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TonyCasamento69

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Sheesh, All I wanted to do was have a web site where people with a connection to Mater Christi could reminisce, share some memorabilia, have some laughs, share their thoughts on various issues, reconnect with friends and make new friends. Simple, huh? Boy was I naive The first approach was to have a totally open message board - no logons or rules - post at will. It became obvious that that philosophy needed to change, so we required people to register before posting. Surely people would watch their Ps and Qs if their identity was known. Surely censorship would not be an issue, right? Boy, was I naive So we set up a rule or two or three. Surely, people would get the idea. Boy was I naive.

It's been an interesting journey.

Issues have continually arisen on this site that have caused me to take a more proactive approach in managing and moderating this board. But that's OK. I personally find great value in this site as do others. Even many people who complain about some of the content stick around and continue to post. We have many people who never post but visit; some occasionally, some often. All this is OK.

I want to address two issues that I have dealt with this week.

For the first time, a poster has been permanently banned. After multiple warnings, someone posted an obscenity-laden message insulting another poster. It was an easy decision to suspend posting privileges for this person.

The second issue is much more complicated. It’s difficult to put my feelings into words. Many people have written me about this issue and have pretty much said the same thing – something is not quite right. I am referring to Jeanne’s posts. I was approached a while back to be the coordinator of a fund raising effort for her. I was not comfortable doing that and in fact, was not comfortable about any fund raising for individuals. When Donna stepped up and took the lead on this I was OK with it. Donna’s heart was in the right place as were the hearts of people who contributed. I am not saying now that I have any evidence that Jeanne was not in need and that the money raised was not for a good cause. But questions have arose and there is some doubt. This type of fund raising will no longer be permitted on this site. Subsequent threads started by Jeanne have also been suspect. For example, Jeanne seemed to be communicating more with people on this board than with school and local authorities when her daughter turned up missing. I could be very wrong. However, I have decided that this board is not the place for Jeanne to resolve her problems. I suggest she reach out to individuals on this site in private if she thinks that appropriate and conversely, people can contact her privately. I am asking Jeanne not to post about issues concerning her personal problems. I wish her well and encourage her to continue to participate on the board. I hope there are no hard feelings.

I want to make it clear that I understand that on occasion, some of us may be going through some tough times and would like to reach out by posting on this board. I do not want to discourage this. It is appropriate but be mindful that this board is “open” to the world.

On a lighter note, I turn 55 today. There are certain benefits to reaching this milestone. For example, next month I start getting a pension from my 20 years with Johnson & Johnson. That’s nice, but I’ve expected and known about it for years. However, I just found out that I can go to any local IHOP (maybe even nationally?) with a guest between 3PM and 6PM and get a free meal with a paid meal. Now that’s cool. My wife and I will be eating out more often. I will continue to search for other “senior” benefits. If you know of any please let me know.

Thanks to all for your support.

Tony “Webguy” Casamento ‘69


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Dear Web guy,

          I agree with everything . Happy birthday !

Pattee


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I am very sorry web guy truly I am I will not do it again. Yes i am in constant contact with the authorities. I apologize to you and the members of the board. I will from now on only talk about M.C. or whatever else anyone else posts. My sincerest apologies.

I just thought that they would have ideas to help me as far as parents. I thought they wanted to help I did not mean to ruin this site . I enjoy coming here like I said numerous times before. Thank you ,  Jeanne

Have a very Happy Birthday!

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On a lighter note, I turn 55 today.

 

Hopefully your most difficult decision this afternoon is choosing a birthday cake!

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


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Tony,

 

Happy Birthday! With age comes wisdom. Thanks for all you do.

 

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Webguy,

 

First off, Happy Birthday!  Welcome to the 55 club.

 

Second, I totally agree with everyone of your comments.  I too was wondering why the board (rather than the authorities) was being used to solve a missing child problem.

 

Third, as I've said in the past, we should all be thankful that you (& not other individuals) are running this board.

 

All the best.

 

Ken


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Tony,

Diplomatically put and well said. There are times when someone in the "family" goes off a bit, but it's just like our own families.

 

I don't post frequently, but I lurk daily.   Helps keep my mind off of my own everyday problems.

 

Best wishes on your milestone. I hit one last year, but quite honestly - age is a state of mind. I'm in the state of New Jersey and still think like I'm in my 20's, but I have more responsibility now.

 

Brian

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Tony,

 

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Hi Tony,

 

Happy Birthday to a fellow Gemini.

 

I turned 57 on June 7th.

 

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Happy Birthday Tony,

Taco Time also has a 10% discount for those of us over 55.  Then there's always good old AARP.  Can't wait to see what 65 will bring.    Hope you have a wonderful birthday. Thanks for all that you do with the site.

Best regards,

 

Mary Ann '68

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Ouch!

 

You guys are getting way too old for me to play with.

 

My Birthday is Monday the 12th  & I'll be eh 33 that's right 33.

 

So glad I was the baby of '65..your not making me feel too happy about Monday...

 

Gemini's Unite... We Will Take Over The World..Eventually...

 

Buon Compliane a Te !!!

 

Donna


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Donna, Tony,

 

Last year I was in Fort Lauderdale during a rainy spell.

To beak the boredom my son and I went to Jai Lai.

When I got to the admissions window they asked how old I was -- over 50 get's a discount.

 

I kinda scoffed at the idea. 

 

However, a few hours and more than a few dollars poorer, it didn't seem so trite!

 

FXOC '66

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Hi Tony,

Happy Birthday.

I found some free and not so free things to keep you busy till you are 56.

- Kroger's gives Seniors, age 55 and above, a 5% discount off total purchase on Wednesdays.

- Crestwood Hospital's Senior Friends program (age 50--you or your spouse) is worth the $15 annual fee...even if all you do is get the free flu shot. They have lots of free classes and programs also.

- National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This program features exercise, dancing, walking, swimming, health information, crafts, games and loads of fun. Registration required by May 15. Lunch fee (to be announced and ) at time of registration. Ages 55 & up; FREE

- TRAINING TO ENHANCE ADULT MEMORY) - Do you have trouble remembering names of people you meet? Do you frequently misplace your car keys? These are common problems that many people experience. If these sound like something you may be experiencing, then the TEAM project may be able to help you. If you are 55 years of age or older or are concerned about your memory then you may be eligible for our free memory improvement services. If you choose to participate, a member of the TEAM project will meet with you in your home for about six weeks to help you with your memory. Participants will receive $45 for their time. Contact Kaci Fairchild at 205/348-1921.

http://www.jbartram.com/html/free_things.html

http://www.suddenlysenior.com/links.shtml

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385482248/103-0288725-1021419?v=glance&n=283155

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_go1576/is_200409/ai_n6573323

http://www.55online.net/orderform.php

http://www.umcrookston.edu/people/services/rsvp/Home.htm

http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/pubs/OP19_Katz.pdf

http://www.seniorjournal.com/Fitness.htm

Enjoy,

Pat (56 and loving life)

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Happy Birthday, Tony!

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Frank:

 

I've been milking that AARP card from the day I received it.

 

$12.00 movies half price..are you kidding.  Even the dollar store gives a senior discount..you can't beat that.

 

Hotels worldwide, give AARP discounts & I have never been asked to prove it.  Your making reservation on line or the phone..who the heck is going to see you & when you check in nobody checks.  Airlines,  I believe you need to be 62 & definitely show proof.

 

But like I said...I've earned it & I sure as heck am using it.

 

There's a website called Senior Living & Senior Travel  check it out.  Lot's of perks for baby boomers

 

Donna


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