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When she passed by the pig farms of Secaucus, N.J., every week in the 1950s, Queens environmental activist and Little Neck resident Virginia Dent had no idea how it would change her life.

Dent was working in the fashion industry at the time, and periodically took the train with her boss into New Jersey to a fabric processing plant for her job.

The pig farms were set in the marshes of Secaucus, in an area known as the Meadowlands, now dominated by a sports complex of the same name where the New York Giants and the New York Jets play football. But it wasn

Updated 10:25 am, October 12, 2011
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