Wow, we are all turning 50! How could the time have flown by so fast?
The last time I have been in touch was for our 10th reunion, and that was 22 years ago?!
How could that be?
Anyway, back in '77, right as we were graduating, my family was imploding. My parents
were involved in a very messy divorce, and the family business was in jeopardy. Although a top academic student
with many goals and aspirations, this strange set of circumstances changed my path considerably. I had 3 younger brothers
who I thought might need to go to college, and I didn't want to be a burden. I managed to put myself through an Associates
degree in Union County College by teaching Ice Skating at Warinanco Park for a number of years, but when that was over,
the family situation was still so shaky that I put away any further college goals, and I took a road way less traveled...
Here's the quick version -
Although I kept teaching Ice Skating for a while longer, the seasonal nature of that
profession would prove to be a very difficult way to earn a consistent living. Although I was a very good teacher with
many students of all ages passing many skating tests, I had also never competed in big National competitions, and this
produced a glass ceiling in the Skating world. So, I broadened my horizons to Dancing off the ice, and with Couple dancing
as my area of expertise. I worked for a number of Dance Studios, I choreographed and Performed, I traveled around like
a gypsy, AND I used an old family version of my name "Brandis" as a Professional and Stage Name.
This kind of life was fun and exciting for awhile, but also very tiring and without a
clear future. Looking to settle down a bit, I married the wrong man in 1986. By 87, we separated, by 88 we were
divorced. I also took the name of Brandis legally - and that is the only name I have used for now for 22 years
- and it would prove to be very good luck - for life has turned around for the better since.
Very quickly, I met the right man in 89 and I established The Brandis Dance Theatre in
1990. Jorge and I were married in 94, and shockingly, I live back in Clark again. Timing never seemed right
for us to start a family - although looking back I see many missed opportunities. But between nieces, nephews, God children,
and children of close first cousins, we are the favorite Aunt and Uncle of over 20 kids! So we are blessed! My
business has gone through changes and has survived recessions, and right now I am actively trying to keep us afloat in this
difficult economy. Right now, I am mostly involved in teaching average adults of all ages how to dance together
and we provide weekly dance parties. We teach everything from Argentine Tango to Swing to Salsa Casino Rueda.
I came close to buying a studio a number of times, and real close 2 years ago, but now I am very happy that didn't work
out, for the couple who out bid us are now out of business. (This economy is really tough for Dance studios!)
I presently operate out of the Edison VFW, and if you are interested in joining us one night, you can see our schedule
on our website at www.BrandisDance.com.
Every September we have a 70's Dance Party, including a beginner's Hustle lesson for
adults before the party. Perhaps maybe some of you might want to join us for some fun, music, dance and laughter?
I certainly would love to see you! Take a look at our website or e-mail me at Brandis@BrandisDance.com and I will send you directions!
I was so sorry to see all of our class mates who have passed on. Jimmy Reber?
Ricky Loenser? Does any one know what happened? My prayers go out to everyone's families.
I wish you all the best of luck and of life. I hope to see you one of these days
Brandis Bolomey Riba
91 Toby Drive
I graduated from GettysburgCollege in 1981 with a degree in
Music Education. After teaching in Catholic schools for a few years I began teaching elementary vocal/general music in Fairfield, NJ in 1884. The most important
part of my life is my family! I married my wonderful husband, Glenn also from G-burgCollege in 1983 and we have two daughters. Emily (20), is a junior at
PennState also majoring in music education,
and Sarah (18), will begin attending JamesMadisonUniversity majoring in political science. We spend a lot of time down
the shore at my folks place in OrtleyBeach
but, we also love to travel. My girls have kept us busy with band and choir concerts and dance recitals and competitions.
Over the years I have served as choir director in our church, president of our teacher's association, and now serve on the
executive board of the Roxbury Arts Alliance. I have been blessed. Thank you God!
90 Riverside Drive, 5-F,
New York, NY
Hi all, I've lived in NYC for the last 20 years.I have two boys, one who is a Sophomore in High School
and one in Fourth Grade.I have a Custom Handcrafted Jewelry Business.Currently I am in a serious relationship with Craig Hyman (Class Of '76) who I saw while attending The
Class Of '76 Reunion last year.Could
have never anticipated that. Hmm, you never know what life has in store for you
around the next
My life since I left High School, where do I begin.I graduated from the College of St. Elizabeth with a degree in History, which I never used.I went into
banking, investments and insurance.I got married in 1983 and had two children,
at which time I stopped working.Over the next 18 years I took a series of part
time jobs.My favorite was substitute teaching in the High School (ALJ).I still work part time but my husband is bugging me to work full time since the kids
are now big.My son Vincent was born in 1988 an is now a Sophomore at MoravianCollege he’s Pre-Med (makes his mother proud) and my daughter Victoria was born in 1990 and is a
Junior at ALJ.This year I will be married 24 years and have started on a new
career in bookkeeping.Sure glad I went to college for History.Last year had a mild health setback, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, but I’m happy to say that
is behind me now.
After I graduated high school, I went to school to be a Court Reporter. I ended
up going for one year and deciding it wasn't what I wanted to do. I then got into the steamship business and worked
in Export Traffic for several years (and was fortunate to work in 2 World Trade Center on the 99th floor in the early
I married my husband, Rick, in 1979. I had twin sons, Dustin and Kyle,
who were born in 1983. I worked as a legal secretary while they were growing up, and was fortunate enough to work part-time
at that point and be home with my boys as they grew up. In 2005, Dustin graduated from TempleUniversity and Kyle graduated from RutgersUniversity. They both work for Progressive Insurance in Claims--Dustin lives in New Hampshire, Kyle lives in East Brunswick, NJ.
I continue to work as a legal secretary in Bridgewater and do volunteer work and am on the Board of the Somerset
Regional Animal Shelter. We have lived in Whitehouse Station since 1994.
I left the GardenState in 1980 to settle in Southern California and have been there ever since.I live in WestlakeVillage, a small town close to Malibu.I have been married to my wife
Debra for 20 years and we have two boys, Zac 19, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, and Max, 16 a sophomore in high school.I
co-founded a food distribution company in 1980, which I later sold in 1999.I
then entered the tech space and currently serve as the Executive Vice President for STI, an educational technology company
with corporate headquarters in Alabama.In my free time, I enjoy golf, running, skiing,
attending Dodger games and spending time with friends and family.Whenever I
come east, I still make sure to take a trip down “memory lane” and visit all the old hang-out spots.
After High School I attended college and earned an Associates Degree before I
gave up school for good. About the same time I finished school my family left the restaurant business so I had to go out and
find a job. I worked in odd jobs like plumbing and heating and air conditioning. Then an injury and back surgery laid me up
for six months. About the time I was ready to resume work a friend that owned a truck needed a driver, so I said what the
hell. I drove the truck for awhile and slowly worked my way off the road and into the company’s warehouse. I was soon
working in the Logistics Dept. I soon left that company and became the warehouse manager for a haz-mat shipper. When they
closed down I moved to my current company Hall’s Fast Motor Freight where I now serve as the Safety Supervisor. I have
been with Hall’s for almost 13 years. I met my wife Trish on the boardwalk in SeasideHeights in 1981 and married her in 1987. We have 2 teenage daughters, Kimberly is 17 and a senior at Brick
High she also attends college classes at OceanCountyCollege. Melissa is 15 and a sophomore at brick high. We lived in
Rahway for approx. 13 years after we were married and then moved
down to Brick in June 2001. My wife is a Paraprofessional working with handicapped children in the Brick school system. We
both enjoy the beach and time spent on a friend’s boat or just kicking back on the deck in our yard poolside.
Married to Gerry Stamato since 1984. Have two children, Nicole, Age 18
-- presently attending KeanCollege with hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher; Billy,
Age 14 -- just beginning first year of high school. We have lived in Woodbridge since 1985. I am employed as a legal secretary @ McDermott
& McGee, LLP in Millburn,
New Jersey. I've been with the firm for 31 years -- yes that's
right, starting working two days after graduating ALJ !!!!! Can you say "second home"??
I am still close friends with Rose Herrmann (Esposito) and Kathy Pajonk (Kessler).
231 N. Kane Avenue
Since graduating from college in 1981, I have been a high
school math teacher.From '81 through '95 I worked at the GilmanSchool in Baltimore, Maryland, and since 1995 I have been head of the mathematics department
George'sSchool, one of those New England boarding schools, in Newport, Rhode Island.I have been married since 1989 to my wife, Melanie, who is also a math
teacher at St.
George's.We have a son Ben (15) and a daughter Emily (13).We still get down to the Jersey
shore every summer, but I haven't been back to Clark for quite a while.It's hard to believe it has been 30 years.Wow...
Lee Anne Bentsen (Orshak) Living in Clark One Child: 29 years old Working in Cranford for Steamship Line
After graduating ALJ, I attended
UnionCountyCollege and ElizabethGeneralNursingSchool for about a year, but did not succeed. I married in 1981, had one son Nicholas
in 1984.In 1986, I re-enrolled in nursing school and graduated valedictorian
with AS and RN degree. I had two more children, Joshua in 1990 and Elizabeth in 1993. I worked in orthopedics, med surg and
psychiatry for about ten years. I divorced in 2000 and continued with my career advancement working in assisted living and
long term care facilities. Presently I am the Director of Nursing for Care One in Navesink, which is a long term care rehabilitation
center. Nicholas is a Rutgers graduate, Joshua is a senior at Colonia HS planning to also
attend Rutgers and Elizabeth is a high school freshman.I have resided in Colonia since 1985.
After high school Donna went to work and I went off to college at Delaware. Heartbroken after being away I came home to Monmouth
after one year and then dropped out and we moved in together in 1979 and went to work. We got married in 1981 and had
a daughter Allison in 1985 and another daughter Rebecca in 1988.
We have lived in Bedminster since 1984 and I have been a residential real estate
broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bernardsville since 1993 and after years of working at various jobs and raising
the children Donna has taken a hectic full full full time job as an executive assistant and facilities manager at a high
energy engineering firm in Warren and has been there since 2000.
Allison is studying to be a teacher and dancer at East Stroudsberg U. and is
in her fourth year and Rebecca is a freshman at JamesMadisonUniversity in Virginia studying Kinesiology and dance.
Carl K. Paladino
Not sure I have enough to say that anyone could read with out falling to sleep.
After graduating I went to a bigger High School to study Biology at UnionCountyCollege. After a while and a Major change I went to MontclairState where I graduated with a B.S. in Business/ Marketing. Abandoning my childhood
dream of being the Italian Jacques Cousteau and traveling the seven seas to play with Dolphins and whales for an office with
no windows working every day for the next 25 years in heartache and Misery, toiling for someone else.
Once I got my degree I kind of went into the family business, not ours, but the
same company my grandfather worked for for 37 years and then my dad for 48! Union Camp in CliftonNJ and after 25 years and 2 name changes, International Paper and now Shorewood Packaging a business of
International Paper I’m still there. My jobs have changed quite a few times but still working for the same company
a third generation legacy that most people still can't believe up to an including my boss. Started as an estimator and
made it up to Plant General manager in Clifton right up until the time they decided to close it in 2003, to move the work to Va. I did get to have the distinction of being the last
company employee out the front door before the wrecking ball knocked the whole thing down. Spent 13 months after that
work on a special project for Phillip Morris in Richmond living out of a suitcase four days a week for 13 months. I don't recommend living
in Richmond for any length of time---- YOU CAN'T GET A GOOD PIZZA THERE!
After that I kind of came back full circle as the Director of Corporate Estimating for the company with 15 estimators
in the US, Canada and now Mexico!
As you can see most of my whole life has been work, right up until last May when
I had a small stroke and took a new look at things. Fortunately no residual effects or permanent damage except to my
non stop work profile and attitude. Things can always get finished tomorrow! No wife or kids, no one would put
up with the hours I used to work day in day out.
Everything is changing for the better since May. I am even leaving Bloomfield where I have lived for the last 19 years to move to a Nice Place in Hardyston, in Sussex county over looking the 3 fairway of Wild Turkey golf course.
1 mile from my brother Marc and his wife and 2 1/2 year old daughter, my favorite person to spoil! There I will sometimes
work from the office and sometime from Home. The home days will be capped by 9 holes or some fishing starting at ! Isn't life grand?
K.C. Cobbs Lapine Associates, Inc. 15 Commerce Road Stamford, CT06902
Graduated from the University of Delaware in 1981 with degree in Business Administration. Worked for Hahne’s Department
Store chain as assistant buyer, then Men’s Store department manager for 2 years. Moved to Stamford, CT and took employment at David S. Lapine, Inc, then a small family-owned sales and service company and
distributor. Responsible for electronics purchasing, managing warehouse & fulfillment, and general operations.
Now the company has grown exponentially, and I am entering my 25th year.
Bought a home in Norwalk, CT
and married Jennifer in 1987, we recently celebrated our 20th anniversary. Emily is 17, beautiful and smart, and
a senior in high school---just like we were 30 years ago. She aspires to be a professional shopper.
Danny is 14 and a freshman, also brilliant but not as smart as he thinks he is. We enjoy playing ball together;
I was his little coach/manager for 8 years. When I am not working in and around the house in my spare time, I
like to relax and watch sports (especially the Yankees) on the tube.
I’ve been married for 20 years to my wife Michele. have 2 kids Amanda 18
who's at Rowan as a freshman and son Taylor who is 13. Been a pediatric nurse for over 20 years. live in Cranford since 99. Still am involved in music as much as I can and have been blessed
with a great life. It’s hard to believe its been 30 years, but strangely i don't feel that much different then i did
way back when. I have a great family, wonderful friends and a deep faith that has brought me full circle. I hope only to continue
I moved to Pennsylvania in 1978. Thought I had the man of my dreams but that didn’t work
I worked as an Executive Secretary for P. H. Glatfelter Company (paper manufacturer)
for twelve years. I decided to retire after my second child (in 1990) to be a stay at home Mom. I was married
in 1986 (just celebrated 21 years!) to Bob who I met at Glatfelter. We have three children – Valerie, 19, who
is in her second year at CedarvilleUniversity, Cedarville, Ohio; Ryan, 17, who is a junior in high school; and Bradley, 13, who is in the 7th grade.
I have been very fortunate to continue to be at home. My Mom moved to Pennsylvania after she retired about six years ago and, because of her
age and health, I help to care for her. My youngest, Brad, keeps me in business as his personal taxi driver as he is
active in soccer and basketball.
Our whole family is active in our church, Grace Fellowship. From meetings to
worship team to youth group, someone is usually at church a few days a week!
Donna Dietrich (Shapiro)
7305 NW 61st Terrace
Thirty years is a long time, how do you summarize where you’ve been and who
you’ve become.I’ll try….
After high school I attended SyracuseUniversity. I decided that being a Phys. Ed. Major wasn’t the direction I wanted to go in.
I had gotten very involved with the Arts and got married just after my sophomore year at SU.I sold my art in Boston and throughout New England,
returned to school and graduated with a Major in Studio Arts and Minored in Art History.I became involved with Boston city arts council groups.Politically I spoke before the
House Finance Committee regarding the importance of public funding of the arts. Those of you, who can remember the 80’s,
remember that was a battle lost. During that time I had had two wonderful baby boys.I was a stay at home Mom, but continued to sell my artwork; and was back in the gym as an aerobic instructor.After living in New England for almost 20 years, I divorced and moved to South Florida with my sons then in middle school & high school.
Living in South Florida is living a mini vacation year-round.I discovered
scuba diving, golf, and many other wonderful lifestyles. So many things to learn, I even got my motorcycle license.I never intended on having a motorcycle, I just wanted to know I could do it and I did.For several years I was the Executive Assistant to the principal of a private high school.Why at this age I needed to learn something new is still beyond me.I made a career change and I’m now Executive Secretary to the #1 private country club manager at the #1 club
in the country.
After raising my boys on my own for 10 years, I met a wonderful Jersey boy and married him a year ago August.My boys are grown, and both have graduated from college. One with a degree in Physics, the other triple majored in
Economics, Political Science, English and minored in Philosophy.They are terrific
young men; one is living in California and the other here in Florida.
So much is left out, but I want to share a story. About 15 years ago while I
was visiting in New Jersey, I drove my sons through Clark.
I showed them where I went to school, hung out, and the house I grew up in.I
drove them around my old neighborhood and never planned to knock on a door. That was until I saw a familiar sight in the driveway
of one house.The boat in the driveway told me who was still living in that house.So I took a shot and knocked. The face at the door was just as I had remembered it
was Mrs. Muchmore.She invited us inside and it just so happened she was baking
cupcakes.So as we caught up on our lives, my boys enjoyed her cupcakes. That
is exactly what coming home feels like, even when you haven’t any family left in the area.
Unfortunately due to timing I can’t make the reunion.I will be in the Cherry Hill
area over Thanksgiving. Off by a month!Would have loved to be there, hope you
have a wonderful night!
I attended both UnionCountyCollege and KeanUniversity after graduation from high school. I got married in 1981 to my now ex-husband,
and we raised our two daughters, Sara (born 1982) & Stacey (born 1987). I was fortunate to have worked part-time
until my youngest daughter was 5 years old. We lived in Berkeley Heights, NJ and I worked at Bell Labs in Murray Hill as an Executive Assistant. In 2000, I was offered
a job in one of Lucent's new ventures, an R&D startup called Flarion Technologies. Flarion was successful
in the fledgling (but competitive) field of wireless mobile data, and was acquired by Qualcomm in 2006. I am currently
a Buyer for Qualcomm's QFT division in Bridgewater, NJ.
My daughter Sara graduated in 2004 with honors from IthacaCollege. She now lives and works in NYC and works as a Digital Media Planner for an advertising/media
agency recently acquired by Microsoft. My daughter Stacey is currently a junior at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill majoring in Photojournalism. She is the Assistant Photo Editor for the school's newspaper, The Daily Tarheel.
I now live in Bedminster, NJ (in "The Hills") in a beautiful
townhouse overlooking Wood Duck Pond. I am currently enrolled in a program working towards my Certification
in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM). In my spare time I enjoy gardening, the stock market, and eBaying. I
am a Moderator for an active Yahoo! group called SwingDanceNJ. My favorite hobby, however, is partner dancing (swing,
tango, ballroom) with my dance partner and significant other, Rich.
After H.S. graduation I went to NursingSchool and become a Registered Nurse. I worked at J.F.K.MedicalCenter for 5 years and then went into Case Management for Aetna Health Plans. I worked there for 12 years and left when
my position was being transferred out of state. I worked briefly at another Health Plan and then changed careers completely!
My husband and I own a small business in Kenilworth with, on a good day, 16 employees. We sell office, computer and school supplies to businesses, schools and municipalities.
So if anyone is in need, I can hook you up!
I married my husband Carl in 1997. I’ve been married previously but won’t get into those
details. Unfortunately I didn’t have any children, timing never worked out, but I am very lucky to share my husbands
2 children, Carlye and Michael. Carlye lives in California and I had a blast planning her wedding last year. Michael is married and had
a son last November. So I lucked out again and have a grandson, Everett. So life has been good!
Although work takes up so much time (too much), we love to travel, gamble a little in A.C. and go country western
dancing! Looking forward to seeing everybody at the reunion.
I graduated from MontclairState in 1981 with a degree in Biology and have been working for Hoffmann-La Roche as a development scientist in Nutley for the last 25 years. I played lacrosse through college
and continued to enjoy the game as a member of the Central Jersey Lacrosse club into my 30's.
I married my wife Carrie in 1986 and we have sons - Alex (19), Eric (17) & Kyle (15). Alex is pursuing
a degree in Electrical Engineering at HofstraUniversity and is an assistant captain on the ice hockey team. Eric was diagnosed with autism and has been enrolled in a specialized
program since he was three. He's a computer wiz and enjoys movies and swimming. Kyle is a sophomore at ALJ,
who spends his time playing lacrosse, and both ice & roller hockey.
When not coaching my son's hockey or lacrosse teams, or traveling for work, I've kept busy renovating
the two homes in Clark we've lived in.
Sorry I cannot make it to the reunion. I really wanted to attend. I am still in London working on "Batman The Dark Knight". We will be finished
in about another 6 weeks.
I began my film career by working as a production assistant in NYC after graduating from NYUFilmSchool in 1981. While living in the Lower East Side of NY, I worked
my way up the food chain and entered the camera department as a trainee, then film loader, 2nd assistant, then 1st assistant.
I became a steadicam operator in 1987 and eventually moved to Los Angeles in 1991. I have lived in Mar Vista (near Santa Monica) since 1992. In 1994 during a Christmas visit home to NJ, I became re-introduced to Jill
Freedman from Clark, who was a close friend of my sister, Jill. We fell in love at first sight and got married in 1995 and
have been happily married since. We have no children but have 3 big beautiful Doberman Pinscher dogs who we spoil to death!
My work has afforded me travel all over the world and it has been a very interesting ride. Jill and I
get back to NJ every year to visit our families and I have often driven into Clark to reminisce and visit old haunting grounds. My memories of Clark and High School are very positive and I believe hat growing up there provided
me with the strong family and social backbone that I rely on to this day.
I truly wish I could be at the 30th reunion to spend time with so many of the people who helped shape who I
Hopefully, there will more reunions!! Good work Carol, and many thanks for putting this thing together.
After graduating Johnson in 1977, I attended SetonHallUniversity where I received my BS in Elementary Education.
1981 was very busy for me.In May I graduated Seton Hall, and on
June 20th I married my husband Jerry.We were very happily married for 8 years
until his death in 1989.Luckily he left me a great son, Brandon, who is already
20 years old.
Jerry and I lived in RosellePark the first few years we were married.We then relocated to Hollywood, Florida for a few more years.Brandon was born July 31, 1987 in Hollywood (FL).Maybe that explains
his lifelong dream of a film career.He is currently majoring in communications
at UnionCountyCollege, but plans on attending NYU to fulfill his lifelong dream.
I am currently a teacher at HehnlySchool, right here in Clark.I teach 4th grade and can truly say I love my job.It’s kind of weird sometimes to work at the same school you went to.The funny thing about it is when I start feeling old, I look at some of my colleagues (who just happen to be some of
my teachers), and I don’t feel so old anymore.Another ironic thing is
teaching some of YOUR children.It is especially funny at back-to-school night
when I see you sitting at your old desks!
After high school I attended The University of Hartford for a year, then Kean Collage for a year....took
a little time off to work then on to NortheasternUniversity, where I at long last earned my degree and met my husband Stan.
We married in 1985. We have three children. Our eldest, a son Matthew, is a collage freshman. Our daughter,
Hannah, is a senior in high school. And our youngest daughter, Emily, is a high school freshman.
Besides working full time ( as a small business owner of a shoe store), I keep busy with my family running
to softball games and continuing my quest of conquering the major roller coasters in the country.
Went to RiderCollege where I met my husband Bob. We celebrated our 20th anniversary in January. (How time flies!)
I have 2 children - Philip is 16 (almost 17 and getting his driver's license (GOD HELP US ALL) and a Junior at ShawneeHigh School in Medford. Jessica is 5 and just started kindergarten.
Between helping Bob run his family owned propane business and driving my kids to soccer, ballet, scouts etc... I manage to
keep very busy.
After marrying my husband, Bob in 1981 I managed and worked as a hair stylist in a family-owned salon until
the arrival of my first child, Bob in '84. I remained at home until the rest of my children David, Kimberly and Julianne
were in school full time. Bob and David are both at KeanUniversity majoring in Physical Education. Bob will graduate next year and David in another two. You may have
seen them around Clark because
they work in two of the most famous joints in town.. Bob is a bartendar at Molly Maguire's and David is a server at Chili's.
Kimberly is a junior at ALJ (loves to dance) and Julianne is a freshman (playing three sports a year).
my youngest went to school full time I returned to work at my brothers' salon in Garwood part time and have worked
in the research and development department as a task force recruiter/cosmetologist at L'Oreal for the past year -also part
Lisa Messina (Gannett)
I'm not sure where to begin so....
After graduating from ALJ I went to a small school in Newton, MA and got an Assoc./Science. I then went to MuhlenbergHospital's RadiologySchool, and worked at several different facilities as an X- Ray Tech. I worked at Associated Orthopaedics in Union for 15 yrs.
I mostly lived in Clark with a few of the earlier years spent in Carteret. I have two great sons, Adam is 22 and will be
graduating from KutztownUniversity in about 6 weeks. He's a 2003 graduate of ALJ. My 9 year old Thomas is in fourth grade here
in PA. He went to 1st. and part of 2nd. grade at Hehnly. My husband Andy (ALJ class of 82) does General
Contracting, he's always pretty busy. I also adopted a dog from the Humane Society so my family is pretty complete.
Two years ago we decided to
move out of NJ. We sold our house and bought a house in Fleetwood, PA. It
was a good move for us and our timing was right as far as the real estate market went. We have a beautiful house on 2
acres of land surrounded by farms, horses and a golf course, I couldn't be happier. The schools are great
and the people are friendly. I love the slower paced life style. I stopped doing X-Ray for now and work part
time as a substitute in the FleetwoodSchool District, volunteer with the PTA, raise money for the MS and the Humane Societies, belong to a book club... Basically
I'm a stay at home Mom and I'm loving it.
I come back to Clark pretty often to visit friends and family. We're
only about 100 miles from Clark and its a nice, easy drive. I'm looking forward to our 30th. reunion.
I went to work at UnionCollege in Cranford right after
graduation and was there for three years until I married my husband Harold in September of 1980.We lived in Patuxent RiverMaryland for a year
while he finished his time in the Navy.We moved back to Cranford in 1981 and I went to work as an Administrative Assistant
for The Chubb Corporation in Warren for six years.
We bought our house in Colonia in
1984 and had our first child, Christopher (19) in 1988 and our daughter Alison (14) in 1993.Christopher is a sophomore at Virginia Tech and Alison is a freshman at ColoniaHigh School.
I was a stay at home mom and active
volunteer in the PTA and brownies for many years and started working part time when Alison started first grade.Two years ago I started working full time as an Administrative Assistant at a commercial appraisal company
in Colonia.My husband works for a small pharmaceutical company in South Plainfield and started his own electrical contractor business
a few years ago.I am also very blessed that my parents are in their mid-80’s
and still live in our house on Hutchinson Street!
My very close friends from high
school are Cathy Metzinger and Cheryl Wolf who I met in my freshman year at ALJ when we started working part time jobs at
the high school after school and summers.
I’m looking forward to seeing
everyone on Friday and want to thank Carol for all of her hard work and persistence organizing this reunion!! (We have been
friends since Kindergarten at AbrahamClarkSchool….that’s a very long time)
I graduated form Dental Hygiene
School at the University of Bridgeport in 1979. I worked for about 8 years as a Dental Hygienist.
I married by husband Jim in January
of 1982. We have three sons: Eric age 19 a sophomore at ClarkUniversity in
Worcester Mass, Steven a junior
in MarlboroHigh School, and Jeffrey in eighth grade.
I started my own business, Dental
Fillings Inc., before I had my first child. I used my dental background and began a staffing agency strictly for dental employees.
I began working out of my home but have since moved to an office once I hired some employees.
We have lived in Marlboro for 17
years and my office is about one mile from my home.
After ALJ I attended FarleighDickinsonUniversity in Madison New Jersey. While studying
for a business degree, I decided to pursue a career in the sports industry. I found myself working as a sporting goods dept
manager for Kmart. I decided that I wanted to be involved in the business side of sports. This led me to my career I n retail
I started my buying career with
a retailer called Jamesway. I learned to be a buyer for team sports equipment, camping equipment and other fun sports gear.
My career lead me to Herman’s world of sports as a merchandise manager where I managed a group of merchants in the team
sports and clothing area, and when they went out of business I began my career at Modell’s sporting goods where I have
held different merchandising positions in all areas of sporting goods. Today my responsibilities are that of international
sourcing and brand development. I have traveled extensively to different parts of the world in this capacity. One New Years
Eve a group of us went to the Royal Manner to hear a band Backstreets (for those Springsteen fanatics) where I met Cindy.
A few years later we were married and began our life together.
In 1989 my son Matthew was born
and in 1992 my daughter Danielle was born. It was in 1994 we moved from Edison back into Clark where we
still live today.
Both my kids went to Hehnley, Kumph
and ALJ. Matthew was a 4 year varsity wrestler and captain his senior year. He graduated and is now a freshman at AmericanUniversity in WashingtonD.C. studying law and politics. Danielle is a sophomore at ALJ and is the goalie and captain for the JV soccer team
and the shortstop of last year’s freshman softball team. She is the athlete of the family!!! It has been fun watching
my children grow up in the same town and school system that I did.
My passions today remain my family,
watching the Giants and the Yankees play and smoking cigars.
I graduated from SetonHallUniversity with a degree in History in 1981 and then graduated from Creighton University
School of Law in 1984. I've been a personal injury defense attorney since. I met my wife, Stefanie (Grimaldi),
while working as a lifeguard at the Westfield YMCA in 1978 - she came in for swimming lessons and she's been paying for them
ever since. She's from Kenilworth. We married in 1982 and we have four kids. Stefanie works as
a pre-k teacher's aid in the Catholic grammar school my kids have attended. Jessica is 18 (I realize I'm not old enough
to have an 18 year old) and is a freshman at Rutgers where she's majoring in English. She loves dance and literature.
Michael is 16, is a junior in high school, plays on the baseball team and plays the guitar. Mike and I are very close
- he's a clone and I have fun watching him because it's like looking in a mirror. Michelle is 14 and a freshman in high
school. She loves ballet and basketball and is very artistic. Brian is 12 and is in 7th grade. He loves
baseball and basketball. He's my buddy - I coach his travel baseball team and we spend many hours in the car driving
all over. We lived in Rahway but moved to South
Brunswick about 13 years ago. I haven't changed
much - I love sports and have coached swimming, diving, baseball, basketball, and soccer (although I never understood the
rules) and played ice hockey up to a couple of years ago. I still love the Yankees and Bruce Springsteen - went to his
concert in Philly a couple of weeks ago. About 15 years ago I founded the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy," but my kids
are the center of my life and I love every minute of it.
Married classmate Dave Greb in 1986.
Still married, we live in Robbinsville, NJ since 1994
and have two children. Dan (18), a great kid who struggles with severe dyslexia and other processing issues but has never
missed a beat in life. As a pre-schooler in the Linden public school system early intervention program, Dan was taught by a classmate of ours, Sue DiBiagio. Dan is
currently a High School senior, is active in varsity sports (soccer, wrestling, ice hockey). He is also in a band and believes
they are future stars … they are currently in the studio recording. Check them out at www.myspace,com/eastcoastaddiction (site takes a few minutes to load). We also have a daughter, Laura, 16, a High School junior. Laura is an all around athlete,
plays on her schools varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams, she is very active in travel soccer and keeps us busy
traveling all over the place for tournaments etc … she hopes to play soccer and possibly lacrosse in college.
After High School graduation I worked
for my parent’s at our family owned pet store, took a few courses at UnionCountyCollege (no degree). The store closed in 1979 and I went to work for supermarket distributor in Linden as and accounts payable clerk (short stint).
In January of 1980 I began working for L’Oreal in Clark as a data control coordinator and I am still there 27+ years later; however, I have held many different positions
and worked in various buildings over that course of time. Currently, I am working in the Cranford office as a Project Manager/Business Analyst working
on the L’Oreal USA corporate-wide SAP software implementation project team.
I’m glad you’re all
going to the reunion and wish I could join you, but if you’ll each have a drink for me [only after safely back at home
and with no plans to drive for at least 24 hours, my attorneys tell me] I’ll be with you “in spirit.”
After freshman year at ALJ I moved
to Huntsville, Alabama. With a name like Cotrupe (Italian: Cutrupi,
but changed by someone at Ellis Island to “be more American”), I looked Italian but the name seemed vaguely French and it worked well with
the girls in the Huntsville high schools. Right as we moved there the city opened the Von Braun Civic Center and we became a concert mecca
hosting Aerosmith, Kiss, Boston, Kansas and many
more in the prime of their careers. In that area there was an unspoken rule that you had two real choices for college: crimson
& white (U. of Alabama) or blue & orange (AuburnU.), and I went to Auburn, majoring in communications with a triple minor in marketing, journalism and Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Just as I graduated Auburn my father’s company moved him back to
NJ and inexplicably my family decided to move back to Clark, where a girl named Joanne Heitman who had been transferred from the Midwest made the biggest mistake of her life by hooking up with
me. We were married in Clark and Effingham, IL, on successive weekends with honeymoon in Acapulco the week between because
neither side of the family felt like traveling 700 miles for a wedding at the other’s home field; plans had been made
but scrapped to hold the wedding at a neutral site in western PA. After nine years living near my family in NJ my employer
Metromedia was acquired by ethically-challenged WorldCom, so Joanne and I packed up our first daughter Michelle and moved
to Terre Haute, Indiana, where I had been recruited by software company ACD, about an hour east of her family in Illinois.
There we had our second daughter Heather. Some of you probably know Terre Haute as the city where Larry Bird went to college at Indiana State U. Sadly, the LarryBirdHotel & ConferenceCenter features colorful Larry Bird SHOWER CURTAINS.
My only sibling Joe—some of
you remember running over him in our backyard football games on Lake Avenue, or having him at age eight throw 90mph fastballs at your head in that same backyard—got sick of shoveling
snow in NJ and apparently on a bet he and his wife moved to the San Diego area. My folks wanted to follow but we had (and still have) their only two grandchildren, Michelle and Heather,
so they gently put the arm on us to move to S.D., and I said absolutely not. We’ve been out here since 1999 and within
their first few years of life my daughters easily surpassed anything I've ever achieved, one becoming a lifeguard on
the Pacific Ocean at age
16 and being recruited nationally for field hockey, the other going to national water polo championships and being elected
HS freshman class president.
If anyone cares what I do for a
living you can find out more than you’ll ever want to know at www.marketpowerLLC.com . If I can ever help you in any way give me a call or drop me a note, but most importantly, have a great time at the reunion.
I miss you all (OK, most of you) and wish you all the best in your lives.
It has been 30 years since I have
seen all of you and in short this is what I have been up to ever since:
In 1977 I wasn't able to be with
you all for graduation because there was a moving company at my parents home to move my family to Ft Lauderdale Florida where
I have lived ever since. I have had my real Estate License for 28 years and haven't practiced real estate for 19 years
because after meeting my husband Steven in 1985, getting married in 1986 and in 1989 our first child was born named Heather.
She was born with special needs. Since her birth we found it necessary to have one of us be a stay at home parent.
The choice was made and I was quickly involved being an advocate for my child and others to make sure the special population
gets their services for rehab. Being a parent of a special needs child is a full time job with excellent benefits because
what you get is time to be with your loved one. She is my world. My husband Steven and I put having other children
on hold to devote ourselves to Heather. After several years , my time clock was ticking and we always wanted to have
another baby. We finally became pregnant. After 3 months, we lost the pregnancy and quickly decided to adopt.
We adopted our son Brandon in 2001. There was a secret that only my husband and I knew at the time of Brandon's adoption. About 6 and a half months
after Brandon's birth we were pregnant with our third child. Jacob was born in 2002. Today Heather is 18 and
a half and Brandon and Jacob are both in Kinder garden. Our family is finally finished.
Life has for the most part been
happy, we have been married 21 years, my husband is a real estate & personal injury attorney. We live
in an area called Plantation . I still am a stay at home mom enjoying life and watching my children grow up. When life gets stressful, Steven
takes me to Las Vegas for a change of scenery. I’m sorry I can’t be at the reunion with you all but look forward
to seeing all of the pictures and reading all of your biographies.
After ALJ I attended NJIT
for a year, and after deciding I rather be a pilot and not an engineer, I transferred and graduated
Florida Institute of Technology
majoring in Aviation.
After a stint in the Air force,
I returned to the NY area where I worked in Aviation Management at NewarkAirport for
a couple years. Wanting to
return to flying I worked in charter, corporate, then air carrier for Pan Am based in Miami.
After Pan Am's demise I returned
back to the 'Corporate' side of aviation. I am currently working for Avaya, Inc., flying a corporate jet out of
Morristown, NJ. After constantly flying to
all parts of the world it is always good to return home to Clark!
I met my wife Kim, (married now
for 17 years), while on a overnight in St. Louis and have been together ever since! No kids
but a few Bull Terriers.
Still love playing with cars and motorcycles.
Look forward to seeing you all this Friday!
I graduated from SetonHallUniversity with a BS in administrative sciences and have been working in the Hospitality Industry for 30 years. Currently
I am the Lead General Manager of The Courtyard by Marriott in Wall Township, NJ & The
Residence Inn by Marriott, Neptune, NJ.
wife Anne Marie & I married in 1990 and have 2 sons and a daughter- Nicholas (14), Daniel (12), & Alexa (10).
Nicholas was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder at the age of 4 causing him to be visually impaired. He is
currently a freshman at FreeholdBoroHigh School. He is a trooper and an inspiration
in dealing with his limitations. Daniel is currently in 7th grade and is our athlete. He loves baseball &
basketball and hopes to play football in HS. His 2006 District Little League team won District 19 and knocked out The
Clark Little League on their way to the championship. Revenge is hard to take! In 2007 his team went 8-0 in the districts
but got knocked out in the Sectionals by Clark. Oh well :( Our daughter Alexa is in 5th grade, she is currently 10 going on 17, she enjoys gymnastics
When not at work, most of my time is spent going from one sports field to the next. I am truly blessed
to have 3 wonderful kids and give all the credit to my wife Anne Marie.
Life since high school has been
interesting.I completed my Associates Degree at UCC in ’81 and have worked
mostly in the private sector ever since.Did a brief stint as a free-lance journalist.I’ve stayed with the music all through, sometimes with bands, mostly solo, and
have recently begun teaching again for voice and guitar.I also perform solo
on occasion and sing with a community choral group. I changed my name when I
moved to the southwest and am now known as Rae, short for Raeven.Professionally,
I was most recently the Director of Business Development for a Denver based homeownership developer and have separated from them to launch my own Business Development consulting firm,
still working with them but for more money.I’ve been with my husband Rob
since 1995 and we have a wonderful 6-year old son in first grade.Rob recently
graduated from school with his RN, before that he worked for the Department of Homeland Security.We both belong to the Elbert County Posse, a volunteer organization that provides auxiliary law enforcement,
Search and Rescue, and disaster control.Not that there’s a lot to do –
Elizabeth is rural
so it’s mostly community parades, crowd control, and a lot of preparatory training.We are also very active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a not-for-profit educational living history organization,
helping to recreate the middle ages as they should have been.Interests / hobbies
/ activities include making my own jewelry, some to wear, some to sell, much of it donated to local non-profits for fundraising;
historical rapier combat (think the Three Musketeers, complete with costume); calligraphy and illumination, creating documents
and artwork in the style of medieval illuminated manuscripts; and fiber arts – beading, costuming, weaving, cross-stitch,
embroidery.We raise wolf dogs, currently have three generations in our pack
of 4, and are training the 2 puppies for Search and Rescue.Family activities
include camping, hiking, horses, martial arts, and Cub Scouts.
I wish I could make the reunion
but circumstances just won’t permit at this time.Hopefully I’ll
see you all next time.
I love math and science, so I attended
NJIT and earned two engineering degrees.After getting my sheepskin, I took a
job as an engineer for several years in northern Virginia.In between schooling, I married a beautiful Clark girl, Judy Furst in1983 and we settled into a nice home
near TamaquesPark in Westfield, NJ.We painted remodeled and planted flowers.A decade later we
moved to Atlanta, so I could attend ChiropracticCollege.After graduating, we moved back to our Westfield home and established a nice practice -Sherwood
Chiropractic in nearby Mountainside.I love my work, which blends
science, physical techniques and nutrition to help patients.Life
brought changes and Judy and I parted.I’m hoping to see some of
my old friends!
Hello to all. I left ALJ and
attend UnionCollege then moved to South Florida with my ex-wife and first daughter. In South Florida I worked as a Police Officer Deputy Sheriff with the Miami Dade Police Department. My second
daughter was born and we eventually moved back to Clark. I joined the Cranford Police Dept in 1983 serving in patrol and crime prevention before being assigned
to the Detective Bureau. I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1997 and will retire in 9 months. I have a
vacation home in the Poconos. This is boring isn't it? Anyway, Oh I forgot. My third and final child is
Ryan who is 21. In 1990 I became a certified Hypnotist. Imagine that. My daughter Nicole gave birth to identical
twin girls 3 months ago. Is it possible that I'm a grand father? I'm too young to be a grand father.
30 Years in a few paragraphs - here
goes ... After ALJ l I went to Lafayette Collete and graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering. I also met the woman
who would eventually become my wife ... years later. I went to work with Rohm and Haas Company in their Corporate Engineering
Division. The high point of this was living and working in Houston, Texas (on a multi
year temporary assignment) and sailing on ClearLake as often as possible. I was regularly traveling back and forth every few weeks to Pennsylvania racking up frequent flyer miles.
Eventually I returned to Philadelphia and lived in the OldCity part of Philadelphia. This was an up and coming part of the city; but a bit rough around the edges. After a few years
of city hassles I moved to the western suburbs of Bryn Mawr. In 1995 I received an MBA from DrexelUniversity, in 1996 I married Sally, and moved to a little further west to Wayne, PA; just down the road from Valley ForgeNational Park.
I have 2 kids: Mark is 9 and Amy
is almost 7. Between all their school activities, sports, cub / girl scouts and what not we keep busy. My wife, Sally (met in college) is going
back to school to get certified to teach math and maybe get a BS in math. In my spare time I swim, trap shoot and am
a cub scout leader.
I am now in my 27th year with Rohm and Haas Co and have worked in several locations in engineering, marketing,
operations, and for the last 10 or so years in IT supporting our global SAP system. Before kids I traveled a lot for
work: Canada, and Europe and managed to get to Singapore and Hong Kong (talk about loooong flights). Now my work travel is mostly local.
I have not been back to the Clark area much since my mom moved out my way 4 years ago except for annual visit to the B&N bookstore as a break on
our trips back from Rhode Island vacations.
After leaving ALJ, I bounced between college, traveling, and working in my
family’s restaurant/catering business before ultimately returning to VillanovaUniversity where I graduated in the top 99th
percent of my class.
20 years ago I began my career in the securities industry as an investment
advisor and five years later met and married my wife Maria, at the time an assistant county prosecutor. She is now an attorney
in private practice part-time, school volunteer part-time and a full-time mom to our two children, Michelle, 11 and Mark,
8. We live in Westfield and I enjoy a five minute bike commute to my office at Wachovia Securities, where I am a V.P. of Investments
in Private Wealth Management. My schedule allows me to be actively involved in coaching my kids soccer, softball & baseball
teams; and am my son’s cub scoutmaster.
I am active on the board of several non-profit organizations that help meet
the needs of the homeless and working poor, and am involved in fundraising for transitional housing programs. An ALJ connection
I made with Kevin Boyle (brother to my old friend Neil), coach of Elizabeth NJ’s perennial nationally ranked St Patricks
boys basketball team led to our developing an extremely successful annual Basketball Classic benefit event for the Elizabeth
Coalition for the Homeless, now in its 14th year.
Whenever possible I am traveling to new and favorite destinations to chase
thrills windsurfing & kitesurfing, snowboarding and mountain biking.
Center Valley, PA18034
I graduated from RutgersUniversity with a BA in economics.I started working for D&B (Dun & Bradstreet) right out of college.Our office moved to Pennsylvania in 1984, and I’ve been there ever since (hard to believe it’s been 23 years!).I met my wife, Donna, at work.We got married in 1986; we
have 2 kids, Alicia (19) and Tom (16).Alicia is in her second year of a 5 year
architecture program at PhiladelphiaUniversity.Tom is a junior in high school where he plays lacrosse and is getting
ready for college.Donna and I are busy with our own lives now that the kids
are doing so much more on their own, but the kids will always be our number 1 priority.We also have a new baby (a 2 year old boxer who still acts like a puppy).I
love all kinds of sports; football (Giants), baseball (Yankees), golf, pool.I’ve
been playing a lot of golf lately, so let me know if you want to invite me to your country club for a round.I also play a lot of pool.I’m the captain of an 8 ball
team that is trying to get to the nationals in Vegas.It was great seeing many
of you at the reunion.Hopefully next time even more of you will be there.Great job Carol!
After graduating ALJ I worked at
Payot, Inc. a French cosmetic division of IT&T & met my husband Mike. We both switched jobs in 1980. I went to
Allstate Legal and have been employed there ever since as a Sales Account Specialist. My husband is a Financial Analyst
for Telcordia. We got married in 1984 lived in a townhouse in Sayreville.
After having our first set of twin
boys in June of 1986 we decided to move to Clark to bring them up in a better school system. Thank god we did because in January of 1991 we were blessed
with another set of twin boys. Yes I have 2 sets of twin boys! They are all very athletic. (Obviously did not
take after me)
Michael is 21, will be graduating
The College of New Jersey this May. He studies Elementary Education with a concentration in Math. He also has
been playing 1st singles for TCNJ's tennis team. His twin brother Bryan attends Montclair & is in a 5 year program for Art Education.
Bryan plays lacrosse
They both want to teach & coach so I think they are on their way.
Matt & Scott are both juniors
at ALJ. Scott is ALJ's Ice Hockey goalie & Matt is on defense. They like hockey a lot but their passion is
Lacrosse. They have been bookends on Varsity Lax since freshman year. Scott on the left & Matt on the right. They
hope to play D1 lacrosse in college.
It was great seeing everyone on
Thanks to Carol for a wonderful
evening! Take care everyone & hope to see you again next time.
all these years, Carol gives me a shout out and brings me up to speed on all of you and happenings at reunion... Dang, wish
I could have made it, but there is always the next one!
4 years at Norwich University, Vermont. Into the Army and still
there…. I have enjoyed 27 years of traveling around the world and doing a lot of interesting, and at times exciting
Have lived in WA, PA, LA, KS, VA, HI, and currently GA. Will retire on 1 OCT 08… Currently the Garrison Commander (Mayor/City Manager) of Fort Benning, GA.. "Home of the Infantry"
Married to Carol, (we met at a Rugby Game) 24 years. She is by far the only reason I have made
it this far in the Army.
Son Justin is graduate of Kansas State, LT in the Army, (go figure), pilot flying Scout Helicopters.
Daughter Jessica is currently a Junior at Auburn University. Look
forward to hearing from some of you (not all of you, ha.)… and if anybody can give me a line on Eugene Herring or Jim
Sullivan, would be appreciated..