004]

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JLINKEDIN: Rueda, Christopher [MC2019] Field Eng @ China Construction America



Rueda, Christopher [MC2019]
Field Engineer at China Construction America Civil
Greater New York City Area

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JFOUND: Hartman, Alan [MC2003] Asst Prof @ Mercy College



Hartman, Alan [MC2003]
Assistant Professor, Modern Foreign Languages
Mercy College

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JFOUND: Arndt, Madison [MC2018] Asst Director of Development @ Yale


Arndt, Madison [MC2018]
@YaleAthletics Development | @NCAA PGIP | Manhattan College D1 T&F Alumni | Central Catholic Alumni | #OurVoice | BOS | NYC | CT
New Haven, CT
Joined June 2009

SO excited to announce that my journey in college athletics will continue at @YaleAthletics as the Assistant Director of Development & Engagement! Extremely thankful for my time at the @NCAA, but now I’m ready to be a Bulldog!


I am a former Division I student-athlete who achieved a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Digital Media. I have had the opportunity to gain experience in the digital media and marketing world through my internships and job experience in the auto, digital agency, and sports industries. Upon graduation, I am always interested in furthering my experiences in Sports Administration, specifically in Fundraising and Development.

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JLINKEDIN: Stransky, Maureen [MC2006] Office Mgr @ Lanier & Assoc



Stransky, Maureen [MC2006]
Office Manager/ Project Support at Lanier & Associates, Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas Area

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JFOUND: Keenan, John Fontaine [MC1951] Judge


Dear John,

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


-----Original Message-----

From: Jasper Fjohn68
Sent: Jul 9, 2019 1:32 PM
To: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Subject: Jasper check when you have time: John Fontaine Keenan


John Fontaine Keenan

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Keenan, John Fontaine [MC1951]

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JNEWS: Muller, Donald [MC1975] interim priest in charge @ Holy Spirit Episcopal



Donald Muller Returns to Southern Ocean County
Priest Who Once Served in Beach Haven Helping Out in TuckertonBy Rick Mellerup | Jul 10, 2019

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Tuckerton, NJ — Just when the Rev. Canon Donald Muller thought he was out, they pulled him back in. The Episcopal priest and his wife, Lynn, had retired to Barnegat Township in July 2018. But that same month the Rev. Martha McKee, the vicar of Tuckerton’s Church of the Holy Spirit, retired and returned to her home state of Texas.

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Muller was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island and then Washingtonville, Orange County, N.Y., where he graduated from high school. He attended Manhattan College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government. But by his senior year he felt called to the ministry.

The problem was the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York at that time wanted potential seminarians to work for two years before entering seminary. So he commuted to the city for two years resolving “third party liability claims for Empire Mutual.”

During that time, Muller stayed involved with the church.

“I did a lot of youth work; I even helped out with a Roman Catholic youth group,” he said.

Still, after two years Muller was definitely ready for seminary. His choice of seminaries, though, was, at first glance, rather strange. Instead of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, he attended the Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisc. Why?

“It’s the high church seminary,” explained Muller, who said his archdeacon in his home church had been “kind of my mentor” and had attended Nashotah House.

Indeed it is a high church seminary, in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, quite conservative in its theology and especially in its ritual. A true high church Episcopal church would be, to the casual observer, very hard to differentiate from a Roman Catholic or British Anglican church.

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Muller, Donald [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Rev Donald is a member of the Class of 1975.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Muller, Donald [MC1975]

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


Good Afternoon All,

I have just heard from Kathleen Smith, Jim Smith's Wife. Jim is in Roosevelt Hospital. His Vascular System is Compromised and he will undergo Surgery tomorrow, Thursday. Please raise the volume for this good man, a good Friend to several of us. We pray for Jim. We pray that the Surgery is successful. We pray for a complete and speedy recovery free of complication. We pray that God guide the Vascular Surgeon's hand in what can be a serious operation. Please keep Kathleen and their Family in your prayers. Thank you Kathleen. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JFOUND: Woo, Michael P. [MC2011] Founder @ Woo Law Wa



Woo, Michael P. [MC2011]

Founder and Owner Michael P. Woo focuses on representing property owners and businesses. A former congressional intern, he approaches matters with an end-goal oriented approach, advising and representing clients in a matter to best achieve their aims while minimizing their costs and liabilities. Throughout his practice, he’s learned the subtle nuances of law and business through experiences and has self-taught much of the finer details of his specialties. While not his largest case by far, he has a particular pride in securing a $300,000 judgment for a group of investors after having completely self-taught the process for pursuing a claim on a promissory note.

Outside of his formal practice, Michael serves on the board for a local non-profit and is a particular fan of tabletop games and hiking.
Juris Doctor, 2013

B.A.,Philosophy and Government (Double Major), 2011
Activities & Affiliations
• King County Bar Association
• Solo and Small Practice Section
• Q-Law: The LGBT Bar Association of Washington

Bar Admissions
• Washington

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ENDNOTE: Gildea, Bill (MC1962) passed along an "Obit"


Gildea, Bill (MC1962)

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- Shared by an Emergency Room Nurse spending 12-hr shifts triaging increasing numbers of non-emergency millenials ... - J


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned, but overbearing, regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teenagers suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they had themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer paracetamol, sun lotion or plaster to a pupil, but could not inform the parents when a pupil became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for assault because you protected yourself and your own.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

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It’s interesting that Gooferment Skrules feature large in this rant.

I heard on a podcast (1) recently that the Protestants wanted to get “their” religion into schools but keep the Catholic “religion” out.  So that’s how we wound up with the Prussian model Gooferment Skrules.  Now run the video tape forward a few decades, and how did that work out for them?  Everyone is “upset”, often “outraged”, about what is being “taught”.  (My gripe is the worship of “Father State” and “Mother Earth”.  Others have different gripes. BUT, and there is always a BIG butt, it’s typical Gooferment “one size fits all” and it ain’t your “size”!)

"It's a big club, and you ain't in it! You, and I, are not in the big club." — George Carlin

I’d suggest that you listen to the podcast a few times to really “grok” the guy’s idea of "being your own representative”.

FWIW YMMV TANSTAAFL ("There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" From Robert Heinlein's classic)

(1) Murphy, Robert. “Ep. 42 Former Military Intelligence Sergeant Donnie Gebert Explains That a Direct Republic Is Now Possible.” Bob Murphy Show, 25 June 2019, https://www.bobmurphyshow.com/ep-42-former-military-intelligence-officer-donnie-gebert/

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