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Visit ‘Jerseylicious’ Olivia And Tracy’s 46 Lounge, See Jewelry From ‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey,’ Party And Contribute To A Great Cause

June 7, 2010

Tonight you have a chance to do a good deed, drink, get to see great jewelry and party in the favorite club of Olivia Blois Sharpe and Tracy DiMarco of “Jerseylicious.” That’s our idea of a great time.

What’s it all about?

We know Christine Benedict, a cervical cancer survivor from Wayne, N.J., because we profiled her for Her home clean-up will be featured June 16 on Style Network’s “Clean House.”

Christine sent us an invite to a benefit tonight, Monday, for the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation, in memory of Elise ten Berge. The pretty Garden State girl was a victim of this disease.

Christine and her family

Christine’s friend, jewelry designer Zen Jen Mirman, is hosting the charity event at the 46 Lounge in Totowa. N.J., the scene of many a shouting match between Olivia and Tracy on “Jerseylicious,” the Style Network hit. Mirman’s “Zen jewelz by: jen m” pieces were featured on an episode of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

We believe that Zen Jen will be selling her jewely at the benefit, and Christine will be reading tarot cards. She recently read our cards, and was right on the money.

Forgive and forget, the cards said, even if you were betrayed. Mmmmm, we wonder what that refers to? (Christine also told us during our reading that we have a very enjoyable carnal interlude coming up this summer. We can’t wait.)

There will also be entertainment at the Tay-Sachs Foundation benefit, with singer Josh London performing.

See Tracy and Olivia's 46 Lounge

The cover charge for the benefit is $55, which we admit is a little steep. But we’re going, and we’re not working full-time yet, just doing freelance. But it’s a good cause, and a chance to get some good karma cooking.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the 46 Lounge, 300 Route 46, Totowa, N.J. There is a cash bar, and credit cars will be accepted at the door.

‘Clean House’ Comes To Jersey, And We Write About Its Rescue Of A Cancer Survivor For

January 18, 2010

Our photo of Christine Benedict, her devoted husband Bill and their sweet daughter Katherine at their Wayne home, before the clean-up

We’ve been keeping very busy above and beyond this blog, working on our story about Style Network’s “Clean House” coming to Wayne, N.J., to help a cervical cancer survivor. The piece was just posted on

We interviewed Christine and Bill Benedict at their small Cape Cod home last Thursday, a house brimming over with a mess of clothes, papers, boxes, etc. Their sweet 9 1/2-year-old daughter Katherine was there, too.

This family went through a difficult period, for about 18 months or so, when Christine underwent more than a half dozen surgeries, chemo and radiation. During that time, her house spiraled into disarray. Housecleaning was just not a priority. But she is in remission now, and the house is such a disaster that the family can’t even have guests over anymore.

That’s why Christine, a fan of “Clean House,” contacted the show for a makeover. The filming of the episode started last week, when we were up in Wayne.

They are a delightful family, and their trials make us thankful for our own health. Christine, who has curly hair likes ours, won us over right away when we saw she read tarot cards. She had chakra stones out as well as white sage, which is burned to get rid of negative energy (we have to burn some of it in our condo to get rid of those bad layoff memories), and a quartz crystal, for clarity and focus (we have one near our bedside).

You know we believe in all that New Age, spiritual stuff. And Christine told us we had a good aura.

There was also a remarkable coincidence, or syncronicity, regarding this story. Before we went to Wayne, the Style Network PR people told us that Christine had had cancer.

So when we met Christine we asked her where she had been treated. She said Saint Barnabas Medical Center. We are currently volunteering in the corporate PR dept. for that hospital’s parent, the Saint Barnabas Health Care System. We work right across the street from the hospital.

We were surprised to hear that Christine had made a 45-minute trip each way daily for awhile to get treatment at Saint Barnabas in Livingston, a haul from her Wayne home.

Then — through no prompting on our part, we swear on our grandmothers’ graves — Christine replied, “They’re fabulous, and they are the premier female cancer center in the state.”

Quite a nice, unsolicted endorsement for Saint Barnabas.

We also took photos at the Benedict house, although our shots of “Clean House” hunk Matt Iseman — who was born in Englewood, N.J., and went to Princeton — came out blurry.

Anyway, read the story to find out why the material things that we and you are buying on QVC, HSN and ShopNBC don’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. That’s what the Benedict familly found out.