This page is designed to keep our members and
friends up-to-date on what is happening within the Association.
CATHOLIC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC.
We are happy to report that we have moved to our new home - 2700 Rhawn
Street (SEC Rhawn and Fairfield Sts. - one block east of Roosevelt
Blvd.) See photos below. All our equipment and some of the NECHS memorabilia
came with us. What we received when the school closed is now
proudly displayed. The Shrine of Our Lady Fatima
and the plaques honoring our members who died during World War II,
Korea, and Viet Nam, which was the property of the Association came with
us have been reconstructed at the site. The men pictured below -
alumni and friends and relatives - were responsible for getting us moved
Since June, 2010 when we
we've made a number of improvements to the building and property, not
the least of which, was installing the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in
the rear yard. Of course, the plaques honoring the memory of the
265 alumni who gave their lives for their country in World War II,
Korea, and Vietnam are next to Our Lady. The Shrine was dedicated by Father Kilty on
Memorial Day, 2011.
The office as you walk in from the
entrance on Fairfield Street is the nerve center of your Association.
On the walls are a number of mementos of accomplishments from years
past. The desk on the right belonged to the secretary to the
President of NECHS and was made by Frank Fedele, '64. Above the
mantle on the left is an original cartoon by Bil Keane, '40
Two views of the operations
center where all mailings are produced. It is also used for
committee meetings and meetings of the Board of Trustees of the
Scholarship Fund. On the far right is the plaque honoring those
killed in Vietnam which hung at the end of the first floor corridor at
North. It now graces a wall in one of our Memorial Rooms.
Something new was added in
the summer of '13. Thanks to Mariana Bracetti Academy, the charter
school that purchased the NECHS building, we were able to secure the
banner above which was the top the marquee on the corner of Torresdale &
Hunting Park Aves. With some expert craftmanship, we were able to
cut it to size, frame it appropriately and it now hangs in a place of
honor in our operations center.
Some the Catholic League
Championship shields given to us when school closed. Our Hall of
Fame which honors our Outstanding Alumni, Outstanding Achievement Award
recipients, Honorary members, and past Presidents and Chaplains.
Some of the sports memorabilia that were presented to us.
On the left some more sports
memorabilia. On the right, the NECHS Hall of Fame plaques and a
tapestry honoring the 1956 City Championship football team.
Between the Hall of Fame plaques are three items of interest. The
Crucifix is from the chapel at North. Just below is a school
shield which dates to 1932, and, finally, the podium which graced the
stage at North since it was presented as a graduation gift by the Class
A wall with the trophies we
were able to obtain from the school. Center is a number of the citations
the school received from local and state government over the years.
Some banners and pennants gathered over the years, in particular, one
honoring the basketball teams achievements.
Some more memorabilia, in
particular an autographed picture of honorary member, Pope John Paul II,
and a plaque honoring the legendary Father Thomas "Knobby" Walsh, Hon.
'66. On the right, plaques and photos honoring former alumni, an
original "Reds" Falcon cartoon by Jerry Buckley, '50, and a copy of the
recruitment poster emphasizing that the "right direction" was North.
Now that you've had glimpse, why not stop by and view the building first
hand. Give us a call at 215-543-1051 to make sure someone is
Our Lady's Shrine was
spruced up prior to the services. 3rd VP Joe Pilawsky, '71,
painted the statues and prieu deux and a new flag was added. The
crowd began to arrive from Resurrection of Our Lord Church where Mass
was concelebrated by Oblate Fathers Neil Kilty, '59, and John Spellman,
'56, and the pastor, Father Joe Howarth, '67.
More alumni and families of
our deceased heroes file in to join in our tribute to our fallen alumni.
Chairman John Handley, '58
nods to Father Kilty to begin our service.
President Jeff Brown, '79,
places a commemorative wreath at the base of the Shrine. After the
Service, we adjourned inside for a repast of coffee and cake.
A dues paying member may apply for a grant for his child(ren)
and/or grandchild(ren). Grants are awarded to attend any of the
following colleges/universities: Cabrini College,
Radnor, Pennsylvania; Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania; Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey; Gwynedd Mercy
University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania; Holy Family University, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania; LaSalle
University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Neumann University, Aston,
Pennsylvania; Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania; St. Charles
Borromeo Seminary College, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; St. Joseph's
University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Villanova University,
Villanova, Pennsylvania. The applicant must be a senior in high
school to be eligible. Four grants of $25,000 are awarded to
applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need requirements. They are payable in equal semi-annual
installments over four years providing the applicant meets our minimum
are also awarded to attend an
(arch)diocesan or parochial high school operated within the
canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden,
New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New
Jersey. The applicant must be in the 8th grade to be eligible.
The grants are awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic
and financial need requirements. Five grants at $15,000, and five at $10,000 are awarded. They are payable
in equal semi-annual installments over four years providing the
applicant meets our minimum academic standards.
Finally, grants are awarded to
attend a parochial grade school operated by a parish within the
canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden,
New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New
Jersey. To be eligible, the applicant must be in the 5th
The grants are awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic
and financial need requirements. Four grants of $6,000 and four grants of $3,000 are awarded.
They are payable in equal
semi-annual installments over three years providing the applicant
meets our minimum academic standards.
The first step in applying for a grants is the qualified (dues
payer) parent or grandparent must complete our
request form and
return it to the Fund Office - P. O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA
19149-0005 - The forms will be accepted during the period 12/1/15
2015 Scholarship Fund Recipients
The Board of Trustees of the
Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. met on April 16 and selected
the following young men and women as the recipients of this year's grants.
David Bartholomew - Roman Catholic HS - LaSalle University
Siobhan Grant - Little Flower HS - LaSalle University
Keira Farnan - Archbishop Ryan HS - Holy Family University
Alicia Swallow - Little Flower HS - Holy Family University
Ms. Grant chose not to accept the
grant as she will attend Pennsylvania State University. It was then
offered to Alexis McDonnell, St. Hubert HS, who declined because she will attend
Pennsylvania State University. Next, it was offered to Ryan Shepherd,
Archbishop Wood HS, who declined because he will attend Temple University.
Then it was offered to John Rogers, Highland Regional HS, NJ, who accepted and
will attend Neumann University.
High School Grants
Timothy Brown - Our Lady of Port Richmond - Roman Catholic HS
Mary Darrah - St. Matthew - St. Hubert HS
Madison Burke - St. Matthew - Little Flower HS
Christopher Rola - Christ the King - Archbishop Ryan HS
Olivia Davis - Corpus Christi - Lansdale Catholic HS
Marissa Tankelewicz - Christ the King - St. Hubert HS
Sara Orlen - Mayfair Elementary - St. Hubert HS
Sophia Gerner - Bischop Schad - St. Joseph HS, Hammonton, NJ
Michael Steen - St. Jerome - Father Judge HS
Christopher Hrouda - St. Ephrem - Conwell-Egan HS
Grade School Grants
Peter Rola - Christ the King
Joseph Barrett - St. Cecilia
Elizabeth Brown - Our Lady of Port Richmond
Erin Whalen - St. Christopher
Paige McDonnell - Christ the King
Alexander Randolph - Our Lady of Good Counsel
Michael Zavatsky - St. Matthew
Brianna Coates - St. Dominic
Stan Majkut, Class Rep for
the Honor Class of 1989, served as Lector for the Memorial Mass
concelebrated at ST. Martin of Tours. As usual, Bill FitzPatrick,
'59, did an admirable job as Cantor. Father George Szparagowski,
'89, was the Principal Celebrant and Homilist.
Father Szparagowski at the
Offertory. He is joined by his fellow concelebrants (l. to r.)
Fathers Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, John Spellman, OSFS, '56, Joseph Muller,
MSC, '49, and Kevin Nadolski, OSFS.
A close-up of the front pew
features John Hesdon, '57, Ed Cunningham (our Toastmaster, and John
In this shot our
photographer captured the men from '50 to '52.
Father Muller distributes
Holy Communion to (on the right) the Kliniewski twins from the Class of
'62 and John Malone, '47. Prior to breakfast, President Jeff
Brown, '79, conducts the annual general membership meeting. After
breakfast, our Toastmaster Ed Cunningham gets things rolling by
introducing the people at the head table.
Father Neil Kilty, OSFS,
'59, delivered his customary short and to the point talk about the
relationship between the Association and the Oblates. Father Kevin
Nadolski, OSFS, Director of Development and Communication for the
Oblates Wilmington-Philadelphia Province expressed the gratitude of the
Oblates for the ongoing generous support of the Association and its
members. Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, Chairman
of the NECHS Hall of Fame committee explains the history of the Hall and
introduces in order each of this year's inductees. Jim Savage,
'92, former wrestling coach at North and currently at Father Judge was
the Athletics inductee. Unable to attend, his award was accepted
by one his proteges and current assistant coach, Rich Mascino, '04.
Three members of the Class
of '56 (l. to r.) Class Rep Jim Murphy, Father John Spellman, OSFS, and
Rick Walsh joined Father Muller, MSC, '49 (far right) and his
brother-in-law John Vogel, '48 (next to Father) and his family.
Tom Razzano, '65, the inductee in the field of
Arts/Entertainment/Education addresses those in attendance. Tom
received the award for his work in the motion picture and TV industry as
a writer, producer, and director.
Tom's family and friends
joined him for this auspicious occasion. Our recipient in the
field of Business/Labor/ Military was Cosmo DeNicola, '72. He
received the award for his work in the field of Tecnology. He
started and sold a number of businesses in this field. Currently,
he heads AmTech Software, is a part owner of the Phhiladelphia Soul
Arena Football team, and Chairman of a Hollywood talent management firm.
Father Joseph T. Muller, MSC,
'49, delivers his acceptance speech. Our inductee in the field of
Religion/Science spent most of his priestly career as a missionary in
Papua New Guinea. Cosmo DeNicola's table was filled by his
parents, wife and children.
The Honorable Gerard A. Kosinski, '72, a
judge on Philadelphia's Municipal Court, and a former state legislator
was honored for Service to the community. President Jeffrey W.
Brown, '79, accepts a check for the Scholarship Fund and the Oblates from Class Rep Tom Morgan, '64, on behalf of the Class of '64 as a result of their Golden
Anniversary Reunion. Tom McAvoy, '59, presents a check for the
Scholarship Fund as a result of the 55th Anniversary Reunion.
President Brown delivers his
annual "State of the Association" address. Our principal speaker
Sam Katz delighted and enthralled the audience with his history of the
early Catholic church in Philadelphia. President Brown presemnt
our Outstanding Alumnus award to Kevin McCloskey, '05. Kevin lost
both legs in Afghanistan in 2008. After 3 months in a coma and12
surgeries, with the help of a great network of family and friends, Kevin
lives life to the fullest. He is a bartender, speaks in schools,
golfs in the nineties and will soon be married. Kevin Thanked the
Association for the honor and told a little of his recovery.
Hall of Fame Committee
Chairman Len Knobbs, '53 presents the award to Father Joseph T. Muller,
MSC, '49 and Thomas A. Razzano, '65.
Knobbs presents the award for
Business/LaborMilitary to Cosmo T. DeNicola, '72. Sam Katz accepts
the Outstanding Achievement Award from President Jeff Brown.
President Brown and
Toastmaster Ed Cunningham pose for our photographer. Knobbs
presents the Hall of Fame Service Award to Gerard A. Kosinski, '72.
Committee Chairman Sig Mikula, '83, and Ed Cunningham share a laugh.
Our Executive poses for posterity (front row l. to r.) 3rd VP Joe
Pilawsky, '71, 2nd VP Jack Devine, '69, President Jeff Brown, '79,
Chaplain Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, 1st VP Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, and
4th VP Al Waskiewicz, '79; (back row l. to r.) 1st Ass't. Treasurer John
Hanejko, '65, Historian Tom Morgan, '64, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Len Knobbs, '53, 2nd Ass't. Treasurer Bob Kensil, '74, and Ass't.
Secretary. Steve Cardullo, '72. As usual someone was missing.
This time it's Secretary Tom McAvoy, '59.
The bus is loaded and
prepared to depart for our first appearance in the parade - in the
forefront - Historian Tom Morgan, '64 and his sister Gina. Three
rows back on the left, President Jeff Brown, '79 and across from him
Class John Peteraf, '74. Third V. P. Joe Pilawsky, '71 (far right)
with his brother-in-law, Ed Davis and nephew Sean Davis.
Our marchers were
enthusiastic and happy as we dutifully awaited our marching orders.
Steve Coyle, '63, Patty, James "Skip" O'Connell, '64, Ed McKenna, '63,
and Frank Byrne, '65 are set to go. Tom Morgan, '64, and his clan
- daughters Rachel and Colleen, Morgan, Loretta, and Steve are all
smiles despite the cold.
Ed McKenna, Jr, daughter
Eileen, and Grandpop, Ed, Sr., '63, all decked out in the North Catholic
green as they await the starter's whistle. Bob Kensil, '74, joined
up with a few alums who marched with AOH Division 87.
Bob Kensil, '74, Kathy
Brown and President Jeff, '79, and Joe Pilwasky smilingly pose for
our photographer. Len Knobbs, '53, discusses the shellacking
North gave West Catholic in 1952 with the Grand Knight of St.
Patrick's in Malvern as Bob Kensil listens intently.
Len Knobbs, '53, Sean Davis,
and Bob Kensil, '74, lead the contingent as we step off in our first St.
Patrick's Day parade.
We march out Benjamin
Franklin Parkway to a large number of "FABLIO's" and "GO FALCONS!"
At the post parade party at
the Philadelphia Fire Officers' Union Hall, Class Rep Jim Kelly, '70,
and Vice Presidents Jack Devine, '69, and Joe Pilawsky, '71, are
obviously enjoying themselves. Our "Leprechaun" Sean Davis poses
An unidentified alumnus
talking with Class Rep Steve Cardullo, '72. 4th V.P. Al Waskiewicz,
'79 (2nd from left) and President Jeff Brown, '79 (2nd from right) pose
with some of the many alumni in attendance.
The disc jockey kept things
moving while the Eagles had most watching - Jack Devine, '69, (far
right) 2nd VP and Event Chairman chats with an alum. Two of three
alumni were distracted from the Eagles by our photographer.
Tom Joyce, '69 (#25) and his
family were in attendance, as usual, they are perennial supporters.
The bar was kept busy with conversation and imbibing.
A crowded table (clockwise
from left rear) Margaret Mary Musial, Wanda Musial (daughter and
wife of former president, John, '63), Rita Rysak, Class Reps from the
illustrious Class of '66, Ray Rysak, and Ed Jaskowiak, a smiling young
lady, and Ed Jaskowiak, Jr., '04. Despite a crowded bar, one of
our men has time to admire the scenery.
Henes, '66, brother Jim, '61
Class Rep and fellow Rep Jim O'Connor are joined by a smiling young
lady. In the forefront are a group from the Class of '68 - Bill
Monteleone (with his back to the camera), Dennis Hill, and Donna
Pascavitch, wife of Class Rep Steve.
Jack Devine, '69 (2nd from
left) and Steve Cardullo, '72 (center) talk it up with fellow grads.
A few '59 grads were joined by friend at this table (l. to r.) Joe
McAvoy, Alumni Secretary Tom McAvoy, '59, Ed Gavin, '59, Larry Keefe, '57,
Jim Danvers, '63, and
Frank Dougherty, '59.
Class Rep John Handley, '58
(right, rear), is pleased with his feat of prestidigitation in
balancing the catsup bottle upside down. Neither his son nor
fellow Class Rep Bob Kennedy, '54, seem as enthralled as he is.
President Jeff Brown, '79,
is obviously enjoying himself as he welcomes our guests to the annual
reunion of our older grads. Joining us at this table are (l. to
r.) Jim Rodgers, '44, Mrs. Malone, John Malone, '47, Stephanie Hettel,
Bill Hettel, '49, and Pete Pritz, '46.
The Class of '50 was
represented by Tony & Bernice Amand, Class Rep Frank Kelly, Vince
Furlong, Harry White, and Charlie Hoeger. President Brown joined
them for dinner. Jerry Gallagher, '51, and his wife are joined by
Frank MacLeod, '53
Event Chairman Tom
Dougherty, '51, and his wife Ellie, are joined by his classmates Frank
McMenamin and Jim Boyce. This table was manned by (l. to r.) Joe
Pajak, '50, John Pajak, '53, Mrs. Sroczyk, John Sroczyk, '53, Mrs.
MacLeod, Bob McDonnell, '53, and his wife, Frank Kolongowski, '53, and
his wife, and Barbara Knobbs.
Our first time attendees -
the Class of '54 - were represented by (l. to r.) Pete Feledick, Leo
Rudnytzky, John McCool, Jim Kelly, Mrs. McDermott and Jack, Jack and
Mrs. McDade, Mrs. Carfagno and Ken, Marian and Bob Kennedy (Class Rep),
Joe Coleman, and Ernest Landsmann. The Class of '49 was
represented by (l. to r.) Frank Slavin, Jim and Mrs. Maguire, Mrs.
Slavin, Jerry Rose, Class Rep Pat Boyle, and Harry and Mrs. Guinan.
Among the attendees from the
Class of '52 were (l. to r.) Tom Coulter, Matt Fasbinder, Marty and
Nancy McCormick, and Jack and Mrs. Gottschall. At this table (l.
to r.) were Mrs. & Jerry Gallagher, '51, John Cassidy, '44, Jim Adair,
'45, and John, '52, and Mrs. Haney.
The Devine brothers led by 3rd VP Jack, '69 (far
right) (l. to r.) Jimmy, '76, Kevin, '75, and Brian, '80, plan their day
upon arrival at the Pointe. The Doman's - Bob, '67, and John, '62,
are joined by Tom Graber, '66, and his lady. As usual, Jim "Jesse"
Dugan, '63, and friend have a lock on the corner of the bar.
Mike Gormley, '81, and Charlie Meissler, '71, enjoyed their afternoon. Among those at the bar
were the "first lady" of the Association, Kathy Brown, Class Rep Lou
Szojka, '74, and President Jeff Brown, '79. Jack Pawlowski, '69,
and Mike Bispels, '63, are very obviously having a great time.
Class Rep Sig Mikula, '83, and Alexandra
pose for our photographer. Likewise, our Event Chairman and
friends (l. to r.) Kass Fredericksdorf, John Walsh, Kathy Wilson, Carol
Crey, Anne McKenna, and Ed McKenna, '63. Lou DeCree, '70, and Tom
Jim Mackle, '70, Jerry McCool, '51,and
Mrs. McCool were having a great time. As were John Kradzinski,
'81, and Joe Wodarczyk, '86.
Bernice Amand, Jackie Kradzinski,
Barbara Knobbs, and Joyce Hanejko relax and enjoy the afternoon while
their husbands, Tony, '50, John, '81, Len, '53, and John, '65, are busy.
Among those enjoying the afternoon and the beer are front - Sally
Clemmer, Ed Durkin (far right) and to his left Tom Gilligan, '53, and
his wife. Sorry we can't identify the others but they look they
were having a good time also.
Joe Gordon, '67, Class Rep Steve
Pascavitch, '68, and Ray Casey, '68, pose for our photographer.
Yet another happy pair - Mike Wodarczyk, '72, and Matt Ragan, '85.
Two groups of perennial attendees.
On the left - Jo and Dan Meenan, '61, and Ann and Joe Gabor, '61.
On the right - Class Rep Jim Kelly, '70, Ron Przybylowicz, Tony Woods,
'70, Chrissy Smith, and Steve Magurn, '70.
Another group of happy campers - Kevin
Harvey, '95, John
Levy, 92, Jason, '95, and Joe Petaccio, '89. Class Rep Jim
O'Connor, '61 attended with his son, Jimmy, a '95 Father Judge grad.
This pair of golfers from the Class of
'58 - Charlie Peterson and Jim Scanio - have been friends since their
band playing days at North and proudly displayed their band letter on
the front of the cart. Charlie traveled all the way from Windsor,
Wisconsin to play in the Classic. Jim Devine, '76, Bob Devine,
'73, Joe Pilawsky, '71 and Mike Kaiser, '73, had a great afternoon.
The McElhatton clan was well represented by Dan, '67, John, '62, and
This smiling threesome is
Mike Schoen, '75, Bill Corbi, '75, and Jerry DiPentino, '75 - their
fourth - Norm Buchanan showed up a little late. The next two
foursomes are basically the Walls family. First, Jim Cirillo, '64,
John Heljenek, '64, and Jim Walls, '66 and Jim Walls, Jr. Then we
have Tom Walls, '65, Joe Walls, '60, Jack Walls, '55, and Brendan
Our Chairman, Tom Morgan, '64, and
his daughter, Rachel, who was an outstanding help to the chair and the
committee all day. If you look in the background you'll see a sign
urging us on. The house belongs to Steve Coyle, '63, our host at
Riverton. A foursome of Merle Wolfson, Jim Kelly, '54, Jim Kelly,
Jr., and Ernie Schilling. Then we have the Woltjen foursome (right
to left) Bob Woltjen, '83, Bill Woltjen, '82, Brian Callahan, '84, and
The Coyle foursome headed by our
host, Steve, '63, Ray Eveland, '53, Frank Byrne, '65, and Jerry Lynch,
'64. President Jeff Brown, '79 (2nd from left) and 2nd V. P. Jack
Devine, '69 (4th from left) welcome one of our stellar foursomes led by
the always winsome Joe Gabor, '61 (3rd from left). The others, his
son-in-law Ray Brown, '91, classmate Tony Aspite, and Joe Gabor, Jr.,
'89. Then we have the RealMarq contingent led by Jim Meehan, '67
(far right) and featuring (l. to r.) Jim Whalen, '67, Pat Woods, '68,
and Jason Marquess, '67.
The Burns Funeral Home group
playing in memory of their founder Martin J., '31, are Joe Osiecki, Joe
Burns, Scott Burns, and Marty Burns, Jr. Relaxing before dinner at
the cocktail party are (clockwise from lower left) John Pateraf, '70,
Jeff Brown, '79, Jack Devine, '69, Mike Kaiser, '73, Bob Devine, '73,
and Jim Devine, '76. Chairman Tom Morgan congratulates the winner
in the women's division Judy Welde.
Relaxing over cocktails are
(clockwise from lower left) Ray Eveland, '53, Bill Woltjen, '82,
Bob Woltjen, '83, Frank Byrne, '65, Jerry Lynch, '64, and Brendan
Glackin, '06. Another group of smiling faces (l. to r.) Dom
DiSandro, '57, Rick Seiler, Al Keefe, '55, and Larry Keefe, '57.
Once again the Burns group -
Scott, Joe, Joe Osiecki, and Marty. Obviously enjoying the food,
drink, and camaraderie are Jim Whalen, '67, Pat Woods, '68, Mike Schoen,
'75, Jerry DiPentino, '75, and Bill Corbi, '75.
This fun-loving group
includes Ed McKenna, '63, Tom Christian, '63, Mike Bispels, '63, and
Scott Knoedler. Tom Morgan poses beside a sign advertising all our
sponsors. We are most appreciative of their support of this effort
to raise funds for the Scholarship Fund.
Scholarship Fund Trustee
John Hanejko, '65, joins Ray Brown, '91, and the Gabors, Joe, Jr., '89,
and Joe, '61 for dinner. A full table here with (clockwise from
lower left) Tom Walls, '65, Jim Walls, '66, Joe Walls, '60, Jim Walls,
Jr., Charlie Peterson, '58, Jim Scanio, '58, John Heljenek, '64, and Jim
Jim Walls, Jr. accepts the
prize for longest drive from Tom Morgan, '64. Morgan presents Dad,
Jim Walls, '66, with the prize for closest to the pin. Steve
Coyle, '63 representing his foursome of Eveland, '53, Byrne, '65, and
Lynch, '64, accepts the prize for third place. Finishing second
was the group Jim Walls, '66, Jim Walls, Jr., Jim Cirillo, '64, and John
Heljenek, '64 who accepts the prize from classmate Tom Morgan.
First place went to the foursome of Greg Corace, Charlie Corace, Art
Scheffer, and Bill Hoffman. Bill accepts the award from Tom
The Class of '10 enters Holy
Innocents Church for the last Baccalaureate Mass for NECHS.
Families and friends of
graduates filled Holy Family University field house to overflowing.
The graduating class processes in under the watchful eye of Father
Vincent Smith, OSFS, school president.
Joining the Class of '10 in
singing the Alma Mater are: Father Robert Bazzoli, OSFS, '77
(Pastor of Our Mother of Consolation parish; Father Michael Murray, OSFS,
former NECHS principal and president; Father John Fisher, OSFS, teacher
at NECHS; Father Nicholas Waseline, OSFS, North's principal; Father
James Greenfield, OSFS, Provincial of the Oblates'
Wilmington-Philadelphia Province; Most Rev. Robert Maginnis, auxiliary
bishop of Philadelphia; Father Vincent Smith, NECHS president; Michael
McCall, '10, Valedictorian, and Robert Franco, '10, Salutatorian.
Sadly, this was the last
time the NECHS banner will fly over a graduation ceremony.
Class of '11
The young men pictured above
left: (1st row l. to r.) Robert Dunphy, Matthew Dugan, Thomas Goodyear,
Dylan Marnoch, Raymond Kolakowski, (2nd row l. to r.) Jeremy Reith,
Michael Negroni, Thaddeus Meyers, Patrick Bradley, and Andrew Mitchell
returned to North on May 7, 2011 to celebrate their Senior Prom.
On the right the boys pose with their dates for posterity.
Abramson, Jeremy Reith, Joseph Janda, Thomas McGowan, Ray
Kolakowski, and Justin Zarzycki on the steps at their Alma Mater
after their graduation from Judge on June 8, 2011. These
young men are eligible to join the Association and some already
have. We look forward to hearing from this year's
graduates from other schools who spent at least one year at
Brendan Bradley, '11 (l.)
and his best friend, Erik Crudele, '11, pose on the steps of NECHS which
they specially decorated for their graduation pictures (albeit from
Ryan). As you can see they altered the marquee outside North to
reflect their sentiments.
On Sunday, June 6, 2010, the
School and the Association combined to host a closing Mass and luncheon
for alumni and friends of the school. At the concelebrated Mass,
Jeff Brown, '79, Association 1st Assistant Treasurer and Len Knobbs,
'53, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, proclaimed the readings.
Hank Stahl, '66, Association
2nd V. P., read the intercessions. Father Vincent Smith, OSFS,
'74, NECHS president delivered an inspiring homily. After Mass,
Association President John Hanejko, '65, welcomed the crowd and advised
them that the Association would continue and would maintain all of the
Executive Secretary Ed White, '55, and 2nd Assistant Treasurer Joe
Mulawka, '51, presented the gifts. At the conclusion of Mass, the
entire assemblage rose as one and sang the Alma Mater.
Three classmates from '59 relax
and enjoy the luncheon (l. to r.) Helen and Ed Alegado, Kathleen and Tom
McAvoy, and Bill FitzPatrick. Another table of alumni enjoying the
Someone got the bright idea
of taking a photo of everyone on the front steps. Needless to say
by the time a ladder was found and the photo was snapped total chaos
Keep this picture and the
memories it invokes forever alive in your hearts and minds!
the Brunch were the Kliniewski twins, Ron and Rob, both '62 and a lady
friend. A close-up of our fans seated at the 20 yard line.
at the Brunch were immediate past president Ed White, '55, Class Rep Joe
Pilawsky, '71, and former Daily News reporter Frank Dougherty, '59.
Posing for our photographer were two members of the 1952 City
Championship team - Bill Maher, '53, and Pete Gibbons, '53, who proudly
displays the sweater awarded to team members. He notes, with due
pride, that he still fits into it. Prior to kickoff Father
Nicholas Waseline presented a framed NC jersey to the Pioneers Coach,
Mike Capriotti, and the team captains..
Rand proudly wearing Falcon red leads the crowd in the singing of our
National Anthem. To her right, our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty,
'59, who delivered the invocation. Coach Charlie Szydlik rallies
his team prior to kickoff. And the game is underway - notice the
gaps in the crowd on the Frankford side.
Frankford scored first, near
the end of the first quarter, on a 68-yard punt return by Taron Mills.
The try for the extra point was wide. They scored again in the
second period on a 16-yard run by Tyrell Martin and he ran for a two
point conversion to put the Pioneers up 14-0. That was the story of
the first half.
Falcon fans view the game from our version
of a Super Box while in the stands we spot a smiling Joe Glackin, '73
with his family and friends.
Attending the game from the Super
Box were three outstanding alumni - Paul Hondros, '66, and brothers,
John, '62, and Bob, '67, Doman. The Falcon crowd is on its feet at
halftime to sing the Alma Mater.
The Falcons came out
determined in the second half and marched down the field on a 16-play
70-yard drive that consumed eight minutes and thirty-four seconds capped by a
1-yard plunge by junior quarterback Anthony Reid. John McCarthy's
kick for the extra point was good and North trailed 14-7.
Early in the fourth stanza,
North scored on a 5-yard run by back-up sophomore tailback Taishan
Tucker. Then Coach Charlie Szydlik made a gutsy move and went for
the lead and potential win in what to then had been a tight game.
The Pioneers stopped the attempt for a two-point conversions and led
14-13 with a little more than eight minutes on the clock.
Surprisingly, this turned out to be the most exciting eight minutes of
Falcon - Pioneer football this writer has observed in sixty years of
watching the games.
After our defense forced a
three and out, the offense took over once again. Senior tailback
Eugene Byrd broke loose on a 45 yard scamper that set up an eight yard
TD pass from Reid to Julian Huggins and Reid carried it in for a two
point conversion and the Falcons led for the first time with 2:28 left
in the game.
The Falcons stands
anticipation of victory was short lived. A little over a
minute later, Frankford running back Jeffione Thomas took off on an
electrifying 55-yard cutback run to put the Pioneers ahead with 1:11 on
the clock. Then he ran it in for two points to put Frankford up by a
point. North was not to be outdone. Frankford, for some
unknown reason, made an on side kick which gave the Falcons the ball on
their 38 yard line with 67 seconds remaining. What happened next
will go down in the annals of Philadelphia High School Football as both
dramatic and historic. Reid engineered a seven play drive that
would have made some pro quarterbacks jealous. Using the sidelines
to march down field, He ended the drive with a pass
over the middle to tailback Eugene Byrd who took it in from twenty yards
out. McCarthy added the point and the Falcons were in front 28-22
with 13 seconds left. The defense held true on Frankford's one
play and that was all she wrote.
As the game ended and players
milled on the field, the crowd exploded from North's stands onto the
field to congratulate the team who afterwards saluted the stands.
And the crowd responded by standing and
saluting the team and singing our Alma Mater.
On Saturday, June 7, 2014, a mural of
Petty Officer 1/C Michael J. Stange, '04, was dedicated at
Belgrade & Clearfield Streets. Michael, a member of the
prestigious Seal Team Six, was killed in Wardak Province,
Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. The morning gegan with a
Memorial Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Fishtown celebrated by
the pastor, Father Michael Zingaro. The family was ecorted
from the church to the dedication site by a motorcycle escort
bearing our flag and led by the Philadelphia Fire Department's Engine
28 and Ladder 16. The invocation was delivered by our
Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59.
Among the speakers were U. S.
Congressman Bob Brady, State Representative John Taylor, '73, and
Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, '87.
The chairman of the event, Tom
Hanson (son of Mike, '52) spoke of the many people involved who
donated their time and talent to create the mural. Mike's Dad,
Charlie, spoke eloquently of his son and his love of his family,
friends, North Catholic , and his country.