Trent Center West

Trent Center West Neighborhood Association

Membership numbers: 50 members, representing approximately 400 residents
Association President: Mr. Lieutenant Finney (609)638-6388.

About the Trent Center:

Trent center is an affordable senior living complex near the transit center in Trenton, NJ.  The pair of high-rise buildings include 508 modernized, energy-efficient apartments. Additionally, Project Freedom is a residence for handicapped adults built on the property in 2010, which provides 52 housing spaces specifically designed to accommodate persons with physical disabilities.

At the Trent Center, there is an on-site baking facility, library, laundry facilities, religious services, ample parking, a beauty salon, a convenience store, arts and crafts programs, a computer center, plenty of transportation, and so much more!
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Mission and Goals: To improve the quality of life at Trent Center by creating activities and a culture where everyone can feel safe and welcome to enjoy life together as neighbors. With new management at the facility, we recently started a Ladies Fitness Club and a daycare center which has created jobs and childcare opportunities for many of our residents and their families. Apartments are currently going through kitchen and bathroom renovations, and once they’re done we expect our neighborhood association to grow!


Goals: To increase interest in the association so more activities can be planned for.
One of our future plans is to work with The College of New Jersey to start a beginner’s computer club where students can help residents learn more about computers. We hope to start guided tours around some of the beautiful historical sites nearby, like the State Courthouse.trentcenter2

  • All of the Neighborhood Associations in the Trenton Council of Civic Associations are currently working together to gather more members and better represent the interests of each and every family and individual living in the City of Trenton. There has never been a better time to get involved.

Meeting Schedule:

The Trent Center West Neighborhood Association meets on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings begin at 6pm, and end at 7 or 8 pm.

Contact Mr. Finney, Trent Center West President, at (609) 638-6388


Melrose Avenue Civic Association


Chester Jones
Founder and President of the Melrose Civic Avenue Association; 2nd Vice President of TCCA Trenton; Treasurer of the Villa Parks Association; Founder and Owner of Your Green Neighbor

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Villa Park is a neighborhood in Trenton, close to the Chambersburg area, with houses dating back to the 1940s. The Villa Park used to be a racetrack, leading to the name of the area. The Melrose Avenue Civic Association, created in 2013 by Chester Jones, was the first experimental association within the larger Villa Park association. Melrose Avenue is now a template for all of the other association branches created out of Villa Parks.

The association is located between Liberty Street and Hamilton Avenue along Melrose Avenue. There are approximately 90 homes in the association with approximately 325 residents

Past Accomplishments

-Block Parties: For two years in a row, Melrose Ave has hosted two block parties.

-National Night Out: Held the 1st Tuesday in August, Villa Park. The National Night Out is a  nationwide event used to get residents to come out and get to know their local law enforcement.

-Annual Movie Night in the Park: Held from June through August.

-Classic Movie Nights: Held in September. These classic movies are shown for the adults, while      Movie Nights in the Park are more family oriented.


Our number one goal is to get the community involved! It is very important that the residents in the community get involved and connect with each other. Working together will benefit not only the community as a whole, but it will better your own lives here on Melrose Ave.

“We don’t want the crime in this city to dictate how we live. If we see someone doing what they shouldn’t be, then we should be the ones to kick them out.” -Chester Jones

Current Issues

City Parking Ordinance: We are trying to push residents to get parking permits for their vehicles in order to regulate the amount of parking on the street.

Vacant Property Issues/Ordinance: We want to bring in good businesses and have developers come and build to increase the property value in the whole area.

If you would like to get involved, Chester Jones hosts meetings in his home the last Thursday of every month. Look for the newsletter in your mailbox for more information!

Chambersburg Civic Association

Leadership: Looking for new leadership

TCCA delegates: none directly associated

Current Membership: The association is currently on hiatus and only has its president and occasional delegates as its current members.

History of Chambersburg:

Located in Trenton, Mercer County, Chambersburg was historically known as the “Italian section” of the city in the 20th century. Originally named after founder Robert Chamber, the current neighborhood of approximately 500 homes began as an independent municipality from 1872-1888, during which it was incorporated as a borough of Hamilton Township and then later as the Borough of Chambersburg in 1874 by the New Jersey Legislature. It was not until May 1, 1888 that Chambersburg was annexed to Trenton.

For many years the streets of Chambersburg were lined with Italian restaurants, butchers, grocery stores and bakeries. Now in recent years, Chambersburg’s Latino population has grown with Guatemalan, Ecuadorian and Costa Rican residents opening local businesses.

People not familiar with Trenton will recognize the area in renowned author Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series which takes place in “The Burg”, tours around areas covered in the book are available and can be found at

Despite this new wave of change, many Italian remnants of the community remain. Our Lady of the Angel’s Italian National parish still has masses in Italian at 11 am every Sunday. Other points of interest in the area include St. Francis Medical enter, Columbus Park and Immaculate Conception Church.

The Chambersburg Neighborhood Association also took part in this year’s Taste Trenton, a restaurant crawl in which the newly changed community showcased its delectable new South and Central American restaurants as well as the traditional Italian venues in the area. More information including eateries that participated in the event can be found at

Goals of the Association:

Unfortunately over the past couple of years, the Chambersburg Neighborhood Association has reduced in membership but it is now in search of new leadership to recover from its temporary hiatus and revitalize the association.

Chambersburg Map:


Neighborhood Improvement Association

NIA (Neighborhood Improvement Association)

President name: Octavia Sutphin, 888-958-5954 ext.101,

The Neighborhood Improvement Association (also known as NIA) was formed in 2003 by President Octavia Sutphin and the first Vice President Lisa McMorris.  They formed the organization to revitalize Rutherford Avenue in Trenton, through stimulating economic growth and empowering its residents.  Working with the city of Trenton, NIA initiated a plan for a designated revitalization area.

The Rutherford Avenue area has been troubled by high unemployment rates, dilapidated buildings, and criminal activity.  There are 25 buildings and three vacant properties on the avenue.

Since 2005, NIA planted 17 beautification trees, built a community garden where food that was grown was given to the community, and demolished two buildings that were falling apart.

In 2012, Trenton’s Annual Harvest Fest, a two-day event which featured, food, vending, and traditional carnival attractions.


Goals of the Association: NIA wants to continue the focus on declaring Rutherford Ave a designated revitalization area.  The group has gone through many challenges including replanting trees vandals destroyed.

NIA wants to also continue their efforts towards economic development, empowering youth by helping them with educational opportunities and employment in the city.

The primary goal for NIA is to reclaim their neighborhood and change the realities of life for the residents of Trenton.

Cadwalader Heights Civic Association



Current Membership: 40 Households

Leadership: President – Ray Ingram, , 609-462-2933; Randy Baum, , 609-695-4297

“We are artists, writers, builders, ministers, designers, information technology professionals, business owners, accountants, teachers, realtors, curators, veterans, community activists, and more.” – Randy Baum, Cadwalader Heights Civic Association President.

History: Cadwalader Heights, located in Trenton NJ, was established in the early 1900s and was named after the Cadwalader family whose estate included today’s current neighborhood. Dr. Thomas Cadwalader was the first mayor in Trenton (1746-1750) and his son, Lambert, was an officer in the Continental Army. In 1776, Lambert Cadwalader acquired a 250-acre farmstead that stretched from the Delaware River to Pennington Avenue and included land that is now part of Cadwalader Heights. In 1890, Lambert and his brother decided to develop a portion of their land. They collaborated with Edmund Hill, a real estate developer and Trenton’s leading civic booster, and Frederick Law Olmstead, the country’s foremost landscape architect.

Olmstead completed his preliminary design for Cadwalader Heights in February 1891. He planned to add half-acre building lots and the first house was constructed in 1907. Most homes in Cadwalader Heights were built from 1907 through the 1930s.  Currently, there are approximately 70 homes in the area and one church in the neighborhood called the Cadwalader-Asbury United Methodist Church, previously known as the Cadwalader Heights Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1915.

Cadwalader Park, one of Cadwalader Heights’ major landmarks, is the oldest park in Trenton and was built in 1887 and designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who most notably designed Central Park in New York City. At approximately 100 acres of land, Cadwalader Park is an area where families walk dogs, ride bicycles and have picnics. Within the park, the Ellarslie Trenton City Museum can be found. This museum, originally known as the Ellarslie Mansion, was owned by Henry McCall who worked with the Cadwalader family. It was renovated in 1889 and again in 1971. The Cadwalader homestead on West State Street, known as Greenwood, was a late-eighteenth century farmhouse rebuilt as a grand Second Empire home in 1872. Greenwood stood as a landmark in Trenton until it was taken down in the 1930s. The Cadwaladers’ late-nineteenth century tenant house still stands on Carteret Avenue.

A current part of civic pride for the area is the Cadwalader Heights Historic House Tour where approximately ten houses are chosen to be presented to visitors from around the area. Homeowners spend a large part of the year preparing and polishing their homes for public viewing. The Ellarslie Museum is also included in the tour. It is an exciting event for people from the town as well as those from around the area to come together and build a sense of community within Trenton.

Association’s Mission: As the Cadwalader Heights Civic Association, our purpose is, but not limited to:  “a) being a conduit of information to and from governmental and quasi-governmental groups;  b) providing a rallying point for neighbors:  offering a forum for the exchange of neighborhood and civic concerns of our member residents;  c) being the means of involvement of the neighborhood in such civic affairs as parades, Heritage Days, etc.;  d) hosting various social events, including new neighbors’ parties, holiday parties and informal social time following business meetings;  e) representing our communal voice to the Trenton Council of Civic Associations (TCCA);  f) enhancing the general spirit of community within the neighborhood;  g) preserving and promoting the beauty, integrity, health, historic importance, and general standing of the Cadwalader Heights Community within the city of Trenton; and  h) participating in and supporting the charitable works of Trenton-based nonprofit organizations when approved by the majority of the members.” (Bylaws:  Article 1., Section 2.)

Cadwalader Heights aims to establish and maintain familiarity and communications with the Trenton Police Department as it is strengthening itself under new leadership. It is also maintaining contact with its newer Wards stations.

Cadwalader Heights Current and Future Goals:

  • To maintain our active and successful Cadwalader Heights Crime Watch program, wherein we utilize a phone chain to inform and warn neighbors of what we may have experienced or seen.
  • To continue to produce our annual or bi-annual Historic Cadwalader Heights House Tours.  We’ve been hosting them since 1991 and, over those 25 years, have been able to showcase our community and how good life can be in the oft-maligned city of Trenton.  Our beautiful stock of houses and neighborhood camaraderie have enticed House Tour guests to return year after year and have even enticed two families who have experienced the neighborhood to buy homes here. Through this Tour, we earn operating revenue for our treasury and we have made philanthropic contributions to more than 20 nonprofits in the Greater Trenton Area.
  • To continue membership meetings of and parties for our decades-old and cohesive civic association, and to continue to work with and play with our neighbors, creating and maintaining a familiar and friendly community for all who live here.
  • To be aware and supportive of, and active in, our new mayor’s plans to revitalize downtown Trenton and rehabilitate areas of the city currently in decline.
  • To create and implement new projects for the maintenance and restoration of our own historic neighborhood.

Contributors: Randy Baum, Ray Ingram, Glenn Modica, Linda Schwartz, Erika Knudson and Kelly Ingram

Cadwalader Heights Map:

A Better Way

A Better Way
Current Membership: Unknown
Website: www.abetterwayinc.org
President: Perry Shaw III (
TCCA delegates: Perry Shaw Jr. (Chief Financial Officer), Celeste Jackson (Program Coordinator,, Leah Cohen (Volunteer Management and Communications,, Jan Stokes (Outreach Specialist,

History of the Organization:
Trenton was once a booming city, with a healthy economy to support its many residents. In the second half of the 20th century, many of Trenton’s industries relocated, and many individuals left the area in search of alternative employment. This left the city in a state of decline it has not recovered from ever since. For many, “Trenton” is synonymous with crime, murder, and gang violence. But not everyone is quite ready to give up on Trenton, and many organizations/individuals are putting in countless hours to make the city a better place.

“A Better Way” is one such organization, founded by Perry Shaw and his father in 2006. The organization started in Shaw’s living room, where they counseled gang members who wanted to get back on their feet and turn around their lives.

Organization’s Mission and Goals: The primary focus of “A Better Way’s” daily operation is to help gang members, ex-cons, and other members of the community at large who are in need, to lead a more successful life. Shortly after their release from prison, many are unable to adjust to regular life and wind up back in jail. Recidivism is a serious issue not only in Trenton, but also in our nation as a whole. “A Better Way’s” goal is to help individuals in need get back on their feet and provide opportunities for these individuals to lead a prosperous life and stay out of prison. Countless hours are spent counseling and educating those in need and the program keeps growing,. The goal is to expand the program to anyone who is in need and is truly looking for help to break the cycle of poverty that is plaguing lower income families in Trenton.

Franklin Park Northeast Block

Ellie Schuckman, Nick Parr, Patrick Roderman

Franklin Park Northeast Block Neighborhood Association

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President: Jacque Howard (, 609-433-0489)

Additional contacts: Marylinda (232-689-3897), Kevin (609-468-2773), Kathleen (609-610-1097)

Boundaries: Chambers Street, Cedar Lane, Broad Street, Liberty Street


A Brief History:

Formed in the early 1900’s, Franklin Park NE was originally a type of pseudo-suburbia for the industrialization taking place in surrounding communities. It has since grown into a “gateway community,” as it borders the city of Hamilton while still in Trenton. Home to several parks, the neighborhood also has many family-owned stores with locals constantly patronizing them. With a very diverse population, the local stores “meet the palette of the people in the neighborhood.” Franklin Park NE may be one of only neighborhoods in Trenton which has both the state road of Broad Street, and the county road of Chambers running through it, making commutes easy for area residents.

Though the history of Trenton dates back to the early 1700’s, Franklin Park NE has history of its own. The main park in the neighborhood was, unbeknownst to many, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the mind behind Prospect and Central Park in New York City. One of the current parks in the neighborhood used to be an open lake before it was filled in around 1940. Franklin Park as a whole had been owned by Hamilton, not Trenton and was called Goat Hill before it was changed to its current name. Many of the homes still there were built around 1910, yet some have undergone recent construction.

Franklin Park NE Block Civic Association was started as an alternative to the
Franklin Park Civic Association when current president, Jacque Howard, as well as other
founding members were uncomfortable with the direction of the association. From that,
Franklin Park NE was established.


Future Outlook:

As a community in a centralized area, there needs to be a cohesiveness to let those entering know they are coming into the capital city of New Jersey. Currently, there is a disconnect in the community, with a lack of communication between leaders in the neighborhood to organize certain events through the proper channels in the city of Trenton. However, by appointing certain individuals to oversee that jobs get done efficiently, a stronger connection will be made.

Being a “gateway community,” some believe Franklin Park NE, and even Trenton as a whole can be used to test different strategies to help improve other, similar areas. Set bike lanes, and even new pathways can be created to see what impact subtle changes can have. While Franklin Park NE has many local stores bringing in beneficial foot traffic, the heavy traffic leads to unnecessary litter, cluttering the area. Proper litter control with more garbage cans will help cut back on the amount of trash on the streets.

Another community issue is traffic. Instituting better traffic calming measures will mean safer streets. Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and there must be more enforcement of people crossing at the proper intersections. Area leaders also wish to see safe haven areas, with zero-tolerance for crime. Such areas would include all schools and faith centers such as churches, synagogues and mosques, which would all be policed on a regular basis.

Such measures can help change the dynamic of Trenton as a whole, and establish some type of pride for the city while creating a true sense of community.

Our Key Goals:

  • Strengthen community relations
  • Proper litter control
  • Traffic calming measures
  • Make safe-haven areas (schools and faith centers)
  • Better enforcement of existing rules/laws



Trenton Three Sixty Five Show:

Association President Jacque Howard hosts Trenton365, a local radio station designed to serve as a building block for the community. Started in 2014 with a focus on civic engagement, Howard uses the show for the benefit of Franklin Park NE, as well as surrounding area residents.


Check out podcasts from the show here! SoundCloud





Cadwalader Place Civic Association

General Information

Geographic Boundaries: Six blocks including the 800/900 block of Carteret Avenue, Gouveneur Avenue, and Edgewood Avenue.
Membership: 100
TCCA Delegates: Primary: Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer –


The History of the Cadwalader Place Civic Association

The Cadwalader Place Civic Association’s President, Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer revived the organization in 2000 after returning to her hometown of Trenton and finding that the neighborhood had suffered from the introduction of renters and the migration of homeowners to newer, higher economic status towns. The Association was dormant from 1984-2000. In 1996, Lattimer returned to Trenton and immediately began working on fixing up the neighborhood her family loved. She spent countless hours working with City Hall to start fixing up abandon homes. The Cadwalader Place Civic Association received a grant for $2 million dollars from HUD with assistance in identifying the neighborhood to receive the grant, and City Works renovating the homes. Cogsville-Lattimer’s mother, spearheaded the Rent Control Board in the City of Trenton under the Holland Administration, which has been very beneficial to the renters because it controls the price a landlord can charge. To date, Cogsville-Lattimer hand-delivered flyers for every meeting in an effort to get residents involved and create a sense of community. Little by little, people began to show up to the meetings. Her efforts have influenced other areas of Trenton to inherit some of their policies. For instance, East Trenton has even begun to do Mrs. Cogsville’s “walk-throughs” with the City of Trenton Inspection’s department.

As shown in the images in our gallery, the homes in the area have changed drastically. The horse and buggy image depicts a typical home which featured a front porch. As the Cadwalader community began to transition into a more of an urban setting, the porches became enclosed. Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer’s house front porch has changed over to an enclosed porch (picture gallery depicts in the 1980’s).

A Gallery of Cadwalader Place Throughout the Years

Carteret Ave in 1914
Carteret Ave in 1914
Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer's Home in the 1980's
Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer’s Home in the 1980’s
This is a picture of Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer's "For You Garden" that she created in her own time and with her own money.  It is also on Carteret Avenue
This is a picture of Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer’s “For You Garden” that she created in her own time and with her own money. It is also on Carteret Avenue

The Future of our Association
The purpose of the Cadwalader Place Civic Association is to improve housing and neighborhood. With better living conditions and clean, well-maintained homes, the more the neighborhood will be cared for. Keeping houses physical appearances and internal systems in good check makes the neighborhood more appealing and makes people care more about people’s property. The association has members who walk door to door and inspect houses for any issues like damaged porches, untreated lawns, and other unappealing qualities. The association does their best to give residents prior warning to the inspections so that they have time to fix up their property. According to Rachel Cogsville-Lattimer, Vice President of TCCA, this tactic works. Since they started giving prior warning about the inspections, residents have been putting in more effort to take care of their properties and the association has not had to report as many houses to the association. Taking proper care of property could not only lead to less crime but increased resident pride in their neighborhood, and an increased effort from surrounding neighborhood residents to clean up, as well. “The only way to truly see a neighborhood is to walk through it, embrace the hard work and love of what the past homeowners have laid for us,” says Cogsville-Lattimer. “Each neighborhood has history and wealth (in its own right) that has to continue in the beatification of what has been established.”

Cogsville-Lattimer has also donated her own time and money towards creating a community garden on Carteret Ave. It’s called the For You Garden. For You Garden is for neighbors and others to enjoy. It is a place where you can walk, relax or plant. She built the garden in a lot where a house burned down and weeds had taken over. The converted garden is also for social gatherings, civic meetings (weather permitted), and just to sit and relax.

Cogsville-Lattimer got her civic determination from her parents, Donald and Carol Cogsville as they were socially driven about the community.

Franklin Park Civic Association

Organization Name: Franklin Park Civic Association

Current membership (approximate): 36

President: Ann Carlucci (

TCCA delegate: Ed Wittmann, corresponding secretary of the TCCA Board. (

Franklin Park, Trenton New Jersey
Franklin Park, Trenton, New Jersey. Image from Google.


Franklin Park is a long-established neighborhood in the city of Trenton that has been part of the city since 1914.  Before then, the land was part of Hamilton, and even today, Franklin Park stands on the border of Hamilton. Shaped like a triangle and bounded by Liberty Street, Lalor Street, and Chambers Street, Franklin Park includes homes that are 100 years old or more. More than half of Franklin Park residents own their homes. The area is a diverse and largely working-class neighborhood where residents enjoy many local amenities, both within the neighborhood and nearby. These include restaurants, barbershops, and a number of mom and pop businesses.

Franklin Park itself is the only park within Franklin Park neighborhood. The park is two and six-tenths acres in size, bordered by Franklin, Remsen and Woodland Streets. The land was acquired by the city of Trenton in 1922. It was purchased for $11,000 from businessman Edmund C. Hill, who was one of Trenton’s most prominent citizens at the time. Landscape engineers Black, Burris & Fiske, Inc. made improvements to the land for the cost of $12,359, more than the land itself had cost. Franklin Park became an official part of Trenton’s park system on June 27, 1924.

The park, at one time, featured a lake that had been suitable for swimming, until it was filled in around 1940. St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church now stands where the water once was, at the intersection of S. Clinton Avenue and Lakeside Avenue—Lakeside is a reminder of that past. The church is where the Franklin Park Civic Association now holds its meetings.

Franklin Park map, Trenton New Jersey
Franklin Park, from Google Maps.

Goals of the association:

The purpose of the association is to represent the community, both within its borders and throughout the city of Trenton. The association would like to increase numbers and participation at monthly meetings.  At meetings, combatting low level crime is discussed and administrators help residents address issues outside of their scope by assisting them in connecting them with the proper contact in Trenton administration.

Island Civic Association

President: Bernard McMullan
Number of homes on the Island: 205
Number of active members: 30-35
Trenton, N.J.
Geographic Boundaries:

Island Civic Association coordinates

The Island neighborhood is located in Trenton, New Jersey between Riverside Drive and Stacey Park and is aptly named because it used to be an actual island cut off from the rest of Trenton by the Trenton Water Power canal. However, after a major flood in 1955, the decision was made to fill in the canal and create Route 29. The area was first developed as a residential area in the early 1900s. Initial residences were summer cottages for wealthy families seeking to escape downtown Trenton’s summer heat, but eventually year-round homes were built throughout the 1920s.

The area is strictly a residential zone, consisting of approximately 205 single family residences on the island, along with three apartment complexes. The island is the only neighborhood in Mercer County that has direct access to the Delaware River. Prior to 1955, a ferry operated between the top of the Island to Rotary Island  in the middle of Delaware River transporting boy scout troops to a camp.

Goals: Today, the association continues to work towards improving the quality of life for those on the island, as well as providing other opportunities for  civic engagement. Over the next year, the association plans to revitalize numerous traditional sponsored events, including picnics, yard sales, and river activities. The Association has sponsored several garden tours, which consist of 15-20 gardens that residents make available to visitors while also being able to take in the views of the beautiful Delaware River.

The Island Civic Association is an active participant in the Trenton Council of Civic Associations.