It’s estimated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that a whopping 34 percent of the average farmer’s production cost comes from controlling agricultural pests. Thankfully, this state we’re in is one of eleven with a special laboratory dedicated to helping farmers and conservation land managers find ways to control pests without using prohibitively costly chemicals that sometimes persist and pollute our soil and water.
STATE – Following a Wednesday fire at a New York City wastewater treatment plant, raw sewerage has been being discharged into the Hudson River. Officials have declared the river off-limits for swimming and other recreational uses.
ELIZABETH — A Union County jury found an Edison man guilty of unlawful possession of a handgun, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
TRENTON – A New Jersey Superior Court judge has filed a lawsuit against the state challenging the constitutionality of a recently-enacted law that requires judges to pay more towards their pension and health benefits.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) signed a letter launched by the House Progressive Caucus opposing any deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits in order to raise the debt ceiling.
TRENTON – Preliminary estimates showed that private sector employment in New Jersey continued an upward trend, with employers adding 6,400 jobs in June — the fifth consecutive month of private sector job gains. However, overall employment gains were more modest, thanks to a public sector decline of 4,700 jobs.
CARTERET — Kaplan Companies has begun construction on 42 additional residential units in continuation of their Lower Roosevelt Avenue redevelopment project, according to Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman.
Dear EarthTalk: I understand that fast-food giant YUM! Brands, owner of KFC, is under fire by Greenpeace and others for rainforest destruction. What’s the story? — Betsy Barnard, Wellesley, MA
SUMMIT — A 73-year-old woman who tested positive for rabies after being bitten by a dog in her native Haiti in April died today at Overlook Medical Center in Summit.
WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Division on Aging, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Office of Emergency Management have issued a “Heat Alert” advisory through Saturday, July 23, as temperatures are expected to climb to near 100 degrees, with extremely high humidity in the Woodbridge Township area.
UNION COUNTY – As the heat wave continues, Union County officials remind residents that resources are available for cooling off during extreme hot weather.
UNION COUNTY – County Manager George Devanney will retire effective Aug. 1. He was appointed to the position in 2002, following a four-year tenure as deputy county manager. Devanney, nephew of state Sen. Ray Lesniak, has been a public servant for 27 years.
LINDEN – Linden Recreation is planning a doubles tennis tournament for adults 18 and over on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Wilson Park tennis courts. The tournament will start at 9 a.m. and the entrance fee is $20 per person, cash only.