STATE – Over 2.2 million New Jersey residents will travel 50 miles or more from home for Christmas and New Year’s, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic projections, a slight increase over last year’s statistics. The 2011 year-end holiday travel period is defined as Friday, Dec. 23 to Monday, Jan. 2.
PARAMUS– As consumers flock to retailers during the holiday season and as the use of prepaid cards continues to expand rapidly, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced this past Saturday, Dec. 17, The Prepaid Card Consumer Protection Act to curb hidden fees associated with many of these cards.
ELIZABETH – On Friday, a Plainfield man was convicted of first degree robbery and weapon possession stemming from a 2008 robbery by knifepoint on Clinton Avenue, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
Newt Gingrich earned some $600,000 as a consultant to a major ethanol lobbying group, not the $312,500 that the organization, called Growth Energy, disclosed last spring.
It’s an important moment for Americans who eat fish or use electricity. After more than two decades of delays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue a new regulation restricting some power plant emissions that have polluted the nation’s air and water.
NEWARK – As the holidays remind us to think of those in need, and the time for year-end tax deductible charitable gifts approaches, the State Division of Consumer Affairs reminds New Jerseyans: ‘Tis the Season to Investigate Before You Donate.
Despite high-profile media attention, the odds of having your credit or debit card number stolen by crooks remains at historically low levels. That said, it’s always good to know what to do in case lightening does strike and someone fraudulently uses your card.
If you could travel back in time to the end of the Civil War, you’d be amazed to see that New Jersey had virtually no forests. Beginning in colonial times, vast primeval forests filled with centuries-old trees were cleared for timber and agriculture.
Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that gas furnaces cost less to run and burn cleaner than their oil counterparts? If I make the switch, how long should I expect it to take for me to pay back my initial investment? And are there any greener options I should consider? — Veronica Austin, Boston, MA
Dear EarthTalk: I know that large fish contain a lot of mercury, but where does it come from? And what are we doing to prevent this contamination? — Alison Bronner, Atlanta, GA