Archive for January, 2018

Are E-Cigarettes Good for You?

Why don’t you read this report – Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes – recently put out by the National Academies Press and find out? This large (500+ pages) report is the most comprehensive to date. The best term I can come up with is that the effects of e-cigarettes are a mixed bag. At least read the summary for an idea of the pros and cons of vaping.

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More Than 90% of U.S. Population 25 Years and Over Are High School Graduates

For data crossing across a wide spectrum of criteria – age, sex, race, Hispanic origins – please visit this Census site – Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017. International comparisons, though dated as of 2015, can form a comparative basis. Use table 1 from International Educational Attainment from NCES.

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New Jersey Toys ‘R’ Us Stores That Are Closing

Here is the  complete list for the country.  Below is the list just for New Jersey.

1280 Rt. 22 & St. James Ave., Phillipsburg NJ
137 Route 35, Eatontown NJ
100 Promenade Blvd., Bridgewater NJ
2700 Route 22 East., Union NJ
909 US Hwy 1 South., North Brunswick NJ
Rt. 541 & Cadillac Road, Burlington NJ
2135 Route 38, Cherry Hill NJ
7 Wayne Hills Mall, Wayne NJ
545 Route 17 South, Paramus NJ
98 Route 10 West., East Hanover NJ
Kids World 900 Center Drive, Elizabeth NJ
50 International Drive South, Mt. Olive NJ


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The American Historical Association on C-SPAN

The AHA held its annual meeting in snowy Washington, D.C. early in January. C-SPAN covered selected sessions and made them available on a permanent basis; previous sessions are also highlighted.

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Inside the General Pencil Company of Jersey City

My writing instrument of choice has always been a pencil; I just like the way it moves across the page as well as its ability to efface my words effortlessly. It also forces me to slow down, to think before I write, to organize my thoughts. The pencil has been used down the years since it was first introduced in the 16th century. Here is a sumptuously photographed article on the General Pencil Company; it has been making pencils for more than 125 years.

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New Jersey Ranks #2 In National “Quality Counts” Education Survey

This 2018 version of the survey has New Jersey as second based on the metrics employed. National and other state summaries are here; previous reports are also available at this link.

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Information on the Flu in New Jersey

If you want to see current (weekly) information on the flu in New Jersey, please visit this NJ Department of Health site devoted to this disease. Levels of activity, the types of flu,. the number of cases, and additional data are provided here. National and worldwide figures can be found at the CDC.

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