This page is designed to keep our members and
friends up-to-date on what is happening within the Association.
CATHOLIC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC.
We are happy to report that we have moved to our new home - 2700 Rhawn
Street (SEC Rhawn and Fairfield Sts. - one block east of Roosevelt
Blvd.) See photos below. All our equipment and some of the NECHS memorabilia
came with us. What we received when the school closed is now
proudly displayed. The Shrine of Our Lady Fatima
and the plaques honoring our members who died during World War II,
Korea, and Viet Nam, which was the property of the Association came with
us have been reconstructed at the site. The men pictured below -
alumni and friends and relatives - were responsible for getting us moved
Since June, 2010 when we
we've made a number of improvements to the building and property, not
the least of which, was installing the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in
the rear yard. Of course, the plaques honoring the memory of the
265 alumni who gave their lives for their country in World War II,
Korea, and Vietnam are next to Our Lady. The Shrine was dedicated by Father Kilty on
Memorial Day, 2011.
The office as you walk in from the
entrance on Fairfield Street is the nerve center of your Association.
On the walls are a number of mementos of accomplishments from years
past. The desk on the right belonged to the secretary to the
President of NECHS and was made by Frank Fedele, '64. Above the
mantle on the left is an original cartoon by Bil Keane, '40
Two views of the operations
center where all mailings are produced. It is also used for
committee meetings and meetings of the Board of Trustees of the
Scholarship Fund. On the far right is the plaque honoring those
killed in Vietnam which hung at the end of the first floor corridor at
North. It now graces a wall in one of our Memorial Rooms.
Something new was added in
the summer of '13. Thanks to Mariana Bracetti Academy, the charter
school that purchased the NECHS building, we were able to secure the
banner above which was the top the marquee on the corner of Torresdale &
Hunting Park Aves. With some expert craftmanship, we were able to
cut it to size, frame it appropriately and it now hangs in a place of
honor in our operations center.
Some the Catholic League
Championship shields given to us when school closed. Our Hall of
Fame which honors our Outstanding Alumni, Outstanding Achievement Award
recipients, Honorary members, and past Presidents and Chaplains.
Some of the sports memorabilia that were presented to us.
On the left some more sports
memorabilia. On the right, the NECHS Hall of Fame plaques and a
tapestry honoring the 1956 City Championship football team.
Between the Hall of Fame plaques are three items of interest. The
Crucifix is from the chapel at North. Just below is a school
shield which dates to 1932, and, finally, the podium which graced the
stage at North since it was presented as a graduation gift by the Class
A wall with the trophies we
were able to obtain from the school. Center is a number of the citations
the school received from local and state government over the years.
Some banners and pennants gathered over the years, in particular, one
honoring the basketball teams achievements.
Some more memorabilia, in
particular an autographed picture of honorary member, Pope John Paul II,
and a plaque honoring the legendary Father Thomas "Knobby" Walsh, Hon.
'66. On the right, plaques and photos honoring former alumni, an
original "Reds" Falcon cartoon by Jerry Buckley, '50, and a copy of the
recruitment poster emphasizing that the "right direction" was North.
Now that you've had glimpse, why not stop by and view the building first
hand. Give us a call at 215-543-1051 to make sure someone is
The Devine brothers led by 3rd VP Jack, '69 (far
right) (l. to r.) Jimmy, '76, Kevin, '75, and Brian, '80, plan their day
upon arrival at the Pointe. The Doman's - Bob, '67, and John, '62,
are joined by Tom Graber, '66, and his lady. As usual, Jim "Jesse"
Dugan, '63, and friend have a lock on the corner of the bar.
Mike Gormley, '81, and Charlie Meissler, '71, enjoyed their afternoon. Among those at the bar
were the "first lady" of the Association, Kathy Brown, Class Rep Lou
Szojka, '74, and President Jeff Brown, '79. Jack Pawlowski, '69,
and Mike Bispels, '63, are very obviously having a great time.
Class Rep Sig Mikula, '83, and Alexandra
pose for our photographer. Likewise, our Event Chairman and
friends (l. to r.) Kass Fredericksdorf, John Walsh, Kathy Wilson, Carol
Crey, Anne McKenna, and Ed McKenna, '63. Lou DeCree, '70, and Tom
Jim Mackle, '70, Jerry McCool, '51,and
Mrs. McCool were having a great time. As were John Kradzinski,
'81, and Joe Wodarczyk, '86.
Bernice Amand, Jackie Kradzinski,
Barbara Knobbs, and Joyce Hanejko relax and enjoy the afternoon while
their husbands, Tony, '50, John, '81, Len, '53, and John, '65, are busy.
Among those enjoying the afternoon and the beer are front - Sally
Clemmer, Ed Durkin (far right) and to his left Tom Gilligan, '53, and
his wife. Sorry we can't identify the others but they look they
were having a good time also.
Joe Gordon, '67, Class Rep Steve
Pascavitch, '68, and Ray Casey, '68, pose for our photographer.
Yet another happy pair - Mike Wodarczyk, '72, and Matt Ragan, '85.
Two groups of perennial attendees.
On the left - Jo and Dan Meenan, '61, and Ann and Joe Gabor, '61.
On the right - Class Rep Jim Kelly, '70, Ron Przybylowicz, Tony Woods,
'70, Chrissy Smith, and Steve Magurn, '70.
Another group of happy campers - Kevin
Harvey, '95, John
Levy, 92, Jason, '95, and Joe Petaccio, '89. Class Rep Jim
O'Connor, '61 attended with his son, Jimmy, a '95 Father Judge grad.
This pair of golfers from the Class of
'58 - Charlie Peterson and Jim Scanio - have been friends since their
band playing days at North and proudly displayed their band letter on
the front of the cart. Charlie traveled all the way from Windsor,
Wisconsin to play in the Classic. Jim Devine, '76, Bob Devine,
'73, Joe Pilawsky, '71 and Mike Kaiser, '73, had a great afternoon.
The McElhatton clan was well represented by Dan, '67, John, '62, and
This smiling threesome is
Mike Schoen, '75, Bill Corbi, '75, and Jerry DiPentino, '75 - their
fourth - Norm Buchanan showed up a little late. The next two
foursomes are basically the Walls family. First, Jim Cirillo, '64,
John Heljenek, '64, and Jim Walls, '66 and Jim Walls, Jr. Then we
have Tom Walls, '65, Joe Walls, '60, Jack Walls, '55, and Brendan
Our Chairman, Tom Morgan, '64, and
his daughter, Rachel, who was an outstanding help to the chair and the
committee all day. If you look in the background you'll see a sign
urging us on. The house belongs to Steve Coyle, '63, our host at
Riverton. A foursome of Merle Wolfson, Jim Kelly, '54, Jim Kelly,
Jr., and Ernie Schilling. Then we have the Woltjen foursome (right
to left) Bob Woltjen, '83, Bill Woltjen, '82, Brian Callahan, '84, and
The Coyle foursome headed by our
host, Steve, '63, Ray Eveland, '53, Frank Byrne, '65, and Jerry Lynch,
'64. President Jeff Brown, '79 (2nd from left) and 2nd V. P. Jack
Devine, '69 (4th from left) welcome one of our stellar foursomes led by
the always winsome Joe Gabor, '61 (3rd from left). The others, his
son-in-law Ray Brown, '91, classmate Tony Aspite, and Joe Gabor, Jr.,
'89. Then we have the RealMarq contingent led by Jim Meehan, '67
(far right) and featuring (l. to r.) Jim Whalen, '67, Pat Woods, '68,
and Jason Marquess, '67.
The Burns Funeral Home group
playing in memory of their founder Martin J., '31, are Joe Osiecki, Joe
Burns, Scott Burns, and Marty Burns, Jr. Relaxing before dinner at
the cocktail party are (clockwise from lower left) John Pateraf, '70,
Jeff Brown, '79, Jack Devine, '69, Mike Kaiser, '73, Bob Devine, '73,
and Jim Devine, '76. Chairman Tom Morgan congratulates the winner
in the women's division Judy Welde.
Relaxing over cocktails are
(clockwise from lower left) Ray Eveland, '53, Bill Woltjen, '82,
Bob Woltjen, '83, Frank Byrne, '65, Jerry Lynch, '64, and Brendan
Glackin, '06. Another group of smiling faces (l. to r.) Dom
DiSandro, '57, Rick Seiler, Al Keefe, '55, and Larry Keefe, '57.
Once again the Burns group -
Scott, Joe, Joe Osiecki, and Marty. Obviously enjoying the food,
drink, and camaraderie are Jim Whalen, '67, Pat Woods, '68, Mike Schoen,
'75, Jerry DiPentino, '75, and Bill Corbi, '75.
This fun-loving group
includes Ed McKenna, '63, Tom Christian, '63, Mike Bispels, '63, and
Scott Knoedler. Tom Morgan poses beside a sign advertising all our
sponsors. We are most appreciative of their support of this effort
to raise funds for the Scholarship Fund.
Scholarship Fund Trustee
John Hanejko, '65, joins Ray Brown, '91, and the Gabors, Joe, Jr., '89,
and Joe, '61 for dinner. A full table here with (clockwise from
lower left) Tom Walls, '65, Jim Walls, '66, Joe Walls, '60, Jim Walls,
Jr., Charlie Peterson, '58, Jim Scanio, '58, John Heljenek, '64, and Jim
Jim Walls, Jr. accepts the
prize for longest drive from Tom Morgan, '64. Morgan presents Dad,
Jim Walls, '66, with the prize for closest to the pin. Steve
Coyle, '63 representing his foursome of Eveland, '53, Byrne, '65, and
Lynch, '64, accepts the prize for third place. Finishing second
was the group Jim Walls, '66, Jim Walls, Jr., Jim Cirillo, '64, and John
Heljenek, '64 who accepts the prize from classmate Tom Morgan.
First place went to the foursome of Greg Corace, Charlie Corace, Art
Scheffer, and Bill Hoffman. Bill accepts the award from Tom
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.
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
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 12/15/13
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.
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
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
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
James Brown - Our Lady of Port Richmond
Kathryn McCole - Immaculate Heart Of Mary
Kathleen Walsh - St. Christopher
Annabella Helder - Holy Trinity Regional, NJ
Chloe Dolan - St. Cecilia
Vincent Blattenberger - Resurrection Regional, NJ
Alfred Fiorentino IV - St. Cecilia
Hannah Dolan - St. Cecilia
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
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.
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 joined 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
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.
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
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
A view from the
other end of the same table gives us a look at Carolyn Pritz (on the
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.