STATE — The New Year is fast approaching. With its promise of starting fresh, The Provident Bank suggests committing to financial resolutions this year! But rather than setting vague financial goals, such as “get rid of debt” and “stick to a budget,” the bank recommends making a list of specific, measurable resolutions to whip your finances into shape.
Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that asthma rates in the U.S. have doubled in the last three decades? What’s behind this troubling trend and what can we do to reverse it? — Patrick, via e-mail
As a child, my Christmas wish list came right out of the Sears and Roebuck catalogue—toys, board games, bikes, action figures, etc. My parents, like so many in their day, belonged to the working-class poor, so while I never lacked for the necessities of life, many of the items on my wish list never came to be. Even so, I was no worse off for it.
BRANCHBURG – After centuries of lugging a heavy bag over one shoulder, eating too many Christmas cookies, crouching in a sleigh while being pulled by eight reindeer and living a sedentary lifestyle for 364 days a year, it may be time for Santa Claus to make an “adjustment” to his health says the Association of NJ Chiropractors.
RAHWAY — Roosevelt School Band Teacher Kate Rattner conducts the flute section at a recent holiday performance at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway.
SEATTLE, Wash. – A new research report by interactive fitness website WeightTraining.com has ranked all fifty states on which U.S. citizens gain the most weight over the holidays, combining public health research and medical surveys.
RAHWAY — On Dec. 11, members of the Rahway High School Band journeyed to Rockefeller Center for the 43rd Tuba Christmas with band director Robert VanWyk. Six Rahway students were performers and another 14 attended as visitors.
PATERSON – St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, recently received a special holiday visit from New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
Dear EarthTalk: I always hear about hair products and sprays that claim to be natural and organic based. What are some hair products that can be purchased that are legit and cause no harm to the environment? — Penny Siegel, Milwaukee, WI
STATE — A new congressional district map that was drafted by Republicans and puts the hometowns of two incumbent congressmen in the same jurisdiction was adopted by the 13-member redistricting commission today.