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“Our town, and our way of life, and we are going to fight for it”

Bridge across Jacobs Creek, Hopewell NJ

Bear Tavern Bridge across Jacobs Creek, Hopewell NJ

This is a wonderful story that I am glad is beginning to get the larger attention it deserves. It is a story that weaves history, local political activism, and people who care about their community.

This place is special to me. When our kids were young, we built a new home in Hopewell. Because we sold our old home before construction was complete, we had to live for the summer in a rented house just above Jacobs Creek.

We were within earshot of what our kids lovingly named “The Noisy Bridge”. When a car passed over the wooden deck steel bridge, it made quite a noise. We would laugh each time we heard that lovely sound during that wonderful summer of 1993.

But enough of my personal nostalgia – click on the below link and read Marc DiIonno of the Star Ledger today – he does a superb job:

At historic Victorty Trail in Mercer County, a new battle emerges at Washinton’s path

“This issue has brought a lot of people together,” Cooper said. “This a rural area, so we all just go along about our business. But the bridge issue got us involved.”

The group formed last summer to petition local leaders to spare the old bridge.”We heard over and over, this was a done deal,” Kerr said…

“This our town, and our way of life, and we are going to fight for it” Beth Kerr said.

Jacobs Creek, tributary to the Delaware River, Hopewell, NJ

Jacobs Creek, tributary to the Delaware River, Hopewell, NJ

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