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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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Turkey Bowl Beef and Beer

     President and First Lady, Jeff, '79 & Kathy Brown, smile for our photographer as Larry Keefe, '57 watches in the background.  The McKenna Family was out in force (back, l. to r.) Ed, Sr., '63, Maripat, Ed Jr., Ted, Tim, and Stephanie; (front, l.  to r.) Eileen, Molly, Ann, Jack, and Riley.  Bob Kensil, '74, gives his best impression of Stan Laurel.

    The Class of '59 used the occasion to begin planning for their 55th Anniversary Reunion (l. to r.) Class Rep Tom McAvoy, Ed Gavin, Frank Dougherty, and Class Rep Bill FitzPatrick.  The Shetzlines - Georgianne and Vince, '76 and Ed Jaskowiak, '66, had a great afternoon.

     Among the many in attendance to watch a replay of the 2010 Falcon victory over the Pioneers were (l. to r.) The Devine boys, Jim, '76, Kevin, '75, and Brian, '80,and John O'Reilly, '75.  Dennis Kelly, '67, and Bob Kensil, '74, battled it down to the wire before agreeing to split the grand prize in the Big Number Drawing.

     2nd Vice President & event Chairman Jack Devine, '69 (c.) is jopined by classmate Bill O'Hara (r.) and Rich Murphy, '74.  Relaxing over a few beers are (l. to r.) Donna Pascavitch, Steve Pascavitch, '68, Steve Cardullo, '72, John Oliveti, '76, and Hon. Jerry Kosinski, '72.

     The Class of '70 was represented by (l. to r.) Ron Przyblowicz, Tony Woods, Jack King, Class Rep Jim Kelly, and Steve Magurn.  3rd V. P. and souvenir salesman par excellence Joe Pilawsky, '71, and classmate Anthony Zalesky discuss the past, present, and future.

    This crew was obviously enjoying the afternoon (l. to r.) 1961 Class Reps Jim Henes and Jim O'Connor, John Heavey, '61, and his wife, Elaine, and Bob Henes, '66.  A bunch of '83 alums gathered to relax and enjoy the afternnon's festivities (l. to r.) Class Rep Sig Mikula, Mike Illich, Vic Zaccagni, Angela Guanga, Joe Gaun, and Rich Guanga.

    This happy table of friends poses smilingly for our photographer - with the exception of one camera-shy individual.  On the left side area Bob Kensil, Sr. and Margaret Mary Musial.  On the right, Lou Szojka, '74, Wanda Musial, and our reticent immediate past president John Musial, '63.  John Handley, '58 is enjoying the crab fries and his table companions smile for the camera.

     This table includes (l. to r.) Joe Boyko, '63, proudly displaying our car magnet with the Association logo emblazoned on it, Carol Waskiewicz, son Dave, and husband Al, '79, Pete Tansey, '63, and Joe Doherty.  Frank Kelly, '50, is very obviously amused by something as tablemate Joe Muffler, '49, looks on stoically.

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     Chairman Tom Dougherty, '51, welcomes the crowd to the 18th annual gathering of our senior citizens.  1953 classmates (l. to r.) Charlie O'Donnell, Jerry Barr, and Tony Renzi reminisce.

     Len Knobbs, '53 (standing) greets some of his classmates who joined the group for the first time.  John Seng, '53, made the journey from Scarsdale, NY.

     Pictured from left at this table of '53 alums are Peg Steigelman (widow of Nick, '53), Mrs. Frank MacLeod, Bill Press, unknown lady, and Al Falkenstein who traveled from The Villages, FL to be with us.  Bob Pritz and Frank Whalon are in animated conversation as Joan Whalon looks to the photographer.

      A view from the other end of the same table gives us a look at Carolyn Pritz (on the right).

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Falcons Fun in the Sun at Lighthouse Pointe

     This group is with us every year (l. to r.) Dan, '61, and Jo Meenan, Tom Booth, '62, Ann & Joe, '61, Gabor, Donna Pascavitch and two unknown but loyal supporters.  1958 classmates Dick Whalen and John Handley are enjoying the day.

     Our photographer was so busy he forgot to get the names of this group of younger alumni who were obviously having a great time.  Ann McKenna, Mike Bispels, '63, and Jackie and John Kradzinski, '81 are enjoying the afternoon.

     Tom Kaiser, '70, Rich Nilan, '76, Pat Nilan, '10, Rich Nilan, '00 - the winner of the door prize, a flat screen TV, Dennis Nilan, '88, his girl friend Ann, and Bill Schenk.  Another loyal alumnus joins Dick Whalen, '58, and "Jesse" Dugan, '63 at the bar.

     Also relaxing at one of the bars are an unknown supporter, Ramiro Yabor, '60, and Jerry McCool, '51, with his wife looking over his shoulder.  Anthony Costanzo, '63 and John McDonnell, '57 pose for our photographer.

     Our first lady, Kathy Brown, President Jeff Brown, '79, two alumni surround Class Rep Steve Pascavitch, '68 and Frank Shapley, '68 looks on.  Tom Furphy, '66 who made the journey from Florida is joined by a fellow alumnus.

   Three lovely ladies who swore they were from the Class of '72 but Class Rep Steve Cardullo, '72 denies this - we think they meant Little Flower '72.  Three '70 alums look on in awe - Ed Wodarczyk from McKees Rocks, Pa, Pete Kropp and Class Rep Jim Kelly.

     Class Rep Lou Szojka, '74 is surrounded by classmates Jack Hunt and Frank Toto.  These people all wanted their picture taken - Bill Monteleone, '68, Class Reps Tom McAvoy, '59 and Tom Dougherty, '51, Kathleen McAvoy, Event Chairman Ed McKenna, '63, and Barbara Knobbs.

     Three alumni lift one and smile for our photographer.  An unknown lovely is joined by Lou DeCree, '70 and Bob Monica, '71.

      A couple of family gatherings ( left)  Rich Nilan, '00, Pat Nilan, '10, Dennis Nilan, '88, and Rich Nilan, '76.  On the right Luke Hogan, Jr. ( Father Judge alum who taught and coached Lacrosse at North), Luke Sr., '71, and John, '77.

     A bunch of old timers enjoying a brew in the afternoon sun (l. to r.) Bill Parkes, '54, Ellie Dougherty, and Class Reps Bill FitzPatrick, '59, and Tom Dougherty, '51.  Former president John Hanejko, '65 and his wife, Joyce, enjoy a drink at the bar.

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Annual Golf Classic at Riverton Country Club

     Representing Gold Sponsor Grande Woods South (Steve Coyle, '63) were Steve (3rd from left), Brian Glackin, '06, Ray Eveland, '53, and Gerry Lynch, '64.  Another Gold Sponsor foursome featured (l. to r.) Joe Griffith, Joe Osiecki, Scott Burns, and Joe Burns.  They played in memory of the founder of Burns Funeral Homes - Martin J., '31.  Teeing off on the 16th hole is Gerry Sproul.

     The foursome from Gold Sponsor UFCW Local 1776 playing in honor of this year's Golf Classic honoree - Wendell W. Young III, '56 - were Eric Young, Mare Ryan, Brian Young, and Mark Layer.  This Gold Sponsor foursome featured Ray Brown, '91, Tony Aspite, '61, Joe Gabor, '61, and Joe Gabor, '89.  Another Gold Sponsor led by Brian Callahan, '84, Bob Woltjen, '83, Jim McQuaide, and S. Taylor.

     This foursome included Mike Cliggett, '66, Dennis George, Hon. '03, Chuck Barry, and Billy Bianco.  Then we have Frank Heljenek, '64, Bob McGovern, '60, Gerry Sproul, and John Heljenek, '64.  At far right, the foursome of Al Keefe, '55, Larry Keefe, '57, Neil Beauchamp, '63, and Dom DiSandro, '57.

     Billy Bianco tries to sink a putt on the 16th as Cliggett, George, and Barry watch.  Golf Classic Chairman Tom Morgan '64, who along with his committee did an outstanding job in attracting participants and sponsors kicks off the awards ceremony.  Ninety-four golfers participated this year and there were a number of kibbitzers who came for lunch and dinner.

     Enjoying dinner and the awards ceremont that followed were Bill FitzPatrick, '59, Steve Cardullo, '72, Jim Devine, '76, Bob Devine, '73, Joe Pilawsky, '71, and Jack Devine, '69.  This table includes Mike McBride, '81, Mike Ritchie, '84, Tom Horcher, and John Horcher.

     Bob Kensil, Sr, Joe Gillespie, '52, Paul Sullivan, '53, and Joe Coleman, '54, enjoying dinner.  Gold Sponsor (far right) Jim Meehan, '67 - RealMarq Corp - is joined by classmate Jim Whalen and daughter Julie.

     Smiling for our photographer are Carol Deusebio and Kitty Young (wendell's widow).  Then we have Frank Byrne, '65, Gerry Lynch, '64, and Brendan Glackin, '06.  The table at right has Jim Kelly, '54, Judy Welde, Tom Kane, and Don Liebsch, '56.

     Golf Classic Chairman Tom Morgan '64 presents first place awards to the winning foursome of Scott Young, Brendan Young, Steve Fitzgerald, and guest.  Second place was a tie and awards went to the foursome headed by Joe Burns, and a foursome led by Bill Hoffman.  John Trefz won the putting contest.

     Mrs. Young accepts a bowl honoring her husband Wendell W. Young III, '56.  Jim Walls, Jr. had the longest drive and closest to the pin was Jack Mulholland.  Bob Devine, '73 was the lucky winner of a large knitted Irish Flag afghan knitted by Barbara Knobbs.

64th Anniversary



    Our Chaplain Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59 reads prayers at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima commemorating the sacrifice made by our alumni brothers in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam and Afghanistan.

     Joe Mulawka, '51, Chairman of the Memorial Day Services committee did his usual outstanding job.  President John T. Musial, '63, places a wreath at the foot of the Shrine.  Bob Kensil, '74, representing the Sgt. John J. McVeigh, '39, Post of the Catholic War Veterans read their commemorative prayer.

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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 College, 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 12/15/13 through 1/31/14.

2013 Scholarship Fund Recipients

     The Board of Trustees of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. met on April 9 and selected the following young men and women as the recipients of this year's grants.

College Grants

$25,000 Grants:

Kelly Greene - Northern Burlington County Regional HS - Holy Family University
Michelle DeCristopher - Cherry Hill West HS - St. Joseph University
Dylan Rutledge - Roman Catholic HS - Holy Family University

High School Grants

$15,000 Grants:

Emily Coleman - St. Martin of Tours - Little Flower HS
Evan Douglas - St. Jerome - Father Judge HS
Caitlyn Devlin - Holy Innocents - Little Flower HS
Kyle Rutherford - Margaret Mace - Wildwood Catholic HS
Erin McCole - Immaculate Heart of Mary - Archbishop Carroll HS

$10,000 Grants:

Moira Shetzline - C C A Baldi Middle School - Archbishop Ryan HS
Stephen Davis - Corpus Christi - Lansdale Catholic HS
Marisa Murphy - St. Laurentius - John W. Hallahan HS
Rachel Booth - St. Laurentius - Little Flower HS
Kendal Kanagie - St. Laurentius - John W. Hallahan HS


Matthew Flanagan - Franklin Towne GS - Roman Catholic HS
Kierstin Knellinger - St. Mark - Archbishop Ryan HS
Joseph Comas - St. Christopher - Father Judge HS
Destiny Marshall - Maternity B. V. M. - Archbishop Ryan HS
Stephen Pons - Nazareth Academy GS - Father Judge HS
Ryan Comas - St. Christopher - Father Judge HS
Dominique Calio - St. Martha - St. Hubert HS
Julia Figaniak - Our Lady of Calvary - St. Hubert HS
Andrew Seedes - St. Katherine of Siena - Father Judge HS
Anthony Zin - St. Katherine of Siena - Father Judge HS
Evan Lineman - Our Lady of Grace - Conwell-Egan HS
Brian Finn - St. Cecilia - Roman Catholic HS

     Mr. Rutherford chose not to accept our grant.  Thus, Ms. Shetzline's grant was increased to $15,000; and Mr. Flanagan will receive a $10,000 grant.

Grade School Grants

$6,000 Grants:

Patrick Mullin - Presentation B. V. M.
Matthew Comas - St. Christopher
Caitlin Garlick - St. Cecilia
Neil Grant - Presentation B. V. M.

$3,000 Grants:

Caroline Primus - Queen of Angels
Joseph Lamb, Our Lady of Port Richmond
Ashley Whalen - St. Katherine Drexel
Samantha Marshall - Maternity B. V. M


Eric Tucci - St. Anselm

84th Annual Communion Breakfast

     Our Lector, Jim Murphy, '56 and our Cantor, Bill FitzPatrick, '59, did an excellent job in leading us at our annual Memorial Mass celebrated at St. Martin of Tours on March 17.  Father John Kolodziej, '87, a member of the honor class delivered an inspiring homily.

    Our concelebrants at the Consecration (l. to r.)  Deacon Stanley Zaleski, '61, Fathers John Spellman, OSFS, '56, John Babowitch, '87, John Kolodziej, '87, Edward Dougherty, MM, '67, and Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59 (hidden by the pillar).

     A partial view of the almost 300 men present for the 84th Annual Memorial Mass.

     The O'Shaughnessy clan showed up in force to honor Hall of Fame inductee Tim, '81,(seated 3rd from left) on his right are his Mom & Dad (Jack, '56) with his wife, Marianne on his left.  Standing are his children.  Seated at the next table are his aunts, uncles, and cousins, including Uncle Jim McGovern, '53, and cousin Jim McGovern, '83.

     Another large crowd in attendance to honor Hall of Fame inductee and former Alumni President Steve Cardullo, '72 (standing (2nd from right) with his wife, Debbie, at his right.  Seated (3rd from left) is Hon. Gerard Kosinski, '72.  A table of long time supporters of the Association (standing) Jim, '76, and Bob, '73, Devine.  Seated (l. to r.)  Owen McGovern, '50, the son and grandson of Bill FitzPatrick, '59, Jim Kling, '53, and Tony Szymendera, '53.

     Hall of Fame inductee Larry Sullivan '66, seated with his Dad, Larry, '46, and backed up by his his wife Kathleen (standing far left) and his family and friends.  Another Hall of Fame inductee from the illustrious Class of 1966, Stan Witalec (seated 3rd from left) accompanied his brother, Father Dennis, '69, and friends.

     A table of members of the Class of '62 who were celebrating their 50th anniversary Communion Breakfast.  Father Edward Dougherty, MM, '67, is surrounded by family and friends including (seated l. to r.) Bob, '54, and Marian Kennedy, and his sister-in-law.  Standing (l. to r.) his brother, Tom, '64 and Natalie Morgan and their grandchildren.

     President John T. Musial, '63, delivers his "State of the Association" address.  Toastmaster Don Tollefson was his informative and humorous self in keeping the program moving.  Our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59 was short and insightful in his remarks.  Len Knobbs, '53, explains the history of the Hall of Fame and prepares to induct this year's recipients.

     Whatever Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Len Knobbs, '53, is saying about him seems to amuse Stan Witalec, '66.  Stan, the former president of our Alma Mater from 2007 to 2009, adroitly delivers his acceptance speech, he was inducted in the field of Arts/Entertainment/Education.  Larry Sullivan, '66, long time soccer coach at Villanova University and Father Judge High School was gracious and emotional in his acceptance of the award for Athletics.

     Tim O'Shaughnessy, '81, receives his lapel pin which desinates him as a member of the NECHS Hall of Fame from Len Knobbs, '53.  Tim's acceptance speech was hearfelt and emotional.  Tim, a former financial executive with Aramark, CFO at St. Joseph's Prep and current CFO of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was inducted in the field of Business/Labor/Military.  Father Edward M. Dougherty, '67, MM, was short and sweet with his acceptance speech.  Father, the General Superior of the Maryknoll Order, was the recipient for Religion/Science.

     A shot of the more than 300 in attendance as they listened with rapt attention to Mr. Giordano's talk.  Toastmaster Don Tollefson with Knobbs and Musial.

     Tom Kaiser, '70, Class Rep Jim Kelly, '70, and Jack Meehan, '55, in the forefront and our other guests are listening intently to Mr. Giordano's remarks.

     Our recipient in the field of Service to NECHS and Community, former Alumni President (1997-2000)Steve Cardullo, '72, and a member of the Board of Governors since he graduated was descriptive and humorous in his remarks accepting the award.  Dom Giordano delivered an informative talk on the state of politics on the city, state, and federal levels.  Father Kolodziej, OSFS, '87, accepts a check from the Association for the Oblate Missions.  The check  represents the collection taken annually at the breakfast and the Association adds $1000 to the amount contributed by those in attendance.

     President John Musial, '63, presents our Annual Outstanding Achievement Award to Dom Giordano, WPHT Radio 1210 Talk Show Host as Speakers' Chairman Len Knobbs, '53 looks on.  Musial presents Joe Mulawka, '51, with a plaque commemorating his 25 years of service on the Board of Governors.

     President John Musial, '63, presents immediate past president John Hanejko, '65, with a plaque honoring him for his three years of service as President of the Association.  Father John Kolodziej, '87, accepts a check from Musial for the Oblate Missions.

     Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Leonard Knobbs, '53, presents Stanley Witalec, '66, with a plaque commemorating his induction into the NECHS Hall of Fame.  Knobbs present Laurence Sullivan, '66, with his plaque as Present Musial, '63, looks on.

     Knobbs presents Timothy O'Shaughnessy, '81 with his Hall of Fame plaque as President Musial looks on.  Father Edward Dougherty, MM, accepts his plaque from Len Knobbs.

     Knobbs presents Stephen Cardullo, '72, with his commemorative Hall of Fame plaque.  Len Knobbs, '53, Chairman of the Awards Committee presents a plaque to former President Raymond Zegarski, '59, (1977-80) naming him an Outstanding Alumnus.  Zegarski was unable to attend and his award was accepted by his Class Rep, Tom McAvoy, '59 (see his picture on the History page under Outstanding Alumnus Award).  President Musial looks on approvingly.

     President John T. Musial, '63 (center) surrounded by his Executive Board (l. to r.) assistant Secretary Stephen A. Cardullo, '72, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, 3rd Vice President John F. Devine, '69, 2nd Vice President Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88, Secretary John F. Handley, '58, 4th Vice President Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59, 1st Assistant Treasurer John R. Hanejko, '65, and Historian Frank P. Kelly, '50.  Missing from the photo were our Chaplain, Father Neil F. Kilty, OSFS, '59, 1st Vice President Jeffrey W. Brown, '79, and 2nd Assistant Treasurer Joseph T. Mulawka, '51.

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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.


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