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JNEWS: Leary, Tim [MC1967] St. Francis Prep boys’ basketball coach retires


Lasting legacy for Leary: Prep coach honored at last home game
By Laura Amato

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Tim Leary didn’t always want to be a teacher. He never really planned on being a coach either. More than 40 years after he became both, Leary can’t quite imagine anything else.

The longtime St. Francis Prep boys’ basketball coach, retiring after 43 years on the sidelines, was honored at the Terriers’ final home game of the season Sunday afternoon as former players and students packed the gym to celebrate his unexpected and incredibly successful career.

“I was going to be a cop like everybody else in my family. I had taken the test and I was waiting to get on the job out of school,” Leary said. “I just got married out of college and I needed a job, so while I was waiting I took to teaching. And I was like ‘this is great.’ I’ll be on the beach during the summer and I never really looked back after that.”

Leary – a 1963 Prep grad – was a star on the hardwood before he started pacing the sidelines. He played both basketball and baseball for the Terriers and went on to compete at Manhattan College, leading the Jaspers to two NIT appearances.

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Leary, Tim [MC????]

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Dear John,

          I believe that Tim is a member of the Class of 1967

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Leary, Tim [MC1967]

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JNEWS: Muniz, Luis [MC1999] is a lucky man


Valentine’s Special: Local couples on life and love, by Emily Kluver
February 13, 2017 2:29 am by

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Lizzette & Luis

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Lizzette Muniz, an attorney and President of the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, and her husband, Luis, a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, have been married for 15 years, together for 20, and friends for 25.

Sitting in D’Amico Coffee, the dynamic duo thought back to the early days of their relationship. They had become friends back while attending Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx.

After high school, she went to Fordham and he attended Manhattan College. Of the time, Luis says simply, “We stayed behind and stayed in touch.” Expanding, Lizzette notes that they “were some of the few commuters from our group.”

Naturally, they grew closer, but they didn’t start dating right away. Lizzette recalls that it was while she watched Luis give a toast as the best man at a wedding that she began to see him in a different light.

“I realized how charming he was,” she explains.

The rest, as they say, is history. Luis proposed to Lizzette while they were vacationing in Mexico.

Teasingly, Luis points out that the first thing she said when he proposed was, “You didn’t get a haircut.”

“I didn’t want to remember that,” Lizzette replies sheepishly.

Eight years ago, their relationship hit another major milestone when the couple welcomed their daughter, Lila, into the world.

How did having a child change their lifestyle?

“[It changed] everything,” Luis replies without missing a beat.

“How didn’t it change?” Lizzette adds, laughing. “After having a baby, we realized we were never going anywhere ever again.”

But despite the changes to their lifestyle, Lizzette and Luis have remained strong as a couple and a family.

How do they make relationships look easy?

“Don’t go to bed angry,” Luis advises. Lizzette thinks for a moment, “And keep your fights between yourselves. You’ll forgive each other, but others might not forgive and forget so easily.”

As for relationship role models, Lizzette and Luis haven’t really had any. They smile at the idea and Luis shakes his head, “No, no one”.

“Recently, Barack and Michelle,” Lizzette notes with tones of admiration

In the end, what matters the most to this dynamic couple is their friendship.

Lizzette explains that the other day on Facebook, she read a post asking people to come up with the name of someone they would most like to sit next to on a park bench for two hours, just talking.

“I thought it was so easy—Luis.” Lizzette explains.

Then, after reading other people’s responses of important historical figures like Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi, Lizzette says she thought for a moment about whether she should have chosen someone famous and dead.

“I’d still choose Luis,” she says without hesitation. “I think it’s good I can spend time with someone I want to be with more than anyone else.”

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Muniz, Luis [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that Luis is a member of the Class of 1999.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Muniz, Luis [MC1999]

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JNEWS: Kinnally, Rev. Robert [MC1982] at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan


Father Robert Kinnally gets settled in new role at St. Aloysius

Updated 9:59 am, Friday, February 10, 2017
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NEW CANAAN — After many years working at universities Robert Kinnally had ascended to what was arguably the premier position in college admissions in 2000. It was at that point that he decided to made a profoundly life-altering decision.

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Prior to receiving “the call,” as he refers to it, Kinnally considered himself a religious person. He was raised Roman Catholic in Yonkers, N.Y. and went to Mass regularly as a child. In college, he became enraptured by literature, consuming novels and poetry fiendishly at Manhattan College and continuing his studies in literature at NYU. He wrote his master’s thesis about the baptismal imagery of water in the work of Henry James’ “The Ambassadors.”

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He loved his job, but still, the possibility of a life in church pulled at him.

“You can’t run from it. I couldn’t run from it,” Kinnally said.

Kinnally began seeing a spiritual director, a Dominican Priest, with whom he shared his dreams of joining the priesthood and worked toward his goal. In 2004, Kinnally was ordained.

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Kinnally, Rev. Robert [MC????]

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Dear John,
             I believe that Fr. Robert is a member of the Class of 1982.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kinnally, Rev. Robert [MC1982]

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JNEWS: Williamson, Steve [MC????] SVP HJ Sims


FAIRFIELD, Conn., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — HJ Sims is pleased to announce that Steve Williamson and Chris Long have joined the Company as Senior Vice Presidents of Fixed Income Sales. Steve and Chris specialize in taxable and bank qualified securities and have experience with retail and institutional clients, covering middle market banks, insurance companies, investment advisors and municipalities.

“Steve and Chris have skills that will enhance HJ Sims’ ability to service our retirement account business and further penetrate the institutional arena. Additionally, their knowledge will strengthen our banking capability through the creation of new taxable municipal bond issues, as well as the ability to pursue municipal cash management business,” says Arthur J. Wunder, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, HJ Sims.

Steve has 40 years of experience and holds his Series 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 24 licenses. He graduated from Manhattan College with a BBA, earned an MBA at Columbia University, and holds a JD from Fordham University. Steve has worked with Oppenheimer, Southwest Securities, Commerce and RBC.

“Throughout the past 40 years, I have seen the industry landscape evolve considerably, and one fundamental remains constant: people are trying to find value. During my time in the business, I have cultivated many relationships and contacts, which enable me to find dynamic solutions to meet my clients’ varying needs,” says Steve.

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Williamson, Steve [MC????]

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JNEWS: Boscia, Paul [MC1976] un-retires into Undersheriff Putnam County


Police & Fire
Putnam Names County Undersheriff
Paul Boscia, who just recently retired from the Sheriff’s Office, will take the post.
By Lanning Taliaferro (Patch Staff) – January 19, 2017 7:08 am ET

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Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that he has named Paul Boscia as the new Undersheriff of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Boscia’s appointment fills a vacancy in the position following the untimely death on Nov. 15, 2016 of the previous long-time Undersheriff, Peter Convery.

Boscia’s official appointment as Undersheriff will commence on Feb. 6 and is effective through the remainder of Smith’s current elected term of office, which runs through Dec. 31, 2017.

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In addition to his long police service, Boscia has served his country in the Air Force, first serving as an active member for ten years before joining the Sheriff’s Office and then continuing as a member of the Air Force Reserve until retiring in 2006 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Boscia holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He and his wife, Regina, reside in Putnam County, where they have raised their four children.

“The death of Undersheriff Peter Convery left a big hole in our hearts and it also left big shoes to fill in leading the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and in serving our citizens,” said Smith in the announcement. “I am grateful to Paul Boscia and to his wife, Regina, for temporarily putting their retirement plans on hold and for answering the call to duty for the people of Putnam County.

Following the Sheriff’s announcement, Boscia said that he is “honored by the Sheriff’s appointment” and that he is “privileged to serve as his Undersheriff.” Boscia went on to express confidence that his long experience in the Sheriff’s Office will enable him to serve the County well in his new role: “The Sheriff is an outstanding leader and I am prepared, together with the very capable command staff of the Sheriff’s Office, to assist him in fulfilling our mission to serve and protect the community with professionalism and dedication.”

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Boscia, Paul [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Paul is a member of the class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Boscia, Paul [MC1976]

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JNEWS: Coyne, Matt [MC2011] transportation reporter at the Journal News


Getting to work: Expect these changes in 2017
Matt Coyne ,
Published 6:04 a.m. ET Jan. 11, 2017 | Updated 4:32 p.m. ET Jan. 11, 2017

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To kick off 2017, lohud reporters are assessing the state of critical issues on their beats. In this story, reporter Matt Coyne looks at the state of transportation in the Lower Hudson Valley.

Plenty is changing when it comes to transportation.

From driverless cars to high-speed commuter rail to massive infrastructure investment under President-elect Donald Trump, how Americans get from point A to point B could soon look a lot different.

Here in the Lower Hudson Valley, there’s a lot to keep an eye on — from the nearly complete new Tappan Zee Bridge to Metro-North and the Westchester County Airport. It all means 2017 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for transportation in Westchester and Rockland counties.
On the beat

At some yet-to-be specified point in 2017, the new Tappan Zee Bridge will reach its biggest milestone yet: One of the $3.9 billion project’s two spans will open to traffic, initially carrying cars going in both directions. At that point, the old bridge will be shut down.

The new bridge is undoubtedly the biggest, and certainly most visible, transportation project in the state and possibly the country. When all is said and done, the new bridge is expected to connect Westchester and Rockland counties without the need for major structural repairs for the next 100 years.

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Matt Coyne is the transportation reporter at the Journal News and He joined the paper in 2015 and covered cops, courts, heroin abuse and northern Westchester politics and development before taking over the transportation beat. Previously, he had covered schools and sports in Connecticut. He graduated from Manhattan College in 2011.

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Coyne, Matt [MC2011]

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JNEWS: Vara-Dannen, Theresa [MC1977] Connecticut History ToY


Beth Chana Academy High School Seniors Earn College Credits
Date: January 11, 2017
in: Education

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Taught by Dr. Theresa Vara-Dannen, a graduate of Manhattan College (B.A. in English and French); New York Law School (J.D.); Wesleyan University (C.A.S.); and Swansea University, Wales (Ph.D. English), Dr. Vara-Dannen has been teaching 9th-through 12th grade students in Darien, Hartford, and Waterbury, CT, for the past twenty-five years.

Dr. Vara-Dannen was awarded the Gilder Lehrman Award for Connecticut History Teacher of the Year based on her teaching in American Studies, while her University of Hartford Teaching Award for Innovation and Collaboration, the Yale Educator of the Year Award (2011), and the UConn ECE Instructor Award for Excellence and earlier recognitions were granted for her teaching of English and American Studies. In 2014, she was honored as University High School Teacher of the Year, and National Council for Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence (New England Chapter).

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Vara-Dannen, Theresa [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Theresa is a member of the Class of 1977.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Vara-Dannen, Theresa [MC1977]

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