Spotlight: New Jerseyans Fight Back – and Win Against Higher Utility Bills

This is a true story of how New Jerseyans fought back against the largest proposed utility rate increase by the state’s biggest gas and electric company in its century-long history – and won. Just last week, consumer advocates – including AARP – reached a settlement on “Energy Strong,” a PSE&G proposal to harden its electric and gas systems following the tragedy of Superstorm Sandy. The settlement saves New Jersey utility customers $1.6 billion.  A culmination of a more than a …

Helping Chronically Ill People Made Simple

Simple is better, many people say. Sarah LaFave certainly took a simple idea and transformed it into something that makes life better for lots of folks. She connects energetic college students with people who are chronically ill and need help with everyday chores. Discussion: Where do you go to get some extra help? Genius, huh? LaFave launched her program, Lori’s Hands, while a nursing student at the University of Delaware in Newark in 2009. “There’s no trick to it, nothing complicated about …

Extraordinary Elders: Carolyn Jackson

I often meet elders who really blow me away with the things they do – their dedication to causes, their countenance and attitude and their hard-earned wisdom. I use the term “elders” because I believe it does not imply any specific age – it simply refers to people who are “older than you” who are valued for their influence and personal accomplishments in their families, communities and in society in general. It signifies respect for those who’ve forged the path ahead of us. In this …