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Lambertville Residents Speak Out Two Years After Hurricane Ida

Two years ago, Hurricane Ida caused mass damage and flooding in the City of Lambertville. Since then the riverside city has rebuilt. But the lessons learned from this dark time still carry on.

On Tuesday evening, the City of Lambertville Council hosted a post-Hurricane Ida info session two years after the horrific event.

The event gave councilmembers and officials a chance to hear the opinions and memories of local residents affected by Hurricane Ida and get advice from them on what the city s

Lambertville To Host Post-Hurricane Ida Community Session

The meeting will include discussion on where the city has been and where it is going in the wake of Ida.

It’s been two years since Hurricane Ida devastated parts of the City of Lambertville. Since then, the riverside city has remained proactive on ways to tackle flooding concerns.

Lambertville will host a post-Hurricane Ida community session on Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at the Phillip L. Pittore Justice Center on South Union Street.

The community session will give Lambertville residents a

Lambertville Awarded Grant To Renovate Holcombe Park

The grant is a big win for the city’s environmental initiatives and efforts.

It’s a new day for the City of Lambertville’s Holcombe Park.

Lambertville was recently awarded a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to spruce up Holcombe Park. The grant is from the Delaware Watershed Fund and is worth $308,000, per Lambertville’s official website.

The work funded by the grant will restore about 2.46 acres in the park.

Mayor Andrew J. Nowick said the Holcombe Park renovation

New Hope Using Firm To Hire Police Chief Replacement

In addition to the police chief search, the borough council saw the hiring of two additional officers.

When New Hope Borough hired Chief Michael Cummings to become their Chief of Police 15 years ago, they used a firm named Safe City Solutions to find him.

All these years later, the borough is using Safe City again to find Cumming’s replacement.

“The borough contracted Safe City Solutions for the search for our current Chief many years ago. Based on that search and their experience with other

New Hope Council Appoints New Member

There’s a new member of council in New Hope.

New Hope Borough Council voted Tuesday evening unanimously to appoint Kelly Whitman to the governing body.

Whitman’s appointment to council comes a month after Council Vice President Laurie McHugh’s tragic and sudden passing in an automobile accident.

The meeting began with a moment of silence for McHugh, who proudly served the New Hope Borough community for eight years and was a champion and fighter for local businesses.

Council President Connie

Lambertville Presents Life-Saving Recognition Awards To Three Officers

The City of Lambertville Police Department received some well-deserved praise at this month’s city council meeting.

At the August 17 meeting, Mayor Andrew Nowick and police Lt. Robert Brown honored three Lambertville police officers with life-saving recognition awards for actions carried out in the line of duty.

The police officers honored were Patrolman Kevin Bereheiko, Parking Enforcement Officer Michael Vecchio and Sgt. Michael Gramlich.

“I’m very honored to recognize the police officers w

New Hope Remembers Council Vice President, Businesswoman Laurie McHugh

The New Hope Borough councilwoman is being remembered for her service.

The community continues to remember New Hope Borough Council Vice President Laurie McHugh.

McHugh, 58, died following a crash last Monday between her Audi and a large tractor-trailer along Durham Rd (Route 413) near Upper Mountain Road in nearby Buckingham Township.

McHugh was born in Philadelphia and raised in Upper Southampton Township. She had an adopted daughter, Aya, and several siblings.

As the New Hope community mo

Lambertville City Council Approves Stormwater Management Ordinance - New Hope Free Press

During Thursday evening’s council meeting, the City of Lambertville Council approved a wave of ordinances. Perhaps the most important one approved was the stormwater management ordinance.

By approving this ordinance, the city will be able to fulfill requirements set by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Now that the stormwater management ordinance has been approved, it will now go to the planning board for review and recommendation.

This ordinance was approved two years af

New Hope Police Chief Announces He Will Retire - New Hope Free Press

At Tuesday’s New Hope Borough Council meeting, Mayor Larry Keller announced Chief of Police Michael Cummings will be retiring after 15 years of proudly serving the borough.

Cummings submitted his resignation letter to the mayor, who read the letter during the beginning of the council meeting.

“I found my employment here a truly rewarding experience,” the chief wrote. “I’ve enjoyed the support of you, Mr. Mayor, and the numerous borough council members I have served under. I have found many fri

New Hope Council Votes Against Parking Garage During Tense Meeting - New Hope Free Press

New Hope has a serious parking problem. New Hope Borough Council members have tried desperately to solve this issue with little luck.

At the Tuesday evening council meeting, the governing body, by a count of 4-3, ended any further work on a proposed 333-spot parking garage project, according to Council Vice President Laurie McHugh.

The parking garage would have been located on a borough-owned lot near Union Square. It would have been four stories tall and about as big as a football field. This

Owners Of Popular Lambertville Ice Cream Shop Look To Grow - New Hope Free Press

Owowcow Creamery is looking to expand their brand’s reach by collaborating with new retail partners.

The local company, which has a popular location on North Union Street in the City of Lambertville, is looking at it as a way to bring their signature, homemade ice cream to a new audience. Yet they’re still staying true to their values of using natural ingredients and giving back to the community they serve.

“I decided I was going to make ice cream for two reasons. One is I wanted to offer some

Lambertville Unveils Plan For Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - New Hope Free Press

New electric vehicle changing stations will be installed.

The City of Lambertville will be getting two electric vehicle charging stations.

The charging stations will be installed at the municipal lot at 18 North Union Street. The charging stations are located right in the central business district of Lambertville, bustling with life and culture, officials said.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer this service to residents and visitors. As electric vehicles become more prevalent on the roa

Lambertville Councilmembers Hear Stormwater Utility Presentation - New Hope Free Press

The City of Lambertville is at the bottom of a hill, next to a river, and all the nearby creeks flow down to the city. Flooding has always been an issue in the riverside city.

Climate change is bound to only make flooding more prevalent. But the devastation from Hurricane Ida in 2021 opened up the conversation about flood preparation.

At a June council meeting, Lambertville councilmembers and a crowded room of residents attended a stormwater utility presentation from New Jersey Future, a nonpr

Lenape Park Reopens & Bench Dedicated To Former Public Works Director - New Hope Free Press

Last month, New Hope Borough’s Lenape Park on West Ferry Street reopened after renovations.

“Just like any house or public space, it needed a little more TLC to refurbish it to its original beauty,” Beth Hasher, chairperson of New Hope Borough Park and Recreation Board, said during a June ceremony.

The park was established by the borough in 2008.

Over the years, the park has provided a spot for relaxing and even small weddings.

In other parks news, according to Councilwoman Lousie Feder, a b

New Hope Council Seeks To Fill Seat Following Resignation Of Councilperson - New Hope Free Press

New Hope Borough Council seeks temporary replacement for Councilwoman Tina Rettig following her resignation.

New Hope Borough Council bid farewell to one of its members last week

Councilperson Tina Rettig submitted her resignation letter recently. She cited a move to Texas that would render her unable to fulfill her responsibilities.

The council formally approved Rettig’s resignation during the meeting.

Council Vice President Laurie McHugh expressed her sadness upon hearing the news of Retti

Summer Fireworks Shows Coming To New Hope - New Hope Free Press

New Hope Borough will be getting a new fireworks show this summer thanks to the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce.

If you want to see fireworks light up the night sky above the Delaware River, the fireworks will be on display for three nights: Saturday, July 1; Friday, August 4; and Friday, September 1.

While New Hope Borough Council members approved the fireworks show, it was not without a fight from local environmentalists.

At Tuesday evening’s council meeting, local environmentalists vo

Strand Theatre Sold Amid Tense Legal Battle - New Hope Free Press

The owner who planned to turn around the closed Strand Theatre has sold the building.

Kelly Sullivan, a local artist, bought the old Strand Theatre on Coryell Street in the City of Lambertville with the intention of turning it into Strand Arts, a multi-use art house.

After a long legal battle with one of the Strand’s neighbors, Strand Arts is closing its doors before it had a chance to open.

Sullivan announced the news to the Lambertville community recently on Facebook.

“We sold Strand Theat

New Hope Zoners Begin Hearing For The Landing Proposal - New Hope Free Press

Last Thursday, the New Hope Borough Zoning Hearing Board had one application on their agenda. And it just might be the biggest zoning application they have reviewed this year.

The Landing restaurant, located right on the borough’s Main Street, is seeking approval for a multi-million dollar proposal that would allow The Landing to build a 44-room hotel with 75 indoor dining seats, 45 outdoor dining seats, a pool, a terrace, a public river walk and a parking area, per tonight’s agenda paper.


New Hope Hires Part-Time Officer, Extends Fire Inspection Contract, Adds Time To Parking Lot Lease & More - New Hope Free Press

New Hope Borough Council members were busy at Wednesday evening’s public meeting.

New Hope Borough Council members were busy at Wednesday evening’s public meeting.

Council unanimously voted to hire a part-time police officer to joined the borough’s force.

Officer Steven Johnson was sworn in to take on his new role.

Residents in attendance gave Johnson a round of applause as he begins his new job with the New Hope Police Department.

The council approved the purchase of new service weapons fo

Lambertville Council Holds Off On Flood Ordinance - New Hope Free Press

The ordinance is currently in a jam. It needs revisions and they need to change the language in the ordinance for it to be approved, officials said.

City of Lambertville Council members approved several new ordinances at last week’s meeting. Many of them were simple ordinances.

However, one of the only ordinances they didn’t approve was a flooding ordinance.

When Hurricane Ida rolled through Lambertville in 2021, it hit the riverfront city hard, causing flooding and damage.

If approved, the

Residents Speak Out On Proposed Multi-Million Dollar Riverfront Redevelopment - New Hope Free Press

The proposal still has to go through the land development process.

Residents of New Hope Borough packed Tuesday evening’s council meeting to express their views on the proposed redevelopment of the The Landing restaurant and Fred’s Breakfast Club along North Main Street.

The council voted 4-1 to not oppose Landmark Hospitality’s plan at this point and it will go to the New Hope Borough Zoning Hearing Board for a review of several dozen variance requests at a meeting later this spring.

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