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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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Childhood Friend of Christina Grimmie Shares Memories of Late Singer (HipNJ Exclusive)

By Kenneth Barilari

Singer Christina Grimmie of Marlton was fatally shot on Friday night after performing at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida. #HipNJ had the opportunity to speak with her childhood friend and next door neighbor, Kristen, about her memories with the singer.

Grimmie started posting covers of popular songs on YouTube in 2009 and quickly gained popularity. In 2014, she auditioned for The Voice with a stunning rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” that made all four judges turn their chairs. She joined Adam Levine’s team and finished the competition in 3rd place.

THE VOICE -- "Live Finale" Episode 621B -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Christina Grimmie -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

THE VOICE — “Live Finale” Episode 621B — Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Christina Grimmie — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

 

In February and March 2016, Grimmie opened for Rachel Platten on her Wildfire Tour, where she performed songs from her latest EP, Side A.

Kristen said they both attended Vacation Bible School growing up, where they would rehearse Bible songs together. Grimmie was always performing in their hometown, “whether it was in a basement or a bar,” making it clear that singing was her passion from a young age.

Grimmie attended Cherokee High School, where she sang in the choir and participated in Cherokee Idol, the school’s annual singing competition.

When Grimmie joined The Voice, “the whole town was behind her,” Kristen said of their hometown. She said that the singer received tremendous support every step of the way.

Grimmie has given the world a ton of memorable performances, both on The Voice and on her own YouTube channel. Her cover of “Party in the U.S.A” has become her widely popular on YouTube, with over 12.5 million views to date.

Kristen recalled one song that stood out to her, Grimmie’s cover of David Guetta and Sia’s “Titanium.”

“It made me melt. It was incredible,” Kristen said. Grimmie’s cover of “Titanium” now has over 18 million views.

When she first heard the news of Christina’s injuries that would later become fatal, Kristen could not believe it. “I woke up to my phone blowing up with the news. It was devastating. I’m still in shock I cannot believe she’s gone,” she said.

Flowers and pictures have been placed around the Fallen Chief Memorial and Marlton will hold a candlelight vigil in the singer’s honor tonight.

When asked how people that knew Christina would describe her in three words, Kristen responded, “Talented, kindhearted, and independent.” Christina Grimmie’s talent and compassionate heart will be remembered always, and her voice will live on through the memories she gave to both her fans and those who had the opportunity to get to know her.