Jacque Howard grew up in Ewing in a large family — 12 uncles and aunts and six siblings. He learned what “community” was. Now he aims to help Trenton by helping create community with his nonprofit Trenton 365, as profiled here in U.S. 1 Newspaper.He was quoted like this: Trenton was a major industrial port once. Once. Ago. So let it go. Stop trying to turn the city back into something it used to be. Start focusing on what it could and should be.”
I listened to Howard’s story at the Princeton Regional Chamber breakfast today, and I’m buying into it. He recorded his talk and posted it at his website, here.
My comment to Howard at the chamber meeting, at about minute 38 on the tape, “With your personality and your media access, you can do what really needs to be done, which is to put people together. Racism and prejudice are part of the Trenton problem. and when you get people together so that they are friends, and they have a friend in that city that they can trust — that’s going to help.”
His response: “If I can get three or four of you guys to agree –it’s going to change this community. I can connect you with somebody, Whatever you want to do — do a quick project, get lots of media attention, at very low cost — that’s what Trenton 365 is about.”
The Trenton 365 website has lots of fascinating programs, including this interview with Bart Jackson of Bart’s Books done at Panera Bread. The sound is a little rough at the beginning, but it evens out and Jackson is always worth listening to.
Trenton 365 is broadcast on WIMG AM 1300 and streamed live at wimg1300.com Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m., and on WWFM 89.1 HD2 and streamed live at jazzon2.org Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. But you can always get it on the website.
Randy Now, a Cranbury mailman by day and a musician/DJ by night,
“seems to have brilliantly blundered into his role as promoter, persuading emerging bands to stop in Trenton en route between New York and Philadelphia.”
Kate Newell retells the story in this week’s U.S. 1 Newspaper when she reports on the New Jersey Film Festival, which opens Saturday, January 31. In the film, “Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens,” she recounts, “director Steve Tozzi reopens the doors of the legendary City Gardens in Trenton, letting out all the grit and glory trucked in by the remarkable club promoter Randy Now.” Click here for her story. Also here’s an interview with former City Gardens bartender Jon Stewart
Randy Now now presents musicians at his new venue, the Man Cave in Bordentown.
Art All Day — Saturday, November 8 — is an energizing, collaborative way to support artists — and Trenton. Especially wonderful is the A-Team exhibit at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market? It will be held at the Roebling Machine Shop on Saturday, November 9, and sounds like fabulous fun. This from Clifford Zink:
Joe Kuzemka, who has run Art All Night for the past several years, organized the first TPRFM last year at the Artworks building in Trenton with 55 vendors and about 2,000 people attended it. Joe held TPRFM 2.0 at the Trenton Social in the spring with 125 vendors and about 3,000 people attended. He expects TPRFM 3.0 in the Machine Shop, where Art All Night takes place each year, to attract 5,000 visitors. Art All Day is being organized by Artworks with events at the Machine Shop and around the city.
The sellers will have everything from vintage hats to auto parts.