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Previous Grand Marshals

1952 Thomas Rohan* 1953 Atty. John H. Begley* 1954 Daniel L. O’Connell* 1955 Rep. Emmett J. Cauley* 1956 Elmer J. Harrington, M. G. * 1957 William L. Sullivan* 1958 William R. Peck* late 1950s Hon. William E. Nolan* 1960 Ruben J. Driscoll, M. Deb. * 1961 Michael They would. Moran* 1962 Hon. Maurice A. Donahue* 1963 Eugene O’Neill* 1964 Jeremiah M. Lawler* 65 Joseph N. Lynch, Deb. M. D. * 1966 Atty. Joseph J. Kelley* 1967 Thomas W. Padden* 1968 William J. Dean*

1969 David F. Millane* 1970 Francis R. King* 1971 Bill G. Rogers* 1972 David M. Bartley 1973 Timothy J. Sullivan* 1974 Doctor George At the. Frost* 75 William Watts. Mahoney* 1976 Richard J. Murphy* 1977 Francis M. Baker* 1978 Edward Farrenheit. Sheehy* 1979 Judge John F. Moriarty* 1980 James J. Shea* 1981 Edward cullen F. Nugent* 1982 Revolution. Maurice M. Martin* 1983 John T. Hickey* 1984 James Barry Farrell* 85 James Electronic. O’Leary*

1986 Most Rev. Leo At the. O’Neil, G. D. 2. 1987 Anne H. McHugh* 1988 Bernard M. Lavelle, Jr. 1989 Thomas L. Donahue* 1990 James T. Kelly* 1991 Patrick W. Bresnahan, III 1992 Edward cullen B. (Pop) Coughlin* 93 Atty. Maurice J. Ferriter 1994 Robert J. Rohan* 1995 Charles W. Bill Dinn* 1996 Dr . Francis M. Baker* 1997 Doctor John E. McHugh* 98 Daniel At the. Tierney* 99 Francis Meters. Kane 2000 Rev. Francis X. Sullivan* 2001 The majority of Rev. Frederick F. Maguire*

2002 Adam A. Curran 2003 Atty. Peter N. Brady 2005 Joseph Versus. Gosselin, Junior. 2005 Russell J. McNiff, Sr. 2006 Frederick T. Sullivan, Esq. 2007 Joe F. Cathro 2008 Evaluate Ann Meters. Gibbons* 2009 Christine Padden Zajac 2010 Joseph M. McGiverin 2011 Gerald D. Healy 2012 Barry J. Farrell 2013 Brian Q. Corridan 2014 Roger P. Donoghue 2015 Raymond They would. Feyre 2016 Patricia C. Devine 2017 Sr. Her Morrissey 2018 David Archie Donoghue

2019 Grand Marshal: Roger J. Reidy, Junior.

The 68th Grand Marshal with the Holyoke St Patrick’s March is Roger J. Reidy, Jr.

Roger is a 27-year member of the Parade Panel and for even more years – a faithful servant to his family members, Church, and community.

Born in 62, he is the kid of Roger and Jeanne (Villamaire) Reidy. He grew up in a active household in Bemis Levels, the second most youthful of seven siblings. He could be a proud product of the Holyoke General public schools, participating EN White and Holyoke High School. While very young, Roger recognized that he wanted to go after a career inside the family’s essential oil business. Upon high school graduation, he enrolled in Denver Automobile and Diesel-powered College, and graduated m?ngd cum laude with an Associate Degree in Applied Research.

Shortly after returning to Holyoke, Roger swept the love of his life, Margaret (O’Hare) Reidy, off her feet over a blind day to the classic love tune Lady in Red (yes, she was wearing red). Married pertaining to thirty-one years, they have been blessed with two children. Ashley, 40 is a Medical professional Assistant and was the 2008 Grand Colleen and Miss Congeniality. R. Steve, III happens to be working to his MS in Professional and Business Psychology by Springfield College and stocks and shares his father’s gift of cooking.

After the pension his dad, young Roger began his independent firm Reidy Warming & Cooling Inc. with all the current knowledge and wisdom passed on from his father means properly operate a business and put customers’ needs 1st.

The beliefs that was instilled in him via his our childhood continues to motivate him in his work as a Eucharistic Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) and Couch of the Fund Counsel in Holyoke’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. He also offers wonderful memories celebrating his faith with Ashley as part of the Diocesan Children Council by various conventions around the country and globe. In his community, Roger is actually a former Commissioner of the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Office and repeated contributor to a number non-profit events, specifically youth sporting activities. He as well served as being a coach for his son’s sports groups and was an enthusiastic person in the chain gang – serving as the loudest fan of the sideline intended for his son’s varsity football games at Holyoke Excessive.

Roger’s membership rights on the Parade Committee has become a large component to Roger’s mature life. Finding the positive impact that the March has had not merely on the Irish community, but on the complete city of Holyoke, serves as Roger’s driving force to carry on serving for the Committee. Through his tenure he features given countless hours serving within a multitude of command positions which include Chief of Staff, Seat of the Plank of Administrators and Chair of many various other committees. Roger proudly served as March President in 2003 the O’Connell Award Recipient in 2006.

Roger believes that most of all, family, beliefs, and hard-work are principles that can never be short-changed. That when fighting for something you really believe in, enough is never enough, it’s whatever it takes. This is a real reflection with the traditions which hold us collectively as Irish-Americans.

Above all, Roger is grateful for this tradition that lives on, rain or perhaps shine. The Parade stands strong through politics, problems, or weather condition. He is pleased for the families that are brought collectively (especially his own), the smiles and a laugh that are shared, the wind-kissed cheeks, plus the sense of community it brings regardless of race, sociable class, or ethnicity. The Parade holds us together as Irish-Americans and Holyokers! March Upon!

Earlier Citizenship Award Recipients

1966 Leo J. Simard* 1967 Michael X. Andrews* 1968 Samuel Resnic* 1969 Robert Electronic. Barrett* 1970 Robert E. Steiger* the year of 1971 Fernando Pat Paradis* 72 William Dwight* 1973 Eugene P. Tamburi* 1974 Wayne Alderman* 75 Edna Williams* 1976 Paillette J. Ryback* 1977 Lawrence A. Graham* 1978 Frank H. Cataldo*

1979 L. Robert Grenier 1980 Robert H. Bourassa* 1981 Jack and Charlie Kramer* 1982 Donald And. Lafrennie* 1983 Frank A. Banks 1984 Benjamin L. Marcus 85 Nicholas Cosmos* 1986 Leo W. Simard* 1987 David V. Czelusniak* 1988 Bill Dwight, Junior. * 1989 Warren A. Rhoades* 1990 Congressman Silvio O’Conte* 1991 William L. Putnam* 1992 Shriners in the Melha Serenidad

1993 Oscar* and Christopher Bail year 1994 Michael A. Zwirko 1995 Holyoke Gas & Electric Department mil novecentos e noventa e seis Congressman Steve Olver 97 Joseph M. LoBello 98 Peter Picknelly, Sr. 5. 1999 Holyoke Department of Public Works Employees 2000 Dr . Harold R. Ratchford* 2001 Sr. Joan A. Ryziewicz 2002 John At the. Kane 2003 Michael Corduff, Lawrence Perreault and Philip Rosskothen

2004 David G. Healey june 2006 Michael J. Burke 2006 Hank M. Porten 2007 Sheriff Eileen J. Ashe, Jr. 2008 Holyoke Law enforcement, Auxiliary Police and Flames Departments 2009 Tommy Leonard* 2010 Barbara C. Bernard 2011 Thomas P. Moriarty, Jr. 2. 2012 Massachusetts State Law enforcement, Troop M 2013 Douglas A. Bowen 2014 Greg Cameron 2015 Dan Kane 2016 Dinn Bros. Inc., the Trophy People 2017 Irma Perez Gourde 2018 Paul Hogan

Previous JFK Honor Recipients

1958 John F. Kennedy –Usa Senator, President of the United States1959 The majority of Rev. Jeremiah J. Minnehan, D. M. –Additional Bishop of Boston1960 Hon. Steve F. Collins –Mayor, City of Boston1961 Many Rev. Captain christopher J. Weldon, D. G. –Bishop of the Springfield (MA) Diocese1962 Robert B. Consedine –Journalist/Author1963 Bill D. Gargan –Actor or actress1964 James B. Donovan –Legal professional, International Arbitrator peacemaker1965 James J. Shea, Sr. –President, Milton Bradley Organization1966 Hon. Edward M. Kennedy –United States Senator1967 Tommy Loughran –Champion Lumination Heavyweight Faustkmpfer1968 Lawrence O’Brien –U. H. Postmaster General Commissioner NBA1969 Primary Richard Cushing –Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston1970 Hon. John N. Dempsey –Governor of Connecticutthe year of 1971 Pat O’Brien –Acting professional1972 Major General Timothy J. Dacey, Jr. –USAF, Main of Personnel, Strategic Atmosphere Command1973 Hon. David W. McCormack –Presenter of the U. S. Residence of Representatives1974 David Bishop –Author, Syndicated Columnist1975 Hon. Thomas Paul Trout –Texas chief of Vermont1976 Edward cullen Bennett Williams –Legal professional

1977 Jimmy Breslin –Author, Investigative Correspondent1978 Hon. Thomas L. O’Neill, Jr. –Loudspeaker of the U. S. Residence of Staff1979 Kemudian Devine –Football Mentor, Notre Desse University80 Arthur L. Rooney –Owner, Maryland, Steelers Specialist Football 1981 William A. Nolen, M. D., –Surgeon/Author1982 Maureen O’Hara –Presenter1983 Many Rev. Paul F. Maguire –Bishop of the Springfield (MA) Diocese1984 Hon. Edward G. Boland –Member of Congress of the United States1985 Frank McGuire –NCAA Basketball Mentor1986 Bill A. O’Neill –Governor of Connecticut1987 Dennis Day –Singer, radio and tv personality1988 Thomas T. Flatley –Business Professional Philanthropist1989 Neil Sheehan –Reporter, Reporter, Pulitzer Prize Creator1990 The majority of Rev. Leo E. O’Neill –Auxiliar Bishop of Manchester, NH1991 Carmel Quinn –Singer/Entertainer1992 Tom Clancy –Publisher1993 Sis Mary Flower McGeady, D. C. –President, Covenant House, Nyc1994 Raymond L. Flynn –U. S. Ambassador to the Vatican1995 Eoin McKiernan –Founder, Irish American Ethnic Institute

1996 Robert L. Bunch –Actor1997 Ruben J. Sweeney –President, AFL-CIO1998 Gen. Rich I. Neal –Helper Commandant, Usa Marine Corp1999 Steven McDonald and Patricia Ann Norris-McDonald –Detective, Nyc Police Office, Inspirational and motivational speaker2000 Hon. Richard At the. Neal –Member of Congress of the United States2001 John Sixth is v. Shea –Actor, riter, director2002 Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin –Chaplain, U. H. House of Representatives2003 William T. Flynn –Chairman with the Board, Common of New You are able to Life Insurance Company2004 Catherine G. Cady Coleman –NASA Astronaut2005 Jeff O’Brien –Football Instructor, Boston University2006 Thomas J. Shape –Admin of the Department of Homeland Security2007 Dan Shaughnessy –Author/Sports Reporter, Boston Globe08 Francis Back button. Healy –Baseball gamer, Sports Broadcaster Executive2009 Joseph Loughrey –Vice Chairman, Cummins, Inc.2010 Hon. Daniel M. Rooney –U. S. Minister plenipotentiary to the Republic of Ireland2011 David McCullough –Creator, Pulitzer Reward Winner2012 Kevin O’Hara –Writer2013 Bateau Kearns Goodwin –Author2014 Dick and Rick Hoyt –Team Hoyt, Marathon, Triathlon and Ironman competitors2015 John M. Maguire –President and Chief Executive Officer of Friendly’s Goodies, LLC2016 Irish Micky Ward –Retired Jr . Welterweight Professional Boxer 2017- Ann Dowd – award winning actress

2018 Arthur Archie Roberts –retired cardiac cosmetic surgeon and ex – collegiate and professional football player


The stadium’s first tenants (in 1926) were the Philadelphia Quakers of the first American Basketball League, whose Saturday afternoon home game titles were a popular mainstay with the Exposition. The Quakers gained the group championship but the league folded after one year.

The Frankford Yellow Overcoats also played here periodically until the team’s demise in 1931. Two years after the Nfl awarded one other team on the city, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles had a four-season stint as renters of the stadium before going to Shibe Park intended for the 1940 season, even though the team would play in Municipal in 1941. The Eagles likewise used the stadium to get practices in the 1970s and eighties, even discovering their initial practice bubble there prior to moving it for the Veterans Arena parking lot pursuing the stadium’s disapproval.

The stadium became known chiefly as the neutral venue for a total of 41 annual Army–Navy Games played there between 1936 and 1979. The streak was briefly broken during World War II, when travel restrictions forced three games to be held on campus and one game to be played in Baltimore. From 1960 to 1970 it served as Navy’s home field when they played Notre Dame. It also hosted the Notre Dame-Army game in 1957, marking the only time the Cadets have hosted the Fighting Irish outs

A. Farrenheit. Bud Dudley, a former Villanova University athletic-director, created the Freedom Bowl in Philadelphia in 1959. The game was played in Municipal Stadium and was the only cold-weather pan game of its time. It was affected by poor presence; the 1963 game between Mississippi State and NC State attracted less than twelve, 000 enthusiasts and absorbed a loss in excess of $40, 000. The freedom Bowl’s finest game was its initially in 1959, once 38, 500 fans watched Penn Express beat The state of alabama 7–0. Yet , even that crowd was swallowed in the environment. Ocean City confident Dudley to go his video game from Phila. to Atlantic City’s Meeting Hall for 1964. six, 059 followers saw Ut rout West Virginia in the first indoor bowl game. Dudley shifted the game to Memphis in 1965 where it is often played since.

The arena hosted Philadelphia’s City Name high school football championship video game in 1939 and 78. St . Joe’s Prep defeated Northeast, 27-6, in 1939. Frankford beat Archbishop Solid wood, 27-7, in heavy rainwater in 1978.

On September sixteen, 1950, the Cleveland Browns, playing their first season in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE after prominent the defunct All-America Soccer Conference (winning all four little league titles), enjoyed their 1st NFL video game against the two-time defending NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Champion Phila. Eagles. Philadelphia was the center of the specialist football whole world at the time; not merely did the city host the defending NFL Champions, but the league office buildings were also in town, headed up by NFL commissioner (and Philadelphia native) Bert Bells. To accommodate the anticipated admission demand, the sport was transferred from Shibe Park; this proved to be a wise decision, since the match drew a then NFL-record 71, 237nearly doubling the Eagles’ before attendance indicate of 37, 230. A large number of thought Bells had slated this video game of guarding league champions to teach the upstarts in the AAFC a lesson. Instead, the Browns shredded the Eagles’ vaunted defense within a 35-10 rout, and went on to succeed the NFL Championship that first year in the little league.

In 1958, some 12-15, 000 followers attended a CFL video game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats plus the Ottawa Rough Riders with proceeds from solution sales gonna local charities. (Hamilton earned, 24-18, about what remains the sole regular-season CFL game played out between two Canadian clubs outside of Canada. )

The stadium was home towards the Philadelphia Bell of the World Soccer League in 1974. The Bell appeared to give the WFL instant trustworthiness when it announced a crowd of 55, 534 for the home terme conseill, and 64, 719 intended for the second residence game. Yet , when the Bells paid metropolis taxes for the attendance statistics two weeks later, it surfaced that the entrances had been extremely inflated. The team sold obstruct tickets to area businesses at a discount, and the tax earnings was not reported. In turn, many of these businesses gave away the tickets at no cost. The actual paid out attendance for the home opener was only 13, 855, while the paid attendance for the 2nd game was only 6, 200and many ofthoseseats were offered well under face value. The Papergate scandal made the Bells and the WFL look foolish, and proved to be a humiliation from which neither recovered. They played for Franklin Discipline in 1975; the group folded later into that season.

School administration

The school programs presented (with all their administration listed) are:

Institution of Buildings and Structure Trades (ACT): Dewitt Evering (Principal), Kenrick Ramdath (Supervisor), Renee McMillan (Vice Principal)

School of Organization, Technology, Marketing & Fund (BTMF): Pamela Powell (Principal), Judith Rhodes (Supervisor), Jorge Osorio (Vice Principal)

School of Education and Training (SET): Mary Anne Perrotta (Principal), Dr . Vanessa Serrano (Vice Principal), Nicolette Thompson (Vice Principal)

Scientific research, Technology, Executive, and Mathematics (STEM): Dr . Dante Petretti (Principal), Benjamin Suro (Vice Principal)

2019 Citizenship Award Winner: Joseph Weisse

2019 Citizenship Award winner, Joseph Weisse, is the son of the late Virginia (Ubertalli) and Frank Weisse. Joe and his three siblings, Peggy, Tom and Mary were born and raised in the Elmwood section of Holyoke. Joe attended Holyoke High School, and went on to The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Virginia Weisse was a chemist at Tighe & Bond and Frank Weisse was a businessman. Together they started Holyoke Distilled Water in 1965, selling distilled water to labs for testing. They grew the business in the 1970’s to include drinking water and in the 1990’s Joe took over the family business. Over 50 years later, the business now known as Laurel Pure (after the Elmwood street the Weisse children grew up on) has grown to include purified water for industrial applications, delivery to homes & businesses, and water cooler rentals.

For over 25 years, Joe has been a generous supporter of the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee Road Race, donating Laurel Pure water and supplies for thousands of runners every year. He also donates to several other community races and events. Joe is also a proud member of the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke and a member of the Holyoke Elks #902. In his spare time, Joe enjoys golfing and traveling. Joe, his siblings and their whole family are looking forward to marching on St. Patrick’s Day in honor of Frank and Virginia Weisse, who would be so proud of Joe and Laurel Pure’s support of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Road Race.

Other sports

On September 23, 1926, an announced crowd of 120,557 packed the then-new Stadium during a rainstorm to witness Gene Tunney capture the world heavyweight boxing title from Jack Dempsey. Undefeated Rocky Marciano knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott at the stadium in 1952 to win boxing’s heavyweight championship.

On June 26, 1957, a 150-lap NASCAR convertible race was held at the Stadium, which was won by Bob Welborn in a 1957 Chevrolet.

JFK Stadium hosted Team America’s soccer match against England on May 31, 1976, as part of the 1976 U.S.A. Bicentennial Cup Tournament. In the game, England defeated Team America, 3-1, in front of a small crowd of 16,239. England and Italy had failed to qualify for the 1976 European Championship final tournament and so they joined Brazil and Team America, composed of international stars playing in the North American Soccer League, in the four team competition. Because Team America was composed of international players and was not the American national team, the Football Association does not regard England’s match against Team America as an official international match.

JFK Stadium was one of fifteen United States stadia (and along with Franklin Field, also in Philadelphia) inspected by a five-member FIFA committee in April 1988 in the evaluation of the United States as a possible host of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. By the time the World Cup was held in 1994, JFK Stadium had already been demolished two years prior.


The Recordwriter Hannan Adely wrote that, since John F. Kennedy High School is an inner city school, it has faced problems of violence and other unmonitored hallway misbehavior from students. Accusations about mayhem at the school have come from not only its teachers and students but also representatives at the Paterson Education Association, including its former pres

On February 14, 2008, John F. Kennedy instructors and the Paterson Education Association filed a complaint towards the school to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Office of Public Employee Safety, citing lack of discipline on students using vulgar language towards personnel, physically assaulting teachers, urinating in non-bathroom areas, and protesting the school’s schedules by pulling fire alarms. In 2014, Ted McNulty, a former metal shop teacher who retired from the school in July 2014, has expressed his testimonies through interviews by sources such as the talk showChasing Newsand education reform news service Choice Media; and a book he wrote and self-published on January 11, 2017 titledRUINING a NATION and Nobody Cares. Superintendent officials have denied McNulty’s claims.

The school has been in the very bottom of lists ranking New Jersey’s top public schools. InNew Jersey Monthlymagazine’s yearly lists of the state’s Top Public High Schools, the school has been ranked 304th out of 328 schools in 2012, 290th out of 322 schools in 2010, 314th out of 316 schools in 2008 , and 306th out of 316 schools in 2006. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 375th out of 381 public high schools statew

Demographics and achievement

Kennedy High School is 54% Hispanic of various Latin American nationalities, 34% Black, 7% White American, and 5% Asian. 35% of the school speaks Spanish in their homes, 3% speak Bengali, 2% speak Arabic, 2% speak Turkish, 0.2% speak Italian and 0.1% speak Albanian. There are also limited English proficient students or LEPs who compose 11% of the school. Limited English Proficient students cannot speak, read, or write in English. 50% of the students participate in the free or reduced price lunch program. The average class size is 25 students, excluding special education. The school’s ratio of computers to students is 7 to 1 while the state average is 4 to 1.

Based on data from the 2010 New Jersey School Report Card, on the Language Arts section of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), 2010 graduates scored 43.3% proficient and 55.6% scored partial. On the Math section of the test, 28.5% scored proficient and 69.4% scored partial. The average SAT score is 1139 out of 2400. The Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate is 4.6%. The average attendance rate is 87.2%. As of the 2010 school year, Kennedy High School had a suspension rate of 47%. 71.1% of John F. Kennedy High School seniors graduated. Roughly 20.0% of the graduating seniors planned to go on to four-year colleges and another 49.3% of the graduating seniors go on to two year colleges.

The student to faculty ratio is 7.3 to 1. The faculty gets pa

The school is in a special needs or one of many Abbott Areas. The district obtains 82% of its finances from the condition and spends an average of $16, 575 per pupil.

The school is home to the JFK Robotics/College Prep Team. To join, a single must have a GPA of 3. 5; would love to go to college, be motivated and most of all respectful to teachers and fellow pupils, though below 1% produce it into the team. The sole purpose of this program designed by teachers and staff is to get every single child to college. While its regular membership is limited to high achievers in terms of degrees and value, the team employees from just about every academy in the school. Numbering around twenty-five students they is filled with children that are presented extra educational work and enrichment applications to boost all their chances in getting into school, with the possibility to participate in Way up Bound programs, to college credit rating classes for Passaic State Community College or university.

2019 John F. Kennedy National Merit Recipient: USTVARI Jagodowski

Jones James (TJ) Jagodowski was raised in Holyoke along with his two brothers, John and Troy, his parents, Maureen and Tom, fantastic grandparents, future uncles, and cousin. He spent my youth on Elmwood Avenue where he would walk to school in Joseph Metcalf Elementary and later at Blessed Sacrament, where he also joined mass. This individual played Pee Wee baseball for Sean Athas as a part of Pat’s Supermarket and later in life played out for multiple teams within the lights in McKenzie Discipline. He as well played soccer through senior high school and put in ten years of Saturdays for Charlie Szostkiewicz’s Holyoke Bowl-O-Drome enjoying every single darn second of candlepin bowling.

UBITI graduated because salutatorian 23 years ago from Holyoke Catholic Secondary school and lettered in three varsity sporting activities; baseball, field hockey and sports. He was the winner of the Dartmouth Publication Award and a member in the National Prize Society. USTVARI went on to go to Syracuse University where he was obviously a resident expert for three years and managed to graduate with a dual major in English and Television/Radio/Film Development. Technological improvements made his Production level useless practically immediately after graduation. Shortly after leaving Syracuse, TJ relocated to Chicago to pursue a career in television production and worked briefly on the Tv series, The Untouchables, before getting introduced with a college friend to improv at the Second City and IO (formerly ImprovOlympic). Over the past 23 years, he has trained, directed, and performed for these two theatres.

After auditioning for the nationally distinguished Second Metropolis sketch comedy theater, he was hired to accomplish as part of the nationwide touring business. TJ performed with the Second City Sketch Comedy Countrywide Tour to get a year and a half and played theaters across the nation and also in Europe. The 2nd City then promoted him to the Mainstage where he cowrote and starred in The Psychopath Not really Taken and later at their very own ETC Movie theater. It was here where USTVARI cowrote and starred inside their first content 9-11 demonstrate The Yellow-colored Cab of Courage.

In March of 2002, TJ started out two long-running partnerships. 1st, he started to be one of the Two Guys spokesmen for Sonic Drive-In. The campaign still runs today and is one of many longest working television industrial campaigns in history. Second, using the improvising, with David Pasquesi, as part of the improvisational duo, USTVARI and Sawzag. Their show has run in Chicago, il for 18 years, has already established consistent runs at the Barrow Street Theatre in Greenwich Village for almost fifteen years, and recently been performed throughout the US along with Toronto, Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen and London’s Soho Theatre. TJ and Dave will be two-time champions of New York City’s Nightlife Award, getting one in 06\ for Best Unique Comedy Performance and once again in 3 years ago for Outstanding Unique Humor Performance. The duo distributed the Chicago Improv Festival’s award pertaining to Improvisers of the Year 5 years ago and the Chi town Reader Prize for Best Improvised Show in 2008. USTVARI also received the Best Acting professional Award in 2016 through the Midwest Impartial Film Festival. New City Chicago stated of TJ, If Mls Davis experienced pursued humor instead of music, the outcomes might have appeared something like this.

TJ has also had tiny roles in several television shows just likePrison Break,Reduce in size,ConvenientandChi town Fire. In cinemas, he has appeared inSoul Remainders,Ice Harvest,Stranger Than Fiction,Oz The truly amazing and Highly effectiveandReceive Hard. TJ and Dave were also the subject of a 2009 documented that premiered at To the south by Southwest entitledTrust Us, This really is All Made Up.

In 2017, TJ got married to Beth Melewski and the two currently live happily using their dog, Josie, in Chicago, il. I’m further than thrilled as the 2019 JFK Award recipient. I love Holyoke and I like the Parade. To become a part of something so particular in my home town is what My spouse and i dreamed about like a young youngster, sitting at the end of Elmwood Avenue watching the water lines and drums go by every Parade. Thanks a lot to the March Committee for this great reverance.


The John F. Kennedy High School Knights compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 2,355 students in grades 10-12, the school was >For the 2009-10 season, the school competed in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, an interim conference established to facilitate realignment. Prior to that, the school had previously participated in Division C of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL), an athletic conference consisting of public and private high schools located in Bergen County and Passaic County.

The football team won the North I Group IV state sectional championships in 1987 with a 13-7 win against Bayonne High School, finishing the season undefeated for the first time. Kennedy plays an annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Easts

The girls’ basketball staff won the Group 4 state shining in 1988 (defeating Neptune High school graduation in the event final) and 1990 (vs. Toms Lake East Substantial School). The team won the 2001 North We, Group 4 state sectional championship with a 61-50 win over Bayonne Senior high school in the competition final.

The soccer team received the mil novecentos e noventa e seis North We, Group 4 state sectional championship against Wayne Slopes High School 4-5 on fines and received the League and Region following yr. [citation necessary]

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But that goodwill was long in coming. Through the 1960 plan, the former hockey star not merely disparaged Kennedy, he announced his devotion for the senator’s adversary, Vice President Rich Nixon. The Nixon-Robinson marriage had deep roots. When the two males first achieved during the 1952 Republican Nationwide Convention, Nixon congratulated the Brooklyn Dodgers ballplayer on the home manage he’d struck that day time against the Chi town Cubs, as well as the pair shaped an instant bond. Robinson’s weakness for Nixon was in keeping with a tradition between blacks: Ever since Republican Abraham Lincoln acquired emancipated the slaves, blacks had largely favored the GOP. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal throughout the Depression begun to peel away that support, but many blacks still recognized with the get together of Lincoln.

Nixon and Robinson experienced both grown up in El monte, and Nixon, astonishingly, were recalled during that initially chat jointly a soccer play that Robinson got made in a game title in 1939 when he just visited UCLA. Robinson also treasured Nixon’s city rights posture. He had written to the vp in 1957, praising him for speaking out on the matter during a visit to Africa. In a speech in Ethiopia, Nixon had reported: We shall never always be satisfied … until … equal prospect becomes a actuality for all People in the usa, forcing Robinson to provide: In this endeavor you could have my best wishes and working cooperation.

In 1956, Robinson was a strong supporter of the Dwight Eisenhower-Nixon admission, but he became disillusioned with Leader Eisenhower’s weak commitment to civil legal rights. As the 1960 president campaign neared, he bent toward the Democrats but simply on the state that their nominee was committed to detrimental rights. Within a December 1959 column, he laid down his obstacle: If it should come into a choice between a weak and indecisive Democratic nominee and Vice President Nixon, I actually, for one, could enthusiastically support Nixon.

In the primaries, Robinson backed Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey, who had a long-demonstrated, unwavering support for civil rights. To Robinson’s chagrin, Kennedy thumped Humphrey in Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Nevertheless Kennedy’s weakness among blacks was apparent. In Wisconsin, he shed by 3-2 margins inside the predominantly dark wards of Milwaukee. Inspecting the Wisconsin vote,Flymagazine pointed out, Sen. Kennedy won the war, although lost the racial fight. Realizing Kennedy’s momentum, Robinson promised in his steering column: I must repeat my own determination to look in other places for a applicant should Kennedy capture the Democratic candidate selection.

In an attempt to charm – and quiet – Brown, Kennedy build a meeting in Washington together with the baseball main character a few weeks prior to Democratic Nationwide Convention. To start with, as Johnson biographer Arnold Rampersad recounts, the dialogue was respectful and honest. But Brown was offended when the senator admitted that he recognized few blacks and had much to learn about the enduring of America’s 20 , 000, 000 African-Americans. Although I valued his truthfulness in the matter, Brown said later on, I was appalled that he could be and so ignorant of your situation and be bidding intended for the highest workplace in the area.

After that the 1st meeting between your two males deteriorated: Robinson condemned Kennedy for his apparent a friendly relationship with Patterson. Eager to make amends, Kennedy asked Johnson what it will take to get his support. But Brown misinterpreted him and became incensed, believing the wealthy applicant wanted to purchase him away. Look, Senator, this individual told Kennedy, I don’t want all of your money. I’m just enthusiastic about helping the candidate whom I think will be best for dark-colored America. To make issues worse, Brown was sure that during the meeting Kennedy refused to look him in the eyes further more evidence, he thought, of the senator’s insincerity.

Afterward, Kennedy wrote a good letter to Robinson, praising him intended for his detrimental rights initiatives, stressing his own desire for a finish to all discrimination and reiterating the innocence of his meeting with Patterson. In a reply five days afterwards, Robinson said he necessary more evidence regarding your truthfulness in these matters, nevertheless he was willing to wait and find out what grows at the meeting and what you are if nominated. Johnson, apparently, was still being ticked away about taking care of of their face. Please don’t consider myself presumptuous yet I would like to generate one recommendation, this individual wrote. While trying to win over anyone with the sincerity you should be able to appearance them straight in the eye.

Although nonetheless offended, Brown toned down his community criticism. In theNew York Postcolumn of July six, 1960, this individual described Kennedy as a great impressive man who had a willingness to master, in that case added grudgingly: Sen. Kennedy is a little later in trying to make himself clear, after 14 years in Congress. But once he is genuine, there is nonetheless time to catch up.

In the convention after that month in Los Angeles, Kennedy received the Democratic nomination. Following the Republicans nominated Nixon a number of days later on in Chicago, il, Robinson announced that he assumed the vice president was better qualified and more aggressive on detrimental rights than Kennedy. This individual signed on campaign intended for Nixon, having a leave of absence coming from his exec position with the coffee shop cycle Chock Full O’Nuts and suspending hisNew York Postcolumn.

With a tight political election expected, the black vote was seen as significant. By simply one estimation, black arrters could deliver victories in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Kentkucky, Illinois and Michigan, which usually together made up 181 electoral votes from the 267 votes needed to get. Just how important is the Marrano voter? asked theChicago Defensive player. All you have to do is usually study the statistical info to understand the frenzy now being proven in each party as they seek to curry his favor.

As Political election Day neared, a high-profile arrest produced an opportunity to get both prospects to demonstrate their particular commitment to the African-American community. On April. 19, below three weeks before the selection, Martin Luther King Jr. was imprisoned after a sit-in at an Atlanta department store restaurant. A racist judge true that King’s arrest violated his devoir on a minimal traffic quotation and sentenced the municipal rights head to four months within a maximum-security penitentiary.

King’s circumstance posed a dilemma to get both applicants. Neither 1 wanted to give up white The southern part of voters by speaking out on King’s behalf. But to do nothing was to miss a chance to galvanize black voters in the North and South.

Republican strategists determined the best intervention was silence. When pushed, Nixon granted a terse no comment through his press secretary. He placed fast to his decision even after a personal plea from Johnson. According to William Safire, then a Nixon campaign assist and later aNew York Occasionscolumnist, Brown had a 10-minute meeting with Nixon and announced tears of frustration in his eyes. Complaining bitterly, he advised Safire: He thinks calling Martin would be ‘grandstanding. ‘ Since biographer Rampersad recounted, Johnson was so distraught he declared: Nixon doesn’t are worthy of to succeed. Yet, the football star continued to support his election.

The Kennedy campaign, by contrast, travelled into action. Both David and Robert worked again channels, the previous secretly contacting Georgia’s chief of the servants and the second option getting the judge on the line. In a public show of compassion, Sen. Kennedy phoned King’s partner, Coretta, to show his compassion. Under pressure, the judge produced King.

When news of Kennedy’s contact to Coretta King struck the press, the effect was electrifying: African-American newspapers country wide praised Kennedy’s action, supported his candidacy and bitten Nixon for his quiet. On Election Day, Kennedy eked out a win thanks partly to a wave of dark support. A Gallup Vote estimated that 70 percent of black voters turned out to get Kennedy. African-American leaders stated that the dark community put Kennedy over the top in 14 states.

If perhaps blacks had been grateful to Kennedy for his empathy, the new director now faced massive expectations to reciprocate by hearing their frontrunners and experiencing their cries for equality. But when in office, Kennedy switched his awareness of other matters: He had an ambitious home-based agenda focused on taxes, unemployment, Social Security, wages and housing, and he confronted dangerous foreign challenges with Cuba and the Soviet Union. Civil legal rights was not important. If Kennedy pursued ethnic justice, he risked dropping the support of The southern part of senators for his various other measures. Robinson, along with King while others, pressured the president, although he continued to be ambivalent.

In April 62, Kennedy demonstrated a rare little public trend when the nation’s steel producers raised prices, threatening inflation; the president intervened forcefully and persuaded the companies to roll back again the raises. His strong action prompted a strong response from Brown. In an wide open letter towards the president in theNew York Amsterdam News, he published: One issue is sure. You were distinct. You had been strong within your stand and you displayed a flash of anger and spunk which many people admired. Then Brown pivoted to civil rights: Mr. Leader, don’t you believe that the volatile situation in the South and the sneaky, protected up bias in the North are since damaging for the public interest, to democracy and to universe peace as a $6 raise in metal prices? Why, Johnson wanted to understand, hadn’t the president displayed the same passion over the injustices heaped daily on blacks in America? Didn’t the director believe, Johnson asked, that first-class citizenship for blacks was in the best interests of our democracy?

Without meaning to become impertinent, Mister. President, we have a suggestion, Robinson explained. He encouraged the chief executive to go away somewhere only and think about racial misjudgment until he got as angry as he was about steel prices. Then a president may channel his fury in to the fight against the croyant in this country who work harder to destroy that from within than any foreign power is usually working to destroy it via without. Robinson wanted the chief executive to utilize some love into the fight for civil rights. Why Mr. President, he urged, why don’t you get angry again?

The fact that was barely obvious to many people in the usa, however , was that Kennedy was evolving. His progress was slow, nevertheless the president was gradually gaining an understanding of discrimination and an sympathy for the plight of dark-colored Americans.

With growing impatience, the president quelled a riot in the admission with the first black student to the University of Mississippi in September 62. Elsewhere, churches were burned up and city rights active supporters and workers were killed. In the spring of 1963, waves of protesters accepted the streets to desegregate public establishments in Liverpool, Alabama. Private sector organisations responded by attacking men, women and children with police dogs and fire lines.

Along with others, Johnson challenged the president to do something. The speed at which the country is moving toward total equality for all people is totally slow, he published in a letter to Kennedy after the unrest in Birmingham. The atrocities inflicted upon blacks inside the South had been disgusting, he added, noting: The revolution that is taking place through this country can not be squelched by simply police dogs or high power tubes. Then he raised a sensitive level for the president: perceptions of America overseas, specifically in The african continent, where some nations got recently achieved independence. Quoting a media report from Ghana having said that, America’s success is useless as long as ethnicity discrimination proceeds, Robinson asked: How can individuals newly formed governments of Africa possibly be likely to emulate our way of life when raw conditions exist in The state of alabama?

The police actions in Luton disgusted Kennedy. Adding to his frustrations, Gov. George Wallace that summer time blocked the admission of two dark-colored students for the University of Alabama simply by standing in the schoolhouse door. Rejecting Wallace’s dramatics, Kennedy federalized the Alabama Countrywide Guard and sent troops to the campus to ensure the pupils were enrollment.

With that, the president acquired finally had enough. On the evening of June 11, 1963, he went on television and chatted to the country. After 2 1/2 years and much reluctance, he found his tone on detrimental rights. In 13 moments, Kennedy surfaced as America’s first city rights director.

Seated for his table in the Oblong Office, the president asked the nation to take a lessons from the displays in Alabama. He questioned Americans to be better, drawing on words that had been in many ways about his own journey: I hope that many American, no matter where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience relating to this and other related incidents. He reminded his listeners that America was founded on the theory that all guys are created equivalent, and that the rights of every guy are decreased when the privileges of one gentleman are insecure.

Johnson, so long a critic from the president, observed the addresses and read much that appealed to him. If an American, since his pores and skin is dark, cannot take in lunch in a restaurant available to the public, Kennedy ongoing, if he cannot send out his kids to the best public university available, in the event he are unable to vote for people officials that will represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the complete and cost-free life which in turn all of us desire, then who have among us would be content to have color of his skin changed and wait in his place? Who in our midst would after that be at ease with the counsels of tolerance and delay?

The president then told the country that this individual intended to present legislation that would in effect take apart America’s institutional discrimination.

After long doubting Kennedy’s commitment, Johnson revised his opinion. This individual sent a glowing telegram to the White colored House. Thank you to get emerging as the most forthright Director we have ever had and for offering us with the inspired command that we and so desperately required, Johnson wrote. I am more proud than ever before of my personal American history.

In a column drawn up the following time for theNew York Amsterdam News, Robinson gone public together with his praise. As an American citizen, he began, I are deeply proud of our Chief executive. In my opinion, the address which usually Mr. Kennedy made to the American persons on the color question is among the finest declarations ever given in the cause of human rights. Johnson reminded visitors of his earlier critique, then identified: I need to state now that I believe the President has come through with statesmanship, with courage, with wisdom and absolute sincerity, and he added that Kennedy had at this point done everything Robinson wished he would perform.