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Dear EarthTalk: Can you explain what “fracking” is with regard to natural gas exploration and why it is controversial? — Jonas Kern, Bellevue, WA

Bank Offers “Financial New Year’s Resolutions” for 2011

JERSEY CITY — With 2010 drawing to a close and New Year’s Eve right around the corner, consider making a different resolution this year. Since getting out of debt and improving your financial situation is perennially atop the list of most popular New Year’s resolutions, make 2011 the year you finally whip your finances into shape.

Edison Health Dept. Receives Award

EDISON — Earlier this month, the Edison Department of Health & Human Services (EDHHS) received an Outstanding American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Award from the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services (NJDHHS).

Former Lawmaker Passed Away

STATE — Thomas J. Deverin, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 23, at Haven Hospice, JFK Medical Center in Edison. Born in Perth Amboy, he lived in Carteret for the past 60 years. A communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Deverin…

County Commission Calls for “Citizens of the Year” Nominations

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Middlesex County Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated to advocating for all women in Middlesex County and to providing an effective forum to identify and address women’s issues and concerns, is calling for nominations for its first “Citizens of the Year” Awards.