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John Arcoleo has been a Bridgewater resident since 1991. His academic career involved pursuing new research at as chemistry undergraduate at Rutgers University, a graduate student program in Biological Sciences at Columbia University and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Cancer Research. He is a published researcher with over 20 citations, three as lead investigator. Early on he realized he did not have lifelong passion for laboratory research and academic life. Instead, he became interested in the first generation of personal computers in 1984, which he was using at the time to prepare his Ph.D. thesis.

For over 30 years, Arcoleo has been involved in computer technology and support. Some of the highlights, besides supporting small businesses and homeowners with their computing needs have been: municipal school district contracts to deliver computers used in the classroom; service agreements with non-profits to outsource their hardware and software support needs. The most rewarding part of his work was supporting the Newark YMCA for almost 20 years. It was there where he saw firsthand how one’s work could help change people’s lives for the better.

After September 11, 2001, John decided to give of his time to community service efforts with the Knights of Columbus in Martinsville. Over the next 17 years he chaired hundreds of activities such as blood drives, food drives, intellectual disability drives, basketball free throw contests and escorting of patients to services at the Lyons VA Medical Center. Between 2013 and 2014, he served a term as Grand Knight, the highest leadership position in the council.

Since 2004, he has been a member of the Sunset Lake Community Club, and in 2010, he was elected to a three-year term as the club’s Environmental Trustee.

John and his wife Dr. Diane Mihalow have a daughter, Christine, who graduated from BRHS with many varsity letters and 20 AP credits.

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