Category Archives: Toast of the Town

With exclusive interviews and revealing discussions, Hip New Jersey gets up close and personal with the best and brightest personalities in the state. Join hometown heroes on a tour of their favorite spots in town. Whether it’s celeb hangouts for Jersey luminaries, or tranquil spots for idol relaxation, we’ll journey where few have gone before.

Toast of the Town: Cindy Vero

Wake up New Jersey! It’s time to get the inside scoop on 103.5 KTU‘s very own Cindy Vero.

Cindy is born and raised a Jersey Girl and proud of it!  The Mornings with Cubby and Cindy” co-host’s contagious and vivacious personality is as real as it gets, and it’s on display in this special “Toast for the Town” segment.

HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino got to experience the perfect day in Cindy’s cozy town of Hawthorne.  Cindy took us to Well Read, a bookstore that is not only a hot spot for avid readers, but highlights the works of local authors.

Giving us more of a reason to love this quaint town is the Cuban Flavor Café, one of Cindy’s favorite Hawthorne haunts. Cindy and Lisa Marie dined on the restaurant’s signature dishes and sipped sangria as they talked about Cindy’s rise to the top!

We finished off the segment walking Cindy’s three rescue dogs at one of Hawthorne’s beautiful parks.  While there, we learned more about Cindy’s big heart. She has made countless appearances and been a part of many charitable events in between training three rescue dogs to call her own. She works especially close with the Lustgarten Foundation, raising awareness for pancreatic cancer. To top it all off, Cindy hosts a show Sunday mornings at 6 called “KTU Cares”, where she interviews local celebrities and hometown heroes who are giving back to their communities.

This woman does it all and she kicks butt at everything she does, which is exactly how every Jersey Girl does it!

Governor Richard J. Codey

Not many people express how proud they are of their hometowns quite like Governor Richard J. Codey.  The Orange, New Jersey native and the Garden State’s 53rd governor sat down with HipNJ’s  Lisa Marie Latino to give her a “slice” of his home town.

In his 30 plus years in the legislature, Governor Codey has become one of New Jersey’s fiercest mental health advocates, spearheading countless improvements that have led to better mental health care throughout the state of New Jersey.  He also passed the the Smoke-free Air Act, which banned the use of tobacco products indoors.  

When he’s not busy fighting for the rights of New Jersey’s citizens, he’s running his family’s funeral home, with locations in Caldwell and Boonton.  You can also find him coaching sports and relaxing with his beloved family.

Governor Codey entertained us at his favorite Orange hangout, Star Tavern “World Famous” Pizzeria.   Find out now how growin’ up Jersey helped shape him into the man he is today.

What is #HipNJ?

Live Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard…You’re from New Jersey, and So Are We!

Hip New Jersey is a new lifestyle program featuring the latest in fashion, food, trends and entertainment in New Jersey.  Each episode is made up of a selection of hot topics of people, places and things that will peek viewers interest throughout the Garden State.  It will drive traffic to each location and give added value to each business featured.

Segments include:

Jersey Luxe– Hip New Jersey holds the key to unlock the best-kept secrets in local luxe living.  Featuring magnificent real estate and extravagant home décor, we’ll take you inside the most luxurious homes and introduce you to the highest-quality fashion, beauty and wellness.

Scene & Heard– Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen.  From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, Hip New Jersey exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

Garden State Living– Hip New Jersey will profile businesses and communities that are behind making our state fabulous!

Toast of the Town– With exclusive interviews and revealing discussions, Hip New Jersey gets up close and personal with the best and brightest personalities in the state.  Join hometown heroes on a tour of their favorite spots in town. Whether it’s celeb hangouts for Jersey luminaries, or tranquil spots for idol relaxation, we’ll journey
where few have gone before.

Rising Stars– Hip New Jersey will sit with New Jersey’s up-and-comers before they hit the mainstream. We’ll find out what motivates them on their journey to the top.

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