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).