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Trenton bars and restaurants may “Go Dry” just before the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and Trenton’s City Council has yet to process more than 100 renewed retail alcohol licenses or ABC licenses. As these licenses are set to expire on midnight June 30th, the City’s lack of adequate staffing has halted the process of the renewals. Mayor Gusciora offered to the assist the council with the processing of renewal applications but were turned away by the Council President, Kathy McBride. The lack of alcohol available in local bars and restaurants will affect those businesses bottom lines, as alcohol distributors cannot deliver to unlicensed locations. Business owners will have to apply for an ‘ad interim’ license for a fee if they want to remain in operation until the council sorts everything out. Gusciora has notified the state regarding the issue and hopes to resolve the problem before July 1st. We recently called the City's Clerk office and was notified that renewals are being accepted from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Rally and march for environmental sustainability in Trenton

It’s no secret that Trenton has concerning environmental issues. On June 23rd between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Food & Water Watch alongside Empower New Jersey and other partners have come together to organize a climate action. The organizers are gathering individuals who care about their environment to march and rally for clean air and climate justice. The march will start on 200 Barrack St and end at the State House in Trenton. Buses from various locations and carpools will be organized. RSVP here for the event and transportation needs.

Action schedule:

10:30am: Meet on the steps of the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial, 200 Barrack St, Trenton.

11:00am: March with art, props, signs and banners approximately a half mile to the statehouse annex, where a rally with speakers, chants, art and music will be held.

12:30pm: Rally concludes, and those interested in confronting elected officials will meet inside the statehouse for lobbying.

Looking for some fun in the Jersey sun?

The summertime is a great time of year to enjoy city and the many events held around town. On Friday, June 24th to Monday July 4th, the Mercer County L.E.A.D. Fest State Fair will be held at Mercer County Park. This annual state fair will feature New Jersey’s rich heritage, which includes agricultural exhibits, local cuisines, farm exhibits, a pie eating contest and plenty of live entertainment. The fair is for all ages and the ticket prices vary depending on the day. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

I Am Trenton Community Foundation launches grant program supporting equity, social justice and resilience

The I Am Trenton Community Foundation recently launched a $50,000 citywide grant cycle in support of grassroots projects tackling equity, social justice and resilience issues in recognition of Juneteenth. The nonprofit program’s goal is to provide grants to locally ran projects on important issues throughout the city that brings youth, local artists and communities together. The grant will award up to $5,000 to applicants with projects occurring between September 2022 and September 2023. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 29, 2022, with the winners announced in early September 2022. According to IAT Board President Raj Manimaran said, “This grant round seeks to empower Trentonians focused on advancing social justice initiatives, supporting health and wellness efforts, and promoting resilience overall.” Priority will be given to projects led by Trenton residents, people of color and individuals with experience in equity and social justice and resiliency. To apply for the grant, please check out their website. Applicants are also encouraged to attend one of three virtual pre-application workshops for additional information and the chance to ask questions. The website also includes information on the workshop.

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