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Township’s Presiding Municipal Court Judge Charged With Ethics Violations Over ‘Inappropriate’ Remark

Township’s Presiding Municipal Court Judge Charged With Ethics Violations Over ‘Inappropriate’ Remark

An alleged sexually charged quip made from the bench to a defendant has landed the township’s presiding Municipal Court judge in hot water with the state. The state Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct on Dec. 12 filed a formal complaint against Judge Hector Rodriguez, charging him with violating three canons of the state’s […]

Township Considering Limited Digital Sign Ordinance

Township Considering Limited Digital Sign Ordinance

An ordinance that would allow the limited use of digital signs is making its way through the township approval process. The Planning Board got the first look at it during its Dec. 12 meeting. The ordinance will then go to the Township Council, which is expected to introduce it in early January. The proposed ordinance […]

In Memorium: Carmella Estelle Caliendo Bowman

In Memorium: Carmella Estelle Caliendo Bowman

“Muzzie” May 31, 1921 – Dec. 13, 2008 “When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know, and bury your sorrow in doing good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.” Lovingly remembered by Bill, PJ, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Sempre nei nostri cuori  

Prasad Censured; Council Staves Off Last-Minute Attempt To Weaken Admonishment

Prasad Censured; Council Staves Off Last-Minute Attempt To Weaken Admonishment

Despite a last-minute attempt to water it down, a resolution censuring Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad was unanimously passed at the Dec. 11 Council meeting. The resolution expresses the Council’s sense that Prasad (D-At Large) has “engaged in multiple actions in his official capacity as an elected official that are improper for a person in his […]

Life Story: Jonathan Black, 23; Lifelong Township Resident

Life Story: Jonathan Black, 23; Lifelong Township Resident

Jonathan Black passed away on Friday evening while in upstate New York. He was 23 years of age. Mr. Black was born in Pequannock, but was a lifetime resident of Franklin Township. He attended Franklin Township Public Schools and graduated from Bishop George Ahr High School, where he played varsity football and was a varsity […]

In Our Opinion: Censuring Prasad Doesn’t Go Far Enough

In Our Opinion: Censuring Prasad Doesn’t Go Far Enough

The Township Council on Dec. 11 is set to vote on a censure resolution against Councilman Rajiv Prasad, charging that his actions bring “dishonor” to the governing body and that he has “lost the trust” of the council and many residents. While that’s a nice gesture for the residents outraged by the rogue Councilman’s antics, […]

Township Council Set To Censure Councilman Prasad For ‘Dishonoring’ His Position

Township Council Set To Censure Councilman Prasad For ‘Dishonoring’ His Position

A vote to censure Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad is scheduled for the council’s Dec. 11 meeting. The agenda item, called an “add-on,” was added to the agenda on Dec. 10. Township Democrats regularly caucus on the Sunday before a council meeting. Prasad (D-At Large) has been courting controversy for the past three years, the most […]

Franklin Reporter & Advocate Radio’s Premiere Edition

Franklin Reporter & Advocate Radio’s Premiere Edition

We’re proud to introduce Franklin Reporter & Advocate Radio, a weekly podcast that will look at the top stories of the previous week, speak to a topical Newsmaker or two, and take a peek into the week ahead. This week’s Newsmaker is Franklin High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Audrey Taylor, who gave us some of […]

Three Doctors Foundation Brings Holiday Cheer, Positive Message To Franklin High School

Three Doctors Foundation Brings Holiday Cheer, Positive Message To Franklin High School

Franklin High School was the scene Dec. 8 of a holiday festival, courtesy of a Newark-based foundation. The Three Doctors Foundation, a group created to promote a message of health, education and youth mentoring, brought its annual Positive Peer Challenge and Holiday Health Basketball Benefit to Warrior Country. The day consisted of a vendor fair, […]

Township Man Killed In New York Snowmobile Accident

Township Man Killed In New York Snowmobile Accident

A 23-year-old township man was killed Dec. 7 in a snowmobile accident in upstate New York. Jonathan Black was ejected from his snowmobile on a trail in Webb, N.Y. after it failed to negotiate a turn, according to a published report. Black’s injuries did not seem life-threatening at first, according to the report, but he […]

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