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

Malone To Perform At Salem Roadhouse Tonight

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.

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.

Benedictine Academy Students Walk To Fight Cancer

ELIZABETH–Benedictine Academy students, faculty, staff and administrators joined in a Walkathon on Oct. 5 and raised over $2,500 to contribute to the American Cancer Society. A sea of participants wearing sneakers, jeans, and Benedictine Academy T-shirts, enjoyed a healthy walk on a beautiful fall day.

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.