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'Snooki' Production Addressed by Manchester Township Officials

"Jersey Shore" spinoff filming at Manchester home into October

MTV stars Snooki and JWoww are filming in a Manchester home, Manchester Township Business Administrator Elena Zsoldos said Monday at the council's regular meeting.

"The fact is that they are here. They're renting a home here in Manchester," Zsoldos said.

On Friday, Manchester  from the owner of the filming site, a large, modern two-story home on Johnson Avenue near the POW-MIA Park, that the two "Jersey Shore" cast members were moving in to film their "Snooki & JWoww" spinoff. 

Around that time, multiple residents who live on or near the street wrote in to Manchester Patch to say that they saw trucks and other vehicles with New York license plates at the home as crews prepared for filming. 

The 495 Productions show, which recently was renewed for a second season, was told filming could not take place in Toms River, where . Filming also was denied in Morristown and Point Pleasant, but nothing in Manchester's code excludes the MTV show, or any production, from shooting at a home. 

"The township looked to see if there were any ordinances on the books that would prevent them," Zsoldos said. "There were not. In light of that, we really had no choice but to allow it."

"I felt that as a matter of law we can't prevent anybody from filming indoors," said Manchester Township attorney Steven Secare.

Fressola said on Friday that he was told by the property owner that shooting would take place "to a very great extent in the interior" of the home and will be completed in October. 

The Manchester Police Department is aware of the township's new neighbors and Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski said following the council meeting that he expects the impact to the area to be "minimal."

"I don't see any real impact," he said. "We have been monitoring it since they've been there."

The chief said that he has spoken with show security and is working to secure a meeting with the production team to further discuss any potential issues. Producers also were told by Klimakowski that township police are available to be hired while off-duty to provide security, if needed. 

Traffic through the neighborhood may increase as curious residents try to catch a glimpse of the production, Klimakowski said. The department does not plan to increase patrols through the area, though police will continue to keep watch through the regular random patrols of township streets that are already conducted.

"We don't want to drive a police car down there 500 times per day," Klimakowski said, adding that a heightened law enforcement presence near the home could become distracting to residents. 

Though Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jennifer "JWoww" Farley's new show is expected to be more calm than the cast's "Jersey Shore" antics in Seaside Heights — Snooki is an expectant mother now, after all — residents nonetheless are asked to contact the police or the township officials with concerns. 

"If they find any problems with it, please contact us, and we will act accordingly," Zsoldos said. "But hopefully with these people being in town, they'll be good neighbors to us and we'll be good neighbors to them."

Klimakowski likewise pledged his department's responsiveness. 

"If there are any types of issues, we'll address them," he said. 

Steve Stevens August 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I guess this is good to help promote the tanning salons and gyms in the area? Jersey Shore was cool for the 1st couple seasons, good for helping promote local business and the shore, but isn't "reality" TV being a little more staged? How entertaining is it to watch the same guidos drink and talk about grenades? Try something real on the show like showing them struggle to go out at night cause they are broke, or maybe working a real job.
Greg August 14, 2012 at 02:54 PM
It's a sad state of affairs. Imagine in the 50's and even the 60's, this kind of degenerate filth would never have been on TV. Now it is accepted as ok by misguided parents who allow their misguided children to watch. Time changes but evil remains the same. I am sorry for the children.
Greg August 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
We grow accustomed to our surroundings, like the proverbial frog in the pot of water--where the temperature is gradually increased until the unwitting creature boils alive. We tend to become hardened in outlook as we see before us a continual stream of expediency and wrong. These days, it can be difficult to keep a tender, sensitive heart. <><
PeopleAnnoyMe August 14, 2012 at 08:27 PM
JUST WHEN I THOUGHT THERE 15MINUTES OF FAME WAS OVER!!!!!!!!!! HOLY SHIT WHY IS NJ STILL LETTING THESE IDIOTS IN OUR TOWNS!!!
voiceofreason August 16, 2012 at 02:03 AM
really, idiots? they are pretty smart if you ask me. Making millions for doing nothing but living their lives on camera- humm i wish someone would have offered me that in my younger years, nice nest egg they will have when thier 15 minutes of fame come to an end. And really, what are these two little girls going to hurt in your presious town?
Vikki August 17, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Voiceofreason I agree, why don't people just stop ragging on them and let them do their thing. If you don't like it, don't read about it, don't watch it, don't bother yourself with it. They're not worried about you, don't worry about them.

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