Category Archives: HipNJ Cares

Hip New Jersey highlights the Garden State’s heart of gold. We feature passionate charity efforts and the philanthropic all-stars behind these important initiatives!

#HipNJ Visits Jazzercise of Boonton Township for The Longest Day

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino stopped by Jazzercise of Boonton Township for The Longest Day, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cindy Sorrentino, the owner of Jazzercise, discussed why she decided to align herself with this event. “My mom has Alzheimer’s,” she says. “This is a very important organization for me because there is no cure.” 

Jazzercise is a dance fitness program, including cardio and strength. “We do everything from hip workouts to strength training,” Sorrentino states. “It’s a great program.”

“Our program stays current with trends,” Sorrentino states, citing yoga, Pilates and kickboxing. “We evolve along with everything.”

Latino also spoke with Ray and Robyn Giordano, who teamed up with Sorrentino for the event. They run Right at Home, a company providing in-home care for elderly and disabled adults. Many of these adults suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia. “We came today to educate people and get the word out,” Ray says. 

The pair decided to team up with Sorrentino after seeing memory loss becoming a common trait of their clientele. “It’s very important to us, and we know it is very important to many people out there,” Robyn states.

In September, Jazzercise of Boonton Township will celebrate being open for five years. To learn more, click here. To learn more about Right at Home, click here.

#HipNJ Tribute to Mary ‘Mama’ Valastro

Mary “Mama” Valastro, mother of “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro, has passed away after a long struggle with ALS. #HipNJ would like to  share some memorable moments, as well as posts from her family.

Buddy posted this image and touching message on Instagram.

Lisa Valastro posted this in memory of her mother-in-law.

Check out this clip from the family’s trip to Italy.

Lastly, watch this emotional clip of Buddy delivering a Mother’s Day message.

#HipNJ would like to send love to the Valastro family during this difficult time.

Paul Jetter on Safely Back Home

Recently, #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Paul Jetter, founder of Safely Back Home, in the #HipNJ studio! Paul and Lisa discussed his growing business and how it is actively working to help families around Bergen County!

For Paul, the profession is personal. Paul’s own relationship with his father was the inspiration behind Safely Back home. Paul and his family struggled to keep his father safe after he began to suffer from dementia. Paul explained that he would “imprint his brother’s cell phone number” on the front of his father’s shirt in case he happened to find himself lost. Seeing that this simple but effective concept could be of help to other families, Paul decided to use his experience with his father to help others protect their loved ones with disabilities!

Safely Back Home utilizes clothing as the medium to ensure the safety of your loved one. On each article of clothing, the words “If I Appear Lost Please Call” appear, with the phone number of the local police station and an ID number associated with your loved one. The ID number provides the police with what to say to ensure your loved one feels safe around them, as well as contact information and a photo. You can even bring in your loved one’s favorite shirt and Safely Back Home will print this information on it!

As the business began to grow, Paul realized that the reach of his idea was far greater than he expected it to be. Families with loved ones with autism also found the concept of Safely Back Home to be helpful, as well as those with loved ones with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  

In summary, the Safely Back Home program was developed in response to a need to provide assistance to individuals who tend to wander due to Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome and other cognitive disabilities involving wandering.  Often, these individuals are incapable of providing identifying information in situations where they become lost. The imprinted Safely Back Home garments alert the public and police that the individual may need more assistance than they initially realize. The patent-pending process uses “privacy-protected” ID information imprinted on personal garments to be conveyed to an emergency call center, secure database and rescue operation.

Safely Back Home is currently working with six police stations around Bergen County to make sure everyone’s loved ones can always find their way back home. To learn more about Safely Back Home, or to use this great service for one of your loved ones, click here.