Dear EarthTalk: I don’t hear much about the environmental impacts of our consumer culture any more, but it seems to me that our “buy, buy, buy” mentality is a major contributor to our overuse of energy and resources. Are any organizations addressing this issue today? – M. Oakes, Miami, FL
TRENTON—Average teacher raises are declining, according to a preliminary analysis of 2011-2012 teacher contracts reported by the New Jersey School Boards Association today.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed measures to provide $90.6 million in grants to counties, towns and nonprofit organizations to preserve farmland across the Garden State and fund State-initiated farmland preservation projects today.
TRENTON – Assembly Democrats Connie Wagner, Peter J. Barnes and Pamela Lampitt on Tuesday touted new legislation to encourage New Jersey’s best and brightest college graduates to stay in New Jersey to start their careers.
PISCATAWAY – A former volunteer religious instructor from Brooklyn, N.Y. has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and South Plainfield Police Chief James Parker announced today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition of liberal groups including MoveOn.org as well as a number of labor unions, launched a webpage today that provides information about all 12 members of the powerful Joint Select Committee on Budget Deficit Reduction.
TRENTON – Drunk drivers will face statewide crackdowns by police officers as part of the annual summer “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky announced today.
NEW BRUNSWICK – Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey, a nonprofit committed to preventing child abuse in all its forms, released “Strengthening Efforts to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in New Jersey” on Monday.
On Aug. 17 an asteroid estimated to be 17 to 39 meters in diameter will pass through space intersecting the Earth’s orbit, missing a collision by only about one million miles. The object will be moving at about 13,533 miles per hour, or 3.76 miles per second.
UNION COUNTY – Legislation that will help preserve two Union County historic sites was signed into law on Monday.