Recreation & Lifestyle

Remembering the Past: Battin High School Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison ELIZABETH-Here are some more memories from reader Barbara Cook: The Blue Gym Suit “Long ago, (1957-1958), in a high school named Battin, there existed a tradition of getting the young ladies dressed up in a comical…

“Step Brothers” – Relatively Funny – 2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic Inquiring about “Step Brothers,” Will Ferrell’s latest comedic belly whop into the adolescent muck and mire, someone asked, “Isn’t that about two fortyish guys acting like they’re fourteen?” To which I replied, “No, actually,…

“The Dark Knight” — Casts Shadows of Doubt — 3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic It is dark, indeed. And complicated through the first act when director Christopher Nolan dabs in blacks and grays the gloomy exposition for his Batman reprise. It’s Gotham, yet might as well be postwar…

“Hellboy II: The Golden Army” — Signals the March of Time — 2 & ½ popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic If you still haven’t had your fill of faux-gothic tales, wherein mystical/and or comic superheroes, attended by volumes of liturgy and lore, serve as models for the eternal fight between good and bad, lightness…

Remembering the Past: Memories Of The Area

by Diane Norek Harrison RAHWAY—Here are some 1980s memories from Rahway resident Derron Palmer: “I remember buying Italian Ice at Truppa’s on Winfield Street, eating at the Foursome Diner, the summer sidewalk sales and the Fourth of July bicycle races…

“Hancock” – Suffers a Super Identity Crisis – 2 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger, film critic I think it was Henry Miller who recommended we judge him solely by his works, and not his personal life. That way, he suggested, there’d be less chance of us being disappointed. But that…

Remembering the Past: First National Bank Of Woodbridge

By Diane Norek Harrison WOODBRIDGE—This is from my own research dated 1920: The First National Bank of Woodbridge was incorporated June 12, 1906, and commenced business August 11th of the same year, in the handsome building erected on the northwest…