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Everything you need to know happening in and around the Capital City

The Roots Picnic

This year roots picnic is back, offering a love letter to Philadelphia with a bevy of hip-hop and R&B stars taking center stage at the Mann at Fairmont Park from June 4th to 5th. For the past 15 years the #LegendaryRootsCrew has delivered a two-day festival that represents a mosaic of Black culture curated by and named after Philadelphia's legendary hip-hop group, The Roots. This year acts like Jazmine Sullivan, Mary J. Blige, Summer Walker, and Kirk Franklin will grace the stage. Look for music all day on multiple stages, as well as a podcast stage featuring, Questlove. Tickets are required and available to purchase via this link.

Judy Scheide, Isles' friend and supporter accepts her award

Isles' Spring 2022 Celebration was a success!

The Trenton Journal was in the building at the fifth annual Isles' Spring 2022 celebration. This year was an in-person, “cocktail-style” party that recognized Isles’ 40 years of impact in the community that honored two important friends, philanthropist, Judy Scheide, and Bernell Hall, President of New Jersey Community Capital. The event took place at the Social Profit Center at Mill One, a beautifully restored former textile mill located in Hamilton, New Jersey. The event featured a "Taste of the Trenton Region," with local diverse food and drink options, live music, and an interactive art display created by Leon Rainbow and Sophie Ban. "We're so excited to invite friends into this one of a kind space to celebrate community and honor two important friends," said Isles' CEO, Sean Jackson.

New Jersey’s single-use plastic carryout bag takes effect May 4th

Do you run a grocery store or retail outlet that distributes plastic or paper carryout bags to customers, or a food service business that provides plastic straws and polystyrene foam takeout containers? As part of the eco-friendly initiative to eliminate plastic pollution in the environment, New Jersey will ban these products in grocery stores at or larger than 2500-square-feet and will limit plastic straws to by-request-only effective May 4, 2022.

The law, signed by Governor Murphy in 2020, was designed to address the problem of plastic pollution with solutions to protect the environment for future generations. In 2017, only 8.4 percent of plastics in the United States were recycled. Most single-use plastic carryout bags arrive in landfills, are incinerated, or accumulate in the environment. Unable to biodegrade, leftover plastic products release chemicals into the environment that are harmful to human health and negatively impact major contributors to the New Jersey economy–such as the tourism, fishing, and shipping industries, as well as recreation.

To encourage the use of reusable carryout bags, New Jersey Clean Communities Council has formed the “Bag Up NJ” campaign, which educates and reminds consumers about sustainability and encourages them to use reusable bags.

Penalties will be given to businesses who do not comply, which include a warning for the first offense, up to $1,000 per day for a second offense and up to $5,000 per day for a third offense or subsequent offense.

If you need additional support, The New Jersey Business Action Center (NJBAC) offers a Live Chat on its website,, or can be reached at 1-800-JERSEY-7 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, where New Jersey-based business experts will assist in providing answers to your questions.

Easter egg hunt in Princeton

Easter Egg Party at Tumbles on April 16th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This is a perfect event to take your children to play with friends and other kids at the learning playground designed to help fight childhood obesity! The location is 1225 State Road, Princeton, NJ. There will be countless activities such as: DJ Bunny, story time, music and dance, arts & crafts, egg toss & bunny hop, egg hunt, obstacle course, open gym, and open tumble zone. Ages 3 and up must wear socks and last but not least Zumba lessons included. Click the link to purchase tickets.

Trenton's Animals Rock loses contract

The Trenton City Council voted 4 to 3 against the request for proposal from Trenton Animals Rock (TAR), a non-profit organization, to continue as a no-kill shelter in Trenton. TAR was not awarded the contract to perform animal welfare services for The City of Trenton after Councilpersons Kathy McBride, Sonya Wilkins, Santiago Rodriguez, and Robin Vaughn voted not to move forward with TAR's RFP. In response to the vocal opposition pertaining to the discontinuation of TAR's services, Councilwoman Robin Vaughn released a statement saying, "For clarity, the nonprofit organization Trenton Animals Rock "TAR" was seeking a contract award of $375,000 dollars for services the city can perform itself. Initially, they were requesting an exorbitant $500,000 dollars. Nonetheless, the contract was rejected by the council." The City of Trenton will use funds they would have paid TAR to invest in employee training, infrastructure and other services of the city's animal shelter.

Black Women’s History Month Sip, Stroll and Shop Event in Trenton.

Come out to support local business entrepreneurships. The celebration focuses on your local Black female business owners. If you are more than willing to volunteer your time contact the organizers at or dial their number at 609-310-1854. They are sponsored by Howard’s Healthy Choices and Men and Women of Character Organizations. This is a great cause and helps to promote local business within the city.

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