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National Hazelnut Cake Day.

By Andrea Fasciano

June 1st is National Hazelnut Cake Day. It is commonly celebrated by indulging and giving in to our inner temptations for sweets, whether we are carefully watching our diets or not. This national tradition lured me into discovering the best places in New Jersey to help satisfy my craving.

Sometimes cooking is a hassle. However, there are many great places to buy Hazelnut cake. So, for all the Hazelnut Cake lovers out there, here are some bakeries around the Garden State that offer this delicious cake.

AsaltandButtery, Caldwell

Cocoa Bakery, Jersey City

Gencarelli’s Bakery, Wayne

Sweet Love and Cake Bakery, Glen Rock

Memorial Day Weekend Social Recap

Friday, May 27th

Seaside Heights launches into Memorial Day Weekend with free concert performance of Bret Michaels on the beach. The vibrant performance exceeded over 1,000 attendants.

The Goo Goo Dolls helped kick of the weekend in Point Pleasant with their performance on the beach for the 95.5 PLJ Summer Kick-Off at Jenkinsons Event

Chris Christie enjoyed a walk on Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights boardwalks. The New Jersey Governor celebrated the holiday weekend by taking pictures with citizens and taking part in some of the boardwalk games.

5,000 beach balls glided around Atlantic City Boardwalk in celebration of the start of summer

Saturday, May 28th

The Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival at Monmouth Park consisted of approximately 50 food trucks offering a variety of options for all attending. Some of the selections included pizza, cheesesteaks, hot dogs and sausage. For dessert, attendees enjoyed Coldstone Creamery, cheesecake and Italian ice.

Sunday, May 29th

The sky burst with radiant soaring kites for Wildwoods International Kite Festival, featuring competitions, kite auctions, and kite exhibits

Happy kite festival day!!!! #memorialday#weekend#wildwood#nj#vacation#is#on

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The Seaport Craft Show in Highlands, NJ in which distinctive crafts and jewelry were put on display and purchased.

Monday, May 30th

The Turtle Back Zoo celebrates the beginning of summer with the grand opening of their butterfly exhibit.


#HIPNJ Goes to Prom!

By Lydia Arevalo

Wake up and smell the hairspray ladies (and gentlemen), it’s prom season!

Whether or not your high school days are over, you probably understand the hype around prom. It’s a celebration; a one last hoorah for high school seniors who, in a couple of months, will move onto things bigger and better things. To the class of 2016: I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. To the classes in years to come: I hope you’re ready!

As a recent prom-goer and soon to be graduate myself, I would like to share just a few reasons why prom is truly the night of all nights.

The Anticipation
Prom can be stressful and as silly as that sounds, I am certain that I’m not alone in saying that. For me, prom night started at the beginning of the year, when I realized that picking my dream dress could have been a nightmare. Although the first dress I tried on wasn’t the one I took home, thanks to the The Fig Leaf in Maywood, I found my dress in no time: a black jersey two two-piece with beaded bust and lace-up back. (I know, I can’t believe I went with black either).

The Pampering
My favorite part of prom was going out and getting both my hair and makeup done. I spent countless hours scrolling through pintrest and instagram finding the perfect look. I wanted to be different, but with that came a price. I went to countless hair salons in the weeks before prom before I found a stylist enthusiastic about my vision. The stylist at Salon Toujours in Ridgewood really took the time to get to know my hair and the hairstyle I wanted just so she could make sure it came out perfect—and luckily, it did. As for my makeup, I went to a trusted family friend at Perfect Image Salon in Rochelle Park.

The Night Itself
After months of planning, I was glad to find out that all my stress lead to a night full of incredible memories. Prom was beautiful (shout out to Seasons in Westwood). My friends and I took pictures until our cheeks hurt from smiling so much, danced until our shoes had to come off, and ate until we were afraid our dresses would rip (I wish I was kidding). There are many ways prom can be fun and unforgettable and I’m definitely glad I spent mine the way I did.

Prom is a special, once in a lifetime thing. I hope you all make the most of it.