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.

EarthTalk®

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

EarthTalk®

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.

Distinguished Educator Lorraine Aklonis Honored At Retirement Celebration

UNION — Lorraine J Alkonis, a Clark resident and distinguished educator with both the Elizabeth and Rahway school districts, was honored at a retirement celebration on Oct. 6 at the Suburban Golf Club in Union. The packed room of guests included family members, friends, colleagues from the education profession, and leaders from the Clark Township and schools communities.