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Program Spotlights Unique Jersey People and Events

FRANKLIN TWP. (HUNTERDON CTY.) – A program that includes a treasure trove of stories about quirky, unique and headline-grabbing people and events will be held May 4.

Author Maureen Wlodarczyk’s talk, called “Jersey! Then … Again,” regales listeners with stories that range from wild-eyed suffragettes to daring hot air balloonists to patent medicine con-man “Dr.” O. Phelps Brown to forgotten political titans such as Simon “King” Kelly of Weehawken.

Her stories cover hurricanes, windmills, drama, military heroes, Irish boxers, the birth of competitive baseball, Titanic survivors, and more.

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“It all happened in Jersey, believe it or not,” says Wlodarczyk.

The talk will be held at 7:30 pm at Faith Chapel Wesleyan Church, 43 Lower Landsdown Road in Franklin Township. If using GPS, enter Annandale as the town.

The event is sponsored by Rural Awareness, a non-profit civic group based here. The program is free and light refreshments will be served.

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