Tag Archives: MC1976

COMMENT: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) shares another wedding “save”


Re: Refugee.

This may not be a refugee story, but 30 years ago when planning our wedding, my wife was trying to find the perfect wedding dress. A neighbor of my best man was an Iranian gentleman (his wife was Guatamalan) had a dress shop in Manhattan. He offered to make my wife a custom wedding dress as a wedding gift. I knew him as an acquaintance, but I wouldn’t say he was a close friend. One of the features that my wife wanted was a long train on the dress, longer than Princess Diana. Done. Now, having a long train might be fun for the wedding, but it can be a bit of a pain for the reception. He included a hidden zipper so that after the wedding ceremony, the train could be removed for easier dining and dancing. Needless to say he and his wife were guests at the wedding. It was a very touching gesture.
O’Connell, Bill (MC1976)

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JNEWS: Sweeney, Robert [MC1976] interim replacement Somers guidance director



Sweeney Appointed Interim Guidance Director of Somers Schools
July 15, 2016 at 11:15 AM

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SOMERS, N.Y. – Robert Sweeney, a veteran guidance counselor with extensive experience in college admissions, will fill in next year as the director of guidance in Somers schools, replacing Dr. Deborah Hardy.

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Hardy’s interim replacement, a retiree from the Mamaroneck school system, will not require Somers to make either health insurance payments or contributions to the state retirement plan.

Sweeney left Mamaroneck in 2014 after 26 years in guidance, then spent last year as Harrison High School’s interim guidance coordinator. In 1986, he completed a 14-year run as director of admissions for Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry.

A one-time teacher, Sweeney is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor of arts in English and of Manhattan College, where he earned his master’s degree in guidance and counseling. He has twice been president of the Westchester Putnam Rockland Guidance Association.

In the district’s email to parents, Sweeney was quoted as saying his appointment is “a wonderful opportunity for me to work with the dedicated faculty, students and parents of Somers. I look forward to building relationships and identifying ways we can support our community further.”

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Sweeney, Robert [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Robert received his Masters in 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sweeney, Robert [MC1976]

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JOBIT: Eletto, Richard A. [MC1976 RIP] on 2016-Apr-09 reported by Egan, John [MC1976]


Good Morning All,

John Egan ’76 has shared the sad news of the passing of Fellow Jasper, Friend and Classmate, Richard A. Eletto ’76 BA. Richard was called home on Saturday, April 9, 2016, after a 30 month battle with ALS. Richard grew up in Yonkers, attended Archbishop Stepinac High School and graduated from Manhattan with a BA in English. He later earned an MBA at Fairfield University, Ct.

Richard is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Sheila, their four Children and 4 Grandchildren. They lived in Woodbury, CT. Richard was a successful salesperson working for the very best technological companies in the United States. He was Northeast Regional Sales Director, IBM. We pray for the repose of his soul. We pray for his Wife Sheila, and their Family that they find peace as they mourn the loss of their loved one. The Family ask that if you wish, contributions may be made to Manhattan College in memory of Richard Eletto ’76: https://connect.manhattan.edu/giving.
As John Egan says, his Family and Friends will miss him dearly. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 


Eletto, Richard A. [MC1976 RIP]


Guestbook: None cited; at least not yet


Egan, John [MC1976]

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JLINKEDIN: Savastano, Frank [MC1976] Associate Broker at Friesland Realty



Savastano, Frank [MC1976] 
Associate Broker at Friesland Realty Advisors
Harrison, New York
Commercial Real Estate

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JLINKEDIN: Continuo, Anthony [MC1976] Curriculum Manger at Alcatel-Lucent



Continuo, Anthony [MC1976] 
Learning Consultant – Curriculum Manger at Alcatel-Lucent
Southold, New York

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JNEWS: Petchonka, John [MC1976] owner Ridgefield Glass



Ridgefield Glass etches a fresh chapter with relocation
By Bill Fallon
June 25, 2015

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Now in his 10th year owning Ridgefield Glass, which dates to 1974 and which cut the ribbon on a new showroom this month, John Petchonka dodged the shuttering effects of the recession through adaptation and managed to expand. He figures 66 percent to 75 percent of company business is with contractors. The remaining business is with private homeowners.

The 2,000-square-foot showroom at 159 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, this month began displaying new products, including glass showers that effectively double the size of smaller, second bathrooms by replacing shower curtains with walls of glass. Formerly, most frameless glass shower doors swung open, making them unsuitable for small bathrooms. Ridgefield Glass now sells a “frameless slider” that, per its name, does not swing out. Petchonka said displaying it is, “One of the reasons for the move.”

Petchonka was three years into ownership in 2008 when, as he recently put it, “All hell hit and there was a market drop in Ridgefield.”

Born in New York City, Petchonka, 60 and a scientist by education and trade, reacted to the downturn by expanding his catchment area. He turned his gaze south.

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Petchonka is a Manhattan College-trained chemical engineer who in his former business life designed and built the NutraSweet plant in Athens, Ga., and worked on developing Viagra for Pfizer, originally as a heart aid – the beating, pumping heart, not the Valentine/twin-bathtub variety. A half-hour conversation — mainly to speak about his relocation — addressed the properties of glass — “basically a solid, but you can enhance its properties with rapid heating and quenching: — and Viagra “It was a failed heart drug, but the patients kept coming back asking for more. I was not astute enough to buy stock in Pfizer.” (The drug is still used to treat some forms of hypertension.)

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Petchonka, John [MC1978]

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JNEWS: Bricker, John F. [MC1976] joins New York office of Polsinelli



Who’s News
    By REW Staff •   May 14, 2015 

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Polsinelli has welcomed John F. Bricker to the firm to focus on complex real estate and financial services matters for clients, including real estate finance & capital markets, distressed debt & workouts, and mortgage loan restructurings. Bricker is the third attorney to move to the New York office of Polsinelli in the last three months.

Bricker brings a wealth of experience in representing special servicers, investment banks, opportunity funds, REITs and hedge funds in the origination, purchase, sale and administration of whole loans, participation interests, equity interests, CMBS and other mortgage loans, and mezzanine loans.Bricker earned his law degree from The University of Detroit School of Law, cum laude, where he was a member of the Law Review and received his B.S. in Accounting from Manhattan College.

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Bricker, John F. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bricker, John F. [MC1976]

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