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Atalaya Armstrong for West Ward City Council, Mayor Gusciora issues a state of an emergency, Hot Wheels comes to Cure Arena, and much more!

Atalaya Armstrong gears up for West Ward City Council run

The Trenton Journal recently had the opportunity to tour Trenton's Stuyvesant Avenue with West Ward City Council candidate, Atalaya Armstrong, who grew up near by. "I decided to run for city council because of what I was seeing. A lot of people talk about what's been going on the last three years, but I feel like it's been going on for more than three years. I feel like the people who own homes here, like myself, deserve to get the value we pay into this city," the mom of three said. Armstrong received her bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Social Sciences from Thomas Edison State University. Armstrong currently serves as Chair for Trenton Historic Development Collaborative, and is Chief Steward for Local 2285, AFSCME, an Ambassador for the Trenton Police Department and an At-Large Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). There hasn't been an official statement from current West Ward City Councilwoman Robin Vaughn seeking re-election, but rumblings around the city has her planing to go toe-for-toe against Gusciora in a bid for mayor.

Click here to watch Atalaya Armstrong tell her #TrentonStory as part of our Meet the Candidate series.

Trenton's state of emergency

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora recently issued an executive order to fulfill City obligations concerning the health, wellbeing, and safety of residents of the City of Trenton.

The order covers various obligations including measures ensuring uninterrupted emergency medical services for underinsured and uninsured residents; delivering COVID-related supplies and services; and conducting preventative public utility maintenance in compliance with the Administrative Consent Order governed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

“I am issuing Executive Order 22-01 authorizing numerous emergency actions to maintain the health, safety, and wellbeing of the city,” said Mayor Gusciora. “There are limited circumstances when it becomes proper for the executive to use such executive powers. Emergent threats to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our residents are thresholds we cannot cross as stewards of the City."

"Each one of the items contained here meets that criteria. Inaction would result in failure to comply with consent orders. Inaction would compromise our ability to deliver safe and clean water to the region. Inaction would restrict access to certain health care services vital to our residents," Gusciora said. "For the good of our residents and in the name of public safety, I'm obligated to take action. We await the return of the City Clerk, or Council’s appointment of a substitute or assistant clerk, in order for the Council to address other unresolved issues before the City.” Trenton City Clerk, Matthew Colon, has been on sick leave since February and the city has definitely felt the impact of his absence.

Illustration by John Gummere

Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey Carnival of the Animals

This delightful program will keep you smiling in your seat. Saint-Saëns' famous 1886 Carnival of the Animals shows Saint-Saëns at his humorous best. Each movement is preceded by witty poems by Ogden Nash. Animals inspired the other composers on the program, ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to Gershwin and Rimsky-Korsakov come to life in this whimsical musical suite. Find out how this Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7:30 PM • War Memorial (Ballroom)

For tickets and information, click here or call 609.656.3224

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks LIVE:

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks LIVE returns to CURE Insurance Arena on April 8-10 for four epic performances! Fans of all ages will enjoy an exciting new and expanded lineup of monster trucks as they experience the thrill of watching the iconic Hot Wheels monster truck toys come to life in a full-size, kid-focused, immersive Hot Wheels® experience.

The popular family entertainment tour is back! Audiences will get the opportunity to see the famous Hot Wheels monster truck toys including fan favorites – Bone Shaker™, Tiger Shark, V8 Bomber™, Demo Derby and the return of Bigfoot® plus the all-new Mega Wrex™, and Race Ace™, a first-ever collaboration between Hot Wheels and Bigfoot. Event performances will also feature a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot MEGASAURUS, and the high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks LIVE, Freestyle Motocross! Fans will experience exciting show action and fuel-injected playfulness with over-the-top smashing, crashing, and epic monster truck competitions and battles!

Click here for tickets

Wall Street comes to Trenton

Our friends over at the African American Cultural Collaborative are looking to stimulate Black wealth in the Capital City on April 30, 2022 at Trenton Central High School at 11am-4pm! Free entry!Closing the Racial Wealth Gap by circulating the dollar in our community longer, actively supporting Black Owned businesses in the greater Trenton area. Come support and shop with local businesses, get information from local Organizations and sign up for programs and resources for your personal and professional growth. Interested in vending? Please contact Amini Sababu of Positive Black ImagesConnect via email or call 609-510-3196.

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