Edison Resident Among National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists At Pingry

MARTINSVILLE—Twelve Pingry seniors, including Sarah Kim of Edison, are semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. The program is in its 57th year of honoring students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $34 million, will be offered in the spring of 2012.

Gold Star Mother’s Day

The last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother’s Day, also proclaimed Parents of Fallen Military Sons and Daughters Day in New Jersey. A Gold Star Mother is any American woman who has lost a son or daughter in service…

Fresh Air Fund Thanks Local Volunteers

This year, 137 New York City children found out once again just how special summer is in Northern New Jersey. Fresh Air Fund hosts, volunteers and local supporters dedicated their time and efforts to help these inner-city youngsters experience simple summertime pleasures, including afternoons of swimming, fishing at sunset and roasting s’mores over a campfire.

Be Proactive: Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

(NAPSI)—Prostate health issues are becoming increasingly common in men, particularly those who are 50 years old and older. In fact, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The disease is the third most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: What is “genetic pollution” as it pertains to the bioengineering of animals, fish and plants, and what happens if they cross breed with their wild cousins? — R. Ahearn, Rome, NY