JASPER JOTTINGS Week 29 - 2019 Jul 21  

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



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POSITRACTION: Zambia's 1 million orphans



LAND OF A MILLION ORPHANS: DailyMail.com investigates the hidden African crisis driven by AIDS and meets 'children raised by children' left behind in Zambia

  • Zambia is a land-locked nation in sub-Saharan Africa whose population of 17 million includes 1 million orphans, according to the United Nations Development Programme
  • AIDS killed an entire generation of parents, leaving the country with half its population younger than 18; DailyMail.com traveled there to meet children in two slums in the capital city
  • Hundreds of thousands of children there sleep in overcrowded one-room shacks or under plastic tarps
  • One in 13 Zambians will die before age 5, and many kids don't know their parents or their own birthdays
  • More than 1.2 million Zambians live with HIV; new cases are 29 times as common as in the United States and 53 times the United Kingdom's rate
  • Sexual abuse is rampant; some tribes' cultures teach that sex with a virgin can cure AIDS, driving child rape and more HIV infections
  • You can learn more about humanitarian crises in Zambia from UNICEF, UNAIDS, the PEPFAR program or the Family Legacy charity

PUBLISHED: 14:08 EDT, 9 July 2019 | UPDATED: 21:38 EDT, 9 July 2019

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Richard is among Zambia's 1 million orphans, the United Nations Development Programme reports. They live in a land-locked nation of 17 million people that is about the size of Texas. The United States, with its 327 million people, has about 443,000 children in foster care, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Most of Zambia's orphans are collateral damage of a well-understood AIDS epidemic. The outside world hasn't, however, grappled with the staggering number of children left without mothers and fathers. UNICEF puts that total at 52 million throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

In countries like Zambia, where help from the developed world came too late, children raise children in trash heaps and chicken coops, or under discarded plastic tarps.

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How can anyone read this and not be touched?

I know that this isn’t the usual “good news” I usually lead with but this made me nauseated.

I don’t know what any single person can do.  The Third World is a humanitarian disaster.  And, imho, the various Gooferments of these lands are the primary problem.

I’ve ofter advocated that the politicians and bureaucrats should not be permitted to leave these countries while the problem exists.  Not to visit the UN.  Not to visit other countries. And, certainly not to open off-shore bank accounts where they can store their ill gotten gains.

I’m sure the answer is not in “foreign aid” by other Gooferments.

I believe that the “answer”, if there is one, will be found in the private efforts of faith based organizations and humanitarians everywhere. 

Till then, all us little people can do is pray for their relief.  When I find a good organization, I send them some of my annual donation budget.  Hope every one will too.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JUPDATE: Crane, William Grace [MC1953 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: Crane, William Grace [MC1953 RIP] 2019-Jul-02


William Grace Crane
1932 - 2019

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I believe that Bill is a member of that great Class of 1953.

He was a great lawyer and a good friend.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Sorry for the loss of your friend.]

Crane, William Grace [MC1953 RIP]

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JOBIT: Garvey, Patrick J. [MC1957 RIP] 2019-Jul-00



Patrick J. Garvey
March 4, 1935 - July 2019
New York

Patrick was born on March 4, 1935 and passed away in July 2019.

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

Pat Garvey attended Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, followed by Manhattan College, graduating from the business school in 1957, but not before meeting a certain Elizabeth Tierney of the Bronx at a Manhattan Tea Dance Social. Of all his many future noteworthy accomplishments, marrying the future Liz Garvey was by all accounts, his wisest decision.

After several years on active duty, he rose to the rank of Colonel in the Marines Corps Reserves before being promoted to Brigadier General in the New York State Naval Militia.

And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand Irish Blessing Sunday 14 July 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sunday, July 14, 2019 Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home 414 Washington Street Peekskill, New York, United States (914) 737-1363 Monday 15 July Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 am - 11:50 am Monday, July 15, 2019 Church of the Holy Spirit 1969 Crompond Road Cortlandt Manor, New York, United States (914) 737-2316 Tuesday 16 July 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Long Island National Cemetery 2040 Wellwood Avenue Farmingdale, New York, United States (631) 454-4949 For our out of town guests.... Inn on the Hudson 634 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566 Phone: (914) 739-1500 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Peekskill-Lower Hudson Valley 2 John Walsh Blvd, Peekskill, NY 10566 Phone: (914) 743-5700 We understand that it is not always possible to attend a service or visitation in person, so we encourage you to use our beautifully designed interactive online tributes to pay your respects.

In Lieu of Flowers contributions can be made to Manhattan College in honor of Pat.


Garvey, Patrick J. [MC1957 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/107299313

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Good Morning All,

I have already sent this request to the Retreat Committee because the Retreat was where we mostly knew Pat. We pray for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper, Patrick J. 'Pat' Garvey '57 BBA. Pat, a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran, Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Brigadier General, N.Y. State Naval Militia, was called home July, 2019. We pray for his Wife, Elizabeth 'Liz', their Children, Dennis and Sharon, and their Family as the Family of mourn the loss of their loved one. Pat was a reserved man. He was a regular attendee at our Retreat which is where many of us knew him best. When Pat shared a thought in our breakout sessions, it came from his heart. He told me once that the Retreat was something he looked forward to and would attend as long as he was able to. He will be missed by all who knew him. The Family have shared the following Obituary which includes Mass of Christian Burial information for today, Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:00AM, Church of The Holy Spirit, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. Interment will be Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, L.I., N.Y.

Semper Fi, Marine, God Speed. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JOBIT: Moore, Joseph P. Jr. [MC1963 RIP] 2019-Jul-10



Joseph P. Moore Jr.
1942 - 2019

Joseph P. Moore Jr.
'Irish heritage with a focus toward the future'

Joseph P. Moore Jr., 77, of Kendall Park, N.J., passed away on July 10, 2019, peacefully, surrounded by his family.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., on April 5, 1942, he was a graduate of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School ('59), Manhattan College ('63), and received an MBA from St. John's University ('69). Joe and Patricia (Lynch) were married on Jan. 27, 1968 and recently celebrated 51 years of marriage.

Joe was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He had a long and successful career as a finance director at Warner-Lambert and happily retired in 2000 to enjoy his lifelong passions: spending time with family, reading, travel, wine, golf, and watching NY sports teams.

His family will receive guests at Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home, 299 Morris Ave., Summit, N.J., on Monday, July 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at 10:45 a.m. at St. Teresa of Avila in Summit, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (alzinfo.org). To send the family a condolence, or to read the full obituary, please visit www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Star-Ledger on July 14, 2019


Moore, Joseph P. Jr. [MC1963 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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

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


Good Evening All,

Having recently spoken with Kathleen, we continue to pray for Jim. He and Kathleen and their Family thank you for your continued prayers and good thoughts. Please keep the volume up.Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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MNEWS: Alma Mater is changing lives In County Custody



10 HS Students Graduate While In County Custody
For years, the county has made sure that young offenders have
the opportunity to pursue a high school diploma while in jail.
By Michael Woyton, Patch Staff
Jul 15, 2019 1:55 pm ET

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As a result, they receive a wide array of educational, therapeutic and recovery-related programs. Several of this year's graduates have already received acceptance letters to Manhattan College and are taking college-level courses at the jail and at no cost to taxpayers.

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Kudos to all involved.

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JOBIT: Abruscato, Gerald J. [MC1967 RIP] 2019-Jul-13



Dr. Gerald Abruscato

Dr. Gerald J. Abruscato, 73, of Southington, husband of Madlein (Youmara) Abruscato, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was a former New Britain resident before moving to Southington in 1990. He was a graduate of Manhattan College in New York and received his PhD from the University of South Carolina.

Jerry worked at Uniroyal in Naugatuck which became Chemtura Corp. as a research chemist for over 25 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of St. Thomas Assyrian Church of the East in New Britain.

Besides his wife, Madlein, he leaves two sons, Christopher Abruscato of Redford, MI and Nicholas Abruscato of Chicago, IL; three daughters, Kimberly Thompson of South Lyon, MI, Linda (Anthony) Mosher of Wallingford, and Nancy (Nicholas) Cisek of La Grange Park, IL; two sisters, Dominica (Frank) McGowan of Warwick, NY, and Raffaela Vigilante of Altamonte Springs, FL; and seven grandchildren as well as several nieces and a nephew. Funeral services are Friday 1 PM at St. Thomas Assyrian Church of the East, 120 Cabot Street, New Britain. Calling hours will be held at the church from 12 Noon until the time of the service. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Assyrian Cemetery. Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Thomas Assyrian Church of the East. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on July 17, 2019


Abruscato, Gerald J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

I believe that Gerald is a member of the Class of 1967.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Abruscato, Gerald J. [MC1967 RIP]

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JOBIT: Moran, Lewis A. “Tony" [MC1957 RIP] 2019-Jul-12



Lewis A. "Tony" Moran

Lewis A. (Tony) Moran finished the Race this past Friday, July 12, 2019.

He kept the Faith. He was the son of the late James A. Moran and Margaret (Farrell) Moran. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Amparo (Castro) Moran, a native of Bogota, Colombia. Tony met her while on assignment there. He leaves four children: Francis of Moretown, Vermont, Paul of Houston, Texas, Catherine of Eugene, Oregon, and Kevin of Longmeadow, Mass., his daughter-in-law, Megan Manning, and four grandchildren, Wyatt, Olivia and Diego, all from Eugene, Oregon, and Conor from Houston, Texas. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and nephews, He was predeceased by his daughter. Teresa, his siblings, James, Thomas, Honore and Rosalie Moran and Barbara Sullivan.

Tony was raised in The Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes H.S. He received his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College and some years later, a MBA from Western New England College. He served in the US Army Reserves in the 60s. He and his family came to Longmeadow in 1970.

He was a communicant at St Mary’s. He served his parish as a Lecturer, Adult Altar Server and as a member of the Parish Council. Tony taught Faith Formation and in 1989, he was awarded the Pius X medal in recognition thereof. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Financial Secretary and Grand Knight of St. Mary’s Council 5406. He also served as Treasurer of Pro-Life of Pioneer Valley Life, Inc. and the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill in Western Massachusetts (NAMI-WM).

Tony began his career in Finance with an international accounting firm in NYC where he earned his CPA certificate. Most of his career was in private industry where he held various positions in Controllership. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family, and playing “at” golf.

Family and friends are invited to gather for calling hours Friday July 19, 2019 from 4-7pm in the St. Mary’s Church, 519 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. A liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Saturday July 20, 2019 at 11:00am in St. Mary’s Church. Followed by a burial at Gate of Heaven.

Donations may be made in his memory to Pro-Life of Pioneer Valley, Inc., P O Box 60433, Longmeadow, MA 01116, NAMI-WM, 324A Springfield St, Agawam MA 01001, or Loaves and Fishes - St. Jude’s Club, ? Elizabeth Therrien, 180 Pinewood Dr., Longmeadow, MA 01106. To leave a message of personal condolence or for more information, please visit www.forastiere.com.
Published in The Republican on July 17, 2019


Moran, Lewis A. “Tony" [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

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

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Moran, Lewis A. “Tony" [MC1957 RIP]

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JOBIT: Roe, John E. Sr. [MC1956 RIP] 2019-Jul-14


Dear Phil and John –

We lost another wonderful Jasper…

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Manhattan College alumnus, John E. Roe, Sr. '56

May John Rest in Peace.


Louis J. P. Calvelli
Director of Alumni Relations

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John E. Roe, Sr. '56

John, former chairman of Flushing Financial and its subsidiary, Flushing Bank, was a United States Navy Veteran, Captain, United States Navy Reserve, and Rear Admiral of the New York State Naval Militia.  He was called home on July 14, 2019.

John was a proud Jasper, a wonderful friend, and an avid supporter of the College.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be as follows:
Thursday and Friday, July 18th & 19th
from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.
Shelter Island Funeral Home
23 West Neck Road
Shelter Island, New York
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on:
Saturday, July 20th | 11 a.m.
Our Lady of the Isle Church
5 Prospect Avenue
Shelter Island Heights, New York



John E. Roe, Sr.
Shelter Island

John E. Roe, Sr. of Shelter Island, formerly of Beechhurst, Queens and of the “City Underwriting Agency” died on Sunday, July 14, 2019. He was 85 years old.

Beloved husband of Colette Roe; loving father of John Roe, Jr. and Karen Roe; cherished grandfather of John Roe, III, Christopher Roe, Elizabeth Roe, Maggie Hayes, John Hayes, Jr. and Molly Hayes; caring great-grandfather of John “Jack” Roe, IV; and brother of Frances Kestler.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 18th and Friday, July 19th from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. each day at the Shelter Island Funeral Home, 23 West Neck Road, Shelter Island, New York 11964.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning, July 20th at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of the Isle Roman Catholic Church on Shelter Island, officiated by Father Peter DeSanctis.

Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Isle Roman Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Our Lady of the Isle Roman Catholic Church or National Stroke Association would be appreciated. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Roe, John E. Sr. [MC1956 RIP]

Guestbook: https://www.defriestgrattan.com/post_message.php?ID=1402

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

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JHQ: Manhattan Monthly: July 2019


Manhattan Monthly: July 2019


Faculty Member Earns Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship

Cristina Pérez Jiménez, Ph.D., an assistant professor of English at Manhattan College, is one of 24 professors across the United States to be awarded a 2019-2020 Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship, a national fellowship administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

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NSF Grant to Enhance Chemical Engineering Research

Aravind Suresh, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemical engineering, has received a three-year Major Research Instrumentation Program grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will support Suresh’s proposal to build a chemical vapor deposition instrument with novel capabilities for producing polymer thin films.

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Young Alum Soars into Career with Jet Engines

While attending Tappan Zee High School in nearby Rockland County, N.Y., Tyler McCloskey ’17, ’18 (M.S.) knew he wanted to pursue aerospace engineering at a strong academic institution that offered a Division I swimming program.

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Mehnaz Afridi to Receive Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center and associate professor of religious studies, will receive the annual Costello Excellence in Teaching Award this fall.

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Cain, Gordon to be Featured at Basketball Hall of Fame Exhibit

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced Manhattan College basketball legends Tim Cain '85 and Sandy Gordon '87 will be inducted into the 2019 MAAC Honor Roll. The honorees will be enshrined in "The MAAC Experience" exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 14.

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Team Draddy Has Chance at TBT Title, $2 Million

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) – the summer basketball event broadcast live on ESPN networks with a $2 million prize to the winners – includes Team Draddy, a team of Manhattan College alumni. Team Draddy will open the tournament on Friday, July 26 at 3 p.m.

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JLINKEDIN: Oates, Patrick [MC1994] EVP @ Jacobson & Co



Oates, Patrick [MC1994]
Executive Vice President at Jacobson & Company, Inc.
Greater New York City Area

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


Good Morning All,

Terry Gaffney asks for our prayers for Terry's Sister Peggy's Friend and College roommate, Mary Brown. Mary has been afflicted with Carcioid Cancer in her Lungs for the past 17 years. She has fought the good fight with courage and determination and appears to be approaching her final days. Peggy and Terry ask that we pray that Mary has a little more time among us and that her pain remains bearable. Please raise the volume for this good woman. We pray for Mary, her Family and Friends as they have loved and supported her.

Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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COMMENT: Will “Visitation School" by Brown, Jim (MC1958)


Jim commented on ENDNOTE: Will “Visitation School” be a Gooferment Skrule?

http://riverdalepress.com/stories/visitation,67659 Visitation remains empty while neighbors wait
Posted December 16, …
Whatever happened?

Jim Brown’58

[JR: Gooferment Skrules!]

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MNEWS: Team Draddy competes for 2M$ on ESPN


2019 07Jul 20 Team Draddy

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ENDNOTE: YA (Yet Another) Chick-fil-A "act of kindness" story



'His act of kindness was beautiful': Chick-fil-A manager helps a World War II veteran, 96, change his flat tire after the elderly customer came to the counter 'shaking and almost in tears'

A 96-year-old World War II veteran arrived at a Maryland Chick-fil-A in distress after his car sustained a flat tire
A manager at the franchise suspended his duties behind the till to tend to the man's vehicle
An image of the Chick-fil-A manager helping the elderly vet has now gone viral, with social media users heartened by the act of kindness
PUBLISHED: 18:49 EDT, 12 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:59 EDT, 13 July 2019

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If Chick-fil-A is such a terrible bigoted organization, as they are portrayed by the Big Media, the why do I keep reading such "act of kindness” stories about them?

Perhaps, they are not the “evil ones”?

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