We began the second decade of the 21st Century with another tumultuous year. New Jersey has suffered through wild weather, with winter blizzards giving way to summer storms, Hurricane Irene and an October snowstorm that left some without power for nearly a week. And while the economy continued to show some positive signs, for too many their personal financial situation has yet to improve.
We published our look back at 2011, highlighting some of the memorable events of the year. Now it’s your turn. Tell us in the comments section: what will you remember about 2011?
BRIDGEVILLE –This holiday season, countless New Jersey citizens will make the New Year’s resolution to quit smoking in 2012. While quitting smoking is extremely difficult—six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking—preparing a quit-smoking plan can greatly improve a person’s chance for success.
The New Year is a time of resolutions. It’s a time when people commit to making a change in their life. Losing weight, changing jobs, saving money, making money, a new relationship, getting in shape, going back to school, or giving up smoking, are just some of the goals people set for themselves on Jan. 1.
NEWARK — NJ Transit will offer additional service for New Year’s weekend.
CLARK — Students at Valley Road School are learning the latest technology, led by teacher Jennifer Wilkinson. Wilkinson works with fifth graders after school in her newly formed iPad Explorers Club.
Dear EarthTalk: What do I need to know about the new U.S. energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that take effect in January 2012? Will certain bulbs be unavailable? And am I supposed to switch out my older inefficient bulbs with newer efficient ones? — Melissa McCarthy, Aptos, CA
A new report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, produced by the American Association of University Women, makes clear that sending our children to school often means sending them into a hostile environment where sexual harassment is the norm.
RAHWAY — Did you receive a new cell phone this holiday season? The Rahway Lodge #1075 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking everyone to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones.
Dear EarthTalk: Recycling can be a somewhat time-consuming task; so can you please provide some benefits of taking the time to separate my trash? — Joseph Jiminez, Houston, TX