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
Some additional items have
been recently acquired by what we lovingly call the Northeast Catholic
Museum. The family of Father Dan McLernan, OSFS, '34, North's
long-time soccer coach donated the plaque the school awarded to
outstanding players in the 90's and his plaque commemorating his
induction into the NECHS Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.
Another recent addition came
courtesy of Bill Maher, '53, shown as he presented to the Association.
It is the sweater awarded to the 1952 City Championship Football Team.
Bill was an end on that team. The sweater now proudly hangs in one
of our trophy rooms.
Lined up at the door waiting
to greet our guests are (l. to r.) Chairman John Hanejko, '65, Tom
Morgan, '64, and Bill Smith, '53. Gary McNulty, '59, entertains
the ladies - Joyce Hanjeko and Barbara Knobbs.
themselves are these two trios. Left - Joe Lamb, '93, Mark Toner,
'80, and friend. Right - Ray Rysak, '66, Bob Birney, '64, and
A number of long time attendees -
Jerry, '51, and Mrs. McCool, Ramiro, '60, and Mrs. Yabor.
The photo on the right features Jim Dugan, '63 (center) and friends.
This corner of the bar
features Charlie O'Donnell, '53, friends, and Charlie Meissler, '71
(green shirt). John Hanejko and '65 classmate Jim Fogarty.
Another group of long time
participants, the Nilan Family - Rich, '76, Rich, '02, Grandpop and Mrs.
Nilan. We didn't get the names of this lovely couple - sorry!
Something our photographer
said or did really tickled the Musial's - John, '63, Margaret Mary, and
Wanda. Immediate Past President Jeff Brown, '79, and his wife
Ann & Ed McKenna, '63
(center) and friends. Another lovely couple whose names our
photographer neglected to obtain - Sorry!
Bill Pellegrini, '71 (red
shirt) and friend had a great time. Left to right: Bernie Grill, Len Knobbs, '53,
Jack Devine, '69.
Anniversary Golf Classic at
Riverton Country Club
Golf Classic Chairman Tom
Morgan, '64 (seated) registers Jim Meehan, '67, under the watchful eye
of committee member John Peteraf, '70. Dom DeSandro, '57, launches
one of his three putts in the contest as classmate Larry Keefe studies
Lunch is always enjoyable as
the participants stock up prior to challenging the course. Jim
Lennox, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, Bob Lutz, Joe Slabinski, Jr, and
John Barnes, '89. This table features the Walls Family - Jim, '66,
Joe, '60, and Jack, '55.
Another contestant in the
putting contest - Jim Devine, '76 - as Mike Kaiser, '73 looks on.
This foursome was led by Association attorney Dennis George, Hon., '03
(far right) and features Bill Bianco, Chuck Barry, and Mike Cliggett,
1957 classmates Dom DeSandro
and Larry Keefe. Likewise, 1973 classmates Bob Devine and Mike
Kaiser. This foursome led by Gold Sponsor Jim Meehan, '67 (far
right) included Ed Pawlowski, '68, Pat Woods, '68, and Don Woods, '64.
This group consisted of Dan
McGovern. Bob McGovern, '60, Jerry Spoerl, '56, and Mike McGovern, '94.
The foursome of Gold Sponsor McCafferty-Sweeney Funeral Home included
Joe Slabinski, Jr., Jim Lennox, John Barnes, '89, and Bob Lutz.
The Gold Sponsor Burns Funeral Home was represented by Nick Muzekari,
Marty Burns, Jr., Joe Burns, and Ray Sell.
Gold Sponsor Joe Gabor, '61
and Friends was represented by Joe Gabor, '61, Jason Pacetti, '91, Tony
Aspite, '61, and Ray Brown, '91. This foursome included Tom
Harrigan, Lee Collins, Brian Callahan, '84, and Bob Woltjen, '83.
All of our on course photos were taken at the tee box on the 16th hole
with the exception of this last one which was shot on the 16th green.
The reason - Mike McBride, '81 (3rd from left) - almost duplicated his
hole-in-one of the last year by leaving his shot a few feet from the
pin. He was joined by John Horcher, Tom Klingenberg, '81, and Mike
This is always a great time
of the day. We can relax over a few drinks and dinner and wait
with bated breath to learn who the best of the day were. Ray Sell,
Joe Burns, Frank Byrne, '65, Tom Hofstaedter, '68, Marty Burns, Jr., and
Nick Muzekari look like their having a great time. Nick won the
prize for closest to the pin and the Burns foursome finished third for
the day. Next we have
the McGovern trio - Mike, '94, Bob, '60, and Dan.
Another table filled with
convivial spirits. Bob Lutz, Joe Slabinski, Jr., John Barnes, '89,
Joe Gabor, '61, Jason Pacetti, '91, and Ray Brown, '91. A beer
always is more enjoyable when in the company of friends - Brian
Callahan, '84, Tom Harrigan, and Jerry Volgraf, '81.
It's very obvious these
gentlemen are enjoying themselves - Dennis George, Hon. '03, Mike
Cliggett, '66, and Bill Bianco. Also, Jim Meehan, '67, Steve
Coyle, '63, and Ray Eveland, '53.
Mike McBride, '81, and Bob
Woltjen, '84, pose for our photographer. Association President
Jeff Brown, '79, holding a check symbolic of the grants awarded by the
Scholarship Fund in April and the purpose of the Classic. The net
proceeds raised by the event are donated by the Association to the
These gentlemen are
certainly enjoying themselves and that's before they learned they
finished second in the Classic - Bill Hoffman, John Cook, Greg Corace
and Charlie Corace.
This happy and smiling group
pose handsomely for our photographer - Don Woods, '64, Bob Hopkins, '59,
Jim Meehan, '67, Mike McBride, '81, Pat Woods, '68 - who had the longest
drive of the day - and Ed Pawlowski, '68. John Barnes, '89,
accepts the cash prize from Tom Morgan, '64, for winning the putting
contest. He was the only one to sink a putt.
A fun loving group if I ever
saw one - even if some of their faces don't show it. Dom DeSandro,
'57, Larry Keefe, '57, John Hanejko, '65, Mike Kaiser, '73, Jack Devine,
'69, and Joe Pilawsky, '71.
Golf Classic Chairman Tom
Morgan, '64 (far right) poses with the McCafferty-Sweeney team of Jim
Lennox, Bob Lutz, Joe Slabinski, and John Barnes, '89, after awarding
them the prize as the event's Champions. This the second year in
succession they were Champs.
Some of the members and their
families that attended the annuals services the Shrine of Our Lady of
Fatima located on the Alumni House campus. The event began with
Mass concelebrated at Resurrection of Our Lord Church by our Chaplain,
Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, Resurrection's Pastor, Father Joe Howarth,
'67, and Father Charles Sullivan in residence at the parish. After
Mass after adjourned to our facility for the services.
Father Kilty leads those
assembled in prayers fort he happy repose of the souls our honored war
heroes from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan.
President Jeff Brown, '79, places a wreath in front of the Shrine.
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
2016 Scholarship Fund Recipients
The Board of Trustees of the
Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. met on April 21 and selected
the following young men and women as the recipients of this year's grants.
Joseph Grant - Roman Catholic HS -
LaLeah Ragan - St. Hubert HS - LaSalle University
Rebecka Stewart - Little Flower HS - Chestnut Hill College
Emily Johnston - John W. Hallahan HS - Rosemont University
High School Grants
Amanda Sweeney - Maternity BVM - Little Flower HS
Shelby Longo - Our Lady of Hope - Gloucester Catholic HS
James Bartelle - St. Katherine of Siena - Father Judge HS
Kieran Donnelly -
Mother of Divine Grace - Roman Catholic HS
Sophia Smargissi - St. Christopher - Archbishop Ryan HS
Joseph Lamb - Our Lady of Port Richmond - Roman Catholic
Olivia Reynolds - Our Lady of Calvary - Archbishop Ryan HS
Neil Grant - Presentation BVM - Roman Catholic HS
Lilyanna Baynum - Our Lady of Perpetual Help - Camden Catholic
Madelyn Leonard - St. Cecilia - Little Flower HS
Shane McDevitt - St. Anselm - Father Judge HS
Becca McCue - Resurrection of Our Lord - St. Hubert HS
Caroline Primus - Queen of Angels - Lansdale Catholic HS
Thomas Bagnell - St. Jerome - Roman Catholic HS
Savannah Meyers - Blessed Trinity - St. Hubert HS
Anthony Romano - St. Jerome - Father Judge HS
Mr. Romano declined our grant as
he will attend New Foundations Charter School. It was accepted by Nicholas
Steen, St. Jerome, to attend Father Judge HS.
Grade School Grants
Michael McDevitt - St. Anselm
Todd Douglas - St. Jerome
Emma Bartelle - St. Katherine of Siena
John Owens - St. Hilary of Poitiers
Andrew Romano - St. Jerome
Shane Thompson - Our Lady of Port Richmond
Rory Bagnell - St. Jerome
Ross - St. Christopher
54 Alumni and friends
journeyed to Trenton to watch the Reading Fightin Phils lose to the
Trenton Thunder. Despite the rain and cold weather everyone had a
great time - so they say! Brian Devine, '80, and his wife.
Tom Morgan, '64, and his grandchildren and then Steve Cardullo, '72, and
his wife. Mrs. Peteraf, Ron Kliniewski, '62, and John Peteraf,
At this table enjoying the
buffet which was part of our admission package are Kathleen Knobbs-Coleman,
Barbara Knobbs, Robert Knobbs, and Frank Kelly, '50. John Garson,
'72 and his wife are stretching their legs.
Jim Kelly, '70 along with his wife and
father-in-law. A view of the picturesque park as darkness descends
87th Annual Communion
Our Cantor, Bill
Wenglicki, '91, leads the congregation in the entrance hymn.
Bill's wife, provided the musical background by playing the organ at
Mass celebrated at St. Martin of Tours.
John Musial, '63, our
Lector, proclaims the second reading of the day, as our
concelebrants, Oblate Fathers John Spellman, '56, Neil Kilty, '59,
and Kevin Nadolski listen.
Principal Celebrant and
our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, delivered an inspiring
homily as the congregation listens intently.
Father Kilty and his
fellow concelebrants at the consecration. After Mass, we
adjourned across the Boulevard to Regal Ballroom for breakfast.
This table includes one of the inductees to the Hall of Fame (far
right) John L. McCloskey, '38, and his family.
This table includes
another inductee - Dr. Lester A. Ruppersberger, '66 (3rd from the
right) - his wife and sister are to his left. Standing behind
his family is Hall of Fame inductee James V. Gavaghan, '54.
Hall of Fame inductee
Joseph J. Ashton, '66(2nd from left) is seated next to his Denise
and next to her is her brother Mike Glenning, '62. President
Brown conducted our annual business meeting prior to brekfast.
Valentine, local comedian, kept the audience awake and alert and the
program moving with his snappy repartee. This table is headed
by Jack Wischum, '46 (far left).
This table featured
(dead center) two men from the Class of '67 - Mike Casey and Joe
Gordon - and former Congressman Bob Borski who was the recipient of
our Outstanding Achievement Award in 1987. Our Chaplain,
Father Kilty, thanked all for attending and expressed his gratitude
to John Musial, '63, Bill Wenglicki, '91 and his wife, Frank Kelly,
'50, and Jim Henes, '61, for their participation in assuring the
solemnity and beauty of this morning's Mass.
Father Kevin Nadolski,
Director of Development and Communications for the Oblates,
expressed their sincere gratitude for the generosity and support of
the Association over the years. Len Knobbs, '53, Hall of Fame
Chairman explains the process for nomination and selection.
Thomas H. Windfelder, '68, accepts the plaque commemorating his
induction into the Hall of Fame in the category of
Arts/Entertainment/Education. Tom was, for many years, the
Director of the Archdiocesan Boys Choir.
Tom Windfelder, '68,
expressed his gratitude to the Association for the honor and
acknowledged that his education and formation at NECHS helped him
greatly. Len Knobbs, '53, presents Jim Gavaghan, '54, with his
plaque symbolizing his induction into the Hall of Fame in the
category of Athletics. Jim starred at St. Joseph's University
in Track and was Captain of their first soccer team. He later
coached track and field at Abington HS and LaSalle University.
Jim too was loquacious in his praise of the school and the
Association for continuing the tradition established at NECHS.
Joe Ashton, '66,
receives his plaque from Knobbs. Joe was honored in the field
of Business/Labor/Military for his long service to the United Auto
Workers. He was the youngest to have been elected President of
a Local. He went on to serve as a Regional Director (Central
New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and then as International V.
P. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of General
Motors and the Board of the UAW Retirees Medical Trust. He,
too, gave credit to NECHS for providing him with the basis he needed
to succeed in life. Dr. Lester Ruppersberger accepts his
plaque acknowledging his induction in the field of Religion/Science.
Dr. Ruppersberger recently retired after a long career as an
Obstetrician and Gynecologist. He is currently President of
the National Catholic Medical Association and has long been
recognized for his work on behalf of Pro-Life. He and his
wife, Betty, received the Defenders of Life award from the Pro-Life
Union and he is co-author of a book Wonderfully Made Babies.
Dr. Ruppersberger, like
the other inductees, was extremely grateful for the honor and paid
tribute to the school for the education he received. Knobbs
presents John L. McCloskey, '38, with the plaque commemorating his
induction in the field of Service. An apt award since his life
has been one of service. During World War II, he was a B-17
pilot. After the war, he attended LaSalle College and, in
effect, never left. Over the next 50 years, he held a variety
of titles at the University, most notably Vice President of Public
Affairs. He served on a number of non-profit Boards and
Commissions. In his remarks, he noted that he had the honor to
meet Tom Brokaw and receive an autographed copy his book, The
Greatest Generation. He stated that NECHS formed the
basis for his service in the military and in all his ventures
afterwards. In addition to the plaques each inductee receives
a lapel pin to proudly wear signifying that he is a member of the
NECHS Hall of Fame.
Len Knobbs, '53,
presents Ann Mackin with a plaque acknowledging her late husband
Joseph J., '40, as an Outstanding Alumnus. Ann is also the
sister of our late long-time Chaplain Father Edward J. Simons, OSFS,
'34, and two other alumni - John, '34, and Joseph, '40.
President Jeffrey W. Brown, '79, delivered his "State of the
Association" address. Jeff presents Father Nadolski with a
check for the Oblate Missions. A collection is taken up at the
Breakfast in a time honored tradition to which the Association adds
Matt Rhule, head
football coach at Temple University, delivered the principal
address. He was honored with our Outstanding Achievement Award
for outstanding achievement in field of collegiate sports.
Toastmaster Vince Valentine and President Jeff Brown, '79, relax
after the Breakfast.
In their annual photo
for posterity - the Executive Board. Seated: Chaplain
Father Neil F. Kilty, OSFS, '59. Front row (l. to r.)
Secretary Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59; 3rd Vice President Joseph F.
Pilawsky, '71; First Vice President Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88;
President Jeffrey W. Brown, '79; 2nd Vice President John F. Devine,
'69; and 1st Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Executive Secretary
John R. Hanejko, '65. Rear Row: Assistant Secretary
Stephen A. Cardullo, '72; Executive Secretary-Treasurer Leonard F.
Knobbs, '53; 2nd Assistant Treasurer Robert J. Kensil, '74; and
Historian Thomas P. Morgan, '64. 4th V. P. Albert P.
Waskiewicz, '79, had to leave early.
For the second year, the
Association marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade on the Parkway in
center city. With typical organizing skill we are trying to get
everyone lined up as we arrived late because of the Communion Breakfast
earlier in the day. Here we are as we approach the reviewing
Lo and behold! At the
stand who steps out to greet us but Fox29 TV reporter Bob Kelly (Hird,
'81) in his Kelly Green North Catholic coat.
Joe Pilawsky, '71 (center)
and friend smile for the camera as Turkey Bowl Chair Jack Devine, '69
check out the situation. Steve Magurn, '70 and classmate had a
great time despite the fact that Jim Kelly was absent. Sig Mikula,
'83, and friend are obviously having a good time.
First Lady Kathy Brown,
President Jeff, '79, and Lou Szojka, '74, sure look like they're
enjoying themselves. This is a table for of Rzepczynski's and
friends - Jen (left), husband Jeff, '88 (right) and son Vince, '11 -
Ed Gavin, '59, Tom McAvoy,
'59, Jim Danvers, '63, and Jim McAvoy, '63, had a pleasant afternoon
despite the Eagles' loss. The Handleys are obviously relaxed and
having a good time.
Classmates Steve Cardullo, '72,
and John Garson, '72, relax at the bar with a beverage. Also
joining in the fun are Jim O'Connor, '61, Frank Kelly, '50, Ed Guckin,
and Pete Tansey, '63.
Ed Jaskowiak (left) is
joined by a number of younger alumni and friends including his son. Ed,
'04(second from right) and Steve Pascavitch, '68 (far right). Bob
Monica, '71 (right) and fellow alumni pose for our cameraman.
John Peteraf, '70, and
friends, pose smilingly for our photographer. Oops, there he is
again, that O'Connor fellow from '61. This time with classmate Jim
Henes, '61, and brother Bob Henes, '66.
These alumni and friends in
both photos had a great afternoon but our photographer forgot to get
their names - our apologies.
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
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.
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.