LIVINGSTON, NJ – Generally, people seek out Livingston resident Beth Nydick for nutritional counseling and her proprietary SNO Bars, but on Saturday, her help was needed for a different reason—to help establish two new Guinness Book Records with the cast of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”
The tasks at hand were: 1) Having 100 “security people” on Segways; and 2) Having the same 100 people going 360 simultaneously on Segways. It was all legit—the Guinness Book of World Record’s staff was there to document it all for posterity and James was the 100th officer on a Segway for the Guinness Records. The film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” premieres for all audiences on April 17.
Nydick was invited with 19 other “Mommy Bloggers” to participate in the event by Denise Albert, co-creator with Melissa Musen Gerstein, of THE MOMS, a multi-platform lifestyle brand. According to the website, the duo have turned motherhood into a major business venture that reaches millions of parents each year with events like their town hall event series that they moderate called Mamarazzi where they provide influential moms and media with access to celebrities to discuss issues surrounding parenting. Recent Mamarazzi events have included celebrity guests Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman, Pitbull—and Saturday’s event with James and the cast of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”
Nydick said there were Segway trainers on hand to teach everyone how to use the Segways in order to get ready for the Segway challenges.
“They were easy to use,” she said. “I learned in a matter of minutes. They were so much fun to drive.”
To get into character, all 80 actual security people and the 20 mom bloggers were provided with uniforms, ties and badges to wear for the feats and to keep. The officers also received the shirt James wore in the first movie and a hat. Nydick also went home with a poncho.
The day was geared for families with face painting, food stations and more. Not only did the mom bloggers and officers bring their families, but the stars brought theirs as well. Nydick brought her sons Jack, 12 and Maxwell, 10 and husband Andrew.
“The cast could not have been nicer,” said Nydick. “I told Kevin I am a big fan and that I had talked to him years ago in early '90s at Rascals and he said that he loved that place.”
Nydick said she especially enjoyed talking to Ana Gasteyer of "Saturday Night Live," one of her favorite people from the show, and Loni Love. She also loved seeing D.B. Woods, who she said went to Yale, just hanging with the boys.
Later that day, Nydick and family were lucky enough to be invited to the movie premier and after party at Tavern on the Green.
“The movie was great,” said Nydick. “It was so clever and funny. We laughed a lot. It is a movie you can take the kids to. My husband was laughing so hard—the kids shushed him.”
While Nydick said her favorite parts of the day were attending the movie premiere and after party,” her son Maxx had a different take.
“After the movie, Maxx came running out of the bathroom yelling that he peed with Kevin James,” said Nydick with a laugh.
Editor’s Note: Nydick’s SNO Bars, which come in three flavors and comprise seeds, nuts and oats in a honey nut base, are sold at Green Nector Juicery in Millburn, Grass Roots Market in Morristown, the three Deans Markets, Morristown Carwash and Morristown Handwash. Her recipes and advice for promoting a healthy living lifestyle can be found HERE and her bars can be found HERE. She can be reached by email here firstname.lastname@example.org.