Bank Offers “Financial Resolutions” For Start Of New Year

STATE — The New Year is fast approaching. With its promise of starting fresh, The Provident Bank suggests committing to financial resolutions this year! But rather than setting vague financial goals, such as “get rid of debt” and “stick to a budget,” the bank recommends making a list of specific, measurable resolutions to whip your finances into shape.

Linden Offers Winter Youth Basketball

LINDEN – Linden Recreation will hold a winter youth basketball program, with games beginning the week of Jan. 14, 2012. There will be four divisions, separated by gender and age. Players ages 11 through 13 will play in junior divisions, while players 14 through 18 will participate in the senior divisions.

Middlesex County Marine Privates Complete Basic Training

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — Marine Corps Pvt. Antonio A. Patino, son of Brenda Liciaga of Perth Amboy, and Pvt. Ameer N. Ahmed, son of Olga P. Taborda of Salinas, P. R. and Mohammed Ahmed, of Edison, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that asthma rates in the U.S. have doubled in the last three decades? What’s behind this troubling trend and what can we do to reverse it? — Patrick, via e-mail

The Christmas Hope: A To-Do List For A Better World

As a child, my Christmas wish list came right out of the Sears and Roebuck catalogue—toys, board games, bikes, action figures, etc. My parents, like so many in their day, belonged to the working-class poor, so while I never lacked for the necessities of life, many of the items on my wish list never came to be. Even so, I was no worse off for it.