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JFOUND: Curatolo, William [MC1970] “Pharma People Gone Wild!”


William Curatolo


Pharma People Gone Wild!
Kirkus Reviews said this about my new thriller “Too Many Hats: Herbal Medicine and The Mob”:

“An entertaining and illuminating romp through interconnected and delightfully suspect organizations.” – Kirkus Reviews

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Curatolo, William [MC1970]

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JNEWS: Arndt, Madison [MC2018] nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year


Sports in a Minute: Merrimac’s Arndt nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year award
Mac Cerullo 8 hrs ago

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Arndt nominated

Merrimac’s Madison Arndt, a former track star at Central Catholic and a recent graduate of Manhattan College, has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award, established in 1991, honors graduating female college athletes who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Arndt is one of 581 nominees nationwide from across all sports in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. She recently finished a four-year career on the Manhattan women’s track and field team where she placed third in the pole vault at the 2015 and 2016 MAAC Outdoor Championships. She graduated in May with a degree in marketing and was recently hired by the NCAA as its Division 2 Governance Intern for the upcoming school year.

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Arndt, Madison [MC2018]

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JNEWS: Dillon, Vernon [MC???? RIP] killed in the 1918 Split Rock munitions plant


Historic Moment: A look back at Split Rock explosion
Jul 16, 2018 Jason Gabak Eagle Observer, News, News, Skaneateles Press
By Jorge and Beth Batlle Village and Town Historians

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July 2, 1918, an explosion at the Split Rock munitions plant not only shook the City of Syracuse, but also sent shock waves as far away as the Village of Skaneateles. Of the approximately 600 men working the 3 to 11pm shift, 50 men were killed in the blast. Two, Vernon Dillon and James King were from Skaneateles.

This tri-nitro-toluene (TNT) plant was one of 18 in the country. It was started in 1915 by the Semet-Solvay Company. It was located on 1,000 isolated acres in an old and abandoned quarry  off the end of Onondaga Road, just west of the City, in an area now called Taunton. Approximately 25% of the nation’s explosives were produced here and sent to Belgium and France for the World War I effort. The plant employed  3,000 people by 1918. John Hazard of Skaneateles was the Vice President of the company.

James King and Vernon Dillon probably boarded the Auburn-Syracuse trolley in the Village earlier that afternoon and rode the line into work. Arriving at the plant, they passed through a turnstile, and both, as required left their matches and cigarettes behind, and headed for their work stations.

Vernon Dillon, age 23, was one of the 300 patrolman, who day and night guarded the 14 miles of fence that enclosed the facility. Dillon, a graduate of Skaneateles High School and Manhattan College in New York City, had worked for the plant for two years. As a patrolman, he carried a .38 caliber revolver, and was trained in the special techniques of fighting munitions fires.

When the fire whistle blew that night, he was one of the firefighters who responded. A fire had started from an overheated gear in one of the grinding machines. At first, the firefighters were able to keep the flames under control, until the hoses went limp due to a failure of the water system. A wind blowing up from the south fanned the flames until they were dangerously close to the 60 foot tower on TNT Building #1. The men quickly realized that they had to get as far away as possible.

But, before everyone could flee to safety, there was a blinding light, a deafening roar, and a fiery ball shot up into the air, and fell in a shower of sparks. Men were tossed up into the air, clothes torn from their bodies, (and their skin was yellow from the picric acid used in the manufacture). Breathing became difficult because of the super heated air and noxious gasses released into the air.

Vernon’s body was badly burned by the flames. He was identified in the morgue by family members by a missing tooth and other markings. The records show that he died of a crushed skull. He was laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Skaneateles.

James King had only been working at the plant 4 weeks. He was waiting to be called up in the Draft, for the country was fighting in World War I. The body of the 26 year old was among the 15 workers who were so severely burned that relatives were unable to identify them. Other men from Skaneateles that survived in spite of their injuries were Charles Wood, John Newman and Leslie Hoyt.

There were many acts of heroism that night. For example – a little over a ton of material had exploded. while there was another 400 tons in storage in the western section. If the fire had spread there, experts say, the explosion would have destroyed the entire City of Syracuse. As it was, 10 buildings were destroyed, with property losses amounting to $1,000,000 (15.8 million in today’s dollar)

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Dillon, Vernon [MC???? RIP]

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JLINKEDIN: Shannon, Sara [MC2010] Asst Principal at Santa Maria



Shannon, Sara [MC2010]
Assistant Principal & Teacher at Santa Maria School
Greater New York City Area

During my thirteen years in Education, I have been fortunate to experience a variety of roles that have helped foster my skills as a hands-on learning leader. From the classroom to the front office, I have been awarded the opportunity to work with students, families, and teachers who have challenged me and given me the impetus to lead with care. 

Serving my school in various capacities has strengthened my interpersonal and organizational skills. I effectively communicate with the school community through teaching, strategic planning, scheduling, and site organization. My roles as high school counselor and admissions director have afforded me the opportunity to help students find their next school, a place where they can feel challenged, inspired and loved. My knowledge and experience in Catholic elementary and high schools has greatly influenced my interest in upholding a school’s Catholic identity through the student body and its interaction with the community’s stakeholders. 

My leadership ability, my effective communication skills, and my desire to collaborate have aided me in being a successful administrator and teacher. 

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JUPDATE: Haggerty, Kevin M. [MC1964 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: Haggerty, Kevin M. [MC1964 RIP] 2018-Jun-25

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Dear John,

I believe that Kevin is a member of the Class of 1964.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Haggerty, Kevin M. [MC1964 RIP]

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JNEWS: Benedetti, Uanderson [MC2005] Managing Director @ Millbrook Realty


Millbrook Realty Capital Appoints Uanderson Benedetti Managing Director
July 16, 2018 08:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Millbrook Realty Capital, LLC, a leading direct, private lender specializing in bridge loans for commercial real estate, is pleased to announce that seasoned commercial real estate finance professional Uanderson Benedetti has joined the firm as Managing Director. In this role, Mr. Benedetti is responsible for growing the firm’s lending platform, which focuses on originating, underwriting and structuring loans.

“I have a great deal of respect for Charles and Marc and the platform they’ve built”

“Uanderson is a proven talent with a track record of fueling the growth of commercial real estate lending platforms,” said Millbrook Realty Capital’s Managing Principals Charles and Marc Yassky. “His direct relevant experience, skills and relationships are already having a positive impact on the firm as we ramp up our lending activities. We look forward to working closely together to deliver creative financing solutions to our expanding client roster.”

Mr. Benedetti is focused on originating short-term bridge loans on multifamily properties, mixed-use buildings, condominiums and hotels across the country. Millbrook Realty Capital’s typical loan size ranges from $1 million to $25 million with a term of 12 to 18-months, including potential extension options, and the firm is able to offer rates as low as 7.5 percent. It will also provide financing for ground-up construction projects. With Mr. Benedetti on board, Millbrook Realty Capital is targeting $150 million in originations by year-end.

“I have a great deal of respect for Charles and Marc and the platform they’ve built,” said Mr. Benedetti. “I’m excited and honored to lead Millbrook’s lending activities, and will continue to do everything I can to advance the firm’s strategic growth priorities.”

Prior to joining Millbrook Realty Capital, Mr. Benedetti served as Head of Originations for Fort Amsterdam Capital where he originated and structured bridge loans. Before that, Mr. Benedetti helped develop more than 1 million square feet of commercial real estate space in New York City as a senior project executive with MUEngineering and project manager with RCDolner. He brings to Millbrook Realty Capital an intimate understanding of real estate markets, asset classes and the capital markets. Mr. Benedetti earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College in 2005.

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Benedetti, Uanderson [MC2005]

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JLINKEDIN: Micolta, Andres [MC2016] Proj Engineer at Savin Eng


Andres Micolta
Project Engineer at Savin Engineers, P.C.
Greater New York City Area

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