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Gerry Monigan: New Hope Notebook

Herb Millman was part of the fabric of New Hope



Herb Millman.

New Hope has lost one of its very familiar faces. Herb Millman, who co-owned Cockamamie's Art Deco store with his husband, John Dwyer, for 21 years, died Dec. 4 at his home in Solebury. He was 70.

In May of 2014, Millman and Dwyer were the first gay couple to be legally married in New Hope. They closed their store on North Main Street this May but continued to sell merchandise online.

The couple, often called The Deco Guys, co-wrote two books on Art Deco lighting, and they appeared on the QVC shopping network as well as YouTube videos.

Millman volunteered in several organizations, including the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce – once serving as president, the Eagle Fire Company and the borough's Revitalization committee.

He will be remembered in New Hope for a long time.

Kiosks mixup
Contrary to what you may have seen on the new parking kiosks, the hours of paid parking will remain 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will not be extended to 11 p.m. The rate of 25 cents per 20 minutes will remain the same, as well.

Borough Manager Cathie Thomas said the manufacturer, Cale America Inc., was given the correct information but committed the error. She said the mistake will be corrected before the 22 machines come online Jan. 2.

Parking will be free every day from Dec. 15 to Jan. 2.

The parking kiosks were installed “in an effort to improve the streetscape, remove impediments from the sidewalks and make the visitor experience more enjoyable,” said Alison Kingsley, president of borough council.

All of the single space meters are being removed beginning on Dec. 15. In their place are 22 multi-space, pay-by-plate kiosks.

Visitors and residents will be able to pay with coins, bills or credit cards or phone apps – either Park Mobile or Pay by Phone.

“The best part, because you pay by license plate number, you do not need to return to your car to place a receipt in the window,” Kingsley said.

The borough is working on an instructional video for the kiosks, featuring Justin Guarini. The American Idol and Broadway star from Bucks County currently has been playing the male lead in “The New World” at the Bucks County Playhouse.

2018 budget
The proposed 2018 budget was not finalized as of the morning of Dec. 6, but it will be ready for public inspection this week, Thomas said. It will not contain any tax increases, she said.

The budget must be made public at least 10 days before it is voted upon by the council, which is expected to pass the budget at its Dec. 19 meeting.

Don't bet on it

Ready for casino gambling in New Hope? The borough council isn't.

On Oct. 30, Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation that has been called the greatest expansion of legalized gambling in the nation's history. Among other things, It will allow 10 “satellite” casinos to be opened around the state. Each could contain as many as 750 slot machines and 30 table games.

The satellites must be at least 25 miles from an existing casino. The nearest to New Hope, Parx Casino in Bensalem, is listed as 23.1 miles from the borough on Google Maps, but calculating the distance could vary.

Regardless, every eligible municipality has the option to forbid a satellite casino within its borders, and New Hope is expected to adopt the opt-out stance.

The issue was discussed at the December public work session, borough Manager Thomas said, and the councilors seemed in agreement that a satellite casino was not a good fit for New Hope.

They will vote on it at the Dec. 19 meeting.

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