Recreation & Lifestyle

“Couples Retreat” – Mediocrity Takes a Vacation – 1 & ½ popcorns

About the only thing that sets “Couples Retreat” apart from the annual dozen or so movies of its formulaic ilk is that Peter Billingsley directs it. You know, little, bespectacled Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” (1983) who, despite Mom’s admonitions that he’ll shoot his eye out, prays night and day for Santa to bring him a BB gun.

Community Calendar

Fish Dinner • Oct. 16 from noon-5 p.m.– Second Presbyterian Church, 1221 New Brunswick Ave., Rahway, is selling chicken and fish dinners. Full dinner: $10; Sandwiches: $5. To order, call Annette at 1-732-763-8413 or Sallie at 1-732-381-6273.

Remembering The Past: Elizabeth & Somerville Railroad

ELIZABETH-Here is more from the material given to me by South Amboy resident Jerry Celecki: On Feb. 9, 1831, the start of the rail line which was to become the CNJ, the Elizabeth & Somerville Railroad was chartered by the New Jersey Legislature.

“Capitalism: A Love Story” — 3 Popcorns

In addressing Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story,” first let it be known: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Communist Party. In the ‘60’s, when it looked like we might actually have a revolution, I cast my eyes skyward and entreated, “Don’t let my parents get hurt, and let me keep my sports car.” Alas, I am a capitalist.

Postal Service Issues a Blizzard of Holiday Stamps

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Postal Service starts delivering the 2009 holiday season by issuing the Winter Holidays stamps Thursday and the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps Friday at the American Stamp Dealers Association Mega Stamp Show in New York City.

Weatherization Programs Prepare Homeowners For Heating Season

DES PLAINES, Ill.—Winter is right around the corner and in honor of Energy Awareness Month, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) recommends making energy-efficient upgrades as a way for homeowners to prepare for the season. Many remodelers are offering weatherization programs to help them reduce energy costs.