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Life Story: William Casazza, 88; Founding Parishioner Of St. Matthias

Life Story: William Casazza, 88; Founding Parishioner Of St. Matthias

William Casazza passed away on Feb. 7 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. He was 88 years old. Mr. Casazza was born in Brooklyn and was a graduate of Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn. He served our country faithfully in the United States Army and graduated from Fordham University. Shortly after he began […]

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Police Seek Public’s Help In Locating Truck That Possibly Damaged Griggstown Bridge Tender’s Station

Police Seek Public’s Help In Locating Truck That Possibly Damaged Griggstown Bridge Tender’s Station

Township police are seeking the public’s help in locating the driver of a car that may have damaged the historic Griggstown bridge tender’s station. On Feb. 6, police were alerted to damage to the station, located at the Griggstown Causeway off Canal Road, according to a press release from the FTPD. The station was last […]

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Life Story: Mattie Davis, 88; New York City Native

Life Story: Mattie Davis, 88; New York City Native

Mrs. Mattie Davis passed away on Feb. 4 at the Regency Heritage in Somerset. She was 88 years old. Mrs. Davis was born in New York City and lived in Teaneck prior to moving to Somerset in 2001. She was employed for many years as a Postal Clerk in New York City. Mrs. Davis was […]

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Life Story: Helen J. Rockhill, 86; Cedar Hill Swim Club Member

Life Story: Helen J. Rockhill, 86; Cedar Hill Swim Club Member

Helen J. Rockhill, age 86, died February 4 at Parker At Monroe, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Walter (Rocky) Rockhill. She resided in Somerset for most of her adult life. Previously she lived in Riverdale, Maryland, and Roanoke, Virginia. Helen was a working partner in […]

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Life Story: Gerhardt Muller, 75; Formerly Owned Somerset Pharmacy

Life Story: Gerhardt Muller, 75; Formerly Owned Somerset Pharmacy

Mr. Gerhardt Muller passed away on Feb. 4 at Robert Wood Johnson in Somerville. He was 75 years old. Mr. Muller was born in Wels, Austria and came to the United States at the age of 5. He resided in Edison but was a long time resident of Franklin Township. He co-owned and operated The […]

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Plans Call For Village Plaza McDonald’s To Be Razed, Rebuilt

Plans Call For Village Plaza McDonald’s To Be Razed, Rebuilt

A major renovation is planned for the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in the Village Plaza on Easton Avenue. Perhaps renovation is an understatement; plans call for the demolition of the current restaurant and the construction of a new building. Professionals representing McDonald’s appeared before the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission on Feb. 6 to talk about the […]

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Video Story: Masala Bay Celebrates Second Anniversary

Video Story: Masala Bay Celebrates Second Anniversary

Masala Bay, an Indian-Fusion restaurant on Easton Avenue, celebrated its second anniversary Feb. 5 with an in-restaurant party. The Franklin Reporter & Advocate was there to live stream some of the celebration, including a peek in the kitchen of chef/owner Anita Amin and her special naan bread recipe. Masala Bay’s second year anniversary party. Going […]

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Climate Summit, Brainchild Of Mayor Kramer, Gets Rave Reviews

Climate Summit, Brainchild Of Mayor Kramer, Gets Rave Reviews

About 160 people attended a “Mayors’ Climate Summit” at Rutgers University Feb. 3, an event that was the brainchild of Mayor Phil Kramer. The summit was held at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick and was attended mainly by mayors and other elected officials from throughout the state. […]

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Federal Judge Temporarily Stays Deportation Of Indonesian Men Arrested By ICE

Federal Judge Temporarily Stays Deportation Of Indonesian Men Arrested By ICE

A federal district court judge on Feb. 2 temporarily stayed the deportation of two Indonesian men – one of whom is a Franklin Park resident – who were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The men, Gunawan Liem of Franklin Park and Roby Sanger of Metuchen, were arrested on Jan. 25 after they dropped their […]

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Mayor Hopes Many Wedding Bells Ring In Municipal Building On Valentine’s Day

Mayor Hopes Many Wedding Bells Ring In Municipal Building On Valentine’s Day

Mayor Phil Kramer is hoping to turn the municipal building into “Wedding Central” on Valentine’s Day. The mayor announced that he will be holding a “wedding clinic” in the building at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and hopes to marry at least a dozen couples in that time. “It will be a little fast paced […]

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