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Township Police Department Recognized As Among ‘Elite’ Departments

Township Police Department Recognized As Among ‘Elite’ Departments

The township police department formally received its certificate of accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police at the Sept. 10 Township Council meeting. The designation is awarded after a lengthy review of a department’s policies and procedures and interviews with community members. Harry Delgado, the association’s accreditation manager, said that only […]

Richard H. Hartwig, Griggstown

Richard H. Hartwig, 96, passed away at The Pavillions at Forrestal in Plainsboro on Aug. 26, 2013. Born in New York City on July 10, 1917, he and his family moved to Griggstown in 1955. Mr. Hartwig was a self-employed auto mechanic and painter for many years. He was a member of the Griggstown Volunteer […]

County Shopping For New Trees For Two Franklin Parks

The Somerset County Freeholders are seeking bids for 102 trees to be planted this fall in various parks around the county, 11 of which are earmarked for Franklin. In its bid request, the county is asking for six trees for Spooky Brook Golf Course and five trees for Colonial Park, both in Somerset. The county […]

Police News: Department Accreditation Ceremony Set For Council Meeting

Police News: Department Accreditation Ceremony Set For Council Meeting

A ceremony recognizing the recent accreditation of the Police Department by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is set for the Sept. 10 Township Council meeting. The department was evaluated by a team from NJSACOP in February, according to a release from the department. “Verification by the team that the Franklin Township […]

Video: High School Principal Talks About New School Year

Video: High School Principal Talks About New School Year

We recently asked High School Principal James R. Bevere for his thoughts on the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Bevere was enthused about what the year holds for FHS students.

Police Log: Sept. 8, 2013: Attempted Burglary, Shoplifting, Fire

A Clover Place resident reported that someone tried to break into their home while they were away. Police said the resident said the incident happened between 2 p.m. and 4:19 p.m. The resident said she and her husband had just returned from a wake to find that someone had tried to break in through a […]

First Day of School Brings Tears, Laughter

First Day of School Brings Tears, Laughter

Giannah Farag was all smiles as she waited for her teacher outside Hillcrest School in Somerset the morning of Sept. 9. The new Kindergartner made her first friend – Dylan Cauthen – shortly after arriving at the school. Giannah was accompanied by her mother, Heather, who was also smiling, but for a different reason. “I’m […]

Report: About 22 percent of township children live in poverty

Report: About 22 percent of township children live in poverty

About 22 percent of Franklin’s children younger than 18 – and about 15 percent of Franklin Township residents overall – are living below what one organization defines as the state’s poverty level, according to a report released over the weekend. The report showed that 2,959 of the township’s children younger than 18 are living in […]

Chivukula Resolution on Baha’i Faith in Iran Wins Assembly Passage

A state Assembly resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, D-Somerset, that urges Iran to release imprisoned members of the country’s Baha’i faith and treat them with respect was unanimously adopted Sept. 9 by the state Legislature’s lower house. The resolution, co-sponsored by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Westfield, notes that since the Iranian Revolution of  1979, “more […]

‘Bike Without Fear’ attracts hundreds of cyclists and joggers, may be repeated

‘Bike Without Fear’ attracts hundreds of cyclists and joggers, may be repeated

Hundreds of people took advantage of a 6-hour ban on most automobile traffic along a 4-mile stretch of Canal Road Sept. 8 to bicycle and jog without fear of getting run over. The reason was the inaugural “Bike Without Fear” event, spearheaded by Township Councilman Philip Cramer. Cramer, himself a Canal Road resident, said he […]