Only in Jersey: 2/22/12

Happy Wednesday!  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: We will always love you JUST LIKE THIS.

Another day, more Whitney Houston drama. In addition to the pop star’s Westfield cemetery plot being indefinitely closed to the public, tabloid rag The National Enquirer has made the tacky, tasteless decision to publish – on its front page, no less – an unauthorized photo of the Newark/East Orange native in her casket. The photo was apparently taken by someone who attended the visitation at Newark’s Whigham Funeral Home last week, and the natural assumption is that that same someone made beau coup bucks by selling it to the Enquirer. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to remember Whitney alive – and obviously her family wants us to, as well, otherwise they would’ve opened the casket during the televised funeral on Saturday.  The sight of her lifeless body (even if the funeral home’s restorative artist did a beautiful job) is the last thing I want to see as I’m checking out at the grocery store.

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Only in Jersey: 2/21/12

Happy Fat Tuesday!  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.

All four judges of NBC’s “The Voice” – Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine – last night battled to add Wall native Charlotte Sometimes to their team after hearing her rendition of OneRepublic’s “Apologize.” “Charlotte Sometimes? I want you all the time, Charlotte,” teased Christina. “Well, you know, there’s enough of me to go around,” Charlotte replied. But it was Blake, who called her a “unique vocalist,” whom Charlotte ultimately decided to go with.

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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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Passion for fashion: Lloyd Boston proves style and New Jersey go hand-in-hand

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If the only thing you know about New Jersey is what you see on television – aka “Jerseylicious,” “Jersey Couture,” “Jersey Shore” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” – you may be under the false impression that everyone in the Garden State wears bedazzled animal prints 24/7.

Jersey native Lloyd Boston shared fashion tips and fall/winter clothing from Jones New York during Fashion's Night Out in New York City last week./All photos by Ava Gacser

That’s where you’d be wrong – and Lloyd Boston is proof of that. The New Brunswick native is a fashion style expert with four books and a TV show, “Closet Cases,” under his belt. His latest tome, “The Style Checklist: The Ultimate Wardrobe Essentials For You,” dropped earlier this month. A regular contributor to the “Today” show, Lloyd appeared on the morning program twice last week alone to talk fashion. He will add to his list of TV appearances when he drops by “The Wendy Williams Show” on Sept. 15 (check local listings) and  “The Martha Stewart Show” on Hallmark Channel at 10 a.m. Sept. 22.

Lloyd also took part in New York City’s Fashion’s Night Out on Friday, which is where I met up with him. As spokesman for Jones New York, Lloyd dazzled Lord & Taylor shoppers with a fashion show and commentary, and later offered tips – as well as photos and autographs – to his admirers.

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New Jersey: Keepin’ it all in the (Addams) family

What do “The Addams Family” and New Jersey have in common?

You might say, “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky,” but the similarities don’t end there – at least when it comes to the cast of the new Broadway musical “The Addams Family A New Musical.”

Mommy and Daddy – aka Morticia and Gomez – are played by Garden State natives Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane. Bebe, who is perhaps best known for her turn as Lilith in “Cheers,” is from Princeton. Though I absolutely loved her as Andie MacDowell’s best friend Lauren in “Green Card.”

“In that case, I wouldn’t mind seeing George again myself,” Lauren quips. “He’s dishy.

And Nathan, who is unforgettable in “The Birdcage,” is from Jersey City.

Who knew?

For the record, “The Addams Family A New Musical” opens on Thursday.

But wait, I’m not finished with the Jersey connections just yet. The creator of “The Addams Family,” cartoonist Charles Addams, grew up in Westfield!

According to Wikipedia, it is believed that the Westfield house Addams lived in – 552 Elm Street – and another on Dudley Avenue are the combined inspiration for the Addams Family mansion in his cartoons. In addition, it is said that Addams liked to visit the Presbyterian Cemetery on Mountain Avenue.

And isn’t it ironic that I’m writing about Addams and his lovable creations today, because it just so happens that Westfield is paying tribute to the artist at 1 p.m. Yes, that’s right. Six large wooden letters spelling out ADDAMS and decorated by students of the Westfield school system will be unveiled this afternoon by The Westfield Board of Education, The Downtown Westfield Corporation, The Westfield Historical Society and The Charles Addams Art Scholarship.

New Jersey is just full of inspiring, talented people, isn’t it?

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