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Gretchen Burman on Character U

Founder of Character U Gretchen Burman joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss teaching elementary aged children the power of positive self-talk.

Burman’s book, The Adventures of Ooga and Zeeta, uses stories to bring twelve character concepts that she created called, The 12 Cs, to life.

There are two relatable characters, positive Green Glory and negative Red Rant that help children understand the power of their thoughts and how they can change from negative to positive.

“I would love for this to be a TV show someday,” Burman says. “That would be my dream.” To learn more, click here.

Memorial Day Weekend in #HipNJ

Memorial Day is right around the corner. Still not sure where to celebrate? #HipNJ has got you covered. Here are some of the best places in New Jersey to celebrate this weekend.


 The Headliner (Neptune)

Pork Roll Festival (Trenton)



 The Headliner (Neptune)

Oasis Pool & Day Club (Neptune)

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (Atlantic City)

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (Atlantic City)


Avenue Beach Club (Long Branch)

Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair (Woodland Park)


Crystal Springs Resort *for the golfers out there* (Hamburg)

Book your tee time here.


Dr. Stuart Geffner on “Live From Surgery”

Dr. Stuart Geffner, Director of Transplant Surgery at RWJBarnabas Health, met with Steve Adubato on “One-on-One” to discuss the “Live from Surgery” program at Liberty Science Center.

“Live from Surgery” is an interactive program offering students a unique opportunity to peer into an operating room and interact with medical experts. This powerful learning experience exposes students to careers in biotechnology and medical science. “It’s an absolutely spectacular program,” Geffner said.

Sessions include:

  • Cardiac/Valve Surgery
    • Heart Transplant/VAD
    • Kidney Transplant
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
    • Neonatal Surgery
    • Neurosurgery
    • Robotic Surgery

To learn more, click here.