Phil Simms Roast for St. Anthony’s High School

Football fans all over the world are used to seeing New York Giants legend (and Franklin Lakes resident) Phil Simms serve as a hard-hitting color analyst for the NFL on CBS, but they’ve NEVER seen him like this!

Phil was roasted by his former Big Blue teammates to raise money and awareness for St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City at JC’s Casino in the Park. The charity event- which raised more than $100,000!- was attended by over 400 people, including many Giants among men: Howard Cross, Phil McConkey, Brad Benson, Bart Oates and Jim Burt.

“We’re here to bury Phil Simms, to knock him into next week”, Phil McConkey joked.  “But we’re also here to make sure that the school lasts for a long, long time.” 

St. Anthony’s is best known for its basketball program, led by Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley.  Despite the school’s success, they must stage fundraising efforts year-round to keep its doors open.

Last year, Phil attended the roast of NBA coach PJ Carlesimo, and volunteered to be roasted in 2014 because “it’s the least I can do for a man like Coach Hurley”.  (Fun fact: Newark’s Shaquille O’Neal has also raised awareness for St. Anthony’s!)

Attendee Dennis Gibbons summed up the event- and it’s ties to the Garden State- best: “People in New Jersey resonate to the Giants, they resonate to St. Anthony’s, they resonate to winners…and that’s what New Jersey is all about!”

For more on St. Anthony’s High School, visit their website or call 201-653-5143.

#HipNJWeddings: Bridal Shower Trends at Cielo


Your grandmother’s Sunday brunch bridal showers are a thing of the past.  #HipNJ brides are now incorporating tradition with a fun night out with the women they love!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently celebrated her bridal shower at Fairfield hotspot Cielo.  While the modern Italian fare (rock shrimp arrabiatta, orecchetta w/sausage & cauliflour, and chicken scarpiello) satisfied all generations, the Friday night soiree’s standouts were the custom cocktails (“The Lisatini!”), music and dancing.

Lisa Marie enjoyed her night so much, she had to sit down with Cielo owner Chef Anthony Pucciarello for #HipNJWeddings.  Lisa Marie discovered that #HipNJ brides are flocking to Chef Anthony’s old school-meets-new world experience; bridal showers make up 80% of their private parties!

Cielo’s other standouts include the beautiful bar area, which boasts ornate ceilings and granite countertops.  Chef Anthony’s signature “Inside-Out Meatball” is a must-have (yes, it’s a meatball filled with spaghetti, tomato and basil!)  And no #HipNJ‘er can resist the “Dirty Jersey” martini!

To book a bridal shower, or to make a reservation for dinner, call 973.808.1414 or visit their website.

Smythe Volvo Summit Grand Opening

Recently, we welcomed Smythe Volvo Summit to the #HipNJ neighborhood!

Smythe Volvo Summit’s grand opening celebration was fitting for their 46,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art dealership and showroom (which is one of the largest Volvo retailers in the country!)

The event featured a selection of Volvo models, from the Jakob to the latest 2015 V60.  Guests sipped on cocktails provided by Hanger 1 Vodka Bar– courtesy of PURE Restaurant and Lounge– and snacked on light hors d’oeuvres provided by The Brownstone.  Madison High School‘s jazz and funk group, “Rhythm for Real,” provided groovin’ music to set the mood.

In addition to the classic cars, a number of Volvo executives from all over the globe were present, including Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO Volvo Car Group and Tony Nicolosi, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America.

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia spoke to members of the Smythe Volvo Summit family, including the President of Smythe Volvo Summit, Kevin Flanagan, and his father, Sean Flanagan Sr., who had been waiting for this day for 46 years!

Said Sean:  “We are happiest of all because this is a dream come true for us.  We have worked on this now for a number of years. We have been in Summit since 1966, and this is just our newest endeavor.”

Smythe Volvo Summit’s facility features lavish amenities such as a larger waiting room, indoor service drive and a full indoor pre-owned showroom. The addition of a larger showroom will allow for a larger display of Volvo cars, so customers will get to sample a wide range of options.

Not only does Smythe Volvo Summit have a passion for customer service, but they also strive to better the environment.  With the new installation of a solar roof over their parking garage, Smythe Volvo Summit is reducing their carbon footprint as well as decreasing their electricity intake.

For more information on Smythe Volvo Summit, visit their website or call (908) 273-4200.

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