Category Archives: JNEWS

JNEWS: Garofalo, Jason [MC2004] Teacher @ Math for America

2018-Dec-02

http://riverdalepress.com/stories/mfa-makes-mathematicians-out-of-model-teachers,67560

MFA makes mathematicians out of model teachers
Posted December 2, 2018

Jason Garofalo talks through an algebra problem with a student at the Marble Hill School for International Studies. Garofalo teaches mathematics through Math for America, a nonprofit organization that recruits math and science teachers.

By SIMONE JOHNSON

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More than 200 teachers in the Bronx alone champion Math for America, an organization that says it pushes students to confront problems with the same curiosity and passion scientists like Galileo Galilei and Albert Einstein have shown in the past.

And as the new academic year began in September, the fellowship program bestowed 300 four-year fellowships in math, science, and computer science to New York City teachers like Jason Garofalo, who works at the Marble Hill School for International Studies.

“There are multiple rewarding aspects of the program, but the respect and recognition I would say — and the sense of importance that I get about my job are encouraging,” Garofalo said.

Garofalo has taught at the Terrace View Avenue school for the past 11 years. But surprisingly, he wasn’t always destined to be a math teacher. When he first entered Manhattan College as a freshman, Garofalo had his sights set on an engineering degree.

It wasn’t until he had the opportunity to teach disabled students during a summer educational camp that he decided to switch majors, graduating with a degree in psychology and a minor in math.

While he was in graduate school at Columbia University, Garofalo heard about Math for America for the first time. It was started by hedge fund manager Jim Simons in 2004, and has since grown.

“It was too late for me to go into their new teacher program, so I kind of had to wait to apply to their master teacher fellowship,” Garofalo said. “So I spent my first three years waiting for Math for America.”

In the meantime, Garofalo taught at different smaller schools throughout the city. When it came time to finally apply, Garofalo learned that there was more to the process than just submitting an application and a letter of recommendation or two. The selection process is extensive, requiring applicants like Garofalo to submit a large volume of information about his education, teaching style and so forth. He also had to submit several essays and lesson plans — all before actually acing a pair of math exams.

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Garofalo, Jason [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Jason is a member of the class of 2004.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Garofalo, Jason [MC2004]

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JNEWS: Stromberg, Pierre [MC1986] looks for proof of a visit by alien

2018-Dec-02

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/proof-of-alien-visitors-artifact-from-an-ancient-civilization-the-truth-is-out-there-in-seattle/

Local News
Proof of alien visitors? Artifact from an ancient civilization? The truth is out there — in Seattle
Originally published December 1, 2018 at 6:00 am
By Erik Lacitis Seattle Times staff reporter

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For years, the strange object embedded in a rocklike formation sparked speculation and wonder. Was it proof of a visit by aliens? It’s at the Pacific Science Center for you to see for yourself. The truth is out there.

For 57 years, since its discovery by three rockhounds in the mountains of Eastern California, an oblong, 2- by 3-inch stonelike mass has been at the heart of speculation around the world.

Oh, how we want to believe that the truth is out there.

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Stromberg, 54, a 1986 graduate in computer science from Manhattan College in the Bronx, where he grew up, says that as a kid he read Erich von Daniken’s “Chariots of the Gods?”, which theorizes extraterrestrials influenced early human life. Pretty neat stuff, he thought back then.

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Stromberg, Pierre [MC1986]

JNEWS: Pepe, Thomas A. [MC1974] Vice-chair CCM BoT

2018-Nov-28

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/morristown/articles/county-college-of-morris-trustees-elect-officers-morristown-man-and-morris-township-woman-re-elected

County College of Morris Trustees Elect Officers; Morristown Man and Morris Township Woman Re-Elected
By KATHLEEN BRUNET EAGAN, CCM
November 28, 2018 at 5:17 PM

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RANDOLPH, NJ — The County College of Morris (CCM) Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting on November 19 and elected its officers.

Elected to serve a second year in their positions were Paul R. Licitra, of Flanders, as chair; Thomas A. Pepe, of Morristown, as vice chair; Jeffrey M. Advokat, Esq., of Denville, as treasurer; and Dr. Barbara Lorfink Hadzima, of Morris Township, as secretary.

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Before retiring, Pepe served as chief financial officer for Communications Strategies, Inc., a family-owned public relations and marketing agency. He also is a member of the CCM Foundation Board of Directors. Included among his other community involvement, he is a former president of the Patriot’s Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, and serves as chair and trustee of NORWESCAP, the community action program of Northwest New Jersey. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math from Manhattan College and MBA in finance from Adelphi University.

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Pepe, Thomas A. [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1974.

                                   Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pepe, Thomas A. [MC1974]

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JNEWS: LaRocca, Michael [MC1989] Head Property & Specialty Lines NA @ Swiss Re

2018-Nov-10

https://newstage.com.ng/2018/11/05/swiss-re-corporate-solutions-appoints-michael-larocca-as-head-property-specialty-lines-north-america/

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Michael LaRocca as Head Property & Specialty Lines North America
5th November 2018

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Michael LaRocca as Head Property & Specialty Lines North America, effective November 7, 2018. In this role, Mr. LaRocca will be responsible for managing the strategy, development and performance of the company’s Property & Specialty Lines portfolio.

Based in New York, he will oversee the General Property, Energy Property, Excess & Surplus Property, Engineering & Construction, General Aviation and Marine teams throughout the US and Canada.

“With Michael’s appointment, we gain a leader with a strong track record in the commercial insurance industry to oversee our North American Property & Specialty Lines business and continue to provide clients and brokers with the knowledge, coverage and service they have come to expect,” states Ivan Gonzalez, CEO North America, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. “Michael’s experience and expertise will also help us advance our strategic aspirations, in particular, developing our international programs to serve mid-sized and large companies headquartered in the US and Canada.”  

An industry veteran, Mr. LaRocca brings twenty-five years of experience to this role. He has held numerous leadership positions and has a strong underwriting and client-focused background. Mr. LaRocca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College.

With 20 offices in North America, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions serves clients and brokers throughout the region by providing financial protection from a wide range of risks. 

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LaRocca, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

                 I believe that Michael, is a member of the Class of 1989.

                                     Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

LaRocca, Michael [MC1989]

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JNEWS: Zugibe, Thomas P. [MC1975] runs for New York’ Ninth Judicial District

2018-Nov-01

ELECTION 2018: 10 candidates seek 7 state Supreme Court judgeships in Ninth District
By Patricia R. Doxsey pdoxsey@freemanonline.com @pattiatfreeman on Twitter 13 hrs ago

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KINGSTON, N.Y. — Voters in five Mid-Hudson counties, including Dutchess and Orange, will elect seven justices from a field of 10 candidates for state Supreme Court seats in New York’ Ninth Judicial District.

The candidates on the Democratic line are Hal B. Greenwald, Kathie E. Davidson, William Giacomo, David F. Everett, Barry E. Warhit, Joan B. Lefkowitz and Thomas P. Zugibe.

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Zugibe has been the Rockland County district attorney since 2008 and worked in the office as an assistant district attorney starting in 1981.

He was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the Moreland Commission for Public Corruption in 2013.

Zugibe is a former deputy state attorney general assigned to the Medicaid fraud control unit and served as a village of Haverstraw justice from 1989 to 2007.

A Garnerville resident, Zugibe holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law.

He will hold the Democratic, Independence and Conservative party lines on ballot.

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Zugibe, Thomas P. [MC????]

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Dear John,

                    I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1975.

                                                   Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Zugibe, Thomas P. [MC1975]

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JNEWS: Tiano, John “Al” [MC1942] Derby High School HoF

2018-Oct-25

https://www.nhregister.com/valley/article/Derby-High-School-inducts-8-more-in-Athletic-Hall-13330703.php

Derby High School inducts 8 more in Athletic Hall of Fame
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Published 12:00 am EDT, Thursday, October 25, 2018

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The 2018 Hall of Famers are: Ben Bartone, Class of ’92; Heather Beauton Class of ’89; John DeFrancisco, Class of ’64; Eileen Duggan, Class of ’86; Paul “Itch” Grant, Class of ’47; Frank Ishman, Class of ’62; Walt Lenart, Class of ’41 and John “Al” Tiano, Class of ’38.

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Tiano, a three-sport athlete, was a member of the legendary Moxie Five basketball team in the late 1930s. It was this Class B squad that Coach Nuggy Ryan opted to enter into the Class A tournament. Tiano led the Red Raiders in scoring. He excelled in track, making his mark in the long jump. He is most remembered on the gridiron, earning the nickname “Al” because his running style reminded them of Yale star Albie Booth. He helped lead the Raiders to three straight Housatonic League football titles as well as the 1937 state Class “B” championship. He earned a four-year scholarship to Manhattan College, where he played basketball and football.

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Tiano, John “Al” [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1942.

                                                Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Tiano, John “Al” [MC1942]

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JNEWS: Nakachi, Lauren Parker [MC2004] Trusts and Estates @ Avelino LLP

2018-Oct-18

https://www.tapinto.net/columns/are-you-ready-for-life/articles/are-you-ready-to-review-your-will

Are You Ready to Review Your Will?
By LAUREN PARKER NAKACHI, ESQ.
October 17, 2018 at 4:44 PM

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Lauren Parker Nakachi is a 2012 graduate from Seton Hall University School of Law and graduated from Manhattan College in 2004 with a degree in history. She joined the Trusts and Estates Department of Avelino LLP in 2012. In the new firm of Avelino & Hartlaub, LLP, Nakachi continues to provide estate planning services including the preparation of wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, advance health care directives, and durable powers of attorney as well as estate administration.

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Nakachi, Lauren Parker [MC2004]

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