Dear EarthTalk: What ever happened to the idea of turning Mt. St. Helens into a national park? — Esther Monaghan, Boston, MA
TRENTON – The Senate Economic Growth Committee approved a pair of bills sponsored by committee chairman Raymond J. Lesniak yesterday which aim to address New Jersey’s foreclosure crisis by creating an expedited process for foreclosure on abandoned, dilapidated properties, and by creating a mechanism to transform abandoned properties to affordable and market-rate housing.
TRENTON – A former Newark police officer who was convicted at trial in May was sentenced today for conspiring with other officers to steal cash, drugs and weapons from suspected drug dealers and others, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.
WOODBRIDGE – The Woodbridge Police Department and the Woodbridge Township Division on Aging are warning senior residents of a telephone scam. The caller claims that they are from an insurance company and are verifying checking account information so a new medical insurance identification card can be issued.
EDISON – The Oak Tree Indian Business Association will hold an India Day Parade on Sunday, Aug. 12, beginning at 1 p.m.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Division of Consumer Affairs is warning residents of a new check scam that asks recipients to deposit a cashier’s check into their personal checking account and then draw against it as part of a “Secret Shopper” program. A second scam uses victims to send fraudulent checks via post mail.
One’s worst fears are imagined, realized and rummaged through to no end in director Len Wiseman’s “Total Recall,” a more or less reimagining of the 1990 film, also inspired by Philip K. Dick’s short story, “We Can Remember it for You Wholesale.” It tempted me to visit Rekall, where I could buy memories of a better movie. I don’t think I did.