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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
John Malone, '47, and
his wife smilingly pose for our photographer. Obviously
enjoying themselves are President Jeff Brown, '79, John Cassidy,
'44, and John Malone, '47.
Joe Muffler, '49, Frank
Kelly, '50, and his lady friend Jean; standing are Walt Kirwan, '56, and
his wife. At this table we have (clockwise from lower left)
Nancy McCormick, Matt Fasbinder, '52, Jim Foley, '52, Bill Degnan,
'52, Frank Noonan, '51, and Marty McCormick, '52.
Some of the Class of '49
- Bill Hettel, Joe Kain, Jerry Murphy, Stephanie Hettel, and Pat
Boyle. This contingent from the Class of '53, had one outsider
and he (Joe Pajak, '50) has his back to the camera. Clockwise
from left - John Pajak, Barbara Knobbs, Dolores and Bob McDonnell, Tom and
Patricia Gilligan, Frank and Jean MacLeod, and Bill Smith.
Wayne McKeever, '53,
Luncheon Chairman Tom Dougherty, '51 and his wife Ellie, Arline McKeever,
Matt Berenato, '51, and Jack Bonner, '51, along with a couple of
gentlemen are photographer couldn't capture in the photo fill this
table. Among the Class of '56 in attendance were Joe Mulcahy,
Gene Mather, Tom O'Rourke, Ron Secoda, Dolores Mulcahy, Mrs. Secoda,
Jack McErlean, Bill Chase, and Walt Rider.
We got the photographer
to take another shot of this table so Joe Pajak, '50, could prove he
was there! That's him at the head of the table making the OK
Alumni 1st VP and Activities
Committee Chairman Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, welcomes the 350 plus people
to the Comedy Night held at what was Northeast Catholic High School.
Through the courtesy of Angela Villani, President of Marianna Bracetti
Academy Charter School which now own and occupy the building we were
fortunate enough to secure the auditorium for our return to the
Big House. We had ample opportunity to roam the halls to
see the changes made to the building. Vince Valentine was the MC
and one of the warm up comedians for the star of the show.
Another of the warm up
comedians was Dennis Horan. President Jeff Brown, '79, with the
Joe Conklin and Jeff Rzepczynski, '88.
Joe Conklin, an '80
Dougherty grad, had the attention of the audience from the minute he
stepped on stage and delighted them with his many impersonations -
ranging from US presidents, past and present - to a number of current
and former Philadelphia sports personalities.
Of course, the highlight of
the performance was the appearance of Joe's ever popular local celebrity
Falcons Fun in the Sun at
Jim Kelly, '70 and Tom
Razzano, '65 dig in to the good food. Larry Keefe, '57 and friend
at one of the many bars.
The Petaccio boys, Joe, '89
(center) and Jason, '95 (right) and friend had a great afternoon.
Perennial attendees Steve, '68, and Donna Pascavitch, 'and Joe, '61, and Anne
Mike Bispels, '63 and friend
as John Seng, '53 eyes the photographer. Jim Kelly. '70 (l.) and
Lou DeCree, '70, surround a classmate.
Part of a large contingent
of the Class of '70, despite the looks they had a great time.
Jerry, '51, and Mrs. McCool pose smilingly for our cameraman.
The Class of '53 had a
sizable contingent present for an afternoon conviviality and
camaraderie. Among them Tom Gilligan and Charley O'Donnell and two
former footballers - Pete Gibbons and Bill Maher.
Anniversary Golf Classic at
Riverton Country Club
The foursome of Larry Keefe,
'57, Dom DiSandro, '57, Jim Scanio, '58, and Charlie Peterson, '58.
The first time in our 25-year history - a Hole-in-One - by Mike
McBride, '81. Joe Pilawsky, '71, and the Devine brothers, Bob,
'73, Jack, '69, and Jim, '76.
The Walls Family - Joe, '60,
Jim, '65, Tom, '70, and Jim, Jr. This foursome surrounding (c.)
Bob Woltjen '83, is Sorry - we don't know this gentleman - Tom Harrigan,
Paul Kaiser, '67, and Brian Callahan, '84. Steve Coyle, '63, Ray
Eveland, '53, and Frank Byrne, '65.
This smiling group is Jim Meehan,
'67, John Marquess, '67, Pat Woods, '68, and Jim Whalen, '67.
Former Chairman of the Golf Classic, John Barnes, '89 (c) is joined by
Jim Lennox, and Bob Lutz.
Another family group - the
Smiths, Ron, '89, Ken, '69, and Ron, '67. Joe Gabor, '61, and his
foursome, Tony Aspite, '61, Ray Brown, '91, and Jason Pacetti, '91.
In the background John Peteraf, '70, and Jim O'Connor, '61, enjoy Mr.
One of our younger groups -
Bill Wenglicki, '91, Matt Zagorski, '97, and Dave Zagorski, '93.
Posing prettily for our photographer (l. to r.) President Jeff Brown,
'79, 3rd VP Joe Pilawsky, '71, Bob Devine, '73, 2nd VP Jack Devine, '69,
Jim Devine, '76, and Asst. Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Hanejko,
Golf Classic Chairman Tom
Morgan, '64, opens the awards program. A smiling group of happy
golfers and revelers. Our unknown friend, Bill Woltjen, '82, Brian
Callahan, '84, Tom Harrigan, Tom Woltjen, '77, Vince Tacconelli, '80,
and Paul Kaiser, '67.
Robin Skubin Nolan VP for
Institutional Advancement at St. Hubert's HS thanks the attendees, the
Association, and the Scholarship Fund for their support of Catholic
Education. Joining her is Dr. Rose Scioli, Assistant Principal.
These ladies along with Tom Morgan's daughters, Rachel and Colleen,
helped all day long with the refreshments carts, the putting contest and
selling chances at the evening's festivities. They have our
undying thanks. President Jeff Brown, '79, updates those in
attendance on the Scholarship Fund.
Classic Chairman Tom Morgan
'64, presented some trophies to those who provided support above and
beyond the norm over the past twenty-five years. Former chair John
Barnes, '89, Jim Meehan, '67, and Joe Gabor, '61.
Also receiving recognition
from Chairman Tom Morgan , '64, on behalf of the Association, were
Bob Woltjen '83, Frank Byrne, '65, and Steve Coyle, '63.
Emmett Ruane, '55, receives
an award from Chairman Morgan. Tom congratulates the winning
foursome of John Barnes, '89, Bill Woltjen, '82, Jim Lennox, and Bob
Jim Cirillo, '64, accepts
the prize money from Chairman Tom Morgan '64,for winning the putting
contest. Chairman Morgan congratulates Pat Woods, '68, for
smashing the longest drive.
Tom MOrgan congratulates
Greg Corace for winning the closest to the pin contest. Second
Place overall went to the group of Tom Morgan, '64, Charlie Corace, and
Chairman Tom Morgan and the
team that finished third - Jim Walls, Jr., Jim Walls, '65, Joe Walls,
'60, and Tom Walls, '70.
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.
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.