POSITRACTION: A crowd “catch”



Watch Crowd Make Amazing Catch When Girl Falls From Ride
by McKinley Corbley – Jun 26, 2017

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There was nothing amusing about this young woman dangling from an amusement park ride on Saturday evening – but the resulting rescue was an inspiring example of humanity.

Visitors of the Six Flags theme park of Lake George, New York were shocked to see a 14-year-old girl hanging from the Sky Ride gondola 25 feet above the ground.

As park goers attracted the attention of emergency personnel and park security, several pedestrians gathered under the girl and started organizing themselves into a makeshift human safety net.

When Park personnel stopped the ride, one man climbed a nearby tree so he could move the branches out of the girl’s path. Once the way was clear, the climber yelled out for the girl to let go.

And she did, landing safely into the arms of the people below.

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While the event is still under investigation, however, one thing is clear: this group of random strangers were ready to risk their own health just to help a girl in distress.

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“Love thy neighbor as thyself” in action.

A lot of things COULD have gone wrong for the rescuers.

Maybe even death or serious injury. 

In this case, it all worked out for the best.

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ENDNOTE: A former inmate skips a job interview to save a life



Jul 15, 5:57 PM EDT

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WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former inmate on his way to a job interview is being lauded for helping the driver of a car that flipped over on a Connecticut highway.

Aaron Tucker was traveling by bus through Westport Wednesday when he saw the crash and jumped off to help the driver.

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The bus left the scene and Tucker missed his interview. But he says he’s since gotten other job offers.

He tells WABC-TV it was “the right thing” to do.

A GoFundMe was set up to raise money for Tucker, who served nearly two years in prison on a weapons charge, and his 21-month-old son.

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I chipped in. Maybe you might want to? You can’t always just applaud for the “peanut gallery”.

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JNEWS: DeFeo, Dino [MC1994] Managing Partner of AKF



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Dino DeFeo, PE, LEED AP, a member of AKF’s Executive Committee and Campus Sector Leader has been named Managing Partner of AKF, a global engineering firm.

DeFeo will work with Paul Bello, the former Managing Partner who has now assumed the role of chairman.

DeFeo will be responsible for the daily operations of AKF and will work with the Executive Committee on staff development, building client value, operations, and financial performance.

DeFeo is a graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Upon graduation he joined AKF in 1994 and has over 23 years of experience in the design of Mechanical Systems for Healthcare, Education, Corporate, Institutional, and Science and Tech facilities.

A licensed professional engineer in New York and five other states, he is a leader in many professional organizations including New York Building Congress’s Healthcare Committee.

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DeFeo, Dino [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that Dino is a member of the Class of 1994.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

DeFeo, Dino [MC1994] 

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JOBIT: Brennan, John E. “Jack” [MC1952 RIP] on 2017-Jun-13



John Brennan

John E. “Jack” Brennan, a resident of Beverly Hills, FL from 1999 to 2013, passed away on June 13
at his home in Austin, Texas.

A cribbage player in his leisure hours over many decades, Jack had beaten his daughter in a game earlier that morning.

Jack was born on June 19, 1931 in Evanston, Illinois, to his parents John T. and Marguerite (Quinn) Brennan. He was raised in Evanston and Jersey City, New Jersey, where he attended parochial school and was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY, and was drafted into the Army, where he served for two years while stationed in Germany.
Jack and his family lived for many years in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, where he worked at the nearby Acushnet Company – manufacturer of Titleist golf balls and clubs – as a human resource leader. Later in his career he filled a similar role for the Griffin Well Service of El Campo, Texas.

Jack is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Ann; sons John, William, and Michael, all of Austin, Texas; daughters Elizabeth Cox of Sarasota, Florida, and Eileen Bayers of Brooklyn, New York; daughters-in-law Anne Bichteler and Lynn Knox; sons-in-law Paul Wheeler, Chip Bayers, and James Cox; and grandchildren Gregory, David, and Mary Wheeler. His daughter Katherine Wheeler, who died in 2010, was a longtime resident of Inverness with her husband and children.

Jack’s family requests that donations in his memory, as well as that of daughter Kate, be made to the Jolly Rancher Fund, Pleasant Grove Elementary School, 630 Pleasant Grove Rd, Inverness, FL 34452, serving children in need in the Inverness schools.

Published in Citrus County Chronicle on July 21, 2017


Brennan, John E. “Jack” [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/chronicleonline/john-brennan-condolences/186146812?cid=full

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Dear John,

            I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1952.

                   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Brennan, John E. “Jack” [MC1952 RIP] 

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JNEWS: Porricelli, Vinny [MC1973] retires after 35 years as Fordham Head Athletic Trainer



General | 7/19/2017 4:50:00 PM | Fordham Head Athletic Trainer Vinny Porricelli Announces Retirement
Served with the Rams for 35 years

Bronx, N.Y. – Fordham University head athletic trainer Vinny Porricelli, ATC, CSCS, who has worked with Fordham student-athletes for the past 35 years, announced his retirement effective August 25, 2017, it was announced today. 

“We are immensely grateful to Vinny for his outstanding dedication and devotion to Fordham athletics and the student-athletes,” said Director of Athletic Dave Roach. “He worked tirelessly to provide the student-athletes the best of care with their well-being always a priority. Vinny will be missed.” 

Porricelli, who joined the Fordham training staff in a part-time capacity in 1982 before becoming full-time three years later, took over as head athletic trainer after longtime head trainer Jim Wilson retired in 1999. He is just one of four people to hold the position of head athletic trainer in Fordham history. 

A 1973 Manhattan College graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Porricelli received his Certificate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1975, and three years later a Masters in Exercise Physiology at the New York City-based school. 

Porricelli became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2003. And in January of 2008 he received his certification from the Titleist Performance Institute as a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. 

In 2008, Porricelli was rewarded for his 20+ years of service to Fordham, as he was inducted into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Porricelli, Vinny [MC1973]

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JNEWS: Breslin, Michael [MC1986] CFO NewYork-Presbyterian



Michael Breslin Named Chief Financial Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian
He succeeds Phyllis Lantos, who is shifting to a new senior advisory role at the healthcare organization
July 20, 2017 12:00 ET | Source: NewYork-Presbyterian
New York, New York, July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

(July 20, 2017) – NewYork-Presbyterian has named Michael Breslin chief financial officer, effective January 1, 2018. He will succeed Phyllis Lantos, who is transitioning to a new role as a senior advisor to Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian.

“Michael has many years of proven financial success in healthcare,” said Dr. Corwin. “We are confident that he will continue to maintain our financial strength and stability. We are also grateful to Phyllis Lantos, who will stay on as my trusted advisor. She led NewYork-Presbyterian through 17 years of consistent profitability and numerous financial achievements, and will continue to be an important resource to our team as Michael transitions to his new role.”

“Since joining NewYork-Presbyterian, Michael has helped us achieve many of our financial goals, enabling us to provide world-class care to a growing number of patients,” said Dr. Laura L. Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian. “We congratulate him on his new role.”

As chief financial officer, Mr. Breslin will oversee all financial matters, including financial reporting, financial planning, revenue cycle, budget, reimbursement, cost accounting, financing, insurance, strategic sourcing, supply chain, patient access and managed care. He has many years of experience in accounting, budgeting, accounts payable, payroll, insurance, tax, audit, capital, treasury, procurement and strategic sourcing, patient financial services and internal finance control functions.

Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian in 2015, he served as senior vice president, finance at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist (then New York Methodist Hospital). Earlier in his career, he was chief financial officer of Lenox Hill Hospital and also served as president and chief executive officer of Richmond University Medical Center. His relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian began when he worked with the hospital as a partner at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.

Mr. Breslin holds his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Manhattan College and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in New York state.

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Breslin, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Breslin, Michael [MC1986]

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JNEWS: Dowd, J. Steven [MC1975] US Director of the African Development Bank



The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
July 19, 2017
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

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J. Steven Dowd of Florida to be United States Director of the African Development Bank for a term of five years. Mr. Dowd has decades of executive experience in trade, logistics, and finance, with a significant focus on Africa. Mr. Dowd co-founded Ag Source, LLC, a global agriculture logistics, transportation, and finance company. His prior experience includes overseeing food aid operations and leading port infrastructure projects in Africa. Mr. Dowd also served as CEO of Marcona Ocean Industries, an international shipping and mining company. Mr. Dowd holds a B.S. in History from Manhattan College, and earned a M.A. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he was designated as a Georgetown Fellow in Foreign Service.

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Dowd, J. Steven [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that J. Steven is a member of the Class of 1975.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Dowd, J. Steven [MC1975]

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