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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!

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Celebrating Columbus Day in #HipNJ

The Morris County Columbus Day Parade Awards Dinner celebrated some of #HipNJ‘s best and brightest Italian-Americans.

The affair was held on Friday, October 7th at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover. Music was provided by Tony Fusco with Frank and Friends under the musical direction of John Oddo. They performed a rousing tribute to the late great chairman of the board, Hoboken’s own Frank Sinatra.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino got to chat with the 2016 honorees. Get to know them by watching the videos below!

Grand Marshal – Teresa Priolo, Reporter and Anchor, Fox 5 News

Man of the Year – William Barrett, Esq., Mandelbaum Salsburg

Woman of the Year – Karen Casalaro, Founder, Halos for Angels

Entrepreneur of the Year – Angelo Sansano, Henry O’Baker Insurance Agency

Humanitarian Award – Father Owen B. Moran, Pastor, of St. Rose Lima Church

“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.