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Brad Wing’s Celebrity Softball Game


Giants punter Brad Wing hosted a celebrity softball game at Dutchess Stadium, and Hip New Jersey was there for it all. The game featured wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., as well as other current and former Giants.

#HipNJ’s own Lisa Marie Latino spoke with Brad Wing about how the event came to be. He was approached a few months ago, decided on softball, the facility became available, and “everything lined up.” He also expressed his excitement for the event, stating, “We have some current players here, some past players, and some good guests. So, I think it’s going to be a good time.”

Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants spoke on what the event means to him. “This community gave me so much when I was with the Giants. It’s my pleasure to come here and give back and help as much as I can. It’s giving kids with cancer a chance, and that’s my plan,” he said.

TV personality Tracy Dimarco was also in attendance, stating her enthusiasm for “a fun night out.” The players’ jerseys were donated by her husband’s company.

#HipNJ also spoke with Eli Apple, cornerback for the New York Giants. “We’re trying to give a nice show and not embarrass ourselves too bad,” he said. When asked to rate his softball skills on a scale of one to ten, he laughed and gave himself a zero.

A portion of the proceeds went to benefit The Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation, as well as other childhood cancer charities.

The Ryan McElroy Foundation “helps children who have cancer and need help with anything from medical bills to living expenses,” supporter Amanda Pallazzo said. “Anything you need help with, they’re there for you.”

The Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by family and friends of Ryan McElroy who lost his life to cancer just shy of his fifth birthday. To learn more, head over to their website.

Summer 2016 Sunglasses Trends #NationalSunglassesDay

By Kenneth Barilari

Today is #NationalSunglassesDay, and #HipNJ wants to let you in on the hottest shades of the season. Summer 2016 is here, and you need that the perfect pair of sunglasses. Below are some of the hottest trends in sunglasses right now!

1. Round Frames

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Round frames pay homage to the styles of the 60’s and 70’s. They are back in a big way. If you are heading to a music festival, round frames are the way to go.

 

2. Kaleidoscope

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The rainbow infused glass lenses will make your eyes perform optical aerobics while you swim through a galaxy of poly-chromatic color. Add a blast of color to your dull surroundings and let your eyes erupt into rainbows like never before.

 

3. Heart Shaped

wilfIf you are feeling cute, pick up a pair of these heart shaped shades. They can be pricey, but with the help of Google, they can be found at more affordable prices.

4. Cat-Eye

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Another retro style making a huge comeback. They were mainly popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s among fashionable women and are usually associated with the Beehive hairstyle, but now they are here for us all.

 

5. Chunky Frames

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Go big or go home, right? If you want to be bold, pick up a pair of chunky sunglasses in the color of your choice.

 

6. Oversized

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The bigger the better. Pull a Kardashian and get a pair of sunglasses that make you wonder whether or not they are too big. (They’re not.)

 

7. Clubmaster

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This classic frame is super popular right now. If you want to stand out in a classic way, this is the way to go.

 

8. Mirror Lenses

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While dark frames do hide our eyes, they also seem to cast a shadow on our look. Mirrored lenses provide a little camouflage with more eye-catching, brightening effects that put your outfit in the spotlight.

 

9. Aviators

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Another classic that never goes out of style.  Aviators were notoriously present in Cobra and Top Gun, leading to a 40% rise in sales in 1986.

We hope this helps you next time you’re searching for sunglasses! Share a photo on Instagram wearing your favorite sunglasses using the hashtag #SunglassSelfie!

Meadowlands State Fair Opens Our Weekend Recap

Another Monday, which means another weekend of #Summer2016 down (but so many more to go)! But not to worry, as the days go by and the heat turns up, #HipNJ won’t leave you out of the loop! Here’s a review of what went on over the past few days for our weekend recap.

Friday, June 24th

It’s that time of year again – the time for the Meadowlands State Fair to take over the parking lot surrounding MetLife Stadium, that is. Celebrating its 30th anniversary and running through July 10, the fair is yet to fall short of entertainment. Carnival rides, games and food is just half of what the fair has to offer. With a hypnosis show, a high dive exhibition, a petting zoo and even more, you’re sure to be entertained any time you go.

Country star Tyler Farr hit up the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville on Friday night for his tour in support of his sophomore album, Suffer in Peace, which debuted on the Billboard charts in the top 5. Opening and supporting acts included Jersey-born artists Derek Crider and American Road.

Snapped one picture tonight and it was perfect ? @tylerfarr @starlandballroom #tylerfarr #thunder106

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Saturday, June 25th

Jon Bon Jovi, a prominent Jersey native, followed Taylor Swift’s wedding crash with a surprise appearance of his own. Carol Cesario has been battling lung cancer and had always dreamt of meeting Jon Bon Jovi. It wasn’t until last month when Rosie Skripkunis, Cesario’s daughter, reached out to the singer on social media that the dream was able to become a reality. The family was invited to JBJ Soul Kitchen, Jon Bon Jovi’s restaurant in Toms River, for a free meal followed by his appearance. He gave Cesario an autographed guitar, a book and a kiss on the cheek.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City hosted two top-notch comedians Saturday night in a back-to-back show that called for twice the laughs! At 8:00, CBS’The King of Queens” star Kevin James took the stage. Jane Lynch, the star of “Glee” and NBC’sHollywood Game Night” immediately followed, going on stage at 9:00.

The Summer Olympics are quickly approaching and trial competitions for #Rio2016 are happening everywhere. It was a big weekend for gymnastics, one of the most popular Olympic sports, and #NJ residents were definitely to thank for that. Akashi Modi of Morganville was named an alternate to the men’s Olympic team on Saturday night, which is an accomplishment considering he was one of the youngest competitors throughout this season. The next night, Old Bridge’s Laurie Hernandez placed third in the nation at the senior national championships, earning her a spot at the Olympic trials. She is considered a huge contender for Rio.

Sunday, June 26th

Age is nothing but a number for the 70-year-old Dolly Parton. The country icon is knee-deep into her Pure and Simple Tour, which came to Holmdel and the PNC Bank Arts Center on Sunday night, and performed at the top of her game. With her repertoire of awards and honors, we should expect nothing less.

Honored to be in the presence of this #countrymusic legend tonight. I will always love you #DollyParton! ?? #PureandSimpleTour

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The Copa America Centenario, an international men’s football/soccer tournament with a format similar to the FIFA World Cup, concluded at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Sunday night. In the final, Argentina went up against Chile, which was actually a rematch of the 2015 final. In what was virtually a repeat performance, Chile defeated Argentina based on penalty kicks in the match with a final score of 0-0.