“True Grit” – Sure As Shootin’ Cinema

Putting off for a paragraph or so my customary, bombastic analogies and gratuitous citing of metaphors, note that the Coen brothers’ re-creation of “True Grit” is a rip-roaring, sure as shootin’ adventure yarn, by cracky! To borrow from “The Lone Ranger” intro, it stirringly invites you to “Return with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear.”

Reduce Birth Defects with Folic Acid

Approximately 2,500 children each year in the US are born with defects of the neural tube—the part of a growing fetus that will become the brain and spinal cord—which can cause severe mental and physical disability or death.


Dear EarthTalk: What is happening to update and reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which I understand is considerably outdated and actually permits the use of thousands of chemicals that have never been adequately tested for safety?

Low Testosterone: Is Hormone Replacement Right for You?

SCOTCH PLAINS – As men age, their testosterone levels may decline, leading some to lose their desire for sex. Testosterone replacement can be safe and effective in boosting male sex drive. Find out if testosterone replacement is right for you at a special program Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center in Scotch Plains.

Cross-town Pen Pals

CLARK– Second grade students in Jennifer Lewis’s class at Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School have an old fashioned pen and paper relationship with Gail Lombardi’s second grade students at Valley Road Elementary School in Clark.