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Our Weekend Recap Kicks Off in Rio

Cheers to the weekend! August may be the Sunday of summer, but that’s no reason to keep the good times from rolling. #HipNJ is dedicated to bringing you round-the-clock coverage of everything going on #NJ-related. Here’s what went down this weekend in our weekend recap.

Friday, August 5th

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games kicked off in Rio de Janeiro on Friday with a huge opening ceremony that paid tribute to the history of Brazil’s rich culture and climate change. Up to 11,000 athletes from 206 countries marched into the arena. Of those included the 31 NJ-native American athletes. Check out non-stop coverage of the games until August 21st and see them show the entire world what the #GardenState is made of.

iPic, Bergen County’s first dine-in movie theatre located in Fort Lee, opened to the public on Friday. The theatre is the first of its kind in that it’s a bit more upscale than traditional movie theatres. The meals offered are prepared by top-tier chefs and are finger foods for the most part. Ticket options include Premium, which grants a customer soft leather seating and personal pull-out tables, and Premium Plus, which allows customers a personal two or three-person pod with reclining seats, waiter service and unlimited popcorn. Yum! Premium tickets are $19 while Premium Plus tickets are $27. There’s only eight screens and 528 seats, so make your reservation today!

iPic and chill. ??? #suicidesquad

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Saturday, August 6th

Asbury Park was the place to be on Saturday as Grammy-nominated folk rock band The Lumineers took the stage right on the boardwalk at the Stone Pony Summer Stage.

#thelumineers #langhorneslim #stonepony #jerseyshore #asburypark @thelumineers @langhorneslim

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Sunday, August 7th

In what seemed like a follow-up to Taylor Swift’s NJ wedding crash earlier this summer, Steven Van Zandt made a surprise appearance and joined The Infernos Band on stage at a Florham Park wedding. Van Zandt is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and is also known for his acting career which includes a starring role in The Sopranos.

Music legend Paul McCartney made a stop at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford as part of his One on One Tour. There’s no telling of when the 74-year-old will stop blessing us with live renditions of his own material and The Beatle’s tunes. So we’re just going to let it be.

Jude. About to see the original. Hey Jude. #mum #paulmccartney

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Fifth Harmony took the stage in Camden this weekend at the BB&T Pavilion on The 7/27 Tour. Don’t you wish working from home was as fun as this girl group makes it sound?

Last night was so amazing??

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Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation Gala

Joe Torre and the New York Yankees are synonymous with class, and that was on full display at Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation‘s 12th Annual Celebrity Gala.

A-listers from the worlds of sports, media and Hollywood collided on the Pier 60 red carpet, and #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino was there for it all.

“Joe is a wonderful human being, and he does so much to change the lives of women.  I’m proud of everything they do,” said television personality (and proud #HipNJ resident!), Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Safe at Home Foundation was founded in 2002 by Joe and his wife, Ali Torre.  Joe and his siblings were victims of domestic violence growing up, and he wanted to “stop the cycle”and save lives.

“It’s hard to dig back into your childhood and tell some dark stories about what happened to you personally,” said Yankees great David Cone.  “Not only does that take courage, but to take the step to do something about it says a lot about the man that he is.”

The gala, who honored Yankees legend Andy Pettitte, supported the Foundation’s programming initiative, Margaret’s Place, named in honor of Joe’s mother. This violence prevention and intervention model offers students an opportunity to explore issues of violence in a stable, non-threatening environment, while helping them understand that they are not alone or to blame. There are currently 11 Margaret’s Places in New York City and Los Angeles, where they have reached more than 45,000 students through countless school-wide campaigns, healing activities, educational opportunities, and private and group counseling.

“I’m here to support Joe because I love him so much, he’s a great guy and he’s done so much to the city of New York,” said television personality Meredith Vieira. “He’s done so much…particularly for kids who live in abusive homes.  What he’s saying is you’re not alone, and you need to talk, and there is hope.”

“We know we’re doing something that works,” said Joe.  “We’ve had kids come in our program who were thinking about joining a gang, and all of a sudden they are going to college.  We want to let them know when they come out the other end of this thing, they have a shot and we’re going to be there for them.”

For more information, visit JoeTorre.org.

2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

New Jersey‘s marquee event happened on November 13th at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, and we were there to catch all the VIP action!

#HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon was on the red carpet with the newest members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2014, including inductees Brian Williams of NBC News, former Governor James Florio, and The Shirelles.

“It feels absolutely incredible [to be here],” gushed Williams.  “I just drove up Route 35 from our house down in Ocean County … I was raised 100 yards from Route 35 behind a furniture store in Middletown,  and my whole upbringing is along this stretch.”

Among the honorees was beloved late star of “The Sopranos“, James Gandolfini.  James, who suddenly passed away last year, was celebrated by his Sopranos family, including show creator David Chase; director Timothy Van Patten, Vincent Curatola (John “Johnny Sack” Sacrimoni); Tony Sirico (“Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri); Aida Turturro (“Janice Soprano“); Vincent Pastore (Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero).   James’ wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini, accepted the honor on his behalf.

“We miss Jimmy so much,” Pastore said.  “it’s very hard for everyone who is here tonight … to show up at an event without him being here.  We were HBO’s Rat Pack.”

Dominic Chianese, who played “Uncle Junior” on the hit series, shared some words about Jim with #HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino at Joe Torre’s Safe-At-Home Foundation Gala, which was also on 11/13:  “James, I loved him so much and I can’t explain it.  I wish I could have been there.  What a great man”.

Other A-listers in Asbury Park included Bruce Springsteen; Class of 2014 inductee Howard KatzNBC Sports legend Dick Ebersol; Dionne Warwick; novelist Harlan CobenLt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.

For information about the New Jersey Hall of Fame, log onto www.NJHallofFame.org.