Adapting To Nature

EDISON—Bonnie Farrell of Fords, a plant biologist and the mother of Sara Reiss, a first grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, took Joanne Jacobson’s first grade class on a nature walk on the school grounds to explain plant adaptations on Jan. 15.

NJ Unemployment Reaches 33-Year High

TRENTON—New Jersey’s jobs situation remains bleak, with the state’s unemployment rate climbing to a 33-year high of 10.1 percent in December, according to statistics released today.

Taxpayer Group Gives Most NJ Lawmakers An “F”

BOGOTA – Every Democrat in the Trenton statehouse earned an “F” on the Americans for Prosperity Final 2008-2009 Legislative Scorecard. The scorecard is an attempt to measure who is fiscally conservative and who is not, allowing voters to contrast legislators’ rhetoric with reality.

January Is Cervical Health Awareness Month

The cervix is the lower, narrow opening of the uterus. It is covered by a thin layer of cells that are continually growing and being replaced. Certain factors, such as an infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), can cause cervical cells to begin to grow abnormally. These abnormal cells often go away without treatment, but in some women they will continue to grow and eventually turn into cancer.

Volunteer Group To Hold February Training Class

WESTFIELD—CONTACT We Care, Inc., a 24-hour caring and crisis hotline, will begin a comprehensive 36-hour volunteer training class on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street in Westfield. The class will meet weekly until mid-May.