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Archive for December 5th, 2008

STATE—The American Civil Liberties Union found that 196 New Jersey jurisdictions acted in violation of federal, state and constitutional laws forbidding schools from asking for immigration status or Social Security numbers to register.

The organization identified six Union County school districts and one charter school that acted in violation of the law.

Garwood, Mountainside, the Queen City Academy Charter School in Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle Park, Springfield, and Summit requested information that would reveal the immigration status of children seeking to enroll or their parents.

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Popcorn by Michael GoldbergerBy Michael S. Goldberger, film critic 

Bent on achieving a mystical aura at every turn yet too rarely magical, Baz Luhrmann’s colorful, would-be epochal “Australia” is a bargain basement cross between “Out of Africa” (1985) and any number of cattle rustling Westerns. All that’s missing is Errol Flynn to aid the damsel in distress. So Hugh Jackman as Drover will just have to do. 

In all fairness, the handsome lad does his iconic countryman proud. Of course Nicole Kidman as Lady Sarah Ashley, the noble lass in question, isn’t quick to recognize his worth. After all, socially she’s the bee’s knees. Whereas Drover is, well, a cattle drover, machismo and independent allure notwithstanding. It’s hackneyed theme #173.

It was perhaps done best by Hepburn and Bogart in “The African Queen” (1951). In that variation, the scalawag in search of approbation from Hepburn’s flower of British civility is Bogie’s Charlie Allnut, a Canadian. And just to put things in perspective, the romantic class struggle is fought to the backdrop of WWI. 

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CLARK – The Dr. William Robinson Plantation House and Museum is opening their doors for the holiday season this weekend.

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On Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 5 p.m., they will have a blacksmith demonstrating “The Art of Blacksmithing”, hearth cooking, and a professional storyteller reading “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”. Santa will also arrive at 12:30 p.m. and stay until 4:30 p.m. so children can take pictures with jolly old St. Nick!

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santa-12LINDEN —Linden Presbyterian Church, 1506 Orchard Terrace, will hold the fifth annual lunch with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 13 from noon to 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the church’s Albert Johnston Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Lunch with Santa will include a choice of hot dog or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, drink and dessert. Each child will receive a small gift. Face painting and holiday music will also be provided.

Santa will be available for photos with each child at an additional cost.

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nativity-sceneSCOTCH PLAINS—In these days when you are viewing pageants and receiving cards that tell the Christmas story, challenge yourself and join in at the Willow Grove Church Adult Forum to learn what parts of the traditional story really appear in the Bible.  Discover more of the Middle Eastern culture into which Jesus was born.

What about the word we translate inn?  Where were the stable and manger located, out behind the inn?  No, most Middle Eastern peasant homes were designed so that the ground floor area just inside the door was used as a place to keep the family livestock at night.  The people in the house lived in an adjacent single room build a few feet higher.  This arrangement had two advantages:  Families could clean by sweeping everything down into the “stable,” and niches were cut into the edge of the platform to be filled with fodder, the mangers of the Nativity story.  So says Dr. Kenneth Bailey, research professor of Middle Eastern New Testament studies at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, who was raised in the Middle East.

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