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Immaculate Conception High School Gala Dinner Honors Distinguished Bergen County Supporters

The annual Immaculate Conception High School Gala Dinner, “A Night to Shine” took take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale. The ICHS community joined together to celebrate this year’s Hall of Fame honorees and to celebrate the next 100 years of ICHS.

The focus of the evening was to honor and showcase outstanding individuals for their commitment to ICHS, inducting them into the Hall of Fame. Inductees included Joseph R. Azzolino, Wanda Huderski ’67, Sister Mary Fidelma Klutkowski, C.S.S.F (posthumously), Stephen and Diane LoIacono, Sister Theresa Mary Martin, C.S.S.F., Joseph and Dorothy Mastropaolo, Sister Marilyn Marie Minter, C.S.S.F., Michael Nardino, Gregory Vasilik, and Tara Lynn Wagner ’90.

The evening introduced the inaugural “Shooting Star” awards. The Shooting Star Award was created to spotlight current ICHS students for their amazing energy, creative spirit, and unwavering commitment to the Felician Core Values. The students who received the award were Seniors Jacqueline Zegler and Alexandra Barbelet, Juniors Jennifer Single and Melissa DeFrancesco, and Sophomores Victoria Veloz-Vicioso and Victoria NiCastro.


“Tonight’s honorees shine forth by living the Felician core values so important to ICHS community. They truly are extraordinary and contribute to the enduring sprit of IC High,” Joseph R. Azzolino, master of ceremonies, said.

As a special surprise, the night’s highest honor, The Centennial Award, was presented to Sister M. Annelle Velivis, C.S.S.F ’60, past ICHS principal and friend of the school.

With an impressive turn-out of over 215 guests, the evening ended with a closing prayer by honoree, Sister Marilyn Minter, and a dance party that welcomed guests and honorees to sing along to We Are Family by Sister Sledge.

“So many people have put heart and soul into ICHS and to honor them as well as our Felician Sisters was just magical. It is heartwarming to know that there are so many kind souls in the world. I feel really blessed and am already looking forward to next year’s gala,” Joseph R. Azzolino, President/Principal, said.

Immaculate Conception High School educates and transforms students into young women of competence, compassion, and commitment in a Catholic Felician-Franciscan tradition of leadership and service. To learn more, head over to their website.

National Candy Day

Everyone has a sweet tooth so on National Candy Day why not treat your sweet tooth to a little something special. Here are some candy shops that are native to New Jersey.

Van Holten’s Chocolate and Sweet Shop in Brick and Seaside Heights

Come check out our amazing flavors of fudge! #fudge #82 #seasideheights #candy #yummy #followus #vanholtenschocolates

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Aunt Charlotte’s Candies in Merchantville 

I'm in truffle heaven… ??

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Black River Candy Shoppe in Chester

Like two kids in a candy shop. #adulting #chester #nj #blackrivercandyshoppe #candy #imisswandas

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Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy in Ocean City

The Fudge Shoppe in Flemington

Happy National Candy Day!

Chris Ash Named Head Football Coach For Rutgers

On today’s Throwback Thursday we are highlighting the Scarlet Knight’s newest addition to their team, Coach Chris Ash. On December 10, 2015 Rutgers University Director of Athletics Patrick Hobbs announced that Chris Ash would be the new head coach of the football program.

While sitting at Newark Airport, Chris Ash got a call not to get on his flight and that he needed to go see the President Dr. Barachi at Rutgers and he started to wonder if he was actually going to get the position. When the car service picked him up at the airport he was informed that he in fact got the position of Rutgers head football coach and without hesitation Ash said that “I’m all in, I’m coming.” He was overwhelmed with excitement and joy and just enthusiasm to get started working with the Scarlet Knights.

Chris Ash was previous the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Ohio State University lead them to the 2014 national championship. When a student athlete at Drake University Ash stated that, “I tore my ACL when I was a senior and I got involved being a student coach and I just loved it. I found a passion for it and I couldn’t wait to go into the office to work.”

Chris Ash really wants the Scarlet Knights to “play hard, play together and I want us to be playing our best football season as the season ends at the ends.” We wish all the success to the Scarlet Knights and Coach Chris Ash.

Happy Throwback Thursday! Good luck to Coach Chris Ash and the Rutgers Scarlet Nights with the reminder of their season!