Dear EarthTalk: What, if anything, fills the empty space underground created by the extraction of billions of gallons of oil?

African American or Older Kidney Transplant Candidates Have Slimmer Chances of Receiving Living Donor Organs

LIVINGSTON — For patients with severe chronic kidney disease, the best treatment option is usually a kidney transplant from a living donor. Unfortunately, African American and older patients are much less likely than patients of other races or ages to receive kidney transplants from living donors.

Mother Seton RHS Announces Commended Students

CLARK — Sister Regina Martin, Principal, of Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark, announced that Victoria Albright, Bloomfield, Anna Irizarri, Elizabeth, Allison Staniec, Scotch Plains, Kimberly Tower, Union and Meghan Valdes, Carteret are designated as Commended Students in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.

NJCU Women’s Volleyball Snaps Skid With Win Over St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn

JERSEY CITY — New Jersey City University junior outside hitter TABITHA JORDAN (West New York, NJ/Memorial) used a wicked jump serve to land 10 of her team’s 22 aces as the Gothic Knights snapped a four-match losing streak, sweeping a non-conference match from St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn), 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-18) on Tuesday evening.

Annual Harbor Lights Ball Yields $250,000 to Benefit Multi-Million Dollar Center for Women

PERTH AMBOY–More than 320 guests traveled the globe at Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation’s largest fundraiser the 26th Annual Harbor Lights Ball: Around the World in September, benefiting the establishment of the new Center for Women at Raritan Bay Medical Center, (RBMC) Perth Amboy.