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Jersey Residents Gain Exposure – Weekend Recap

Another weekend has gone by as we move into the halfway point of #Summer2016 and the #GardenState is nothing short of exciting! #HipNJ has the updates that will surely keep you in high spirits as August approaches in our weekend recap. This weekend, a lot of New Jersey residents were making headlines. Here’s why.

Friday, June 22nd

There must be something in the water in New Jersey – Pittstown’s Adele Dunlap recently earned the title of America’s oldest living resident. Born on December 12, 1902, Dunlap holds the record by a couple of months at 113 years old and has spent each of those years in New Jersey.

Youngsters have also been earning coverage. We forgot to mention in our guide to Jersey’s Olympic athletes that of the 555 Americans going to Rio de Janeiro in less than two weeks, the two youngest females reside here. We like to start them early. The first is 16-year-old gymnast Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge. One of the few Olympians born in 2000, she’s a major contender to medal whereas her scores have bested those of the world’s top female gymnasts. Also making her Olympic debut is Dunnell’s Sydney McLaughlin, also 16, a hurdler and sprinter. A few months older than Hernandez, she is the youngest American track and field athlete to qualify for the games since 1972. She’ll turn 17 in Rio, so hopefully a golden gift awaits.

Saturday, June 23rd

Comedian Julia Scotti, 63, of Whiting came to the Bananas Comedy Club in Hasbrouck Heights on Saturday. But Scotti isn’t an ordinary comedian; she’s a male-to-female transgender whose out to prove that age and other barriers shouldn’t hold you back from pursuing your dream. Oh, and she’s a quarter finalist on the current season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Check out the show in the coming weeks to see what she’s all about!

We met Julia Scotti after her performance tonight! #juliascotti #americasgottalent #bananascomedyclub

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It doesn’t take long to realize this summer heat is among the hottest #NJ has had in previous years – all you have to do is walk outside. Saturday was probably the peak of this heatwave, with some areas reaching the 100 degree mark. Don’t let the heat deter you, though; go out, cool off and make the most of it!

Sunday, June 24th

You can’t turn on the news without hearing about the upcoming presidential election. Because of controversial candidates and the rise of social media, there is more hype than ever around this election. Although the Democratic National Convention didn’t start until today in Philadelphia, Jersey democrats decided to kick things off with a convention of their own aboard the Battleship New Jersey on Sunday night. Those in attendance included more than a thousand democratic leaders, delegates and officials.

Senate President Sweeney kicks of #demconvention in style on #battleshipnewjersey #camden #newjersey.

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Popular hard rock band Guns N’ Roses tore the house down in the second of two nights at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium as part of their Not in This Lifetime… Tour.

@gunsnroses crushed the NY area this past weekend! Reunited and better than ever! #gunsnroses #gnr #notinthislifetime

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Weekend Recap: Jersey is the Ultimate Concert Destination

This summer heat wave is pretty intense, but that certainly hasn’t stopped concert tours from passing through the #GardenState! Billboard chart-toppers seemed to be running rapid all weekend long. Leave it to #HipNJ to keep you posted in case you missed something in our weekend recap!

Friday, July 15th

Let’s first recap the weekend for those who couldn’t make it to a #NJ concert. This summer, Jersey shore water appears to be clearer than ever and it really came to the attention of many moving into this weekend. The phenomenon is influenced by the amount of rain the state gets and the strength of the wind. But don’t let yourself get hung up on the facts because this may not be ever-lasting. Go out and enjoy the aqua-green tinted water before it’s too late!

Justin Bieber returned to Jersey just two weeks after his Newark show in the current leg of the Purpose World Tour. But this time he visited Atlantic City – he wanted to see the clear shore water, too! Boardwalk Hall was lit up as the superstar performed the set list that we just never seem to get tired of.

Saturday, July 16th

Do you remember when…The Beach Boys wowed audiences decades ago? Oh, wait, they still do! The iconic rock group showed that they still have it in them on Saturday night at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove.

Keith Urban really brought the fire with him at his concert on Saturday night as part of his ripCORD World Tour. No, really, a food truck fire plagued the PNC Bank Arts Center earlier in the day. The concert went on, nevertheless. And the way fans see it, the fire was just a foreshadowing of the awesome show that he would later put on.


Sunday, July 17th

Vans Warped Tour is back this summer and it made its stop in Jersey on Sunday. This tour is the Super Bowl for rock fans. How could it not be? With appearances by top-name bands such as Good Charlotte and American Authors, what rock fan wouldn’t be rushing to get front and center?

Speaking of the Super Bowl, remember Coldplay’s awe-inspiring performance at Super Bowl 50 earlier this year? The British rock group brought that same showmanship and energy on the second of two nights at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. East Rutherford was just the first stop on the American leg of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour in support of their latest studio album of the same name.

She ran away in her sleep, and dreamed of paradise ✨ #coldplay #takemeback

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Special Olympics of New Jersey Snow Bowl 2016

It’s time for the tenth annual Special Olympics of New Jersey Snow Bowl!

Hip New Jersey recently joined local fire and police officers at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, home of the New York Giants.  Everyone teamed up to donate their time (and a few throws) to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

The SONJ mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Steven Rogers, a Nutley Police Department participant told Hip New Jersey, “God has given me so much in my life and it’s very important that I give back”.

Chief Larry Minda of the East Rutherford PD spoke to the cameras, “All you’ve got to do is look at kids. Look at kids who don’t have what you have and maybe need that extra opportunity. We’re a bunch of old guys out here having the time of our life playing and if we can do something that gives them that opportunity and those special days, you know what, it’s a great feeling”.

This is the tenth year that the New York Giants Snow Bowl is being held. The first year there were only fourteen teams participating. This year there are close to 150 teams supporting the Special Olympics of New Jersey with 24,000 athletes across the state of NJ.  This year, the NY Giants Snow Bowl is hoping to raise half-a-million dollars for the Special Olympics of New Jersey!

For more on the great work of SONJ, visit their website.