Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t it a waste that we buy water in plastic bottles when it is basically free out of our taps? Even health food stores, which should know better, sell it like crazy. When did Earth’s most abundant and free natural resource become a commercial ‘beverage’? — A. Jacobs, via e-mail
UTICA, N.Y. – Less than a third of voters believe that their children will have a better life than they do, according to a new Zogby Interactive Survey.
The establishment of a system of universal public schools for all American children was a historic event for the world and the key to our Nation’s development and prosperity. It provided unmatched literacy levels for our citizens and a commitment to excellence as a national goal.
STATE – Voters are fairly evenly split in their reactions to Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released this week. Forty-eight percent are displeased with the governor’s budget, 45 percent are pleased and seven percent are undecided.
NEW BRUNSWICK — More than 20 percent of New Jersey’s population is foreign-born, and health care providers must recognize this multicultural population’s diverse and changing health needs in order to provide the best health care, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh said Tuesday in releasing “The Health of the Newest New Jerseyans: A Resource Guide.”
MOUNTAINSIDE — Unclaimed refunds totaling approximately $36.5 million are awaiting about 31,000 New Jerseyans who did not file a federal income tax return for 2007. To collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 18.
RAHWAY — The Union County Homicide Task Force arrested a man yesterday afternoon in connection with last week’s Rahway homicide, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
STATE – As crude oil prices surged because of unrest in Libya, New Jersey gas prices reached levels not seen since October 2008. On Monday, the average price of regular gasoline in New Jersey reached $3.195, according to NewJerseyGasPrices.com.
RAHWAY – The average Rahway taxpayer will pay $66 extra this year because of a tax appeal settlement with Merck & Co.
EDISON — Shruti Nadkarni of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.