Sgt. Michael Brattole was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.
On the ice again Wednesday night, Michael Brattole lifted his #28 jersey up proudly. Things for Brattole were much different in November of 2010, when the 22-year-old Marine was hit with a grenade that tore through his chest while he was leading a patrol in Afghanistan. After many surgeries, the shrapnel from the grenade was removed from his legs, heart and arms. At Warinanco Skate Rink in Roselle, Brattole and other players, spectators and Arthur L. Johnson high school alums gathered for the 20th annual Alumni hockey game. Brattole was honored as part of this year's event, and his #28 jersey officially retired. “I couldn’t wait to play," Brattole told Patch. "Honestly, I was more excited about this than Christmas." Eric Mason, the …
For their 50th anniversary, group decides to give back.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Arthur L. Johnson class of ’61 celebrated their 50th reunion recently. The reunion team worked hard and had fun locating and contacting classmates; their efforts resulted in an event-filled weekend. A 50/50 raffle, held during the dinner dance, dedicated the proceeds to inaugurating an Alumni Scholarship Fund. At a celebration luncheon, the class of '61 presented the first check to Rick Delmonaco, Arthur L. Johnson High School principal. The group hopes that the Alumni Scholarship Fund will be sustained through the continuing contributions of alumni, individually or collectively through alumni events. The ALJ Alumni Association commends the Class of ’61 for their founding efforts and encourages others to participate. The first …