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36th Annual Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning

Hip New Jersey attended the 36th Annual Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning that took place at Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J. from July 27-29. This festival featured a wide variety of vendors, food/drink options, attractions, live performances and of course, the balloon launches.

The event included various sponsors such as PNC Bank, Progressive, Lenovo and Playstation among others. Furthermore, many sponsors offered a wide variety of food and drink options throughout the event such as Pepsi, Snapple, Bimbo, Fairlife, Red Bull, Perdue and many more. There were also a wide variety of arts & crafts, non-profits and other vendors present as well.

In addition, the event offered a wide variety of amusement rides such as a ferris wheel, carousel and slides to name a few. Also, throughout the weekend human cannonballs joined the fun as well as a juggler and magician. The festival had live performances each day such as Chuck Schubert, Oasis as well as karaoke for guests.

The balloons started to launch at 6:30p.m. each day as well as at 6:30a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the course of the next hour, around 100 balloons ascended and filled the sky. Some of these balloons included: Wonder, RE/MAX, Garden Spot Village, PNC Bank, Captain America and Elvis. When the majority of the balloons had launched, they made for a very photogenic, nice backdrop against the summer skies.

Following the balloon launch, there was a concert and fireworks two of the three days. The big name artists included Andy Grammer, Lifehouse and Credence Clearwater Revisited and played for around an hour. Finally, the spectacular fireworks ended off the nights with around a half hour long firework display.

For more information on this year’s balloon festival, click here!

Hip New Jersey Episode 4: Ocean Place Resort and Spa

Meet all of your Hip New Jersey needs by watching and streaming exclusive content on HomeTowne Television® and NJ on Air!

Throughout July, Hip New Jersey can be seen on HomeTowne Television®! Most noteworthy, this local cable station reaches over half a million homes in the Garden State! You can watch #HipNJ every Tuesday at 3 p.m., Wednesday at 11 a.m. and also Friday at 8 p.m. on Verizon 33 & Comcast 36.

Similarly, you can stream Hip New Jersey anytime on the NJ on Air app! NJ on Air is a free service which is now available to download on iOS, Android, Kindle, and also Roku.

Hosted from Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, this month’s episode features Lisa Marie Latino‘s sit down with Jason Underberg and Brian Kovener, co-founders of VUE Magazine. The trio chats about how VUE Magazine got its start and what the publication is all about. In addition, it discusses how VUE Magazine is staying ahead of the market!

Other segments on this latest installment include the 50th Anniversary of Jersey City sweet treat shop, Torico’s Ice Cream; the West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual Awards Dinner, hosted from The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange; St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Fashion with Compassion, hosted from The Rockleigh Country Club. Finally, it features an interview and performance by The Happy Fits.

For more information, visit HometowneTV.org and NJOnAir.com.

Rowan University Receives NSF Grant for Summer STEM Program

Rowan University received a grant of over $360,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at the school in Glassboro for three summers.

The program is open to undergraduates students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. It also focuses on three groups: underrepresented populations in STEM, first-generation college students, and undergraduates without research opportunities. Dr. Mark Byrne, professor and  Department of Biomedical Engineering head and Dr. Mary Staehle, associate professor and undergraduate program chair, head the program.

“It is so important that we offer access to unique educational experiences to students from underserved populations,” said Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “This program will take already gifted students and ignite their passion for scientific discovery.”

Students will conduct research with Rowan professors as well as physicians. This research includes: creating materials for medical devices that mimic biology and finding safer, more effective ways to deliver medicines. In addition, they hope to study and possibly treat Alzheimer’s disease among other brain and cardiovascular diseases.

The summer program accepts 10 students each year for a 10-week, $5,000 position from May through July. Rowan will also provide housing for at the Rowan Boulevard Apartments.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Rowan University 19th of Northern Regional Universities and also third among the public institutions. In addition, the College of Engineering is ranked 32nd nationally among master’s level programs and the Chemical Engineering Program is ranked third.

Dr. Mark Byrne says, “We have a mission to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers. This type of program will do precisely that, and we have a great team of faculty who are best in their fields to train them.”

For more information on the Summer STEM Program, visit Rowan’s website here.