JLINKEDIN: Broughel, Jennifer [MC1992] Copy Editor PEOPLE Magazine



Broughel, Jennifer [MC1992] 
Copy Editor PEOPLE Magazine | PEOPLE.com  
Santa Monica, California  

I’m a seasoned copy editor who makes sure text is clear, accurate and ready for publication. I have extensive experience working in both print and digital media.

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JOBIT: Sinisi, Rocco F. “Rocky” [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Mar-21



Rocco Sinisi


Rocco F. “Rocky,” was 77 when he passed away peacefully on March 21st.

Born in New York City, Rocky was a resident of Pompton Lakes and Kinnelon for many years. A graduate of Manhattan College, Rocky served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1965.

Since High School, he worked for his family business, Ajax Transformers, as an Engineer.

Rocky retired as President of the firm in 2010.

He loved to travel and was an avid golfer who achieved one of golf’s greatest feats, a hole-in-one.

Rocky is survived by his devoted daughter Pamela Sinisi-Farese, his loving sisters Joan Sinisi and Beverly Sinisi-Taki, his cherished granddaughter Gianna Farese, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at the Boulevard Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1151 River Road, NewMilford, Saturday at 3pm. Visitation from 2pm- 6pm at the funeral home. Please visit http://www.boulevardfuneralhome.comto leave online condolences.

Published in The Record on Mar. 23, 2017


Sinisi, Rocco F. “Rocky” [MC???? RIP]

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JOBIT: O’Connor, William “Bill” Francis [MC1960 RIP] on 2017-Mar-20



William Francis O’Connor

William “Bill” Francis O’Connor, 86, died Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Avon Health Center in Avon, CT.

He leaves his wife of 60 years, Geraldine (Scanlan) of Canton, CT; son Neil and his wife Cathy of Raleigh, NC; daughter Caron O’Connor of Unionville, CT; son Brian of Unionville, CT; son Terence and his two children Nicholas and John of Houston, TX; brothers Thomas and his wife Arlene of Yonkers NY, Dennis and his wife Agnes of Crescent City, CA, and Robert O’Connor of Oklahoma City, OK.

Born and raised in Yonkers, NY, the son of Mortimer and Irene (Kurcz) O’Connor, he was one of six boys. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent three years as a Drill Sergeant and Meteorologist during the Korean War. Upon returning to Yonkers he worked a variety of jobs but when he met his future wife Geraldine everything changed. They married and children soon followed, all the while he attended Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY at night earning a Business Administration degree in 1960.

He began his professional career as a Contracts Administrator for national defense contracts in Colorado, then he moved his family to Granby, CT where he began work for Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, CT developing life support systems for NASA. Soon thereafter he moved to Simsbury, CT and began working for Colt Industries managing weapons contracts for the US and foreign governments. Another industry change brought him to New York City where he worked at Chemical Construction Corporation building the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in Arzew, Algeria.

His wanderlust for travel and experiencing other cultures was cultivated over many years traveling to France and Algeria. In 1977 he joined Mobil Oil in Princeton, NJ as a Contracts expert. Later that year he accepted an assignment in Norway constructing offshore oil platforms. Three years later he returned to the USA and continued his career at Mobil in various capacities and locations until his retirement in 1993.

In retirement he and his wife lived in Manchester Center, VT and Wrightsville Beach, NC before settling in Farmington and Canton, CT.

He took pride in his professional career while remaining an honorable and trusted husband and father. He enjoyed kayaking and hiking. His cutting wit, love of banter with strangers, and passion for reading were present till his death.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 25 at St. Patrick Church in Collinsville CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. Patrick Church, 50 Church Street, Collinsville, CT 06019. The family of William wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the nurses, aides and staff of the Avon Health Center where he spent his last months. Please visit Bill’s “Book of Memories” at http://www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 23, 2017


O’Connor, William “Bill” Francis [MC1960 RIP]

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JHQ: Alma Mater President opposes the Excelsior Scholarship


Dear Manhattan College Alumni,

As you may know, the Governor of New York has made a proposal to offer “free tuition” for qualifying students with a household income of $100,000 or less, rising to $125,000 by 2019. Known as the Excelsior Scholarship, the proposal would cover tuition costs for eligible students who enroll in a state (SUNY) or city (CUNY) college or university.

While we applaud all efforts to assure that students from across the economic spectrum will have access to the best possible higher education experience, we believe that the unintended consequences of the Governor’s Excelsior plan will actually harm the very students it seeks to help.

It is doubtful that the public system could accommodate the influx of students that could result from the plan—at least not without huge increases in SUNY and CUNY budgets or significant stresses on educational quality. At the same time, experts warn that the promise of the plan could entice students who would be better served at private colleges away from those options, potentially undermining institutions that depend on enrollment to maintain quality.

New York has long fostered a partnership between its public and private institutions, recognizing that students benefit from the rich array of choice that our colleges and universities provide. New York’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities do an excellent job educating a wide variety of students and preparing them for life after graduation.

At Manhattan College, for example, one third of our students, year after year, are “first-generation” college students, many of them coming from families who depend on federal and state support to realize their dream of a better future for their children. We believe that increasing support for all families with financial need is the best way to achieve the result that we all desire: providing access, supporting quality education, and broadening the pathway to success for all New Yorkers.

Now is the time for those who value the work of New York’s private colleges and universities to have their voices heard. For more information, and for assistance in writing to your elected officials, please visit https://www.limitlesslearningny.org. We need as many people as possible to urge the legislature to vote against the Excelsior plan and to develop a plan that supports all of New York’s college students, whether they choose a public or a private institution.

Thank you for your assistance in this important matter.

Brennan O’Donnell

Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D.
Manhattan College 

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[JR: I disagree with any Gooferment involvement in “education”. This is just another fiscal disaster.]  

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JOBIT: Dunphy, Sheila [MC???? RIP] on 2017-Mar-22



CATHERINE MULLALLY: Doing little things with a big heart

A life lived with such a joyful spirit, and such kindness and care for all
Published on March 22, 2017

Some people in our lives go quietly about doing a lot of good. They are unassuming, modest, and humble. Such a person was Sheila Dunphy, a pioneer in lay pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Charlottetown, who passed away recently after living with cancer for many years.

It is true that Sheila would be the last to paint herself as larger than life. But many Islanders, with fondness and gratitude, would be pleased to recall this kind, caring, loving person and all the good that she did.

In her ministry, Sheila visited the sick, taught catechism and trained catechism teachers, prepared children and adults to receive the sacraments, led groups to console the grieving, supported women’s shelters and worked at the Soup Kitchen. She was a spiritual guide, a prayer companion, and a leader in scripture study. She worked with people inside and outside of the church.

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Fr. Keith Kennific, another former pastor at St. Pius X, recalls: “Sheila had many gifts. She was both well-educated in religious education and theology, with a graduate degree from Manhattan College in New York City, in addition to formal training in Ignatian spirituality. She possessed a profound and simple faith, which she unabashedly shared with everyone.”

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– Catherine Mullally is a parishioner of St. Pius X Parish, Charlottetown.


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John, the obit below is about Sheila Dunphy, not Catherine Mullallay.  See, someone really does read your “jottings.”

Best regards,
Rich Ferrara 

Wow I really screwed that one up. And, I read it several times trying to figure out the graduation date. Looking for a tree when I should have see the forest. Really losing it!


Ferrara, Richard (MC1972) 

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JLINKEDIN: Palmero, Luz [MC2001] Spanish Teacher Whitby School



Palmero, Luz [MC2001]
Spanish Teacher – Curriculum Leader at Whitby School
Norwalk, Connecticut

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Luz Palmero

Spanish Teacher – Curriculum Leader at Whitby School (Greenwich CT)

Whitby School (Greenwich CT)


 City University of New York City College

Norwalk, Connecticut

JLINKEDIN: Pinto, Richard (MC1978) Meat Plant Manager at FreshDirect



Pinto, Richard (MC?????)
Meat Plant Manager at FreshDirect
Empire Purveyors/ Beekman Marketplace  
Wilton, Connecticut 


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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pinto, Richard (MC1978)

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