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ENDNOTE: Given a debt-free home through donations


Children of the first female New York Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty since September 11 are given a debt-free home through donations

  • The three children of slain New York Police Department officer Miosotis Familia will receive a debt-free home in The Bronx
  • A cooperative effort by the New York Daily News, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Skyview Apartments LLC raised $818,000 for the children
  • Genesis Villella, 20, and Delilah and Peter Vega, both 12, lost Familia after she was killed by Alexander Bonds in July
  • Genesis said: ‘I owe it to my mom to make sure that the three of us will be taken care of… in a loving and healthy environment’
  • Familia was the first female NYPD police officer to be killed in the line of duty since September 11

By Reporter PUBLISHED: 02:05 EST, 4 December 2017 | UPDATED: 02:59 EST, 4 December 2017

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In essence, people are very charitable. Despite all the taxes, expenses, wants, and needs, somehow good people find a way.

At this time of year, who knows all that is given, but that is essence of humanity.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JOBIT: Magnusen, Henry F. [MC1959 RIP] 2017-Dec-13


Henry F. Magnusen

MOUNT BETHEL Henry F. Magnusen, 80, of Mount Bethel, PA passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono, East Stroudsburg, PA.

Born in New York City, NY on June 12, 1937, he was a son of the late Henry L. and Anna J. (Sweeney) Magnusen. Henry was the husband of Joan L. (Coppola) Magnusen. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last May.

Henry was a 1955 graduate of All Hallows High School in Bronx, NY, where he was active with the Alumni Association with the high school, was inducted into the high school hall of fame, and also involved in the Class Reunion Committee.

After high school, he was a 1959 graduate of Manhattan College where he earned his Electrical Engineering degree. He then obtained his MBA in Business Administration from New York University.

He worked as a Job Placement Specialist at Management Recruiters, in Hope, NJ, until retiring in 1997. Prior to that, he was employed in sales for various businesses.

Henry was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Portland, PA, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and served as a lector.

In addition to his wife, Joan, Henry is survived by four daughters, Mary Fahsbender, wife of Louis, Anne Fowler, wife of Donald, Carmina Chapp, wife of Larry, Joan Young, wife of Andrew; one son, Henry “Hank” Magnusen; and 8 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Monday, December 18th at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 720 Delaware Ave., Portland, PA, with Fr. Stephen Maco officiating. Family and friends are invited to call from 3 – 5 PM on Sunday, December 17th and again on Monday, from 10-10:30 AM, in the Gaffney Parsons Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 4 Lillian Lane “Village of Johnsonville”, Bangor, PA. Graveside service and interment will be held at 12 PM, Tuesday, December 19th, at Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Flushing, NY.

Online condolences may be offered at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown, 900 S. Woodward Street, Allentown, PA 18103. Gaffney-Parsons Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. 4 Lillian Lane “Village of Johnsonville” Bangor, Pa. 18013 (610) 588-2128

Published in The Express Times from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2017


Magnusen, Henry F. [MC1959 RIP]


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JOBIT: Paolitto, Anthony W. Sr. [MC1951 RIP] 2017-Dec-12


Anthony W. Paolitto, Sr.

Anthony W. Paolitto, Sr., 87, of Stamford, passed away on December 12, 2017, completing a long and rich life dedicated to his country, community, and most of all his family. A resident of Stamford the past 54 years, Tony was born and raised in the Bronx to his Italian immigrant parents, Carlo and Josephine (Scarano) Paolitto, and was extremely proud of his upbringing and heritage. The first in his extended family to attend college, Tony graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in civil engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy as Operations Officer aboard the destroyer the U.S.S. William R. Rush during the Korean War era.

After his formal service, one of his first career stints as a civilian took him to Casablanca in North Africa, where he helped design and build airfields for the military. After this there were more challenging projects, again with the military. Tony embarked with his young family across the country to Colorado and California to various “undisclosed locations” (at the time) where the defense department was upgrading its arsenal of nuclear deterrents with the Titan 1 missile. He was instrumental in the design of the structural steel in the underground silos that had to be able to withstand rapid launching and nuclear blasts from enemy missiles.

In 1964, Tony had the opportunity to return to his beloved NYC area and extended family when he was recruited for an entirely different “peacetime venture,” helping to build the iconic monorail for the 1964 Worlds Fair. Returning to his roots, Tony settled in Stamford, raised his family, thrived as an engineer, and never left. He immersed himself in his family, his home (he was a man who could fix anything!), his yard, and his community. Even after retirement, his skills and reputation were summoned upon by the Department of Homeland Security to have him inspect the structural integrity of buildings damaged by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Anyone who ever attended St. Leo’s Church on Roxbury Road in the last 50 years would recognize Tony. He was an usher who greeted you with a smile for all of those years. If you ever had a young child sit on Santa’s lap during their Christmas party, unbeknownst to you it was Tony for a number of those years. If you ever stood in line for the fried dough at St. Leo’s annual fall fair, that was Tony manning the station, likely giving you extra cheese or sauce if he knew you — which was mostly everybody. Tony took up running marathons in his 60s, and if you ever saw the guy running the NYC Marathon with the St. Leo’s shirt on, now you know who it was! In 2011, Tony was awarded the Dioceses of Bridgeport’s St. Augustine Medal of Service, which recognizes those who unselfishly give of their time and talents to build up parish communities and faithfully use the gifts God has given them.

Tony is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Frances; a son, Dr. Anthony W. Paolitto, Jr. and his wife Kendra of Clinton, CT; daughter Lisa Paolitto of Shady Side, MD, daughter Carla Gillespie and her husband Brian of Stamford, and granddaughters Lily Gillespie of Stamford, and Samantha Paolitto of Shady Side, MD. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Frank Paolitto and his wife Diana of Cambridge, MA. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Jean Paolitto, and daughter-in-law Susan Paolitto.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Leo RC Church, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Interment will be private and there will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Anthony’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To leave online condolences, please visit


Funeral Home
Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory
104 Myrtle Avenue
StamfordCT 06902
(203) 348-4949
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Dec. 14, 2017



Paolitto, Anthony W. Sr. [MC???? RIP]


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Dear John,

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

                            May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Paolitto, Anthony W. Sr. [MC1951 RIP] 

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JOBIT: Morano, A. Robert [MC1963 RIP] 2017-Dec-11


A. Robert Morano

Wall Township – A. Robert Morano, 75, of Wall Township passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at Jersey Shore Medical Center with his devoted family at his side. 

Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY and resided in Belmar, Sea Girt and Spring Lake Heights before moving to Wall Township 17 years ago. 

He was a graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. His career started in Buffalo, took him around the world and eventually led to the founding of several businesses. He was a leader in his field and continued as an industry consultant in his retirement.
Bob enjoyed all sports, especially baseball, and a good cognac, but his real joy in life was spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his devoted children: Susan Morano of Basking Ridge, Kevin Morano and wife Rebecca of Summit, Karen Morano of New York, NY and Chantal Trainor and husband Jack of Wall Twp., his 5 beloved grandchildren Robert, Kathleen, Michael, and John Morano and Luke Trainor, his longtime companion Joann Quinlan and his sister Joan Lentini. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:30am at St. Catharine’s RC Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake. Please go directly to the Church on Friday as there will not be a procession from the funeral home. Private committal will be at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer (,) P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5028 Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home on Thursday. 

For directions or to offer online condolences to the family please visit in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 14, 2017


Morano, A. Robert [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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Dear John,

            I believe that A. Robert is a member of the Class of 1963.

                May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Morano, A. Robert [MC1963 RIP]

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MFOUND: Alma Mater connection to a Viet Nam war resister


The Vietnam War
by Peter St. Clair

On a cold dark morning in the winter of 1967, I stood outside the induction center on Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan handing out draft facts cards to the arriving inductees. These were folded cardboard cards the size of draft cards, with information on the rights and alternatives still available to these young guys as they entered the building to face induction into the army. I had been showing up here every morning for the past few weeks as part of my organizing work as a member of the New York Draft Resistance. I was a twenty year old college dropout. On this day I was with three slightly older organizers—two women and a man—all of them local graduate students. In the early morning darkness, as despondent draftees shuffled by, accepting the cards and entering the building, a car with five or six men in it cruised slowly by, looking at us. After it circled again and pulled around the corner out of sight we began to get nervous. Suddenly we were attacked by a gang of men in plain clothes. I stood my ground, maybe foolishly, but I had recently decided to become a full-fledged pacifist and to renounce violence. It was bad timing. The others scattered and I got beat up as I refused to raise a hand in defense and, passively resisting, I crumpled to the side walk. The attackers fled and I was helped up by my returning friends and taken home on the subway to nurse my wounds. A few days later I was back again, but we now had a larger contingent of draft resisters each morning outside the induction center.

US Soldiers Moving in a Skirmish Line Through Rice Paddies. National Archives.I, like other Americans who came of age during the Vietnam War, was a child of the World War II generation, the generation that was understood to have sacrificed so much to defeat the Nazis and their Japanese allies. A working-class kid from Brooklyn raised in the 1950s in the shadow of that war, I grew up playing war games with toy soldiers along with my brothers reenacting battles like the landing at Normandy every time my family would spend a day at the beach at Reis Park. I grew up yearning to become a soldier, to relive the glory of war and “to play my own part in the patriot game.” The route that led me from that to draft resistance might have been uncommon—few from my Borough Park neighborhood or my Catholic high school became draft resisters—but we were all swept up in the same events. However, I was not the only one, as I later roomed with another working-class guy from Borough Park in the Brooklyn Draft Resistance commune.

In 1966, when I was nineteen, despite knowing I would lose my student deferment, I left Manhattan College in my sophomore year. I was rebelling against my strict Catholic upbringing. Under the influence of a growing alternative culture I had already come to oppose the war. Like many of my contemporaries I found myself in a moral bind. I was facing the draft and the possibility of being sent to fight in Vietnam. I found it impossible to justify killing or getting killed in a war I thought was morally indefensible. Opposition to the war was common among my fellow workers at the NY Public Library on 42nd Street, where I had worked part-time as a page since high school. In a copy of the underground newspaper the East Village Other, I saw an ad for draft counseling at the Draft Resistance office on Beekman Street. I met with a draft counselor who outlined my options for avoiding getting drafted. I decided to apply for conscientious objector status but, having recently decided I was an atheist, I was unable to fulfill an essential requirement for a CO: explaining how a belief in God prevented me from fighting in a war. Objecting to a particular war on the grounds that it is not morally justified is not permissible under Selective Service law. I resolved this difficulty after talking to a fellow page at the library. He told me about Pantheism, the idea that God is everything—the universe itself and everything in it is God. If I believed in the universe then I believed in God. He advised me to read an introduction to Spinoza and based on that I wrote an essay explaining my pantheistic beliefs to my Brooklyn draft board. They rejected my request. I was classified 1A and draft eligible. After another draft counseling session my options came down to going into the army or leaving the country—or refusing induction, an act of civil disobedience and a political protest against the war for which I would face a possible ten year jail sentence. I chose draft resistance. It was an agonizing decision; almost everybody I knew tried to talk me out of it. I was spurned by some of my relatives and many people I knew. My father was ashamed of me. He slapped me in the face and called me a communist.

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[JR: The “war” broke many of us. Some more than others. It’s in my mind a “national disaster” and a self-inflicted wound. One of my Prep classmates went to “Viet Nam, Republic of”, another underground, another to Canada, and others were drafted to places unknown. Luck of the draw, I spent my four years in Maryland for the most part. I’m not sure I was the “lucky ones”. Dona Nobis Pacem]  

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JFOUND: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on colonoscopies


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How do you cope with the terrifying prospect of a long tube being rammed up your butt by a doctor to look for problematic colon polyps or outright cancerous tumors? Is ad hoc aromatherapy or a smartphone movie useful for reducing anxiety?
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Michael J. McFadden, Have studied, analyzed, & written about hundreds of smoking-related medical studies. Answered Mon
You’ll be fast asleep. The last thing you’ll remember is lying on the table, and you’ll blink your eyes and find yourself sitting/reclining in the “recovery” area where a nice nurse will offer you some water and maybe a tasty cracker or two.
MJM, had three of ’em so far! (Colonoscopies, not nice nurses. Had four of them I think…)
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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)
[JR: I feel strongly about this topic. My maternal Grandmother died and my Mom had a near miss with colon cancer. More qualified folks than I cited it’s the #2 cancer killer. And it’s completely curable when caught early. Parenthetically, I have read that it maybe completely avoidable by a plant based diet.  Because of the family history, I have been “religious” about getting my colonoscopies. My doc called me a “polyp farm” because of the numerous and fast growth of them that I am “blessed” with. Last time, I had to have one surgically removed — I believe that one was the type that was a killer. So, I urge all to not shirk this “easy” form of “preventative maintenance”. Because of family experience with anesthesia, I don’t take sedation. And, quite frankly, it’s more uncomfortable than painful. YMMV but get it done. I don’t like seeing obits.]  
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JLINKEDIN: Contino, Brian [MC2017] Soccer Trainer at Harborfields


Contino, Brian [MC2017] 
Soccer Trainer at Harborfields Soccer Club
Kings Park, New York

While attending high school I took a engineering course as part of Project Lead the Way that introduced the engineering design process and drawing using the computer program Auto CAD. I had a strong interest in this engineering course and because of that I ended up attending Manhattan College. While on campus I have gained knowledge in the Civil and Environmental Engineering field and graduated.

I am a highly motivated, well-organized person who demonstrates excellent problem solving skills and will always strive to bring 100% to the work I do. 

Currently I am a Soccer Trainer for Harborfields Soccer Club in Greenlawn, New York. Working for them has taught me how to be a leader, demonstrate strong communication skills, and help motivate young players in developing their skills as a soccer player. I am continuously seeking to gain experience in the Civil and Environmental field and start my career. 

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