Dear EarthTalk: Which woods are OK to purchase, and which are not, in the interest of preserving forests and not harming those who depend upon them? — Jon Steiner, Boise, ID

Relay For Life Volunteers Will “Paint the Town Purple”

CLARK—The American Cancer Society will unofficially kick-off the Relay For Life season by “Painting The Town Purple” on Saturday, May 1. All residents of Clark and neighboring communities are invited to join the festivities, which will take place in front of Clark Bagels, 1045 Raritan Road, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Community Calendar

Clothing Drive • May 1 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. – Holy Family Parish, 215 Pershing Ave., Carteret, will hold a clothing drive in the parking lot. Clean clothing, linens and sneakers will be accepted in plastic garbage bags. For info, call Debbie at 1-732-541-5736.

High School Students Host a Benefit for Earthquake Victims

PERTH AMBOY – On May 1, Perth Amboy High School will be hosting an “International Festival-United for All” Benefit to aid the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and Chile. The whole community is invited to attend this event, which will last from noon to 4 p.m.

Prom and Graduation Are Just Around the Corner: Will Your Teenager Make It Home Safely?

STATE – As teenagers anxiously await prom and graduation celebrations, nervous parents are hoping their children celebrate safely and responsibly. Curfews may be broken, seat belts forgotten and alcohol consumed. What should be a happy time for students might be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

“Océans” Makes Small Waves

In a great, Pulitzer-worthy shot beneath the sea, co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud frame a dolphin perplexedly examining a ditched shopping cart, much the way we might ponder the appearance of some flotsam the Martians dropped on our front lawn.

New Drivers Reminded That Decal Requirement Begins On Saturday

TRENTON – Permit and Probationary License holders under the age of 21, and their parents or guardians, are reminded that Kyleigh’s Law, which requires the use of license plate decals, will take effect Saturday, May 1.