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Trenton Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that the City of Trenton Department of Health and Human Services has followed guidance issued just this morning by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the N.J. Department of Health to pause any use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the N.J. Department of Health, the CDC and the FDA are reviewing the data involving six reported cases – among nearly seven million doses administered in the U.S. – in women between the ages of 18 and 48 who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Symptoms occurred six to 13 days after vaccination. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets.

Both the CDC and FDA have said that these adverse events are extremely rare. According to the FDA and CDC, individuals who have received the vaccine and develop abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, severe headache or other unusual symptoms within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

The City of Trenton has issued approximately 3,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Most of these vaccines were administered during the joint federal, state, and city vaccine clinic that concluded two weeks ago. The City has not received any reports that those vaccinations have resulted in the same adverse effects referenced above. However, City health officers will review their records and contact any individuals who fit the demographics mentioned in today’s federal guidance.

Due to this development, the City’s homebound resident vaccination program – which uses the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine because it is easier to transport and requires only one appointment – will be paused until further notice. City health officers will be in constant contact with the approximately 100 individuals who have just been vaccinated as part of this campaign. The City is also evaluating alternative plans, including the use of other types of vaccines, to still get this vulnerable population protected from COVID-19.

Trenton will continue to administer its weekly allotment of Moderna Vaccines.

Any Trenton residents who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, either during the homebound campaign that started yesterday or the clinic at Trenton Central High School two weeks ago, can call 609-815-2180 with any questions. As per the CDC guidance, any individual who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and experiences abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, severe headache or other unusual symptoms within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

Trenton, N.J. – el alcalde W. Reed Gusciora anunció hoy que el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de la Ciudad de Trenton ha seguido la orientación dada esta mañana por los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), la Administración de Alimentos y medicamentos (FDA) de los Estados Unidos y el N.J. Departamento de Salud para interrumpir cualquier uso de la vacuna de dosis única COVID-19 de Johnson & Johnson.

Según el N.J. El Departamento de Salud, los CDC y la FDA están revisando los datos que involucran seis casos reportados – entre casi siete millones de dosis administradas en los EE.UU. – en mujeres entre las edades de 18 y 48 años que recibieron la vacuna Johnson & Johnson. Los síntomas ocurrieron entre seis y 13 días después de la vacunación. En estos casos, se observó un tipo de coágulo de sangre llamado trombosis del seno venoso cerebral en combinación con niveles bajos de plaquetas sanguíneas

Tanto los CDC como la FDA han dicho que estos eventos adversos son extremadamente raros. De acuerdo con la FDA y los CDC, las personas que han recibido la vacuna y desarrollan dolor abdominal, dolor en las piernas, dificultad para respirar, dolor de cabeza severo u otros síntomas inusuales dentro de las tres semanas después de la vacunación deben ponerse en contacto con su proveedor de atención médica.

La Ciudad de Trenton ha emitido aproximadamente 3.000 vacunas Johnson & Johnson. La mayoría de estas vacunas se administraron durante la clínica de vacunas conjunta federal, estatal y municipal que concluyó hace dos semanas. La Ciudad no ha recibido ningún informe de que esas vacunas hayan resultado en los mismos efectos adversos mencionados anteriormente. Sin embargo, los oficiales de salud de la Ciudad revisarán sus registros y contactarán a cualquier persona que se ajuste a la demografía mencionada en la guía federal de hoy.

Debido a este desarrollo, el programa de vacunación de residentes confinados en casa de la Ciudad – que usa la vacuna de dosis única Johnson & Johnson porque es más fácil de transportar y requiere solo una cita – será pausado hasta nuevo aviso. Los funcionarios de salud de la ciudad estarán en contacto constante con las aproximadamente 100 personas que acaban de vacunarse como parte de esta campaña. La Ciudad también está evaluando planes alternativos, incluyendo el uso de otros tipos de vacunas, para obtener esta vulnerab

Trenton continuará administrando su asignación semanal de vacunas Moderna.

Cualquier residente de Trenton que haya recibido la vacuna Johnson & Johnson, ya sea durante la campaña en casa que comenzó ayer o la clínica en Trenton Central High School hace dos semanas, puede llamar al 609-815-2180 con cualquier pregunta. De acuerdo con la guía de los CDC, cualquier persona que recibió la vacuna Johnson & Johnson y experimenta dolor abdominal, dolor en las piernas, dificultad para respirar, dolor de cabeza severo u otros síntomas inusuales dentro de las tres semanas después de la vacunación debe contactar a su proveedor de atención médica.

Mayor gusciora begins vaccine mobilization campaign today

Today, Mayor Reed Gusciora, along with Health & Human Services Director, Dr. Adela Lopez and Office of Emergency Management Director Grady Griffin visit residents of South Village Senior Centers in Trenton to provide them with the COVID – 19 vaccination. There was great excitement by the Mayor and his team to be able to provide this service to those who are elderly as well as homebound. They vaccinated 109 people today visiting the South Village Centers, Luther Towers as well as 10-15 homebound residents in the South Trenton Area.

This will be a two week effort as Dr. Lopez intends to visit residents in all four wards of the city. For more information, email covidvac@trentonnj.org or mayorsoffice@trentonnj.org.

Hoy, el Alcalde Reed Gusciora, junto con la Directora de Salud y Servicios Humanos, la Dra. Adela López y la Directora de la Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias Grady Griffin visitan a los residentes de los Centros de ancianos de South Village en Trenton para proporcionarles la vacuna COVID – 19. Hubo gran emoción por parte del alcalde y su equipo para poder prestar este servicio a los ancianos, así como a los que están en casa. Vacunaron a 109 personas hoy visitando los Centros de la aldea Sur, las Torres Lutero, así como 10-15 homebou

Este será un esfuerzo de dos semanas, ya que el Dr. López tiene la intención de visitar a los residentes en los cuatro barrios de la ciudad. Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico covidvac-trentonnj.org o mayorsoffice-trentonnj.org.

Mayor Gusciora Statement on Passing of TWW Human Resources Manager Rafael Valentin

My condolences go out to the friends, family, and colleagues of TWW Human Resources Manager Rafael Valentin, who passed away over the weekend. Given the huge outpouring of support we’ve seen from employees at City Hall and Trenton Water Works, along with the countless lives he has touched throughout the Trenton community, it’s clear his passing will leave a huge hole in the collective heart of this city. I wish his loved ones all the best through these troubled times. He will be missed.

Trenton Thunder to Host Triple-A Buffalo Bisons During the 2021 Baseball Season

TRENTON — The Trenton Thunder are excited to announce that they will host the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

“After 27 years serving as the Double-A home of the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees, we are excited to welcome the highest level of Minor League Baseball to New Jersey,” said Jeff Hurley, GM & COO, Trenton Thunder. “We look forward to working with the Bisons, Blue Jays, and Major League Baseball to make this a successful season start.”

“Mercer County and everyone at the Thunder are proud to welcome the Buffalo Bisons to one of the top ballparks in America,” said Joe Plumeri, Owner, Trenton Thunder. “Our family of fans will be able to root for future Blue Jays big leaguers against the top prospects from the Phillies, Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, and Nationals, while enjoying the beautiful setting along the banks of the Delaware.”

Over the years, Mercer County has continued to make improvements around the ballpark to keep up with Major League standards. Some larger projects include updating ballpark lighting, new stadium seats, new infield grass, and new wall pads along the lower level of the outfield wall to ensure player safety.

The Thunder are proud to support Triple-A baseball this season as well as the MLB Draft League. Additional details will be announced shortly as they look to continue this multi-faceted partnership with Major League Baseball.

The Neighborhood Improvement Association is Back On the Scene!

Today, NIA of New Jersey came out in full force for their Illegal Dumping & Litter Clean Up Day in Trenton.

So many wonderful volunteers joined in the effort: the College of NJ, Councilman Joseph Harrison, Starbucks Trenton Community Store, the Department of Public Works, TPD Detective Sergeant Charles Lamin, members from the Trenton Council of Civic Associations and many concerned citizens.

One group visited Maple Ave to conduct the litter clean up and the other went to East Stuyvesant Street and the 200-300 Block of Rutherford Ave. It was a great day of community beautification and unity.

Trenton Launches Homebound Resident Vaccination Campaign

Trenton, N.J. – Mayor W. Reed Gusciora today announced that the City of Trenton Department of Health and Human Services is starting a homebound vaccination program this Monday, April 12, 2021 that will bring 1,000 Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccines to Trenton residents who are unable to get to a vaccine clinic on their own.

In-home vaccinations will be provided to individuals – age 18 or over – who are immobile due to underlying medical conditions or transportation limitations. Homebound residents or their relatives can call (609) 815-2556 or email amthomas@trentonnj.org to schedule an in-home vaccine appointment.

All in-home vaccinations will be administered by qualified medical professionals who will use the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, which is easier to transport and requires only one appointment. City medical staff will wait 15 to 30 minutes with each patient after administering the vaccine to monitor for side effects.

The city already has a list of 400 individuals for the program and is scheduled to visit multiple senior and high-density housing locations over the next few weeks including South Village, Luther Arms, Kingsbury Towers, Trent Center East, Trent Center West, North 25, and numerous residential properties throughout Trenton.

This effort was made possible due to ongoing support from the Trenton Health Team, the Henry J. Austin Medical Center, the Mercer County Board of Social Services, Trenton Housing Authority, Mercer County Meals on Wheels and the Trenton Council of Civic Associations.

“As we navigate our way out of this pandemic, the last thing we want is for our most vulnerable populations to fall behind,” said Mayor Gusciora. “If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you. We won’t emerge from this crisis unless all of our residents have equal access to the vaccine, and we won’t rest until that goal is realized.”

This is one of many efforts taking place in Trenton to ensure that minority communities or individuals who face certain economic and health conditions do not fall behind in the state vaccine rollout. Just last week, Trenton finished a joint federal, state, and city vaccine clinic that brought 3,000 vaccines to Trenton’s religious congregations. The success of those efforts in Trenton resulted in the state allocating an additional 2,000 vaccines to the City that were also administered last week.

“We’ve shown time and time again that this City will use every resource at its disposal to get the job done,” said Dr. Adela M. Ames-Lopez, Director of Health and Human Services. “Every vaccine we’ve received has been used, and our efficiency at every vaccine clinic has helped us build a supportive network of state, federal, health care, and community partners who came together to provide this critical service to our most vulnerable residents.”

As always, all residents interested in the vaccine should reserve a spot at the state portal at covidvaccine.nj.gov. and contact the City Department of Health at (609)-989-3242 or covidvac@trentonnj.org.

The City of Trenton Department of Health and Human Services has directly administered a total of 11,800 vaccines, which does not include thousands of other Trentonians that have been vaccinated by Mercer County, Henry J. Austin, area pharmacies, and other entities.

Trenton has had a total of 6,700 COVID-19 cases and 87 related deaths to date.

Trenton Man Charged with Assaulting and Robbing Federal Agent at Gunpoint

Jabree Johnson, 28, of Trenton

TRENTON, N.J. – A Trenton man was charged today with assaulting a federal agent with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Jabree Johnson, 28, of Trenton, is charged by complaint with one count of assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon, one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon of an individual with custody of federal property, and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in which the firearm was discharged. Johnson is currently in custody on related charges filed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the assault. He will make his initial appearance by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zahid N. Quraishi on a date to be determined.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On March 22, 2021, federal law enforcement officers were investigating firearms trafficking and other illegal activities in Trenton and Hamilton, New Jersey. An undercover federal law enforcement agent arranged to purchase multiple firearms from an individual later identified as Johnson.

After arriving at an agreed-upon location for the firearms transaction, Johnson entered the undercover federal agent’s vehicle and handed the agent a black, semi-automatic firearm. The undercover federal agent inspected the firearm and then returned it to Johnson, and requested to see the other firearms that Johnson had agreed to sell. Instead, Johnson pointed the loaded firearm directly at the undercover federal agent and demanded money from the agent. In response, the undercover federal agent provided Johnson with an amount of U.S. currency. Johnson then ordered the undercover federal agent out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The agent exited the vehicle as ordered, drew a service-issued firearm, and fired at Johnson, striking Johnson in the shoulder. Johnson fired his handgun multiple times at the undercover federal agent before fleeing the area. Johnson was later identified at a local hospital as the individual who had assaulted and robbed the undercover federal agent at gunpoint.

The charge of assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of robbery of federal property with a dangerous weapon carries a maximum potential penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence carries a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, which must run consecutive to any other sentence imposed, and a maximum of life in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI, Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr.; special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; officers of the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Sheilah Coley; officers of the Hamilton Township Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief James Stevens; troopers of the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, and detectives and prosecutors of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, with the investigation leading to today’s charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric A. Boden and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Katie Magee Lee of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Easter Bunny to Visit Trenton Children via Fire Truck this Saturday

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora announced today that the City of Trenton will celebrate Easter by having the Easter Bunny visit each ward on a Trenton Fire Department truck this Saturday, April 3, 2021.

The tour takes the place of the annual “Great Egg Hunt” sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Trenton and held in Cadwalader Park since 1921. The usual event was modified to account for ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

City residents are invited to greet the Easter Bunny as he starts from Fire Headquarters on Perry Street at 11:30 a.m. then travels to MLK Jr. Blvd., Clinton Ave., Hamilton Ave., Broad St., Pennington Ave., Stuyvesant Ave., and Hillvista Blvd before reaching Cadwalader Park at 1:00 p.m. All children at the park will receive a treat from the “Bunny Patrol” free of charge. Participants are asked to wear a mask and always maintain social distance during the event.

Click here to view the routes to and fromCadwalader Park.

The event is sponsored by Trenton Fire Department, the Kiwanis Club of Trenton, Science Mentors One-to-One, N.J. Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Locals 6 and 206 and Wegman’s Market Princeton.

Living Donor Kidney Needed – A message from Dan Napoleon

Dear Friends and Family –

Some of you may know and many of you do not know that a few years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease and over time, my kidney disease has gotten worse causing my kidneys not to work well enough to keep me alive. I now have End Stage Renal Disease – or kidney failure. This is what I am facing now, and my treatment options are limited to dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant.

I am receiving regular dialysis treatments, three times a week for four hours at a time. This helps my kidneys do their job to keep me alive, but a transplant would offer me more freedom and the ability to live a longer, healthier, more normal life. A transplant would also give me more time to do the fun things I enjoy most, like spending time with my family and friends!

However, finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy. Just ask the 100,000+ people on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney like me. Time is not on our side. Some wait for years; many die while waiting. The average wait time is five years or more for a kidney from a deceased donor. However, there is another option: receiving a kidney from a living donor.

I am humbly asking a family member or a friend to consider donating a kidney to me. I know this is difficult decision (imagine how difficult it is to have to ask), but it greatly improves my chances of getting a transplant. A living kidney donation typically lasts longer and has better function.

You might not know a lot about living donation – I know I didn’t before kidney disease affected my life. Understandably, some people are afraid about the surgery and what living with one kidney will mean for them. Here’s some basic information about kidney donation:

• You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life.
• Most donor surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through tiny incisions.
• The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two weeks.
• The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by my insurance.
• You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to evaluate and look out for YOUR interests as a living donor.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story. If donating a kidney to me is something you would like to consider, I would be happy to tell you more about my story and explore the process of determining if you are a match for me. You can either inbox me or call/text me at 609.577.5060.

I know living donation may not be right for everyone — but you can still help! Please feel free to share my story with everyone you know and also consider being an organ donor. At the very least I want to bring awareness to kidney disease and living donation. I am prayerful my efforts will help me receive a kidney sooner and encourage others to consider helping the many people on the wait list.

Thank you for your consideration. If nothing else, please continue to pray strength for me and my family! -Dan

TCHS Women’s Tea Finishes Women’s History Month “A Cut Above the Rest!”

On Tuesday of this week, Administrators and Teachers from TCHS all joined together to help close out Women’s History Month in a special way for students.

Each year, the school has the Annual Women’s Tea to celebrate women and girls both in and out of the District. Traditionally, this event has been hosted by Dorita Gray, Cosmetology Teacher but this year, Biology Teacher Nicole Hamlet joined in to assist along with a few others. This year’s theme was “Girls in Pearls” and the ladies all dressed up in pink, yellow and white with their pearls.

Thanks to Aramark, 50 young ladies received a specially prepared box lunch filled with a Roasted Turkey BLT with an avocado spread and spring mix; tri color pasta with Italian seasoning, baked potato chips, and mini cheese cake rolls. To wash it all down, they each received a beautifully decorated bottle of infused water containing lemon, ginger and fresh mint leaves.

The group of women met at the High School and personally distributed the boxed lunches to the girls throughout the city to prepare them for their special virtual presentation that would feature guest speaker, The Honorable Judge Demetrica Todd-Ruiz.

Each delivery was met with a big smile and a hearty “Thank you.” It was an exciting time considering students have not been back to school since last March.

Interim Principal Deirdre Brown posted on Facebook, “Our teachers and administrators go above and beyond for our students. Thank you to Interim Principal, Mary Courtney, VP Tinty Bose; our teachers, Ms. Gray, Mrs. Hamlet – Event Chairwomen as well as, Monica Morris, Crystal Feliciano and Donna Cribbs for making this day such a successful one! You are all POWERFUL WOMEN! Thank you for shining your light on our students!!”

On behalf of Peterson’s Breaking News, job well done ladies, thank you all for caring for the students and going the extra mile!

Interim Principal Mary Courtney,
Interim VP Deirdre Brown
Interim Principal Courtney,
Mrs. Cribbs –
Physical Education
Interim Principal Courtney, Crystal Feliciano, Finance Teacher
The Honorable Judge Demetrica Todd-Ruiz
Dorita Gray, Event Chairwoman, Cosmetology Teacher Crystal Feliciano, Finance Teacher
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