Blues in My Soul, Breast Cancer Awareness Art Show, Bee Preservation, and the NJ Counties Still High Risk for COVID

It's 1959. Chris, a local DJ, gets word that legendary jazz and blues musician Lonnie Johnson is working a low-wage job at a Philly hotel, forgotten. Once found, Lonnie, an early guitar hero who influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, T-Bone Walker, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, and Eric Clapton, is reluctant to return to an industry that exploited and segregated his work before casting him aside. As the two meet, conflicts arise, forcing each to reconcile issues of authenticity, injustice, and legacy. Based on a true story, Blues in My Soul is a celebration of an unsung American legend and the music that inspired generations. Tickets to BLUES IN MY SOUL are selling fast, so be sure to grab yours now! Passage is known for producing high quality pieces so we are definitely looking forward to seeing this show. To reserve your tickets, go online to, call (609) 392-0766, or email the Box Office at

"Beyond the Pink" Art Show To Be Held at Market Fair Shoppes

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the YWCA in Princeton will be holding an event to honor breast cancer survivors through an art show titled, “Beyond the Pink,” on Oct. 6.

For the past century, YWCA Princeton has been helping families in their communities and devoting time to “eliminating racism, empowering women, and standing up for social justice.”

This weekend, the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) will have artwork made and curated by local artists, breast cancer survivors, and members of the BCRC.

The art show will be held at 6 p.m. at the Market Fair Shoppes. Upon opening, the reception will offer refreshments, an auction, and art pieces for sale. All proceeds made will go towards funding services done by the BCRC. Individual tickets are $50 and pair tickets are $90.

Sourland Train Station Series Returns to Sourland Conservancy

Sourland Conservancy will have their first seminar of the month of their Sourland Train Station Series on Oct. 6 regarding various topics about the world around us.

The Sourland Conservancy will hold an educational series with three seminars in October. To kick off this month’s lecture, “All Star Pollinators," guest speaker and Master Gardener Jean Miller will speak about the variety of bees living in New Jersey, ways to identify hundreds of them, and more information regarding the preservation of bees themselves.

The seminar will take place at Hopewell Presbyterian Church located at 80 W Broad St. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Burlington and Cumberland Reported High Risk Counties

The New Jersey Department of Health reported nearly 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the North Jersey area as of Oct. 1.

According to, the NJDH is keeping an eye on high risk and medium risk counties. At the moment, only two counties are at high risk levels. Those consist of Burlington and Cumberland County. The medium risk counties consist of “Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem and Union.” The CDC Covid Data Tracker reports that the following counties are at low risk: Sussex, Passaic, Morris, Warren, Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon, and Hudson.

What to expect on Election Day

We have written about the upcoming municipal election in Trenton extensively, because there is strength when people show up in record numbers at the polls. Also, the propensity to not exercise your right to vote or to cast a ballot for a candidate you are ill-informed about could have dire consequences for the future of our city.

Look at the sample ballot pictured above and familiarize yourself with the instructions. It will save you plenty of time on Election Day. Please do your research about the question on the ballot whether to have an appointed school board by the Mayor or a board elected by voters. There has been a lot of talk around town about keeping politics out of the school system so we're looking to explore this issue in more detail in a future newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #BeEmpowered, #1000Strong and #TrentonJournal. Let us know what this upcoming election means to you as a Trenton resident or business owner.

Public Meeting on Rt. 29 and Reconnecting to the Riverfront

The City of Trenton announced a public meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2022, to discuss a proposal for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Grant program offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Specifically, the City's project would re-examine Route 29 and the disconnection of residential areas from the Capital City waterfront. The informational meeting to discuss the project is on Thursday at 6 pm at this link.

Route 29 has acted as a barrier between city neighborhoods and the Delaware River since its construction in the 1950s and 1960s. City administration is partnering with Mercer County and State agencies on this project.

"We need to take a hard look at the inequities baked into our systems and City, and start to reconstruct something that has our residents in mind, first and foremost," Mayor Reed Gusciora stated. "We're working with Mercer County and other partners to ensure we capitalize on this opportunity for federal support and funding. I look forward to hearing feedback from the public."

The Heat is on!

Did you know landlords are legally required to provide heat based on state codes and the local town or city ordinance? Click here to read a document on Tenants’ Rights (and here in Spanish) published by Legal Services of Jersey. Under the state housing codes, from October 1 to May 1, the landlord must provide enough heat so that the temperature in the apartment is at least 68 degrees from 6 am to 11 pm. Between 11 pm and 6 am, the temperature in the apartment must be at least 65 degrees. The housing inspector or board of health in your town enforces the heat requirements in the state and local codes. Larger cities have special no-heat hotlines that are set up to handle complaints. To file a complaint from anywhere in New Jersey, contact the Bureau of Housing Inspection's Housing Code Enforcement at 609-633-6241.

A Peek into This Week’s Weather

As remnants of Hurricane Ian have made their way up to us, we’ve been hit with quite a bit of rain. Despite the rain on Monday and Tuesday, this week will have mostly sunny conditions with a high of 74° and a low of 40°. Make sure you bring your windbreaker or heavy jacket along with you because the nights are getting cold! For this week’s weather forecast, click here.

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