Dear EarthTalk: Can you explain what “fracking” is with regard to natural gas exploration and why it is controversial? — Jonas Kern, Bellevue, WA
RAHWAY — On Monday, Dec. 13, Rutgers Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Rice, along with some of his coaches and players, visited Rahway Middle School.
CRANFORD – On Dec. 6, Union County College hired David G. Brown, II to serve as the Project Manager of its new Green Workforce Service Program which is a part of the college’s Industry-Business Institute.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 2011, personal exemptions and standard deductions will rise and tax brackets will widen due to inflation, the Internal Revenue Service announced.
JERSEY CITY — With 2010 drawing to a close and New Year’s Eve right around the corner, consider making a different resolution this year. Since getting out of debt and improving your financial situation is perennially atop the list of most popular New Year’s resolutions, make 2011 the year you finally whip your finances into shape.
STATE — A law enacted in January 2010 gives the education commissioner the authority to change the date of the Annual School Election if it falls on a religious holiday.
EDISON — Earlier this month, the Edison Department of Health & Human Services (EDHHS) received an Outstanding American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Award from the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services (NJDHHS).
MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Middlesex County Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated to advocating for all women in Middlesex County and to providing an effective forum to identify and address women’s issues and concerns, is calling for nominations for its first “Citizens of the Year” Awards.
LINDEN — Marybeth Strano, acting president of the Linden Historical Society, and Michael Demkowicz, society vice president, presented “The Historian of the Year Award” to Stephen T. Zielinski at the Linden City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
Dear EarthTalk: Why did 34 million wild sockeye salmon return to the Fraser River in British Columbia this year? The run had been declining for 20 years before now. — David B., Seattle, WA