Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for October 17th, 2008

Congressman Mike Ferguson survived a challenge from Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Stender two years ago by deluging local television with the chant, “Stender is a Spender”—which was fundamentally false and unfair because Ferguson was behind the expenditure of many trillions of dollars during his years in Washington D.C. compared to the relatively paltry state budgets out of Trenton that can be blamed on Stender.

Republican state Sen. Leonard Lance has adopted that same slogan, dancing to a political tune instead of relying on his long record of moderation in this campaign, so we thought it is inject a dose of reality on the debate.

(more…)

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

RAHWAY—Six Democrats seeking election to the City Council next month are each calling themselves “Rahway’s Redevelopment Expert” in their campaign material, in a brazen attempt to latch on to the considerable good feeling in the city over Mayor James Kennedy’s downtown initiatives.

Bobby Akbar, of 692 East Grand Avenue, is the Democratic candidate for First Ward Councilman.

A 1994 Rahway High graduate who starred for the Indians in the early 1990s under the name of Bobby McClain, Akbar is a 5th grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School. Two years ago, he authored a book titled, “What It Means To Wear The Red And Black – 100 years of Rahway High School Football 1906-2006.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

STATE—Many used plastic toys are tossed aside when they show little signs of wear and are still in good working condition. Those used toys could be given a second chance, especially by needy children who do not have parents capable of providing luxury items.

Hundreds of useable plastic toys were collected from participating Investors Savings Bank branches serving as Second Chance Toys drop-off locations to benefit disadvantaged children while helping save the environment.

Second Chance Toys is a community-based initiative that helps protect the environment by recycling plastic toys and distributing them to needy children through local community organizations.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic

A post-apocalyptic primer on government corruption, the PG-rated “City of Ember” is more astute than wowing. Bright children will appreciate the sarcastic validation of what they’ve already suspected. Whereas adults might be moved to wonder if a kiddy flick on how to shop for long term care is next.

Still, while a bit less joyous than what we’d like to think is good for our children, director Gil Kenan’s handling of Caroline Thompson’s intricately woven adaptation of Jeanne Duprau’s book has chutzpah. Teaching Machiavellian politics on this level, or for that matter even thinking such an early start is crucial, can’t help but draw our curiosity.

But there it is, the underground City of Ember, a metaphor, dare we say, of our own civilization, replete with all its wiles, stratagems, foibles and dreams. Start off with Bill Murray as Mayor Cole. You don’t need a Kindergarten diploma to know the skinny on this fat cat. Laying out the same old, tired palaver, he seems to even bore himself.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

By Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY—In my Sept. 26 column, I had asked readers to let me know where Angie’s Lounge was located in 1975. I was told it was actually on Route 35 in the Melrose section of Sayreville, where the former Sweethearts was located, and is now Black Betty’s Saloon. This bar was also called Angelo’s in the 1970s. It was listed with the South Amboy Tavern Association.

Melrose does come under South Amboy for its mailing address and sometimes things can be a little mixed up when finding past material. Bars in the past served a lot of good food. Send me bar names, location, owners and what great food was whipped up in the bars of the past from any of the seven towns listed below.

(more…)

Read Full Post »