Only in Jersey: 2/15/12

Happy Hump Day!  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.

Whitney Houston: Coming home. /Photo credit Getty Images

Despite speculation to the contrary, Whitney Houston’s family has no plans to hold a public memorial for the late singer, who died February 11 in Los Angeles, California. Whitney will be remembered during an invitation-only funeral service beginning at noon on Saturday, February 18, at her childhood church, New Hope Baptist, in Newark. There is, however, talk that the singer will be buried in Westfield’s Fairview Cemetery. TMZ reports Whitney will be laid to rest beside her father, John Russell Houston Jr., who died in 2003, because that was what she wanted. Newark, meanwhile, is preparing for a crush of fans and onlookers during Saturday’s celebrity-filled, somber ceremony. “Obviously Whitney Houston was one of the greatest performers of our time, and certainly we expect a huge presence of other performers, actors and we’re preparing for all that,” the city’s police director, Samuel DeMaio, told The Star-Ledger. And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered that state flags be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in Whitney’s memory.

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“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”: Money can’t buy you happiness

Watching “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” this season, it’s become crystal (or should I say Cristal?) clear to me that the Countess has got it all wrong: Money can buy you class (take some etiquette classes, duh), but what it most certainly cannot buy you is H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S.

Fancy, designer gowns aside, you and I have more in common with "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" than you probably realize./Photo credit Bravo

Yes, my friends, this Jersey girl is prepared to admit it right now: I’m finding myself relating much more – and feeling gobs more empathy – toward the women of Beverly Hills this season than I do about the women of my home, the Garden State.

And while you may think you have nothing in common with these women, I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. And here’s why:

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My “Affair of the Heart” with Rick Springfield

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It’s a love affair that has endured nearly 30 years.

No, it’s not Bacall and Bogey. Nope, I’m not talking about Taylor and Burton, either. It’s Springfield and Gacser.

No, my eyes are not totally closed. That naturally happens when I smile ear-to-ear.

What do you mean “Who?” G-A-C-S-E-R. It’s like “Gotcha,” except with an “errrr” on the end.

Is it possible you haven’t heard of my lifelong (albeit unrequited) love of rock star/“General Hospital” heartthrob Rick Springfield?

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Is Jesse James fighting for custody of his daughter?

Every time my blog goes nuts with hits I have to assume something big is going on. And in the case of bad boy Jesse James, I gather it is.

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James spend time with Jesse's three children from previous marriages, including 5-year-old Sunny, far right./Photo by Celebrity Baby Blog

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James spend time with Jesse's three children from previous marriages, including 5-year-old Sunny, far right./Photo by Celebrity Baby Blog

Although the American tabloids don’t seem to have picked up on it yet, the “Celebrity Apprentice” breakout star and his wife, Sandra Bullock, are apparently gearing up for a custody battle over Jesse’s almost 6-year-old daughter, Sunny, with Jesse’s ex-wife, porn star Janine Lindemulder. Sandra, 45, and Jesse, 40, have had custody of the girl while Janine, as I reported previously, served six months in prison for tax evasion. Janine, 40, was recently released to a halfway house, and according to reports will be allowed to apply for custody of Sunny after the new year.

As a preemptive strike against such a move, Jesse recently told a California court that “Good cause exists for the court to conduct a review to determine if Sunny will be safe with (Janine). She should be restrained from allowing the child around pornographers, drug addicts, guns and firearms, felons and other unsafe environments.”

Well that’s just common sense. It’s sad when a no-brainer statement like that has to be articulated. Don’t you think a mother should automatically know that?

Jenna Jameson pregnant

Does being a porn star like Jenna Jameson, shown earlier this year shortly before giving birth to twin boys, mean you can't be a good mother?

This report also makes me wonder: Does being a porn actress mean you can’t be a good mother? Look at Jenna Jameson. She’s considered the queen of the industry and just gave birth to twin boys earlier this year.

Or is it Janine’s porno past combined with her prison sentence that makes her not-such-an-ideal mother? I’m sure there’s much more to this story than what’s been reported.

Could Kate Jackson be a hoarder?

OK, so I’m completely obsessed with A&E’s new series “Hoarders.”

Is it possible that even celebrities can be hoarders?

Is it possible that even celebrities can be hoarders?

And after reading a summer issue of Star at the vet’s yesterday, I’m beginning to wonder if we will eventually see “Charlie’s Angels” star Kate Jackson on the show.

The magazine reports that a year after moving into the $2 million Santa Monica abode, Kate’s home has “deteriorated into a living hellhole filled with rat droppings, moldy food and heaps of debris.”

Ring a bell?

Star attributes its info to David Angelotti, a professional cleaner who claims Kate’s personal assistant hired him and others to help clean up the house – a feat which reportedly took two days. (All things considered, that’s a very quick turn-around, as “Hoarders” viewers can attest.)

“There is so much junk that we had to remove a bunch of stuff just to walk through it,” David tells Star. “It stank in there because there was so much garbage everywhere.”

David isn’t the only one talking. One of Kate’s anonymous neighbors has this to say: “Kate is very sweet, but there’s something a bit bizarre about her. She has so much clutter in her backyard, and the house is in shambles.”

David says that the home is in such bad shape (the Star article accompanied photos but they’re not included on the site) that 60-year-old Kate – who shares the home with her teenage son – asked if he and his crew would return again to help out.

“No one wanted to work there again,” he tells Star. “It was so depressing. She’s like a crazy recluse — it’s a real sad Hollywood story.”

“Hoarders” describes compulsive hoarding as “a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary.” The show states that there are over 3 million hoarders.

As far as I can tell, this news about Kate hasn’t been reported elsewhere, so it may or may not be true. But given the secrecy and embarrassment hoarders tend to have about their living situations, who knows for certain?

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