Dear EarthTalk: I know that some people abstain from meat on Fridays for religious reasons, but what’s the story behind “Meatless Mondays?” — Sasha Burger, Ronkonkoma, NY

Cut Your Taxes

For many, mid-November through New Year’s Day is a blur of activity when important tasks get ignored. Who has time to review their benefits and tax paperwork when holiday planning looms overhead?

Nearly 4,000 Take Advantage Of Safe Surrender Event

NEW BRUNSWICK – Approximately 3,901 wanted persons from across New
Jersey voluntarily turned themselves in at Fugitive Safe Surrender, held
Nov. 3-6, at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in
Somerset. Because not all cases have been processed, the total is
still being counted and is expected to approximate 4,000.

Assembly To Take Up Controversial Bills

TRENTON – Assembly Democrats will make another attempt to restore funding for women’s health care and challenge the Christie administration’s medical marijuana use rules today. Lawmakers will also consider a bill to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing.

Change Your Clock & Your Smoke Alarm Battery On Nov. 7

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 7, and marks the 23rd anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program, which reminds people to check and change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors during the fall time change.

Gerbounka, Moore Win Linden Election

LINDEN — In Linden, Mayor Rich Gerbounka was re-elected and James Moore will be Council President after a count of provisional ballots narrowed the incumbent’s lead over Democratic Councilman Derek Armstead but confirmed the independent’s victory.