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Point Pleasant Man Dies In Construction Accident At Claremont Road School

Point Pleasant Man Dies In Construction Accident At Claremont Road School

A 39-year-old Point Pleasant construction worker was killed Oct. 17 after he fell from the roof of the Claremont Road School. Police said that Peter Marotana was working on the roof at about 7 a.m. when he apparently fell 30 feet to the ground. Responding police found Marotana at the base of the building, unresponsive […]



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In Your Opinion: We Support Frank Chimel As Next FHS Principal

In Your Opinion: We Support Frank Chimel As Next FHS Principal

By John Felix and Linda Darby, Somerset. The last sentence of Dr. John Ravally’s letter announcing the resignation of Franklin High School’s principal tells parents that the district “will begin actively seeking a permanent principal for Franklin High School as soon as possible.” Like many like-minded parents who have been advocating/pleading for continuity, consistency, stability […]



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Bound Brook High School Alumni Newsletter Looks To Connect Grads

Bound Brook High School Alumni Newsletter Looks To Connect Grads

The Bound Brook High School Alumni Newsletter is looking for township residents who graduated from BBHS before the township had its own high school. Prior to the construction of the first Franklin High School, township students attended BBHS, as did students in other Somerset and Middlesex County towns, according to a release from the alumni […]



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Township Man Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison For Kidnapping, Assault In Highland Park

Township Man Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison For Kidnapping, Assault In Highland Park

A 23-year-old township man was sentenced Oct. 16 to 23 years in state prison for a kidnapping and sexual assault in Highland Park. Under the sentence imposed by state Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas, Brandon Cox of Somerset will have to serve 85 percent of his term – 9.5 years – before he is eligible […]



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Taxes At Work: Township Council Awards More Than $450,000 In Contracts

Taxes At Work: Township Council Awards More Than $450,000 In Contracts

Contracts worth more than $450,000 were awarded Oct. 10 by the Township Council. The council approved a $400,000 contract with Total Lawn Care & Landscape Services of Somerset for 20 snow plowing routes for the 2017-2018 snow season. The rate for the contract is $175 per hour for each truck, and the contract can be […]



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Taxes At Work: School Board Approves Contracts, Construction Project Change Orders

Taxes At Work: School Board Approves Contracts, Construction Project Change Orders

The Board of Education at its Sept. 28 meeting approved a number of contracts for the current school year. The board approved: A $12,460 “as needed” contract with SHOOP SBA, of Fairfield to provide business office consultant services, to complete the transition of the full-time Assistant Superintendent for Business, from Aug. 22 to Oct. 31. […]



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‘Blessing Of The Animals’ Held By Second Chance For Animals

‘Blessing Of The Animals’ Held By Second Chance For Animals

More than a dozen dogs and cats were blessed Oct. 14 during the Second Chance for Animals Blessing of the Animals. The event, held outside the Franklin Township Animal Shelter in the Municipal Complex, was officiated by the Rev. Joanna Hollis of Christ Episcopal Church in New Brunswick and the Rev. Scott Russell, the Rutgers […]



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More Than $5,000 Raised For Food Bank During Canal Fest

More Than $5,000 Raised For Food Bank During Canal Fest

More than $5,300 was raised Oct. 14 for the Franklin Food bank during the seventh annual D&R River Canal Fest. That total included about $1,200 from Franklin High School students who donated the proceeds of their sales of ceramic items. The day featured  food, music on several stages, activities for children and booths for vendors […]



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In Your Opinion: Galtieri Will Make Thoughtful, Caring Township Councilman

In Your Opinion: Galtieri Will Make Thoughtful, Caring Township Councilman

By Bill Connell, Somerset. Driving down Elizabeth Avenue I saw a Will Galtieri sign, he is running for council. It put me on a train of thought: The average age of a politician around here is probably 55. William is slightly younger. I got to wondering what it really means and I concluded nothing in […]



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Franklin High School Principal Cheryl Clark Abruptly Resigns

Franklin High School Principal Cheryl Clark Abruptly Resigns

Franklin High School principal Cheryl Clark abruptly resigned Oct. 13, after being in the job for slightly more than one year. School Superintendent John Ravally said Clark cited “personal reasons” for her resignation. The Board of Education is expected to formally accept Clark’s resignation at its Oct. 19 meeting, Ravally said in a message that […]



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