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Meet Denville’s Open Door Toastmasters

Hip New Jersey recently visited a local Toastmasters International chapter in Denville to see and hear some of New Jersey’s finest public speakers.

As one of over 750 Toastmasters clubs in the tri-state area, Open Door is one of New Jersey’s most distinguished, having been recognized with numerous achievements and awards.

The club welcomes guests at all of its meetings, which are held the second and fourth Thursday at the Denville Community Church. You can learn more about the Open Door club by visiting its website.

Toastmasters International is an all-volunteer non-profit educational organization, founded nearly 100 years ago, bringing together professionals from all walks of life and empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in California, Toastmasters International membership exceeds 345,000 people in nearly 16,000 clubs, in 142 countries.

For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Toastmasters.org.

kelly clarkson

Kelly Clarkson Debuts New Book at Wyckoff YMCA

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently helped welcome Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson and her debut children’s book to the Garden State!

Books, Bytes & Beyond of Glen Rock, in partnership with the Wyckoff Family YMCA, recently hosted Kelly for a moderated conversation about River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, an enchanting picture book that chronicles the night before an imaginative little girl’s first trip to the zoo. The book was inspired by her own daughter, River Rose.

“I’ve always dreamed really big,” explained Kelly to the adoring crowd.  “I think you have to be that confident and know you are capable of [achieving your dreams.]  If you don’t think you’re awesome, no one else is going to think you’re awesome…and I definitely think I’m awesome!”

After the discussion, over 400 fans got to meet and greet with Kelly while getting their River Rose books signed!

“She’s just great,” gushed Jennifer Sauer, director of cultural events at the Wyckoff YMCA. “I love what she had to say tonight. She is inspiring, she’s talented, she’s fun, and we feel really lucky to have her here at the Y.”

A Kelly Clarkson project wouldn’t be complete without her American Idol-winning voice, so naturally, River Rose comes with an original lullaby written and performed by Kelly herself! Fans at the book signing were treated to a surprise a cappella rendition of the song.

“It’s INSANE how great her voice is live. Other singers, they get Auto-Tune, but she’s so real and I love that about her,” exclaimed Julie from Oradell.

For more information on Kelly Clarkson and “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby”, visit RiverRose.com!

Fashion for the Pink Crusade

Fashion for the Pink Crusade

#HipNJ was at the third annual Fashion for the Pink Crusade benefitting the Breast Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center at the Park Savoy in Florham Park. The event featured a elaborate cocktail reception, prizes & raffles, and a chic runway-style fashion show presented by Bloomingdale’s Short Hills Mall.

The Pink Crusade’s co-chairs were Rosemary Scoppetuolo and Patricia Walsh Sumas. The event’s committee members were Diane F. Alessi, Barbara Anelle, Ann Baiocco, Deborah W. Belfatto, Pam Feinberg, Kerry Gilder, Sharolyn Kennedy, Edie I. Leibman, Elise Liss, Josine Spina Murano, Denise Osborn, Amy Ruffini, Dina Santorelli, Scott A. Spiro, MD, FACS and Louis Urban. Sponsors included Minette’s Angels, Village Super Market, Dun & Bradstreet and Spiro Plastic Surgery, LLC.

For more information or to give in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit their website.