Only in Jersey: 3/1/12

It’s the first of March – Bunny Bunny to you! 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.

"Property Virgins": Taking a bite out of Central New Jersey./Photo credit HGTV

Recent episodes of HGTV’s “Property Virgins” with new host Egypt Sherrod were filmed all over Central New Jersey last summer. This week’s episode, titled “Love at First Site,” features a newlywed couple from Staten Island who look at homes in Red Bank, Hazlet, Old Bridge, and Matawan. That episode repeats at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19. A second Jersey-centric episode, “Character Building,” centers on a single mom looking for a home in Dunellen. That episode repeats at 6 p.m. Monday, March 19. While I miss “Property Virgins'” original host, Sandra Rinomato, I appreciate the new season’s tri-state house searches and think Egypt does a good job hosting the show. (Unlike the mess HGTV made of my other favorite series, “Real Estate Intervention.”)

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A “Jerseylicious” tour of the Garden State

Wondering where in the world “Jerseylicious” has been the past four weeks? Wonder no longer!

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Here is a complete list of all of the faces and places featured on the Style Network show from the second half of the season. You can find recaps of the first four episodes here and here.

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey’s” Manzo sisters turn out for a cause

Teresa Giudice may have been busy shopping in Somerville and giving birth to her fourth daughter at an undisclosed location last week, but her “Real Housewives of New Jersey” buds were busy, too – painting the town (well, Staten Island really) red at a benefit for pancreatic cancer.

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Caroline Manzo, left, and Dina Manzo, center, attended and took part in "My Big Gay Italian Wedding" on Saturday in Staten Island, N.Y./Photo courtesy Vijay Uttam

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Caroline Manzo, left, and Dina Manzo, center, attended and took part in "My Big Gay Italian Wedding" on Saturday in Staten Island, N.Y. With them are the stars of the play, Anthony Wilkinson, from left, and Scott Evans. /Photo courtesy of Steven Bergman

The event, which took place at the St. George Theater on Saturday night, included a special on-stage cameo by Dina and Caroline, who performed the Tarantella, a traditional Italian wedding dance, with members of the cast during the wedding reception scene. The play starred Anthony Wilkinson and Scott Evans from ABC’s “One Life to Live.”

Caroline Manzo shows off a poster from "My Big Gay Italian Wedding."/Photo courtesy of Steven Bergman

Caroline Manzo shows off a poster from "My Big Gay Italian Wedding."/Photo courtesy of Steven Bergman

The performance was a benefit for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

A “Real Housewives of New Jersey” kind of summer

Wondering what “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” are up to? Wonder no more!

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As you can see by the above video, comedian and “Chelsea Lately” star Chelsea Handler (herself a New Jersey native) loves her some “RHNJ” and Dina Manzo is more than happy to oblige. I certainly have to give Dina credit; judging by “RHNJ,” I didn’t realize she had this good of a sense of humor about herself.

But a California talk-show studio isn’t the only place Dina is hanging around these days. Along with her sister, Caroline Manzo, Dina will make a special on-stage cameo at next Saturday’s performance of “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” at St. George Theater in Staten Island, N.Y.

"Real Housewife of New Jersey" Dina Manzo, center, helps "One Life to Live" star Scott Evans, left, and Anthony Wilkinson, right, celebrate the launch of "My Big Gay Italian Wedding" on Sunday, July 26, in Staten Island, N.Y./Photo courtesy of Vijay Uttam

"Real Housewife of New Jersey" Dina Manzo, center, helps "One Life to Live" star Scott Evans, left, and Anthony Wilkinson, right, celebrate the launch of "My Big Gay Italian Wedding" on Sunday, July 26, in Staten Island, N.Y./Photo courtesy of Vijay Uttam

The comedic play, which premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, stars Anthony Wilkinson and “One Life to Live’s” Scott Evans. Tickets, $19.50 to $75, are available through Ticketmaster. The red carpet begins at 6:30 p.m. Dina and Caroline’s “RHNJ” co-star, a very pregnant Teresa Giudice, is also expected to be in attendance.

Teresa – who is due any day now – joined “Real Housewives of New York City’s” Alex McCord for a “FABULOUS!”  Us Weekly back-to-school photo shoot starring their children. Check it out:

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And finally, the New York Post recently reported that Danielle Staub, aka Beverly Merrill, is not only working on her memoir but is actively seeking a photographer to snap the cover shot…for free.

“Danielle is trying to talk photographers into snapping her picture for free, claiming the book is going to be a big hit and that people will start clamoring to give them work,” the Post quotes a publishing insider as saying. “It’s so embarrassing and tacky!”

Embarrassing? Tacky? Danielle? Perish the thought!

The book is reportedly set to publish in the spring by Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

What are the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” up to?

If this summer seems a little dull without “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” never fear.

While Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice are busy welcoming new additions to their families, Danielle Staub and the Manzo sisters – Dina and Caroline – are busy getting out and about in the tri-state area.

"Real Housewife of New Jersey" Dina Manzo, center, helps "One Life to Live" star Scott Evans, left, and Anthony Wilkinson, right, celebrate the launch of "My Big Gay Italian Wedding" on Sunday in Staten Island, N.Y./Photo courtesy of Vijay Uttam

"Real Housewife of New Jersey" Dina Manzo, center, helps "One Life to Live" star Scott Evans, left, and Anthony Wilkinson, right, celebrate the launch of "My Big Gay Italian Wedding" on Sunday, July 26, in Staten Island, N.Y./Photo courtesy of Vijay Uttam

In addition to two upcoming live events in Englewood and Montclair featuring assorted members of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast, Dina Manzo was spotted over the weekend in Staten Island, N.Y., at a celebration of the launch of the comedic play “My Big Gay Italian Wedding.” The production, which premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, stars Anthony Wilkinson and “One Life to Live’s” Scott Evans. Tickets, $19.50 to $75, are available through Ticketmaster.

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