Living each day to its fullest can be challenging, yet one Holmdel resident has found a way to do just that. Al Aloisi stays active and maintains a positive outlook on life. Over the years a variety of talents have emerged and Aloisi now engages each one on a professional level.
An accomplished pianist, Aloisi has never taken formal piano lessons. “I started playing songs by ear at age five. I learned a chord method and theory and how to read music when my older sister was taking lessons.” He has played for the three-hour brunches regularly at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. On June 8, 2016, he headlined a concert at the Middletown Arts Center. His selections include standards, classical, Broadway musicals, ethnic and holiday songs. “I play at St. Ann’s Church in Keansburg and have recorded four CD’s on the keyboard and on a concert grand.” Aloisi said he can perform at weddings and private parties where an elegant sound is desired for special occasions. While he prefers playing on an acoustical grand piano, which he can tune if need be, Aloisi noted that a “sounds like a grand piano” keyboard is used for those venues that do not have a viable instrument.
Ten years ago, Aloisi created the website www.homophone.com to assist students, teachers or anyone learning the English language. He is the only one who maintains the list which he started over 30 years ago. The site is utilized in over 100 countries. “It was frustrating to see writers at all levels of education using the wrong word in memos, procedures and ads. The site is a unique lexicon because homophones are usually not on the same page in a dictionary.” He noted that the word “AIR” is a homophone that sounds like seven other words. The site is free to all visitors and suggested for use by homeschoolers and other educational organizations.
Aloisi stays connected to the community through his involvement with various organizations. He is a Board member of the Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce and is involved in several networking groups. “We help large and small businesses achieve their financial goals through networking and social media and engage in fundraising for various charities.” Aloisi is also President and has been a Board member of his condo association for 18 years. “We have been solvent and have never required additional assessments from the homeowners,” he said.
As for being physically active, Aloisi has been the Boys’ JV and Girls’ Varsity tennis coach at Monmouth Regional High School for 13 years. He has also been a substitute teacher at the school for the last three years.
“I have played in over 100 local, county and national USTA sanctioned tennis tournaments. And I attained a singles ranking of tenth in the Northeast (New Jersey, New York and Southern Connecticut) at age 65.”
He explained that as a PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) certified tennis instructor, private tennis lessons are available for students for ages 10 and over. Special attention is given to students playing on a team or planning to play tennis in high school. Aloisi shared that through a Visiting Tennis Pro organization in work/vacation eight-day contract arrangements, free tennis lessons are given to the guests at all-inclusive resorts on many islands in the Caribbean. “For the price of the flights and incidental fees, the only requirement is to teach two hours a day, otherwise there is coverage for the room, food and top-tier beverages. I have done this over 30 times since 1999.” As for playing tennis year round, he shared, “People jog and walk their dogs in all weather. I play with friends, year round outside in all temperatures, as long as it is not wet or icy. Each season offers a special challenge. In the fall, we use a leaf blower and brooms to clear the courts. On some occasions, we have chipped ice away and shoveled snow!”
Three years ago, Aloisi took a Modeling course at Barbizon School in Red Bank. “With that background, I have been in a pharmaceutical print ad, acted in a short video production for an upcoming singer/performer and played the part of a grandfather in an ‘I Play America’ internet promotion.”
Over 25 years ago, Aloisi made a mid-life career change and started Alfred Aloisi Associates. He did so after having been in the Information Technology field for 35 years as a mainframe computer programmer, systems analyst and consultant. “As an independent broker, focus is in providing life insurance and annuities, which provide a guaranteed income for life, and individual and group health insurance. Specifically certified, for consumer protection, I help seniors with their Medicare supplemental health needs. Some plans have a zero premium.”
After noting all of the things he is involved in, Aloisi was asked if there is a specific way he unwinds or relaxes. He responded, “Actually, by engaging in different vocations and avocations, even switching from one activity to another and playing in Texas Holdem tournaments in Atlantic City is relaxing!” Aloisi also shared three things that keep him focused and able to accomplish everything he does. “Caring about clients and prospects, and listening to their needs; scheduling so as not to cause time conflicts; and total concentration in the present activity.” These tips are a great help to living life to its fullest!
Aloisi has been married to his devoted wife Nancy for 42 years, and they have five children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Al Aloisi is 81 years old – yes, that’s right! He shared a quote that encompasses his passion for life.
“By doing all the things I love to do!”
And here is his mantra: “Retirement is NOT in my vocabulary” and “Youth has no age.”
If any of the talents listed in this story inspired you, or further information is needed, contact Al Aloisi at 732.859.0527 or email him at email@example.com.