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‘Jersey Shore’ Appearance, Arranged For A Montclair Nightclub’s Grand Opening, Has Lead To Its Grand Demise

January 29, 2010

The appearance of the Jersey Shore cast at a Montclair nightclub grand opening wasn't exactly a charm

For those who care, the Montclair, N.J., nightclub that caused a near riot in our quiet hometown when it featured an appearance of the cast of “Jersey Shore” has been shut down, according to the The Montclair Times.

It seems the landlord of the venue at 501 Bloomfield Ave., Dick Grabowsky, has terminated the would-be 10-year lease for Lounge 501. A week ago, the night club kicked off its grand opening by having the cast of MTV’s controversial reality show come in for an appearance.

But 1,300 people showed up, the crowd got rowdy and disruptive, fights broke out, and police had to shut down the streets in the area.

The club operator, Timothy Ricks, has loads of financial problems and trouble with a liquor-license transfer.

In any event, Grabowsky told the Montclair Times he’s talking to potential new operators for the space that are “financially capable of bringing a professional and respectable venue to Montclair.”

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Makeup Queen Bobbi Brown Tells New York Times How She Hires Staff

January 25, 2010

Bobbi Brown — the makeup diva, QVC vendor and fellow Montclair, N.J., resident — did a Q&A with The New York Times Sunday.

The interview, headlined “High Heels? They Just Don’t Fit,” is in part about how Brown hires employees. It was run as a “Corner Office” column.

After going through outplacement — and getting schooled on resumes, interviewing and “PARS” and “CARS” — it’s a little shocking to see Brown say that that she knows within the first two minutes of an interview if she likes the person or not. And if she likes them, they’re in.

Brown also says that she never looks at a person’s resume until she sits down with them for the interview. Then she has them take her through their resume.

We like that approach. No trick questions. No “what’s your biggest weakness” or “where do you want to be in five years” crap.

Brown, whose Montclair studio is within walking distance of our condo, has several shows on QVC today.

She has several cosmetic items that are only available on QVC.

In her interview, Brown also says that she is not a corporate type, that she prefers the comfort of sneakers over high heels.