POSITRACTION: Stent Retriever is another miracle



Husband’s Hunch Saves Woman Who Fell Asleep Watching TV
By McKinley Corbley – May 20, 2018

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Using a device called a Stent Retriever, Andy’s team was able to extract the blockage that caused the brain injury and restore the crucial blood flow.

It’s the first advancement in stroke patient care in twenty years—and it is monumental: it’s been likened to the advent of penicillin.

Before that, the disabling blockage almost consistently resulted in paralysis, brain damage, speech problems, or death.

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While, of course, it’s best to avoid such in the first place.

(I  believe in a plant based diet. But easier said than done. Old dog and new tricks.)

“What hath God wrought.” — Samuel Morse

Applies equally as well her.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Save water by planting a native lawn



Lawns Are an Ecological Disaster
Ian Graber-Stiehl

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Neil Tyson often conjectures that maybe aliens have concluded humans aren’t intelligent enough to contact. He’s probably referring to our capacity for war, but lawns may display our talent for fruitless carnage even better.

Americans devote 70 hours, annually, to pushing petrol-powered spinning death blades over aggressively pointless green carpets to meet an embarrassingly destructive beauty standard based on specious homogeneity. We marvel at how verdant we manage to make our overwatered, chemical-soaked, ecologically-sterile backyards. That’s just biblically, nay, God-of-War-ishly violent. 

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It’s stunning that so much water is “wasted” on grass.

But, the tipping point of this piece is “tax abatement”.

Hell with saving water; you can save money.

Native plant “garden” for me!

Now how about some native rattlesnakes to scare the politicians and bureaucrats?

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) remembers vets on Memorial Day


Hello All,

” In Honor Of Many, In Memory Of All.”  Unknown 

” It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
  Rather we should thank God such men lived.”   George S. Patton

The above give us a little grounding as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, barbecues, runs to the beach, joy and laughter, Family and
Friends, none of which would be begrudged by those who gave so much so that we could celebrate in freedom. They only ask that we remember them and not forget. And hopefully, so we do.

If you did not hear live, President Ronald Reagan’s speech at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day, 1986, nor have not heard or read it since, it is worth your trouble to pull it up on this Memorial Day. The majesty, emotion, honor and remembrance that live forever
In that sacred place gave his words special meaning in tribute to the Men and Women we remembe on Memorial Day.

In his speech, President Reagan, quoted Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who served in the Civil War who said:
   ” At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desparate 
     Joy, we go back to the fight.”

As we approach Memorial day, perhaps we may let those words inform our thoughts, remembrance and prayers of thanks for our men and women who served and serve, particularly those who never returned. We need to remember as well, in our prayers, the Parents, Wives, Husbands, Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters left behind that will always mourn their loss and never forget.

I have attached a remembrance that I shared in 2017 and I hope that you do not mind my doing so. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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From: Phil Colon
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 4:50 PM

Subject: Apologize to No One But Remember

Good Afternoon Fellow Americans,

Memorial Day, like Veteran’s Day, always brings me to tears, a feeling of great pride and loss pervades, remembering can be painful but we will never forget our Veterans:  ” All gave some, some gave all.” 

I am taking the liberty of sharing with you the following which was sent to me by a good and respected friend, Fellow Jasper, Ed Riely. Some of us have seen some of these places, some have seen some of these Photographs, many of us have never seen them all brought together in remembrance and tribute. They are incredible and magnificent places, justifiably so, where so many of our heroes rest. They are beautiful in their serenity, overwhelming in the emotions that arise upon seeing them and a rightous tribute to our Fallen. No, we will never forget. 

Thank you for your service. God Bless.

Phil Colon

COMMENT: Brown, Jim [MC1958] pays me a compliment



You have done more than any Alum I know keeping us informed about our fellow Jasper’s over the years. I hope to thank and shake your hand as you as you celebrate your entry into the Golden Jaspers.

Time to get out of the cave.

Jim Brown ‘58

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[JR: Well, I’m a nerdy introvert and, as I’ve explained, I don’t participate in “organized religious activities”.  Walking down the aisle in the Chapel would be hypocritical.  Last reunion I went to 25 years ago, I sat outside with some other of my like-minded classmates.  Don’t want to do that again.  I do this as a service to my fellow Jaspers.  And, the funniest part is that the “development office” (aka fund raisers) really object to my activities since it “scoops” their efforts.  I know many at Alma Mater don’t share that opinion.  I tried to explain the concept of “first help; then, be helped” to them many times but they rejected that advice.  Dona Nobis Pacem. ]

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


Good Morning Prayer Group and Retreat Team,

Peter Sweeney has shared the sad news of the Death of Mrs. Ruth Ann Abbatiello. Mrs. Abbatiello’s Obituary is shared below. Mrs. Abbatiello is the Mother of Reverend Robert Abbatiello, one of our most respected and appreciated speakers at our Manhattan College Reality Retreat. 

Mrs. Abbatiello was called home this past Friday, May 18, 2018. We pray for her, her husband, Brandy, Father Robert and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. We pray that the Family find peace in the certain knowledge that she is at peace In God’s Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. Following is Mrs. Abbatiello’s Obituary. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Obituary for Ruth Ann Abbatiello
WAPPINGERS FALLS – Ruth Ann Abbatiello, a local area resident for over 30 years, died on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Pleasant Valley. She was 87.

She was born on December 15, 1930 in Manhattan. She grew up in Yonkers, where she also raised her family and remained there until the 1980s. In 1950, she married Brandy Abbatiello at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. 

Ruth’s hobbies included gardening and baking, but above all else, she cherished spending time with her family. She had a generous spirit and throughout her life contributed to countless charitable efforts and organizations. 

Survivors include her husband, Brandy, at home; her daughter, Joanne Michelin & her husband Thomas of Hopewell Junction; her son, Joseph Abbatiello & his wife Pina of Wappingers Falls; her daughter, Susan Alfiero & her husband Carmel of Pleasant Valley; her son, Fr. Robert Abbatiello, O.F.M.,Cap. of Yonkers; her grandchildren and their spouses: Joseph (Melissa), Brandi (Chris), Paul (Renee), Alison (James), Nicholas (Michelle), Matthew (Michelle), Lawrence (Lauren), and Sara; 13 great-grandchildren; and many other loving relatives & friends.

Ruth was predeceased by her grandson, Thomas Michelin, Jr., in 2008.

Calling hours were held from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. on Monday, May 21 at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at 10 a.m. on Tueday, May 22 at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. Entombment will follow in the Community Mausoleum at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

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JHQ: Register by May 25th for Reunion Weekend!


Don’t miss out!

There’s still time to register for
Reunion Weekend 2018!

If you have already signed up for Reunion Weekend, we can’t wait to see you back on campus, June 1 – 3. If you haven’t, please register by noon on Friday, May 25.

Sign up for any part of the weekend or take advantage of special package pricing.



Please contact the Alumni Relations office at (718) 862-7432 or alumni@manhattan.edu
with any questions.

If you’ve already registered for the weekend, please disregard this message.

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REGISTER: https://connect.manhattan.edu/page.redir?target=https%3a%2f%2fconnect.manhattan.edu%2freunion18&srcid=27875&srctid=1&erid=3436194&trid=53d51bdb-e3ca-446d-a351-664f05f2c0b7

INFORMATION: https://alumni.manhattan.edu/events/reunion-weekend/index.php

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JOBIT: Rappe, Josephine A. Davey [MC1980 RIP] 2018-Apr-30 by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


Dear John,

        I believe that Josephine received her Masters in 1980. Her late husband, Thomas received his Masters in 1971, her son Michael is a member of the Class of 1980, her son Joseph is a member of the Class of 1985, her daughter Mary Leddy is a member of the Class of 1982 and her son Thomas is a member of the Class of 1979.

        May She Rest In Peace,


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Josephine A. (Davey) Rappe
March 14, 1933 ~ April 30, 2018 (age 85)

Josephine A. Rappe 85, of Ossining, N.Y. died on April 30, 2018. She was born on March 14, 1933 to the late Michael and Catherine (nee Ginty) Davey in County Sligo, Ireland. Josephine was a retired Guidance Counselor with the NYC Schools.

She was predeceased by her devoted husband, Thomas D. Rappe in 2004 and also predeceased by three sisters, Mary, Kathleen and Betty. Josephine is survived by her loving children, Thomas (Janet) Rappe of Boynton Beach, FL., Michael (Margaret) Rappe of Edgemont, N.Y., Joseph Rappe of Greenwich, CT. and Mary Leddy of Stony Point, N.Y. one brother, Dennis Davey and four sisters, Margaret, Sarahann, Helen and Maura. Also survived by her seven cherished grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Mark, Morgan, Jennifer, Kevin and Alexander.

Reposing, Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home of Briarcliff Manor on Thursday, 4-8 PM. Funeral Mass, St. Theresa’s Church, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. on Friday, 10 AM. Interment, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, N.Y.

WATERBURY & KELLY FUNERAL HOME 1300 Pleasantville Road Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510



Rappe, Josephine A. Davey [MC1980 RIP]

Rappe, Thomas [MC1971 RIP]

Rappe, Michael [MC1980]

Rappe, Joseph [MC1985]

Rappe, Mary Leddy [MC1982]

Rappe, Thomas [MC1979]

Guestbook: https://www.waterburykelly.com/notices/Josephine-Rappe

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

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