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Archive for March 20th, 2009

popcornBy Michael S. Goldberger, film critic

Just out of the blocks this latest permutation of author Alexander Key’s sci-fi fantasy sparkles with newfound energy. “How novel,” we opine. However, once director Andy Fickman’s “Race to Witch Mountain” has unfurled all its 21st century refurbishments, the script assumes the repetitious ordinariness common to a game of Chutes and Ladders.

Still, valiantly staving off the film’s same ole, same ole nature longer than Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback’s script deserves is a bright-eyed cast, its keenest orbs peering out from Dwayne Johnson’s signature scowl. Oft on the receiving end of his faux ire, AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig complete the thespic complement.

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ron-riosBy Ronald G. Rios

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, and I encourage all residents to educate themselves and their families about colorectal cancer – the third most common cancer in men and women.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that in 2005, 72,007 men and 69,398 women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer; and 26,781 men and 27,259 women died.

Men and women of all racial and ethnic groups are affected by this disease, which almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum.

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LINDEN – Students at Soehl Middle School recently learned about International Women’s Day, which was observed this year on March 8.

The holiday has been observed since in the early 1900s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. In some countries International Women’s Day has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

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pastBy Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-I received the following email from a reader: “Hi Diane, We read with interest your excerpt about the Perth Amboy and Woodbridge Clay Pits in the Feb. 6 Atom Tabloid. You might be interested in this material from “The Clays and Clay Industry of New Jersey by Heinrich Ries and Henry Kummel in 1904.” We appreciate your efforts in describing local historic content.”

Here is an excerpt from the material: The Woodbridge Clays: Beneath the “Feldspar-Kaolin” sands, there occurs the Woodbridge clay bed, the most important and most widely worked of all the subdivisions of the Raritan formation. Its importance is due to its great thickness (50 to 80 feet where not eroded), to its wide outcrop, and to its character.

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