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CHANGE Comes to Trenton

Yesterday, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora established the largest public safety advisory committee in New Jersey, empowering myself and 10 prominent members of the community to formalize the engagement process between City departments, community stakeholders, and the residents of Trenton.

"One mayor cannot do this alone. Two people, a mayor and a police director, can’t do this," Gusciora said in a press conference at City Hall. "We must do this together. It’s going to take all of us. It’s going to take our police team, yes. But it’s also going to take our health team, our inspections team, our housing and fire and recreation teams."

Known as the CHANGE (Citizens’ Health And Neighborhood Growth Engagement) Committee, its members will issue a public safety advisory report every six months, so that the administration, City Council, and other agencies like the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and Trenton Public Schools can formally receive community feedback to inform decisions.

It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of the process of healing our city and I look forward to working with the Mayor and other board members in finding solutions to help curb gun violence in the city and address the mental health needs of our community. This is just the beginning, but I promise to keep you informed along the way. In order to improve quality of life in our city we have to work together to bring about the change we want to see. Click this link for more details about the CHANGE committee.

St. Monica’s Episcopal Church (now Greater is He Ministries), Trenton, New Jersey

Preserving our history

The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost. The act of listing these resources acknowledges their importance to the heritage of New Jersey and draws attention to the predicaments that endanger their survival and the survival of historic resources statewide. The list, generated from nominations by the public, aims to attract new perspectives and ideas to sites in desperate need of creative solutions. Last year Trenton's St. Monica's Episcopal Church (now Greater is He Ministries) made the list for its rich legacy in African American History and dire need for repair. Founded in 1919 as a mission congregation of the Trinity Cathedral, St. Monica's is the first Black Episcopal congregation in Trenton. The 2022 list was announced today at a press conference at the State House Annex. To read the 2022 Ten Most Endangered list, click here.

Trenton Central High School Finance teacher Crystal Feliciano and Dress for Success Central New Jersey CEO Melissa Tenzer

Dress for Success teams up with Trenton Central High School

Dress for Success Central New Jersey (DFSCNJ) and Trenton Central High School (TCHS) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mayor W. Reed Gusciora for the opening of DFSCNJ’s new satellite program at the school.

The satellite program will provide free career clothing and accessories such as shoes, handbags and jewelry to female students to encourage them to take advantage of career mentoring, job preparedness and financial literacy workshops offered by DFSCNJ. Students will take their new skills, with their new career outfits, to college and/or job interviews. Students will be required to attend one or more DFSCNJ workshops in order to have access to the clothing boutique. The goal is to hold a workshop on Personal Branding and Image Enhancement and a Latina Empowerment workshop.

“The day that was discussed and planned over a year ago is finally here,” said Mary Courtney, Principal, TCHS. “Dress for Success is a great organization with programs that will help develop our girls personally and professionally while channeling them to build their self-esteem.” TCHS Finance Teacher, Crystal Feliciano, said, “I am excited for what’s to come and I am grateful to Principal Courtney, the School Board, and the administration for allowing this wonderful opportunity for our students here at Trenton Central High School. Most of all, I’m so glad that when I discussed the possibility of a partnership with Melissa at Dress for Success, her immediate response without hesitation or reservation was yes!”

As the young women looked at the selection of styles and accessories in the suite during the ceremony, Melissa Tenzer looked on with pride. “It is really inspiring to watch these students get to the next level," Tenzer said. “To see their confidence grow, to know that they can go on an interview and make their dreams come true is truly amazing to witness. Leadership is born when women are given the tools to succeed. These students are our future, we are honored to be helping to prepare them to be the next generation of leaders.”

For more information about DFSCNJ visit

Tour Historic Mill Hill's Secret Gardens

The Old Mill Hill Society invites the community to tour the hidden gardens of this historic landmark neighborhood in the heart of our Capital City from Noon to 5 pm Saturday, June 11, 2022. Tickets for this outdoor event are $20 and can be purchased in advance through or on the day-of at Artworks, 19 Everett Alley. The Garden Tour is an opportunity to connect with neighbors and visitors who have a love for gardening, architecture, history, or just being outside,” shared Liesl Schubel, co-chair of the 2022 Garden Tour Committee. “I love to see the creativity of my neighbors on the tour, and am inspired by their openness in sharing these sanctuary spaces.”

The tour is organized by the Old Mill Hill Society and the residents of Mill Hill. It has played an important role in the restoration of the neighborhood. Money raised by the tour funds historic preservation grants that assist Mill Hill home and business owners in maintaining the landmark standards that have helped make the neighborhood what it is today.

“The OMHS Garden Tour is my personal favorite annual event in Mill Hill,” said Old Mill Hill Society President Tom Griffith. “In addition to showing off some of the most interesting gardens in the area, the tour gives visitors an opportunity to get a relaxed ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at Mill Hill and some different angles of our historic houses. It’s also a great opportunity for Trenton neighbors to re-connect.” Children under 12 can attend for free. Please respect any masking preferences indicated by signage at each garden entrance at the owner’s discretion.

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