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See Broadway star, Audra McDonald, live in Princeton

Audra McDonald has a long list of accomplishments to her name including six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy. In 2015 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and received a National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the field—from President Barack Obama. McDonald will perform at the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ on Saturday, April 2nd at 8 PM. The singer and actress has become one of Broadway’s biggest stars over the years and she has worked hard to earn all her achievements with stellar performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. You do not want to miss out on this evening! Proof of vaccination (with photo ID) and masks are now required for all performances.

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THT partners with Ewing Township to boost vaccination rates

THT recently began working with the Ewing Health Department to direct and implement COVID-19 outreach and response in the township neighboring Trenton.

The partnership, supported by the township's Strengthening Local Public Health Capacity Grant from the NJ Department of Health, is focusing on sharing reliable information about COVID-19, as well as providing vaccines, booster shots, and tests.

THT staff will engage with the community to address vaccine hesitancy, and supporting vaccination clinics. The program coordinators will assist with maintaining vaccination data, contact tracing and addressing other social and health impacts of COVID-19. They will share information and promote health safety.

"We are eager to help Ewing boost its vaccination rates," said THT Population Health Manager Aida Martinez. "We will be replicating strategies that proved effective in Trenton and tailoring our outreach to address this community's concerns."

Mayor Gusciora calls for release of video in police shooting

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora recently called for the full release of all video footage related to the February police shooting of Jajuan Henderson.

“We stand ready to take action when, procedurally, we have a full understanding of the situation,” Gusciora said. “Today, we are voicing our support for the full public release of any body-camera footage of the incident once the investigation is completed. That includes all body-worn cameras, police dashboard cameras, and surveillance cameras, which should be made public as soon as possible.”

In 2021, the state Attorney General’s Office issued a standing directive requiring video be released once the investigation is “substantially” complete. As per legal procedure, the four Trenton police officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.

The Attorney General’s Office investigation is being conducted by the Union County Prosecutors Office, not the Mercer County Prosecutors Office, to avoid any appearance of or actual conflict.

“We as a community need to know the truth about this incident,” Gusciora said, “but we have been examining and adjusting the way we provide public safety and law enforcement in this city since the day I took office.”

Help save the planet!

Exploring ways to save the planet? DIY Earth Day Wildflower Seed Ball is the perfect way to get involved and make a profound difference in the world. This event will take place on April 22nd from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Located at the Tulpehaking Nature Center in Hamilton, NJ. What’s better than taking care of our planet? Come and celebrate Earth Day by creating a beautiful seed ball that resembles the Earth that you can use to plant a garden of wildflowers. You can spread these across your home backyard. Also, it’s a fun event to attend with children, friends and family members.

Find out more, click here.

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