Where are they Now?

Dr. Dyson (Class of 1977) was born and raised in the city of East Orange, NJ and graduated from Essex Catholic High School in Newark, NJ. After graduation, he attended and received a B.A. from Cornell University. During his third year at Cornell he applied to the early decision program at UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School where he matriculated. Dr. Dyson received the CIBA-GEIGY award for outstanding community service in his second year of medical school and then received the Foster M. Burnett M.D. Award for outstanding community service in his fourth year.
After graduating from the New Jersey Medical School in 1986, Dr. Dyson completed a one-year internship in Internal Medicine at UMDNJ and then completed a three-year residency in Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine on the Long Island Jewish Medical Center campus. Dr. Dyson is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a founding Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Dyson has held numerous academic appointments and has participated in the development of two Emergency Medicine Residency Programs. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Violence Prevention Institute, Inc which presently works with local Boards of Education, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and the New Jersey State Attorney Generals Office. The Violence Prevention Institute provides programs that will effect over 15,000 students in various school districts including West Orange, Newark, Plainfield, East Orange, Orange and Irvington. He is also the co-founder of the New Jersey Research Institute for Emergency Medicine. He also serves on numerous other Non-Profit Boards that are dedicated to Education, Opportunity, Social Change and Economic Empowerment.


Received an email from John Brady (Class of 1964). he writes:

"I graduated Essex Catholic in 1964. When my class entered as freshmen, the school had 4 full classes for the first time.

Live in Florida now and lost track of what happened to the school. Found that it had closed years ago.


John Brady

Jacksonville, Florida
John's email address: jdblaw@yahoo.com


Received an email from Art Sharon (Class of 1967) reagarding the "Where Are They Now?" section. Art is correct that Marty Liquori was Class of 1967. In honor of Art's email and in appreciation for his support of this site, I have attached his graduation picture from the Talon'67.


Art Sharon's email address: arsharon67@gmail.com


Essex Catholic Merchandise:


Last year at the Essex Catholic Alumni Dinner, one of own Frank Surdy (Class of 1967) a varsity cross-country and track runner at Essex was in attendance and sold Essex Catholic merchandise (via his business, NCS Prints). At that time, I purchased a gray sweatshirt with the eagle in the center and Essex Catholic on the outside.


Many alumni have stopped me in the streets of Ocean County, NJ asking where they can purchase merchandise. Frank has offered to take orders via phone while his website in under development. He can be reached at:


Frank Surdy of NCS Prints:

Work: 570-343-7953

Email: mrtrack007@aol.com

Last week, I was at the SportsZone in Monroe, NJ. My daughter has goalkeeper training with John Plaugic. After practice Coach John and I spoke about Essex Catholic and he informed me that two of his uncles graduated from Essex Catholic: Mike Manley (Class of 1970) and Mark Manley (Class of 1972).


In tribute to their contributions and hard work at Essex Catholic, I have included Micheal Manley's yearbook picture.


Should you have someone you wish to see honored, please do not hesitate to comment in the Comment section attached. 

In Tribute to Mark Manley (Class of 1972) and the cast, I have placed a picture from the ECHS Production of Hello Dolly. The picture is provided by Bob Cole (Class of 1972) and provides a tribute to their hard work & dedication to the Drama Club and their craft. Mark's nephew, John Plaugic, added an note of congratulations to his uncle and good friend.

Edward De Vivo ('71) published a debut novel in late December 2013 and the book is being praised in major book reviews and on Amazon.


Kirkus Review recently commented, ""In De Vivo's debut novel, a brutal hijacking prompts a man to search his soul and reinvestigate his faith...The tragedy evokes a crisis of faith in Priore, and De Vivo, with considerable skill, plays this against the investigation into the identity, history and current whereabouts of the hijackers. The author expands his story to include a large cast of well-drawn, international characters, and he later weaves a subplot about corporate machinations into his main hijacking story, but Priore's turmoil is the main attraction here...[A] well-done procedural thriller, mapped on top of a searching exploration of philosophical issues. An intelligent, gripping thriller about the deeper implications of a tragedy." – Kirkus Reviews


Midwest Book Review has commented, "Imputed Knowledge [stands] apart from lighter, more mundane genre reads and succeed in creating a powerful, compelling story that makes its readers think about not just the adventure, but about social, religious and legal issues in life...a 'thinking man's spiritual saga' and as such, it incorporates and laces its plot with reflections on faith, doubt, and higher-level wisdom that uses the cloak of a thriller plot to make these ideas more accessible to general-interest, everyday readers...[I]f you're expecting your standard thriller formula piece, know that Imputed Knowledge is something far more complex. It's all about turbulence: of faith, of humanity, and in Jude's own private reflections on his tasks in life. It's also about clues to terrorist actions that, ironically, lie in religious symbols; and about irony and testing in life that brings individuals to their knees only to rise up again, stronger than before." – Midwest Book Review


Please visit Amazon.com and www.devivolaw.com.

All author proceeds go to Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer, St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, and the Ara Parseghian Foundation.

Essex Catholic Alumni fulfilling the commitment to Scholarship, Athletics and Contribution to our Community:


Our own Nich Grosch (Class of 1971) has been working with the Chrsit The King High School in Newark (at the old OLGC site) and wanted to share these thoughts:

"Guys:  Good news, we have 25 kids out for the team and they love the Eagle soccer shirts!  Bad news is, we don't play as did the Eagles of the sixties, seventies and eighties but more as the Eagles of the nineties and oughts. Jim Harrison (Class of 1971) came up to work with the boys twice during our August practices, the kids really gained a lot from Jim's training sessions.  Steve Tague (Class of 1971), came by last week to share his eighteen year's worth of officiating high school soccer games. The kids really appreciate it when the old Eagles stop by. Today, reality reared its ugly head as we lost to Bloomfield Tech 5-0.  Coach Chris Kennedy (Class of 1971) thought before the game that BT would probably be one of the best teams we will play all year and as usual Coach K was right.  Chris; however, is pleased with our numbers and the right kids will grow into the right positions as the season proceeds. Anyway, if possible, try to stop by on Saturday and see the work in progress.  Nick Grosch 973 224 4918."

This past weekend, I was shopping at the supermarket in Lakewood, NJ. The cashier, Francine noticed my Essex Catholic sweatshirt and she indicated that her husband, Ed Capasso (Class of 1963) is a proud graduate of my beloved school. In turn, I promised to post his picture on our website.


To Edward Capasso, in tribute to your contribution in making Essex Catholic the great and beloved school that lives in our hearts and minds, we dedicate this small area of our memory in your name.

Last weekend, I was at the Casola Farms in Holmdel, NJ. I took my daughters and nieces for a nice day out: pumpkin picking, hay rides and corn maze. At some point, my daugther wanted a pretzel, so we stopped and ordered one at the central tent area. At that time, I met a lovely lady who inquired about my Essex Catholic Eagles sweatshirt since she was from the Vailsburg section of Newark. It turns our her husband graduated from Essex,  John Ortman (Class of 1972). In tribute to Mr. Ortman's contributions at ECHS, I have posted his picture from the Talon'72.


Below, I have placed a photo gallery from the Talon yearbook so that your children can get a glimpse of the great Essex Catholic circa 1972.

Last week, I was with my daugthers at GoodSports in Wall, NJ. I was wearing my Essex Catholic hoodie that I purchased at the 2012 Annual Alumni Dinner. I was approached by a man who asked if I attended Essex. When I answered "Class of 84" he responded "I graduated before you." I spent the next 15 minutes getting to know Fred Rummel (Class of 1973). He informed me that there are many alumni living in Ocean/Monmouth counties.  Here is a tribute to Fred (according to his friends "Sexy Legs") Rummel. My small tribute to a fellow alum for your contribution and history of Essex Catholic. You may think that the school is gone; but, as long as we think, speak and remember Essex Catholic High School, the Eagle will soar forever......

A few weeks ago, I took my daugther to the Feet First store in Wall Township to buy running shoes. At some point in the store, I was approached by Mike Halpin (Class of 1976) since I was wearing my Essex Catholic Eagles sweatshirt. We talked at length about our great school and our experience. Mike mentioned that to this date, he still keeps in touch with a core group (Bill Lutz, Tom Garvey and Mike Garzone). Their experiences and memories of Essex still bonds them together even though their life paths have taken them in different directions.


Side Note: Mike Halpin is a practicing attorney at the Law Offices of Grossman, Heavey and Halpin in Brick, NJ. If you are seeking professional law services, he can be reached at 732.206.0200. Or you can reach him via email at MGH@GrossmanAndHeavey.com (free plug).

The Page honors those Essex Alumni in their current employment positions, accomplishments and honors in their community.

Dr. Jose C. Vigario (Class of 1984)

is a board certified specialist in geriatric medicine, will join the medical staff at Princeton Health Medical Associates in January 2011. Dr. Vigario, who began his clinical practice in 1998, has been treating patients in the Monroe Township area for the past 12 years. He also lives in the township and is an active participant in the community. Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, Dr. Vigario's practice encompasses general internal medicine with a specialized focus on the wellness and needs of the senior population. Dr. Vigario graduated in 1992 from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Union Hospital in Union, N.J., and residencies at Union Hospital and Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. Dr. Vigario received fellowship training in geriatric medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

To schedule an appointment, call (609) 395-2470. -

Derrick McQueen, MD (Class of 1984)

is a board-certified pediatric critical care intensivist at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), New Jersey Medical School in Newark. Dr. McQueen completed his residency and fellowship training in pediatrics also at UMDNJ. He then completed fellowship training in pediatric critical care at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York.


You can contact Derrick via the hospital website:


Anthony J. Ammiano (Class of 1970)

has served on the Township Committee since 2001, and served as Mayor in 2006, 2009 and 2012. He served as Deputy Mayor in 2003 and 2013. He has served on the Planning Board since 2000 and has resided in Freehold Township since 1996.

Ammiano serves as Chairman of the Finance & Administration and Vice Chairman of the Community Services & Activities Subcommittee. He is currently a member of the Board of Health and liaison to the Parks & Recreation Commission.

He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Newark AIDS Consortium, Inc. since June 1995 and has served on the Newark Housing Authority Scholarship Foundation since April 1989 and currently serves as Chairman. Ammiano has been active in the following organizations: Housing Authority of the City of Newark, Board of Commissions (Chairman and Vice Chairman), Board Member of St. Peter's Elementary School, Trustee North Ward First Aid Squad, Knights of Columbus #6042, North Ward Citizens Committee, Forest Hill Community Association, Essex County Republican Committee and North Ward Property Owners Association.

Ammiano has been active in a variety of community services. He received the Good Samaritan Award from the City of Albuquerque, Recognition Award from the Newark Municipal Council and Dedicated Service Awards from the North First Aid Squad and Residents for Community Action.

He is the Secretary/Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer for Del-Sano Contracting Corporation in Union. From 1980 to 1982, he served as Legislative Aide to Republican Assemblyman Anthony Imperiale.



Jabba Seyyid (Class of 1988)

Currently, Jabba Seyyid is overseeing the growth and direction of many new hit series like Unsung, R&B Divas Atlanta, R&B Divas Los Angeles and Love That Girl


Jubba attended Essex Catholic High school, formerly located in East Orange, New Jersey and traveled extensively due to his success on the fencing team. Yes, African American kids in New York fence and excel in the sport. His phenomenal athletic abilities landed him a partial scholarship to University of Notre Dame where he graduated with a BA. He started off as a pre-med student and later transitioned to film and television. The change was based on drive, passion and creativity.  He enjoyed being able to create programming for television and looking at his current success with television, I believe he made the right choice.  When Essence magazine contacted him about being the single man of the month for the May 2013 issue he proudly accepted the offer.  One of his goals is to develop a mentoring program for underprivileged inner city youth.  The youths in the program will travel globally to explore new places with the goal widening their horizons.   His goals for the program are to inspire imagination which in turns develops and creates new avenues for growth and inspiration.

Jubba Seyyid promises to continue to help build excellence at TV-One.  He is honored to be part of a positive young network by helping build TV-One into mainstream net-work recognition.  

Michael Z. Levandoski (Class of 1972)

is the senior director, manager and owner of Levandoski Funeral Home. Michael was born in 1954. His hometown was Bloomfield, New Jersey where he had lived until 1994. Then he, his wife Marybeth and their two daughters, Kristin and Karen moved to Montclair, New Jersey. Mike attended Saint Valentine Grammar School, graduating in 1968. He then attended Essex Catholic High School, in Newark and graduated in 1972. Mike then attended Bloomfield College and graduated with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. After serving the required two years as an intern at Haeberle and Barth Funeral Home in Irvington and Union, Mike went on to complete the one year mortuary science training courses at American Academy-McAllister Institute in New York City, graduating Cum-Laude. Mike has been employed at the funeral home since 1973.


He can be reached via: http://www.levandoskifuneralhome.com/?page=staff

Michael Z. Levandoski, Manager
N.J. Lic. No. 3348
44 Bay Ave
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

James Behrens (Class of 1966)

 Father Behrens was born in Brooklyn in 1948 but spent most of his formative years in Montclair, New Jersey. His mom and dad - Margaret and Remick Behrens, raised the seven Behrens kids in Montclair. Behrens attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School and Essex Catholic High School. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 1970. Father Behrens entered Immaculate Conception Seminary when it was in Darlington, New Jersey and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1974. After serving as a parish priest in the Archdiocese for twenty years, his life took a change of direction when he entered the Cistercian Order (Trappists) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia, where he is presently. He made final or solemn vows in May of 2005.


Tyrone Garrett (Class of 1988)

is the current Executive Director of the City of Long Branch Housing Authority and its subsidiary, the Maestro Community Development Corporation. In addition, he held court appointed oversight of Washington Manor, a 100 unit senior high-rise. He is certified Public Housing Manager who also possesses the State of New Jersey’s Executive Director’s Certification for Housing and Redevelopment Officials. On a national scope, Tyrone is a Trustee of the Public Housing Authority Director’s Association (PHADA) serving as the Vice Chair of the Membership Committee, a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and serves as the Vice Chair for the Underwriting Committee for the Housing Authority Insurance Group (HAIG). Over the last year he has given numerous presentations on Leveraging Funding for Redevelopment and the New Reality of Public Housing at the Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities, Rutgers University and within Monmouth County. He is a member of both the Federal Home Loan ank of New York Affordable Housing Advisory Board and the Monmouth Medical Center Board of Trustees.


He can be located via: http://www.lbhousing.org/bio.html


Samuel Doc D’Ambola (faculty)
Dr. D’Ambola is a legend in US fencing. He is an outstanding left handed fencer. He was a member of the undefeated Seton Hall University team. He was several times state champion in individual and in team events. He coached the Essex Catholic High School for 14 years. During his time, his fencers won nine team state championships, eight Cetrullo Tournament Championships and two greater New York Championships. Many of his fencers became interscholastic, state and national champions, leading them the legend Peter Westbrook, 1984 Olympic bronze medalist and 13 times national saber champion. Mr. D’Ambola is inducted member of the National Fencing Hall of Fame, Seton Hall University Hall of Fame, Newark Athletic Hall of Fame and Essex Catholic High School Hall of Fame. It is our privilege to have “Doc” coaching at the Atlantic Fencing Club. His lifelong experience and endless enthusiasm for fencing helps to motivate and improve our young and older fencers. Email: SamDAmbola@atlanticfencing.com

Brian Kelly (Class of 1970)

Has been the editor-in-chief of From the Housetops magazine and Saint Benedict Center’s monthly Mancipianewsletter since January 2006. He writes the “Kelly Forum” for the latter monogram. Brian was born in 1952 in West Orange, New Jersey. He received his primary education there from the Sisters of Charity at Our Lady of Lourdes school. He graduated in 1970 from the Irish Christian Brother’s Essex Catholic High School in Newark. He spent one year at Kilgore Jr. College in Texas, transferring to Saddleback Jr. College in Mission Viejo, California, in 1972. Prompted by his valiant mother’s insistence, he first visited Saint Benedict Center in Still River, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1973, where he met Father Feeney and the philosopher who was to be his mentor ever since, Brother Francis Maluf, M.I.C.M. Brian spent that two-semester year in Rome studying philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Angelicum. With years of experience in teaching catechetics, including a full course on the Gospels of St. Mark and St. Matthew given to interested adults, Mr. Kelly has been a student/teacher of the Faith for most of his adult life.  Over the years, Mr. Kelly has spoken many times at the Saint Joseph Forum in Indiana and at two of the Saint Benedict Center Conferences. He has also contributed and will be contributing articles for From the Housetops.

Edward Reilly (Class of 1967)

Member of Maryland Senate since June 22, 2009. Minority Whip, 2011-. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2009- (base realignment & closure (brac) subcommittee, 2009-10; environmental subcommittee, 2009-10; special committee on renewables & clean energy, 2009-10; education subcommittee, 2009-; ethics & election law subcommittee, 2011-; chair, alcoholic beverages subcommittee, 2012-); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2009-; Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 2011-. Member, Joint Committee on Pensions, 2010.

Chair, County Council, Anne Arundel County, 2005-07, and December 2008 to June 2009 (member, representing councilmanic district 7, 2002-09; vice-chair, 2004-05).

Member, Commission to Study Southern Maryland Transportation Needs, 2007-08; Pier Task Force, Department of the Environment, 2009-10.


Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, November 28, 1949. Attended Essex Catholic High School, Newark, New Jersey. Iona College, B.B.A. (banking & finance), 1972. Insurance agent; owner of Reilly Insurance Agency, Crofton. Member, U.S. Jaycees, 1974-. Former president, Anne Arundel Association of Life Underwriters; College Park-Adelphi Jaycees, 1976; Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Council. Married; four children, five grandchildren.

Dr. Anthony G. DeVincentis (Class of 1975)
Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey Dr. Anthony G. DeVincentis or, Dr. Tony as his patients call him, attended First Avenue Grammer School and Essex Catholic High School in Newark. He graduated from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, PA with a Bachelors of Arts degree in chemistry. Dr Tony attended and graduated with a Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey– New Jersey Dental School , Newark New Jersey.

Anthony can be reached via: http://www.brookdaledentalgroup.com/index.html


Tim Walsh (Class of 1980)

Returned to the metropolitan area for the 2000-01 NBA season and is beginning his 13th season as head athletic trainer for the Nets.  Walsh, a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength Conditioners Association, oversees the immediate medical needs of the team's players, including the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries.

A graduate of Upsala College, Walsh is a Performance Enhancement Specialist, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In 2004, Walsh was named 'Trainer of the Year' by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association.

 In 2003, Walsh was named by USA Basketball as an athletic trainer for the 2003 and 2004 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team, serving as the team's trainer in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

During his tenure with the Nets, Tim added two All-Star Games to his credentials, as he worked the 2002 NBA All-Star Game in Philadelphia as well as the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. In October of 2009, Walsh was inducted into the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame.

Walsh attended Essex Catholic High School, where he was a two-time All-County catcher and team MVP as a senior. He was named Essex Catholic's outstanding athlete as a senior for both his exploits in football and baseball and in 2011, was inducted to the Essex Catholic High School Hall of Fame. As a catcher at Upsala College, Walsh helped lead his team to three NCAA Division III Championship Tournaments.

In 2010, Walsh made his big screen debut, playing himself in the movie Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah.

Tim and his wife, Kathy, have two children, a daughter, Lauren Frances and son, Stephen Philip, and they reside in Washington Township, New Jersey.

Army Staff Sgt. Christian Longsworth

Died May 19, 2006 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Newark, N.J.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died May 19 from wounds sustained when his convoy came under enemy small-arms fire during combat operations in Oshay, Afghanistan.


Longsworth was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and moved to Newark with his parents and older brother, Roy Jr., when he was 2 years old. He attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School in East Orange and Essex Catholic High School in East Orange before spending his senior year at Newark’s West Side High School. He graduated in 1998.

Steve Sherry (Class of 1971)


Found a website in which Steve shares his history:

Excerpts from the journal of a young man's search for meaning in the post Viet Nam Era...."who took to the road to find out who he was...."

This transcript was written in the form of a novel. Though the characters are real people, I've given them all different names....



Peter Westbrook (Class of 1970)

Westbrook took his first lesson, at Essex Catholic High School, from a fencer named Samuel D'Ambola. Westbrook also boxed in the Police Athletic League and in the streets. But fencing’s intellectual encounter was attractive and Westbrook mastered the art of strategizing several moves ahead of his opponents. Meanwhile, his mother worked as a domestic at the local Catholic grammar school, so that he could study at Essex and keep fencing. He quickly became one of the best high school fencers in New Jersey, and New York University offered him a full athletic scholarship.

Westbrook was 22 years old when he made his first appearance at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976 as the team's youngest fencer. He also won gold medals at the Pan American Games in 1983 and 1995, silver medals in 1979 and 1987, and a bronze medal in 1975. A 6 Time Member of the U.S. Olympic Team, Westbrook was the 1984 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist in Men's Sabre and a 13 Time U.S. National Men's Sabre Champion.


In 1991, he created the Peter Westbrook Foundation.


Marty Liquori (Class of 1967)

Hometown: Cedar Grove, NJ

College: Villanova
Current Residence: Gainesville, FL

Personal Website: www.runjazz.com

Marty Liquori was a 1968 Olympian at 1500 meters, finishing 12th in Mexico City. At the age of 19, he was the youngest person to participate in the Olympic 1500 meter final. Liquori first broke four minutes for the Mile (3:59.8) in 1967, while in high school, making him the third U.S. high school boy to break the "magic" 4 minute barrier.

In 1969, Marty was ranked #1 in the world in the Mile and the 1500 meters. In 1971, the Essex Catholic grad was again ranked #1 in the world (undefeated including the exciting win over rival Jim Ryun in the first Dream Mile); he was the last American male to be ranked #1 in the Mile.

Over the course of his career, Liquori won 14 national titles - 9 USA and 5 NCAA - ranging from the Mile to 5000 meters.

Jerry Guarino (Class of 1972), Found in LinkedIn

Senior Financial Analyst Neiman Marcus Group in Greater New York City Area Retail Current: Senior Financial Analyst at Neinman Marcus group

Past: Finance Manager Global Risk Management at Foot Locker, Divisional Auditor at Macy's, Business Manager - Divisional Security at Macy's.

Education: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Essex Catholic High School

Summary: Councilman Township of West Orange, New Jersey

William T. Connell (Class of 1967)

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in 1971 and his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1976. Mr. Connell became a member of the New Jersey Bar in 1977, the District of Columbia Bar in 1979, and in 1984 was admitted to the United Stated Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Connell’s early career included investigative work for the Commercial Union Assurance Companies, and he was a detective for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office from 1971 to 1977. He is a member of the American, New Jersey, Essex County and Middlesex County Bar Associations, the Federal Bar Association, the Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association, the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey Association, the New Jersey Defense Association and the Trucking Industry Defense Association. He holds the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is indexed in the “Who’s Who in American Law.” Since 1987, Mr. Connell has presided as the Municipal Judge of the Borough of Roseland. Mr. Connell has been certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court since 1982.

Phone: (973) 276-1800
E-mail: wconnell@dcllaw.com
Fax: (973) 276-1888
Web site: http://www.dcllaw.com

Joseph Caruso (Class of 1970), found on LinkedIn

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Creature Comfort Pet Therapy in Greater New York City Area Insurance

Current Employment: Executive in Residence/Senior Fellow, Corporate Governance at The Conference Board, Retired - Executive Vice President & Corporate Secretary 


Past:Volunteer - Dog Handler - Certified Pet Therapy Team at St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center Education:Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey City University, Essex Catholic High School. Summary: Senior Corporate Officer with experience in Corporate Governance and Board Operations.

Micheal Vaccari (Class of 1966)Found this passage in LinkedIN, thought you might enjoy

Big Honcho in Charge of Driving and Dumping the Crap at Retired and loving it, in Greater New York City Area Accounting

Current: Big Honcho in Charge of Driving and Dumping the Crap at Retired and loving it, Finance Manager at The Life Raft Group Past: Accounting Manager at Hammerhead Advertising

Education:Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark, Essex Catholic High School.

Dr. Louis Crupi (Class of 1972) grew up in Lyndhurst, NJ. He graduated from Essex Catholic High School in 1972, and went on to earn his B.S. in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After working for a few years in the private sector for Sika Chemical Corporation, Dr. Crupi went back to school to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Araneta University in 1982.

While at Veterinary School, he met his wife, Dee, who is current the hospital manager. His first position as a veterinarian was at Arlington Dog & Cat Hospital in Kearny, NJ. From there he went on to practice at Montclair Animal Hospital and Verona Animal Hospital. Dr. Crupi developed a special interest in birds while in veterinary school and went on to cultivate that interest as a member of the Avian Association of Veterinarians since 1986.

Dr. Crupi established and built the Dog, Cat & Bird Clinic of Nutley in 1988. The following year he and Dee were blessed with their daughter, Nicole. The office was initially a one-doctor practice, but as the practice grew, Dr. Crupi began to take on other associates. He then moved the practice to its current location, functioning as a full service, three associate hospital.

Dr. Crupi’s professional memberships include: the AVMA, NJVMA, the AAHA, the AAV, and current member and former President of the Metropolitan NJ Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Nutley Rotary and Nutley UNICO.

His furry and feathered family consists of his ever-faithful 15-year-old Golden Retriever, Sam, his adopted, sweet, Silky Terrier, Molly, two cats, Roxy and Rafael, and four Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrots: Monty, Virgil, Emily, and Rio.

In his time away from the clinic, Dr. Crupi enjoys boating, fly-fishing, cooking, and spending quality time with his wife and daughter.


He can be loacted via: http://www.dogcatbird.net/about-us/veterinarians.html

Steven Strickland (Class of 1996) was born and raised in Newark, NJ. Steven started his career in the performing arts at the tender age of four in school, and church theater. Steven is an actor,director, & host(master of ceremonies)

After graduating from Essex Catholic High School(East Orange,NJ), he furthered his education at Wagner College(Staten Island, NY) as a Theater Arts Major and recipient of the Alumni Theater Scholarship. Since then, Steven has performed in a host of theatrical productions and films. Including background work on ABC's "Ugly Betty" and Paramount Pictures’ “Down to Earth”, Urban Room Films’“My Big Break”(2013), "Entertainment"(2013) and "Footprints"(2013), Wishing Well Productions' "The Challenger"(2013-Michael Clarke Duncan's last film)

Steven can be reached via: http://www.stevenstricklandonline.biz/

2011 Bloomfield Federation Of Music Hall Of Fame Inductee: Kevin Hagen


Kevin Hagen (Class of 1976) was born and raised in Newark. He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel elementary school and Essex Catholic High School. He went on to graduate from the Berklee College of Music in 1980. After returning to NJ, Kevin played with the Moonlighters Big Band as well as several different small club date bands in the area, always maintaining a day job to pay the bills. It was in this period when Kevin first joined the Bloomfield Civic Band as a clarinetist. After taking a break from the band for year Dominick called and invited him back into the band to play alto saxophone.

In 1992 he started his music teaching career in Newark. Since 2002 Kevin has been teaching instrumental music at Hannah Caldwell and Connecticut Farms elementary schools in the Union Township school district. Composing and recording songs and other instrumental works are his passion. Kevin also enjoys teaching private music lessons in his studio in his home. Kevin lives in Parsippany with his wife Delma, son Kevin Joseph and dog Max.

Alumni Accomplishments



At 43, Lionel Leach, recently elected as the youngest and the first African
American male president in New Jersey based CWA Local 1039’s history outlined
his goals as he gets ready to start his tenure in 2012. Winning the election by
a 2 to 1 margin, Leach’s main focus will be to make the union more efficient,
giving the membership more say in running the organization, being proactive and
fighting for fair contracts and fair labor practices. The 4,000 plus members are
comprised of public sector employees, including: Department of Children and
Families, Department of Community Affairs, Department of Health and Human
Services, Juvenile Justice Commission and the NJ State Parole Board.

300 Broadway, Newark NJ
135 Glenwood Ave, East Orange, NJ

Where Are They Now?


As we all remember, the friendships we built at Essex Catholic provided a sense of brotherhood for many of us. Outside of school, we all had our childhood friends; but, these Essex friendship will never be forgotten. For all of us, life took us in different directions and sometimes away from our original paths (even away from New Jersey). In this new section: Where Are They Now? we hope to provide a glimpse of where many of our brothers went and what they are doing with their lives after Essex Catholic.


Hope you enjoy the new section and pleae let us know if there are any of our Brothers who you wish to recognize. Please do not hesitate to write a note in the Contact Us section of this website.

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