Dear EarthTalk: Has anyone calculated the energy wasted at night by unnecessary lighting in and around buildings? What can we do to reduce our light footprint? — Bill Rehkamp, via e-mail
CARTERET — The Borough will be hosting its second annual Battle of the Bands live musical competition on tonight, Aug. 18 at Carteret Waterfront Park. Dubbed “A Fistful of Sound,” the event will promote and showcase regional amateur musical performers through fun and friendly competition, and present a new entertainment venue to area residents and visitors.
I keep hearing that Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan “enables the country to have the debate it needs to have,” or “permits us to have a grownup discussion,” or “finally presents America with a real choice.” The New York Times oped page proclaims: “Let the Real Debate Begin!”
Blood Drive • Aug. 17 from noon – 6 p.m. – Burger King, 439 Morris Ave., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services. Donors must be 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 lbs., and present photo or signed ID. Donors over 75 can keep donating with a note from their doctor. First time donors must know their Social Security number. Info: 1-800-933-2566.
MORRISTOWN – The Town of Morristown and Mayor Timothy Dougherty will host a free all day concert on the Green on Saturday, Aug. 18. The second annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival runs from noon until 10 p.m.
The recent London Olympics have given us a new batch of heroes to worship. Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas and Ryan Lochte are just a few names that have come to personify hard-work, courage and perseverance. These winners got well-deserved gold medals for doing what they trained so hard for over the past four years.
TRENTON – New Jersey’s economy lost 12,000 jobs in July, according to preliminary estimates released today by the state Department of Labor. The Garden State’s unemployment rate rose 0.2 percentage points to 9.8 percent, 1.5 percent higher than the nations’s 8.3 percent unemployment rate.