Dear EarthTalk: I am a retailer and have had customers ask whether the plastic bags in wine boxes are BPA free or not. What can I tell them? — Chris Tod, via e-mail
WOODBRIDGE –The Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service has issued a storm and flood watch advisory for Thursday, Aug. 25. This alert is unrelated to Hurricane Irene, which is not expected to impact the New Jersey area until Saturday.
STATE – With Hurricane Irene moving towards the East Coast, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to prepare by updating your home emergency supply kit and vehicle kit.
STATE — The U.S. Geological Survey reports that an earthquake took place at 1:51 p.m. this afternoon in Virginia, 41 miles from Richmond and 83 miles from Washington, D.C. The 5.9 quake caused shaking that could be felt in New Jersey.
TRENTON –A Madison Borough police officer pleaded guilty today to a charge that he solicited a nude photo online from a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation criminalizing the manufacturing, distribution, sales, and possession of designer drugs labeled as “bath salts” in New Jersey yesterday.
PERTH AMBOY —The city’s celebrated its third annual Family Day event on Saturday, Aug. 20, The free event was open to all city residents.
NEW BRUNSWICK — While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has had recent legislative successes, including dramatic changes in public employee pension and health benefits, more New Jersey registered voters say their opinion of the governor had “gotten worse” since he took office, than say they feel better.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill to expand New Jersey’s DNA law to require samples from individuals arrested on suspicion of certain violent crimes. Previously, only people convicted of violent offenses had to submit their DNA to the state’s database.
WESTFIELD – Assembly Republican Conference Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) wants to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to New Jersey.