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“Win Win” – Victory for the Common Man

Following a thoroughly enjoyable viewing of director Thomas McCarthy’s “Win Win,” I’ve decided that after the health of my family, world peace and a Ferrari, I’ll ask the genie to please let Paul Giamatti perennially regale us with his portrayals of middle class heroes. His struggling lawyer by day/ H.S. wrestling coach by night, is an inspiration.

Costs To Own & Operate A Car Going Up, AAA Reports

FLORHAM PARK — AAA released the results of its annual Your Driving Costs study on Wednesday, revealing a 3.4 percent rise in the yearly average costs to own and operate a sedan in the United States. The average costs rose 1.9 cents per mile to 58.5 center per mile ($8,776 per year), based on 15,000 miles of annual driving.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: So, what’s the story: Is it good that we have fluoride in our tap water or not? I’ve heard so many conflicting opinions over the years. — Benjamin P., Mission, KS

Ramos Rocks Roman

PERTH AMBOY — Melvin Ramos, who was a top aide to former Mayor Joe Vas, said that Dianne Roman sent municipal employees to do her personal shopping and deliver goods to her home after using a city charge card to pay for the groceries.

State Police Conduct Field Exercise

UNION COUNTY — The New Jersey State Police, the NJ State Police Office of Emergency Management, and emergency response and emergency management agencies will be conducting a multi-day, full scale exercise to test first responder deployment and response capabilities in New Jersey’s Urban Area Security Initiative region.