Sunday, October 19, 2014

NPHS Classes of 1968 and 1969 Hold "Awesome" Reunion Night of Oct. 18

Joe Cioce (center, blue shirt) busts some moves.  

More than 120 classmates from the North Plainfield High School classes of 1968 and 1969 attended their reunion on the night of Oct. 18 at the Somerset Hills Hotel in Warren, NJ.  The evening featured a full buffet dinner, live DJ, cold beer and warm memories.  It was a perfect fall evening in central New Jersey with colored leaves falling lazily from thick clusters of trees surrounding the new hotel.  The Garden State never looked better.

Most attendees described the event as awesome as they reconnected with old friends, swapped phone numbers and email addresses, and kept two bartenders hopping all evening.  The dance floor (above) was never empty as classmates boogied, jived, shaked, rattled and rolled, ignoring the wear and tear of six decades on the planet and wind sprints on Krausche Field.

The DJ played his last song at midnight.  The party-hearty stragglers -- about 40 -- drifted to room 411 for the after-party hosted by Adrienne Jacobs Graubard and Roger Graubard.    Sue Henry opened the door to her hotel room to accommodate the over-flow crowd.  The Rolling Stones would have been proud.  (This reporter retired to bed at 2:30 a.m. and the wine was still flowing.)

Sunday morning, bleary-eyed classmates met for breakfast in the hotel dining room.  More smiles.  More tears.  And many promises to meet once again for a reunion in 2018 (yes...that's right....four years from now when it will be the 50th graduation anniversary for the class of 1968).

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(From left to right, standing): Paul Auerbach, Meryl Blumberg Broadbent, Richard Searl, Richard Andronici, and Gene Ferraro, who faked out everyone by wearing Wayne DiNardo's name tag. (Kneeling in front): Richard Muglia.

It's clear as black and white: that's Kris Delunas lighting up the dance floor.
Willow Ave. neighbors:  Nancy Reis Mann and Jeff Sperling.  Nancy spent more than a decade in Asia.  Jeff just retired.

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