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Township Residents Help Make Somerset County History

Township Residents Help Make Somerset County History

SOMERVILLE – Franklin Township residents played a pivotal part in the historic 2020 Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders reorganization meeting on January 3. A packed audience in the Historic Courthouse saw township resident Shanel Robinson become the first African-American Freeholder Director in Somerset County history, and also saw retired Franklin Township Police Lt. Darrin […]

Four Arrested, One Sought, In Murder And Shooting Spree

Four Arrested, One Sought, In Murder And Shooting Spree

Four township men have been arrested – and a fifth person is being sought – in connection with the New Year’s Eve murder of a 19-year-old and wounding of a 70-year-old Franklin residents and several other shootings in the township. The murder victim, Samaad Frazier, was found by police inside a car parked at the […]

Few Changes On School Board After Reorganization

Few Changes On School Board After Reorganization

The Board of Education returned its leadership to their positions and welcomed a new member at the January 2 reorganization. The board re-elected Nancy LaCorte as president and Ardaman Singh as vice president. Sworn in for his first term on the board was Walter Jackson. Jackson won his seat in November, along with LaCorte and […]

Township 19-Year-Old Charged With Murder Of New Brunswick Man

Township 19-Year-Old Charged With Murder Of New Brunswick Man

A 19-year-old township man faces a murder charge in connection with the death of Sharif Austin, 21, of New Brunswick, according to a January 2 press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Police say that Austin was shot at the corner of Lee Avenue and Handy Street in New Brunswick at about 11:55 p.m. […]

Life Story: William G. Oberlander, Jr., 88; U.S. Army Vet

Life Story: William G. Oberlander, Jr., 88; U.S. Army Vet

William G. Oberlander, Jr. of Somerset died January 1 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 88. Born in Queens, New York, he lived in the Hollis section of Queens, Manhasset, New York and Parlin before moving to Somerset in 1993. Bill served in the US Army during the 1950s, stationed in Fairbanks, […]

Franklin Reporter & Advocate 2019 People Of The Year: The FHS 2018-19 Girls Basketball Team And Coaches

Franklin Reporter & Advocate 2019 People Of The Year: The FHS 2018-19 Girls Basketball Team And Coaches

There are different things that can bind together a community; politics, volunteerism, and a shared history being some of them. In Franklin Township, the success of our children is one of the strongest magnets which pull us all together, even moreso when athletics is involved. That’s not to discount academic achievements; based on reaction to […]

In Your Opinion: ‘Yes Virginia, There Is A Grinch’

In Your Opinion: ‘Yes Virginia, There Is A Grinch’

By Arnold W. Schmidt, Somerset. Yes, Virginia, there is a Grinch.  Your friends who believe he is a “stable genius” are wrong.  They have been overwhelmed by his constant self-flattery, self-aggrandizement, and self-promotion.  In this great world of ours, this Grinch is a mere insect; an ant, in his intellect; as compared with the boundless […]

Barker Road Shooting Under Investigation; No Reported Injuries

Barker Road Shooting Under Investigation; No Reported Injuries

Law enforcement authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred on Barker Road on December 30. There were no injuries in the shooting, just property damage, said Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Det. Frank Roman. “We can confirm that there was a shooting with no injuries, just property damage,” Roman said in an email. “The matter […]

Life Story: Elena Stavrianidis, 84; Native Of Greece, Fled Persecution

Life Story: Elena Stavrianidis, 84; Native Of Greece, Fled Persecution

Mrs. Stavrianidis passed on peacefully to the Lord on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Mrs. Stavrianidis was born in 1925 in the city of the Black Sea Batoumi in the province of Georgia, which was then part of the former Soviet Union. Her parents, Angelo and Xanthippe had fled with their families from the region of […]

Quail Brook Senior Center Announces January Schedule

Quail Brook Senior Center Announces January Schedule

625 New Brunswick Rd. Somerset, NJ 08873 908-231-7312 Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. OOA&DS Satellite Office Opportunity, Adalin Ball, M.S.W., eldercare educator, Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, third Wednesday of the month, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Adalin will be at the center on Jan. 22, to answer […]