On Aug. 17 an asteroid estimated to be 17 to 39 meters in diameter will pass through space intersecting the Earth’s orbit, missing a collision by only about one million miles. The object will be moving at about 13,533 miles per hour, or 3.76 miles per second.
UNION COUNTY – Legislation that will help preserve two Union County historic sites was signed into law on Monday.
CLARK – The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series continues its 51st season of music on Wednesday, Aug. 17, with an evening of music performed by Almost Queen. The free concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.
Dear EarthTalk: I heard of a practice called cyanide fishing, which is used mostly to collect aquarium specimens, but I understand it is also used to catch fish we eat. Isn’t this very unhealthy? — Phil Seymour, Albany, NY
Aug. 8 at 4:58 p.m. – At the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on the 1100 block of Raritan Road, Officer Joseph Mirabile arrested Long Branch resident Richard Gardner, 57, and charged him with shoplifting $21.27 in merchandise. He was subsequently released on his own recognizance pending a court date.
The days when you could send your kids off to the first day of school with a lunchbox and a hug are long gone. Today’s back-to-school preparations likely include filing out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools and, of course, the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.
NEW BRUNSWICK — A South Plainfield man has been convicted of charges stemming from the attack of a borough employee, whose neck was cut on Labor Day in 2009, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
LINDEN — The Linden Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the summer 2011 “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign.
HIGHLAND PARK – The Streetscape Project, which will implement improvements between Second and Fifth avenues in Highland Park, begins today.