Change Makers & Legends

Change Makers and local legends: Living and Past here are two collections that feature people who have contributed significantly to the community or have in some way made the community a better place by changing the policies, through there nonprofit work, or support of programs that fit the follow criteria.

Neil Hess & Rob Patrick

Neil Hess & Rob Patrick Neil and Rob met at the Cartwheel piano bar during the blizzard of 1978 and were snowed in.  It was Neil’s grandmother who gave him a list of the gay bars in New Hope back in the 1970s. Domestic partners and now married, they have remained together and live in […]

JASON NERYS – New Hope Resident

JASON NERYS One day Jasmine and Marilyn took a ride to the country……. A native New York Puerto Rican, born and raised, Jason Nerys began visiting Bucks County and New Hope during the 90’s  with his then partner, Dan Brooks, who he met at New York City Pride in 1990 and lived with in Park […]

Phillip Lloyd Powel 1919-2006

” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   I’m reminded of what novelist John O’Hara said on the death of his close friend, George Gershwin: “George Gershwin died yesterday, but I don’t have to believe it if I don’t want to.” Phillip Lloyd Powel died in March, but I don’t have to believe it if I don’t […]

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Sharyn Keiser

Sharyn Keiser grew up in Abington, Pa and came to New Hope in 1994, becoming a vibrant member of the community. She said her first impression of New Hope was that “she belonged and wanted to be involved.??? Together with her wife Sandy, they decided that the diversity and LGBTA acceptance of New Hope was […]

Phillip Powell

Phillip Powell 1919 –2008 Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1919, Phillip Lloyd Powell began crafting furniture during his teen years. After studying mechanical engineering at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1939 – 1940) and then meteorology at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois (1942), he began working as a meteorologist in […]

Laurence R. Fieber – Visionary Educator

“Laurence (“Larry???) Fieber has dedicated his life to public education for the good of children. He is an educator in the truest sense, believing in and raising up all young people, including those whom others have left behind,??? Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. “Larry Fieber is widely recognized as a highly accomplished visionary educator […]

Joseph L. Wiley, Jr

 Joseph L. Wiley, Jr., “The best dressed man in New Hope”, passed away on March 7th in the Buckingham Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Buckingham, PA. He was 89 years old. Born in Philadelphia to the late Joseph L Wiley, Sr. and Marie (Defeo) Wiley, Joe resided in Atlantic City and New York City before […]

Bill Scheetz

Bill Scheetz grew up in Milford, NJ in Hunterdon County. He said he started coming to New Hope in 1983, going out to the Prelude, the Cartwheel and the Raven. He loved New Hope upon his first impression. Bill met his first partner at the Prelude in 1984 and they were together for 19 years. […]