Thursday, May 9, 2013

Longtime Downtown Easton Businesses, Dedicated Citizens to Be Honored

A number of businesses and individuals will be honored at an awards reception that will be held at the Sigal Museum next Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m.

Mayor Sal Panto said several people will be recipients of the newly created "Easton Award", designed to honor individuals who have "made significant contributions to the preservation of our historic resources" and helped to save city historic buildings from demolition during the "urban renewal" plan of decades.

"These individuals invested of their time, money and talents to pave the way for successes being realized today. Through their efforts Easton is a better city," Panto said in a media release about the ceremony.

He added at Wednesday evening's city council meeting that the preservation efforts of individuals saved a number of iconic Downtown buildings from being demolished, including the Quadrant Bookmart and Coffee House and the State Theatre.

About 35 longtime city businesses will also be recognized and be recipients of the city's new "Longevity Award", to be bestowed on businesses that have been in business and stayed in downtown Easton for more than 25 years.

"Sometimes we forget about the businesses who have been here, even through the bad times," Panto said at Wednesday evening's city council meeting. "This core group of business owners laid the foundation on which today’s businesses are building."

Due to space limitations, the event is not open to the general public. However, if there is any business that has been in the city's Downtown for more than 25 years that has not been contacted or anyone else that feels they should be in attendance, they are strongly encouraged them to contact the Mayor's Office at 610-250-6610.

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