STATE – A majority of Garden State residents support making sports betting legal at New Jersey racetracks and Atlantic City casinos; according to a newly-released poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind,™ 52 percent favor the idea while 31 percent oppose it.
RAHWAY—The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association has announced that they will be hosting a new fundraising benefit “Retro Chic: A Vintage Fashion Show”, Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Luciano’s Ristorante in Rahway.
ELIZABETH — As part of the Four Centuries in a Weekend Heritage Festival on Oct. 15 and 16, the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth and Boxwood Hall State Historic Site invite all elementary school students of Union County to become Junior Elizabeth Historians. Young people who visit both sites in Historic Midtown Elizabeth will receive a certificate proclaiming their achievement.
STATE – Families, individuals and businesses in New Jersey that suffered damage from Hurricane Irene have about three weeks remaining to register for federal assistance.
LINDEN — Motorists across New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a daylong effort on Monday, Oct. 10, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the State’s roadways fatality free for one day.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fifth Avenue will get a red-white-and-green makeover on Monday, Oct. 10, as the 67th Annual Columbus Day Parade takes the stage in the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture.
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
UNION – Nationally known piano and singing sensation Bob Malone will perform at the Salem Roadhouse Café tonight, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. The door will open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $15 per person (additional donations will be accepted.) All proceeds benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief.
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.