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#HipNJ Visits Jazzercise of Boonton Township for The Longest Day

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino stopped by Jazzercise of Boonton Township for The Longest Day, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cindy Sorrentino, the owner of Jazzercise, discussed why she decided to align herself with this event. “My mom has Alzheimer’s,” she says. “This is a very important organization for me because there is no cure.” 

Jazzercise is a dance fitness program, including cardio and strength. “We do everything from hip workouts to strength training,” Sorrentino states. “It’s a great program.”

“Our program stays current with trends,” Sorrentino states, citing yoga, Pilates and kickboxing. “We evolve along with everything.”

Latino also spoke with Ray and Robyn Giordano, who teamed up with Sorrentino for the event. They run Right at Home, a company providing in-home care for elderly and disabled adults. Many of these adults suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia. “We came today to educate people and get the word out,” Ray says. 

The pair decided to team up with Sorrentino after seeing memory loss becoming a common trait of their clientele. “It’s very important to us, and we know it is very important to many people out there,” Robyn states.

In September, Jazzercise of Boonton Township will celebrate being open for five years. To learn more, click here. To learn more about Right at Home, click here.

Philip Petracca on Fizzics

Philip Petracca, founder and CEO of Fizzics, joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss the revolutionary draft beer system.

About four years ago, Petracca and co-founder David McDonald were having a draft beer and got into a discussion on why beer tastes so good when it is fresh from the tap. “Ten months later, we developed the technology that utilizes sound waves and pours the beer under pressure,” Petracca says. “What we’ve done is make the foam taste delicious.”

The campaign kicked off on Indiegogo, making a quarter million dollars. The pair found success elsewhere as well, specifically on ABC’s Shark Tank. “It was a tremendous experience,” Petracca recalls. “We ended up doing one of the highest deals ever on the history of the show with Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.” 

All of this has been done out of the Garden State. “We’re proud to be born and raised in New Jersey,” Petracca states before giving us a demonstration, which can be seen in the video above!

To learn more, click here.

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Sal Zurzolo on the Garden State Comic Fest

Sal Zurzolo, co-founder of the Garden State Comic Fest, joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss the convention hitting the Mennen Arena in Morristown on July 8 and 9.

Zurzolo says that his business partner David O’Hare thought it would be a great idea if New Jersey had its very own Comic-Con. So, they launched their first show in January, 2014. “It was a big success, so we built from there,” he states.

What is there to see at the Garden State Comic Fest? “Let’s start with the comic books,” Zurzolo says. “We pride ourselves in being a real comic book convention.” Vendors sell comics ranging from Golden Age to modern.

There is also a great following from the cosplay community. “It’s not just superhero costumes,” Zurzolo says. “You never know what you’re going to see.”

People from all over are coming to this New Jersey event. Click here to get tickets.

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