Category Archives: Garden State Living

Hip New Jersey spotlights the businesses and communities that are making the Garden State fabulous!


Crowley Cupcakes

Peel off the patterned paper and prepare to enjoy fluffy, sweet and smooth goodness with sprinkles on top at Madison‘s Crowley Cupcakes.

Serving the community sweetly, Crowley Cupcakes churns out between 300 and 1,00 cupcakes daily…not to mention their other delectable desserts, including all-American cookie favorites, specialty breads, cinnamon rolls and brownies!

Inspired by owner Bridget Crowley’s love for baking, Crowley’s operates under the mantra: love and cupcakes are all you need.

“I felt I needed to keep it simple, something that I always loved. I took all the old fashioned recipes from all the different places I’ve made cakes from in the past,” Bridget said.

Crowley doesn’t have a culinary degree, but her shop’s success is an even greater demonstration of her skill and passion.

Beyond the Crowley’s kitchen, pulling up a seat to Bridget Crowley’s dinner table, she joked that her kids say dinner isn’t guaranteed, but dessert is always on the menu!

Send two…or two dozen over our way!

For more information on Crowley Cupcakes, visit them at 7 Waverly Place, Madison or


The Connie Dwyer Breast Center’s Dr. Nadine Pappas

It’s #hip to be #healthy, and #HipNJ is helping fight breast cancer by celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center!

Founded in October 2004, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility providing expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Further, the Center stresses prevention, early detection, and educational outreach programs in northern New Jersey.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat with Dr. Nadine Pappas, the center’s medical director and chief breast surgeon, and got to know the amazing woman who is saving so many Garden State lives.

In 2012, Dr. Pappas left her private practice and came to the center because she was so moved by its mission.

“There are a lot of women in our community who are having a hard time getting access to healthcare,” Dr. Pappas said. “At The Connie Dwyer Breast Center, we can do what we need for these women.”

The Connie Dwyer Breast Center provides access to charity care, and have the ability to get patients on a Medicaid program through the state of New Jersey. Their program “In the Pink” ensures that anyone can get their mammogram screenings and (if needed) biopsies, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Connie Dwyer Breast Center provides all-encompassing support for their patients. They take them through the whole medical process, from diagnosis to treatment to maintenance. They have social workers and counseling for mental and spiritual guidance. The Connie Dwyer Breast Center even offers wigs and breast prosthesis bras to help patients look and feel their best during treatment!  All of this is done in a bright, cheerful setting with friendly, knowledgable staff.

“There are many “boutique centers” in affluent communities. However, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center has everything and more that those centers can offer,” Dr. Pappas boasts.

Dr. Pappas believes the center is going to continue to grow its impact on Newark and the surrounding communities.

“We’ve expanded our team, implemented longer office hours, and now have satellite offices in Belleville and West Orange.   We’ve also added the latest technology, including our 3-D Tomosynthesis mammography.”

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paper mill playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse Visionaries Gala

Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn hosted its largest fundraising event of the year, the “Visionaries Gala”, at the Hilton Short Hills#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon chatted up the evening’s A-list attendees, including Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, Kim Guadagno!

Over 400 of the community’s elite came out to this black-tie affair.  Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, a silent auction and (of course!) Broadway entertainment, courtesy of Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin and students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Arts Education programs.

“I love the theatre, I love the arts, and I love how all these people are here to celebrate the Paper Mill and all the wonderful things they do,” said Governor Tom Kean, one of the night’s honorees.  Since becoming New Jersey’s 48th Governor, he has had a long-standing commitment to Paper Mill Playhouse and the arts in New Jersey.

Paper Mill also celebrated Mickey McNany with the Byrne/Kean Arts Advocate Award, in recognition of her retirement, 30 years of teaching and service to the community.

“It’s such a joy to watch the theatre school grow from eight children to over 500 that we have today, plus classes for children with special needs,” exclaimed Mickey.

“New Jersey has an incredibly thriving arts community,” boasted Mark S. Hoebee, producing artistic director for the Paper Mill.  “From Cape May all the way to the New York border, there are countless arts organizations, theaters, dance companies, museums.”

Famed actor Charles Shaughnessy (“The Nanny”), who recently completed a fantastic run of “Ever After” at the Paper Mill, reflected on his time living in #HipNJ!

“What’s not to like about New Jersey?  It’s a bit like Los Angeles; people give it a bad rap but it’s a really nice place!  I get the train every day from here to New York for rehersal, and I go through Maplewood and South Orange…it’s really beautiful!”

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