Tag Archives: West Orange

The Wilshire Grand Hotel

The Wilshire Grand Hotel Honored As Business of the Year!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is among the honorees being celebrated at the West Orange Chamber of Commerce 20th Anniversary annual awards dinner on May 9th!

#HipNJ will be at The Wilshire Grand Hotel to honor exceptional community members from the business community, Fire Department, Police Department and Board of Education. Philip Alagia, chief of staff to Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County executive, will be the evening’s Keynote speaker.

The honorees include:

Business of the Year
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Educator of the Year
Gerard Frank

Police Officer of the Year
Officer Jeffrey James
Officer Sebastian deLeon

Firefighter of the Year
Captain George Hesse
Firefighter Patrick McGovern
Firefighter Craig Vanderhoof
Acting Captain Matthew Keenan
Firefighter Nicholas Manzella

For more information, visit WestOrangeChamber.com.

hometowne television

Watch Hip New Jersey on Hometowne Television

Starting in March, Hip New Jersey can be seen on HomeTowne Television®, a local cable station that reaches over half a million homes in the Garden State! You can watch #HipNJ every Tuesday at 9pm, every Wednesday at 11am and every Friday at 5pm.

Our first episode features the Garden State’s leading “mompreneurs.” A mompreneur is a super woman that does it all, from succeeding in a fulfilling career to maintaining a fully functional household. Guests include:

  • Mallika Malhotra of MikiFoto.com
  • Jennifer Brosnick of TheMindfulFamily.com
  • Betty Galvan of MyFriendBettySays.com
  • Maggie Zachary of Beautycounter.com
  • Danielle Forte, Creative Director of 828 Clothing and wife of New York Jets star Matt Forte
  • Dina El Nabli – Editorial Director of New Jersey Family Magazine
  • Andi Pasquin – Home Mortgage Consultant, Wells Fargo
  • And last but certainly not least, our inaugural episode features an exclusive interview with THE Bobbi Brown, makeup mogul and creative director of The George Inn in Montclair.

#HipNJ co-founders Maria Falzo and Lisa Marie Latino serve as the episode’s hosts. 

HTTV is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit cable access station that broadcasts on Comcast TV 36 and Verizon TV 33. It serves as a hyper-local media outlet (broadcast and web) for immediate and surrounding communities. HTTV’s broadcast signal reaches parts of Essex, Morris, Somerset, and Union County— a total of 32 towns with a population of over a half a million.

Specific towns include: Berkeley Heights, Millburn/Short Hills, New Providence, Springfield, Summit, Bernards Twp, Chatham Boro, Chatham Twp, Cranford, East Hanover, Florham Park, Harding, Hillside, Kenilworth, Livingston, Long Hill Twp, Madison, Maplewood, Mendham, Mendham Twp, Morris Plains, Morristown, Mountainside, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, South Orange, Warren, Westfield, West Orange and Union Twp.

For more information, visit HometowneTV.org.

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.