Only in Jersey: 3/7/12

It’s Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week, and it’s time for another edition of Only in Jersey!

If it’s filming in Jersey, takes place in Jersey, or is about celebs from Jersey, you will find it here.

Who would've thought of West Orange as "status symbol land"?

In the wake of Davy Jones’ untimely death last week, I’ve discovered at least two connections The Monkees have to the Garden State. First, I was very surprised to learn that one of their hit songs, “Pleasant Valley Sunday,’ was written about life in West Orange, of all places. Yup, that’s right: the tune, penned by Carole King and her then-husband, Gerry Goffin, was inspired by their time living on Pleasant Valley Way in the township’s Watchung Mountains. Kinda gives new meaning to the lyrics, huh?
The local rock group down the street
Is trying hard to learn their song
Serenade the weekend squire
Who just came out to mow his lawn

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday
Charcoal burning everywhere
Rows of houses that are all the same
And no one seems to care

See Mrs. Gray
She’s proud today
Because her roses are in bloom
Mr. Green
He’s so serene
He’s got a TV in every room

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday
Here in status symbol land
Mothers complain about how hard life is
And the kids just don’t understand

Creature comfort goals
They only numb my soul and make it hard for me to see
My thoughts all seem to stray to places far away
I need a change of scenery

The second Monkees/Garden State connection, which I recall but had forgotten, is that the band filmed the video for its ’86 comeback hit, “That Was Then, This Is Now,” at Great Adventure’s arena in Jackson. The song and video only feature Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, although apparently Davy was part of the tour.

"Sopranos" creator David Chase, right, with James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano with one of his countless gumars./Photo credit Vanity Fair

Nearly five years after “The Sopranos” ended its run, the creator of the HBO hit series is suddenly all over the place. On the heels of his input in this month’s Vanity Fair look back at the show, Clifton/North Caldwell-raised creator David Chase admits to The New York Times that it was hard finding a way to say goodbye to New Jersey’s first family. “It’s just very difficult to end a series,” David says. “For example, ‘Seinfeld,’ they ended it with them all going to jail. Now that’s the ending we should have had. And they should have had ours, where it blacked out in a diner.” To completely understand exactly how funny and insightful David’s analogy is, I’m putting the final moments of each series side by side:
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, the rumors floating around about “Jersey Shore” star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi are true: She’s pregnant and engaged to her baby daddy, Jionni LaValle, confirms Us Weekly in this week’s issue. The mag reveals Snooks is 15 weeks along and that she freaked out when she discovered she was with child. “‘S–t, I’ve been drinking!'” Snooki tells Us Weekly. “I was worried. It was New Year’s Eve and we were in Vegas, so I did go crazy.” (Frankly, I figured something was up when Snooki and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley actually declined alcoholic beverages when they appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” back on February 2. Their excuse was that they don’t drink much when “Jersey Shore” is not taping.) While Snooki is waiting for her little bun to pop, she’s busy hanging out in Jersey City and surrounding towns filming the spinoff starring her and JWOWW. In addition to visiting various shops in the area, Global Grind reports Snooks got into (yet another) fender bender in River Edge. The accident was caught on camera and – based on the drama involved in Snooki’s prior smashup in Florence, Italy, last season – will probably be featured in the show. Hey, give the girl a break – at least this time she didn’t crash into a police car.

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