Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Tourist,” a big, bountiful cat-and-mouser with hardly hidden aspirations to “Charade” (1963) and “North by Northwest” (1959), is like a fully loaded luxury car. While the overindulgence initially impresses, after a while you long for the engineering and élan of a much more sophisticated ride.
Overheard at the mall this weekend: “I want new Uggs for Christmas, Mom, and not those knock-off ones because they’re not good. I could also use a new Coach bag and, oh yeah, a navy blue cashmere sweater. And you could tell Aunt Janice she could get me a gift certificate to Sephora. Okay?”
HACKENSACK – EarthCam, a webcam network headquartered in Hackensack, announced its 12th annual list of the world’s “25 Most Interesting Webcams.”
FLORHAM PARK–With the national average price for a gallon of regular gas nearly $3 a gallon, many drivers are saying “bah humbug” at the gas pump this holiday season.
Holiday Bazaar • Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – The Linden/Roselle Community Center, 1238 St. Georges Ave., Linden will host a holiday bazaar. Raffles, food & door prizes.
CARTERET — Mayor Dan Reiman is appealing to the Middlesex County Executive Superintendent of schools to block a recently renegotiated contract extension and salary increase for the Carteret School Superintendent.
STATE – More than three quarters of New Jersey residents like the communities where they live, even though more than half think that the state has gotten worse in recent years. These results come from a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
FLORHAM PARK — AAA projects 92.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 3.1 percent from the 89.5 who traveled a year ago. The year-end holidays travel period is defined as Thursday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 2.
CARTERET – The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders has hired a firm to begin remediation and redevelopment of the County’s Joseph Medwick Park in Carteret.
ELIZABETH — Elizabeth experienced a steady rain of airplane crashes in the winter of 1951-52, when three planes came down, killing passengers, crewmembers and people on the ground.