Dear EarthTalk: There are a number of companies out there now doing “energy audits” for the home, after which they try to sell you attic insulation and other products and services. Is this just a scam or would it be wise for me to look into this? — Bill Richards, New York, NY
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – New Year’s resolutions are often made with good intentions, but they can be difficult to maintain. Instead of making vague promises this year, set tangible goals and work toward realistic lifestyle changes.
ELIZABETH — Union County Freeholder Chairman-elect Alexander Mirabella will announce his chairman’s initiatives during the annual reorganization meeting at the County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth, in Judge Cassidy’s Chambers on Sunday, Jan.8 at noon.
SCOTCH PLAINS – Flu season is no joke. The muscle aches, fever, chills and fatigue that accompany the virus affect five to 20 percent of the U.S. population each year and hospitalize hundreds of thousands, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dear EarthTalk: What’s the story with Echinacea? Many herb teas contain it, and many people swear by it as a cold remedy. But I’ve also seen headlines saying that the herb has no medicinal value whatsoever. Can you set the record straight? — Arlene Hixson, Portland, ME
TRENTON – A bipartisan bill sponsored by state Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union) which creates the “Grow New Jersey” program to provide tax incentives for companies which maintain existing employment levels and create new jobs in New Jersey was signed into law today by Governor Christie.
SOMERVILLE – Somerset County authorities announced the arrest of a 22-year-old Roselle man who is charged with aggravated assault in a stabbing attack that took place at the Staybridge Hotel in the Somerset section of Franklin Township that left one man dead and another man injured. Police are still searching for a second suspect who they believe is responsible for the killing.
LINDEN — The Linden Police Department took part in a year-end “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunk driving crackdown, and arrested 15 drivers for driving while intoxicated. The initiative began on Dec. 5, 2011 and ran until Jan. 2, 2012.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s economy added 200,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate, at 8.5 percent, continued to trend down, according to data reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today. Job gains occurred in transportation and warehousing, retail trade, manufacturing, health care, and mining.
For General Electric Co., hawking subprime mortgages was a long way from making light bulbs and jet engines.