Dear EarthTalk: Aren’t environmental issues primarily about health? Detractors like to trivialize environmentalists as “tree huggers,” but the bottom line is that pollution makes us sick, right? Wouldn’t people care more if they had a better understanding of that? — Tim Douglas, Stowe, VT

NJ Symphony Orchestra Presents Arabian Nights

NEWARK—Music Director Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will explore stories of adventure and tapestries of orchestral color in “Arabian Nights,” an exotic program featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Nielsen’s Aladdin Suite and Behzad Ranjbaran’s Seemorgh: Persian Trilogy for Orchestra.

Principal For a Day

RAHWAY — Third grader Sabreen El-Shaikh at Roosevelt School in Rahway recently became the Principal for the Day. Pictured above, El-Shaikh checks the Accelerated Reader Report.

Writing Project Honors School’s Namesake

RAHWAY — As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Students at Franklin Elementary School in Rahway took his advice, embarking on a writing journey that began on the National Day on Writing in October.