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U Drive. U Text. U Pay Campaign Across New Jersey

With April coming to a close #HipNJ wanted to acknowledge the month-long law enforcement campaign against texting and driving. U Drive. U Text. U Pay is a high-visibility campaign combining intense anti-texting law enforcement with media coverage and advertising to alert people to the dangers of distracted driving.

Other high-profile campaigns like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click-it or Ticket have had positive results with significant overall reduction in related violations and subsequent accidents.

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic, being cited as a major factor in over 804,000 car accidents in the State of New Jersey in a four-year period from 2011-2015. Distracted driving includes driving while texting but also includes activities such as eating, grooming, navigation by mobile devices, adjusting the radio, talking to passengers, etc.

New Jersey is one of only a few states to receive funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the purposes of awarding grants to local law enforcement agencies. The agencies that participate are rewarded with funds based on size and need.

With the busy and fast-paced nature of our lives, it’s easy to use driving time as “down time” but it’s important to remember to stay focused. Gary Poedubicky, acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway and Traffic Safety, says that:

“driver inattention remains the single biggest reason behind most traffic accidents…with texting and talking as the leading contributing factor”

He also mentions that the focus of the campaign was definitely enforcement. The funds allocated to over 200 police departments statewide were for enforcement overtime with written citations being the main focus.

The campaign extended through the first three weeks in April. You can ensure your safety, and that of your driving record, by putting the phone down and keeping your eyes on the road.

Keep coming back to HipNewJersey.com for more local initiatives and updates on everything in our home state!

Recap: NCAA Final Four Party at Jersey City’s Harborside Venue

The Harborside in Jersey City hosted a party for the finale of March Madness and #HipNJ has the scoop on all of the action.

On Saturday March 31st, the trendy venue broadcast the NCAA Final Four on 20-foot screens for attendees who are die-hard basketball fans. For more sports action, guests enjoyed fun games including beer pong, cornhole, giant chess in addition to music that played all night long!

The Lutze – Harborside’s waterfront biergarten – provided a full bar for the event. Popular food vendors included Piggyback Bar, Glazed & Confused, Cheezen, Canteen to Go, Pizza Vita, Chavas Empanadas, Salt and Seed, Incrediballs, and more.

Although March Madness has concluded, the Harborside in Jersey City regularly hosts great local events, like the upcoming JC Beer Fest on Saturday April 21st.

Be sure to keep coming back to HipNewJersey.com for more great events and coverage on trendy happenings around the state!

The Zaferon Grill Celebrates its First Anniversary!

The Zaferon Grill in Verona is celebrating its one-year anniversary with new menu additions, an open house and fun giveaways to thank their patrons for a great first year. The elegant restaurant has been a welcomed addition to the town’s dining scene. First-time restauranteur and owner, Soody Nelson, would like to pay the community back for their wholehearted support.

The bistro features refined Mediterranean-American cuisine with a hint of Persian influence to reflect Nelson’s personal heritage and culture. Dinner and weekend brunch is made from quality ingredients utilizing wild-caught fish and organic meats, poultry and produce for the best possible quality food experience.

In addition to food preparation, Nelson focuses on the dining space as an integral part of the experience. Applying a neutral color palate to the backdrop of the restaurant soothes guests and highlights the vibrant photo murals containing Saffron Crocus flowers, the namesake of the Zaferon Grill and producer of the signature spice in Persian cuisine – saffron.

There will be a yummy anniversary offer for guests patronizing the restaurant between Friday, April 13th and Wednesday, April 18th. Guest who purchase an entrée have their choice of a free dessert including Lime Tart, Dulce De Leche, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Crème Brulee or the day’s Gelato and Sorbet.

New menu additions from Executive Chef Luis Andres Ramirez Villarroel include special tapas offerings available Tuesday – Thursday, a Thursday ‘Guy’s Night’ for steak specials and more seafood options. And don’t forget their beloved weekend brunch that includes breakfast options like Challah French toast, Farmer’s Market Frittata and much more!

The open house and anniversary party will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting, complimentary cocktails, special desserts, giveaways and delicious treats from the menu. Verona Mayor Kevin Ryan and Director of Administration & Economic Development Steven J. Neale will be in attendance to support Nelson on her successful first year.

If you haven’t visited the Zaferon Grill yet, this is the perfect opportunity to experience what everyone has been raving about. Be sure to join #HipNJ in supporting this fun week of celebration and sophisticated cuisine!