By jeanne starmack
The ABC newsmagazine “20/20” is inviting the whole city to a barbecue.
That’s right. Free food and soft drinks, rain or shine, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Chestnut Ridge Park, 6486 Chestnut Ridge Road in the township.
The Peace and Reconciliation BBQ will encourage “the good people of Hubbard and other interested parties” to discuss a controversy that’s continued for seven years over horn-honking near a Liberty Street couple’s house.
The newsmagazine was in the city last week to interview people involved in the case, which has resulted in numerous police reports and requests for 22 protection orders by Garrick and Lucinda Krlich.
Garrick Krlich has recorded hundreds of horn-honking incidents that date back to when he and John J. Clemente, former Eagle Joint District fire chief, wanted the same house at 723 E. Liberty St.
The dispute began in 2007 and ended with Clemente acquiring the house in 2009.
Krlich said last week that the honking continues to this day. He said his wife called the newsmagazine, and he hopes the exposure will lead to prosecution of the people who are harassing him.
“Portions of the BBQ may be recorded and broadcast as part of a future ‘20/20’ segment,” the newsmagazine’s invitation reads.
Hubbard Council President Bill Williams said at Monday’s meeting that he has concerns.
“I don’t think their interests are peace and reconciliation,” he said, “They don’t want peace and love on TV,” he said.
Andrew Paparella, who is producing the segment for the newsmagazine, could not be reached Monday night to comment.