Government

Bagging pollution (access required)

While legislation on the state level has stalled, towns are moving forward with bans on plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. Mike Lisiewski, the owner of Brighton Beach Surf Shop in Long Beach, laments the added costs of a town-wide ban on plastic bags. But as a surfer, he appreciates the cleaner beaches the prohibition can produce.

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Harnessing brain power (access required)

The five-year-old STEM Scholars Program is a public-private partnership between the Research and Development Council of New Jersey, the governor’s office, the state Department of Education, the office of the Secretary of Higher Education and private industries with the goal of identifying and retaining top talent in science, technology, engineering or mathematics among students in 10th grade to doctoral levels.

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