Only in Jersey: 2/8/12

It’s Wednesday, and I’m back with 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.

Yes, they do grow 'em like this in the Garden State./Photo credit EW

The very definition of "Sophie's Choice."/Photo credit EW

Forget about country boys – thank God for Jersey boys!

That’s what I’m sure millions of women will say when this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly hits the stands and they feast their eyes on Paul Wesley, star of The CW hit series “The Vampire Diaries.” Paul, who was born in New Brunswick and raised in Marlboro, graces the magazine with (depending on which one of three covers you pick) costars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder. Paul’s character, Stefan Salvatore, the show’s resident “good” vampire, went rogue this season while his brother, Damon (Somerhalder), has taken over the hero vampire role. Don’t expect it to last.

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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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Hey, where’s my awesome book memorabilia?

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Some people say kids these days have it a lot rougher than we did growing up.

The madness surrounding the young adults series "The Hunger Games" has already begun - and the movie hasn't even been cast yet.


Case in point: Just look what I saw in Hot Topic the other day.

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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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