Dear EarthTalk: A number of federal energy efficiency related tax incentives expired at the end of 2010. Will any such programs remain in force and if not, are there other ways to save money on green upgrades? — Jen Franklin, Chicago, IL

Understanding Credit Scores

If you’ve tried to take out a loan or open a new credit account recently, you know that the days of easy credit are long gone. Lenders, insurers, landlords and even some employers are more diligently scrutinizing your credit history to see if you’re a worthwhile risk.

NJ Blood Services To Hold Winter “O” Blood Drive

NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center, will hold a special blood drive in the donor room at 167 New Street, New Brunswick on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This unique drive will be open particularly to individuals who have type “O” blood.

Storytime is Fun Time

CLARK — Mrs. Peitz, a first grade teacher at Valley Road School in Clark, with the aid of Krista Kukan, co-chairwoman of the PTA-sponsored Reading Committee, held the school’s annual “Storytime” recently.