County-Wide Event Offers Opportunity To Explore Elizabeth’s Past

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.

Three Weeks Left To Register For Hurricane Assistance

STATE – Families, individuals and businesses in New Jersey that suffered damage from Hurricane Irene have about three weeks remaining to register for federal assistance.

Coalition To Host Forum Focused On Poverty In Middlesex County

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


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

Irvington Man Convicted For His Role In Drug Ring That Shipped Over 500 lbs. Of Marijuana To NJ

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.

Community Calendar

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.