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All About Lauren Manzo's Proposal and (Early) Wedding Plans

Originally posted 11/15/2013 11:30 AM

Lauren Manzo Is 'Obsessed' with Her Ring and Impressed by Fiancé's Teary Proposal

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Give Vito Scalia an A+ for his proposal to Lauren Manzo, from the planning down to the bling!

Manzo, the daughter of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo, tells PEOPLE that her beau did everything right on the big day.

"Vito went and got a shave, his eyebrows waxed and a haircut. Then he showed up at 5:30 wearing a sportscoat even though I normally have to force him to dress up," she said.

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Lauren Manzo Engaged to Vito Scalia

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With all of the drama on Real Housewives of New Jersey, here's some happy news to celebrate.

Caroline Manzo, 52, who confirmed in October that she will not be returning to Bravo's series for a sixth season, announced via her website on Tuesday that her daughter Lauren is now a bride-to-be.

"My baby is engaged!!!" Caroline wrote to accompany a smiley photo of her daughter and fiancé Vito Scalia, with Lauren's ring in full view.

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RHONJ Reunion: Caroline Manzo Has One Last Fight With Teresa Giudice

There was less screaming than usual but a lot more tears as part two of The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion focused on Teresa Giudice's legal troubles.

Teresa and her husband, Joe, are facing the possibility of 50 years behind bars for multiple counts of fraud, and it's clearly weighing heavily on the mother of four. "Of course this bothers me. I'm human. There's a lot of nights I cry myself to sleep," the 41-year-old admitted. "I'm worried for my family. If I fall apart, the rest of my family's gonna fall apart … I don't want them to feel any pain … I'm just like every other mom."

"I don't believe in karma. I’m Catholic. I don't know why this came to us," she continued. "The best thing you can do is learn from it … It's in God's hands."

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Caroline Manzo Is Leaving Real Housewives of New Jersey

Originally posted 10/14/2013 09:10 AM

Caroline Manzo Is Leaving Real Housewives of New Jersey | Caroline Manzo

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Caroline Manzo, one of the original Real Housewives of New Jersey, has announced that she is leaving the series after five seasons.

It's been wonderful guys," the mother of three, 52, who was often the voice of reason on the show, posted on her Twitter exactly one minute after the show's reunion finale aired Sunday on Bravo.

"I've decided to leave #RHONJ this season was my last. Love and kisses to you all. Xoxoxo"

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Teresa and Joe Giudice Celebrate Daughter's Birthday – Despite Their Legal Troubles

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Despite looming legal troubles, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice still found time to celebrate her daughter Gabriella's 9th birthday on Friday.

The reality star shared several photos from the soccer-themed soiree on Twitter, writing, "My birthday girl Gabriella can't believe she is 9 already."

Though Giudice and her husband Joe face the possibility of 50 years behind bars for multiple counts of fraud, the family looked picture perfect on Gabriella's big day.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion: Teresa Giudice Talks Indictment

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey finale may have ultimately ended in peace, but it didn't last long.

The stars of the reality series bring the drama – and plenty of tears – when they sit down with Andy Cohen for the season 5 reunion show, which airs Oct. 6 (8 p.m. ET) and Oct. 13 (8 p.m. ET/PT) on Bravo.

In an exclusive first look at the upcoming two-part special, the cast discusses some of the season’s most talked about moments, including the status of Teresa Giudice's tumultuous relationship with her brother Joe Gorga and her feelings toward sister-in-law Melissa Gorga. Plus, Dr. V makes an appearance to talk about the outspoken cast's trip to Lake George where they attempted to make amends.

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Teresa Giudice on Indictment: 'I Can't Fall Apart. I Have My Daughters'

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Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, face the possibility of 50 years behind bars for multiple counts of fraud following an indictment last month. Yet the Real Housewives of New Jersey star says she has exactly four reasons to stay strong while facing the charges: her daughters.

"I can't fall apart," she tells Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen in an interview to air Sunday, while clutching her husband's hand. "I have my daughters. They mean the world to me."

Teresa, 41, and Joe, 43, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Newark, N.J., to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud, all part of a 39-count indictment that contends the couple initially exaggerated their income in a mortgage filing, then later hid income in a bankruptcy filing.

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Teresa Giudice & Daughters Step Out Amid Fraud Charges | Teresa Giudice

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Despite looming legal troubles, Teresa Giudice and her daughters were the picture of a happy family on Friday.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star may have been attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy in the midst of the 39-count fraud indictment she faces with her husband, treating daughters Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana to shaved ice at a park.

Teresa and husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice are charged with conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud as well as making false statements on loan applications. The couple were released on a $500,000 bond each after surrendering their passports during a court appearance on July 30.

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Teresa & Joe Giudice Targeted Because of Fame, Lawyers Claim

Originally posted 07/30/2013 07:05 PM

Teresa & Joe Giudice Targeted Because of Fame, Lawyers Claim

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What's the toughest part about being a Real Housewife of New Jersey?

"Fame," Teresa Giudice told PEOPLE last year. "Being scrutinized. It's hard being judged when people don't really know you."

Now the reality show's star and husband Joe are paying what their lawyers say is a huge price for that notoriety.

The couple were released Tuesday on $500,000 bond each after being charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

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Teresa and Joe Giudice Freed on $500,000 Bond Each

Update 07/30/2013 12:15 PM Originally posted 07/30/2013 10:50 AM

Teresa and Joe Giudice Appear in Court to Face Fraud Charges | Teresa Giudice

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Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice were released on $500,000 bond each after making initial court appearances on Tuesday in Newark, N.J., to face federal fraud charges.

The stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey were ordered to surrender their passports and to confine their travels to New Jersey and New York. Joe Giudice could be deported to Italy if convicted because he is not a U.S. citizen.

They did not enter pleas.

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