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Things To Do In Bergen County On Sunday

By Kenneth Barilari

If you live in Bergen County, you know the struggle of finding something to do on Sunday. Thanks to the Blue Laws, laws designed to prohibit certain types of commercial activities on Sundays, many places are closed. So, #HipNJ has decided to put together a list of things for you Bergen County folks to do on a Sunday.

1. Visit Overpeck County Park (Leonia)
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2. Paint your own ceramics at Color Me Mine (Ridgewood, NJ)
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3. Visit Medieval Times (Lyndhurst)
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4. Go rock climbing at High Exposure Rock Climbing, Ninja Warrior & Parkour (Northvale)
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5. See a movie at Garden State Plaza (Paramus)
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6. Eat at White Manna Hamburgers, which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Hackensack)
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7. Get some ice cream at Kilwins (Ridgewood)
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8. Go for a hike at Ramapo Valley County Reservation (Mahwah)
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9. Visit the Bergen County Zoo (Paramus)
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10. Relax at The Fountain Spa (Ramsey)

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11. Go bowling at Holiday Bowl (Oakland)
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12. Go ice skating at the Ice House (Hackensack)
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13. Play a round of Monster Mini Golf (Paramus)
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14. Go horseback riding at the Saddle Ridge Riding Center (Franklin Lakes)
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15. Go to the Farmer’s Market (Fort Lee)
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16. Stay home and watch some Netflix
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We hope this list helps make your Sundays a little more exciting. Enjoy!

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Taylor Swift Crashes New Jersey Wedding

By Kenneth Barilari

A New Jersey couple got the surprise of a lifetime at their wedding on Saturday.

Taylor Swift surprised newlyweds Max Singer and Kenya Smith by showing up to their wedding and serenading them with an acoustic version of her hit song “Blank Space.”

Max’s sister Ali had contacted Swift months back asking the singer if she would attend the wedding. The idea came after the passing of her and Max’s mother. Max and Kenya held a private ceremony in his mother’s hospital room so she could be present for his wedding. “Blank Space” was the soundtrack to their mother-son dance.

The wedding took place at Brant Beach Yacht Club in Ship Bottom, New Jersey.

Guests have taken to Twitter and Facebook to post videos of the superstar performing at the reception.


Swift took time to pose for photographs with the bride and groom, as well as their families.


The singer even posted some of the photos on her official Instagram page.

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A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Congratulations Max and Kenya!!

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on


Swift gave the couple a personalized card with her lyrics “So it’s gonna be forever,” written in watercolors and the wedding date underneath. Surrounding the lyrics is a floral circle, with the names of the bride and groom on each side.


The wedding’s DJ Mike Klebacher took to Facebook to share his feelings about the singer’s attendance. “I’m so happy for our wedding couple, and am enamored for Taylor doing this for such a great reason. Wow!” he said.

Brant Beach Yacht Club shared on Facebook, “We always knew BBYC weddings were special.” They then congratulated the newlyweds.

Thanks to Taylor, this couple’s special day became even more magical. It’s a love story, and Taylor Swift just said yes.

Jolie Della Valle

Children’s Book Author Jolie Della Valle

Meet the rising star of Wayne, NJ, children’s book author, Jolie Della Valle!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chatted with Jolie in none other than Long Shot Productions, LLC’s studio. Jolie is the proud author of an award winning children’s book, “Georgie and the Ants in the Pants.”

Writing an interactive children’s book is not what Jolie has always planned on doing. As an alumna of The Fashion Institute of Technology, she explains that her children’s clothing line actually led her to write the book.

“I have a children’s clothing line, and all of the outfits have ant prints on them and say “I have ants in my pants.” I want children to embrace the “ants in their pants,” which is their silliness and positive energy, so I wrote this book to drive that message home.”

Since the publication of the book, Jolie has been on tour in the Tri-state area visiting Preschools, Elementary Schools, and Libraries. She reads to the students, dances and sings with them, and performs interactive songs on her ukulele. Jolie recently visited schools in Mahwah, Wayne and Fairfield, NJ.

Want Jolie to visit your classroom? Schedule a fun school visit for Summer or Fall 2016 on ILoveAntsInThePants.com!

Also visit the website to purchase “Georgie and the Ants in the Pants” book and of course, Ants in the Pants apparel to go along with the book!

For more on Jolie Della Valle, follow her on Twitter @LoveandAnts.