The New Hope Business Alliance held a general meeting Monday night at Havana, and for local business and political observers, the event didn’t disappoint.
After unsuccessfully demanding that he not be videotaped by this reporter about 20 seconds into his presentation, Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) Producing Director Alex Fraser provided direct answers to several questions posed by business owners in light of last week’s Free Press revelation that BCP was going to charge for some business promotion services that merchants had assumed would be free. Fraser fielded difficult probes from Greg Gauthier and George Fernandez of visitor’s center rescue group VC2015, who felt their organization was denied a complete airing of their proposal by New Hope Borough Council.
Fernandez, in turn, gave the most detailed account to date of progress on opening his mule barge concession, which won’t be attained rapidly he said because of continuing canal leaks and demands to cease using mules by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Some of his assertions were countered by Borough Council Member Connie Gering, also active in New Hope for Our Canal.
Lastly, New Hope Chamber of Commerce Board Member Jim Jolly reminded the audience that nominations are still open for that group’s executive officer elections June 15. New Hope contractor Peter Edwardson has thrown his hat in the ring for president of the chamber, and realtor Gregg Zollo announced his candidacy for vice-president.