Smart Ways To Save Money During the Holidays

ROSELAND – The holidays are a joyous – and potentially expensive – time of year. In fact, according to a 2009 Consumer Reports survey, consumers said they planned on spending an average of $699 on gifts, but they admitted to actually shelling out an average of $811.

Remembering The Past: South Amboy Christmas Memories

SOUTH AMBOY-In December 1902, the Dr. A.L. Bright Drug Store, which was on Broadway, sold Vantine’s perfume in beautiful holiday packages. They also had Lunborg and Palmer’s perfumes, manicure sets, softly razors, and fountain pens. They sold Whitman’s and Roselle Vogue chocolates, a full line of Christmas and New Year cards, and booklets. Christmas seals were sold for 25 cents for five.

Blood Donors To Receive NJ Nets Tickets

SOUTH PLAINFIELD — NJ Blood Services will hold a special needs blood drive sponsored by the South Plainfield Business Association for South Plainfield resident Jerry Bartolotti, who after a serious injury, received 120 units of blood.

Community Calendar

Sample Sale • Dec. 11 & 18 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – World Enterprises Wholesale Showroom, 990 Raritan Rd., Clark, will hold a holiday sample sale that is open to the public. Fashion items including ladies’ handbags, jewelry, scarves, clothing and athletic apparel will be on sale at below retail prices. Info: 1-732-388-4001

Seasonal Affective Disorder Affects Mental Health

STATE–With the official start of winter on Dec. 21, many New Jerseyans are spending an increased amount of time indoors without exposure to the sun. While they may experience some feelings of depression and anxiety as a result, they could also be suffering from a more serious medical condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder – or SAD – if these feelings persist.