Recreation & Lifestyle

Early Perth Amboy History

By Diane Norek Harrison PERTH AMBOY-In honor of Perth Amboy’s 325th Anniversary here is some early history of the city. This column is from material given to me a while back by readers Rose (Tarloski) and Jerry Celecki: Perth Amboy…

“Elegy” — Sings of Love and Death — 3 & ½ popcorns

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic After seeing a bevy of summer blockbusters the movie equivalent of cigarette-smoking teenagers exchanging profanities in a littered 7-11 parking lot, director Isabel Coixet’s “Elegy” seems an artistic oasis. At last, a quiet…

Remembering the Past: Raritan Township Schools

By Diane Norek Harrison EDISON-This is from my own material dated 1882 when Edison Township was known as Raritan Township: Although the allotment of a portion of the common lands for the benefit of schools is evidence of the interest…

“The Rocker” – Shake, Rattle & Redemption – 2 & ½ popcorns

  By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic It helps if you dig the genre, a rock ‘n’ roll sliver of the old Show Biz tale that arguably began with Tommy Sands’s title role in the Kraft TV Theatre production of…

“Vicky Cristina Barcelona” — From Spain with Love — 4 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” a romantic tale with a pungent twist, is the sort of film that reminds you why it was you fell in love with going to the movies in the…

“Pineapple Express” – Punch Drunk – 2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Lest you fear that “Pineapple Express” and other films of its ilk are a sign that the apocalypse is nigh, take heart, Pops. Yep, we’ve been here before. What’s old is again new. While…

Remembering the Past: More Memories Of South Amboy

By Diane Norek Harrison SOUTH AMBOY- Here are former South Amboy resident Adam Kierst’s memories of his way home from St. Mary’s School on Augusta Street to Ward Avenue in the 1920s. I had his walking to St. Mary’s School…