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Orlando Victims and New Jersey Natives

In a weekend marred by tragedy, light is shone as celebrities and public figures who originate from the #GardenState show their support through social media for the Orlando victims and their loved ones.

On Friday night, Christina Grimmie, a former third place finisher on The Voice and native of Marlton, was shot dead while signing autographs after her concert at The Plaza Live in Orlando, FL. She was headlining alongside Before You Exit. Grimmie, 22, was a popular YouTube artist before auditioning for season 6 of The Voice, where she turned all four chairs and ended up on judge Adam Levine’s team.

While her killer’s motive remains unknown, Grimmie has received an outpour of condolences from friends and fellow Jersey-born celebrities. A vigil will be held for her in Marlton on Monday evening.

? #ripchristina

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Following Grimmie’s death, the country woke up Sunday to news of yet another tragedy in the same city. At Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, a gunman opened fire, killing about 50 people and injuring around 50 others. The attack is both the deadliest mass shooting ever to take place in the United States and the deadliest attack ever against the LGBT community. The gunman was killed by the police and there are possible links to ISIS.

Reports have confirmed that a few New Jersey residents were among those murdered. Celebrities native to the Garden State also took to social media to express their condolences to all of the victims and their loved ones.

But even in the midst of the rough weekend, some exciting events were still happening all over.

Friday, June 10th

94.5 PST held its annual Summer Bash Friday in West Windsor at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds. Performers included Fifth Harmony; Charlie Puth; Melanie Martinez; R City; and Troy Sivan.

Saturday, June 11th

Down the shore, the Wildwood Beer Fest was in full swing Saturday afternoon at Fox Park on Ocean Avenue. Both nationally recognized and local craft brews were featured along with food, beer seminars and live bands.

Sunday, June 12th

The Copa America Centenario, an international men’s football/soccer tournament, kicked off last weekend. The tournament’s format is similar to the FIFA World Cup. This year, the United States is the host nation and this weekend, the tournament found itself in #NJ at MetLife Stadium for a qualification round. Ecuador and Haiti played with Ecuador winning 4-0.

Ecuador a cuartos de final! #copaamericacentenario #newjersey #metlifestadium @laprensasportfm @superk800radio

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The Paper Mill Playhouse, a regional theater that stages shows, both new and old, and serves as an established facility for aspiring actors, in Millburn received the Regional Theatre Tony Award at the 70th Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Congratulations @papermillplayhouse for a well deserved honor. #tonys2016

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Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs Resort

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ’s Cara Di Falco brings us to Restaurant Latour at the Crystal Springs Resort in Sussex County.

According to Executive Chef Anthony Bucco, the restaurant exists in a destination area that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of all things Jersey. Between the farmland and the stretches of the Appalachian Trail, the spectacular setting shapes everything about Restaurant Latour.

Latour has close working relationships with local animal farms, with a “synergy” existing between them. They also have a Chef’s garden, which provides easy access to fresh herbs and vegetables, and is open for customers to see in action.

The restaurant works with another local farm that does foraging. They scour the property and surrounding mountains for edible wild produce. This adds a wonderful health component, as there “are reasons certain things come up at certain times of the year,” Chef Bucco states. He feels that it is important that people remain aware of this.

Latour’s entire menu is done as tastings. There are five courses and diners have choices within each course. Or, if they are feeling brave, Chef Bucco and his team can decide the meal.

“I take a lot of pride when somebody hands over the responsibility of choosing for them,” Bucco said. “That’s the greatest compliment you can pay to a chef or a kitchen.” He loves the opportunity to sculpt a diner’s experience.

Bucco also stated that “there is no nicer sunset in New Jersey” than the one he sees from the restaurant. So, head over to Restaurant Latour for a delicious meal and a beautiful view.

For more information, visit Restaurant Latour’s website.  And for an exclusive recipe from Chef Bucco, visit Cara’s food blog at CaraDiFalco.com!

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José Eber Salon One Year Anniversary Celebration

Toast the one year anniversary of the #hippest salon in the Garden State with New Jersey’s go-to lifestyle series!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino was at José Eber Salon in Millburn for their posh event that featured food, cocktails and tunes spun by celebrity music producer Valntino, who after traveling the world, boasted that the salon “is one of the best I’ve seen!”

In just one year in business, José Eber Salon has established themselves as the go-to salon for #HipNJ‘s glaministas. This full service salon is equipped with the latest beauty technology to provide full services in hair cuts and color, makeup for a luxe event, and designer nails.

Vanguard of Beauty, José Eber, reflected on the quality of each and every visit to the salon. Not only do clients leave with a show-stopping look, they come for the “one-of-a-kind experience!”

Owner Marc Farbstein explains how José’s decades of styling Hollywood’s top starlets translated into the salon’s success.  “José knows what’s hot, what’s in style, and what Beverly Hills is doing to create unforgettable and unique looks.  That hip factor is now in Short Hills, and people love it!”

Receive the red carpet treatment and book your appointment today.  For more information, visit JoseEberNJ.com.