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Assemblyman Danielsen Looking For Donations For Backpack Drive

Assemblyman Danielsen Looking For Donations For Backpack Drive

State Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17) is looking for school supply donations for his annual backpack drive. The backpacks are distributed in September to students who live in the 17th Legislative District. Most needed now are: Backpacks #2 pencils Pocket folders Lined notebooks Scissors Rulers Pens Colored pencils or crayons Markers Glue sticks Donations can be […]

In Your Opinion: Let The Police Department Issue Play Out

In Your Opinion: Let The Police Department Issue Play Out

By Bill Connell, Somerset. Some of the twaddle in the comments section regarding the police force entice me to write this. It is best summarized by a disagreement the Editor of the Franklin Reporter & Advocate and I have . The Editor thinks he has a right to know everything now. I on the other […]

QuickChek At Easton Avenue/Route 287 Wins Approval

QuickChek At Easton Avenue/Route  287 Wins Approval

An application for a QuickCheck convenience store with an eight-bay gas station won approval July 11 from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The store is targeted for a 3-acre plot in a larger development bordered by Easton Avenue, Worlds Fair Drive and the Route 287 exit ramp. Previously approved on the total 9-acre parcel — […]

Township Council Moves To Scrap FTPD Chief Position For Public Safety Director

Township Council Moves To Scrap FTPD Chief Position For Public Safety Director

An ordinance amendment that would replace the Franklin Township Police Chief’s position with a Public Safety Director was unanimously introduced at the July 9 Township Council meeting. The change comes at a time when the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has assumed oversight of the department while it is investigating the circumstances of an FTPD officer […]

FTPD Union Heads Say They Were Left Out Of Conversation About Public Safety Director

FTPD Union Heads Say They Were Left Out Of Conversation About Public Safety Director

The heads of the two unions representing township police officers say they were blindsided by the Township Council’s move to eliminate the Police Chief and Deputy Chief positions in favor of a Public Safety Director. The two union presidents say their members would prefer the department stay under a Chief/Deputy Chief command structure. The Council […]

Life Story: Bernadette E. McGrath; Talented Artist

Life Story: Bernadette E. McGrath; Talented Artist

Bernadette E. McGrath (nee Rock) of Somerset passed away peacefully at home on July 7. Born in 1932 in Brooklyn, New York, she was a loving mother and talented artist. She was predeceased by her sons, Robert K. McGrath and Matthew McGrath. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert; daughter, Elaine McGrath […]

Reward Increased For Information On Township Man’s Shooting Death

Reward Increased For Information On Township Man’s Shooting Death

The reward for information leading to the indictment of whoever is responsible for the May shooting death of a 30-year-old township man has been increased to up to $3,500. The increase of the reward from Crime Stoppers of Somerset County was announced in a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. David Anderson of […]

FTPD Chief, Deputy Chief Positions To Be Replaced By Public Safety Director

FTPD Chief, Deputy Chief Positions To Be Replaced By Public Safety Director

An ordinance amendment that would replace the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police with a Public Safety Director is expected to be introduced at the July 9 Township Council meeting. The ordinance amendment would also increase the number of Captains in the department from one to three and would modify disciplinary procedures within the department. […]

Samudhra Restaurant/Lounge To Offer Upscale Indian Cuisine

Samudhra Restaurant/Lounge To Offer Upscale Indian Cuisine

A township couple’s dream of bringing upscale Indian cuisine to Franklin is close to reality. Mangesh and Sangeetha Chinthamaneni plan on opening their restaurant, Samudhra, later this month. The opening will mark the end of a process that began in May of 2018. The menu will reflect dishes from all around India, Mangesh Chinthamaneni said, […]

FR&A Photo Gallery: 2019 FHS Project Graduation

FR&A Photo Gallery: 2019 FHS Project Graduation

Abvout 310 students retruned to Franklin High School after graduation on June 28 to take part in the all-night party known as Project Graduation. From about 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., the now-former students could eat, dance, play games, get their caricatures drawn and ride a mechanical bull – among many other things – to […]