Nutley held its biennial Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Nutley Public Library. Ten members were inducted to its Hall of Fame, John V. Bergen, Diane E. Citrino, Gary Erbe, Daniel J. Geltrude, the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg nee Shapiro, Malcolm J. Marmorstein, James Murray, Mark Radice, Julian H. Bigelow (1913-2003) and the Arthur Hoeber (1854-1915).
The true stars of the evening though, were the Nutley High School culinary students, who catered the event.
The selection of gourmet finger foods made by the NHS Culinary Arts students, under the direction of culinary arts teacher Tarik Huggins, included fried lobster ravioli, prosciutto macaroni and cheese, beef short rib with polenta and crispy onion strings, vegan Asian lettuce wrap, a smoked turkey breast carving station,
There was also a pasta station which included gluten free choices, with a choice of marinara or pesto sauce, mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese, baby spinach, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onion.
Deserts included a crepe station with gluten free options, red velvet and cheesecake mouse trifle, tiramisu, and miniature pumpkin pies and chocolate raspberry cupcakes.
This year five seniors are enrolled in the high school’s culinary program. The program is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors. Culinary 2 students wear grey chef coats and the Culinary 3 students, all seniors, wear maroon coats.
NHS seniors spoke in an interview about their culinary experience. Nicholas Ferraioli is pursuing his love for cooking after high school. He will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in the fall of 2020. Mike Scutti said “I had to fight my parents to take the program at first.”
Gianna Marinaro said her love for cooking has blossomed through the years. Shannon Grenelli agreed and said, “I enjoy the events we cater for the community; they are a lot of fun. We also cook food outside of our comfort zone.” Scutti added, “There is a lot of responsibility to be in charge of an event.”
After the first marking period the students in the Culinary 3 program can choose their own recipes and can make it more than one way. The students also learn how to make gluten free food. “Gluten free is a challenge, sometimes it can be very sticky or separates,” said Dan Kuszek.
“The program has evolved over the years to a wonderful outlet. There is a lot of real world application. It gives the students an opportunity a lot of other schools don’t,” said Huggins.
John V. Bergen, a 1952 NHS graduate is a distinguished pharmacologist. He served four years as president of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and 22 years as executive vice president of the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute. As vice president he made important contributions to public health in developing standards for medical testing, health care services and new technologies. Bergen was a flotilla commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Julian H. Bigelow, born in Nutley, was a pioneer in development of digital computers. He followed John von Neumann’s design and built one of the world’s earliest digital computers, known as the “IAS” machine after the Institute, creating the basic template for all digital computers.
Diane E. Citrino graduated from NHS in 1975. Citrino, is an attorney widely known for her advocacy of civil rights for women and minorities, workplace equality and fair housing issues. She received a number of awards, including the Rosa Parks Congressional Medal. She was chair of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
Gary Erbe came to Nutley in 2009 and settled in the Enclosure, the historic home of many Nutley artists. Erbe’s work is characterized by his trompe l’oeil (pronounced “tromp loy”) style, which creates the illusion of three dimensions. His paintings have been widely displayed and he is a highly respected member of the art community and various art associations. A copy of one of his artworks is on display in the Nutley Library.
Daniel J. Geltrude, a certified public accountant, is managing partner and director of Geltrude’s Family Office Practice in Nutley. The lifelong Nutleyite is a 1983 graduate. Since appointed by the governor in 2010, he has served on the N.J. State Board of Accounting. He is an adjunct professor of accounting at Montclair State University and is the author of Positive Financial Karma.
Faith S. Hochberg is a graduate of NHS. She became an attorney of renown, both in the private and public sectors. She is best known for her public service as an United States attorney and a federal judge, both for the district of New Jersey, both requiring confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Arthur Hoeber was born in New York City, but resided at the Enclosure in Nutley from 1892 until his death. As a painter he contributed to most American exhibitions but was best known as an art critic. He was art director of the New York Times and an associate of the National Academy. He was also known as a lecturer and an author of books on art. The Arthur Hoeber book case, self-portrait and an original landscape are at the Nutley Library.
Malcolm J. Marmorstein, is a screenwriter and director who lived in Nutley from 1953 to 1967 before moving to Hollywood. Among his more recognizable movie screenplays are those for “S*P*Y*S,” “Pete’s Dragon” and “Return from Witch Mountain.” Among his television credits, he was the head writer for “The Doctors” and wrote 82 episodes of “Dark Shadows” and 15 episodes of “Peyton Place.’
James Murray, is a 1995 graduate of NHS. Murray is a certified player agent with the Major League Baseball Association. Working through Hendricks Sports Management, he has represented some of the best known athletes. Notably, he has also worked for five years with the NFL and NFL charities in the organization and management of the annual Super Bowl Charity Golf Tournament.
Mark Radice is a musician and songwriter, who lived in Nutley from 1968 to 1982 and attended Nutley schools. He was signed by RCA Records in 1964 at the age of seven. He was also touring musician, including with Aerosmith. He wrote over 5,500 original songs including more than 50 for The Muppets and 160 for Sesame Street, for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards. He has worked with some of the best known artists and labels in the music industry and has produced a number of albums. Radice lives in Tennessee tracking songs for the creators of Karaoke.
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