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As a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation, the mission of the ALJHS Alumni Association is to provide the students of A.L. Johnson High School with educational, instructional, and financial support capitalizing on the resources and life experiences of its alumni. Please join us in this challenging endeavor.






Our alumni association is proud to announce its selection of Sporting Stiches as its exclusive partner in the sale and distribution of a wide variety of ALJHSAA apparel items on-line. Sporting Stiches is owned and successfully operated by our own Mary Weisensee (Class of 19XX). It provides an extensive line of "standard" products along with the ability to design custom items, quickly and at reasonable pricing.

Got a milestone reunion coming up? And yes, we have 3XLT in stock!   Simply click on "Additional Details" at the bottom of this article and get started.

(note: this apparel model is an uncompensated alumni volunteer.)


Sporting Stitches offers a wide variety of apparel and accessories which can be personalized through embroidery or screen printing for businesses, schools, teams, and clubs. There are no minimums required. We can provide the apparel items or we can customize items that you provide.


( a portion of all purchases will assist our alumni association in fulfilling its Mission as a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation)





Dear Fellow Crusader

It is that time of year when your alumni association is hosting its third annual Scholarship/Hall of Fame program.  This year is going to be very different and very exciting!  In addition to raising funds to support our scholarship recipients, we are inducting six new alumni into our Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015.  They represent a cross section of the many wonderful and talented students who graduated from ALJ.

This year’s program will be held at 6 pm  instead of our customary  luncheon.  Fellow alums tell us that an early evening program  will allow more alumni and friends the opportunity to attend.  Our honorees include:

Robert Kastner, Distinguished Faculty,

Phil Guido, Accomplished Professional, ’79,

Ralph Marano, Accomplished Professional/Community Contributor, ’65,

 Tom McManamy, Accomplished Professional/Volunteer, ’59,

 Matt Poskay, Crusader Pride, ‘02

 Henry Varriano, Community Contributor, ’61.

If you are a Classmate of one of these individuals, please come out to honor them with your attendance.In addition, we have invited last year’s honorees to join us in the celebration.  We are hoping that Lou Peragallo, Alan Richer, Ken Hauswald, Ken Ham, and  Pierana Pantano, will be present to help us honor our new inductees.

Your generous support in the past has allowed the association to award $6000 in scholarships to deserving seniors who have distinguished themselves in the school and in the community. We would love to have you join us on May 7 at the Gran Centurion so that we can continue to support our students and the association.  The $50 cost of each dinner includes just a $17.00 tax-deductible donation to our  Association and its programs. A cash bar will be available.  Checks can be made payable to the ALJHS Alumni Association and mailed to me at the address below. Please RSVP by April 20, 2015.

If you cannot join us but would like continue to support your Association, simply mail your check , made out to ALJHS Alumni Association , to ALJHSAA c/o Art Lundgren, President, 64 Sutton Drive, Berkeley Heights, NJ  07922.

Once again, thank you for your continuing  support and please plan to join us on May 7 starting at 6 pm in the Gran Centurions, 440 Madison Hill Road in Clark.Event directions at

Art Lundgren, President

Please provide following reservation information with your check.

Name______________________Class Year( if appl)______


email address_____________________________________________

# attending _____@ $50 =_________ + $____________(optional) = $____________  Total Amount

Name(s) of additional people attending:_________________________________________




Dr.John Madey, a Professor of the UH Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been invited to give a plenary lecture at the Nobel Symposium on Free Electron Laser Research, which will be held in Sigtuna (near Stockholm), Sweden, from June 14 -18, 2015.  The Symposium is devoted to an “area of science where breakthroughs are occurring” and is sponsored by the Nobel Foundation and the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

John MadeyMadey is best known for the invention of the free-electron laser (FEL), a very powerful light source for research in medicine and biology, electronic materials, nuclear physics and manufacturing. Prior to joining UHM in 1998, Madey was a tenured professor at Stanford University and later the director of the Free Electron Laser Laboratory at Duke University.  Throughout his career, Madey has made pioneering contributions to the physics of FELs and their applications and holds many patents on innovative technologies.  He has won numerous awards including the Stuart Ballantine Medal from the Franklin Institute in 1989 and more recently the 2012 Robert R. Wilson Prize from the American Physical Society.

The UH FEL is one of the five free-electron lasers currently operating in the United States.  FEL group faculty members at the Mānoa campus are pursuing the applications to the study of fundamental problems in classical and quantum physics and to atmospheric remote sensing. They are also pursuing the development of lower cost, compact FEL-based x-ray and gamma ray light sources for applications in the imaging and analysis of crystal structures in proteomics and genomics, and the identification of concealed nuclear materials.

nb - The above recently appeared in a University of Hawaii at Manoa's research publication, "Kaunana," highlighting John Madey, a 1960 ALJ graduate from ALJ, as a world-renowned professor in its Department of Physics and Astronomy.




ALJHS Establishes Hall of Fame

In the fall of 2013 the Clark School District announced the establishment of the ALJHS Hall of Fame as an appropriate way to recognize former students and administrators for their accomplishments as ALJ alumni.

The Arthur L. Johnson High School Hall of Fame honors distinguished alumni individuals associated with the high school, who have contributed in a positive manner to their profession, their community, or to the students of Arthur L. Johnson High School.  There are five categories for which an individual can be nominated. The 2014 Inaugural Hall of Fame induction was an integral part of the program of the Annual Alumni Scholarship Luncheon in May, 2014, with over 80 alumni in attendance at Clark's Gran Centurion to celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding individuals. The Hall of Fame was also part of ALJHS Senior Awards Ceremony that June, and is featured on the school's Hall of Fame website and in the permanent displays in the high school foyer.  

Supporters of ALJ nominated candidates for the inaugural class of  inductees in the fall of 2013. Your selection committee revealed its final choices at the Board of Education's April 8, 2014 Meeting. Please welcome your Hall of Fame Class of 2014 below!. 





In the spring of 2014 nineteen football athletes and guests attended an annual outing to celebrate two former ALJ coaches--Red Kelin and George Darlington. Coach Kelin distinguished himself after Clark coaching at UConn, Colgate, BC and NFL Europe. Coach Darlington coached at several schools before landing a job at Nebraska where he coached for over thirty years and won three national championships. We enjoyed several days in their company. 

We held the event at the Berkeley Hall Community, Bluffton, SC. The group played golf, toured historic Bluffton and Savannah. It was great to have classmates from the classes of 62 (Terry Amon), 63 (Bill Prish, John Soltis, Alan Peters), 64 (Ed Wepprecht, Beau Buoni), 65 (Ron Pecina, Bob Rieck) and 68 (Skip Gorski). Interestingly, Skip also quarterbacked for Coach Kelin at UConn.

We started the outings in 1995 and keep them going in the memory of Dennis Carpini, an initial inductee into our Hall of Fame. We are especially pleased for Ken Hauswald and Coach Lou Peragallo , who have attended our outings, on their induction as part of the Class of 2014.Congratulations to  all our inductees.

Reported by Ed Wepprecht'64

ALJHS Luncheon Honoring Crusaders

On May 15, 2014, Arthur L. Johnson High School and its Alumni Association inducted their inaugural class into the recently-formed ALJ Hall of Fame. Record attendance (over 80 alumns) thoroughly enjoyed the Program, food, beverages and, most of all, the fellowship at the Third Annual Alumni Scholarship Luncheon. Special thanks go to our host, the Gran Centurions, for such a well-run venue, and the alumns that put it all together from start to finish, Bettyanne Hollander Tortorello'61 and Dee Fracasso Toth'61.




Reunions and Events

Be sure to check out the list of reunions and events posted to the left in "Upcoming Events".  If you are a planner of a future event, be sure to read "Event planning information / add an event" for tips and information to make your event a success.

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Donald R. Storms '59 
Lou Peragallo(Faculty)
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
Robert Parkinson(Faculty) and
Eileen Bergstedt Parkinson '60
Russ Stanley(Faculty)
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 McManamy 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 (faculty 30years)
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
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
*  in honor of T.J. McManamy
** in memory of Robert Peters
*** 2015 Scholarship Recipients
 FFLPhil FroweryparK
Thank You For Your Continued Support!
Alumni Award Recipients Include
2012 - Loretta Vill & John Ferrentino
2013 - Jaclyn Calo & Joseph Bonaccurso
2014 - Emily Curran & Shane Lynes 
2015 - Louis Cacchione, Emily Kirk & Danielle Marzano
(ALJHS Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation)


From NJTODAY.NET - On  May 27, 2014, the Township of Clark hosted a patriotic Memorial Day parade to coincide with its annual Memorial Day services that honor “Clark’s Fallen Heroes.”

There is much prior precedent in Clark’s history to honor its war dead with a parade, according to Councilman Al Barr. During World War II, the residents celebrated “I Am American Day” originating in 1942 and continuing through the 1950s.

At the conclusion of those parades, all the participants and observers circled the large wooden board listing the names of those Clark residents who went off to war, called the “Honor Roll.” In 1947 the “Honor Roll” was replaced with the township’s present war memorial monument located in front of Arthur L. Johnson High School.

The parade  started at the corner of Westfield Avenue and Nassau Street and continued to the Arthur L. Johnson High School where all participants passed in review at the school entrance. There were bands, various Clark sport teams, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and many participants from various Clark organizations. The Clark Fire Department, Police Department, Clark OEM, the Clark Emergency Squad, visiting OEM and emergency squads, many various departments from the Union County Police and an assortment of antique vehicles were in the parade.

ALJ's Class of 1967's William J."Duff" Duffy has spent nearly four decades researching and writing about our Fallen Heroes going back to the Civil War. This year Duff sponsored a pictoral exhibit  that was prominently displayed in the high school's main corridor and is available for viewing by clicking Additional Details below.



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....


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    Class of 1964

    Donald R. Storms '59

    Peragallo Family

    Joe Szper '63

    Eleanor Airey Cosgrove '61

    Dee Fracasso Toth '61

    Ken Maragni '59

    Eileen Choborda Miller '61

    Eileen Bergstedt Parkinson '60

    Gary Hunsinger '61

    Carol Davenport Parks '59

    Henry Miller

    Theresa Garrity

    Gus Kalikas '90

    Bob Nadasky '57

    Phil Frowery '62

    Al Lundgren '64

    Doug Maier '64

    Michelle Kawko Wysocki '84

    Ginny HarrisCozzi '62

    James Jeskey

    Carol McManamy Leys '66

    Warren McKeon '64

    Ed Wepprecht '64

    Bob Leonard '64

    Harry Farnham '61

    Dave Chinchar '61

    Richard Keller '61

    Marilyn Mayer Keller '61

    Tom McManamy '59

    Ken Hauswald '63

    Gail Peterson McManamy '59

    Art Lundgren '59

    Principal Rick Delmonaco

    John Petronko '59

    Bettyann Hollander Kawko '64

    Ruth Ann Hollander Tortorello '61

    Claire Ford Silber '64

    Jill Belverio Curran '85

    Alan Richer '72

    Dennis Krowe '64

    Diane Green Kolfenbach '59

    Bob Kastner,Sr (faculty 30years)

    Bob Kastner,Jr '64

    Valerie Kastner Boyle '67

    Linda Heinz Kastner '67

    Bert Maier '64

    Susan Alacchi '72

    Anita Stryker McClymont '64

    Henry Varriano '61

    Alan Antolick '64

    Vic Cordone '64

    Kenneth Ham '83

    Marilyn Carpini '65

    Tim Spicer '64

    Frank Schiller '59

    Bob Reick '65

    Bob Peters '59

    Joyce McManamy '68

    Joe Margeton '64

    Ray Caswell '61

    Colleen DeTrolio Gialanella '94

    Carmen Gaito

    Sandy Cantillo

    Thank You For Your Continued Support!

    Alumni Award Recipients


    2012 - Loretta Vill & John Ferrentino

    2013 - Jaclyn Calo & Joseph Bonaccurso

    2014 - Emily Curran & Shane Lynes

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