STATE – Winter officially begins at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, but gas prices haven’t cooled off much. Despite recent declines in prices at the pump, motorists will be met with the highest gas prices ever during the year-end holiday season, causing them to dig deeper in their wallets for holiday travel.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national standards to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide.
Dec. 16 at 12:55 p.m. – Members of the Linden Police Department Narcotics Bureau raided an apartment on the 1300 block of East St. Georges Avenue. Officers recovered numerous folds of suspected heroin and narcotics paraphernalia.
LINDEN – Police are searching for Bogdan Straszynski, 52, of Linden, who was last seen on Dec.18, authorities announced Tuesday.
NEWARK – A member of the Plainfield set of the G-Shine Bloods criminal street gang was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Military veterans coming to college face unique problems. If they are returning from serving overseas, those issues are compounded.
On December 21, the Apollo 8 spaceship blasted its way through the earth’s atmosphere to begin the first U.S. mission to orbit the moon—a mission that would set the stage for the first moon landing less than a year later. On board were astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders. By Christmas Eve, the Apollo 8 had begun to orbit the moon.
STATE – New Jersey state parks and forests could be opened to commercial logging under a bill currently in the Legislature, S1954 (Smith)/ A4358 (McKeon). Environmental scientists, ecologists, land restoration experts, and environmental groups have all come out in opposition to this bill that would cause significant damage to our treasured public lands.
ELIZABETH — A Holiday Toy Drive orchestrated by the Earlyact Club members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Elizabeth resulted in the collection of over 200 toys that were distributed to local organizations.