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.

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!

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.

Shack, Rattle, and Roll

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.

Remembering Ida

“Study the past as you would define the future.” – Confucius

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!

Today I Learned

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.

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