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      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 in.

     Since June, 2010 when we moved in, 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 of 1951.

     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 "home".

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St. Patrick's Day Parade and Party

     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 for posterity.

Turkey Bowl Beef and Beer

     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.

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     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.

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Falcons Fun in the Sun at Lighthouse Pointe

 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 Lewis smilingly 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 Razzano, '65.

   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.

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Annual Golf Classic at Riverton Country Club

   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 Mike, '72.

     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 Glackin, '06.

    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 Tom Harrigan.

    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 Cirillo, '64.

     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 Morgan.

65th Anniversary



     Smilingly posing for our photographer as we await Fr. Kilty to begin services are Kevin O'Gara, grandson of the late Joe Mulawka, '51, longtime Chairman of Memorial Services, his Dad - Ken, Kathleen and Tom McAvoy, '59, and unknown gentleman and Marion and Bob Kennedy, '54.  On the opposite side of our yard, we have Jack McErlean, '56, Jim O'Connor, '61, John and Wanda Musial, '63, Jack Devine, '69, Jim Kelly, '70, Steve Yarmolyk, '68, and Tom Yarmolyk, '81, President Jeff Brown, '79, and John Handley, '58, Vice Chairman of the day's event.

     A different shot of the left side of the yard features, Frank and Gail Dufner (6th & 5th from the right), Jim Henes, '61, and Mrs. McErlean.  Before coming to the Falcon's Nest for services, the entourage attended Mass concelebrated at Resurrection of Our Lord Church by our Chaplain Fr. Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, and the pastor, Fr. Joe Howarth, '67.

    Father Kilty conducts services surrounded by those in attendance to remember our Fallen Falcon Heroes.

     In another photo prior to services commencing, our photographer caught this group socializing. Joe Gillespie, '52, a visitor from Roman Catholic, Cynthia O'Gara, Joanne Muklawka, Helen Hanna, George Yaeger, Barbara Knobbs and Kathleen Knobbs-Coleman.  President Brown places a bouquet of flowers in front of the Shrine.

     The assembly comes to silent attention as "Taps" is sounded in tribute to our fallen heroes.

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Scholarship Fund

     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 academic standards.

     Grants 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 grade. 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 12/1/14 through 1/31/15.

2014 Scholarship Fund Recipients

     The Board of Trustees of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. met on April 15 and selected the following young men and women as the recipients of this year's grants.

College Grants

$25,000 Grants:

                               Mikael Orlen - Father Judge HS - Holy Family University
                               Melissa Blanco - Archbishop Ryan HS - LaSalle University
                               Margaret Rogers - Highland Regional HS, NJ  - St. Joseph University
                               Anna Benecke - Lansdale Catholic HS - Gwynedd Mercy University

High School Grants

$15,000 Grants:

                              Margaret Grant - Presentation BVM - Little Flower HS
                              Faith Soto - Howard Phifer Middle School, NJ - Camden Catholic HS
                              Charles Baynum - Our Lady of Perpetual Help, NJ - Camden Catholic
                              Halley Zaleski - St. Cecilia - Little Flower HS
                              Madison Powell - St. Laurentius - John W. Hallahan HS

$10,000 Grants:

                              Megan Primus - Queen of Angels - Lansdale Catholic HS
                              Anthony Blattenberger - Resurrection Regional, NJ - Camden Catholic
                              Justin Murawski - St. George - Father Judge HS
                              Paul Coates, Jr. - St. Dominic - Father Judge HS
                              Kaelyn Dougherty - St. Jerome - St. Hubert HS

Grade School Grants

$6,000 Grants:

                            James Brown - Our Lady of Port Richmond
                            Kathryn McCole - Immaculate Heart Of Mary
                            Kathleen Walsh - St. Christopher
                            Annabella Helder - Holy Trinity Regional, NJ

$3,000 Grants:

                            Chloe Dolan - St. Cecilia
                            Vincent Blattenberger - Resurrection Regional, NJ
                            Alfred Fiorentino IV - St. Cecilia
                            Hannah Dolan - St. Cecilia

85th Annual Communion Breakfast

     St. Martin of Tours on the Roosevelt Boulevard where our annual Memorial Mass is held.  Cantor Bill FitzPatrick, '59, led us, as he has for a number of years in signing the hymns and responses at Mass.

     Prior to Mass, members read over the hymns that will be part of the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass  In the front pew are two members of the Class of '63 - Class Rep Ed McKenna and former Rep Sig Morawski -celebrating their 50th anniversary of graduation and their 50th Communion Breakfast.  In the second pew is Frank Salerno, '33, along with his son Greg and two members of the Class of '41 - Walt Tyson and Frank Dufner.  Immediate Past President and Class Rep John Musial, '63 was the Lector at Mass.

     Our Chaplain, Fr. Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, delivered an inspiring homily.  Deacon Stan Zaleski, '61, Father Neil, and Father Edward Dougherty, '67 Superior General of the Maryknoll Missionaries concelebrate Mass.  President Jeff Brown, '79, conducted the annual business meeting before breakfast.  He holds a ballot and is explaining the importance of voting for responsible members for the position of Class Representative.

     Joey Callahan, local comic, and son of Joe Callahan, '58, provided a fast paced and entertaining approach to the morning's festivities.  1965 classmates Tom Razzano and Vince Panvini pose smilingly for our photographer.  Executive Secretary-Treasurer and Hall of Fame Chairman Len Knobbs, '53 prepares to introduce this year's inductees.

     Seated (l. to r.)  Two sons of Ken Carfagno, '54 (3rd from left), Jack McDade, '54, Tom Joyce, '69, Bill Smith, '53, unknown and Dick Ryan, '56.  Father Kilty gave us an update on the Oblates.

     Vince Panvini, '65, accepts his plaque acknowledging his induction into the NECHS Hall of Fame in the category of Business/Labor/Military from Chairman Len Knobbs, '53.  Vince was the long time Director of Government Relations for the Sheetmetal Workers International Union.  Vince and his family are all smiles for our photographer.

     Len Knobbs, '53, presents an NECHS Hall of Fame plaque to Tom Gilmore, '82 who was inducted in the category of Athletics.  Tom is the head coach at the College of the Holy Cross.  Knobbs and President Jeff Brown, '79 flank Class Rep Joe Pilawsky, '71 who accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Sam DeBow, '71 who was inducted in the category of Region/Science.  Sam is a retired Rear Admiral in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

     Ron Levocz, '59 accepts his Hall of Fame plaque from Knobbs.  Ron, a successful business executive, entrepreneur, and first time author was inducted in the category of Arts/Entertainment/Education.  He wrote a fictional novel about Longinus, the centurion who speared Christ on the Cross.  Our inductee in the category of Service to NECHS and Community was William F. Coyle, Esq., '56.  Bill accepts his plaque from Len Knobbs as President Brown looks on.  Bill was honored for his work as Deputy Secretary of Labor and Industry for the Commonwealth, over 50 years as an attorney during which time he served for a number of years as counsel to the Association and also as a member of the Association's Board of Governors.

     President Jeff Brown, '79, presents Fr. Kilty, OSFS, '59, our Chaplain, with a check in the amount of $2070 for the Oblate Missions.  The check represents $1070 collected from those in attendance and $1000 from the Association.  In turn, he accepts a check from Class Rep John Musial, '63, in the amount of $1500 for the Scholarship Fund.  The money was raised as part of the 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Class.  The Class of '88 presented a check to the Fund for $500 as a result of their Silver Anniversary celebration, and the Class of '53 donated $250 to the Fund.

     President Brown presents Class Rep Ken Florkowski, '88 with a plaque acknowledging his 25 years of service on the Association's Board of Governors.  Ken is the 31st member to reach this milestone.  Immediate Past President John T. Musial, '63, accepts a plaque from current President Jeff Brown, '79 acknowledging his contribution to the Association.

     Vai Sikahema, NBC10 Sports Director, delivered an outstanding commentary on the value of Catholic education  He noted that, while a Mormon, he two sons attended St. Joseph's Prep and his daughter attend Merion Mercy Academy.  At the conclusion, he received a standing ovation.  Among those in attendance were Ellie Dougherty, husband Tom, Class of '51 Rep, Marty McCormick, '52, an unknown gentleman, Ken Florkowski, '88, Frank McMenamin, '51, and with their backs to the camera, Walt Tyson, '41, and Frank Dufner, '41.

     Sikahema accepts our 2014 Award for Outstanding Achievement if the field of Sports Journalism from President Brown.  Our Executive Board poses for posterity (front l. to r.)  Secretary Tom McAvoy, '59, 3rd VP Joe Pilawsky, '71, President Jeff Brown, '79, 2nd VP Jack Devine, '69, and 4th VP Al Waskiewicz, '79; (rear l. to r.) 2nd Ass't. Treasurer Bob Kensil, '74, Ass't. Secretary Steve Cardullo, '72, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, and 1st Ass't. Treasurer John Hanejko, '65.  Missing from the photo were 1st VP Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, Historian Frank Kelly, '50, and Chaplain Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59.

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2010 Graduation Ceremonies

     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.

     Christopher 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 NECHS.

     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.

Closing Mass for Alumni

     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 North traditions.

     Association Assistant 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 afternoon.

     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 reigned.

     Keep this picture and the memories it invokes forever alive in your hearts and minds!




    Also enjoying 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.

     Relaxing 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..

     Taylor 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.


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