Merchant lends support

Jamestown native and singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant joined the state in producing YouTube videos for the new “Don’t Do Nothing” campaign.

“Reach out to a family member or friend if you feel that they’re being abused,” Merchant says to the camera while the sound of her singing plays softly in the background. “You’re willingness to be involved could be the first step to their safety.”

Videos with Merchant, who was struck by a domestic violence death in the Hudson Valley town where she lives, were posted this week on a YouTube channel for the state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence:

The star power of Merchant, who launched a solo career after leaving the 10,000 Maniacs band she helped found, should help more people to take the cause seriously, said Gwen Wright, agency director.

“Natalie lending her name to the project just really drove home for people how important it is,” she said.

The videos, which will be used as training and education tools, debuted this month because October is dedicated to domestic violence awareness, said Wright.

The state hotline for victims is 1-800-942-6906.

It’s a girl for ‘Shore’ star


Former “Jersey Shore” star Pauly D is a new dad, a rep for Pauly confirmed Tuesday.

The reality star and DJ is the papa of a baby girl he fathered with an ex-fling.

A source told E! News that the 33-year-old (whose real name is Pauly Delvecchio) “didn’t have a previous relationship” with the mother, but he “is hoping to develop a relationship” with her.

According to, the mother is 26 years old, lives in New Jersey and met Pauly in Las Vegas last year while he was DJing there.

She reportedly has filed court documents in the Garden State to establish paternity, but, according to TMZ, Pauly “has already taken a DNA test and he’s the dad.”

Underwood’s schedule is full

The end of the year looks busy for Carrie Underwood, and she couldn’t be happier.

The six-time Grammy-winning singer will host the Country Music Association Awards for the sixth time. You can see her singing the opening on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” And for one night in December, she’ll star in a live television version of “The Sound of Music.”

The 30-year-old star told the Associated Press on the red carpet Tuesday night at the TJ Martell Foundation gala, where she was one of the night’s honorees, that she is nervous doing something she’s never done before. But then she realized, “None of us have. This is a live show on TV. So this is definitely a challenge for all of us.”

“The Sound of Music” airs Dec. 5 on NBC with Underwood playing Maria alongside “True Blood” vampire Stephen Moyer. He portrays Captain von Trapp. Broadway veterans – and Tony winners – Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle round out the cast as Mother Abbess, Elsa and Max.

From News and wire services.