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“Ten Years Later” by Lisa Marie Latino

Ten Years Later, the debut novel from New Jersey author Lisa Marie Latino, is available now.

The book tells the story of Carla D’Agostino, a New Jersey-based sports radio producer. When Carla receives a save-the-date for her ten-year high school reunion, she sets out to achieve the life she longs for in a year’s time.

Lisa Marie Latino, executive producer of Long Shot Productions, and co-creator of HipNewJersey.com, has always aspired to be an author. “I just needed to find a topic that I was passionate about to find the fire to accomplish this goal,” she states. “The book gives a voice to the underdog. Carla is such a fighter. Nothing came easy for her, so I want to give a voice to those people because that’s my background. I had to overcome a lot, starting my company as a young woman. It was a longshot that I was even going to make it.”

While the book is full of laughs, there is a meaningful message underneath it all. Carla is trying to change so many aspects of her life. Then, by the end of the book, she realizes that she had them all along. “If you have a goal, dig deep into yourself and achieve it,” Latino states. She hopes her readers finish the book realizing what they have in their lives and appreciating it, “because that’s when the good things will start happening.”

To learn more about Lisa Marie Latino, head over to her website. Pick up your copy of Ten Years Later on Amazon today.


NJ Celebrities: World Smile Day

By Kenneth Barilari

Today is #WorldSmileDay! They say you’re never fully dressed without a smile, so here are some of our favorite #NJCelebs showing theirs off.

Ashley Tisdale (Monmouth County)

My little lady. ? #maui

A photo posted by Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) on

Christina Milian (Jersey City)

Well Hello There Birthday Girl! @MamaMilian aren’t you a cutie ? #HappyBirthdayMom

A photo posted by Christina Milian (@christinamilian) on

Kelly Ripa (Starford)

My girl @instafaithford – sisters reunited. ? Hope and Faith est. 2003.

A photo posted by Kelly Ripa (@kellyripa) on

Teresa Guidice (Towaco)

?Happy 7th Birthday to my beautiful princess mommy loves you ❤️??

A photo posted by Teresa Giudice (@teresagiudice) on

Charlie Puth (Rumson)

Thank you for asking me to be a part of such a special evening. #SU2C

A photo posted by Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) on

Joe Jonas (Wyckoff)

Lots of laughs & games with @theashleygraham & @bravoandy @BravoWWHL #wwhl

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Nick Jonas (Wyckoff)

Clearly I’m really sad in this picture ? Photo credit @jeromeduran

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Lea Michele (Tenafly)

Wendy Williams (Asbury Park)

I love YOU for watching!!! See YOU Sept 19th. #stillnoseylikeyou #SEASON8WILLBEGREAAAAT!!! ?????

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Brooke Shields (Haworth)

The newest head shot!

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Florham Park)

Be sure to snap a smiling selfie and post it using the hashtag #WorldSmileDay!

The Gloria Foundation: “Taste of Italy” Event

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ spoke with Karen Arakelian, founder of The Gloria Foundation, about the foundation and its recent “Taste Of Italy” event.

The Gloria Foundation, founded in 2013, is a non-profit initiative helping victims of domestic violence. Their mission is to help provide resources to local safe houses and domestic violence organizations.

Arakelian told us that she founded the foundation in memory of her mother Gloria, who was a domestic violence victim. “I thought about what really formed me into who I am. Watching what she went through made me not ever want to depend on anyone,” she said.

Her mother went through a divorce in the 1970’s, a period during which divorce was highly stigmatized. Her mother had not worked and did not drive. After the divorce, she had to get her own job, learn to drive, and learn to be self-sufficient. This inspired Arakelian, and caused her to realize that she wanted to start something to give back.

The 3rd annual “Taste of Italy” event was held on September 28, 2016 at Design Consign in Fairfield. It was an evening of tasting delicious Italian specialties from the area’s finest restaurants, sampling wine from the beautiful countryside of Italy, and listening to live music under the stars. The event featured caviar by Calvisius Caviar and vodka by Claremont Distillery.

What inspired the event? “First of all, I’m Italian,” Arakelian jokes. “I love to entertain.”  This event was not just for fun. It also supported a great cause. Proceeds went to Partners for Women and Justice, a non-profit organization that provides free legal help in New Jersey to low income, abused victims of domestic violence.

They managed to raise around $15,000. About 100 people were in attendance, not including volunteers. “It’s a beautiful thing when the whole community chips in. It really is a team effort,” Arakelian said.

Every seven minutes, someone reports a domestic violence issue in New Jersey. For more information, head over to The Gloria Foundation’s website.