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Isadora Williams

Montclair State University’s Isadora Williams at the Winter Olympics

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Isadora Williams, Brazilian figure skating Olympian. While studying at Montclair State University, Williams has been training for the 2018 Winter Olympics, beginning on Friday, February 9th in South Korea.

Isadora spoke about her life as a figure skater in her youth and how her mother’s heritage and her dual citizenship inspired her to represent Brazil now and in the last Winter Olympic Games. “One of my biggest goals was to get the sport to advance in the country,” she said. “There’s so many able athletes but there wasn’t an established program at the time.”

She looks forward to helping them build and expand their team. As a student and athlete, Isadora is keeping herself well-rounded by also working as a coach in between her crazy schedule of studying and training! Isadora described her last time in the Olympics as a “dream come true,” and she is looking forward to building upon the “learning lessons” from 2014 to better her performance this time around.

The Montclair State University community has embraced Isadora’s goal for the gold. She trains at the campus’ Floyd Hall Arena, and classmates have cheered her on throughout her rigorous training schedule and rise to fame. This support has “kept her humble” throughout this exciting journey. 

Be sure to tune into Isadora Williams’ routines this year, and follow her “icecapades” on Twitter and Instagram

Bella's Butterflies

Bella’s Butterflies At The 2018 New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis

#HipNJ‘s own Lisa Marie Latino sits down with Isabella and Connie Masullo to discuss their participation in the 2018 New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis in West Orange. The event will be held at the Clipper Pavilion on May 5, 2018.

At the young age of three, Connie could tell that Bella had trouble walking. After seeing that her daughter was hesitant to put weight on her legs, she brought her for a medical assessment. From the initial round of visits and blood tests, they received a diagnosis of Lyme’s Disease for which Bella received a leg brace. Instead of helping little Bella, the brace made it worse and Connie insisted that she see another specialist. The Pediatric Rheumatologist  finally diagnosed Bella with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis which Connie describes as “devastating”.

It took about eight months to find the right balance of medications, but with Connie’s perseverance and Bella’s inspiring attitude, they managed to find an answer. Connie describes the difference before and after proper medical intervention as being “night and day”. Bella now enjoys her dance competitions and a very active lifestyle. 

The origin of this and other arthritic diseases is still unknown, with doctors and researchers working hard to find a cure. To help raise money for the cause, their team Bella’s Butterflies is participating in the 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis. Bella will be handing out flyers at her school, Jefferson Elementary in Roxbury, to any enthusiastic participants. 

You can join Bella’s Butterflies or donate to the team through the Arthritis Foundation website.

Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Snacks with Cara’s Cucina

Who’s excited for the Super Bowl this year?! While the two ladies featured in this video may not be as thrilled about the matchup as our friends down in South Jersey are, EVERYONE can find one thing in common to root for– the food!

Cara Di Falco of Cara’s Cucina is here with #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino to give you some mobile and sociable recipes from her very own Grid Iron Grub menu! 

3rd and Goal Grilled Cheese
A sophisticated spin on a childhood classic, this tangy, hearty appetizer is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Click here to view the full recipe. More…

Punter’s Potato Skins
These grab-and-go snacks may be small, but they are full of flavor! Get creative with these tasty treats by adding any toppings you want! More… 

End Zone Zabaglione
Don’t be fooled by the name, these citrusy little desserts are easy to make and delicious to eat! More…

For more on Cara and her recipes, visit CaraDiFalco.com.