Over the years, countless fad diets—such as the cabbage soup diet, the lemonade cleanse, and the low- carb diet—have promised a path to quick and effortless weight loss. It’s tempting to believe that you can follow a “simple” formula and drop pounds without ever breaking a sweat. But as with many other things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Dear EarthTalk: A friend with many minor health problems recently switched to a diet of only raw plant foods and reports feeling much better. She also insists her new eating habits are better for the environment. Does this make sense or is the strange diet making her crazy? — Phil C., Reno, NV
CLARK–The Coalition for Sewer Rate Relief today publicly called on Gov. Chris Christie to investigate the Rahway Valley Sewer Authority (RVSA), citing rampant waste, mismanagement and abuse as the rationale.
STATE—Education Commissioner Bret Schundler today released the 2010 Comparative Spending Guide, an annual statistical report that details local school spending and ranks school districts in 14 spending categories.
UNION COUNTY—Union County will launch a pilot program called Green Dot, a new bystander intervention program designed to address issues of personal violence such as harassment and stalking, domestic violence and sexual assault.
ELIZABETH– People with disabilities at times face challenges in life that allow them to demonstrate their independence and self-sufficiency, yet falling in love is not one of those hurdles.
NEWARK—The Newark Public Library is featuring artwork created by veterans in the exhibition, “The Combat Paper Project: Healing through Art.” The exhibition highlights art on paper made from military uniforms, and may be viewed from April 1 through June 26 in the third floor gallery of the Main Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark.
PERTH AMBOY – City Council members failed to adopt an ordinance that would have switched Perth Amboy’s non-partisan municipal elections from May to November starting in 2012 at last week’s meeting.
NEWARK—Gerald Menditto, 66, has been passionate about running the Cyclone rollercoaster at Coney Island for 35 years.
WOODBRIDGE—Authorities are actively investigating the death of an 82-year-old man, who was beaten and robbed in his home in the Fords section of the township, Middlesex County First Assistant Prosecutor Julia McClure and Woodbridge Police Chief William Trenery announced today.