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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION'S SIXTH ANNUAL CELEBRATION
5/18/2017

SCHOLARSHIP/HALL OF FAME DINNER ON MAY 18, 2017, 6:00P.M. AT GRAN CENTURION IN CLARK.
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HALL OF FAME DINNER ON MAY 18, 2017

Class of 2017 Inductees include

Dr. Natalino S. Carrea (Class of 1958) – Crusader Pride , As an ALJ Senior, Dr. Carrea composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the ALJ Alma Mater – “O Regional” which is now “O Johnson High”.  Attended Montclair State University for Bachelors of Art 1962, Montclair State University for Master of Arts 1970 and Rutgers University for a Doctor of Education 1984.Nat taught Vocal and Instrumental Music in the Clark NJ public schools grades K-8 from 1962 to 1973.Director of Adult Education and Principal of Middle School grades 7-8 from 1974 to 1998.United States Coast Guard Captain 100 Ton Licensed Master 1999 to present. Marine Management & Education, Inc. owner 2001 to Present (Marine services in the delivery of Vessels from Maine to the Bahamas.Married with 6 children and 11 grandchildren.

Mr. Frank Spaziani (Class of 1965) – Accomplished Professional.  Mr. Spaziani played college football at Penn State University before beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Penn State.  Mr. Spaziani became an assistant coach at the US Naval Academy and then moved to the University of Virginia and becoming the defensive coordinator from 1985-1990.  He then moved to Boston College serving as the defensive coordinator for ten years before becoming head coach for five years. Frank currently is on the football staff of New Mexico State University as its Defensive Coordinator.

Mr. Wayne Graczyk (Class of 1966) – Accomplished Professional.  Mr. Graczyk became a sportswriter for the Japan Times in 1974 and continued to write a column for the paper to this day.  In 1977 he also became the Sports Editor of the Tokyo Weekender and continued in this position until 2004.  For the past 40 years, Wayne has published and edited the Japan Pro Baseball Fan Handbook and Media Guide. In addition to his writing, Wayne was well regarded broadcaster in Tokyo serving as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Tokyo Giants.READ MORE AT  http://aljalumni.org/?sitePage=custom&pageURL=school_files/aljalumni/wayne.htm

William Duffy (Class of 1967) – Community Contributor.  After serving in the US Army, William Duffy began a career with the Clark Police Department in 1972 promoted to the rank of captain in 1989.  He retired from the Clark Police Department in 2000.  Bill made it his passion to research the Clark Fallen heroes in 1972 as a way to remember all those from Clark who gave their loves protecting our country.  Bill has continued with his research and honoring these men to this day and still coordinates the Memorial Day services for the town and presents his information to the schools and various organizations. 

Dr. Kenneth Petren (Class of 1981) – Accomplished Professional. Dr. Petren received his undergraduate degree from Princeton in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1994.  He has been a professor at the University of Cincinnati for the past 16 years and founded the Petren Lab on the campus which advances the work of Charles Darwin through the use of modern technology.  Dr. Petren is currently the Dean of the McMicken School of the Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. 

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SCHOLARSHIP ANNUAL DINNER

The annual Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association’s Scholarship and Hall of Fame dinner was held on May 5, 2016 at the Gran Centurions. Over 185 guests attended to support the association's 2016 Scholarship winners and Hall of Fame inductees.   

 Scholarship chairperson Dolores Toth introduced the four recipients of  2016 scholarships:

Kelsey Briscese (ALJHS Alumni Association Scholarship) Amanda Banek ( Susan Bakum Carovillano’61 Scholarship), Joseph Scardilli (Donald Storms '59 Scholarship) and Andrew Kamichoff (Ralph Marano,Sr.'65 Scholarship).

L-R: Lundgren, Amanda Banek, Kelsey Briscese, Joseph Scardilli, Andrew Kamichoff

ALJHS Establishes Alumni Association

Details Announced

HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2014

Details announced.

HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015

Details announced.

HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2016

The annual Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association’s Scholarship and Hall of Fame dinner was held on May 5 at the Gran Centurions. Over 185 guests attended to support the association's 2016 Hall of Fame inductees and the ALJ scholarship winners.  

 ALJ Principal and alumnus Richard Delmonaco introduced each of the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees and presented each with a plaque and a Crusader blanket.  The inductees were:

  • Mildred Midriff  (Distinguished Faculty)
    Award accepted by Al Lundgren
  • Eugene Castagna ‘63  (Accomplished Professional)
  • Meg Columbia-Walsh ‘81  (Accomplished Professional)
  • Steve Shohfi ‘71  (Crusader Pride)
  • Vincent and Eileen Vaccaro ‘72  (Community Contributors)
  • Art Lundgren ‘59  (Volunteer/Crusader Pride)

While Shohfi was introduced, his song "To Be A Crusader" played. In addition, all the guests honoring Midriff sang "The Lord Bless You and Keep You” led by Phil Frowery.

The emcees for the evening were Delmonaco and Lundgren. The committee chairperson was Bettyanne Tortorello. During the buffet dinner, attendees watched a video, edited by Phil Scardilli, that highlighted remarks made by previous Hall of Fame recipients. In attendance were original Hall of Famers Dr. Ken Hauswald '63 and Alan Richer '72. Representing the 2015 inductees were Henry Varriano '61 and Robert Kastner, a distinguished faculty member who taught at ALJ for over three decades.

To close the evening, Valerie (Kastner) Boyle led the guests in singing the ALJ Alma Mater (original words and music by Dr. Natalino Carrea ’58, EDD).


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ALJHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MISSION

As a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation, our mission is to provide the current students of A.L. Johnson High School with educational, instructional, and financial support by capitalizing on both the resources and life experiences of alumni.

 To make your tax deductible gift by credit card just click on  "Donate" Button and follow its easy directions. Join us in this challenging endeavor today. Thanks!

 

 

THANKS TO OUR 2016 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DONORS

 

2016  DONORS
Susan Alacchi Sarah Antonelli M/M Banek M/M Rich Bogart
Donald  Boos Valerie Boyle Nancee Braan M/M Joseph Briscese
Henry Buoni Linda Bykowski M/M P Cacchione Jim Carovillano
Gene Castagna Bill Castagno Cheryl Chapin M/M David Chinchar
Patricia Christopher Pam Colonna Eleanor Cosgrove Jill Curran
Elizabeth Daloisio   Rick Delmonaco  Amy Efchak/McGowan
Harry Farnham   Karin Fernandez  John Flynn   Phil Frowery
Lisa Gannon Theresa Garrity Connie Godleski  Susan Gotwalls
Marie Grossman   Dr/M Kenneth Hauswald   William Himple
William Hoover   Charles Jarvis   M/M Robert Kastner,Jr
M/M Robert Kastner,Sr   Ruth Kawko   M/M Robert Keller
Joseph Lafferty  Janet Lange  Mary Lee  Carol Leys  M/M Ed Lieb
Joyce Locasio Isabel Lies Brian Luciani  Art Lundgren   Al Lundgren
Ellen Magliaro   Doug Maier    Ken Maragni    Ralph Marano,Sr
M/M Vincent Marino Joe Martz  Dorothy Maxemow Warren McKeon
Joyce McManamy Gail & Tom McManamy Henry Miller Eileen Miller
Tracy Monari   Bob Nadasky  Nicholas Nugent   Louise Ozolins
Carol Pantalano Bob & Eileen Parkinson Carol Parks Elaine Pasqua
M/M Lou Peragallo  Carl Peterson  John Petronko  Steve Petruzzelli
M/M Rich Pieper   Mary Pizza   Connie Pollock   Mary Ellen Pyar
M/M John Ravally   Robert Reick   Alan Richer   Carol Riddlestorfer
Erik Rosenmeier  M/M Phil Scardilli   Frank Schiller   Gayle Sharpe
Steve Shofi  Jessica & Sarah Shofi  Claire Silber  Patricia Sinclair
Tim Spicer   Susan Stankiewicz   Russ Stanley     Don Storms
M/M Neil Swartz M/M Joe Szper Robert Taylor  Bettyanne Tortorello
Dee Fracasso Toth   Eileen & Vincent Vaccaro  Louis Van Bergen 
 Henry Varriano  Patti Votypka   Ed Wepprecht   Michelle Wysocki
M/M Jack Foulks  M/M Walter Wronski  M/M Jake Cregge  
M/MBob Ruzak   Linda Underwood Jackie Wronski Isabel Lies
 Christine Baykowski
 
 
2015  DONORS
Donald R. Storms '59  Lou Peragallo(F)  Philip Guido'79
Ralph Marano Sr '65 Eleanor Airey Cosgrove '61 Bert Maier '64 
Dee Fracasso Toth '61 Art Lundgren '59 Ken Maragni '59 
Marie Choborda Grossman '59 *Eileen Choborda Miller '61
Bob Parkinson(F) Eileen Bergstedt Parkinson '60
Russ Stanley(F) Harry Farnham '61 Gary Hunsinger '61
Carol Davenport Parks '59 Connie Brewer Godleski '59
Matt & Beverley Poskay '02 Gus Kalikis '90 Bob Nadasky '57 
Nancee Braan '64 Phil Frowery '62 Al Lundgren '64 Doug Maier '64 
RuthAnn Hollander Kawko '61 Ginny Harris Cozzi '62 Grace O'Brien
Carol  Leys '66 Joyce McManamy '68 Warren McKeon '64 
 Ed Wepprecht '64 Bob Leonard '64  Richard Keller '61
Marilyn Mayer Keller '61 Tom and Gail Peterson McManamy '59  
 Ken and Pat Hauswald '63 John Petronko '59
Bettyann Hollander Tortorello '64 Alan and Claire Ford Silber '64
Jill Belverio Curran '85 Alan Richer '72  Valerie Kastner Boyle '67
Bob Kastner,Sr (F) Janet Gais Papetti '71 Bob Kastner,Jr '64
Linda Heinz Kastner '67 M/M Lancellotti Henry Varriano '61
Eric Berliner '59 Fred Kumpf  '61 Harold Kessler '65
Tim and Phyllis Spicer '64 Frank Schiller '59 Bob Reick '65
U.N.I.C.O. Allison Gara Bonnie Gara Melissa Gara Jack Ford
Frank Stebbins '99 Frank DiGiovanni Henry Buoni  '64
Lois Roth Schmidt '62 Susan Mantz Gotwals '67 John Flynn '64
Cecilia Mantia Cacchione Family Kirk Family Marzano Family
William Hoover Karen Infantono Principal Rick Delmonaco
   
 FFLPhil FroweryparK
Alumni Scholarship Recipients since 2012 include  Loretta Vill,John Ferrentino,Jaclyn Calo,Joseph Bonaccurso, Emily Curran,Shane Lynes,Louis Cacchione, Emily Kirk  and Danielle Marzano.
 In 2016  Kelsey Briscese, Amanda Banek,Joseph Scardilli and Andrew Kamichoff joined this distinguished group of Crusaders.
 
 
(ALJHS Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation)
 
 
 
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'86ERS GATHER FOR 30TH REUNION

Nancy Bridgman-Morris reports that on April 9, 2016, her Arthur L Johnson High School Class of 1986 held its 30th year reunion at the Gran Centurions in Clark. A total of 50 classmates got together to catch up after all these years. A full buffet was offered,including a dessert table consisting of cannoli cones, cookies, éclairs, cream puffs and cake. The guests enjoyed a DJ and large photo booth for entertainment. The night consisted of 80's music, fun with props in the photo booth and great conversation. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a night to remember. The committee had a great time organizing the event! Mark your calendars for 2021!

 

 

CRUSADER REUNION ASSISTANCE

Reunion Planning

So you've been crowned organizer of your class reunion. It's time to celebrate life's successes and renew old acquaintances. It's also time to start losing the pounds, covering the gray and planning a reunion to remember. Here you will find everything you need to know about planning a successful high school reunion . . .

So what are you waiting for?  Start planning and sharing your event today! Ed Wepprecht '64 is a reunion mentor that you can reach through this website and is anxious to share his approaches with you and your Committee.

Ed headed up his 50th Reunion committee and attributes their record attendance and remarkable success in large part to an early start and their detailed organizational planning. His tips include....

 

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS VIDEO

ALJHS' Television Channel  interviewed the president of our Alumni Association and provided live coverage of the 2013 Scholarship awards to Jaclyn Calo and Joseph Bonaccurso. Take a peek......

2014 Funding - All stipends traditionally are given at an annual ALJ Awards Night. Those of us that attended the 2014 event, in the high school auditorium on the night of June 4th, applaud the recipients of this year's Alumni Association scholarships. Miss Emily Curran plans to study psychology at Monmouth University while Shane Lynes will attend Stevens Institute to study Bio-Medical Engineering.

L-R: Mr/Mrs Curran,Emily, Dee Toth, Art Lundgren

 

L-R: Mr.Lynes,Dee Toth,Shane Lynes,Mrs.Lynes, Art Lundgren

Best wishes to all other 2014 Scholarship Applicants!


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