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#TBT: SoPAC Saves The Day – Superhero Camp

Fun for kids & families – it’s time to get funky!

The South Orange Performing Arts Center has saved the day yet again! #HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia got to meet all superheros under one roof as SoPAC host’s a mini superhero camp for little ones.

Director of External Relations, Dee Billia explains to #HipNJ the SoPac Celebratory Gala consists of #Kidville’s superhero workshop where they dress up & create masks of their favorite hero, and a #BobbyBeetcut performance – FREE for the community!

Gina was ‘super’ lucky to chat with professional musician, & empowerment enthusiast, Bobby Beetcut as he explains how to take on the world through his great tunes.

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Free events for families, you can’t beat that! For more information about more events at SoPAC please visit

Yappy Hour

Your four-legged companion can get a taste of the #HipNJ good life, thanks to the Bernards Inn‘s fabulous Yappy Hours!

The legendary Bernardsville haunt plays host to these pet-friendly events each Monday over the summer.  It’s a fantastic way to bond with other dog lovers and their adorable canines!

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia chatted with Dave Riley, Food & Beverage Director of the Bernards Inn, about how this night came together.

“So many places in the summer are dog friendly, so we wanted to give owners around here a place where their dogs are welcome,” explained Dave.

Dave lays out the best for these cute pups; they are treated to food, water, and the freedom to make new puppy friends!

“Yappy Hour is really nice way to gather with friends and their dogs, and have a good time,”  said West Orange resident, Guy Beardslee.

For information on Yappy Hour, please visit the Bernards Inn website.

Austrian Airlines is Flying Nonstop Into EWR!

Austrian Airlines flying into Vienna out of Newark Liberty International Airport, and #HipNJ was on hand for her maiden landing! 

Before toasting the jet, #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino relaxed in the new Lufthansa Senator and Business Lounge.  Guests dined on complimentary gourmet food and enjoyed premium cocktails while waiting for their flights.  With the space’s comfortable seating, Wi-Fi access, spacious bathrooms and more, loungers almost wish for travel delays!

While in the Business Lounge, Lisa Marie gauged the excitement about this new Vienna-Newark connection from Austria’s VIPs, including Austrian Consulate General, Georg Heindl:  “Having the flight will help strengthen the ties between Austria and this part of the United States even further!” 

Once the smiling Austrian Airlines crew deemed their plane camera ready, our #HipNJ crew toured the refurbished 767.  We were very impressed; Austrian Airlines’ Business Class has totally raised the bar for the air travel industry!  Its 38 seats fully recline and come equipped with a built-in massager.  Each passenger gets their own 15-inch video screen, and an on-board chef prepares meals to their individual specifications.  Economy seating also got a shiny makeover, with new  ergonomically designed seats and large video displays.

While in the cockpit, we chatted with the jet’s pilot, Captain Helmut Haubenwaller, about why #HipNJ‘ers need to book a flight to Vienna. “Austria is one of the most beautiful countries in the world,” Captain proclaimed.  ” We have the Alps, we’ve got very nice cities, and now you can fly there in the best way possible.”

Our tour concluded with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Thomas Scharfenberger, Lufthansa’s Northeastern USA Regional Director of Sales, and Rich Heslin, Newark Airport General Manager.

Said Rich: “Austrians have a lot to gain by traveling to the Garden State.  There’s a lot of opportunity here, and so much to do!”

For more information, or to book a flight with the Austrian Airlines, please visit their website.