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Girl Scouts Show Documentary Honoring Hoboken Veterans

Junior Girl Scout Troop 12022 of Hoboken unveiled a documentary celebrating Hoboken Heroes, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

The Hoboken Historical Museum showed the film with admission being a donation to the American Legion Post 107. Their goal is to raise funds to build a new home for the post with six apartments for homeless veterans.

The film is a Bronze Award project the Junior Girl Scouts took on as a way to celebrate local veterans and also share their stories with the wider community.

Furthermore, the 20-minute video took six months to create in total. This was due to the work the girl scouts had to put into it. They reached out to the American Legion Post to identify veterans who wanted to share their stories of service from World War II to today.

Their stories include:

  • Brief respites during long stints in the field
  • Living communistically, by sharing food, during a war against communism
  • Dodging bullets during the Tet Offensive and learning to do things the Vietnamese way
  • Traveling on a troop transport ship across the Atlantic through storms and torpedoes – and how Frank Sinatra was booed by soldiers for cutting ahead of a line of draftees for the Korean War

To learn more about Hoboken Junior Girl Scout Troop 12022, click here!

Sons of Italy Foundation NELA Gala

29th Annual Sons of Italy Foundation NELA Gala

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino was in Washington D.C. for the 29th Annual Sons of Italy Foundation National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala!

Leaders in military, public service, and non-profit received awards from the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF).  The SIF is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), which is the nation’s largest and oldest organization for people of Italian heritage! 

Over 400 attendees gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel to celebrate the achievements of the night’s honorees! The honorees include Rear Admiral Margaret DeLuca “Peg” Klein (U.S. Navy, Ret.), Honorable Jessica Garfola Wright (Major General, Ret.), and Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s president & CEO Tony Cancelosi.

Previous SIF honorees include; President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro; Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, entertainers; Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Annette Funicello, Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise; and sports legends; Mario Andretti, Geno Auriemma and Tommy LaSorda.

In addition,  the SIF awarded 11 highly selective scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students of Italian descent.  These scholarships were awarded to students who have displayed exemplary academic performance, school leadership, and community service.

Furthermore, for the 15th straight year, actor Joe Mantegna served as the Master of Ceremonies of the NELA Gala. Among the special guests that attended are Joseph Cicippio, Iran hostage survivor and Joseph Cicippio, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Many members of Sons of Italy New Jersey lodges were in attendance, including National 3rd Vice President Robert A. Bianchi, Esq. of Morris Plains! 

Adding to the festive mood were performances by tenor Michael Amante and opera singer Maria Fassio Pignati.

Special guests at the NELA Gala included veterans, wounded soldiers, and their families.  The SIF recognized these servicemen and women for their duty to our country at the gala.  

Over the past years the NELA gala has raised more than $33 million for those serving our country.  This year a special presentation was given to recognize the SIF’s recent $20,000 donation to Help Our Military Heroes (HOMH)! HOMH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing adaptive minivans to our country’s severely wounded, injured, and ill veterans from their service during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

In a broader sense, the SIF has contributed nearly $165 million to scholarships, medical research, disaster relief efforts, cultural projects, veterans’ causes and other special projects. The proceeds earned from the NELA Gala help to fund the organization’s philanthropy.

For more information, visit OSIA.org.

Metallica, Jeter, E Street Band Miss NJ

Metallica, Jeter, E Street Band & Miss NJ – Weekend Recap

This weekend was jam-packed with “good news” for #HipNJ! While you were busy with Mother’s Day festivities, here’s what you may have missed around the Garden State: 

Pequannock-born Derek Jeter and his family entered Yankee Stadium for his number retirement ceremony to the classic voice of Hoboken native Frank Sinatra! No New York Yankees player will ever again wear the iconic 2 that  DJ’s sported throughout his career. Thanks for the memories, Captain! #Re2pect 


All ready to hit the #MissUSA stage!!!! 💄| @flawlessbyamin 💁🏾| @lalbertluiz

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In other news, Miss New Jersey USA Chhavi Verg was named runner-up in the 2017 Miss USA competition! However, if it were up to some viewers, she would have taken the big prize home. NJ.com has more.


FIGHT 🔥 WITH 🔥 #Metallica #WorldWired #MetAtMetLife

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Enter Sandman! Metallica rocked out MetLife Stadium for a Mother’s Day concert extravaganza. The legendary heavy metal group has been very vocal on how friends in New Jersey helped them get their start!

Finally, congratulations to Rutgers University‘s Class of 2017! They celebrated with a inspirational commencement speech by E Street Band‘s Steven Van Zandt.