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Sneaker designer celebrates Black and Brown women, girls

Foundation Academies congratulates Darae Grizzle, and HomeWorks Trenton for winning a national sneaker design competition with a shoe celebrating Black and Brown girls in colors reflecting their diverse skin tones.

Darae, a senior at FA Collegiate, will attend Montclair State University next year, majoring in communications and African studies.

“Black and brown women have to be heard,” Darae said. “The shoe represents all the different voices of Black and Brown women.”

Over the past year, HomeWorks Trenton (with the support of Grounds For Sculpture) participated in Teach For America’s The Reinvention Lab and Ninety Nine Products’ “The Future of Learning Sneaker Competition.” Darae, a Homeworks scholar peer leader, partnered with Homeworks students and staff to create and pitch the design of the winning sneaker.

“The idea behind the sneaker is that the future of learning is Black and Brown girls,” Darae explained. “We want more Black and Brown girls to be teachers, to be working in STEM, to show they can do whatever they want.”

Darae joined Homeworks Trenton, a free, after-school residential program, before entering high school as a way to prepare for college life in the dorm. She also valued the emphasis on reading enrichment and the focus on empowering young women of color. Today, Darae mentors younger girls as a peer leader.

Click link to donate $25 to HomeWorks Trenton for a chance to win a pair or purchase them today!

Lambertville's Bakehouse preps grand opening

Lambertville Bakehouse will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. The Bakehouse, which is located at 61 N. Main Street in Lambertville, is owned and operated by local resident, Tiera Burrows. She will be joined in the ribbon cutting by Lambertville mayor, Andrew J. Nowick.

“I am very grateful for the support and enthusiasm that Lambertville residents showed for the Bakehouse at our soft opening during Shad Fest,” Burrows said. “We are looking forward to providing the community with high quality, artisanal baked goods.” Tiera Burrows, who was raised in Bucks County, moved back to the area after training as a pastry chef at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island and working for several years at fine dining and Michelin-starred restaurants in Boston and New York City. “I always loved the River Towns and dreamed of opening a bakery here,” Burrows explained. “During Covid, I found this location and decided to take the leap.”

Kitchen and storefront renovations and business development took place over the last year. “Everything took longer than expected,” Burrows stated. “Covid and supply chain issues all contributed to the delay, but we are excited to be opening now.” Local historian and realtor, Lou Toboz, helped Burrows secure the location. Toboz noted, “Lambertville hasn’t had its own bakery for over ten years. I think Tiera’s business will be a great addition to the town.”

Lambertville Bakehouse will offer assorted breads, bagels, pastries, and desserts. “All of our goods are baked right here on our premises,” Burrows explained. “We want to provide a welcoming location where neighbors can grab a pastry and coffee or pick up their bagels and bread for the week. Lambertville is a great community to be a part of.” The Lambertville Bakehouse will be open Thursdays through Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City of Trenton and Princeton Hydro celebrate the opening of new headquarters

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora recently celebrated the opening of Princeton Hydro's new office headquarters in the historic Roebling Carpentry Shop (Building 110) last week. This headquarter relocation represents a significant economic development milestone for the City of Trenton.

This 9,000 square foot, state-of-the-art office space on the top floor of the Roebling building has been transformed, while still maintaining the character and features of the original brick and heavy timber building. In addition to being among the first to bring the vacant building back to life, the move will relocate more than 30 jobs to the City of Trenton.

"The City of Trenton is extremely excited that Princeton Hydro has chosen the state's capital as its new home and we look forward to seeing the historic Roebling Wireworks Carpentry Shop revitalized and rejuvenated into the bustling center of commerce it once was," said Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. "It's our hope that other businesses follow in the footsteps of Princeton Hydro and utilize everything Trenton has to offer, including the City's cultural amenities, historic architecture and proximity to government agencies."

The redevelopment of Building 110 is part of the larger revitalization of Roebling Center, which includes five historic industrial buildings on Block 3 of the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company. Phase 1, completed in 2018, included the opening of Roebling Lofts, a unique 138-unit loft apartment building located in Building 101 of the Roebling Complex.

Weekend fun for the whole family

They're back! Join the Abington Women's Board for the return of the June Fete Fair/Horse & Pony show! The old-fashioned country fair, held June 10th – 12th, is a 100+ year tradition and features amusement rides, carnival games, live entertainment, delicious festival foods, and vendors for shopping. Held all day on Saturday, June 11th, the Horse & Pony show features fun competition for local equestrians of all ages – spectators welcome! All funds raised support the Image Recovery Center at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Asplundh Cancer Pavilion in Willow Grove. Tickets are $5 per person (cash only; ages 6 and under are free). Click this link for more information.

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