MFOUND: Alma Mater change one refugee’s life

2014-Apr-20

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140419/new-haven-immigrant-family-finds-soccer-bridges-gaps-opens-doors

New Haven immigrant family finds soccer bridges gaps, opens doors
By Mary E. O’Leary, New Haven Register
Posted: 04/19/14, 6:45 PM EDT

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A love of soccer has brought together a New Haven woman and a West African family fleeing war-torn Liberia that has changed the lives of both.

Lucky for the Bartoahs, Lauren Mednick, 30, takes the idea of volunteerism to a new level.

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Under this arrangement, Abraham, Andrew, Mu’ammar and Shemar Nesbeth got to play with the South Central Premier Academy team, which is the highest level youth soccer league, one of about 58 in the country.

This way, they would get to travel around and be seen by college coaches, Mednick said. “All of these teams come together as showcases. It’s really a way of exposing our kids,” she said.

“We are not experts in every area, particularly in soccer, so for someone like Abraham, his current coach (at Monroe College in New Rochelle) said he could go professional, I’m not the right coach,” Mednick said as she sat in the CFC Arena in Hamden, an indoor facility where many of the leagues play.

All of this has paid off and Abraham, now 19, has just been recruited by Manhattan College in the Bronx, where he will play Division I soccer for its team, the Jaspers, this fall.

“When I first met Lauen, everything changed for me. It really impacted my life, my school work. She helped me a lot getting in touch with coaches, getting trials with them,” Abraham aid.

Playing soccer as a kid in Liberia was fun, he said, but “it was not organized like here where kids wear uniforms and cleats. We played with friends in the street,” Abraham said.

Abraham is one of two players with full scholarships to college. He has an athletic scholarship to Monroe, a junior college, where he is now finishing his sophomore year with a 3.0 grade point average. Another boy got a full academic scholarship to Santa Clara College in California.

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[JR: Alma Mater changes lives. Read the whole story. One volunteer lady making a huge difference.]

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JOBIT: Cummings, Sister Martha [MC1971 RIP] reported by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

2014-Apr-20

Dear John,

                  The April 17th Edition of Catholic New has an Obituary for Sister Martha Cummings who received her Masters from Manhattan in  1971. From 1966 to 1979 she was assigned to St Barnabas Elementary School, where she left a lasting impression on many children, including our four.

“SISTER MARTHA, WAS TEACHER AND NURSE

    Sister Martha Cummings, S.C., who was an elementary school teacher and then a nurse, died Feb. 16 at Mary the Queen Convent, Yonkers. She was 76.

    She taught at St. Raymond’s. the Bronx, 1958-1961, and Sacred Heart, Manhattan, 1961-1966. She taught at St. Barnabas Elementary School, the Bronx, 1966-1971, and was assistant principal there, 1971-1979.

    She became a practical nurse and worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery, 1980-1981. She went on to become a registered nurse and served at Bellevue Hospital, 1983-1996.

    She ministered at Mary the Queen Convent as assistant administrator, 1996-1998, and administrator, 1998-2004. She was administrator at St. Martin DePorres Infirmary for the Dominican Sisters of  Blauvelt, 2004-2014.

    Born in New York City, she entered the Sisters of Charity of New York in 1955 and professed final vows 1963. She was formerly know as Sister James Carmita.

    She earned a Masters Degree in American history from Manhattan College (1971), a nursing degree from Edna McConnell School of Nursing, and a Masters Degree in health administration from Long Island University.

    A funeral Mass was offered Feb. 19 at the Convent of Mary the Queen. Burial was at the Sisters cemetery at Mount Saint Vincent, the Bronx.”

        The main Celebrant at her Mass was Father Martin Biglin who served as a parish priest at St Barnabas during the time that Sister Martha was assigned to St. Barnabas. Many of her former students attended her wake.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cummings, Sister Martha [MC1971 RIP]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) shares Khury, Maria [MC1977]

2014-Apr-20

Good Afternoon All,

Maria Khury has shared an Easter Blessing that I felt resonated and wanted to share with each of you. Thank you Maria. As we give thanks for the Blessings bestowed upon us each day of our lives and thank our Lord for His Unconditional Love, Happy Easter. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Hi Phil,

I’m wishing that the blessings of the universe embrace
you, and the rest of your family with health, joy, peace of mind,
body and soul, and dreams come true!
Praying that God guides us to find the way in which we can
best fulfill our place on earth as he commands in his name!

Happy Blessed Easter!
MK

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

Khury, Maria [MC1977]

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POSITRACTION: Tennessee girl diagnosed with rare eye disease

2014-Apr-20

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/girl-diagnosed-eye-disease-mom-posts-pic-online-article-1.1744069

Tennessee girl diagnosed with rare eye disease after mom posts picture online
Tara Taylor posted a picture of her 3-year-old daughter Rylee on Facebook. In the image it looked like her left eye was glowing. At the recommendation of friends, Tara took her daughter to a pediatrician. It was determined that she had Coats’ disease, but with early treatment, she could successfully be treated for the condition.
BY LEE MORAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:04 AM

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Who says that social media is NOT valuable?

I am amazed at stories like this.

Seems like a quick diagnostic test!

Argh!

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ADMINISTRIVIA: JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16 – 2014 Apr 20

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16 – 2014 Apr 20

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2014/jj2014W16.html

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ADMINISTRIVIA: JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16 – 2014 Apr 20

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 16 – 2014 Apr 20

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2014/jj2014W16.html

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ENDNOTE: The Participation Rate, Minimum Wage, and Disability

2014-Apr-19

http://goo.gl/nY0Yro

The Unemployment Puzzle: Where Have All the Workers Gone?
The U.S. unemployment rate is down, but rising numbers of Americans have dropped out of the labor force entirely
By GLENN HUBBARD
April 4, 2014 7:10 p.m. ET

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A big puzzle looms over the U.S. economy: Friday’s jobs report tells us that the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.7% from a peak of 10% at the height of the Great Recession. But at the same time, only 63.2% of Americans 16 or older are participating in the labor force, which, while up a bit in March, is down substantially since 2000. As recently as the late 1990s, the U.S. was a nation in which employment, job creation and labor force participation went hand in hand. That is no longer the case.

What’s going on? Think of the labor market as a spring bash you’ve been throwing with great success for many years. You’ve sent out the invitations again, but this time the response is much less enthusiastic than at the same point in previous years.

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The fierce debate now going on in Washington about extending unemployment insurance and raising the minimum wage largely ignores these issues. Such policies may affect the incomes of some Americans, but they won’t do much to expand opportunity and bring more people back into the labor force. Sparking a broad-based return to the labor force demands a more ambitious agenda.

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Another priority for bringing low-wage workers back into the labor force is reforming disability insurance, which is part of the Social Security system. Since changes in qualifications in the 1980s made it much easier to receive federal disability payments, the percentage of individuals reporting disabilities who are still working has dropped by half. For some, disability insurance has become an incentive to give up on work—but it doesn’t have to be this way.

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[JR: Two rants here: (1) The correct minimum wage is zero. If you and I agree on a dollar an hour, then what right does the Gooferment have to interfere. Look at all the unpaid “interns” used by liberals and Gooferment. What’s their wage rate? (2) Disability is being scammed. Look at all the TV shows showing the “disabled” doing things that testified that they couldn’t. Unemployment is higher than the Gooferment reports because they are “kooking the books” and we need a better measure like social security taxes collected. Argh!]

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