MIDDLESEX COUNTY – A coalition of government leaders, social service providers, students and educators will gather Oct. 19 to discuss poverty in Middlesex County.
Dear EarthTalk: I understand that mountaintop removal as a way of coal mining is incredibly destructive. Didn’t a report come out recently that named major banks that were funding this activity? — Seth Jergens, New York, NY
STATE – Officials at the FEMA/State Joint Field Office announced that the Disaster Recovery Centers in New Jersey will be closed for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 10. They will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 11 and resume normal hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dear EarthTalk: I’m interested in getting a new tattoo, but recently found out that red tattoo ink contains mercury. Is this true of other tattoo inks as well? Are there any eco-friendly alternatives?
— John P., Racine, WA
TRENTON – An Irvington man was convicted of participating in a drug ring that shipped more than 500 pounds of marijuana from Arizona to New Jersey, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced. Four other members of the drug ring pleaded guilty on the eve of the trial.
Flea Market • Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Divine Mercy Parish will hold a flea market in the parish center and parking lots on Pershing Avenue in Carteret. Indoor tables are $15; outdoor spaces are $10. Info: call Debbie at 1-732-541-5736.
ELIZABETH–Benedictine Academy students, faculty, staff and administrators joined in a Walkathon on Oct. 5 and raised over $2,500 to contribute to the American Cancer Society. A sea of participants wearing sneakers, jeans, and Benedictine Academy T-shirts, enjoyed a healthy walk on a beautiful fall day.
TRENTON – A former New Jersey Turnpike toll collector was sentenced to jail today for participating in a scheme in which he and two other toll collectors stole toll money, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced. The two other men were sentenced to jail last month.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in September, according to data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The gain included about 45,000 striking telecommunications workers who returned to their jobs.
STATE – Monday, Oct. 31, is the last day for residents affected by Hurricane Irene to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance.