Most have heard of Washington’s famous victory over the Hessians in Trenton in December 1776. But did you realize that Trenton first took the world stage in the fight for independence five months earlier? On July 8, 1776 Trenton hosted the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence outside of Philadelphia in front of what was then the Hunterdon County Courthouse on Warren Street (Mercer County did not yet exist). In typical “Trenton Makes the World Takes” fashion, the now-immortal words of the Declaration of Independence were proclaimed aloud, and ultimately heard around the world. That pivotal moment in history will be recreated on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at noon – 245 years to the day – when Trentonians gather to once again read aloud the Declaration of Independence on the same site as the original proclamation, now known as 23 South Warren Street. A cross-section of civic leaders and citizens young and old lead by Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora will each read a portion of the document, in front of the 33’ X 65’ mural depicting the original event in 1776.
On the weekend of May 22nd, the Kiwanis Club of Trenton will partner with The Bread Ministry of the Church of St. Ann to provide meals to Mercer County Senior Citizens through Panera Bread and Meals on Wheels of Mercer County’s Feed a Senior, Help a Restaurant Initiative.
The Panera Bread on Nassau St. in Princeton will prepare bagged lunches consisting of a turkey or chicken sandwich (plain), a piece of fruit, and a beverage. Meals on Wheels will coordinate clients’ dietary considerations and delivery logistics. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club and Church of St. Ann will raise the needed funds and deliver the meals.
“What a wonderful way to jump start the holidays with our annual party at the McCormick’s! Tonight we had the opportunity to distribute Times-Kiwanis Camp Fund Scholarships to many of the summer camp program recipients, including Every Child Valued, HomeFront, Girl Scouts of Southern Central Jersey, Boys and Girls Club of Trenton, and RISE. Thank you for joining us and meeting with the Camp Fund recipients, Marc Linowitz of the Rose and Louis H. Linowitz Foundation and Pat Hartpence of NJ Manufacturers Insurance, both major benefactors of the Camp Fund. We were also thrilled to have two members of the Rider University Circle K Club with us. And lastly, we used the party as a venue to honor Mike McCormick with an award created in his name and honor Reggie Coleman as the recipient of the esteemed Bambi Cross Award. We topped off the night with a few rounds of Christmas carols, a Kiwanis favorite and a night to remember!”
Despite the rain, we had a number of families and volunteers for today’s Great Egg Hunt. Thanks to all the volunteers and families who helped make this a fun morning. We were happy to partner with the Zonta Club of Trenton, Environmentors, and the City of Trenton. A big shout out to Mike McCormick, who continues to serve as our leader for this annual event. Thanks, Mike!
“We held our first of two egg hunts (and Spring storytelling) at the Village Charter School this week. Thanks to the TCNJ Circle K and Zonta members who joined us! This Saturday we’ll be at Cadwalader Park hiding thousands of eggs and giving out Easter treats. If you have kids, come join us, registration starts at 9 AM”