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Nicole ” Snooki” Polizzi gives the ‘deets’ about the Snooki Truck.

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi may be is gone but she’s not forgotten.

Nicole did participate in the filming of Season 4 of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” in a Nevada resort with the rest of the cast. The new season debuts with two episodes starting 8 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 19 on MTV.

The cast, and family members, decamp in a bubble at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa in Henderson, Nevada, to soothe things out after Nicole, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Deena Cortese’s speech-gone-wrong at Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding in the end of Season 3.

Nicole was in tears when Angelina  ignored her and the roomies after the speech on the Season 3 finale.

“I’m quitting I think,” Nicole said. “I think this is it.”

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi waits for her next interview at the “Jersey Shore” house in Seaside Heights in 2011. (Photo: THOMAS P. COSTELLO)

That was a summation of what she had said on her “It’s Happening with Snooki and Joey” podcast in December of 2019, which aired before the season finale.

“Our show, ‘Jersey Shore,’ is about family and making fun of each other and having a good time and laughing and just knowing that it’s all in good fun,” said Polizzi on “It’s Happening.”  “Lately, everything is so serious. It’s not about a team anymore.”

Chances are Nicole will be on TV again. Her name has been floated as a possible cast member of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Showrunner Andy Cohen said it’s legit.

“It’s something to keep our eyes out for,” said Cohen on  “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in September.

Meanwhile, the cast of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” is in a state of flux. Below are five candidates who could take Nicole’s spot in the “Jersey Shore” house.

Nicole’s spot in the hearts of fans is a different matter. 

Maria Elizondo 

On the plus side, Maria is a New Jersey native. On the negative side, she doesn’t seem to have a really strong connection to the “Jersey Shore” cast despite her two seasons on “Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny.”  Her “porn date” with Vinny Guadagnino apparently never materialized. 

Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola      

Attention Sammi, there’s a spot in the cast open. Sammi opted out of the “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” reboot in 2018 as she wanted to “avoid potentially toxic situations,” according to one of her Instagram posts. She famously had an on-again, off-again relationship with cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro.

The producers didn’t seem pleased that Sammi didn’t come on board for the reboot. They produced a life-sized Sammi doll for the cast to abuse on the first episodes. There was wedding drama between Sammi and the cast over who was invited to her since COVID-postponed wedding, but that seems to have been smoothed over when Sammi recently congratulated Deena Cortese on her baby

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What Regina’s mayoral candidates are promising for recreation facilities

Some of Regina’s mayoral candidates are promising to spend big on leisure and recreation ahead of Monday’s municipal election.



a group of people swimming in a pool: People swim at the Lawson Aquatic Centre.


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People swim at the Lawson Aquatic Centre.

Sandra Masters dove in first, announcing on Oct. 28 a detailed commitment and financial plan for a new $85-million aquatic facility, to eventually replace the Lawson Aquatic Centre, in central Regina.

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“If you’re going to be a city that attracts people and jobs, you have to provide some of these services that all other kind of competing cities are doing,” Masters said Thursday.

Read more: Regina municipal election: Mayoral candidates

The proposal, which is fully detailed on her website, cites recommendations and priorities listed in the City of Regina’s Recreation Master Plan from January 2019.

Nine years earlier, the 2010 Recreation Facility Master Plan recommended that a “centrally located, city-wide indoor facility be provided to serve both leisure and competitive aquatic needs with complementary fitness amenities.”

“It’s going to take at least four years to complete a project like this. To not plan now means, ‘let’s just keep pushing it down the road.’ That’s not an option to me. The economy needs to be stimulated now,” Masters said.

Candidate Darren Bradley said adding and improving recreational facilities is “definitely a priority” if elected mayor.

“Our city has some of the top recreational programs in Canada, but we need to expand to be more competitive and draw people to Regina,” Bradley said, adding right now the city doesn’t have the facilities.

“All of these ideas are geared towards increasing tourism, increasing revenue for our hotel and restaurant industry, making Reginans proud to host such events, and making our city one of the top destinations in Saskatchewan, let alone Canada.”

Read more: What Regina mayoral candidates have planned for Ring Road rail lines

On Thursday, candidate Jerry Flegel held a mayoral campaign announcement to finalize the rest of his platform at Fairchild Park in Regina’s Harbour Landing.

The three-term Ward 10 city councillor said that council often talked about “complete neighbourhoods.”

“Without a recreational facility, swimming pool, exercise room, community centre room, all these different types of things — Harbour Landing is one of the areas that is missing this,” he said, noting the facility would be akin to the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre.

“Those are the types of hubs these types of communities want. We can go to centralized, we can do all kinds of things, but at the end of the day people want community, they want this.”

Flegel noted that the City of Regina has to keep up with recreation and facility improvements “not just for the city, but for certain areas.”

Read more: ‘Desperately needed’: New school in Harbour Landing will address student overcrowding

Candidate Jim Elliott said he doesn’t have any plans for big-budget recreational spending that isn’t already outlined in the master plan.

He noted that the plan showed an appetite for non-organized recreation — walking, jogging and cycling spaces — but added

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New or improved: What Regina’s mayoral candidates are promising for recreation facilities – Regina

Some of Regina’s mayoral candidates are promising to spend big on leisure and recreation ahead of Monday’s municipal election.

Sandra Masters dove in first, announcing on Oct. 28 a detailed commitment and financial plan for a new $85-million aquatic facility, to eventually replace the Lawson Aquatic Centre, in central Regina.

“If you’re going to be a city that attracts people and jobs, you have to provide some of these services that all other kind of competing cities are doing,” Masters said Thursday.

Read more:
Regina municipal election: Mayoral candidates

The proposal, which is fully detailed on her website, cites recommendations and priorities listed in the City of Regina’s Recreation Master Plan from January 2019.

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Nine years earlier, the 2010 Recreation Facility Master Plan recommended that a “centrally located, city-wide indoor facility be provided to serve both leisure and competitive aquatic needs with complementary fitness amenities.”

“It’s going to take at least four years to complete a project like this. To not plan now means, ‘let’s just keep pushing it down the road.’ That’s not an option to me. The economy needs to be stimulated now,” Masters said.

Candidate Darren Bradley said adding and improving recreational facilities is “definitely a priority” if elected mayor.

“Our city has some of the top recreational programs in Canada, but we need to expand to be more competitive and draw people to Regina,” Bradley said, adding right now the city doesn’t have the facilities.

“All of these ideas are geared towards increasing tourism, increasing revenue for our hotel and restaurant industry, making Reginans proud to host such events, and making our city one of the top destinations in Saskatchewan, let alone Canada.”

Read more:
What Regina mayoral candidates have planned for Ring Road rail lines

On Thursday, candidate Jerry Flegel held a mayoral campaign announcement to finalize the rest of his platform at Fairchild Park in Regina’s Harbour Landing.

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The three-term Ward 10 city councillor said that council often talked about “complete neighbourhoods.”

“Without a recreational facility, swimming pool, exercise room, community centre room, all these different types of things — Harbour Landing is one of the areas that is missing this,” he said, noting the facility would be akin to the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre.

“Those are the types of hubs these types of communities want. We can go to centralized, we can do all kinds of things, but at the end of the day people want community, they want this.”

Flegel noted that the City of Regina has to keep up with recreation and facility improvements “not just for the city, but for certain areas.”

Read more:
‘Desperately needed’: New school in Harbour Landing will address student overcrowding

Candidate Jim Elliott said he doesn’t have any plans for big-budget recreational spending that

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Latino hotel, restaurant workers look to presidential candidates for stability

Lucy Hernandez says she struggles to wake up every morning. The Chicago fall weather makes battling her depression even harder. The sound of her alarm reminds her that she needs to get out of bed and help her daughter start her virtual learning class.

“I have been working in the company for 20 years,” Hernandez said. “It’s like one day you come to work, and they tell you, ‘We don’t have a job for you.’ It is stressful. I have been going through depression.”

A recent Pew Hispanic survey shows that U.S. Latinos are among the hardest hit by pay cuts and job losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hernandez says it could get worse for her family.

“My husband works at a hotel and his place is open, but who knows what is coming,” said Hernandez.

Hernandez says her layoff has changed her perspective about the presidential election and will vote for the person who she thinks will bring back jobs.

While hotel workers like Hernandez struggle to find a job, employees at Mi Tierra Restaurant work diligently to make sure every customer is pleased with their service. Prisila Fuentes manages the family business and knows that no restaurant is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been a struggle,” Fuentes said. “We have been getting back to what we were pre-COVID-19, but it’s a long way from what we had before.”

The Fuentes family made the tough decision and closed their doors in April to strategize.

More than half of their employees were laid off for a month, but they were later called back.

Fuentes says that her recent business struggles will be factors when voting for the next president. She has not committed to either candidate and hopes to get more clarity on their plans for the economy, an issue that for many Latinos is the bottom line in this election.

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