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Father's Day

Celebrating Father’s Day in #HipNJ

Father’s Day is here!  Whether you want to have a day out with the man of the hour or spend it at home, #HipNJ has got you covered! Here is your New Jersey guide to Father’s Day.

Going Out

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts presents Seussical Jr. at the Hudson Theatre in Hoboken. Tickets are free for dads on Sunday!

Have a delicious Italian meal with the family at Peter’s of Millburn! Check out the menu here.

Head over to iPlay America in Freehold for some family fun.  Plus, dads can ride and eat for free! Download your voucher here.

Visit Amazing Escape Room in Montclair and make your way out of a staged set filled with props, clues, locks and riddles. Dads get in for free on Sunday!

Enjoy the warm weather and head over to Oceanport for Father’s Day at the Racetrack. There will be live music and a Father’s Day Beer Garden!

Staying In

Don’t want to leave the house? Get some snacks and binge-watch  Cobra Kai! Jersey Boy Daniel LaRusso is back in the YouTube Red show based on The Karate Kid film series, taking place 34 years after the original film.

Make one of NJ’s own celebrity chef David Burke‘s favorite recipes. These may be a bit of a challenge, but the effort will be worth it!

Gift Inspiration 

Brooklyn Pizza TourUse promo code “DADLUVSPIZZA” at checkout from now through June 17th and you’ll receive $5 off each ticket. 

So many great artists are coming to NJ venues this summer, so get your dad some tickets to see his favorite at the Prudential Center! U2 will be there on June 29!

Pick up a delish ice cream cake for the Dad with a sweet tooth at Torico Ice Cream in Jersey City!

#HipNJ’s Cutest Tell NBC’s Lester Holt About Their Father’s Day Plans

If all else fails, get some Daddy’s Day inspiration from Watchung Elementary School (Montclair) students! They were recently interviewed by NBC Nightly News about why they love their #1 guy.

View the clip here:

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NBC’s Lester Holt Attends Montclair State University

By: Andrea Fasciano

American journalist and TV anchor Lester Holt recently visited Montclair State University. He received the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year award for the college’s School of Communication and Media. This is an award that recognizes outstanding television professionals.

Holt briefly touched upon how his admiration for broadcasting extends back to his teenaged years. To gain experience, he spent time recording himself with a tape recorder so he could practice his diction. He explained, “I fell in love with journalism and it’s potential for power”. The most difficult part of his career was when he got demoted. However, while this was a minor drawback, it invigorated him to strive and work harder. “I feel so lucky to have this job. You have to want this and you have to have the passion”, he stated to the crowd gathered in the 7th floor conference room of University Hall.

Many students were highly interested in hearing Lester’s outlook on moderating the first presidential debate. Several individuals approached him at the conclusion of the debate praising his performance as a moderator. They also expressed their hopes for him moderating again in the future. He humorously responded, “lose my number”, which sent the audience of staff and students into loud laughter. He mentioned how the debate was so intense that at one point he questioned whether he should leave the two candidates to talk amongst themselves. All in all, being the moderator of the debate seemed completely surreal to him.

He also highlighted some crucial components when it comes to journalism and gave enlightening professional advice to students entering the media industry. Going to smaller markets builds great experience and having mentors will allow you to flourish in the industry. He also urged students, “Be a critical thinker and do a little research”. Being informed leads to having a deeper understanding of what is going on in the world since “education has the power to open our eyes. So it is important to broaden our horizons”.

For more on Montclair State University, visit Montclair.edu.