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Archive for September 15th, 2008

STATE—Lowering the drinking age to 18 is not a popular idea among New Jersey residents. According to a recent survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind and co-sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), just 18 percent of New Jerseyans support the idea of lowering the drinking age to 18, while 76 percent favor leaving the legal age at 21.   The survey was undertaken in response to the recently rekindled debate over the legal drinking age.

The controversy started when a number of university presidents around the country put forward a petition known as the Amethyst Initiative, calling for “dispassionate public debate over the effects of the 21 year-old drinking age.”

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Police Arrest 3 In Alleged Drug Ring

UNION – Police arrested three alleged gang members last week who are accused of running a cocaine delivery service that delivered small amounts of cocaine to customers in mostly upscale neighborhoods in Union and Essex counties, authorities said.

The arrests conclude a five-month investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Summit and Union Township police departments. The three alleged gang members are accused of running a telephone-order service with customers in Summit, Mountainside, Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Union Township and Clark, authorities said.

The service, run by the Irvington-based G-Shine segment of the Bloods, received more than 1,000 orders per week, according to investigators.

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CLARK – The fifth annual Trinitas Hospital Health Expo will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark.  Open to the public, the free event will take place in the cafeteria located near the rear entrance of the high school on Valley Road near the Garden State Parkway.

Designed as an outreach effort to share health care information with the community, “The Power of Healing” Health Expo will feature health screenings, analyses and evaluations geared for adults, seniors and children. Numerous departments and programs at Trinitas Hospital will present information to the community to showcase the range of services the hospital offers.  Outside agencies and health care service providers will also participate by providing information during the event.

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