Dear EarthTalk: I understand that the use of antibiotics in raising farm animals is threatening to make bacteria overall more resistant to antibiotics, which has serious life and death implications for people. Can you enlighten and advise what is being done about this? — Robert Gelb, Raleigh, NC
Blood Drive • Feb. 5 from 12:30 –6:30 p.m. and Feb. 6 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.– Jersey Gardens Mall, 651 Kapkowski Rd., Elizabeth, will host a blood drive. Info: 1-800-933-2566
HAMILTON – AAA, the leading provider of roadside assistance, responded to nearly 54,000 calls in January 2011 throughout New Jersey, a 21 percent increase compared to January 2010.
CARTERET – Mayor Dan Reiman has launched a new initiative against unauthorized apartments and other illegal housing.
CLARK – Police arrested a Rahway man who is accused of robbing a Raritan Road pharmacy with a box cutter last night.
NEWARK – The owner of numerous vacation travel club companies with a long history of consumer complaints in New Jersey, is barred from doing business in the state for no less than five years and cannot open or operate any such business in the future without state approval, under terms of a settlement with the Office of the Attorney General and State Division of Consumer Affairs that was announced yesterday.
HILLSIDE – A 76-year-old Hillside woman has filed a claim for damages against Union County, alleging that officers of the county sheriff’s department illegally entered her home and removed the entire contents because they had the wrong address of a foreclosure.
STATE — Thousands of New Jersey residents remain without power this afternoon as the result of an ice storm.
STATE — Thousands of New Jersey residents are without power this morning as a result of an ice storm.
At 8:30 a.m., about 15,000 PSE&G customers were without power due to icing on the utility’s equipment and on trees. Nearly 14,000 Jersey Central Power & Light customers were without electricity at 10:40 a.m
LINDEN — Carmen Southward, of Linden, was among 225 in attendance at a reapportionment commission hearing held in the Toms River Municipal Building on Saturday.