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Coffee with Marci

“Coffee with Marci”

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chats with Marci Hopkins of Coffee with Marci about her exciting online, Bergen County-centric show! This Facebook-based talk show gives entrepreneurs and non-profits a voice they otherwise wouldn’t have in an ever-shrinking marketplace.

“My mission is to empower and inspire,” says Marci.

We at #HipNJ are excited to welcome Marci into our extended family and look forward to helping her spread the good works of Garden State movers and shakers!

For more information, visit MarciHopkins.com and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

9/11 Photographer Speaks Out

By Kenneth Barilari

It has been 15 years, and September 11, 2001 remains as heavy in our hearts as it has ever been. While we remember those affected by that tragic day and feel sorrow for the brothers and sisters we lost, we also remember the unity that came after. Thomas E. Franklin is the photographer that took the iconic photo, “Raising the Flag at Ground Zero.” The photo, which shows three firemen raising the American flag at the site, has largely become a symbol of hope.

Thomas E. Franklin, Assistant Professor in Multi-platform Journalism at Montclair State University, realized his passion for photography in college. “I was studying art. I took a photography class and really liked it,” he explains. He then got a job at with a newspaper in the dark room printing pictures. He calls this his introduction to photojournalism.

Franklin, a Bergen County resident, was working as a photojournalist with The Bergen Record in September 2001, and has been for 23 years. That morning, he started out in his office at The Record. After the first plane hit, he initiated a commute Manhattan. Then, the second plane hit. “The crossings were closed, so I took photos in Jersey City.” These photos show the tragedy unfolding from across the water. “Sometime in the early afternoon, I was able to get there by boat.”

Upon arriving to the site, Franklin recalls a scene of absolute horror. “The amount of damage was enormous,” he says. “There was wreckage everywhere. It was a very dramatic scene.” He started taking photos, but with everything happening around him, he wasn’t focused on the potential these pictures carried. “I had just seen the two largest buildings in the world come crashing down, killing thousands of people,” he recalls.

Franklin took many striking images that day, capturing moments in U.S. history that will never be forgotten. One shot stands out. Three rescue firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero quickly turned into a message for the American people. This message was that life, as impossible as it may seem, will go on and we will get through this together.

postage-stampThe flag raising photo has done a tremendous amount of good, which Franklin is proud of. It was used on a U.S. postage stamp, which helped raise 10 million dollars for victims. This year in particular, Franklin says that he received a tremendous amount of kind words and words of support. People used social media especially to relay how much the photo means to them.

Franklin is a very busy man. He has been working on a new project for which he has been following refugee families that have been relocated to Elizabeth. He has reported on how religious groups have friended Muslim families, forming friendships and raising money for them. “Coming to the country as a refugee, having nothing and knowing no one, is very difficult,” he says. “Synagogues have stepped in to provide friendship and support.”

The flag raising photo itself remains bittersweet to Franklin. While he wishes the events that led to the photograph never took place, he remembers that the photo has done a great deal of good and helped a tremendous amount of people.

Our Weekend Recap Kicks Off in Rio

Cheers to the weekend! August may be the Sunday of summer, but that’s no reason to keep the good times from rolling. #HipNJ is dedicated to bringing you round-the-clock coverage of everything going on #NJ-related. Here’s what went down this weekend in our weekend recap.

Friday, August 5th

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games kicked off in Rio de Janeiro on Friday with a huge opening ceremony that paid tribute to the history of Brazil’s rich culture and climate change. Up to 11,000 athletes from 206 countries marched into the arena. Of those included the 31 NJ-native American athletes. Check out non-stop coverage of the games until August 21st and see them show the entire world what the #GardenState is made of.

iPic, Bergen County’s first dine-in movie theatre located in Fort Lee, opened to the public on Friday. The theatre is the first of its kind in that it’s a bit more upscale than traditional movie theatres. The meals offered are prepared by top-tier chefs and are finger foods for the most part. Ticket options include Premium, which grants a customer soft leather seating and personal pull-out tables, and Premium Plus, which allows customers a personal two or three-person pod with reclining seats, waiter service and unlimited popcorn. Yum! Premium tickets are $19 while Premium Plus tickets are $27. There’s only eight screens and 528 seats, so make your reservation today!

iPic and chill. ??? #suicidesquad

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Saturday, August 6th

Asbury Park was the place to be on Saturday as Grammy-nominated folk rock band The Lumineers took the stage right on the boardwalk at the Stone Pony Summer Stage.

#thelumineers #langhorneslim #stonepony #jerseyshore #asburypark @thelumineers @langhorneslim

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Sunday, August 7th

In what seemed like a follow-up to Taylor Swift’s NJ wedding crash earlier this summer, Steven Van Zandt made a surprise appearance and joined The Infernos Band on stage at a Florham Park wedding. Van Zandt is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and is also known for his acting career which includes a starring role in The Sopranos.

Music legend Paul McCartney made a stop at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford as part of his One on One Tour. There’s no telling of when the 74-year-old will stop blessing us with live renditions of his own material and The Beatle’s tunes. So we’re just going to let it be.

Jude. About to see the original. Hey Jude. #mum #paulmccartney

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Fifth Harmony took the stage in Camden this weekend at the BB&T Pavilion on The 7/27 Tour. Don’t you wish working from home was as fun as this girl group makes it sound?

Last night was so amazing??

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