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ALJ Grads Reunite at Senorita's

The all-class reunion packed the restaurant with Johnson alums.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Arthur L. Johnson alumni gave thanks for live music, food, dancing, drinks and a chance to catch up at all-class reunion. From college kids back home to the not-quite-so-recent grads, alums flocked to the neighborhood fave and danced the night away to music from Springsteen cover band Tramps Like Us.

Here, our photos from the night.

S.G. November 28, 2011 at 06:32 PM
You must have been at a different place than we were. ALJRHS '68 is looking for suggestions for a new venue for next year.
E.Patterson November 29, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Agreed Cindy. You go to a bar for a reuinion and expect them to not have a band or a DJ? I know me and my friends (who arent young by any means) had a blast and we always do. Bars in NJ close at 2 AM. Im sure it was expected that the "much older" crowd that was there would be wise enough to understand that. I can't wait until Im retired and have enough time on my hands to b*tch and moan all day long on my alumni facebook pages haha. see ya next year! (alumni that like to have fun)
E.Patterson November 29, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Thankyou for all the great pictures btw, surely a night to remember
George Klitsch November 29, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Reunions are for conversation and catching up with old friends and family. Usually with music that fits the patrons. But if your so vapid, that your idea of conversation consists of "Let me show you my new Tatoo!" or, "When's Joey gettin outta jail?" then Senoritas is EXACTLY where you belong! Party on "Alumni that like to have fun". Say high to Snookie for me! Clark and ALJR"S deserve a classier venue. "Adios" (it means goodbye) Senoritas!
George Klitsch November 29, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Any place that wants upscale Patronage.
George Klitsch November 29, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Senorita's is a classic example of the Father building the business, and the son running it down. Keep your "Jersey Shore" attitude, but don't pass youself as being Reunion friendly. Some people actually care about what happened in ALJ and want to talk about it. End of story.
George Klitsch November 29, 2011 at 03:24 AM
I've been asked by my classmates to review this event for future reunions. Both the Alumni of ALJ Association and I have both agreed to a classier venue for next year. Go Crusaders!!
E.Patterson November 29, 2011 at 03:32 AM
The chances of someone from the jersey shore show showing up at senoritas are pretty slim, and you don't sound hip for repeating it. It seems as if your point is becoming more of a rambling mess than anything. You're unhappy about the night, that's fine, I've been to bars I didn't like in the past, so what did I do? I didn't go back, I didn't run to the internet and cry like a child! Grow up, you're 62. What purpose you had for bringing up the fact that there was a sick woman passed out on the floor is beyond me, but regardless, Your starting to make a bad name for the "almighty class of '68" Give it a rest. You guys should go to a library next year and have cheese and crackers, nice and quiet. Also, congratulations on being the voice of 1968. stay in CT next year. Go Young Crusaders!
George Klitsch November 29, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Your Hysterical! LOL! Look up sarcasm, genius. And learn you math, Archimedes, I'm 61. And obviously, you would'nt care if it was YOUR mother, or daughter or sister, right? So why bring it up. I"m suprised you even know what a Library is! Who told you they served cheese and crackers at the Library? Your class Valedictorian? (It means smart person.) Go away. You bore me. Go ALL Crusaders!!
E.Patterson November 29, 2011 at 05:08 AM
It's strange that you now seem to be bashing the clark school system. For somebody who is so avid about crusader pride! I suppose that would explain why you moved to CT. It scares me that this is what life becomes at old age, thank you for the lesson on how to not be a loser in my 60's. Try to live a little in your remaining years, you wont be so uptight. Considering that this is the internet it would be difficult for me to "go away", since I am not in your presence. If you're bored simply stop responding. If you notice it's just you and women chatting away on facebook. haha sad, sad, sad.
E.Patterson November 29, 2011 at 05:17 AM
And for the record it would be relatively easy to bring a tray of cheese and crackers into a library, they wouldn't need to be served.
George Klitsch November 29, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Oh please keep posting! You are laughable! You make my case about the lack of education and cogent (it means clear or concise) thought with your every response. How old are you?. (I guess 12?) No seriously, How old are you? Great bastion (it means holder) of knowledge? Why the vitriol ( it means hatred) against Seniors? Feel that way about your parents? Your grandparents. My greatest wish is that you reach the ripe "old" age of 61, so one of your idiot relatives, (probably you) embarrasses himself in a public forum.
George Klitsch November 29, 2011 at 02:14 PM
LOLOL "relatively easy to bring to bring a tray of cheese and crackers into a library!" .."And THEY WOULD"NT NEED TO BE SERVED!!" LOL You are priceless! "And for the record...." Hysterical! Take care E, it's been fun.
S.G. November 29, 2011 at 02:24 PM
The ALJRHS Class of 1968 was aware of the change in management at Senorita's and had contacted the new owners regarding this year's all-class reunion. We were assured that they would meet the needs of the alumni. We even paid extra to sit in the dining room. As for Patch employee Cindy Siessel's now-deleted comment, I'm sorry that she considers us "too old to enjoy loud music and a party atmosphere " and considers legitimate complaints about a business "whining". Although the Clark-Garwood Patch deleted their employee's rude, uneducated, biased, and inapproporatie post, we can only hope that the editor has taken further action.
S.G. November 29, 2011 at 02:28 PM
George, when Senorita's goes out of business they better not bother to blame it on the economy.
John November 29, 2011 at 03:33 PM
I am not an ALJ graduate nor was I at Seniorita's on the night in question. With that said, I have been to Seniorita's a few times on a weekend evening as a bar patron and also as a dining patron. I personally experienced the loud, obnoxious, "20 something" crowd that frequents this establishment. The crowd that feels, the louder they speak (or yell), the more understood they feel. Couple that with the ear splitting decibel level of music that is current,.....it just doesn't make for a pleasant social experience. While I am middle-aged, and a diverse music afficionado, I don't find it necessary to listen to music that is so loud your ears are ringing afterwards. Just because it's loud doesn't make it good! As far as dining is concerned, Seniorita's is a feigned attempt at considering itself a resaraunt in general, let alone a quality one. Just because you are a frequent patron of any establishment, doesn't give anyone the right to make the experience of another patron unpleasant purely due to their age bracket. That goes for young and old alike. I doubt that any of you are considered to be "the voice" that all ALJ graduates must aspire to, so please don't inflict your lifestyles or beliefs on the rest of the population. We should all be able to have an enjoyable time without being impared by others.
E.Patterson November 29, 2011 at 06:41 PM
All kidding aside, it's pretty clear that you, George, and your best friend on facebook Susan Geneva are severely lacking enjoyment in your lives. Spending countless hours editing patch articles and writing "SCATHING" reviews about a restaurant in a town that you moved out of. OMG the woman who wrote the article posted about how the older people should change venues, who cares. OMG George you have to comment on what this reporter posted, grow up. You people are sad. The situation is simple to fix, go to a different place I sincerely doubt that your prestigious (means having status--apparently george has the most tortuous grammar in all of CT.) class of '68 had such a large economic impact on the restaurant that your going to be missed. Cry babies.
E.Patterson November 29, 2011 at 07:01 PM
You don't make sense...
Kimberly F. November 29, 2011 at 09:24 PM
I have 3 kids that will be attending ALJ HS in the next few years and almost all of your comments make me now want to send them somewhere else. You are an embarrassment to the school and future generations attending. You should be ashamed of yourselves. This is all petty and pointless.
Cindy Siessel November 29, 2011 at 09:45 PM
For the record, I deleted my own previous post after reconsidering the wisdom of taking part in this debate. I am not a Patch employee but a freelance writer with the same right to an opinion as anyone else. I stand by my comment that an ALL-CLASS reunion is usually designed to entertain the majority of those in attendance, which it did. Not to mention that this "reunion" is really a public event which happens to provide a convenient place for former ALJ grads to bump into each other while in town for the holiday. I hope you folks find a suitable venue for your 44th reunion. Good luck.
S,G. November 30, 2011 at 12:37 AM
I have to say I disagree with George here, he is taking things to a different level and he is making the whole grade look bad. This is a News website this isn't the place for a debate like this. I apologize to anybody who was offended by what I said. All of our ranting and raving should be kept on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178064049704/?ref=ts
S.G. November 30, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Ah, a troll! Notice the comma where a period should be.
George Klitsch November 30, 2011 at 01:06 AM
I contacted Mike Nudo jr. several weeks in advance with concerns of reports of last years "All Class Reunion." I wasn't at last years event, but here's what I heard. "Too Loud!" over and over again. I was assured by Mike that they were sensitive to the complaints, but had made "Great Changes" to the set-up to allow conversation. 'We moved a Wall!, We're gonna have the tent with the Band outside! We "Value" (operative word) you opinions! We care about our Alumni! (BS)and want you to keep coming back! "I was a graduate of ALJ" !! So what happens? The quietest available place on the whole premises was the dining room. But, there was an extra charge of $10 bucks to be able to "talk" (still loud) in there, with a "Guard" at the door checking bracelets! ( to make sure no quiet people could sneak in) What part of the word "Reunion" don't you understand? Most people want to talk, usually about how proud they are to have grown up in a great town like Clark! Mike took our money and blew us out. And it worked! Shame on him, but never again. "Adio's" Losers! ALL ALJ ALUMN (except you pinhead) DESERVE BETTER. Go Crusaders!
George Klitsch November 30, 2011 at 01:18 AM
ALJ is and always was a fine and outstanding school, with a proud tradition. But if you're going to base you children's future education on comments made over the Alumni's meeting places for reunions, feel free to enroll them somewhere else. What's petty is that you even posted into this debate.
Ann Messler November 30, 2011 at 01:48 AM
OMG !!! I cant believe this !! Someones boxers are too tight !!
George Klitsch November 30, 2011 at 01:56 AM
A troll ! Figures they would try and discredit you! What sneaky lowlifes! I expected better from this "News" website, but after the previous attacks, I see the "quality" of their respondents. Adio's.
Barbara Emmanouilidis December 28, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Don't worry we are in the process of securing a NEW location to continue our All Class A.L.J. reunion for next year. It will be a place with music (loud enough to hear but soft enough for CONVERSATION. We have had a fantastic response to moving the location. The loud raucous rude people from the last one can stay at Senoiritas, the rest of us will be in another location. When we started this back in 2007 it was great. When it was Lana's the first three reunions were awesome, the last two years since the Nudo's have taken over it's been HORRIBLE. He promised it would be a place we could converse and reconnect, he makes a small fortune on us, but continues to support the young crowd that are more interested in getting drunk than a reunion. I can't blame M. Nudo since it's where his bread is buttered the other 364 days of the year, however, when he made us a promise he should have stuck to it. I hear the Cranford residents are complaining about the loud obnoxious youth and loud music coming from there too. It's only a matter of time, so stay tuned we will be announcing a new location in the coming month.

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