Category Archives: JEmail

JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Memorial Day’s meaning


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.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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[JR: The attachment is to large to include. Drop me an email and I’ll forward it.]  

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) sends an Easter message


Dear Friends and Supporters of Addis Hope,

I am writing this 2017 Easter message from Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ where I’m recovering from a bout with pneumonia. My hope, of course is that my next message will be written from our Addis Hope program in Ethiopia. As always, my apologies for this mass mailing. This time I have a good excuse.

When I think of the Easter season, I think of those who make possible the education and feeding of our impoverished kindergarten age children of Addis Ababa street families. I think of Psalm Sunday and how palms were tangible symbols we held in our hands making the story of Jesus’ last days something we could literally grasp. The dictionary tells us the name palm tree derives from the way the leaves resemble the shape of an outstretched hand. And there we can find their deepest meaning. With that hand, earth can be tilled, clay can be formed and empires built. With that hand a flower can be given or a stone can be hurled. We can grasp the hand of another to squeeze away fear or to offer friendship. A hand can heal a hurt of brush aside a tear.

We in the Addis Hope program, children and staff, are grateful for the outstretched hands of our donor partners that have allowed us to provide two years of kindergarten education and daily hot meals to more than two thousand children over the years, children with no hope of an education of any kind were it not for those outstretched hands.

For those unfamiliar with how to assist our children, a tax free check can be written to Brothers of the Christian Schools (with a memo stating for Addis Hope) and mailed to Brother Timothy Froehlich 444 A Route 35 South Eatontown, NJ 07724   

Brother Tim will deposit any checks in our Addis Hope account.

May you have a blessed Easter (Melkam Fassika)
Brother Gregory Flynn (Jack)

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) 

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JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) “May God, and Mary and Patrick Bless you!”


Happy St. Patricks Day!

May God, and Mary and Patrick Bless you! 
One of Dad’s favorite songs, although I don’t think I ever heard him sing more than the first two lines. 
Gerard Delaney
Go mbeannai Dia, a Maírha, a Padraig thu
May God, and Mary, and Patrick bless you. 
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Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)
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JEMAIL: Tighe, Bill [MC1954] finds some memories


Dear John,

          A fellow JASPER, Bill Tighe ’54 sent me the link to
the site below:

      The 44 Club was where many of us spent Saturday
nights as well as after Basketball Games. A pitcher was $1.25
in those days! We went there so often, that John the
Waiter came to our wedding.

      When Jack Grogan,’53 RIP and I were drafted, this is
where our going away party was held. I am sure that many
JASPERS will fondly remember the place.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Tighe, Bill [MC1954]

Grogan, Jack [MC1953 RIP]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Pitchers of soda, of course. Great site for memories. If I can be political for a moment, I note at the end that after it was knocked down for “urban renewal” the Gooferment found they didn’t have any money to build. Laugh! Typical. What injineer starts a project without the wherewithall to finish it. Argh! Sad to lose your “favoritest places”. I feel the same way about the old Red Garter in the Village near Gertie’s Folks City. Great times; in not so great places. Laugh! The Red Garter was a “health code violation” by any standard. Laugh!]  

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JEMAIL: Tyniec, Jack (MC1966) reenrolls


Tyniec, Jack (MC1966) 

Congrats on your anniversary at JasperJottings! Thanks for keeping the flame alive. Wishing you well for many more years. Somehow I’ve fallen off the list. If you would be kind enough to re-enroll me at: {Privacy Invoked}. Thanks. Jack

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[JR: Thanks for the kind words and re-enrolled — no extra charge.]  

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JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) asks about Carol King


I went to a wonderful performance – tribute to the music of Carol King last night with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a trio of Broadway singers. In this week’s JJ item about the upocoming women’s e-zine, you made refernce to the women ignoring “one of the better “story tellers”, Carol King.”

Can you please explain the reference??

Thanks, as always, for your fine efforts as CIC!

mike toner
BEE ’72
Buffalo, NY

[JR: Sure. The Quadrangle posted an article in which the phrase “shame women in storytelling or are ignored altogether” was used. As an old hippie folk singer / writer wanna be, I knew about her LONG BEFORE she was famous. And now the play has made her even more well known. Since “song writers” are “story tellers”, I thought I’d point out this contradiction. Guess I was too obtuse. Obviously, I don’t agree with the Q writer’s assertion — guess they have never follow Sharyl Attkisson either. Just me ranting. And thanks for the compliment.]

Toner, Mike (MC1972) 

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JEMAIL: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) thinks the Catholic Church is not “progressive”



Regarding the MC women’s Lotus Magazine, you say that it sounded like “secular progressive nonsense.”  Maybe they sound like that because regarding women, the Catholic Church is not even close to being “progressive” or even reasonable. For example, the church bans birth control (a serious sin) which is mostly directed at  women. However, 96 percent of American Catholics use birth control. What about third world countries where families have a difficult time feeding one child but the church wants them to have as many as come along? 

Ken Jablon ’62

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[JR: Well, the Holy Father certainly sounds like “left progressive” IMHO. BUT I’m far from the arbiter of what’s “progressive” or “reasonable”. So perhaps “American Catholics” if they even exist any more, have fallen off the straight and narrow. Maybe they have been seduced by Hollywood’s version of morality. “As long as it feels good, I should do it”. Children just don’t “come along”. And in poor third world countries, there is an economic value to have more children. As well as, a lot of “poor choices”. Children may be the result of choices made. For first world women, such as we see at Alma Mater, to talk about “misogyny” is almost laughable. As the children of folks who can afford a pretty expensive “Catholic” education, it’s bizarre. Akin to like “biting the hand that feeds you”. And in a “Catholic” setting. Most interesting how the world evolves. But then I’m just a grumpy fat old white guy injineer watching life pass me by.]  

Jablon, Ken (MC1962)

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