Happy Valentine’s Day! Guess what? It’s time for another edition of Only in Jersey!
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Singer Whitney Houston returned home to the Garden State for the final time last night. The Newark-born, East Orange-raised, former Mendham resident’s body was flown to Teterboro Airport aboard Tyler Perry’s jet, according to People. From there it was transferred, via gold hearse, to Whigham Funeral Home in Newark. Whitney, who sadly died at 48 on February 11 from what all accounts appears to be a fatal mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs, will be eulogized in a private ceremony Saturday at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, adds People, where she and her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, sang in the choir. There is also talk of a public memorial, possibly at Newark’s Prudential Center, as well. On Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson paid beautiful tribute to Whitney. Watch:
And if you’d like to listen to Whitney’s greatest hits, you can, thanks to her website.
TV talk show host Wendy Williams took to the air on February 13 to pay tribute to fellow Jersey girl Whitney Houston. Wendy, Ocean County-born and current Garden State resident, has publicly chided Whitney in the past for not admitting to her abuse issues. And on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Wendy revealed she, too, had been “plagued with the demon of substance abuse.” Wendy went on to say, “It’s been almost 15 years since I last smoked from a crack pipe. It’s been almost 15 years since I waited on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx for my drugs. I knew I’d meet (Whitney) one day, but I always pictured that time to be in our late 50s, 60s with her being the No. 1 spokesperson for ‘Say No.’ I just for some reason thought that’s what she’d do. It’s what I want to do. I just thought we’d meet, and we’d hug and we’d be sober and older.”
The 2012 inductees of the New Jersey Hall of Fame have been announced. The Star-Ledger reports Princeton’s own superhero, Christopher Reeve, is one of them. Christopher, who famously played Superman in four films and is the founder of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, died in 2004. His mother, Princeton resident Barbara Johnson, told the Ledger, “It was as a youngster growing up in Princeton that Chris first learned many of the skills and interests that were so much a part of his life as an actor and an activist.” Other inductees include the E Street Band, Princeton author Joyce Carol Oates, and actor Michael Douglas, who was born in New Brunswick. More information is available by visiting the New Jersey Hall of Fame. A gala honoring the 2012 inductees will be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on June 9. Tickets for that event go on sale Thursday, March 1.
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