Thursday, August 25, 2022
Ready. Set. Enjoy!
Dispatch from City Hall
by Mayor Andrew Nowick
At our City Council meeting last Thursday, the Governing Body voted unanimously to name K.Hovnanian the Conditional Redeveloper of the Lambertville High School Redevelopment Area. Representatives from K.Hovnanian contacted me in early March and we met on March 25th to review an initial concept plan with the City planner and Council President Taylor. Subsequent meetings with K.Hovnanian have been held, and the Governing Body has discussed the matter in several Closed Sessions. I want to underscore that the designation of Conditional Redeveloper marks the beginning of the process and in no way binds the City to any specific concept plan or out-of-pocket funds.
Secondly, the Governing Body unanimously adopted a Resolution to release a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the Farm Market at the Closson Property. This decision is the culmination of closed session conversations among the Governing Body since February. The RFEI allows us to solicit ideas and proposals for the Farm Market at no expense or obligation to the City. The Governing Body would like to see what interest there may be in the Market and by casting a wide net in releasing the RFEI, may be the beneficiary of ideas not previously considered. As we consider the options, we want to work closely with Fisherman’s Mark to ensure their continued smooth operation. In September, I will introduce an Ordinance to extend the Farm Market lease with Fisherman’s Mark until June 30, 2023.
Felicidades to all who made the Oaxaca Festival a wonderful celebración of Oaxaca’s cultural heritage!
Working with Trina Bardusco, Jennifer Sirak, and many volunteers at the Library and in the community,
Latinas en Lambertville created an unforgettable community event with traditional dancing, music, food, and activites for children and adults alike.
¡Gracias to the Latinas en Lambertville!
The Council did not award contracts for the various Ida construction projects on Thursday. Last week was a whirlwind of bid openings, with two happening on the day of the meeting. Though I had hoped the engineers and the City could review them in time, I ultimately opted for a more careful approach and postponed the decisions to our City Council meeting on September 1st.
I am starting a video series called The Mayor’s Minute. It’s designed to highlight the places and things that affect you. In the coming months the emphasis will primarily be on resilience, but not always. Unlike Norma Desmond, I’m not ready for my closeup, so remember I’m not a movie star and Billy Wilder is not holding the iPhone—these are strictly amateur productions meant to accompany you to the various corners of Lambertville. Click here to view the first one.
The week leading up to the first anniversary of hurricane Ida will be a time of reflection and gratitude for the blessings of this City and its community. The Resilience Team had numerous conversations about the best way to commemorate September 1, 2021 and we hope everyone will participate in our “Remembering Ida” exhibit in the Pittore Justice Center windows.
Be well and be kind,
Speaking of the Oaxaca Festival…
The first-ever Oaxaca Day Festival in Lambertville was a huge success with an estimated five hundred people in attendance.
The Lambertville Library would like to thank our many volunteers and neighbors and friends, from all walks of life for joining us. A heartfelt bow to our Latinas en Lambertville library group for putting so much love into this unforgettable day.
5th Annual River Cleanup!
The New Jersey
Delaware River Cleanup is coming up on Saturday, Sept 17
from 8:30am to 11:30am
This annual cleanup spans multiple miles of Delaware River shoreline,
and is done in partnership between communities up and down the river.
The cleanup is a fun event for both individuals, families, and groups. Everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace and clean up only within their abilities.
Spots at the Lambertville locations fill up fast so be sure to register here ASAP.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Stephanie Fox.
This Saturday, the final concert of the Parks & Recreation
free summer series will feature The Shackers!
When? Saturday, August 27, 6 to 8 pm Where? Ely Park Pavilion
The Shackers are a popular local favorite from Lambertville who play a unique blend of jamming rock, soul, and post modern music. Dance, sing, or just sit back and enjoy!
Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and tell a friend!
Rain date is Sunday, August 28.
All this talk of livestock lately
Pet a calf. Toss a haybale. Ride a ferris wheel. Have storytime with goats.
Eat your weight in deep fried goodies (maybe not doctor recommended,
but who are we to judge?)
The only place to do all of these things and more is at the Hunterdon County 4-H Fair!
The annual 4-H Fair kicked off last night and continues through the weekend, offering fun events for kids and adults alike! Main Stage entertainment acts will go on every evening, and Friday night will have fireworks!
Click here for more information and the full event schedule.
“Study the past as you would define the future.” – Confucius
As we mark the anniversary of Hurricane Ida, the City of Lambertville would like to provide a public platform for reflection about this significant storm event. In the coming months, we hope to create several opportunities for community members to share stories of grief, loss, cooperation, recovery, and resilience.
These efforts are intended to foster healing and greater collective understanding. The wisdom held in our personal experiences will also help us better prepare for and serve one another in future emergencies.
Starting this week, we invite you and your family to contribute your photographs, written words, and artwork for inclusion in a public display
in the windows of the Phillip L. Pittore Justice Center.
Please drop off items at City Hall during any open hours. In addition, the City’s website will host a virtual display of social media posts that use the hashtags #Lville Rising and #RisingTogetherNJ.
Stay out late on Second Saturdays!
Musicians will take to the streets, artists will fling open the doors of their studios,
restaurants will offer special menu items and merchants will offer unique experiences, all to welcome
Saturday, September 10th
from 5 to 8 PM.
Twenty-two businesses are participating in the inaugural event with more planning to join as the series continues.
Additional 2nd Saturdays will be
October 8th, November 12th and December 10th.
Today I Learned
On August 25, 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appeared in the New York Sun newspaper, and The Great Moon Hoax was born.
The newspaper, founded only a few years prior, was a penny-press paper that featured a narrative style of journalism and satirical stories. The articles described animals on the moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers, and bat-like winged humanoids ("Vespertilio-homo") who built temples.
The Moon Hoax articles were intended as fiction, but readers sure didn’t know it. The series headline even credited the Edinborough Journal of Science, which actually existed. As the buzz around the articles increased, artwork of life on the moon was featured in the Sun, depicting the inhabitants. After about a month, the paper admitted that the articles were a hoax. Remarkably, the paper lasted another 30 years before it finally folded in the 1960’s.
In the Know
Convenience Center hours for September:
Saturday Sept 10, 9am-12pm
Wednesday Sept 21, 3pm-5pm
Saturday Sept 24, 9am-12pm
The convenience center hours are for resident disposal of yard debris only.
Bulk trash, hazardous waste, or any other materials are not accepted.
Only loose yard debris is accepted - this means that containers need to be dumped out onto the pile (even paper yard bags).