Sunday, June 16, 2013
Catch up on all of last week's top local news stories here.
With almost 40 years of service to River Edge, Principal Anthony Vouvalides is honored by the school with a surprise celebration. What's more amazing is the fact that 456 elementary school students kept the celebration a secret from him. Friday marked a very important milestone in the lives of four-year olds at Saint Joseph's as they graduated from "the greenhouse" -- the school's pre-K program, and ready themselves for Kindergarten in September. United Water began releasing water from the Oradell Reservoir upon orders from Governor Christie after the National Weather Service issued the third flood watch in a week for Bergen County and much of the tri-state area Wednesday. The department took 1st place Aerial in its age class, 2nd place …
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
For third straight year, Crusaders competing against some of the best southern teams in South Carolina's Palmetto State football tournament.
Bergen Catholic is sending members of its football team down to Duncan, South Carolina to compete against some of the best football teams in the South in the Palmetto State 7on7 Showdown June 14 and 15. This event is part of the National Select 7on7 Championship Series. “We bring our team to this tournament because we believe the competition is unmatched,” said Nunzio Campanile, BC’s head coach. The tournament features South Carolina's perennial powerhouse, Byrnes High School, whose team defeated the Crusaders in the 2012 championship game. Last summer the Crusaders finished undefeated in pool play, and finished (13-1) overall after falling short in the championship game to Byrnes (25-21). Jon Germano was named the co-MVP of the …
Friday, May 31, 2013
Scholarship has awarded over $64,000 since 1996 to high school track athletes in Bergen County.
Bergen Catholic senior Mike Whalen was honored as one of the four recipients of the 2013 Brett Taylor Scholarship, an academic award given to either a Cross Country or Track & Field Student-Athlete in Bergen County. Whalen becomes the first-ever Bergen Catholic student-athlete to have won the Brett Taylor Scholarship, which includes a $1,000 award. The scholarship is named in honor of Brett Taylor, a former cross-country star at Hackensack High School in the early 1990s, who passed away at the age of 28. The scholarship fund was started in his memory, and has awarded over $64,000 since 1996 to high school track athletes in Bergen County. Mike Whalen will continue his Cross Country and Track & Field career next fall at Franklin & Marshall…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
A rally in the third and a bases-loaded walk gave River Dell a 3-2 victory over Bergen Catholic.
River Dell Senior pitcher Ryan Duran threw a gem against Bergen Catholic and led his team to a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals of the Bergen County tournament. Bergen Catholic pulled ahead early with two runs in the first, but Duran settled in and was lights out after that. The 22-5 Golden Hawks had a rally in the third inning that was assisted by a pair of errors by the Crusaders. According to northjersey.com, River Dell is making their first appearance in the semifinals of the Bergen County tournament in more than a decade. “We’ve been flying under the radar a little, but we know we’re legit,” said River Dell coach Brandon Flanagan. River Dell will play Rutherford in the semifinals on Saturday at Demarest. The winner of that contest …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
A throwback storefront with the magic touch, Hubcap Joe's has weathered all economic storms and is going on 20 years strong.
Come on. How many times have you driven past Hubcap Joe's on Kinderkamack road and thought, "I'd love to stop in there." Not because you needed a hubcap, but because on a road punctuated by nail salons, Hubcap Joe's has a unique presence. And a unique story to go along with it. Joe DeMarco did not find hubcaps, hubcaps found him. Literally. As a young boy visiting his aunt in the Bronx, a hubcap from a Pontiac fell off and rolled right up to him as they made their way towards the El to go shopping. "The guy in the Pontiac backed-up to look for it, but didn't get out of his car to pick it up and just drove away," Joe said. DeMarco asked his aunt if he could keep the hubcap, but she told him that they needed to shop first and if it was there…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Healy comes to Bergen Catholic after leading Fair Lawn to three consecutive state playoffs.
Bergen Catholic High School recently announced the hiring of Brack Healy as the school’s 15th hockey coach in program history. Healy comes to Bergen Catholic after recent successful coaching stints at Montclair Kimberley Academy and Fair Lawn High School. “We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to have our Ice Hockey program led by such an outstanding, young, dynamic coach as Coach Healy," Bergen Catholic Athletic Director Jack McGovern said. "I believe under his leadership this program will be successful in every way." A 2003 graduate of Montclair High School, Healy was a standout player finishing his career as a member of the prestigious NJSIAA 100 point club. The Montclair State University alum later served as an assistant at …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Students Taught Appreciation for Exemplary Design and Creativity
Wednesday, March 27
Students in Bergen Catholic High School’s architecture club spent their Friday morning getting a crash course in Georgian Colonial architecture as they were led on an inside tour of Woodmont Properties’ Saddle River Grand, a gated community of luxurious manor homes inspired by classic that combines a classic brick exterior with modern features and finishes. For nearly a decade now, Robert Zampolin, the architect for Saddle River Grand, has mentored student members of the Architecture Club at Bergen Catholic. Zampolin speaks about the profession, shows films dealing with buildings and helps the students complete design-oriented projects in an effort to inspire them about the field of architecture. “The students know how things work, but …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Crusaders outlast Delbarton in opening round of state tournament; top-seeded Seton Hall up next
They’ve lost a few games this year when they their performance lacked a certain level of grit. Take it from the post-game mood of the Bergen Catholic basketball team Wednesday night: winning ugly is a better way to go. Bergen Catholic was the eighth seed, and Delbarton was seeded ninth for the first round of the Non-Public North A state tournament. They engaged in such a close contest that perhaps they should have only been separated by decimal points. Bergen Catholic, on the strength of 21 points from 6'-6" sophomore center Nadi Beciri, edged the Green Wave, 55-52, to advance to the second round Friday night. “I didn’t think we played particularly well, but the thing that pleased me most [about the win] was the way we kept battling and …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
In the 101st meeting of arch rivals Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic on the court, Bosco came out on top, 67-54
Saturday, December 24, 2011
ORADELL— With 35 seconds remaining, Don Bosco forward Dajon Toddmann came running into the paint from the wing as teammate John Landro hit him with a pass, and the former slammed it home for a final exclamation point. Bergen Catholic (2-1) hung around, but turnovers and missed free throws did the Crusaders in, as they fell to visiting rival Don Bosco 67-54 in Big North United action in the 101st meeting between the teams. The game was fast paced as both teams displayed explosive quickness running up and down the floor. “You’ve got to be precise and you’ve got to be detailed,” said BC’s first-year head coach Billy Armstrong. “When you’re not, good teams make you pay for it – and that’s what happened. A couple times we had some turnovers, …
Friday, December 23, 2011
After trailing 24-0, visiting South Plainfield marched back for a 34-24 win over the Bergen Catholic Crusaders
Friday, December 23, 2011
ORADELL— Bergen Catholic rolled off seven straight wins from 160-106 to take a 24-0 lead over visiting South Plainfield. But that was the last of the scoring for the Crusaders, as the Tigers – arguably the top team in the state – rallied through the lower and middle-weights to stage a comeback, winning 34-24 in Hoehl Gym on Dec. 22 in a match televised by MSG Varsity. “We knew that was our opportunity,” BC head coach Dave Bell said. “We knew we had to sweep the upper weights – and we did. We were hoping to get a few more bonus points up there.” Sophomore Johnny Sebastian set the tone early with a major decision – one of Bergen’s three major decisions on the night. But the Crusaders did not record a fall, and in turn, did not up its lead. “…