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Democratic Black Caucus Celebrates Black History Month With Speakers, Exhibitions

Democratic Black Caucus Celebrates Black History Month With Speakers, Exhibitions

Exhibitions of black culture, calls for continued social justice activism and an appearance by the state’s Lieutenant Governor highlighted the annual Black History Month celebration Feb. 16 at the township Community/Senior Center. Sponsored by the Somerset County Democratic Black Caucus, the day also featured a number of speakers, including state Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Mayor […]

In Your Opinion: Stop Efforts To Add Another Industrial Facility Next To Trap Rock

In Your Opinion: Stop Efforts To Add Another Industrial Facility Next To Trap Rock

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force on CS206 & NESE. Have you felt things shake when Trap Rock blasts?  Do you remember the recent gas pipeline explosions and fires in Massachusetts? The final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project was published by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on […]

New York Man Charged With Municipal Building Burglary

New York Man Charged With Municipal Building Burglary

A 25-year-old New York man was arrested on burglary and theft charges Feb. 15 in connection with a break-in at the township Municipal Building on DeMott Lane. Police said that Rasheem Robinson was charged with 3rd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Theft, and Criminal Mischief, a disorderly persons offense. According to a Franklin Township Police Department […]

Life Story: Margaret Oreka, 92; Past President Of East Franklin VFC Women’s Auxiliary

Life Story: Margaret Oreka, 92; Past President Of East Franklin VFC Women’s Auxiliary

Margaret (Mazza) Oreka passed away on February 15, at her residence in Monroe. She was 92 years old. Marge was born in Anita, PA and lived there before moving to the New Brunswick area with her parents and family when she was fourteen. She later lived in Franklin Township where she and her husband, Anthony, […]

Life Story: Michael E. Wilder, 63; Longtime Somerset Resident

Life Story: Michael E. Wilder, 63; Longtime Somerset Resident

Michael E. Wilder of Lakewood, formerly of Somerset, 63, died February 14 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick Township. Born in East Orange, Mr. Milder resided in Somerset for most of his life. He was predeceased by his parents, Philip and Elaine Milder and his brother John. Surviving are a brother, Philip C. Milder and a […]

She Did It Again! Lady Warrior Kennady Schenck Sinks Buzzer-Beater To Seal Perfect Season

She Did It Again! Lady Warrior Kennady Schenck Sinks Buzzer-Beater To Seal Perfect Season

Call her “The Heartbreaker.” For the second time in two years, Franklin High School’s Kennady Schenck on Feb. 15 used buzzer-beating heroics to break the hearts of her opponents and snatch a meaningful victory for the Lady Warriors basketball team. The first time came in 2017, when all the then-freshman did was grab a rebound […]

Mayor Kramer Holds ‘Valentine’s Day Wedding Extravaganza’

Mayor Kramer Holds ‘Valentine’s Day Wedding Extravaganza’

By PJ Parker. Mayor Phil Kramer is an expert of sorts when the subject is marriage. He and his wife, Laurie Conrad Kramer, have been happily married for 27 years. On Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, Kramer got to share his observations with eight happy couples as he performed their wedding ceremonies in front of family […]

Performance Gazebo Officially Gifted To Township

Performance Gazebo Officially Gifted To Township

The Franklin Township Cultural Arts Commission performance gazebo was officially gifted to the township at the Feb. 12 Township Council meeting. The gazebo, located in the municipal complex, next to the township library’s main branch, was the brainchild of Bill Grippo, the MacAfee Road School principal and former township politician known for his fundraising prowess. […]

Township Council Honors John Clyde With Posthumous Commendation

Township Council Honors John Clyde With Posthumous Commendation

The Township Council on Feb. 12 honored one of their own who died in late January. John Clyde, a former Councilman and Mayor, died Jan. 24 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. A Council member for 16 years, Clyde served as Deputy Mayor in 2000 and Mayor in 2001. Clyde was also active […]

In Your Opinion: Save The Marine Life From The Threats of NESE’s Proposed Pipeline Under Raritan Bay

In Your Opinion: Save The Marine Life From The Threats of NESE’s Proposed Pipeline Under Raritan Bay

Submitted by the Franklin Township Task Force on CS206 & NESE. The fishing and recreation industry by Raritan Bay, as well as the cleaned-up waters and marine life in the bay, would be in danger if the Williams/Transco NESE pipeline is constructed from Sayreville to an offshore point south of Rockaway, NY. Risks of adding […]

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