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St. Matthias Church Offers ‘Drive-Thru Ashes’ For Ash Wednesday

St. Matthias Church Offers ‘Drive-Thru Ashes’ For Ash Wednesday

The Catholic Community of St. Matthias, 168 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, will offer “Drive-thru Ashes” from 4-5 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. The church will also celebrate Mass at 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., and hold a prayer service at 5:30 p.m., according to a press release from the church. The masses will […]

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2018 Tour De Franklin Set For April 29

2018 Tour De Franklin Set For April 29

The 29th annual Tour de Franklin, a fund raising event for the Franklin Food Bank, is set for April 29. The tour, one of the first organized bike ride of the season, takes off from Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Ave. The day will consist of seven different rides, including the 62-mile, 40-mile, 25-mile, 10-mile, […]

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Central Jersey College Prep To Weight Lottery For Low-Income Students

Central Jersey College Prep To Weight Lottery For Low-Income Students

Central Jersey College Prep Charter School is planning to weigh its upcoming enrollment lottery in favor of children from low-income families. The plan is still pending final approval from Lamont Repollet, the acting state Department of Education Commissioner, said Namik Sercan, the school’s chief education officer. Students who qualify for free or reduced breakfast or […]

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Somerset County Democratic Black Caucus Holds Black History Month Celebration In Franklin

Somerset County Democratic Black Caucus Holds Black History Month Celebration In Franklin

Members of the Somerset County Democratic Black Caucus were encouraged Feb. 10 to “stomp like an elephant” to “change the world.” That was the exhortation given by Akil Kokayi Khalfani, the keynote speaker in the caucus’s Black History Month celebration at the Senior/Community Center on DeMott Lane. The program was held in honor of the […]

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FR&A Video: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Announces Re-Election Bid

FR&A Video: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Announces Re-Election Bid

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, (D-12), announced Feb. 10 that she’s running for a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. After her kickoff announcement, Watson Coleman stopped by the Somerset County Democratic Black Caucus’s Black History Month celebration at the Senior/Community center, where the Franklin Reporter & Advocate caught up with her. Franklin […]

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Naomi ‘Jockie’ Claudia Shimalla, 75; Nurse, Life Member Of East Millstone FAS, Millstone Valley FD

Naomi ‘Jockie’ Claudia Shimalla, 75; Nurse, Life Member Of East Millstone FAS, Millstone Valley FD

Naomi “Jockie” Claudia Shimalla, 75, passed away peacefully on Feb. 8 at home with her loving family and dedicated Squad members by her side. She was born in Somerville of the late Pauline and Walter Herubin USAF WWll. Naomi was a third-generation lifelong East Millstone resident whose grandparents settled here from Italy in the mid-1800s. […]

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Catherine Theresa Manzo, 91; Gifted Artist

Catherine Theresa Manzo, 91; Gifted Artist

Catherine Theresa Manzo, age 91, of Somerset, passed away on Jan. 31. The daughter of Irish immigrants and the youngest of four children, she was born in Queens, New York on January 1, 1927. In her youth, “Kay” as she was known to friends and family alike, was an excellent student. She attended St. Mary […]

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Police Investigating Shotgun Blasts Near Beekman Road And Rachel Court

Police Investigating Shotgun Blasts Near Beekman Road And Rachel Court

There were no apparent injuries Feb. 9 after a shotgun was fired out of a car in the Rachel Court/Beekman Road area, police said. The car left the area after the shots were fired, said Franklin Township Police spokesman Lt. Phil Rizzo. “Multiple” shotgun shells were found on Beekman, near its intersection with Rachel, Rizzo […]

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FR&A Video Story: Assemblyman Danielsen’s Committee To Hold Hearings On Cannabis Products

FR&A Video Story: Assemblyman Danielsen’s Committee To Hold Hearings On Cannabis Products

The committee chaired by State Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17) will in March begin a series of hearings on the topic of cannabis products. Danielsen’s committee, Regulatory Oversight/Federal Regulation Committee, will begin the hearings on March 5. Danielsen said he will seek to hold hearings in other parts of the state as well. The Franklin Reporter […]

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Life Story: Carmella Herbert, 101; 12-Year Township Resident

Life Story: Carmella Herbert, 101; 12-Year Township Resident

Mrs. Carmella Herbert passed away on Feb. 8 at Spring Hills Assisted Living in Somerset. She was 101 years of age. She was born in Old Forge, Pa and grew up in Scranton. She graduated from Scranton High School and lived on Staten Island for many years before moving to Somerset in 2006. She enjoyed […]

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