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New campaign shows the importance of school attendance

Today students are faced with a variety of challenges that students in the past never had to deal with. Homelessness, working to support family, taking care of young siblings, and living in distressed communities, can all pose roadblocks and obstacles into achieving academic success. The Trenton Public Schools, Every Day Matters Attendance Project, under the direction of Denise Kreiss, MSW, Parent/Coordinator/Homeless Liaison have teamed with the SEED Male Mentoring Program and Heal the City to find strategies to help keep students in school. Trenton Central High School Principal, Mary Courtney, says students who regularly attend school are creating a relationship and positive habits that supersede their time at Trenton Public Schools. Stacy Heading of Heal the City is leading the service-learning project with students at Trenton Central High School who volunteered to create the Everyday Matters Attendance Billboards with their own featured quotes. The ideas created by the students will appear on billboards throughout Trenton. In the process of developing the billboards the students become attendance ambassadors among their peers.

Where my girls at?

The Annual Women’s History Month Comedy Show, Nina and Landy Presents: Laffout Loud Comedy event. It is hosted by “B-Phlat”, her full name is Beverly Nelson. This event will be held on March 13, 2022 from 5 to 10 pm at the Cooper’s Riverview in Trenton, NJ. Relating to Women’s History Month the comedian previously worked as a marketing director for one of Philadelphia’s largest law firms. B-Phlat decided to change courses in her career and steer towards comedy stand up. Now she’s different than most comedians because she emphasizes the importance for women to look closer at themselves to improve and empower all women. Ultimately, to have faith that everything will eventually fall into place with keeping patience in mind. What is more amazing about this exciting event is that the portion of proceeds will be donated to non-profit women's shelters, specifically to a local domestic violence shelter. This special show will guarantee laughter and a good time all night long! Comedian Geneva Joy (Gigi) is coming all the way from New Orleans. Alongside comedians, Natasha Ross, Georgia Peach, Janet Dollar and Isha Mayfield. Cost of attendance will be $45 with buffet dinner included, vendors and 360 photo booths. Click here for tickets.

Gas prices are skyrocketing across the nation

Easing the pain at the pump

I'm sure we're not the only ones feeling the sting of the gas hike. As gas prices steadily rise as a result of a number of global economic forces and international turmoil, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes reminds motorists that a function of the Office of Weights & Measures is to ensure that gas stations are playing by the rules.

"Mercer County works to ensure that consumers are getting what they pay for," Mr. Hughes said. "Service station owners are only allowed to change the price once in a 24-hour period, and that is something we are keeping an eye on."

Tips when buying gasoline:

Check serialized decals. Decals on the pump indicate the device has been tested by the Office of Weights & Measures.

Decoy pricing. Make sure prices shown on the pump and street signs match.

Watch the pump. Make sure the pump is set at zero at the start of your transaction.

Cash versus credit. Check to see whether the gas station charges more per gallon for credit card purchases than for cash transactions. If the station chooses to do this, state law requires that it clearly mark the prices for cash and for credit purchases on its signs.

If you think you did not get the proper amount of fuel at your purchase, call Mercer County Weights & Measures at 609-989-6671.

How to save on gas:

Track gas prices. Phone Apps, like AAA TripTik, can help track the lowest price per gallon by location.

Pay with cash. Some stations offer a lower cash price.

Drive strategically. Carpool, use ride-sharing Apps, telecommute if that option is available, schedule your errands in a single trip, avoid rush hour stop-and-go traffic.

Sign up for loyalty programs. Gas stations chains usually offer incentives to offset the price at the pump.

Observe the speed limit: Driving over the speed limit consumes more fuel.

Tune-up: Keeping your car in shape and keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure can improve gas mileage.

Cannabis activist Jacque Howard and Whoa Flow's Community Outreach Manager Phil Charles

Trenton's first cannabis dispensary gears up for launch

Over the weekend Trenton Journal had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at Woah Flow, the first legal cannabis dispensary in Trenton, New Jersey. Located at 226 Broad Street, in a beautiful historic building, which used to be a bank, Woah Flow's co-founder, Mathew Kutch, said the dispensary anticipates a late fall early winter grand opening. During the first phase of the dispensary's opening only people with medical cards can go into the dispensary, but Kutch promises within a year that the dispensary will be open for adult use. There will also be the opportunity for the community to become educated on CBD with a variety of educational programming at the dispensary. When asked by the Trenton Journal about potential job opportunities for the community, Kutch assured plans are in the works. "We're going to have a couple of local job fairs towards the mid [or] end of summer, because that's more realistic in terms of giving information on how many employees we're going to need. We'll be looking to have about 30 employees over the years. That [number] will increase once we hit year two because of adult use coming into effect."

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