Dear EarthTalk: I understand that, among mining’s other problems, like providing climate-warming coal and endangering miners’ lives, it is also a serious water polluter. Can you enlighten? — Richard Moeller, Salt Lake City, UT
METUCHEN – The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission are seeking artists for the fourth annual Junebug ArtFest.
RAHWAY – The city’s annual talent show, presented by the Rahway Recreation Department, is set for Friday, April 15, at the Union County Performing Arts Center. The talent competition is divided into three age groups: youth, teen and adult.
OLD BRIDGE – Two authors and a music artist are teaming up to hold a free purity seminar and concert for New Jersey youth at an Old Bridge church in April.
SCOTCH PLAINS — The Scotch Plains S.A.L. American Legion Post 209 sponsored its annual raffle which raised $2,500 to benefit the Center For Hope Hospice Camp Starbright located at 175 Glenside Avenue in Scotch Plains.
RAHWAY — Second grade students at Franklin School in Rahway recently learned about units of capacity. To share their knowledge, they created drawings of “capacity creatures.”
UNION – It has been said that a soul mate is the one who makes life come to life. For people with disabilities, who sometimes face challenges enjoying life to its fullest potential and therefore treasure each success perhaps more dearly than people without disabilities, finding a soul mate can be their greatest triumph. Yet while people with disabilities sometimes struggle to achieve their rights to respect, independence and self-sufficiency, they usually find falling in love as natural a process as it is for everyone else in the world.
RAHWAY — On the morning of March 17, the third grade students of Franklin Elementary School in Rahway were searching for the “Big Dipper” and “Orion’s Belt” in the school gym. Surprisingly, they were able to locate them – with the help of STARLAB and Math and Science coach, Roya Basu.
CLARK – School officials have released a revised 2011-12 calendar that resolves a conflict with the 2012 graduation dates at Arthur L. Johnson High School and Carl H. Kumpf Middle School.