If Jack Nicholson’s Col. Nathan R. Jessup (“A Few Good Men”-1992) was correct in assessing that you can’t handle the truth, then you may not like Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air.” Caustic and whimsical, often at the same time, this character study of a free spirit extraordinaire, exemplarily portrayed by George Clooney, pulls no punches.
NEW BRUNSWICK – VSA arts of New Jersey announces spring program offerings for children with autism. Programs are open to children with autism ages 3 to 21 and their family members. The registration deadline is Jan. 11, 2010.
Thank you to all the readers who contributed to my column in 2009. I wouldn’t have been able to print my column without help.
This column is from my own accumulation of holiday research:
SOUTH AMBOY- Dec. 31, 1962, The Bottle Stop, which was located at 104 ½ Broadway, held a New Year’s Eve party with streamers, refreshments and fun galore.
HIGHLAND PARK – As the year is ending, it will be the start of something new for Highland Park – Nighthawk Books.
Blood Drive • Jan. 2 from 11:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Woodbridge Center Mall, 250 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge, will host a blood drive. For info, call 1-800-933-2566.
CLARK – The Polish Cultural Foundation will celebrate the Polish tradition of Christmas caroling known as “Koledy” on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m.
PERTH AMBOY-Here is an email I received from Nancy Ridge after my Nov. 6, 2009 Veterans Day column:
“Diane, I have been meaning to write for a while now to tell you how much I look forward to and enjoy your column. Thank you for taking the time to do this, I am sure you bring joy to many, many people.
Y’know how no matter what art museum you visit there is always one room you enter that has a giant painting taking up an entire wall? You’re reaction is generally, why? Well, that’s how “Avatar,” director James Cameron’s often brilliant but overlong sci-fi extravaganza, initially strikes you.
Merry Christmas! Here is my final installment of Christmas memories for 2009.