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Kiwanis Starts a Conversation with “Attitudes in Reverse”

The Kiwanis Club of Trenton will host Tricia Baker, CPDT-KA, Co-founder of Attitudes In Reverse (AIR) at the Club’s first meeting of the new year on Wednesday January 4, 2023 beginning at 6 pm at Leonardo’s II restaurant in Lawrenceville. All are welcome to attend this presentation on AIR’s mission to create a community of understanding, kindness and empathy through mental health education and awareness.

After a 20 year corporate career in marketing, Tricia Baker took the tremendous loss of her son, Kenny, recognized the need for educating our nation’s youth about good mental health, and with her family, started Attitudes In Reverse® or AIR™, which includes the AIR Dogs: Paws for Minds program. Under AIR, Tricia has been able to combine both of her passions: mental health education and dogs. 
Tricia is a Certified Professional Dog Trainers-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA),  an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator and Certified AIR Therapy Dog Trainer and Evaluator. Tricia has developed the AIR School-Based Therapy Dog program, training school staff and their personal dogs. The goal is to have at least one certified therapy dog on every school property, every day, to support students and staff. 

Tricia shares age appropriate educational programs from K-12th graders. She offers parent presentations along with Professional Development for school staff. To date, Tricia has educated over 150,000 students, parents and school staff. Recognizing a need, and with the help of friends, Tricia launched a Spanish mental wellness and suicide prevention program for 8th through 12th graders. Dogs are a very integral part of Tricia’s work, including AIR’s educational programs. Administrators report that the retention rate of the mental health programs are far greater with AIR programs, as the students associate the materials with meeting the dogs. More information about AIR is at

Leonardo’s II is located at 2021 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Dinner will be available off the menu for $20 per attendee.   Please RSVP by January 3, 2023 by contacting Alex Treece at (609) 647-8305 or

Open Letter to the trustees of TESU Regarding Wyeth Paining


   P.O. Box 7455, Trenton, NJ 08628

August 9, 2022

An Open Letter to the President and Trustees of

Thomas Edison State University

Since 1918 the Kiwanis Club of Trenton has worked to improve the lives of Trenton children, helping to build stronger communities and a foundation for a brighter future. We look to our City’s rich and diverse history for inspiration and recognize its essential role in the development of our nation’s ideals. Our history – Trenton’s history – continues to point the way to where we aspire to be as a community.

We are deeply disappointed by your stated intention to sell an important part of this history. As the custodian of N.C. Wyeth’s “Reception to Washington on April 21, 1789, at Trenton” Thomas

Edison State University has been entrusted with a work of art of great significance to our City. With this trust comes a responsibility to preserve both the artwork as well as the context within which it is presented. This context is the City of Trenton itself. Just as Washington came to Trenton because of its place in the fabric of our fledgling democracy, so too should future generations come to Trenton because of what our City can teach them about the course of history

and its impact on their lives today. Trentonians and visitors alike should continue to have the opportunity to view Wyeth’s “Reception to Washington” in Trenton, as it was intended.

We urge you to reconsider your attempt to sell Wyeth’s “Reception to Washington.” If the University is unable to serve as the painting’s custodian, then another suitable location within the City of Trenton should be identified as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist in ensuring the painting’s permanent presence in Trenton. We hope that the University can continue to share in a collective commitment to historic preservation with the Kiwanis Club of Trenton and all who recognize and appreciate the priceless benefits it brings to our


Very truly,

Clifford P. Kirsch



Liberty weekend 2022 – coverage on NJ.COM

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Wine tasting

Date              9/16

Time             5;30 – 7 PM

Location      Old York Cellars Winery, 80 Old York Rd, Ringoes, NJ

Wine tasting to include 6 wines, meats, cheese, and chocolate to raise funds in support of The Times – Kiwanis camp Fund

Cost              $40/pp

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Remembering TRENTON’s Public Reading of The Declaration of Independence

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.

Remembering TRENTON's public reading of the declaration of independence