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Gusciora calls emergency council meeting for monkeypox and COVID-19 preparation

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora asked the council to consider an emergency meeting to discuss the city’s preparation for COVID-19 and monkeypox testing, as well as vaccination, and monitoring programs. Recently, the United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency, as an attempt to control the outbreak of the virus, which currently tops 6,600 cases nationwide. Trenton recorded its first case of monkeypox last week, with four other cases documented in Mercer County. Though there is a vaccine available, New Jersey has a limited supply. “We need these funds in order to be proactive rather than reactive, given everything we’ve learned from the pandemic,” said Gusciora, who also explained that this particular virus will need its on set of health services. In a letter to council President, Kathy McBride, Gusciora sternly reprimanded the council for blocking payment for COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites, and for not allowing a walk-on resolution by Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson to discuss the health emergency. The mayor states that his goal is to protect and ensure the safety of residents. For more information on monkeypox please visit here. To see the mayor’s letter to the council, please click this link.

New Jersey State Museum Foundation receives grant to detail exhibit on stories that shaped Trenton

The Capital City has a rich history, and its story was created to be told. The New Jersey State Museum (NJSM) announced that New Jersey State Museum Foundation received a grand from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) to fund the creation of the exhibition “"History Beneath Your Feet: Archaeology in the Capital City.” The exhibit will explore the social, cultural, and environmental evolution of Trenton through archaeological artifacts. The Museum was awarded $15,732 to create a self-guided walking mobile phone tour of historical Trenton sites, providing context with images. The exhibition will be available starting April 2023, detailing stories that not only shaped Trenton, but also the state of New Jersey and the country. For additional information on the Museum and this exhibit, please visit.

Hamilton honors local businesses at Economic Development Commission’s Awards Dinner

The Hamilton Township Economic Development Advisory Commission (HTEDAC) along with Mayor Jeff Martin have announced the 2022 award recipients for the 46th annual Hamilton Township Economic Development Distinguished Business Achievement Awards Dinner. The dinner, taking place on October 27, 2022, at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s, will honor local businesses and leaders in the community. “This year we are proud to recognize another outstanding class of award recipients that have greatly contributed to our local economy here in Hamilton Township,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “These businesses and community leaders represent the very best in our town and our local business community,” continued Mayor Martin. The night will begin with cocktails at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The recipients of the award include:

· Impact Award –Rotary Club of Robbinsville/Hamilton

· Large Business of the Year Award – Radiology Affiliates Imaging (RAI)

· Small Business of the Year Award – GEICO Mercer

· Non-Profit Award – Miracle League of Mercer County

· Maurice T. Perilli Business Volunteer of the Year Award – Jay Dugan

· Mayor’s Beautification Award – Mill One

Tickets to the Hamilton Township Economic Development Distinguished Achievement Awards Dinner are available for purchase online or checks can be made payable and sent to: HTEDAC, 2090 Greenwood Ave, Hamilton, NJ 08609. Come out and celebrate these amazing businesses and individuals.

Artworks receives funding to light up Trenton

Trenton’s very own, Artworks, will continue their artistic movement throughout the city. The nonprofit organization, which promotes diverse artistry, received $500,000 from the 2022 federal government funding bill, with the help of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. Artworks will be responsible for adding lighting and murals along a pedestrian and bicycle path between the Trenton Transit Center and downtown Trenton. "As a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I play an important role in deciding where and how the federal government spends its money,” says Watson Coleman. "The Artwalk Project is a perfect example of what can happen when a wonderful local institution working with the city and federal government applies its expertise to improve Trenton for both local residents and neighbors from the area who come to Trenton to work and enjoy the Capital City." We can’t wait to see what creativity Artworks produces.

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