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The Trenton Film Festival is back in person

If you’re a film buff, you’ll love to know that The Trenton Film Festival is returning to in-person viewings starting Friday, August 26, to Sunday, August 28 at the Mill Hill Playhouse. The offerings will include comedic and dramatic, feature-length films and documentaries, as well as shorts from all over the world. There will be 11 separate screenings that will feature several filmmakers in attendance to discuss their work and engage the audiences in a question-and-answer session. On the last day of the festival, guests will enjoy performances on local spoken word artists, circus acts and musicians. An awards ceremony will also be held to conclude the festival. Tickets are available at $5 to $8 a viewing block, or you can opt for the all-access pass of $15 to $25. Guests are asked to wear masks at all times, and to show proof of ID as well as vaccination for admittance. For more information, please visit,

Trenton, NJ health fair

One Project NJ’s Student Scholars Program will present a health fair at the Trenton Public Library (120 Academy Street) on September 24th between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. There will be medical professionals and education teams on hand to answer professional questions, provide vitals, health screenings and more. There will be live health-related awareness and education sessions. Email if you have any questions, and click here if you’re interested in attending the event.

Terracycle hosts Jersey Fresh Jam 2022 Hip-Hop Festival

On August 27th between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jersey Fresh Jam 2022 will be held at Trenton’s own Terracycle (1 Terracycle Way). The free event will include performances and DJ sets, live graffiti art and food and vendors. The festival, which first made its mark in 2005, was created to celebrate New Jersey’s arts and culture movement. The event hosts are seeking sponsors and vendors to cover what they are stating will be a successful event. For those interested in participating, you can email or click here to view the media deck. For more information on attending the event as a guest, please visit

Trenton Fire Department makes history with first Junior Public Safety Academy

This summer, the Trenton Fire Department introduced a program for city teenagers to learn about the important job of being a first responder. The first class of the Trenton Junior Public Safety Academy, created by Fire Director Kenneth Douglas, aimed to provide kids with skills that would push them out of their comfort zones. During the summer program, kids trained physically and academically, while in a social setting that would allow them to progress. The challenging experience during the summer program instilled skills that would benefit them beyond the class. Mayor Reed Gusciora had a hand in helping to bring the program to fruition. After six weeks, the class concluded with a graduation ceremony on August 19th, at the Fire Department Headquarters. The organizers are hoping to host a larger group of kids next year, exceeding the 13 kids that were involved in the initial class. By providing teenagers with the chance to be productive by learning CPR, fire safety and more, there will be less kids on the streets, and more of them will be knowledgeable about life-saving practices. If you’re interested in having your teen participate in next year’s class, the organization is looking to partner with several city schools to get the word out.

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