Category Archives: Garden State Living

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Acting-A-Part

Lights, camera, action! 

Looking to become the next big name in Hollywood?  Or do you think your child has what it takes to become the next Disney star?  With the help of Acting-A-Part Theater Company, your family’s dreams can become a reality!

HipNJ’s Chris La Forgia recently chatted with program founder and owner, Erika Lupo.  Erika says that her program can be summarized by her company’s slogan:  “Bridging the Gap From School Play to Broadway.”   From television to film, theater classes and more, Acting-A-Part provides all types of acting workshops that fits the student’s needs and desires.  Even if he or she doesn’t walk away a movie star, pupils develop self-confidence, discipline and teamwork skills, essential in succeeding on the “Great White Way” of life.

Acting-A-Part offers a variety of services, including summer camps and birthday parties.  Taking Acting-A-Part’s theater classes will show you or your child the ropes of what it takes to create a show-stopping production, while their film and TV workshops involve shooting on-location.  Students then get to enjoy seeing their work on the big screen, thanks to Acting-A-Part’s relationships with local movie theaters.

Conveniently locate in Ridgewood and Sparta, New Jersey, Erika is striving to make Acting-A-Part a household name around New Jersey and eventually, the country.

For more information, visit their website or call 973.879.3651.

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Females, Football and Philanthropy

Spa treatments, chic boutiques, makeup tutorials…this wasn’t your father’s tailgate party!

Females, Football, and Philanthropy” kicked off Super Bowl weekend in glam style. Powerhouse New Jersey women (and some men!) filled the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, NJ to hobnob with celebrity chefs and CBS Sports Radio personalities (including the night’s emcee, Amy Lawrence, and WFAN’s Janice Kirkel), shop an exclusive silent auction, and sip on custom cocktails by Punzone Vodka. The Wellness Lounge treated guests to massages, chiropractic adjustments, ear candling, and reflexology. And what’s a tailgate party without some football?  Players from the New York Sharks, part of the Women’s Football Alliance, showed guests how to toss a football, hit a target, suit up and have lots of fun!

“Females, Football & Philanthropy” was all to benefit the American Cancer Society, and honored a courageous group of local women that won their battle against their illness.  Honorees included actress Regina Taylor; Annie Del Moro; Andrea Raynor, author and 9/11 chaplain; Nicole McGrath, DDS, founder of the KinderSmile Foundation; Pamela Pecs Citron, founder of Pendo Systems, Inc.; and Deb Belfatto, co-founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (North Jersey Chapter).

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia “Glammed up the Ultimate Party for a Cause” by interviewing some of the honorees, attendees, and founder of the event, Allison Sargent.

For more information, visit Females, Football & Philanthropy on the web!

Governor Richard J. Codey

Not many people express how proud they are of their hometowns quite like Governor Richard J. Codey.  The Orange, New Jersey native and the Garden State’s 53rd governor sat down with HipNJ’s  Lisa Marie Latino to give her a “slice” of his home town.

In his 30 plus years in the legislature, Governor Codey has become one of New Jersey’s fiercest mental health advocates, spearheading countless improvements that have led to better mental health care throughout the state of New Jersey.  He also passed the the Smoke-free Air Act, which banned the use of tobacco products indoors.  

When he’s not busy fighting for the rights of New Jersey’s citizens, he’s running his family’s funeral home, with locations in Caldwell and Boonton.  You can also find him coaching sports and relaxing with his beloved family.

Governor Codey entertained us at his favorite Orange hangout, Star Tavern “World Famous” Pizzeria.   Find out now how growin’ up Jersey helped shape him into the man he is today.