Tag Archives: MC1957

JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) makes an admission?



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Two women down the bar from me. We began chatting. Turned out one had gone to Fordham. I went to Manhattan. A huge park separated our two schools.

A fun conversation ensued.

She told me Fordham girls used to come to Manhattan looking for boys. We referred to ourselves back then as boys and girls. The Green Leaf Bar down the hill from Manhattan is where they camped. A good place. Where Manhattan students did their drinking..

I laughed. Manhattan was an all boy’s school. We searched for girls. At the girl’s colleges in Westchester County.

Never the twain did meet! I never met a Fordham girl…..till last night.

A collegiate rivalry existed between the schools.

Fordham’s mascot was a ram. Always a real one. Tradition being what it was, a tall statue of a ram was also on the Fordham campus.

As the annual Manhattan/Fordham basketball game approached, the respective schools did evil things to each other.

Green was Manhattan’s school color. The year 1954. The game a few days away. A group of Manhattan men sneaked onto the Fordham campus and painted the ram statue green.

Ho, ho! A big deal! And we didn’t get caught!

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

[JR: Sounds like an admission of guilt. What’s the statute of limitations? KWL says he’s a lawyer. Should know better than to admit ANYTHING EVER. Laugh!]

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) ids a Christmas miracle


From the blog of Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)


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This is a Christmas story that has nothing to do with Christmas. It represents a Jesus like miracle, however.

Their parents named them Kryrie and Brielle.

They were placed in separate incubators.

Kyrie did well. Gained weight, etc. Brielle went the other way. Lost weight. Cried constantly. It was obvious Brielle was not going to make it. Death inevitable.

Nurse Gayle had been taking care of the babies in ICU. She needed to do something more for Brielle.


At the time, European hospitals in similar situations were placing the twins  into one incubator together.

Next to each other. In some instances, the dying twin survived.

Such was not permitted in Massachusetts hospitals at the time. Specifically against the rules.

Gayle disregarded the rules and placed the dying Brielle next to Kryrie in Kryrie’s incubator. Both were placed on their stomachs. Immediately and without assistance, Kryrie’s arm lifted over her sister’s back and remained there. In a holding pattern.

Brielle immediately stopped crying. She improved from that moment on. Survived, of course.

The twins are 22 years old today. Lovely. Live vibrant lives.

God is good! He works in strange ways.

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Saying a prayer that the spirit of Nurse Gayle “covers” all nurses.

I’ve recently had first hand experience with the NICU and the heroic women who care for the babe is trouble. 

Despite the one chastising me for not vigorously washing my hands enough, I pray they are all as diligent.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) having a heart catherization Tuesday


Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)


“I am having a heart catherization Tuesday in Miami.”

from his blog.

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[JR: Prayers and good thoughts in his direction.]  

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for:

From John Reinke, we are told that Louis S. Petrone ” Key West Lou ’57 ” will be undergoing a Heart Catherization on Tuesday in Miami. Lou has been in our prayers in the past and needs our prayers now. We pray for Lou that the procedure is successful free of complication so that Lou may be back on his feel soonest. Thank you John. Thank you all. God Bless.

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Good Morning All,

John Reinke has shared an update on Key West Lou Petrone who was recently in our prayers. Lou’s Heart Catherization went as planned and Lou is O’K. Good news and Lou is no doubt up and around. Thank you for your prayers. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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Jasper John…..

Thank you for remembering me. Heart cath went well. My fourth one. Getting old. No change.

I thought you were no longer sending me your blog. I was wrong. You were using an old e mail address that I use no longer. I would like to read you everyday. Please send from this point forward to {Privacy Invoked}.

Got a monitor. Discovered lack of communication when I set it up today.

Wrote a new book. Published early November. Irma and Me. Story of my flight from Irma. KW to Pompano to Atlanta to Birmingham. Then the 12 days I spent with 7 other refugees and three dogs in Birmingham. Fun stuff.

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and KoboBooks.

Would appreciate some publicity.

Friends forever,

[JR: Of course, I mentioned it already.]  

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) publishes “Irma and Me”


Irma and Me Paperback – November 6, 2017 by Louis Petrone (Author) New from $14.50 

Popular blogger Ley West Lou shares his journal that records the evacuation from Key West during the recent Hurricane Irma disaster. Along with his day-by-day diary you will find a visual record of the storm and its aftermath — a dramatic gallery to accompany Louis Petrone’s words. History told firsthand!

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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JUPDATE: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) update on Addis Hope


The message that follows is from Brother Gregory Flynn (aka Jack).

Dear Friends of Addis Hope,

Once again, my apologies for including you in this mass mailing rather than individually. 
Some time ago our Addis Hope School which we had been renting for several years from local authorities was demolished along with other structures in the neighborhood so that the property could be used to construct government offices.  Since we had a renewable two year contract, the authorities said they would provide replacement school classrooms. Despite numerous court appearances and delays, this has not happened and it looks like it won’t.

What to do? Several years ago a generous donation from a friend allowed us to purchase two shops in a new mall. My colleague, Ruth Girmay, teacher and artist, who really began with me the program sixteen years ago has had the idea of training single parent mothers of street families in making leather goods. To this end, she took courses in making handbags, satchels etc. as an income generating activity. Addis Hope would send the street children of these women to local government schools and pay for their school materials and uniforms until they graduated from Grade Eight. 

Though this reformulation of the Addis Hope program will probably come as a surprise to you, our donor partners, we continue to count on your support for our single parent destitute and marginalized families. I will write more on this new development in future mails to you.

Since Thanksgiving is an American celebration of family, I ask you to include our Addis Hope street families at your table as you have done in the past.  

I can only add that for all that has been, I say thanks. For all that will be, I say yes.
With gratitude,
Brother Gregory Flynn (aka Jack)


Make check out to Brothers of the Christian Schools (stating Addis Hope in the memo)
Mail to:
Brother Timothy Froehlich
444A Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ 07724

Jim Casey for Brother Gregory Flynn

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Key West Lou


Good Morning All,

A prayer request for Key West Lou ’57. Lou has been in our prayers before as his back problems give him problems from time to time. We pray that, this time as well, his pain and discomfort is cleared up quickly. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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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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