Labor of love

September festival draws crowds for 27 years By: Cara Latham    FLORENCE — Since the Fountain of Life Center held its first Labor Day Festival 27 years ago as a fundraiser for its school, Life Center Academy, it has grown from a small church function to a huge celebration drawing in thousands of people and hundreds …

Lawrence masters diver achieves world records

Mary Bennett sets world records at diving championships. By: Tim Falls    Mary Bennett’s friends expect it.    Those who don’t know diving and don’t know Bennett may be surprised to find she holds world records in the sport.    "People who don’t dive are surprised," said Bennett. "They don’t expect people my age to dive."    The 56-year-old …

Kids Smile shines

Pediatric dentist sets up office locally By: Candice Leigh Helfand    A new business in Monmouth Junction is giving kids a reason to smile, and not just because of its toy supply or its tranquil décor.    Dentist Dawn Forbes has opened a new dental facility, Kids Smile, on Route 1 that specializes in pediatric dentistry. It …

POLICE BLOTTER

By:    Knopf Street resident Kimberly Bezick, 24, was charged with having an open container of beer in public while on South Main Street at 8:51 p.m. Aug. 21.    Police said Ms. Bezick was carrying a beer while walking on a sidewalk near the Spring Garden Restaurant.    Ms. Bezick was processed and released after receiving a …

Historically speaking

Allentown, N.J. its Rise and Progress (Part 36)    From New Jersey Historical Society’s Charles R. Hutchinson collection, deed extracts from property owned by Rev. Joseph Clark, Revolutionary War veteran and Presbyterian minister, east side of Rt. 539—across from stately house of Rev. Perkins.    April 20, 1791, "Elisha Lawrence and Elisha Newell, executors of Doctor James …

Township Committee OKs $403K in emergency funding

Of the $403,000 emergency appropriation, $320,000 is for legal expenses and $83,000 is for engineering expenses By John Tredrea    With Committeewoman Judy Niederer voting no, the Hopewell Township Committee approved a $403,000 emergency appropriation Monday night needed to pay its mounting legal and engineering bills.    Going into Monday night’s meeting — the third since Aug. …

GOP will sit out ’06 Jamesburg council race

Incumbent Jennings, newcomer Grimes will run unopposed BY CHRISTINE GRIMALDI Staff Writer BY CHRISTINE GRIMALDIStaff Writer JAMESBURG – The sitting Borough Council president and a local newcomer, both Democrats, will face no challenge from Republicans in this fall’s election. Joseph Jennings, 59, will share the ballot with Brian Grimes, 26, who purchased a home in …