9/29/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 39
Eminent domain, or condemnation, is the power of the government to take private land for public purpose, even if the property owner objects. Needless to say, it’s a highly unpopular use of government authority. Nobody likes being forced to sell against their will, even if fair compensation is paid.
But did you know that private, for-profit companies can also use the power of eminent domain?
This could happen in Hunterdon and Mercer counties, if a consortium of companies . . .
9/18/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 38
You’re in bed when suddenly the nighttime quiet is broken by a clamor of howls and yips. Or maybe you spot what looks like a stray shepherd-mix dog in your yard.
They may be Eastern coyotes, wild relatives of domesticated dogs. Coyotes are now regularly seen even in New Jersey’s not-so-wild places.
According to Andrew Burnett, a principal biologist for the state Division of Fish & Wildlife, there are an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 coyotes living in New . . .
9/11/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 37
Nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the New Jersey shore, the state is in the final phase of a massive project to rebuild Route 35, the main artery on the barrier island in northern Ocean County.
As part of the project – which was actually in the planning stages prior to Sandy – the New Jersey Department of Transportation constructed an elaborate drainage system to keep Route 35 high and dry during heavy rains. Nine new pumps were installed to move . . .
9/3/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 36
Want to do something nice for your brain? You could eat fish, the reputed “brain food,” or try problem-solving, mend-bending exercises and puzzles.
Or you could step into a quiet green space and give your mind a mini-break.
A growing body of evidence suggests that one of the things you can do for your brain is visiting a park or natural environment. It’s soothing and may even help you function more efficiently at work!
Gregory Bratman, a graduate . . .